Charlotte (シャーロット, Shārotto) is a Japanese anime television series directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. While P.A. Works and Aniplex are responsible for the animation, the original concept was laid down by Jun Maeda and original character design by Na-Ga, both affiliated with VisualArt's/Key. The anime began airing in Japan on July 4, 2015, and is simulcast by Crunchyroll and Animax Asia in South and Southeast Asia.
The screenplay is written by Jun Maeda, who originally conceived the series. The art director is Kazuki Higashiji, and Kanami Sekiguchi based the character design used in the anime on Na-Ga's original designs. Sound and music direction is headed by Satoki Iida.
The opening theme is 「Bravely You」 by Lia and the ending theme is 「Yakeochinai Tsubasa」 (灼け落ちない翼, "The Wings that Won't Be Burned Down") by Aoi Tada. 「Rakuen Made」 (楽園まで, "To Paradise") by How-Low-Hello is used as the ending theme of episode three and four.
An English dub was announced at A-Kon on June 4, 2016 along with the principle cast and ADR director, Tony Oliver.
Charlotte follows the story of four students in an alternate reality from Hoshinoumi Academy, a school founded to protect children with special abilities that develop during puberty, as they search for and protect others like them throughout Japan.
These students include Yū Otosaka, a boy with the power to control another person, albeit only for 5 seconds and only when directly looking at the target, Nao Tomori, who uses her power to become invisible to one person she chooses in order to convince others to listen to her, Jōjirō Takajō, with the power to move extremely quickly making it look like teleportation, and Yusa Nishimori who is usually possessed by her deceased pyrokinetic sister, Misa, due to her ability as a medium.
The list below provides the sequential order of the episodes of Charlotte.
No. In Series
|1||"I Think About Others"||July 4, 2015|
|A small percentage of adolescents have onsets of special abilities. Yu Otosaka deftly uses an ability that takes over a target's body for five seconds to live the school life of an honor student, and gets accepted into a prestigious high school. Just when Yu is about to live a stable life in high school, a girl named Nao Tomori appears before him...|
|2||"Melody of Despair"||July 11, 2015|
|Yu unwillingly acts together with the student council and runs amok to secure individuals with special abilities. This brings to light why Tomori is determined to fulfill student council duties in face of danger - a past involving a cruel destiny that awaited an ability wielder.|
|3||"Love and Flame"||July 18, 2015|
|Information concerning a new ability wielder reaches Yu and the active student council members. In their search of an individual with two abilities of soul possession and pyrokinesis, Yu and company comes across a particular pop idol.|
|4||"Moment of Earnest"||July 25, 2015|
|The information of an ability wielder that Kumagami relays to the student council on the day Yusa transfers into Hoshinoumi Academy points to a high school baseball pitcher that Tomori already had her eyes on. His ability is telekinesis. Against a pitcher that uses his ability to pitch what could be called diabolical balls, the Hoshinoumi Academy student council challenges him to a game of baseball to make him stop doing so.|
|5||"The Sound You Heard Sometime"||August 01, 2015|
|With the information from Kumagami as a hint, the student council members continue a stakeout in the middle of the mountains where a wielder of a special ability supposedly hangs out. As they spend their time barbecuing and fishing, Yu comes across the music of ZHIEND through Tomori's music player.
And, the one that appeared in front of them as they continued the stakeout...
|6||"Happiness You Did Not Notice"||August 08, 2015|
|The location of the new ability wielder according to Kumagami was the condo where Ayumi was currently home with a cold. Ayumi tells Yu and Tomori who came to see how she was doing about the nightmare that she had.
Tomori, thinking that the dream's details can be a hint in figuring out Ayumi's ability, tells Yu to draw out the contents of Ayumi's dream from her...
|7||"The End of the Exodus"||August 15, 2015|
|Yu, crestfallen by the fact that he lost his little sister Ayumi, shuts himself alone inside his home and cuts all communication with the outside world. Denying even the worried student council members that came to check on him, Yu leads a dissolute life only to find appearing before him...|
|8||"Encounter"||August 22, 2015|
|Yu, starting to accept Ayumi's death, attends school for the first time in a while. There, he finds comfort in a school life that has not changed from before. Then, he ends up having to attend a ZHIEND live gig alone with Tomori, but on the way back home from school that day, he bumps into a foreign-looking woman carrying a white cane.|
|9||"The World that is No Longer Here"||August 29, 2015|
|Yu ends up heading to a ZHIEND live gig alone with Tomori. The gigs starts and the audience heats up, but Yu feels a strange feeling within his heart...|
|10||"Plunder"||September 5, 2015|
|Yu's big brother Shunsuke has the power to leap through time, but has lost his eyesight from utilizing this ability repeatedly, and is no longer able to use his power. So, now Yu must take his big brother’s place and save Ayumi.|
|11||"Charlotte"||September 12, 2015|
|Kumagami and Medoki appear before Yu Otosaka after he successfully rescues Ayumi. Within the laboratory facilities that they take the siblings to, Yu finds out the reason behind the outbreaks of special abilities. Kumagami then gains information regarding a new ability wielder and heads to Hoshinoumi Academy, but...|
|12||"Promise"||September 19, 2015|
|The friends from student council and Ayumi come visit Yu who is hospitalized from his injuries. Among them is Tomori. During his conversation with Tomori, Yu makes a certatin decision.|
|13||"Memories to Come"||September 26, 2015|
|The decision that Yu makes is to plunder the ability of every last wielder of a special ability on Earth. It is a choice that provides salvation to every ability-wielder, but at the same time, it is a choice that makes Yu pay a huge price in return.|
|No. In Series||Title Card||Title||Airdate|
|13||"The Strong Ones"||March 30, 2016|
|An extra episode bundled with the seventh Charlotte Blu-ray and DVD volume.
A full episode that takes place after the events of episode #5 but before episode #6.
The episode starts with Kumagami telling the team the location of a mind reader. They investigate and find a girl, Iori Sekiguchi. The team agrees that it would be best for Nao and Yuu to handle her case.
Blu-ray & DVD
- Blu-ray & DVD 1
- Blu-ray & DVD 2
- Blu-ray & DVD 3
- Blu-ray & DVD 4
- Blu-ray & DVD 5
- Blu-ray & DVD 6
- Blu-ray & DVD 7
|Art Director||Kazuki Higashiji|
|Sound Director||Satoki Iida|
- Anime Production: P.A. Works
- Original Concept: VisualArt's/Key
- Other Production Companies: Kadokawa Corporation, Aniplex
|Character||Japanese Voice||English Voice|
|Yū Otosaka||Kouki Uchiyama||Ray Chase|
|Nao Tomori||Ayane Sakura||Lauren Landa|
|Jōjirō Takajō||Takahiro Mizushima||Lucien Dodge|
|Yusa Nishimori||Maaya Uchida||Ryan Bartley|
|Ayumi Otosaka||Momo Asakura||Kira Buckland|
- Opening Theme: 「Bravely You 」by Lia.
- Ending Themes: 「灼け落ちない翼」(Yake Ochinai Tsubasa ) by Aoi Tada and「楽園まで」(Rakuen Made) by Yusa Nishimori (voiced by Maaya Uchida)
- Fans consider that Charlotte is a combination between Professor Layton and Norn9 due to the very similar storyline and concept.