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[[caption-width-right:350:The ESP Society. From left: Hiyori Moritani, Yoshihisa Manabe, Haruka Kotoura, Yuriko Mifune and Daichi Muroto [[TheRuntAtTheEnd (bottom-right corner)]].]]
''Kotoura-san'' is a web-published {{yonkoma}} manga by Enokids which has been adapted into an anime by {{AIC}} in the [[Winter2013Anime winter 2013 season]].

The story follows Haruka Kotoura, a fifteen-year old {{telepath|y}} who [[PowerIncontinence can't turn her ability off]]. As a child, she naively blurts out sensitive information and personal thought. This causes her to be unjustly labelled a compulsive liar; her friends and classmates reject and bully her; and her parents divorce because they cannot understand her special ability or how to deal with its repercussions. After years of persecution and ostracizing, she transfers to a new high school, where she meets Yoshihisa Manabe, a good-hearted boy who is transparent and honest and not scared of her ability.

Viewers in USA, Canada, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/kotourasan can watch it legally on Crunchyroll]].

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!!''Kotoura-san'' contains examples of:
* TheAbridgedSeries: Courtesy of [[http://www.youtube.com/user/IishTehScourgemaster Scourgemaster]], involving an ''even more'' {{emo|Teen}} and broken Haruka.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Haruka tells off Manabe for giving her an embarrassing photo of Moritani, only to crack up while alone and have a hard time not laughing around Moritani the rest of the next day.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: The anime does this by shifting the focus from Manabe to Haruka and adding in the very angsty DownerBeginning.
* AdultFear: Haruka's {{backstory}} includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.
* AdaptationExpansion: The DownerBeginning that shocked everyone? No, it does not exist in the manga.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Non-game example. In the manga, the first chapters were written in Manabe's perspective, but in the anime it was completely in Haruka's perspective.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: While there are still a significant amount of comedy moments, The DownerBeginning is just the first tear-stained bump in the road. [[TearJerker Guess you better have a forklift of tissue handy]].
* BeachEpisode: The second half of Episode 6.
* BedmateReveal: Happens to Manabe and Hiyori in episode 7, after the psychotrophic effects of Hiyori's bad, bad cooking. They slept together naked with Haruka on the same futon, with Manabe in the middle. Manabe thought he had a ThreeWaySex and had a HeelRealization. Hiyori thought she had sex with Manabe. Both were not true, but Haruka lectured them nonetheless.
* BigDamnHeroes: Manabe pulls one when saving Haruka in episode 11.
* BigFancyHouse: Haruka's grandfather's house. Particularly exaggerated in Episode 6 when the ESP Club members went there--turns out it has a private beach, and Zenzou built a ''theme park'' just because Haruka brought friends back for the first time...
* BlankWhiteEyes:
** When Yuriko found her mother [[spoiler:hanged herself]] in the manga.
** When Haruka saw a vision of [[spoiler:a violent scene]] in episode 8's stinger, in which she immediately collapsed due to HeroicBSOD.
* BlatantLies: Haruka seems to be hard to tell lies, so there's a few examples.
** The first on anime's promotional video, in which Haruka spent several minutes downplaying what {{telepathy}} does to her.. while having increasing amount of nervous sweat on the face, and she found she can't go on any more at the end of the video. [[spoiler:Of course, she's in no position to spoil the DownerBeginning.]]
** Manga-only: After Manabe and Haruka came back to Haruka's apartment in Chapter[=/=]Episode 1, the first thing Manabe asked was why Haruka lives alone, and Haruka wants to avoid telling him her broken past...
--->'''Haruka''', blushing and sweatdropping: "My, my parents went on a worldwide trip..."
--->'''Manabe''': [[LampshadeHanging Don't tell such obvious lies...]]
--->'''Haruka''': ILied...
* BlueWithShock:
** In episode 2, when Haruka and Manabe enters the ESP clubroom.
** In episode 4, when Haruka found the ESP club members had came to "catch" her, with GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* BookEnds: The anime both opens and ends with Haruka going to school. The opening was DeliberatelyMonochrome, people are avoiding her, and she has DullEyesOfUnhappiness. The ending was colourful (if not overexposed), and with her friends saying hi to her. No guess about what the symbolism is.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The first episode's {{stinger}} has Haruka did a DirtyMindReading... on the "tons of people on the other side of the TV." This show is aired during OtakuOClock, so viewer sexualization of Haruka is clearly unavoidable. Manabe is jealous.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 5, which follows the ESP club as they enjoy some time together and at school.
* BrickJoke: The weird purple thing that Manabe dreams about in the first episode does make a reappearance in the last [[spoiler: as a prize in a claw machine that Manabe plays while on a date with Haruka]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: In episode 8, Haruka's telepathy stops working due to a cold. She gets better, but her powers don't come back until the very end when she accidentally reads the mind of a violent criminal and faints.
* CallBack:
** In episode 4, when the monk mentioned his relationship with Haruka, there was a flashback from episode 1, when Haruka's mother brought the girl to him, asking him to exorcize Haruka.
** In episode 12, Haruka said [[spoiler:to her mom]] in sleep that she wants eggs over easy. This is in fact, the same line as the first time she read people's mind in episode 1.
** In episode 6, Hiyori apologized to Haruka after recalling the former's bullying of the latter in episode 2.
* CerebusRollercoaster: There are some surprisingly dramatic and rage-inducing moments intertwined with the comedy.
** Let's take episode 7 as an example for the extent this trope goes. The previous episode ends in a {{stinger}} where [[spoiler:Haruka's mom Kumiko]] watches over Haruka and friends playing on the beach (drama). Episode 7 starts with several comedic scenes, followed by the Monk discussing [[spoiler:Kumiko's]] response one the previous night to Zenzou (drama). The next day starts with Manabe and Hiyori's BedmateReveal (comedy), followed by Haruka revisiting the room where [[spoiler:she often holed up crying as a kid]], with her discussion with the Monk (drama). The second half starts with Haruka unable to call Manabe (drama), Yuriko decide to make up a search for him (comedy), and then Haruka finding Manabe acting suspicious (drama with a single comedic scene). Then we see Haruka debriefing with Yuriko, where Yuriko showed her own {{backstory}} (drama), Haruka tutoring Hiyori (comedy turned drama), and ends with the [[spoiler:SurpriseParty]] (drama). Seven switches is an episode.
* CirclingBirdies: Hiyori, after she bangs her head against the wall a few times to get rid of thoughts about Manabe and Haruka she doesn't want to have.
* ClubStub: The ESP Society, having two members before Haruka & co. enters.
* CoolOldGuy: Haruka's grandfather and the monk, who was some of the few people willing to stand by her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Yuriko says she's gotten bigger in episode 6 and [[{{Gainaxing}} bounces her breasts]] in front of Daichi, he nonchalantly says that she must have gotten fatter.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: {{Averted|trope}}. Haruka eventually realized even with telepathy she didn't get to pick up ''everything'', like her mom's [[spoiler:remorse for disowning her]].
* CornerOfWoe: Both Manabe and Haruka's grandfather sit in one after they find out the mixed bathhouse is closed due to repairs in episode 7.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Promotional material for the series advertised it as a ''RomanticComedy''. It is only ''half'' RomCom, with the other half occupied with very dark drama.
* CrazyPrepared: Yuriko comments on being prepared for any situation in episode 6.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Several characters display these occasionally, usually Haruka or Yuriko.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Manabe. He manages to severly beat up 3 members of the Moritani dojo, by himself, even though they are all larger and more muscular than him. He gets beat up even worse in the process, but it's still quite a feat.]]
* CryCute: At the end of episode 1, Manabe was turned on by Haruka's crying. DirtyMindReading, of course, follows.
** Both Hiyori and Yuriko do this in episode 11, although for different reasons. In Hiyori's case, it was finally giving Manabe a LoveConfession, only to have him understandably reject her. In Yuriko's case, it was due to Daichi getting hurt protecting her from the attacker earlier in the episode.
* {{Cult}}: [[spoiler:Hiyori's parents run this in the manga, rather than a dojo.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: The entire cast.
* CutawayGag: Episode 1 uses this as a weird sort of MeetCute. After a [[DownerBeginning dark and depressing backstory sequence]], Haruka meets Manabe, reads his mind, and she and the audience see...a purple frog-man in a desert doing a bizarre dance to a series of random noises. There's no real point to this freaky daydream other than as a [[MoodWhiplash "transition"]] to the cutesy OP and the much less dark second half of the episode.
