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: 7.381 (scored by 35129 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
Wow... Just wow. This show easily makes it onto my highest favorites. There is nothing I can truly nit pick about the show that would detract me from my rating. It took me for a ride I won't soon forget.
Story: This is among the most emotional stories I have ever had the grace and the priveledge of experiencing. I'm not lying when I say this: It deserves to be seated in the high heavens for the drama genre. Why? Haruka's backstory alone had me under emotional torture. The show itself proved how serious it can get when it wants to, and boy they wasted no time in doing so. I have never had a stronger first impression for any show of any medium (yes, even stronger than Clannad). That isn't the say the story is always dramatic; in fact the comedy was equally well done. I might have broken a lung in laughter. Even if it's the same gag, there's still the hint of freshness in that it's done differently each time in differently awkward, yet appropriate situations. Bottom line: If you have any sympathy in you, then this show will exploit every part of it. It's likely the show will crush your soul once or twice, but it also leaves you happy and satisfied. Kotoura-san is absolutely top tier in it's story, and it's not just a simple Romantic Comedy. This story is one for the ages! 10/10.
Art: It's simple, doesn't try to innovate, or invoke scenery porn all the time; but it's that simplicity which makes it very clear what we should be feeling and when.The graphics were very pleasant to watch, and I had no problem with it whatsoever (especially since I marathoned the show) .The special effects were also very pretty to look at and weren't overdone in the sense that they never distracted me from the one fantasy element the show focused on: the telepathy. The character designs were plain for the most part, but very cleanly done which is fitting for telling a story in an otherwise mundane setting. I didn't see any notably bad off modeling (QUALITY!!) during my marathon. I found all of the characters' movements to be enjoyable and sensible except for one: Daichi "fish lips" Muroto. His mouth was just too weird and strange for me to watch, and I can't see why they made that his default expression. He looks like a derp to me when he's supposed to be the smart one, and that doesn't register well with me. Still, the art overall is simple, yet elegant and vividly expressive. 9/10
Sound: The voice acting was absolutely perfect! The characters' emotions and personalities were portrayed in a very clear and concise manner on top of sounding their age. The characters' feelings can be readily felt in their voices, and each voice suited each character in each situation to excellent degrees. The opening and ending themes didn't catch on with me at first, but I grew to love them. As for the soundtrack, I didn't just hear the music, I felt it too. The classical music inspired soundtrack also accompinies the story to carry the appropriate emotions. Seriously, listen to the prolouge theme, as in right now. It is the most profound example of this phenomenon the OST can provide. Otherwise, the simplicity wins again, both in my heart and in it's catchy listening value outside the show. Pure ear candy 10/10.
Character: It's amazing how much I attached myself to the main heroine in just 10 minutes. She is among the deepest and most dynamic characters I've ever followed. Everything about her from her personality, motivations, and thought processes is perfectly justified and empathic to me. Manabe couldn't be a better foil for her, even if he tried. A guy who freely admits his perversion and an overall free and flexible thinker makes for the best long-term counter to Kotoura's telepathy in the most enjoyable way possible. Manabe may be an idiot, but his heart is definitely in the right place and he knows it! The guy definitely earns his balls as well as Kotoura's love by the end. The main supporting cast also develops surprisingly well and likable over, but some of those character's motivations were sold a bit short (I'm looking at you, Moritani, and your distaste for dojo inheritance). Muruto's neutral stance towards Mifune is also annoying and baffling to me, but not extremely so. Otherwise, the characters felt human and were dramaticly driven and they all had real power behind them. 9/10
Enjoyment: I marathoned the entire show in just one night. That alone speaks volumes how much I enjoyed this show: it was an insatiable addiction! 10/10
Overall: WATCH IT! I don't care who you are, or what genre you're normally into. Do yourself a service: drown in your own tears, break yourself in laughter, and/or just enjoy the ride. It's probably the wildest emotional roller coaster out there if you can stand seeing Manabe's perverted thoughts. 10/10 read more
Prepare yourselves for a good brief enjoyment.
At the beginning, we got a great dose of drama. To be honest I almost cried. I was worried about if they could do a good job mixing the comedy and the drama, without making any drastic change, but after ten minutes I was laughing and during all the anime both were mixed very well. Besides, although the drama is a little bit exaggerated, it will reach you and you will establish an emotional bond with the main character quickly. In addition, the story transmits a good message about the injustice of the way the society thinks, unfortunately it is too forced, for being too cruel and for being too pure. Kotoura has had problems with establishing relationships because of her ability to read people´s minds and according to the anime, everybody except her new friends have bad thoughts all the time. And that is something I didn’t like because it is not very realistic. However, that’s the only bad point of the story. It is enjoyable and charming.
The art is not something that will amaze you but you will be comfortable with and surely you will enjoy the expressivity of the faces when they are surprised. There are some people that didn’t liked the way the mouth of Muroto is drowned, but I found it very funny and a good way to give liveliness to one of the less participating characters.
Referring to the sound, I know when a soundtrack is good when in the scenes I notice that background music stringing along with the moment. In this case I didn’t realize at all. They are suitable for the scenes but nothing to be aware of. The same goes for the opening and ending songs and seyus. They all do their job good but without delighting us.
About the characters, they are pretty well done, however I think they could have done a better job with their psychological part. The main character, as I said before, has problems to socialize and the huge problems she has had and the distrust she has in people disappear surprisingly quickly as she met Manabe. I think it would have been great to give that part more importance, but I understand that with only 12 chapters they have to focus in other things. Referring to Manabe, the main male character, he is very simple but his perverted thoughts and the relationship he has with Kotoura offers plenty of comedy, and a little bit romance, to the anime. About Moritani, I didn’t like her psychological evolution very much either. She is also a lovely character, but it is unrealistic how fast she stops having bad thoughts about Kotoura. And the last thing I would like to remark about is Kotoura’s mother. I like the role she has, it is essential for the drama part, but like I’ve said, it would have been great if they had developed psychologically more this character and give more emphasize and more depth to the relationship between Kotoura and her. The other characters, although they fulfill well their part, there is no need to say anything else about them.
In summary, it is a very entertaining anime, which mixes very well drama and comedy. I enjoyed it very much. However, because of its length, it cannot offer an in depth psychological part but enough to catch your attention and to teach you a little bit of empathy. I recommend it if you are looking for something light, charming and entertaining, but I don’t if you are looking for a great drama or something that will move your heart. 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 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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