Takehito Kumagami's clairvoyance leads his group of friends to another child with supernatural powers: Iori Sekiguchi, a mind reader. However, as they try to approach her, they realize her power makes her nearly impossible to pin down. Having been chosen by the club to handle this case, Nao Tomori and Yuu Otosaka must find a way to get around the child's unique ability before it is too late.
Disclaimer:English is not my native language so forgive so there are gramatical errors in this review
As someone that was never a fan of Charlotte i went into this ova with very little expectations.A special though would be a good chance to to resolve some of the thousand of unexplained things that the series second half had and give some better closure to the story.
Story:But this is not the direction this episode went.this episode follow the work of the student council in their quest to find ability users. Basically pretty much the same pattern of the first half of the series and as such
it adds nothing to the overall story.Although not enterely a bad premise the problem lies with the execution.this episode cointains the same issues as the main seriesthe change of focus between comedy and drama is extremely jarring and Charlotte continues to use plot devices to victimaze characters we know nothing about or care just for the usual forced fells
Characters:nothing remarkable to see here these characters are mostly used as comic relief barely have a personality and the screentime they have is minimun(yusarin takajou ayumi).Our protagonista otasaka yuu serves mostly as a passive observer for the events and nao is the most noticeble among them for her playfull atitude.None of them have any development or are explored in any way
Sound:best aspect f the show.Both opening and enging really fits the show well.The opening gets a cherrfull feeling that combines greatly with the comedic first half and the more sober ending also fits with the second half that is more focused on the drama
Animation:the animation for this series is average despite the attention to detail in the backgrounds and the great usage of color due to the generic character designs and sloopy moviments
Enjoyment:for me there is barely any enjoyemnt in this episode.The attempts at drama and comedy were so poorly handled and spaced out that it was impossible to care for the drama and the comedy consisted exclusively the usage of the same jokes that made it impossible to care
This special fails both at adding something to the main storylinine,characters and in being a self contained story.It still is recommendable for fans of the series that are looking for more and it mainstais the structure the first episodes of the main series had
I wouldn't normally review an OVA (or really leave a review at all to be honest) however I felt I need to for this one.
This OVA is similar to the first couple of episodes of the Charlotte series, in fact the best time to watch I feel it would be just after episode 4 or 5.
This OVA really reminded me of why I continued to watch Charlotte in the first place, it has a great, fun and enjoyable story and has the same great characters, art and sound of the main series.
If you were
a fan of the first half of Charlotte give this OVA a go, you won't be disappointed.....except for the fact it doesn't tell you anything that happens after the series ends which most fans really would want to know since as I mentioned earlier it probably takes place around episode 4 or 5.
Drama is a critical genre, it's like a fire; you can make great stuff out of it, but misusing it might create a mess.
Charlotte is one of these anime that misuse Drama for several reasons:
1) Exaggerated reactions: When this happens, it looks very obvious what the show is trying to do; trying hard to be emotional, dramatic, and maybe tragic. But this is wrong, because it's unrealistic; and that's what's the Drama needs, the reality.
2) Poor written characters: It's a Drama, it's about feelings. But the question is; How can one have feelings toward poor written characters they don't even care about? It would be
Unfortunately Charlotte didn't focus on its characters and kept most of them non-developed/underdeveloped and tried to be emotional with characters we don't care about; it's annoying.
3) Conclusion: When the Drama ends with "Everything has gone right like nothing happened at all". Don't misunderstand me, I'm not hating on "Happy Endings"; I'm reffering to the empty conclusions with no progression, no changes, no losses, and no gains; It's forced; it's a "Poor happy ending"
Story: The premise actually was thought-provoking; it reminded me of the 1st episode of Kino no Tabi. What if "People can read into other people's mind" Charlotte explored that with forced sad events just in order to create a Drama. I'm okay with those "forced sad events" though, However; I'm surely not with bad Charlotte's Drama.
Characters: All MC characters weren't acting differently; same characters BUT:
For some reason Nao Tomori who's known to be calm and collected, rational with logical-thinking is suddenly now being aggressive, abusive, and emotional. Yes...it's a character development, but that's a wrong timing for that, unfortunately.
Art/Sound: Same good art; but OH GOD I don't like that awful cute- looking art style of characters. I don't remember any of the OST's; all of them are bad except for the somehow prominent opening/ending songs.
Overrall: It's just another episode of the episodic episodes of Charlotte; it's slow-paced and wasn't that thick (very little happened), and filled with a few old-ass humor cliches and the usual bad Charlotte's drama; still, I believe this episode is far better than most of other Charlotte episodes.