* DarkerAndEdgier: For {{Yonkoma}} based material.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The DownerBeginning applies the desaturation variety to mark Haruka's life story.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale:
** Daichi gets smacked around by Yuriko in episode 3 after he jokingly teased Haruka about wanting to dissect her while they were alone.
** Hiyori gets to beat up Manabe with impunity, which is rather audacious considering she was responsible for sending him to the hospital with serious injuries earlier, escaping all punishment for that caper because she was "sorrowful".
** Haruka's mom, generally considered a colossal bitch, also assaults Manabe rather viciously in public without any repercussions, and it is treated as vaguely heartwarming that she still cares enough about Haruka to come to her defense (never mind that she herself is treating Haruka far worse than Manabe ever would).
* DownerBeginning: The anime is famous for it.
** To quote the writeup at BreakTheCutie:
-->The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode of ''Kotoura-san'' does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life.
** The main ending theme actually falls into this trope as well. It starts with SolemnEndingTheme music with the lyrics below, but ends with... see WorthLivingFor, below.
-->''How do I stand again, if I have stumbled?''
-->''[[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead maybe I shouldn't think too much about]] things I [[PowerIncontinence absent-mindedly read]]''
-->''In my tattered past, there wasn't a single lie--''
-->''but will the truth be shown to it, if I imagine about it?''
* DraggedByTheCollar: How Manabe and Yuriko ''literally'' pull Haruka back into a happy childhood whenever her endearing insecurity gets the better of her; and thankfully always PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Dramedy}}: A RomanticComedy with a BrokenBird girlfriend... Certainly.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Monk first appeared in the anime's DownerBeginning. That beginning does not actually exist in the manga.
** In the anime, Inspector first appeared as a cameo in episode 2, as part of Yuriko's {{backstory}}. He does not appear in the corresponding manga.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Hiyori, despite bullying Haruka and nearly getting Manabe killed. However, {{Justified}} in that Haruka can read Hiyori's mind and see that she's genuinely sorry for what she's done.]]
** And played absolutely straight by 8 episodes in to the extent that she regularly assaults Manabe without being called on it.
** And in episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka's mother, Kumiko, is also easily forgiven by the former. Sure, she read her mind and saw that she cried right after she told her "I should have never given birth to you!", but that doesn't change the fact that she abbandoned her, and wanted to have nothing to do with her for 10 years.]]
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: The [[DeliberatelyMonochrome Deliberate Monochrome]] ends with a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-shatter_8830.jpg shatter]] of the desaturation filter revealing a more bright and cheerful palette, marking an abrupt end of Haruka's downward spiral of BreakTheCutie. (At the same point she also ceases to have DullEyesOfUnhappiness.)
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: it looks like a lighthearted RomanticComedy from the previews, but the first episode is about 75% angst, revealing that the show is actually a {{dramedy}} and the very embodiment of MoodWhiplash.
* FlashbackNightmare:
** Yuriko had one in Episode 2, when she was reminded about [[spoiler:posthumous abuses on her mother's abilities]], complete with a BigNo.
** Haruka endured more trauma than Yuriko was, so this trope happens a bit more common that Yuriko did.
*** In episode 1, after finding Manabe has no problems about her powers--which was a first for her--she starts to find him desirable as she goes to rest. Immediately she had a flashback which is pretty much the entire DownerOpening, and decided she should [[LeaveMeAlone must not make friends with him]].
*** Episode 6 has her recalling the scene when when her mother disowned her. [[spoiler:Which {{foreshadow|ing}}s something at the {{stinger}}.]]
*** In episode 7, Manabe stopped talking with her for two whole weeks, which got her worried about their relationship. This time she had a flashback about she and Manabe being separated by the crowds, and Manabe ''morphing'' into her mom who immediately disowns her.
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Most characters' feeling towards Moritani, except Haruka herself.
** Manabe, was not amused knowing she was the one responsible for his attack in episode 4, and the credits of the same episode show he is shocked and suspicious when she starts hanging out with them.
** Ditto for Zenzou. Who makes Moritani painfully aware that he knows what she's done in episode 6. Also, at the end of the first half when [[spoiler:everyone comes out into Harukaland, Moritani's character is inside a burning cage]].
* FreakOut %%Adding Haruka examples are welcomed%%
** In a flashback in episode 10, we see Yuriko had one of these when she [[spoiler:saw her mother hanged herself. With WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Yuriko deliberately does this to Daichi while on the train in episode 6. He ignores it, much to her frustration.
* GeniusBruiser: Some of the men who practice at Hiyori's dojo are college graduates, coming from prestigious universities like Tokyo U and Harvard.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Haruka during the first part of episode 6 when the ESP club is going through an abandoned hospital that her grandfather deliberately left them at. Interestingly, neither Yuriko nor Moritani seem scared of it, despite Haruka clinging onto them.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Manabe have that kind of fantasy as well, after [[MistakenForGay mistaking]] Haruka and Yuriko (episode 2) or Hiyori (episode 5) as RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.
* GivingUpTheGhost: Haruka in episode 12, after [[spoiler: knowing the ESP Society is disbanding]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: PlayedForLaughs in episode 4, when the rest of the ESP Club did this to Haruka so that they could "catch" her.
* TheGlomp: Yuriko did this to Haruka at the end of episode 2.
* GoneHorriblyRight: When Manabe and Haruka's grandfather begin digging for a hot spring, they find oil instead. They're not all that happy about it since they wanted to use the hot spring as an excuse to see Haruka bathing.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino, who hates Haruka because the latter has things the former didn't, such as friends in high school. She unconsciously develops an evil alter-ego which attacks those she perceives to be popular.]]
* GreyRainOfDepression: the DownerBeginning is already DeliberatelyMonochrome, but this trope is in full effect during the stray cat incident, when Haruka got passed the DespairEventHorizon for a second time.
* HamToHamCombat: Manabe and Haruka's Grandfather get into a perverted argument about Haruka, the grandfather bragging about direct contact with her thighs and butt, Manabe about the joy of seeing her flustered face.
* HeiressToTheDojo: Hiyori in the anime, but she dislikes being it. [[spoiler:This is why she has a crush with Manabe; he didn't care about her position, similar to how he see Haruka now.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Eventually it would be too many to count.
** In episode 2, [[spoiler:Haruka had one after seeing [[PokeInTheThirdEye Hiyori's disdain towards her]], complete with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises and vomiting, and, possibly, passing out.]]
** And ''again'' in episode 3, when [[spoiler:Manabe gets beaten up by several thugs sent by Hiyori. Haruka believes it's all her fault and decides to run away.]] The ride never ends!
** Also in episode 3 [[spoiler:Hiyori has one at school, out of guilt for what she did to Manabe.]]
** The stinger of Episode 8 has Haruka [[spoiler:seeing a vision of a murder scene. She actually got so much shock that she fainted, with BlankWhiteEyes.]]
** In episode 10, [[spoiler:Hiyori fell into this state, with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises, after she was arrested.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Daichi is [[HiroShimono voiced by]] [[Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows Keima]]. They even look similar.
** Haruka [[HisakoKanemoto is]] [[ShinryakuIkaMusume Ika Musume]] ([[VerbalTic de geso]]) and ([[CatchPhrase jan, ken, pon]]) [[SmilePrettyCure Cure Peace]].
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: The first preview video has Haruka interviewing herself, with her switching seats as the interviewer and the interviewee.
* HowWeGotHere: In episode 1, Haruka is seen walking alone to school, or, to be precise, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-1_8156.jpg people were avoiding her like plague]]. She has DullEyesOfUnhappiness, then a FlashBack her entire life up to that point is gradually played out and how she got those eyes.
* HugeSchoolgirl: In episode 11, Detective Tsukino tells Haruka she was one while going through high school. Unfortunately it made her an easy target for bullying.
