Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2013 to Mar 29, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.391 (scored by 28885 users)
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SynopsisA school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people's minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kotoura-san
Side story: Kotoura-san: Haruka no Heya
Characters & Voice Actors
Upon stumbling on Kotoura-san a short while back, the concept of a mind-reader that inadvertently causes trouble to everyone was appealing enough to catch my attention. As the whole series only spans twelve episodes in total, watching it seemed worth a try since this wouldn’t be too time consuming anyways. Unfortunately, after completing this series, Kotoura-san can be described as missed potential and reasonably underwhelming due to a messy story line with overblown drama, average characters, and substandard animation.
The story starts off with the high school student Haruka Kotoura, who was born with a psychic ability that allows her to read the thoughts of individuals. As she had the tendency to accidentally disclose the secrets of many people during her early childhood, this ability only caused her misfortune and she eventually becomes a massive burden to her parents and classmates. After years of being an outcast in society, Kotoura now transfers to a different high school with the intention of never speaking to anyone in order to minimize the problems that may arise from her ability. However, she then meets Yoshihisa Manabe and a few others who are willing to be supportive with respect to her situation. With their help, Kotoura chooses to be a part of the school ESP club and then starts to learn the meaning of true friendship.
Initially, we are introduced to a fine premise that consists of some promise for Kotoura-san to become an interesting watch. However, really early on it becomes apparent that this series would be impaired by some writing deficiencies. Throughout its entirety, the execution of the story line gradually becomes unorganized as the series is troubled by inconsistent directing in establishing its own identity. This can further be seen with the many pacing issues during the first half as some events are badly rushed and certain story arcs did not even progress anything of value. Likewise, the second half does not fare any better in comparison either due to a somewhat disappointing and overly predictable final arc, although the ending does bring some closure to the series.
In addition, another glaring problem can be attributed to the wasted handling of the different genres that are incorporated. Often times, the writers would try to force many dramatic and depressing scenes into the story to induce emotions from the viewer but the attempts are mostly nonsensical and ineffective. For example, the beginning seven or so minutes in the first episode is a great indicator of this since it contains so many emotional scenes stacked one after the other that it becomes really ridiculous instead of saddening. Regarding the comedy, sure it can be entertaining at first but that only lasts for a short time because most of the humor stems from perversion (which includes a bit of fan service) and the same thing is basically recycled over and over again in every episode. There are some amusing scenes though from the few slapstick comedy moments and other forms of humor used.
As for the characters, they probably consist of one of the better aspects of the show but are still only average and can sometimes be bothersome. In the series, we see a fair amount of character development at times, especially with regards to Kotoura. At the start, Kotoura is depicted as a cold and unsociable person but over time the series does nice work in expanding her confidence towards others and society in general. However, she can be a bit annoying to the viewer as she tends to always blame herself whenever anything unfortunate happens even though all of her friends repeatedly state every time that a given situation is never her fault.
The other main characters are likeable as well and get some sort of their own development but they mostly have a generic personality. For instance, Manabe is your typical male counterpart lead who always constantly thinks about perverted situations but at the same time is always willing to help Kotoura in any way possible. As for the remaining main cast, they can easily be described as ordinary characters with common personalities such as the outgoing school club president, the kind of awkward smart guy, and of course the usual second female who also has feelings towards the main male lead. Despite these ordinary characters though, one aspect that was nice to see throughout the series is the interactions and developing strength of the closeness between each of the main characters over time. Finally, the few supporting characters (with the exception of Kotoura’s mother) are really irrelevant and forgettable altogether since they do not carry much significance to the story.
The art style and animation is nothing to be excited about and can be seen as underwhelming at times. Throughout the series, the background sets are drawn nicely to fit each scene but does not appear that impressive either because each set remains simple without providing much detail. Moreover, the same can be said of the character designs as well due to the plain and simple artwork for each character. Pertaining to the animation, it can be very inconsistent ranging from decent looking scenes to being border line mediocre as the characters tend to lose a few of their features whenever there is extensive movement. Still, even with some of the inconsistencies and simplistic approach to many of the designs, the comprehensive quality of the artwork and animation remains tolerable and shouldn’t be that much of a distraction to the viewer.
With respect to the soundtracks, they are not anything overly exceptional but nevertheless appropriately adjusted into the series. For the most part, the musical pieces are proper for each of the many serious, dramatic, or comical scenes that are presented. Also, the opening theme is somewhat serviceable and provides a more upbeat tune to the show whereas the ending themes depict a nice calm natured composition score to finish off every episode. As for the voice-overs, none of the cast members were particularly memorable with their voice acting but each of them still does an acceptable portrayal of establishing the personality of their respective character.
Taking all aspects of Kotoura-san into consideration, even for a short series this is a pretty difficult show to recommend due to the lacking overall quality of its story line, characters, and animation. Though some parts were entertaining and contained honest intentions, there were definitely more negative features that smothered anything exceptional that the series tried to accomplish. Despite all of the negative aspects from this series though, you will probably have a much better time watching this if you really aren’t bothered by over the top forced drama and overly repetitive forms of comedy. However, with the large amount of other romance/drama/comedy anime series that are out there, you might be better off looking for something else instead of giving Kotoura-san a try.
