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 30123 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
As the winter season of 2013 comes to an end, and the new spring season fast approaching, I thought I would take the time to review a little romcom show at the beginning of the 2013 anime season by the name of Kotoura-san; a show, which I feel is slightly above average than what most romcom's would have.
Story (7.48/10): The story of Kotoura-san is interesting nonetheless. As a big fan of great exposition, I find the one to this show, to be some of the fastest, and most informative exposition in all of anime history. In just about ten minutes into the show, the first fifteen or so years of Kotoura Haruka's life is revealed to the audience, giving an absolute perfect start for the rest of the series. From the trials and tribulations of her life, Haruka is now exposed to newfound experiences and joys, from which she had never experienced before.
From this, the anime does seem quite interesting, as the exposition is the reason why this anime is so popular. As for the rest of the series, well...it doesn't really quite match up. The idea of the series revolves around Haruka's psychic ability to read people's minds, which gives a quite tragic and devastating-looking story as she suffers bullying and loneliness, completely changing her outlook on life. This idea is shown and does make up the show, for about 3 to 4 episodes.
What I find very confusing about this show, is the fact that it doesn't know what it wants to be. It wants to be a romantic comedy, involving a perverted guy as the main lead, but it also wants to be a drama show where the main character still faces the problems that she has had for the entirety of her life. In the end, we get this heavily mixed show, which is the combination of both ideas, which isn't executed as well as it could've been. Sure, by themselves, we would get a good show either way, but together, it didn't quite seem to click for me.
On top of that, the anime does get a tad side-story like as the anime does go a completely different direction halfway through the anime, and forgets the most important aspect, the mind-reading ability that Kotoura has. While yes, the anime does go back on track and put that as the main focus again towards the end, it was a bit odd seeing how the anime seemed to forget what it really was in the first place.
The ending felt a bit rushed too, as the creators seemed to just place a bunch of things together in order to create something that resembled an end. It felt like a rushed piece of work, and it was slightly saddening for the whole series to end on something so generic and rushed. Good end, but it was an idea done before.
The series altogether felt like a romcom with a small twist in it in the end. There's nothing wrong with a romcom, (as I watch many of them), but the way it was presented, along with this other idea that didn't click as well as it could've, made it a little awkward to watch. A fair story still, nonetheless.
Characters (7.69/10): Kotoura Haruka, as the main character of the entire show, as well as her last name being the show's title as a whole, is a very standard moe girl with a slight twist to her. For the most part, she is presented as a girl who has had many hardships in life. In fact, she is presented as a cold, unsocial girl after the 10 minute exposition. Beyond the first 2 episodes, Haruka becomes a rather different character, getting embarrassed at the main guy's perverted thoughts, always smiling, and being happy. It felt rushed. Like my previous point, the story of Kotoura-san was presented as a tragic story, so it was quite odd to see the actual affected person be so cheerful and happy at the very start of the anime. Personally, I do like her character, as she starts to open up as she begins to feel like a normal person, as well as having more of a personality than 80% of the anime female world, but the series went a bit to fast on her development to become a general romcom main female.
Next is Manabe (I can't remember his first name). One word, pervert. Manabe is shown at the very beginning to be a very perverted guy, having these fantasies about Kotoura inviting him to do things, which, coupled with her mind-reading ability, makes for some interesting flip-outs. Manabe is actually quite generic. He obviously cares very much for Kotoura, and does his very best to protect and care for her, but honestly, I really can't think of anything else in terms of who or what he is. His personality really only stems off from Kotoura, and I felt like he really didn't have anything else other than that. Most of the other characters actually do have better character traits and personalities than him.
Mifune Yuriko. Normally, I wouldn't talk about more characters other than the main two, but this cast of characters is so small, that I felt like I should put more work into explaining the cast in greater detail. Yuriko is the president of the ESP society, which is the home base for this show. (Reminds me of Haruhi's SOS brigade. Even the gender ratios are the same.) As an outgoing sort of girl, Yuriko actually has quite a lot of depth for a secondary female character. I could even go as far as saying that she has more than Manabe. Without spoiling too much, Yuriko has also had a tragic past, and uses it as her motivation for continuing what she is doing throughout the series. She has a lot of growth as well, and I was surprised that the rest of the cast got a lot of growth in terms of development.