%%* HumansAreBastards: Holy shit, does this show shine a light on it... Among many examples, such as Haruka's parents abandoning her (Her mother gets better. Her father not so much.), there's the kids that are shown constantly calling Haruka a "monster", and making fun of her because of her family being torn apart and her powers, among many other dick moves. Yuriko faces the same, with many people, not just kids, but adults as well, mocking her about her mother being supposedly a fake psychic and her suicide.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Moritani's cooking [[LethalChef is so bad]] that, when she and Manabe eat some in episode 7, they both act like they're drunk and/or on some sort of hallucinogen.
** In the yonkoma they did actually get drunk, but since they can't show minors drinking on TV in Japan, it was changed to this.
* IHaveNoDaughter: Haruka's parents disown her, after she reveals that they are both having affairs. It's implied that Zenzou then disowned Haruka's mother, e.i. his daughter, because she disowned Haruka. [[spoiler:It turns out that her mom Kumiko regrets the decision.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Haruka does this with [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino in episode 11 when they find out she's the attacker from earlier episodes.]]
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Played with in episode 2 when Haruka first meets Yuriko. The latter is ecstatic to meet the former, and attempts to carry her to the ESP club room.
* InTheBlood: That's the reason why Yuriko was bullied when she was younger--''a [[CassandraTruth compulsive liar]]'s daughter will also be a compulsive liar''.
* ItsAllMyFault: Generally, there is at least one person who thinks/says "It's my fault!", per episode. Usually Haruka (who has a GuiltComplex) or Moritani.
** She didn't ''speak it out'', but this is how Haruka thinks about [[spoiler:the events in the latter half of episode 3, when Hiyori sent dojo members/cult thugs to attack Manabe, causing Manabe to be hospitalized and Hiyori having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. She regressed back to her thinking before (see JerkassFacade) and decided to leave for good. Of course, being a TwelveEpisodeAnime, it doesn't last long.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Haruka's parents abandon her because they just can't deal with the strain of raising her.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Haruka's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point, although it should be noted that Haruka [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off her mind reading]] or keep some of her findings secret.
* LastNameBasis: Everybody towards everybody, even including Manabe and Haruka who are supposed to be stable lovers.
* LighterAndSofter: The anime seems to be toning down certain parts of the original {{yonkoma}}.
** Episode 3 [[spoiler:has Manabe beaten up significantly in the anime. In the yonkoma, he got ''stabbed'', and was not conscious when Haruka came to check on him.]] Also, Hiyori [[spoiler:convinces the thugs to go after Manabe by telling him that he's stalking her. In the yonkoma, she tells them he ''raped'' her.]]
** In the anime, one story arc has a criminal prowling the streets savagely beating up schoolgirls, resulting in them getting hospitalized. In the yonkoma, the criminal actually rapes and murders them.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Daughter]]: The Boyfriends of Haruka and Kumiko Kotoura tend often not to think with their brains, but to let a certain organ ca 80 cm below to take command.
* LoveConfession:
** Unusually early in anime. Episode 2. [[spoiler:Manabe declared his love towards Haruka when he confronted Hiyori. Haruka fell into tears as she overheard this.]]
*** An ''official'' one occurs [[spoiler:in the end]]. In episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka finally confesses to Manabe, who in turn confesses to her out loud, as he did not realize that he didn't do so 'till then.]]
*** In the manga this happened much, much earlier, as early as chapter three. Namely, it happenes after [[spoiler: Manabe's first confrontation with Hiyori. Manabe escorts Haruka home, and confesses to her out loud, and she does the same in turn.]]
** Hiyori gives one to Manabe in episode 11, long after he's established a relationship with Haruka. Although she plays it off while he's around, she breaks down in tears after he leaves.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Zenzou is Haruka's ''maternal'' grandfather. This implies her nameless father married into the Kotouras, likely a rural landed gentry household.
* MeanwhileScene: In episode 7, Haruka haven't been able to contact Manabe and asked Yuriko and Dai'chi for assistance. Yuriko thought he maybe doing ThisAndThat with Hiyori, but Dai'chi disagreed, saying she's still [[BookDumb still struggling]] her summer assignments. The scene then cut to the Moritani dojo and we see Hiyori desk was moved to the middle of the hall, being surrounded by trainers.
* MistakenForGay: Manabe sees this between Haruka and Yuriko in episode 2.
** And again in episode 12.
* MoodWhiplash: An omnipresent trope for the series, considering it being a constant CerebusRollerCoaster ride. For example:
** Haruka's seeing Manabe's goofy daydream that's enough to break the DeliberatelyMonochrome in the DownerBeginning.
** In the {{stinger}} of episode 8, Haruka was clearly really happy on her NotADate with Manabe and would want to "feel like this forever." The next second she [[spoiler:saw a vision of a murder scene]] and fell into HeroicBSOD.
** Averted with the ending theme, though: there are a couple of different ending songs, seemingly chosen for each episode to fit the tone of the final scene. Contrast it with the opening, which is a very cheerful song that would make unaware viewers assume its a straight comedy show.
* MouthfulOfPi: Manabe does this as a PsychicStatic to prevent Haruka from finding out what he may or may not be up to in episode 7.
* MyGreatestFailure:
** This is how Manabe thought [[spoiler:at the end of Episode 3, after Haruka vanished because she thought [[ItsAllMyFault it's all her fault]] that he was attacked.]]
** And more importantly, Haruka causing [[spoiler: her own mother to hate and abandon her]] pretty much defines who she is today.
** The Head Priest feels that his inability to help Haruka after her mother abandoned her was his greatest failure, and vows to bring them back together someday. Unfortunately, as evidenced by her comments in episode 7, her mother still wants nothing to do with her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Hiyori suffers this after [[spoiler:she arranges for thugs to beat up Manabe for choosing Haruka over her. The encounter doesn't go as planned, ending up with Manabe getting injured - stabbed in the manga and sorely beaten in the anime - and sent to the hospital.]] She then suffers HeelRealization about how much of a JerkAss she's been.
** Haruka believes she's the cause of all the strife between Manabe and Hiyori, which ended up getting Manabe hurt in the process because of the latter's [[ClingyJealousGirl jealousy.]]
** Yuriko suffers from this after Daichi takes a blow and ends up in the hospital.
** [[spoiler: Not outright stated but this is the main thought Kumiko had after disowning Haruka.]]
* NakedApron: Manabe's fantasy when Haruka was cooking in episode 5.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Yuriko's mother Chizuru Mifune was named after a RealLife clairvoyant, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chizuko_Mifune Chizuko Mifune]], per WordOfGod.
* NoSympathy: It's almost comical how fast nearly everybody at the new school writes off Haruka as a monster after they find out she has telepathy. Other then the ESP club, people don't even show any curiosity about her powers!
* OfficialCouple: Haruka and Manabe; declared as early as chapter[=/=]episode 2.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Manabe [[spoiler:getting ambushed by four thugs. However, he manages to seriously beat all of them up by himself, forcing them to resort to stabbing him.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In episode 9, Daichi stops puffing up his lips strangely in order to discuss a series of serial muggings Kotora might have psychically picked up on.
* ParentalAbandonment: Haruka and Yuriko.
** SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Haruka's parents could rival {{Hayate|TheCombatButler}}'s in jerkassery. To be fair however, Haruka's mother did attempt to see several doctors to discover what was wrong, but none of them could offer any help. [[spoiler:Moreover, she also recognized the evil in disowning her own daughter. For all her faults, she does try to get better and that is a huge step above [[ObliviouslyEvil Hayate's parents]].]]
* ParentalNeglect: Haruka's father. Let's say, his daughter is having ''serious'' social issues at school, and his wife was frantically trying to find a cause, to no avail. His response? Relegated it as "woman's work" and started rarely coming home.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe:
** Haruka begs this of her mother in the first episode, but she ends up leaving anyway. [[spoiler:It became her mother's biggest regret but by then the damage was done.]]
** Yuriko tells this to Daichi in episode 11.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: {{Exploited}} with much glee by Hiyori, to the point that Haruka [[spoiler:vomits]].
** Daichi does this as well, with...better intentions, in Episode 3. [[spoiler:He feeds Haruka images of her strapped to a table and him ready to dissect her, thinking that neither Manabe or Yuriko will be coming...30 seconds before they arrive with lunch and Haruka realizes he was teasing her.]]
** Manabe also regularly does a ''much'' milder form of this to Haruka. He readily admits that he'll sometimes fantasize about her (including imagining a bust upgrade) just to get a reaction out of her - it's just a form of playful teasing to him. He even internally notes that fantasizing about her isn't as fun if she can't react, such as when she briefly lost her telepathy due to a cold.
* PsychicStatic: Manabe used multiplication tables and MouthfulOfPi to hide whatever he was planning in episode 7.