(this review contains spoilers)
Katoura-san was terrible because of how disappointing it was.
The first episode was AMAZING. It was so well put together, but then the rest, absolute horse shit.
The writers somehow think it's funny to have an old man molesting his little granddaughter. They make jokes about him touching her and feeling her up all the time. It's not funny! It's just sick! I couldn't help but cringe and these moments that were supposed to be humorous.
The other jokes suck because they're repetitive. Pretty much every other joke revolves around the fact that the main male protagonist is perverted, and Katoura can read minds, so obviously it leads to some awkward situations. But they reuse this AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN. Literally, like 99% of the jokes in this anime are just that reiterated.
Other parts of the anime are just ridiculous beyond words!
There's this one part of the anime where Katoura reads the mind of a stranger by accident, and sees incredibly dark and grotesque things that causes her to faint. She then learns that there is a person in the city who is beating high school girls to a pulp and then leaving them there.
So, the show has a plot twist. The person doing it turns out to be one of the female police officers who is somewhat developed throughout the last two episodes. It was a slightly expected but decent plot twist. But right when you think the show is getting better, it gets worse.
Katoura realizes that the reason the officer is beating these girls is because she had a terrible, abusive childhood. We also learned from the previous character development that the officer is antisocial and has pretty much no friends. Basically, the officer is jealous of these girls so she beats them.
Katoura realizes this when she is cornered by the officer who is going to attack her. But Katoura pours out her heart to the officer and explains how people do care about her and if she were to open up, she would have more friends.
So, the officer feels ashamed and turns herself in.
Seems logical, right? Heh.
When she turns herself in, she takes on Katoura's advice and asks her coworker to lunch after she gets out of prison.
So, think about it. You're working with someone, and you JUST figure out that she's been BEATING HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS HALF TO DEATH ALL AROUND THE CITY, and then SHE ASKS YOU TO LUNCH. You would obviously turn her down, right?
Nooooo! The guy doesn't even act the least bit shocked that he figured this out about his coworker and takes her up on the offer and sees her off, like NOTHING HAPPENED.
NOTHING HAPPENED?! WHAT?!
What's worse is how repetitive this anime is.
Besides this, all the other tangents involve Katoura being sad and running away and her friends coming to get her. It's just that over and over again.
There is nothing particularly wrong with the art or the music/sound.
The story is just so terrible, repetitive, unrealistic, undeveloped, anticlimactic, lazy, and impossible to take seriously. read more
- Both have a supernatural event occurring in a school setting.
- Both deal with a club/group of friends daily lives and problems they face.
- Main guy is very altruistic and is in a love triangle.
- Both are very unusual comedies that carry a lot of dramatic moments bringing out your emotions in every episode.
-Both anime deal with the characters' hidden emotions that are forced to be heard by, or from others because of a unnatural phenomenon or skill that can't be controlled by themselves.
Both series takes place at a school setting between a group of friends in their every day life. The catch? There is some supernatural elements involved in which we don't see often (if at all) in normal high school settings.
Both series involves a club where most of the main characters are part of. Together, they make the most of their school lives while dealing with drama and other incidents.
There seems to be a love triangle in both series and the main male protagonist is in the center of it all.
Both series are rare gems for their way of presenting drama and comedy at the same time. Although lighthearted, they do have emotions and pours heavy drama at surprising moments.
Well, they're both slice-of-life anime with a hint of the supernatural.
Both have romance that builds throughout the shows.
Both are generally funny, but tend to have tendencies to become very quickly dramatic, and very overly dramatic as that. If you can look past the unrealistic drama, then you will surely enjoy both of these otherwise brilliantly executed shows. :)
- love comedy(romcom)
- supernatural influences relationships
- romance are both really cute and both are fun to watch
-both series have their own dark drama moments. Kokoro Connect does this a Bit better than Kotoura-san
- Both animes are well worth the watch. I personally enjoyed kokoro connect a lot more
both three girls and two guys
both include important unreal setting(s) to keep the story going
both sets of sentimental characters
both reveal underlying childhood memories and past events of the characters
mental growth and development for both sets of characters
intend to give strong ambivalence feelings throughout the entire plot for both series
Both have a nice sense of romance and good grasps of the supernatural. They both have to go through tough times cooperating as a team.
Opening Theme"Sonna Koto Ura no Mata Urabanashi Desho? (そんなこと裏のまた裏話でしょ?)" by Megumi Nakajima
Ending Theme#1: "Kibou no Hana (希望の花)" by Haruka Chisuga (千菅春香) (eps 1-4, 7-12)
#2: "ESP Ken no Theme (ESP研のテーマ)" ESP Kenkyuukai (ESP研究会) (ep 5)
#3: "Tsurupeta (つるぺた)" by Hisako Kanemoto (ep 6)
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