Daichi. Short guy with glasses, and a strong attachment with Yuriko. Quite comical and wise. He's sort of the short end of the stick here.
Moritani Hiyori. I find this character to be quite a drastic addition to this somewhat balanced cast, as her initial debut can turn some people off. As the would-be successor of the Moritani Dojo, (where everyone shouts Mori for every pose they make), Hiyori is shown to have a lot of growth as well by starting off as an antagonist in the good half of the show, and becoming a friend in the meh part of the show. She gets a good chunk of development, and has some good points to her as a character.
The side characters consist of about 5 noticable characters, with two of them being Haruka's family, and the other three being those other ones that help drive the story along. There's not too much development there for them, but they provide some decent obstacles and support for Haruka's existence, making her a bigger focus for the show.
Overall, the cast is decent, consisting of fairly well developed females, and underdeveloped males, creating a sort of cast that sort of works, but could use some help. It wasn't a perfect cast, but it was good enough, I suppose.
Art and sound (7.34/10 and 7.65/10): The art of Kotoura-san is a heavily, white oriented palette with most of the colors and character designs featuring a brighter color on the spectrum. It has a very big slice-of-life and simple feel, as the characters do feature exaggerated expressions with the majority of the episode consisting of them. (Mostly, Kotoura makes the exaggerated expressions.) The character designs are mostly moe-heavy, as Kotoura is very moe herself. The light-hearted looking art is quite pleasing to the eyes and overall quite decent. It's also quite easy to tell if a character is in a normal state or in a slightly insane state.
The sound is quite an interesting mix. The OP has a very happy and cheerful feel with a soft voice for the singer. It's very reminiscent of a romcom show as it sounds somewhat generic. I wouldn't say it was to the point of it being forgettable, but it does sound somewhat generic. The ED is a huge contrast, featuring a very sad and tragic song with images of Kotoura as the background. It sounds pretty damn good, and it was definitely different than normal. There are still some different ED's as comical ones, like a Kotoura chibi sliding on her stomach across ice, wearing a school swimsuit. (Not even kidding.) I like how these tracks contrast, as the OP sort of starts out this anime in a happy and cheerful way, like how the anime is, before ending in a melancholy tone with the ED, always reminding you that you're watching a show with a tragic backstory.
The sound overall is definitely above average, and not as forgettable as many romance shows have churned out.
Personal Enjoyment (7.56/10): I will say that I am on the fence with this one. On one hand, I like the show, as I truly did feel compassion towards Kotoura for her difficult life and the curse she was born with. But on the other hand, I felt like it was sort of generic and predictable (as most romance shows usually are.) I still feel like the show was missing something in order to tie the tragic backstory and the light-hearted present day together, as the story felt like water and oil. No matter how you mix them up, they won't come together. Overall though, I did enjoy the show, as the light-hearted comedy did make me laugh some, and the story was quite intriguing for me to continue watching. In the end, I found this show to be a somewhat confusing show in its idea, but also a slightly rewarding show to watch as well. It wasn't perfect by any means, but it did provide some decent storytelling and messages throughout. I felt really happy for Kotoura in the end though, so thats a plus. Still could've gone without that last arc at the end. That felt really pointless. -_-
Overall Score: (7.34/10) read more
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
- 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.
Both series takes place at a school life setting where there is drama, comedy, and romance.
Both series are lighthearted and has a small cast of characters. The main female protagonist in both series has a reserved personality and originally had a different outlook on the main male protagonist.
Both series has its moments occasionally where tension surfaces between the duo. Yet, at times, friendship ties them together that brings them closer.
Very similar humor and it has also a good mix between silly/funny and romantic/dramatic moments.
The main character deals with her inner demons, and tries to figure out what her place is in the world. Although in Kotoura-san, the main character is a lot more bubbly, and friendlier.
Both series focus on character development between different sets of characters, although the characters in both are made entirely as a different cast, the feeling of focusing on the relationships between both. The main girl and guy both struggle to sort out their feelings for another throughout the series.
If you want a mix from sad-to-happy themes in an anime, Kotoura-san is what you should look for. If you want an anime filled with character development for finding the meaning to your-seemliness boring or out of place life, then Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is the answer for you. However both really focus on self-identity.
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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