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The DownerBeginning is a buildup for a ''RomanticComedy'', albeit a bit DarkerAndEdgier than the average.
* RockPaperScissors: PlayedForDrama in the DownerBeginning. This is the first scenario when she [[InnocentlyInsensitive innocently showed off her telepathy]], [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to her detriment]].
* SandInMyEyes: In chapter 1 of the manga, Haruka cried after Manabe mentioned "people who want to leave are going to leave." When Manabe asked, she denied crying and claimed of OnionTears. Manabe of course lampshaded about how fake it is. The {{eyecatch}} that follows have Haruka mentioned she actually ''keeps'' onions at home to make up excuses like this!
* SelfFanservice: In-universe, Manabe's fantasies about Haruka always have her being much curvier than she actually is.
* SchoolFestival:
** The "ESP Fortune Telling" in episode 2 was held during a Cultural Festival in the manga.
** A sports festival is held in the second half of episode 5.
* ShipperOnDeck: Haruka and Manabe was so much of an OfficialCouple that everyone ships them.
** The boys in Haruka and Manabe's class put their names under an UmbrellaOfTogetherness in episode 3. Manabe at first seems offended by it, but rather than take offense that they shipped them together, he complains that they forgot to add hearts to it.
** Haruka's grandfather is all for the couple, too.
** Mortani is also actively shipping Manabe and Haruka, despite having a crush on Manabe at the same time. Even she finds that to be strange.
** Dai'chi's mother ships Yuriko and Dai'chi, even when they're [[ToyShip quite young]].[[invoked]]
* ShoutOut: A possible one to ''DarkSouls''. [[ThatOneBoss (! Trigger Warning !)]] The entrance to the ESP Club bears a striking resemblance to the room where the first Capra Demon is encountered.
** In Episode 2, Haruka [[Franchise/MetalGear tries to sneak away in a cardboard box.]]
** In Episode 5, the ESP Club watches a {{Bowdlerised}} version of ''{{Scanners}}'', where a tomato is made to explode instead of [[YourHeadASplode a man's head]].
** In Episode 7, at [[spoiler:Haruka's birthday party]], everyone else is arranged in a circle around her, clapping and taking turns saying [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Congratulations!"]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Yuriko had one in episode 2, after the FlashbackNightmare about her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* SleeperHit: Nobody had expected much of the show when it was first released, believing it to be another run of the mill RomanticComedy. However, when word about [[BreakTheCutie the content]] of [[DownerBeginning the first ten minutes]] of the show began to spread, its popularity immediately spiked.
* SolemnEndingTheme: The first four episodes uses ''The Flower of Hope'' (''Kibou no Hana'') as the ending theme. While it is not completely sad, it is a more-or-less accurate portrayal of Manabe's effect on Haruka--it starts with ''How do I stand again/ once I've fallen down?'', with a refrain starting with ''that day you taught me the meaning of life, and gave me the strength to live on.''
* SpecialEditionTitle: Episode 5 with ''Theme of the ESP Society'' and Episode 6 with ''[[ACupAngst Flat as a Board]]'', for the two episodes being a bit of a breather compared to the others. The other episodes use the solemn yet heartwarming ''Flower of Hope''.
* SpitTake: Haruka does this in the first episode when Manabe sticks some chopsticks on his face in a really funny way. She does it again in episode 5 after Manabe gives an embarrassing picture of a young Hiyori in a photo promoting their dojo.
* SpoilerOpening: Those who have watched episode 2 and/or 3 would find the opening and ending spoiling. [[spoiler:As you can see in the page image (clipped from the ending), Hiyori would eventually be a member of the ESP Club. This implies her issue with Haruka and Manabe ''will'' resolve at some point.]]
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino has one, due to being bullied as a child. Her evil personality was in charge or revenge and was also the perp of the physical assaults on school girls in episode 10. [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight With the help of]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship Haruka]], the [[SplitPersonalityTakeover good side is able to eliminate the evil one]] and she is even ready to turn herself in to pay for "her" crimes, which is refused by her superior, whom she has an apparently close friendship with.]]
* StressVomit: In episode 2, this is the direct result of Hiyori's PokeInTheThirdEye MindRape on Haruka, by using emphasizing the trigger of a girl who endured a decade of emotional trauma.
* SuperDeformed: The main cast in the ending of episode 5.
* SuperSenses: ''Also'' {{deconstructed|trope}}. Yuriko's mother had telescopic vision and used that in a high-profile way, then [[spoiler:people said she's a fake, and she was DrivenToSuicide.]]
* SurpriseParty: In the second half of episode 7, Manabe doesn't hang out with Haruka at all, nor does he talk to her very much. She and Yuriko go around town looking for him, and they suspect he's cheating on her, or at least up to no good. [[spoiler: Then it turns out he was working because he wanted to get money to give a birthday party to Haruka, since her birthday is September 1st.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In episode 10, Haruka claims she wasn't thinking about Manabe, shortly after they had a fight regarding her trying to find the criminal attacking high school girls.
* TelevisionGeography: Just compare Kotoura Station(in anime) with Urayasu Station(in real life) of Kotoura Tōhaku District. They look practically alike there.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** In episode 3, when the ESP Club members were singing karaoke, Yuriko picked the anime's opening theme for Haruka to sing.
** In episode 12 they do it again, and this time Haruka sings the (main) ending theme.
* ThroughHisStomach: Dramatically {{subverted|trope}} in Episode 3. [[spoiler:Yuriko suggested Haruka to do that to Manabe, and Haruka did made one... on the day after Manabe was attacked. Also see ItsAllMyFault for its symbolism.]]
* TrainingMontage: Haruka goes through one in episode 5.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Subverted. Yuriko assumed this of Haruka's apartment in episode 5 since she's living alone, but that's not the case.
* {{Tsundere}}: Haruka to Manabe. [[spoiler:It runs in the family. Her mother is worse, towards Haruka.]]
* UnnamedParent: So far, the only named parents are Haruka's mother Kumiko, her grandfather Zenzou (who took a parental role), and Yuriko's late mother Chizuru. Other parents are not named, even they may have a speaking role.
* {{Understatement}}: The first preview video, having Haruka [[HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation interiewing herself]], gravely downplays the effects of telepathy on her. She did say, "I don't really want it," and quoted her constant DirtyMindReading of Manabe as an example. [[spoiler:That is actually the ''least'' of her problems, particularly considering he's her ''first friend'' in nearly a decade.]] In fact, she started to sweat profusely as the "interview" went on and eventually she decided it's too tiring to go on.
* VomitDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:When Haruka had a HeroicBSOD after knowing what [[PokeInTheThirdEye Hiyori thinks]] in Episode 2. She covers her mouth as the screen turns dark, and you hear a student exclaims in disgust that she threw up.]]
* WhamEpisode: In episode 8, where Haruka [[spoiler:inadvertently reads the mind of a murderer.]]
* WhamLine: Both caused Haruka cross the DespairEventHorizon.
-->'''Kumiko, Haruka's mother''': (Pushes Haruka off on the floor) [[spoiler:[[IHaveNoSon I should never have given birth to you.]]]]
-->'''Nameless lady''', to Haruka: Are you the one who has been feeding that cat? What a nuisance. [[spoiler:I took it to a shelter, so don't ever come here again.]]
* WorthLivingFor: The main idea of the first ending ''Flower of Hope''.
-->That day you taught me the meaning of life,\\
and gave me the strength to live on\\
and I embrace it with all my heart
* YouAreNotAlone: One of the main themes. Consider the situation: Manabe and Dai'chi are the only teen that understands Haruka and Yuriko's psychic problems, respectively. Haruka and Hiyori shares annoyance over Manabe's perversion, etc, etc.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Haruka's parents were cheating behind each other. Kumiko and her boyfriend Tsuyama has been animated, but how about her father? [[spoiler:We don't know which women is he with, but Haruka already has a half-sister.]]
** In volume 2 of the manga, it turns out Kumiko's boyfriend Tsuyama has a girlfriend of Haruka's age in the equivalent of the second part of Episode 12.
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[[caption-width-right:350:The ESP Society. From left: Hiyori Moritani, Yoshihisa Manabe, Haruka Kotoura, Yuriko Mifune and Daichi Muroto [[TheRuntAtTheEnd (bottom-right corner)]].]]
''Kotoura-san'' is a web-published {{yonkoma}} manga by Enokids which has been adapted into an anime by {{AIC}} in the [[Winter2013Anime winter 2013 season]].

