Rinka Urushiba works part time as a waitress to help out her unemployed father. By all accounts, her life in Tokyo is a relatively normal one—but her sense of normalcy begins to fade when she inexplicably sees a flying penguin one day. Chasing it all the way to the top of a building, she encounters more surprises, including flying goldfish and another person—a classmate named Kyoutarou Azuma—who can also see these strange things. After Rinka passes out when a goldfish phases through her, she wakes up an esper with the ability to phase her body through solid matter.
However, her newfound ability is not the only strange thing about her: when she uses her powers, her hair turns white. Deciding reluctantly to use this new gift to help the city, she becomes Tokyo's new hero, dubbed the "White Girl." Along with Kyoutarou, who gained the power of teleportation, Rinka begins righting the wrongs in the city while fighting other espers who have much less noble intentions.
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.
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.
Tokyo ESP is just about exactly what it sounds like. Tokyo is the location of the setting while ESP stands for extra-sensory perception. Add two more letters to that and you get ‘esper’, the term used to designate individuals who possesses powers beyond human capability. The premise is essentially about a girl named Rinka Urushiba who develops special abilities of her own after one faithful day that changes her life forever. It’s nothing new to see really as generic would be the first word that comes to mind if I was to describe this setup. To enjoy Tokyo ESP, you’ll have to see the show
from another perspective for some painless fun.
From the same author that bought to you Ga-Rei, don’t be surprised if you see some similarities. Hajime Segawa’s writing combines an essence of supernatural in a modern setting with some depth of dark edginess. Director Shigehito Takayanagi’s involvement is also somewhat noticeable with his return. Nonetheless, the first episode essentially drops down a lot of concept. The main focus is that espers are perceived as monsters due to their potentials. Treated perhaps as malevolent entities of the world, the introduction shows espers showing off their powers while the world appalled by their actions. It quickly goes with a path of action in full throttle mode with even a bike crash gimmick to add to the mix. However, that’s only the beginning.
The show actually breaks down the barriers of the story in little molecules. That’s because the following episodes begins to follow the life of a regular high school girl. Meet Rinka, a girl who has developed the ability to phase through objects. When using the power, her hair turns white. Hence, the medium dubs her the “White Girl”. Get it? Sounds cheesy but it makes sense to portray what she is. What we also learn about Rinka is that she has a strong sense of justice developed by the influence of her father. Justice comes at a price though as we learn how dangerous some of Rinka’s opponents can be. The show introduces other espers some who uses their power for good such as Kyotaro Azuma while others uses them for evil. The generic ‘good vs evil’ cliché takes onto high gear as each episode begins to unravel itself. What we also learn is the hidden motive of an organization seeking to bind the world under their power. In honesty, this whole superpower enterprise is so straightforward, one can’t help but thinking the concept is overdue. Perhaps X-Men would ring a bell with this show’s gimmicks. I don’t label Tokyo ESP as an X-Men clone though but rather as an example with their similarities. Taken for granted, Tokyo ESP also likes to play around a bit with its premise with a balance of lighthearted comedy.
Despite the parallelism with X-Men, Tokyo ESP is somewhat clever with its concepts. The series both tell and shows how esper develop their powers through contact with a mysterious fish. Did you hear that right? As bizarre as it sounds, the premise adapts these tones and gets stranger when you see a penguin flying in the air. By the time Tokyo ESP ends though, you shouldn’t be too surprised with the methods this show use to introduce characters and concepts. You’ll feast eyes on flying psychic fishes, talking panda, flying penguins, and over-sized tankers in mid-air during broad daylight. This show might as well rename itself Tokyo War when it comes to the way espers are treated. From propaganda and accusation, espers are labeled as evil. The amount of prejudice is almost surprising as the show sets it up so that almost anyone can gain esper powers thus changing momentum. However, cleverness also has its limits. The classic ‘evil organization tries to rule the world’ takes no time to make itself well known. The organization led by a man named “The Professor” plays the role antagonists with his sub-coordinates. Of course, it’s easy to guess what Rinka has to say about that. But with all this, it leads to inadequate balance of the story especially with pacing. In essence, it’s bad storytelling.
Besides Rinka, the show likes to surround itself with others that gets involved with the story. Characters such as Kobushi and Peggy steps into the shoes of supporting roles with little development. There is some relationship dynamics though. The most prominent would be Rinka and her father as we see their closeness. Azuma and Minami also shares an oddball bond although it sharply contrasts with the family values of Rinka’s connection. Unfortunately, characterization is almost non-existent for many of the characters as the show goes full turbo with its story. Actually, that could be wrong as the pacing of the show’s story also feels slow at times. Training exercises and peculiar humor substitutes with story development while high school girl crushes recreates an attempt at romance development between the main characters. It loses focus when it comes to the heartfelt moments. Although there are some back stories (mostly vague and leaves viewers in the dark), it doesn’t ultimate achieve its intended purpose. The heartfelt moments doesn’t really touch the heart at all as it’s easy to lose interest in the characters.
Additionally, the story couldn’t be any more generic as The Professor declares the world (in his own view) as ‘beyond saving’. In truth, the show uses these generic attributes to flesh out the potentials of the heroes. Rinka in particular challenges against The Professor’s ideology with both her words and actions. Besides that, the show also likes to challenge itself with how much prejudice can go. In one particular case, a woman almost gets herself and her son killed as the world realizes how dangerous espers can truly be when provoked. It teaches a lesson to humans as to what justifies as morally right or wrong. The problem is how Tokyo ESP presents this lesson as it’s too straightforward…especially with the resulting consequences. However, the series is able to rebound a bit itself when it comes to creativity with espers. There are a variety of powers that let the viewers see the testament of esper powers. Whether it’s telekinesis, teleportation, or phasing, the show stays honest with its technical aspects. These powers also result in some spectacular fighting sequences with decent adaptation.
Studio Xebecs had their hands full on this adaptation. They played around with it a bit and the result is a moderate portrait of its framework. Character designs are tolerant with faithfulness to the manga. However, there’s nothing particularly special about it either. Fan service is minimal although there are some suggestive camera shots that raises eyebrows. Background artwork is also fairly simple and underdeveloped. The most prominent aspect of the visuals might be the special effects. Some optimism will pay off as the fighting between espers can be attractive to watch. Overall though, the artwork isn’t anything special but not terribly wrong either.
Music reminds me of the time when I used to watch X-Men. The OST has this vibrant beat that suggests every action should be shounen-like while adapting superpower themes. It shouldn’t be a mistake to underestimate this show’s diehard edginess with the soundtrack either. Most climatic scenes are capped off with dynamic entrances and exits. Now, I do give credit to some of the character voices in particular when they are in situations that evoke emotions. The OP and ED songs also have a sense of creativity with the artistic montage and symbolism.
12 episodes. This might raise the question such as “is that all?” The show could probably work better for a full 2 cour series especially considering the manga actually has two parts. Nonetheless, Tokyo ESP seems like one of those shows that grows progressively incoherent. It’s good for some combative action and sets up its premise right with developing interest. However, the way characters are crafted falls into a hole of non-sensational worth. The minimal character development, lack of relationship building, and dive between goofy/serious moments struggles to earn the show any praise. In the end, Tokyo ESP is a show with somewhat acceptable fashioned action and fun. However, it’s far from attaining superior satisfaction on screen.