Charlotte is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created by P.A. Aniplex also works under the direction of Yoshiyuki Asai. The story takes place in an alternate reality where a small percentage of children exhibit superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. The focus is on Yuu Otosaka, a high school student who awakens the ability to temporarily possess others, which brings him to the attention of Nao Tomori, the student council president of a school founded as a haven for children with such abilities.
Episodes – 01 – 14
Status – Completed
July 5, 2015 – September 27, 2015
Charlotte is set in an alternate reality where a short-period comet called Charlotte orbits Earth every 75 years. When this happens, the dust spreads to Earth, causing a small percentage of dust-breathing teenage children to exhibit superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. In Japan, the story follows the protagonist Yuu Otosaka, a boy who awakens the ability to temporarily possess another person for five seconds. Although he hopes to use his powers to cheat his carefree school life, he is unexpectedly exposed by Nao Tomori, a girl who can make herself invisible for a specific purpose. She forces him to go to Hoshinumi Academy and join her student council, of which she is president. Also on the student council is Zoujiro Takadjo, a boy who can move at an uncontrollably high speed. The main purpose of the student council is to ensure the safety of ability users from organizations that seek to use their abilities. In doing so, the student council warns ability users of the potential dangers of openly using their abilities. This leads the student council to Yusa Nishimori, a pop singer who, as a medium, has the ability to channel the spirits of the dead. Misa, Yusa’s dead older sister, often uses this ability to wield it freely at any time, allowing Misa to use her own ability, pyrokinesis. Soon, Nao agreed to transfer Yusu to the Hoshinumi Academy and join the student council.
Yuu’s younger sister, Ayumi, unexpectedly awakens the ability to make everything around her suddenly collapse, leading to her death. As a result, Yuu falls into a deep depression and becomes isolated, but Nao successfully pulls him out of the depression and forces him to return to the student council. Attending a concert by post-rock band Zhiend with Nao, Yuu recalls previously suppressed memories of her older brother Shunsuk, who has the ability to travel through time. Shunsuke used this ability to found Hoshinumi Academy and a subsidiary trying to develop a vaccine to prevent children from developing abilities before they manifested, but its reuse left him blind. Yuu learns that the true nature of his abilities allows him to steal another person’s abilities by possessing them. Yuu uses Shunsuke’s ability to travel back in time and ultimately prevents Ayumi from dying by stealing her collapse ability before she can use it.
The terrorist group manages to kidnap Nao and Kumagami, one of Shunsuke’s closest friends and assistants, and hold them hostage in exchange for Yuu, who tries to save them. However, the operation does not go as planned, with the result that Kumagami is killed and Yuu is badly injured. After Yuu recovers, he decides to protect all ability users around the world by stealing their abilities according to Nao’s suggestion. As Yuu travels the world of stealing abilities, the more powers he gains soon take their toll on him, and he begins to lose his memories and sense of himself. However, he still manages to steal the abilities of all people around the world before he passes out. Shunsuke saves Yuu by returning him to Japan to his friends and family. Yuu has no past memories, but Nao tells him that she is his girlfriend. Yuu and his friends look forward to the memories they will leave from now on as Yuu continues to recover from his trials.
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