The story follows Haruka Kotoura, a fifteen-year old {{telepath|y}} who [[PowerIncontinence can't turn her ability off]]. As a child, she naively blurts out sensitive information and personal thought. This causes her to be unjustly labelled a compulsive liar; her friends and classmates reject and bully her; and her parents divorce because they cannot understand her special ability or how to deal with its repercussions. After years of persecution and ostracizing, she transfers to a new high school, where she meets Yoshihisa Manabe, a good-hearted boy who is transparent and honest and not scared of her ability.

Viewers in USA, Canada, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/kotourasan can watch it legally on Crunchyroll]].

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!!''Kotoura-san'' contains examples of:
* TheAbridgedSeries: Courtesy of [[http://www.youtube.com/user/IishTehScourgemaster Scourgemaster]], involving an ''even more'' {{emo|Teen}} and broken Haruka.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Haruka tells off Manabe for giving her an embarrassing photo of Moritani, only to crack up while alone and have a hard time not laughing around Moritani the rest of the next day.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: The anime does this by shifting the focus from Manabe to Haruka and adding in the very angsty DownerBeginning.
* AdultFear: Haruka's {{backstory}} includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.
* AdaptationExpansion: The DownerBeginning that shocked everyone? No, it does not exist in the manga.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Non-game example. In the manga, the first chapters were written in Manabe's perspective, but in the anime it was completely in Haruka's perspective.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: While there are still a significant amount of comedy moments, The DownerBeginning is just the first tear-stained bump in the road. [[TearJerker Guess you better have a forklift of tissue handy]].
* BeachEpisode: The second half of Episode 6.
* BedmateReveal: Happens to Manabe and Hiyori in episode 7, after the psychotrophic effects of Hiyori's bad, bad cooking. They slept together naked with Haruka on the same futon, with Manabe in the middle. Manabe thought he had a ThreeWaySex and had a HeelRealization. Hiyori thought she had sex with Manabe. Both were not true, but Haruka lectured them nonetheless.
* BigDamnHeroes: Manabe pulls one when saving Haruka in episode 11.
* BigFancyHouse: Haruka's grandfather's house. Particularly exaggerated in Episode 6 when the ESP Club members went there--turns out it has a private beach, and Zenzou built a ''theme park'' just because Haruka brought friends back for the first time...
* BlankWhiteEyes:
** When Yuriko found her mother [[spoiler:hanged herself]] in the manga.
** When Haruka saw a vision of [[spoiler:a violent scene]] in episode 8's stinger, in which she immediately collapsed due to HeroicBSOD.
* BlatantLies: Haruka seems to be hard to tell lies, so there's a few examples.
** The first on anime's promotional video, in which Haruka spent several minutes downplaying what {{telepathy}} does to her.. while having increasing amount of nervous sweat on the face, and she found she can't go on any more at the end of the video. [[spoiler:Of course, she's in no position to spoil the DownerBeginning.]]
** Manga-only: After Manabe and Haruka came back to Haruka's apartment in Chapter[=/=]Episode 1, the first thing Manabe asked was why Haruka lives alone, and Haruka wants to avoid telling him her broken past...
--->'''Haruka''', blushing and sweatdropping: "My, my parents went on a worldwide trip..."
--->'''Manabe''': [[LampshadeHanging Don't tell such obvious lies...]]
--->'''Haruka''': ILied...
* BlueWithShock:
** In episode 2, when Haruka and Manabe enters the ESP clubroom.
** In episode 4, when Haruka found the ESP club members had came to "catch" her, with GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* BookEnds: The anime both opens and ends with Haruka going to school. The opening was DeliberatelyMonochrome, people are avoiding her, and she has DullEyesOfUnhappiness. The ending was colourful (if not overexposed), and with her friends saying hi to her. No guess about what the symbolism is.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The first episode's {{stinger}} has Haruka did a DirtyMindReading... on the "tons of people on the other side of the TV." This show is aired during OtakuOClock, so viewer sexualization of Haruka is clearly unavoidable. Manabe is jealous.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 5, which follows the ESP club as they enjoy some time together and at school.
* BrickJoke: The weird purple thing that Manabe dreams about in the first episode does make a reappearance in the last [[spoiler: as a prize in a claw machine that Manabe plays while on a date with Haruka]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: In episode 8, Haruka's telepathy stops working due to a cold. She gets better, but her powers don't come back until the very end when she accidentally reads the mind of a violent criminal and faints.
* CallBack:
** In episode 4, when the monk mentioned his relationship with Haruka, there was a flashback from episode 1, when Haruka's mother brought the girl to him, asking him to exorcize Haruka.
** In episode 12, Haruka said [[spoiler:to her mom]] in sleep that she wants eggs over easy. This is in fact, the same line as the first time she read people's mind in episode 1.
** In episode 6, Hiyori apologized to Haruka after recalling the former's bullying of the latter in episode 2.
* CerebusRollercoaster: There are some surprisingly dramatic and rage-inducing moments intertwined with the comedy.
** Let's take episode 7 as an example for the extent this trope goes. The previous episode ends in a {{stinger}} where [[spoiler:Haruka's mom Kumiko]] watches over Haruka and friends playing on the beach (drama). Episode 7 starts with several comedic scenes, followed by the Monk discussing [[spoiler:Kumiko's]] response one the previous night to Zenzou (drama). The next day starts with Manabe and Hiyori's BedmateReveal (comedy), followed by Haruka revisiting the room where [[spoiler:she often holed up crying as a kid]], with her discussion with the Monk (drama). The second half starts with Haruka unable to call Manabe (drama), Yuriko decide to make up a search for him (comedy), and then Haruka finding Manabe acting suspicious (drama with a single comedic scene). Then we see Haruka debriefing with Yuriko, where Yuriko showed her own {{backstory}} (drama), Haruka tutoring Hiyori (comedy turned drama), and ends with the [[spoiler:SurpriseParty]] (drama). Seven switches is an episode.
* CirclingBirdies: Hiyori, after she bangs her head against the wall a few times to get rid of thoughts about Manabe and Haruka she doesn't want to have.
* ClubStub: The ESP Society, having two members before Haruka & co. enters.
* CoolOldGuy: Haruka's grandfather and the monk, who was some of the few people willing to stand by her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Yuriko says she's gotten bigger in episode 6 and [[{{Gainaxing}} bounces her breasts]] in front of Daichi, he nonchalantly says that she must have gotten fatter.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: {{Averted|trope}}. Haruka eventually realized even with telepathy she didn't get to pick up ''everything'', like her mom's [[spoiler:remorse for disowning her]].
* CornerOfWoe: Both Manabe and Haruka's grandfather sit in one after they find out the mixed bathhouse is closed due to repairs in episode 7.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Promotional material for the series advertised it as a ''RomanticComedy''. It is only ''half'' RomCom, with the other half occupied with very dark drama.
* CrazyPrepared: Yuriko comments on being prepared for any situation in episode 6.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Several characters display these occasionally, usually Haruka or Yuriko.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Manabe. He manages to severly beat up 3 members of the Moritani dojo, by himself, even though they are all larger and more muscular than him. He gets beat up even worse in the process, but it's still quite a feat.]]
* CryCute: At the end of episode 1, Manabe was turned on by Haruka's crying. DirtyMindReading, of course, follows.
** Both Hiyori and Yuriko do this in episode 11, although for different reasons. In Hiyori's case, it was finally giving Manabe a LoveConfession, only to have him understandably reject her. In Yuriko's case, it was due to Daichi getting hurt protecting her from the attacker earlier in the episode.
* {{Cult}}: [[spoiler:Hiyori's parents run this in the manga, rather than a dojo.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: The entire cast.
* CutawayGag: Episode 1 uses this as a weird sort of MeetCute. After a [[DownerBeginning dark and depressing backstory sequence]], Haruka meets Manabe, reads his mind, and she and the audience see...a purple frog-man in a desert doing a bizarre dance to a series of random noises. There's no real point to this freaky daydream other than as a [[MoodWhiplash "transition"]] to the cutesy OP and the much less dark second half of the episode.
* DarkerAndEdgier: For {{Yonkoma}} based material.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The DownerBeginning applies the desaturation variety to mark Haruka's life story.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale:
** Daichi gets smacked around by Yuriko in episode 3 after he jokingly teased Haruka about wanting to dissect her while they were alone.
** Hiyori gets to beat up Manabe with impunity, which is rather audacious considering she was responsible for sending him to the hospital with serious injuries earlier, escaping all punishment for that caper because she was "sorrowful".
** Haruka's mom, generally considered a colossal bitch, also assaults Manabe rather viciously in public without any repercussions, and it is treated as vaguely heartwarming that she still cares enough about Haruka to come to her defense (never mind that she herself is treating Haruka far worse than Manabe ever would).
* DownerBeginning: The anime is famous for it.
** To quote the writeup at BreakTheCutie:
-->The first ten minutes and twelve seconds of the first episode of ''Kotoura-san'' does nothing but systematically destroy the titular heroine's life.
** The main ending theme actually falls into this trope as well. It starts with SolemnEndingTheme music with the lyrics below, but ends with... see WorthLivingFor, below.
-->''How do I stand again, if I have stumbled?''
-->''[[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead maybe I shouldn't think too much about]] things I [[PowerIncontinence absent-mindedly read]]''
-->''In my tattered past, there wasn't a single lie--''
-->''but will the truth be shown to it, if I imagine about it?''
* DraggedByTheCollar: How Manabe and Yuriko ''literally'' pull Haruka back into a happy childhood whenever her endearing insecurity gets the better of her; and thankfully always PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Dramedy}}: A RomanticComedy with a BrokenBird girlfriend... Certainly.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Monk first appeared in the anime's DownerBeginning. That beginning does not actually exist in the manga.
** In the anime, Inspector first appeared as a cameo in episode 2, as part of Yuriko's {{backstory}}. He does not appear in the corresponding manga.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Hiyori, despite bullying Haruka and nearly getting Manabe killed. However, {{Justified}} in that Haruka can read Hiyori's mind and see that she's genuinely sorry for what she's done.]]
** And played absolutely straight by 8 episodes in to the extent that she regularly assaults Manabe without being called on it.
** And in episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka's mother, Kumiko, is also easily forgiven by the former. Sure, she read her mind and saw that she cried right after she told her "I should have never given birth to you!", but that doesn't change the fact that she abbandoned her, and wanted to have nothing to do with her for 10 years.]]
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: The [[DeliberatelyMonochrome Deliberate Monochrome]] ends with a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-shatter_8830.jpg shatter]] of the desaturation filter revealing a more bright and cheerful palette, marking an abrupt end of Haruka's downward spiral of BreakTheCutie. (At the same point she also ceases to have DullEyesOfUnhappiness.)
