Heartwarming: Kotoura-san

The Central Theme of the anime was about the recovery of a Broken Bird and her Character Development, so expect a few of these moments.
  • The moment where the darkness in Kotoura's life shatters. You know that one. It's telling when an anime has its CMOH right at the first episode, and even before the opening starts rolling. Though equally telling is that it occurs after ten minutes of soul-crushing trauma.
  • During Episode 1, while having lunch on the rooftop of the school, Manabe has a fantasy about Kotoura (partially just to get her attention). When Manabe understands it's ESP and Kotoura steels herself for another "You Monster!" tirade, Manabe confesses that his main concern is having to keep his perverted thoughts in check. As the series goes on and you understand just how much Manabe values his fantasies, it becomes apparent just how determined he is to be her friend. Also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny
    Kotoura: "You're... not scared?"
    Manabe: "Of course I'm scared! You're gonna treat me like a total pervert!"
  • The opening in the first episode. After that living hell Kotoura went through, we suddenly get this upbeat scene where she is surrounded by people who love her. It's like the animator couldn't take it any more and started yelling, "It's alright! She's gonna be alright!"
  • The end of Episode 1, where Manabe promises that he'll never leave Kotoura, and that he doesn't care if she can read his mind or not.
    • The dialogue just prior to his promise where he breaks her jerkass facade definitely qualifies:
      Kotoura: (after explaining she keeps people away to avoid hurting them or herself and speaks while on the verge of tears) "Why do you try to get close to me?! Stop it! Leave Me Alone!! You're the one who's going to get hurt!"
      Manabe: "Is that okay with you? *beat* You don't want to hurt anyone? Don't give me that! You're the one who's hurting!"
    • The follow up scene where they shake hands as well.
      Manabe: "Glad to know you, Kotoura."
      Kotoura: "Same, Manabe-kun."
  • Manabe defending Kotoura and admitting he likes her in front of the whole class in episode 2. Made even better by Kotoura listening from the hallway while in tears.
    Manabe: "Because I like her! Got a problem with that?!"
    • Yuriko gets a nod as well. When she's told by a classmate that Kotoura is being bullied, she realizes that she put Kotoura into a vulnerable position and has a minor BSOD of her own. She then sets off to find the other members of the ESP Society, presumably to put a stop to what's happening. While Manabe is giving Kotoura's bullies a full broadside, Yuriko is outside giving Kotoura a full blown hug.
  • Throughout the first few episodes, we get a few glimpses of Haruka and her grandfather's relationship. It's really sweet that he stepped up to take care of her when his daughter ran out on them, and unlike everyone else in her life up until the beginning of the show, he truly cares for and understands her.
  • Likewise, the priest that we see for a few seconds who Haruka's mom consulted in the first episode saw how much her powers were causing her great pain, and felt immense guilt for not being able to help her. After that he dedicated the rest of his life researching psychic related phenomena to try to help her. Though fortunately he ended up being really in to it and became an ESP enthusiast.
  • At the beginning of episode 3, Manabe and Kotoura's classmates write their names under an umbrella on the chalkboard in order to tease them. Rather than getting angry, Manabe criticizes them for not adding enough hearts.
  • In Episode 3, after the ESP Society gets finished doing Karaoke for the club's "activity", Kotoura is lamenting about how is she letting people close to her for the first time while walking home with Manabe, leading to following exchange. The grin Manabe gives afterwards really sells it.
    Kotoura: (After she gets done waxing like her situation will change before long) "That's why this is the happiest and most fun time in my life."
    Manabe: "Stupid." (Stops dead and gives Kotoura a stern look) "You'll have tons of happy and fun moments from now on. Don't be stingy and say that right now is the best."
  • When Kotoura goes to visit Manabe in the hospital after being jump by some thugs under orders from Hiyori, she overhears him playfully flirting with the nurse. His thoughts she picks up on though? He's glad Kotoura wasn't with him because she doesn't need to get hurt anymore.
  • When Hiyori goes to Haruka's house in episode 4 to apologize for all the things she had done in earlier episodes. Also, Haruka realizing she has True Companions when the ESP club goes to find her.
    Kotoura: (taking Manabe's hand with hers) "I want... to go back. I want to go back with you... and everyone."
  • In episode 5, Manabe successfully manages to get the class to cheer Kotoura on as she runs the relay during the sports festival. It's the first time in the show that the rest of the student body actually supports her in any fashion.
  • Yuriko's backstory with Dai'chi in episode 7, when he was the only kid who actually believed in her mother's powers, at a time she was openly ostracized due to her mother's issues. Haruka agrees.
  • Manabe going through so much trouble to arrange a surprise birthday party for Haruka. Then there's the look on Haruka's face and the fact that this is probably the first genuine birthday party she's had in years.
  • The "date" in Episode 8 in its entirety (doubled with several moments of funny). Of particular note is when Kotoura snips a photo they took together in a photobooth and puts it into the locket that was given to her earlier by Manabe. Given the hell she's gone through up to this point in her life, it's extremely touching. Double points when Manabe says they should do it again.
  • The end of episode 9, right when Haruka's mother goes Mama Bear on Manabe briefly to ward off Manabe's usual advances. Although she decides to leave the hotel and still seems cold towrads her daughter, Haruka was able to briefly recognize a feeling from her mother that she used to give off before she became broken at trying to fix her telepathy problem. The Ear Worm ending song playing in as this scene reaches the end amplifies the emotions of the scene.
  • A few moments before the scene above, Haruka found herself too dumbfounded to tell her mom how is she now, and whatever in Tsuyama's mind made it worse and she started to back away from them. Manabe and Yuriko gives her support at the back so that she can tell Kumiko that she has friends now.
  • Episode 11 does this in a beautifully climatic way. After catching the criminal who is actually Detective Tsukino's Enemy Within, the former shows everybody her most Hidden Depths and true self which culminates in this conversation which doubles as a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight for her sake:
    Haruka: Tsukino-san, stop this! Maybe I am a monster, but I met people who reached out to me.
    Tsukino: So what?! No one ever did that for her, and no one ever will!
    Haruka: That's what I thought too, but I was wrong." *Cue Tender Tears* "I'm sure there are people who'll stay with you. So, don't give up. *Walks towards Tsukino with open arms*
    Tsukino:: Hey! What are you waiting for? She's Just a Kid playing around!
    Haruka: I can hear your voice, Tsukino-san. It's okay. Even I was able to change.
    Tsukino: If you leave it at this, you'll just be a criminal! I'll keep helping you! So stop! Stop! STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!
    • The scene where Tsukino willingly turning herself in. She realizes what she had done and was willing to pay for her crimes. Her superior, Yama, confides her to stop by whenever she wants as soon as she's released. Despite everything she had done, he was still willing to talk to her.
  • All of episode 12 is likely to make your heart melt (i.e. Haruka and her mother reconciling), in particular the final shot of the series, Kotoura walking along with everyone not shunned with true friends coming to greet her in a bright, happy world where she can smile.
  • Last but not least, the (main) Ending Theme Flower of Hope (Lyrics here), which, in other words, the entire story in Haruka'snote  words.