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Fridge: Kotoura-san

Fridge Brilliance

  • Manabe can't seem to keep his mouth shut. He usually blurts out whatever he's thinking, regardless of how silly, rude, or perverted it is. He even has a Did I Say That Out Loud moment the first time Kotoura scans his brain; everyone else reacts with denial or confusion. This is why Kotoura's power doesn't bother him: he manually broadcasts most of his thoughts anyway, and has no interest in keeping secrets (unlike everyone she knew in childhood).
    • This trait was eventually lampshaded by Haruka in episode 12, as the reason why she loves him
    • Another important thing is because being a Living Lie Detector was so soul-crushing to Haruka, Manabe actually gives her rare moments of emotional stability.
  • Kotoura's trusting Manabe also makes sense once you meet her grandfather, who you could easily picture as Manabe in about fifty years.
  • A minor example that might count in the moment (but is spelled out afterwards) is when Manabe, Daichi, and Yoriko bed down in a priests house, and the priest turns out to be just as much of a paranormal nut as Yoriko. Now this may seem like an unlikely coincidence, especially for a religious man, until you realize that this man lives near Haruka and was approached by her mom in the first episode in a short scene. It's likely this led to paranormal research. Of course, this is confirmed explicitly minutes later.
  • Why did Manabe found himself having to run his libido off episode 8? In the first glance it sounds like he was just shy, but notice that Haruka didn't know she was Brought Down to Normal and saw Manabe as thinking nothing at all. If he did anything beyond just sexual fantasies—judging from what was in his head, he could just did if he just followed his libido—his image towards Haruka will completely be ruined. God, everybody knows how would that work out...
  • The choice of the Ending Theme The Flower of Hope's producers. Choosing Haruka Chisuga as the singer may be obvious enough, but choosing Ai Kawashima as the composer and lyric writer takes the cake. Why? Judging from The Other Wiki's information, she can be seen as a Doom Magnet towards her parents, biological or adoptednote . Familiar enough? There aren't many people who can author "There isn't a lie in my tattered life/ but will truth come to me, if I imagined about it?" with experiences.
  • Why does Haruka's Telepathy avert Conveniently Coherent Thoughts? Was it just played with that way to hide the truth about her mother's regret for abandoning her daughter until the Grand Finale? The answer is no. It's really a safeguard against Sensory Overload, especially since Power Incontinence is in play. Think of it like this: everybody's current thoughts already make a lot of "noise" to her. Now, add in everybody's memories simutaneously playing storyteller against her will. It would have been too much for her already fragile psyche "to process coherently".
  • The Hate Dumb may call Haruka stupid for forgiving Hiyori in episode 3 when she had manipulated her dojo mates to beat up Manabe for "Stalking" her. This was actually a smart move given what people say about her and her societal position. Had Haruka pressed charges, she would have had to use her Telepathy to make someone else suffer even if it wasn't likely to work since there is no actual proof that Hiyori was involved. She would have become the monster and then have subverted Innocently Insensitive. Also, consider this: would you go easy on someone who stalks on somebody you care about? Hiyori hadn't thought that through because she was too jealous to see it (a basic human folly), so of course her plan had Gone Horribly Right. Haruka actually thought through all of this.
  • Episodes 9 through 11 have split the fandom apart mainly because the Fair Play Whodunnit was too easy, so they accuse the show of Jumping the Shark. Here's the thing: that mystery was not meant for the viewers to solve. It's much better to think of it as a test whether or not the ESP Society is really a band of True Companions (hence the fight between Haruka and Yoshihisa). Also, consider this question: Why was the criminal somebody that Haruka would have complete empathy for? If it had been some random schmuck, then the ending certainly would have felt cheap not just because of the trope's underlying rule, but because her Telepathy would not have been put to a personally impacting use for her as she had wanted it to be. This arc was cleverly Foreshadowing the epicly emotional "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight that entire time.

Fridge Horror

  • Losing the stray cat is bad enough, but Haruka's utterly horrified and crushed expression when the fat bitch tells her the cat's been sent to a shelter can have only one reason: the fat bitch killed the cat.
  • In the equivalent of Episode 4 in manga, when the Monk recalled how he started to understand Haruka's pain, he used a different exchange than what is shown in the anime. At that time, Haruka suspected she was sick, and the Monk of course didn't think so. Haruka then mentioned why she felt that—her mom Kumiko wants to send her to a hospital, which caused a lot of friction between the latter and Zenzou. It's not so apparent, but given the context—especially if one have watched the Downer Beginning—it's a mental ward that was in Kumiko's mind.
  • Detective Tsukino's situation can also be considered this as a parallel to Haruka's own situation. Had Manabe never interacted with Haruka, she may have been the one doing the murders herself.

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