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: it looks like a lighthearted RomanticComedy from the previews, but the first episode is about 75% angst, revealing that the show is actually a {{dramedy}} and the very embodiment of MoodWhiplash.
* FlashbackNightmare:
** Yuriko had one in Episode 2, when she was reminded about [[spoiler:posthumous abuses on her mother's abilities]], complete with a BigNo.
** Haruka endured more trauma than Yuriko was, so this trope happens a bit more common that Yuriko did.
*** In episode 1, after finding Manabe has no problems about her powers--which was a first for her--she starts to find him desirable as she goes to rest. Immediately she had a flashback which is pretty much the entire DownerOpening, and decided she should [[LeaveMeAlone must not make friends with him]].
*** Episode 6 has her recalling the scene when when her mother disowned her. [[spoiler:Which {{foreshadow|ing}}s something at the {{stinger}}.]]
*** In episode 7, Manabe stopped talking with her for two whole weeks, which got her worried about their relationship. This time she had a flashback about she and Manabe being separated by the crowds, and Manabe ''morphing'' into her mom who immediately disowns her.
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Most characters' feeling towards Moritani, except Haruka herself.
** Manabe, was not amused knowing she was the one responsible for his attack in episode 4, and the credits of the same episode show he is shocked and suspicious when she starts hanging out with them.
** Ditto for Zenzou. Who makes Moritani painfully aware that he knows what she's done in episode 6. Also, at the end of the first half when [[spoiler:everyone comes out into Harukaland, Moritani's character is inside a burning cage]].
* FreakOut %%Adding Haruka examples are welcomed%%
** In a flashback in episode 10, we see Yuriko had one of these when she [[spoiler:saw her mother hanged herself. With WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Yuriko deliberately does this to Daichi while on the train in episode 6. He ignores it, much to her frustration.
* GeniusBruiser: Some of the men who practice at Hiyori's dojo are college graduates, coming from prestigious universities like Tokyo U and Harvard.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Haruka during the first part of episode 6 when the ESP club is going through an abandoned hospital that her grandfather deliberately left them at. Interestingly, neither Yuriko nor Moritani seem scared of it, despite Haruka clinging onto them.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Manabe have that kind of fantasy as well, after [[MistakenForGay mistaking]] Haruka and Yuriko (episode 2) or Hiyori (episode 5) as RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.
* GivingUpTheGhost: Haruka in episode 12, after [[spoiler: knowing the ESP Society is disbanding]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: PlayedForLaughs in episode 4, when the rest of the ESP Club did this to Haruka so that they could "catch" her.
* TheGlomp: Yuriko did this to Haruka at the end of episode 2.
* GoneHorriblyRight: When Manabe and Haruka's grandfather begin digging for a hot spring, they find oil instead. They're not all that happy about it since they wanted to use the hot spring as an excuse to see Haruka bathing.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino, who hates Haruka because the latter has things the former didn't, such as friends in high school. She unconsciously develops an evil alter-ego which attacks those she perceives to be popular.]]
* GreyRainOfDepression: the DownerBeginning is already DeliberatelyMonochrome, but this trope is in full effect during the stray cat incident, when Haruka got passed the DespairEventHorizon for a second time.
* HamToHamCombat: Manabe and Haruka's Grandfather get into a perverted argument about Haruka, the grandfather bragging about direct contact with her thighs and butt, Manabe about the joy of seeing her flustered face.
* HeiressToTheDojo: Hiyori in the anime, but she dislikes being it. [[spoiler:This is why she has a crush with Manabe; he didn't care about her position, similar to how he see Haruka now.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Eventually it would be too many to count.
** In episode 2, [[spoiler:Haruka had one after seeing [[PokeInTheThirdEye Hiyori's disdain towards her]], complete with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises and vomiting, and, possibly, passing out.]]
** And ''again'' in episode 3, when [[spoiler:Manabe gets beaten up by several thugs sent by Hiyori. Haruka believes it's all her fault and decides to run away.]] The ride never ends!
** Also in episode 3 [[spoiler:Hiyori has one at school, out of guilt for what she did to Manabe.]]
** The stinger of Episode 8 has Haruka [[spoiler:seeing a vision of a murder scene. She actually got so much shock that she fainted, with BlankWhiteEyes.]]
** In episode 10, [[spoiler:Hiyori fell into this state, with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises, after she was arrested.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Daichi is [[HiroShimono voiced by]] [[Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows Keima]]. They even look similar.
** Haruka [[HisakoKanemoto is]] [[ShinryakuIkaMusume Ika Musume]] ([[VerbalTic de geso]]) and ([[CatchPhrase jan, ken, pon]]) [[SmilePrettyCure Cure Peace]].
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: The first preview video has Haruka interviewing herself, with her switching seats as the interviewer and the interviewee.
* HowWeGotHere: In episode 1, Haruka is seen walking alone to school, or, to be precise, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-1_8156.jpg people were avoiding her like plague]]. She has DullEyesOfUnhappiness, then a FlashBack her entire life up to that point is gradually played out and how she got those eyes.
* HugeSchoolgirl: In episode 11, Detective Tsukino tells Haruka she was one while going through high school. Unfortunately it made her an easy target for bullying.
%%* HumansAreBastards: Holy shit, does this show shine a light on it... Among many examples, such as Haruka's parents abandoning her (Her mother gets better. Her father not so much.), there's the kids that are shown constantly calling Haruka a "monster", and making fun of her because of her family being torn apart and her powers, among many other dick moves. Yuriko faces the same, with many people, not just kids, but adults as well, mocking her about her mother being supposedly a fake psychic and her suicide.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Moritani's cooking [[LethalChef is so bad]] that, when she and Manabe eat some in episode 7, they both act like they're drunk and/or on some sort of hallucinogen.
** In the yonkoma they did actually get drunk, but since they can't show minors drinking on TV in Japan, it was changed to this.
* IHaveNoDaughter: Haruka's parents disown her, after she reveals that they are both having affairs. It's implied that Zenzou then disowned Haruka's mother, e.i. his daughter, because she disowned Haruka. [[spoiler:It turns out that her mom Kumiko regrets the decision.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Haruka does this with [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino in episode 11 when they find out she's the attacker from earlier episodes.]]
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Played with in episode 2 when Haruka first meets Yuriko. The latter is ecstatic to meet the former, and attempts to carry her to the ESP club room.
* InTheBlood: That's the reason why Yuriko was bullied when she was younger--''a [[CassandraTruth compulsive liar]]'s daughter will also be a compulsive liar''.
* ItsAllMyFault: Generally, there is at least one person who thinks/says "It's my fault!", per episode. Usually Haruka (who has a GuiltComplex) or Moritani.
** She didn't ''speak it out'', but this is how Haruka thinks about [[spoiler:the events in the latter half of episode 3, when Hiyori sent dojo members/cult thugs to attack Manabe, causing Manabe to be hospitalized and Hiyori having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. She regressed back to her thinking before (see JerkassFacade) and decided to leave for good. Of course, being a TwelveEpisodeAnime, it doesn't last long.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Haruka's parents abandon her because they just can't deal with the strain of raising her.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Haruka's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point, although it should be noted that Haruka [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off her mind reading]] or keep some of her findings secret.
* LastNameBasis: Everybody towards everybody, even including Manabe and Haruka who are supposed to be stable lovers.
* LighterAndSofter: The anime seems to be toning down certain parts of the original {{yonkoma}}.
** Episode 3 [[spoiler:has Manabe beaten up significantly in the anime. In the yonkoma, he got ''stabbed'', and was not conscious when Haruka came to check on him.]] Also, Hiyori [[spoiler:convinces the thugs to go after Manabe by telling him that he's stalking her. In the yonkoma, she tells them he ''raped'' her.]]
** In the anime, one story arc has a criminal prowling the streets savagely beating up schoolgirls, resulting in them getting hospitalized. In the yonkoma, the criminal actually rapes and murders them.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Daughter]]: The Boyfriends of Haruka and Kumiko Kotoura tend often not to think with their brains, but to let a certain organ ca 80 cm below to take command.
* LoveConfession:
** Unusually early in anime. Episode 2. [[spoiler:Manabe declared his love towards Haruka when he confronted Hiyori. Haruka fell into tears as she overheard this.]]
*** An ''official'' one occurs [[spoiler:in the end]]. In episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka finally confesses to Manabe, who in turn confesses to her out loud, as he did not realize that he didn't do so 'till then.]]
*** In the manga this happened much, much earlier, as early as chapter three. Namely, it happenes after [[spoiler: Manabe's first confrontation with Hiyori. Manabe escorts Haruka home, and confesses to her out loud, and she does the same in turn.]]
** Hiyori gives one to Manabe in episode 11, long after he's established a relationship with Haruka. Although she plays it off while he's around, she breaks down in tears after he leaves.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Zenzou is Haruka's ''maternal'' grandfather. This implies her nameless father married into the Kotouras, likely a rural landed gentry household.
* MeanwhileScene: In episode 7, Haruka haven't been able to contact Manabe and asked Yuriko and Dai'chi for assistance. Yuriko thought he maybe doing ThisAndThat with Hiyori, but Dai'chi disagreed, saying she's still [[BookDumb still struggling]] her summer assignments. The scene then cut to the Moritani dojo and we see Hiyori desk was moved to the middle of the hall, being surrounded by trainers.
* MistakenForGay: Manabe sees this between Haruka and Yuriko in episode 2.
** And again in episode 12.
* MoodWhiplash: An omnipresent trope for the series, considering it being a constant CerebusRollerCoaster ride. For example:
** Haruka's seeing Manabe's goofy daydream that's enough to break the DeliberatelyMonochrome in the DownerBeginning.
** In the {{stinger}} of episode 8, Haruka was clearly really happy on her NotADate with Manabe and would want to "feel like this forever." The next second she [[spoiler:saw a vision of a murder scene]] and fell into HeroicBSOD.
** Averted with the ending theme, though: there are a couple of different ending songs, seemingly chosen for each episode to fit the tone of the final scene. Contrast it with the opening, which is a very cheerful song that would make unaware viewers assume its a straight comedy show.
* MouthfulOfPi: Manabe does this as a PsychicStatic to prevent Haruka from finding out what he may or may not be up to in episode 7.
* MyGreatestFailure:
