Rinka Urushiba is an ordinary, if poor, high school student. With her father no longer employed, she spends every day working to save money so that they can both keep living in their small apartment.
That all changes one day when Rinka sees a flying penguin and chases it to the top of the New Tokyo Tower—where she is confronted by a glowing fish swimming through the sky, who grants her the power to phase through solid objects, turning her hair as white as snow in the process. The only problem is that she isn't the only one to gain superpowers, and Tokyo quickly finds itself in dire need of heroes.
Tokyo ESP follows Rinka's struggles as she inadvertently becomes the heroine known to the public as the "White Girl" for her hair and powers. Working alongside Kyoutarou Azuma, a classmate with the power of teleportation, she'll deal with the growing threat of those that would abuse their own powers. But will she and her sense of justice be able to survive as the stakes grow higher, and the foes they face grow stronger?
Rather than an actual review, this will consist of a list of warnings for those interested in seeing this. So, let's begin:
-If you feel that good animation is necessary to enjoy an anime, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you like anime to take its time and not suddenly rush things, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you don't like weird things that don't really get explained (ie. flying penguins, flying glowing fishes...), you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you like characters that can stand on their own thanks to a good charcterization, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you hate it when characters suddenly become stronger/weaker for plot requirements, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If what you seek is climatic fights that don't end suddenly, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you like deep character interactions and a well-done character development, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If what you're expecting is a dark, gritty tale of discrimination, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you don't like it when most things feel like filler that have no impact on the end, you probably shouldn't watch this.
-If you watch the first episode and expect the rest to be like that, you REALLY shouldn't watch this.
If none of the former matter to you, you shouldn't have a problem with it.read more
IN A WORLD, WHERE PENGUINS CAN TAKE FLIGHT..
AND GLOWING FLYING FISH CAN GRANT PEOPLE SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES..
COMES A YOUNG GIRL..
WITH THE ABILITY TO WALK THROUGH SOLID OBJECTS..
SHE WILL EMBARK ON A QUEST TO SAVE TOKYO..
FROM TWO-FACE AND HIS TEAM OF ESPERS..
She realizes her ability is useless against them and is beaten to submission against everyone she fights with.
I finished Ga-Rei: Zero a few days ago (enjoyed the shit out of it) and heard that Kagura and Yomi are on this Anime i thought to myself "wow really?, does this mean this is a side story or someones point of view to the GRZ story" but no they're just there for 2 minutes and then never seen again.
Well anyway, i'll keep the story brief.
Tokyo ESP centers around a teenaged girl named Rinka Urushiba who must stop some douchebag from creating conflict between Humans and Espers.
A few people are introduced and help her along the way including Peggy a flying penguin (the anime does not explain why it flies) whos main purpose is just to sadly get its ass beat by the enemy.
One annoying thing is during the last 2 episodes of the anime the characters randomly pull out a "Special Move" and end it with something like "This is the fruit of my training!" well then, when the hell did you start your training? the only character we see training (and failing) is the Protagonist and her final result is the ability to normally kick someone in the face.
I thought that Rinka's ability was a smart idea but for this Anime it was stupid. Besides checking if someone is buried under concrete there was no purpose of it because she can't save them herself and she can't go through people or their attacks plus her fighting skills are pretty weak (that is why she trains) so it normally ends with her and her face in the floor.
The Osts i thought were out of place.
The opening Ost was cheerful and happy and was like 'Hey lets run in a field of sunflowers'.
While the ending Ost is the opposite it's heavy metal and really dark, a bit too dark for this Anime. But this Ost for me was probably the best thing about this Anime. Just waiting for the episode to finish just to hear it again.
So yeah, thats all i can say about Tokyo ESP not really a great Anime to watch and has quite a bit of flaws. Ga-Rei fans will be disappointed. read more
Tokyo ESP. A show about people with a variety of superpowers duking it out against each other. How can you go wrong with that?
Frankly, the story of ESP is a jumbled mess. The first episode sets the stage well. It introduces the world and the conflict between factions, and leaves the story open to development. Super powered beings called Espers have rebelled and taken Tokyo hostage. People are panicking. Everything is going wrong. And then the protagonist appears to save the day. The first episode left me keen for more. I was exited to see where the plot would go.
And then, it pulled a Gungrave and threw the plot back into the past.
Starting a story in the present and then jumping back to the past is a horrible decision. If you see a character in the present episode, you know they at least survive until that point. Therefore, any fights that are supposed to be highly impact full and tense really don't amount to anything.
The entire past arc felt like I was watching a drawn out montage.
After trudging through ESP's past sequence, eagerly awaiting the part of the story I was interested in, I was greeted with one of the most lackluster finales I've ever watched. All the plot's events basically amount to nothing, the villains motivations make absolutely no sense, and the conclusion is left open ended for a second season. On its own, Tokyo ESP just doesn't stack up, and I doubt a second season will change that.
ESP also tries its hand at making a love triangle between characters, but it feels forced and falls flat. There's also an attempt to touch on themes of racism and unfair judgement, but again, this doesn't strike a nerve at all.
Art wise, ESP doesn't stand out, nor does it suffer from poor animation quality. Its just average.
Again, nothing that memorable here either. Whilst background sounds and the VO are passable, Tokyo ESP's OST is lacking, so it falls below average.
Nothing special about Tokyo ESP's characters at all. They're mostly shallow and one dimensional, and a lot of their actions don't make any sense. There are some moments where they can be likeable, but these are few and far between. ESP also contains the contender for worst villain (I've never witnessed a character this poorly constructed).
Like the other categories, the characters just fell flat.
In conclusion, Tokyo ESP just felt like a waste. The premise is wasted, the story is jumbled, the characters are dull. All that stands out are its flaws, and there are many.
In a world full of crime, there is an anime that has potential to became awesome using superpowers, however, it turned out to be a mess. That anime is Tokyo ESP. Tokyo ESP is produced by Xebec.
The story follows Rinka Urushiba, a normal high school student who is a bit poor and her father is the only one who raise her. Rinka has to work as a waitress after school to raise money for rent and food. One day, she sees a penguin and some glowing fish swimming through the sky. Rinka came into contact with the fish and she develops ESP powers. ESP Powers are basically supernatural powers.
This anime was inspired by X-Men powers and so they produced an anime that deals with supernatural powers. It wasn't known in the US because people might think that this anime copied X-Men powers.
The problem with this anime is that they never address where does the glowing fish came from. Not only that the plot is a complete mess. Events just happen randomly without any meaning at all. The second episode is basically the first episode where Rinka was lying naked in the room.
The ending gives no closure to all the characters.
The animation at some parts are bland and wooded, while other parts are decent. The first episode fight was good while the rest not so much.
The opening and ending are ok.
Black Fist is my favourite character of the show. She is intimidating and badass.
Rinka is also a badass however, her personality wasn't interesting to me.
Azuma is a generic character who is always there for Rinka.
I guess there is not much to say for the rest of the characters. They are too generic even the main villain as well.
Overall, Tokyo ESP could have been entertaining but with it's lacklustre story, uninteresting characters and anti-climactic ending, it just comes off as forgettable.