** This is how Manabe thought [[spoiler:at the end of Episode 3, after Haruka vanished because she thought [[ItsAllMyFault it's all her fault]] that he was attacked.]]
** And more importantly, Haruka causing [[spoiler: her own mother to hate and abandon her]] pretty much defines who she is today.
** The Head Priest feels that his inability to help Haruka after her mother abandoned her was his greatest failure, and vows to bring them back together someday. Unfortunately, as evidenced by her comments in episode 7, her mother still wants nothing to do with her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Hiyori suffers this after [[spoiler:she arranges for thugs to beat up Manabe for choosing Haruka over her. The encounter doesn't go as planned, ending up with Manabe getting injured - stabbed in the manga and sorely beaten in the anime - and sent to the hospital.]] She then suffers HeelRealization about how much of a JerkAss she's been.
** Haruka believes she's the cause of all the strife between Manabe and Hiyori, which ended up getting Manabe hurt in the process because of the latter's [[ClingyJealousGirl jealousy.]]
** Yuriko suffers from this after Daichi takes a blow and ends up in the hospital.
** [[spoiler: Not outright stated but this is the main thought Kumiko had after disowning Haruka.]]
* NakedApron: Manabe's fantasy when Haruka was cooking in episode 5.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Yuriko's mother Chizuru Mifune was named after a RealLife clairvoyant, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chizuko_Mifune Chizuko Mifune]], per WordOfGod.
* NoSympathy: It's almost comical how fast nearly everybody at the new school writes off Haruka as a monster after they find out she has telepathy. Other then the ESP club, people don't even show any curiosity about her powers!
* OfficialCouple: Haruka and Manabe; declared as early as chapter[=/=]episode 2.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Manabe [[spoiler:getting ambushed by four thugs. However, he manages to seriously beat all of them up by himself, forcing them to resort to stabbing him.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In episode 9, Daichi stops puffing up his lips strangely in order to discuss a series of serial muggings Kotora might have psychically picked up on.
* ParentalAbandonment: Haruka and Yuriko.
** SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Haruka's parents could rival {{Hayate|TheCombatButler}}'s in jerkassery. To be fair however, Haruka's mother did attempt to see several doctors to discover what was wrong, but none of them could offer any help. [[spoiler:Moreover, she also recognized the evil in disowning her own daughter. For all her faults, she does try to get better and that is a huge step above [[ObliviouslyEvil Hayate's parents]].]]
* ParentalNeglect: Haruka's father. Let's say, his daughter is having ''serious'' social issues at school, and his wife was frantically trying to find a cause, to no avail. His response? Relegated it as "woman's work" and started rarely coming home.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe:
** Haruka begs this of her mother in the first episode, but she ends up leaving anyway. [[spoiler:It became her mother's biggest regret but by then the damage was done.]]
** Yuriko tells this to Daichi in episode 11.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: {{Exploited}} with much glee by Hiyori, to the point that Haruka [[spoiler:vomits]].
** Daichi does this as well, with...better intentions, in Episode 3. [[spoiler:He feeds Haruka images of her strapped to a table and him ready to dissect her, thinking that neither Manabe or Yuriko will be coming...30 seconds before they arrive with lunch and Haruka realizes he was teasing her.]]
** Manabe also regularly does a ''much'' milder form of this to Haruka. He readily admits that he'll sometimes fantasize about her (including imagining a bust upgrade) just to get a reaction out of her - it's just a form of playful teasing to him. He even internally notes that fantasizing about her isn't as fun if she can't react, such as when she briefly lost her telepathy due to a cold.
* PsychicStatic: Manabe used multiplication tables and MouthfulOfPi to hide whatever he was planning in episode 7.
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The DownerBeginning is a buildup for a ''RomanticComedy'', albeit a bit DarkerAndEdgier than the average.
* RockPaperScissors: PlayedForDrama in the DownerBeginning. This is the first scenario when she [[InnocentlyInsensitive innocently showed off her telepathy]], [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to her detriment]].
* SandInMyEyes: In chapter 1 of the manga, Haruka cried after Manabe mentioned "people who want to leave are going to leave." When Manabe asked, she denied crying and claimed of OnionTears. Manabe of course lampshaded about how fake it is. The {{eyecatch}} that follows have Haruka mentioned she actually ''keeps'' onions at home to make up excuses like this!
* SelfFanservice: In-universe, Manabe's fantasies about Haruka always have her being much curvier than she actually is.
* SchoolFestival:
** The "ESP Fortune Telling" in episode 2 was held during a Cultural Festival in the manga.
** A sports festival is held in the second half of episode 5.
* ShipperOnDeck: Haruka and Manabe was so much of an OfficialCouple that everyone ships them.
** The boys in Haruka and Manabe's class put their names under an UmbrellaOfTogetherness in episode 3. Manabe at first seems offended by it, but rather than take offense that they shipped them together, he complains that they forgot to add hearts to it.
** Haruka's grandfather is all for the couple, too.
** Mortani is also actively shipping Manabe and Haruka, despite having a crush on Manabe at the same time. Even she finds that to be strange.
** Dai'chi's mother ships Yuriko and Dai'chi, even when they're [[ToyShip quite young]].[[invoked]]
* ShoutOut: A possible one to ''DarkSouls''. [[ThatOneBoss (! Trigger Warning !)]] The entrance to the ESP Club bears a striking resemblance to the room where the first Capra Demon is encountered.
** In Episode 2, Haruka [[Franchise/MetalGear tries to sneak away in a cardboard box.]]
** In Episode 5, the ESP Club watches a {{Bowdlerised}} version of ''{{Scanners}}'', where a tomato is made to explode instead of [[YourHeadASplode a man's head]].
** In Episode 7, at [[spoiler:Haruka's birthday party]], everyone else is arranged in a circle around her, clapping and taking turns saying [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Congratulations!"]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Yuriko had one in episode 2, after the FlashbackNightmare about her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* SleeperHit: Nobody had expected much of the show when it was first released, believing it to be another run of the mill RomanticComedy. However, when word about [[BreakTheCutie the content]] of [[DownerBeginning the first ten minutes]] of the show began to spread, its popularity immediately spiked.
* SolemnEndingTheme: The first four episodes uses ''The Flower of Hope'' (''Kibou no Hana'') as the ending theme. While it is not completely sad, it is a more-or-less accurate portrayal of Manabe's effect on Haruka--it starts with ''How do I stand again/ once I've fallen down?'', with a refrain starting with ''that day you taught me the meaning of life, and gave me the strength to live on.''
* SpecialEditionTitle: Episode 5 with ''Theme of the ESP Society'' and Episode 6 with ''[[ACupAngst Flat as a Board]]'', for the two episodes being a bit of a breather compared to the others. The other episodes use the solemn yet heartwarming ''Flower of Hope''.
* SpitTake: Haruka does this in the first episode when Manabe sticks some chopsticks on his face in a really funny way. She does it again in episode 5 after Manabe gives an embarrassing picture of a young Hiyori in a photo promoting their dojo.
* SpoilerOpening: Those who have watched episode 2 and/or 3 would find the opening and ending spoiling. [[spoiler:As you can see in the page image (clipped from the ending), Hiyori would eventually be a member of the ESP Club. This implies her issue with Haruka and Manabe ''will'' resolve at some point.]]
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Detective Tsukino has one, due to being bullied as a child. Her evil personality was in charge or revenge and was also the perp of the physical assaults on school girls in episode 10. [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight With the help of]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship Haruka]], the [[SplitPersonalityTakeover good side is able to eliminate the evil one]] and she is even ready to turn herself in to pay for "her" crimes, which is refused by her superior, whom she has an apparently close friendship with.]]
* StressVomit: In episode 2, this is the direct result of Hiyori's PokeInTheThirdEye MindRape on Haruka, by using emphasizing the trigger of a girl who endured a decade of emotional trauma.
* SuperDeformed: The main cast in the ending of episode 5.
* SuperSenses: ''Also'' {{deconstructed|trope}}. Yuriko's mother had telescopic vision and used that in a high-profile way, then [[spoiler:people said she's a fake, and she was DrivenToSuicide.]]
* SurpriseParty: In the second half of episode 7, Manabe doesn't hang out with Haruka at all, nor does he talk to her very much. She and Yuriko go around town looking for him, and they suspect he's cheating on her, or at least up to no good. [[spoiler: Then it turns out he was working because he wanted to get money to give a birthday party to Haruka, since her birthday is September 1st.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In episode 10, Haruka claims she wasn't thinking about Manabe, shortly after they had a fight regarding her trying to find the criminal attacking high school girls.
* TelevisionGeography: Just compare Kotoura Station(in anime) with Urayasu Station(in real life) of Kotoura Tōhaku District. They look practically alike there.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** In episode 3, when the ESP Club members were singing karaoke, Yuriko picked the anime's opening theme for Haruka to sing.
** In episode 12 they do it again, and this time Haruka sings the (main) ending theme.
* ThroughHisStomach: Dramatically {{subverted|trope}} in Episode 3. [[spoiler:Yuriko suggested Haruka to do that to Manabe, and Haruka did made one... on the day after Manabe was attacked. Also see ItsAllMyFault for its symbolism.]]
* TrainingMontage: Haruka goes through one in episode 5.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Subverted. Yuriko assumed this of Haruka's apartment in episode 5 since she's living alone, but that's not the case.
* {{Tsundere}}: Haruka to Manabe. [[spoiler:It runs in the family. Her mother is worse, towards Haruka.]]
* UnnamedParent: So far, the only named parents are Haruka's mother Kumiko, her grandfather Zenzou (who took a parental role), and Yuriko's late mother Chizuru. Other parents are not named, even they may have a speaking role.
* {{Understatement}}: The first preview video, having Haruka [[HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation interiewing herself]], gravely downplays the effects of telepathy on her. She did say, "I don't really want it," and quoted her constant DirtyMindReading of Manabe as an example. [[spoiler:That is actually the ''least'' of her problems, particularly considering he's her ''first friend'' in nearly a decade.]] In fact, she started to sweat profusely as the "interview" went on and eventually she decided it's too tiring to go on.
* VomitDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:When Haruka had a HeroicBSOD after knowing what [[PokeInTheThirdEye Hiyori thinks]] in Episode 2. She covers her mouth as the screen turns dark, and you hear a student exclaims in disgust that she threw up.]]
* WhamEpisode: In episode 8, where Haruka [[spoiler:inadvertently reads the mind of a murderer.]]
* WhamLine: Both caused Haruka cross the DespairEventHorizon.
-->'''Kumiko, Haruka's mother''': (Pushes Haruka off on the floor) [[spoiler:[[IHaveNoSon I should never have given birth to you.]]]]
-->'''Nameless lady''', to Haruka: Are you the one who has been feeding that cat? What a nuisance. [[spoiler:I took it to a shelter, so don't ever come here again.]]
* WorthLivingFor: The main idea of the first ending ''Flower of Hope''.
-->That day you taught me the meaning of life,\\
and gave me the strength to live on\\
and I embrace it with all my heart
* YouAreNotAlone: One of the main themes. Consider the situation: Manabe and Dai'chi are the only teen that understands Haruka and Yuriko's psychic problems, respectively. Haruka and Hiyori shares annoyance over Manabe's perversion, etc, etc.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Haruka's parents were cheating behind each other. Kumiko and her boyfriend Tsuyama has been animated, but how about her father? [[spoiler:We don't know which women is he with, but Haruka already has a half-sister.]]
** In volume 2 of the manga, it turns out Kumiko's boyfriend Tsuyama has a girlfriend of Haruka's age in the equivalent of the second part of Episode 12.
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2nd Feb '14 8:22:08 PM XFllo
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** In episode 4, again, when Haruka found Manabe wanted to SpankTheCutie.



* SpankTheCutie: Manabe fantasized about that in episode 4, [[spoiler:if he found Haruka who ran away from him at the end of episode 3.]]
6th Jan '14 5:57:36 PM SamCurt
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-->''"How do I stand again, if I have stumbled?"''
-->''Absentmindedly I asked, something others won't really care:''
-->''"In my tattered past, there wasn't a single lie--''
-->''but will the truth be shown to it, if I imagine about it?"''

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-->''"How -->''How do I stand again, if I have stumbled?"''
-->''Absentmindedly
stumbled?''
-->''[[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead maybe
I asked, something others won't really care:''
-->''"In
shouldn't think too much about]] things I [[PowerIncontinence absent-mindedly read]]''
-->''In
my tattered past, there wasn't a single lie--''
-->''but will the truth be shown to it, if I imagine about it?"''it?''
17th Dec '13 9:17:53 PM SamCurt
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** Unusually early in anime. [[spoiler:Manabe declared his love towards Haruka when he confronted Hiyori. Haruka fell into tears as she overheard this.]]

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** Unusually early in anime. Episode 2. [[spoiler:Manabe declared his love towards Haruka when he confronted Hiyori. Haruka fell into tears as she overheard this.]]
*** An ''official'' one occurs [[spoiler:in the end]]. In episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka finally confesses to Manabe, who in turn confesses to her out loud, as he did not realize that he didn't do so 'till then.]]
*** In the manga this happened much, much earlier, as early as chapter three. Namely, it happenes after [[spoiler: Manabe's first confrontation with Hiyori. Manabe escorts Haruka home, and confesses to her out loud, and she does the same in turn.
]]



** In episode 12 [[spoiler: Haruka finally confesses to Manabe, who in turn confesses to her out loud, as he did not realize that he didn't do so 'till then.]]
*** In the manga this happened much, much earlier, as early as chapter three. Namely, it happenes after [[spoiler: Manabe's first confrontation with Hiyori. Manabe escorts Haruka home, and confesses to her out loud, and she does the same in turn.]]



** An ''official'' one occurs [[spoiler:in the end]].
3rd Dec '13 7:14:29 AM 32_Footsteps
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** Manabe also regularly does a ''much'' milder form of this to Haruka. He readily admits that he'll sometimes fantasize about her (including imagining a bust upgrade) just to get a reaction out of her - it's just a form of playful teasing to him. He even internally notes that fantasizing about her isn't as fun if she can't react, such as when she briefly lost her telepathy due to a cold.
28th Nov '13 10:34:12 PM SamCurt
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* AdultFear: Koutora Backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.

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* AdultFear: Koutora Backstory Haruka's {{backstory}} includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.



** Dai'chi's mother ships Yuriko and Dai'chi, even when they're [[ToyShip quite young]].

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** Dai'chi's mother ships Yuriko and Dai'chi, even when they're [[ToyShip quite young]].[[invoked]]
28th Nov '13 10:10:17 PM Aquaqua
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* Adult Fear: Koutora Backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.

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* Adult Fear: AdultFear: Koutora Backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.
28th Nov '13 10:09:15 PM Aquaqua
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* Adult Fear: Koutora Backstory includes [[spoiler:having her mother [[ParentalAbandonment callously abandon her]] in front of her Grandfather and saying she wished she never gave birth to her]]. It's utterly heartbreaking.
9th Nov '13 8:15:37 PM SamCurt
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Kotoura's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point, although it should be noted that Haruka [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off her mind reading]] or keep some of her findings secret.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Kotoura's Haruka's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point, although it should be noted that Haruka [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off her mind reading]] or keep some of her findings secret.
9th Nov '13 3:47:00 PM Valiona
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Kotoura's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Hiyori points out that Kotoura's mind-reading powers are an incredible invasion of privacy. Does this excuse in any way, shape, or form, the way she and others treat her for most of the story? Not really... but it's still a valid point.point, although it should be noted that Haruka [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off her mind reading]] or keep some of her findings secret.
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