This theory comes from this comments section, and was written by the user kotomikun.
And there's the usual "being an outcast" tropes that Kotoura and her real-life counterparts also deal with: bullying, rumor-mill victimization, etc. Kotoura's interceptions of people's hateful thoughts about her is, like the rest of it, a supernatural twist on a real phenomenon.
Finding a group of real friends who accept her abnormality is probably the most unrealistic part, from my point of view; but it's not impossible, and it's...cathartic, I guess.
- It is also notable that Kumiko's attitude towards Haruka looks as if what the latter have is a disability.
- Also some of Detective Tsukino's comments, like her disbelief that any of Kotoura's friends would want to be around someone like her, and later during her other personality's attack on Kotoura, she remarks how it sickens her that she herself got picked on and ostracized, but a bakemono, i.e. "monster." like Kotoura manages to make friends.
You know, I've thought about it, and for as much hate as Kotoura's mother gets, I see very few people talk about her father. Even before the reveal of their cheating he wanted no part in trying to figure out Kotoura or help Kumiko. He relegated it as "woman's work" and started rarely coming home. At least Kumiko tried to help Kotoura at first, even if it broke her in the end.I don't excuse Kumiko's actions, but perhaps she wouldn't have been driven to the breaking point if her husband wasn't all, "Not my problem, bitch." This is why we see Kumiko again in the series and why she gets a bit of vague closure on her relationship with Kotoura, while the father is never seen again after the first episode.
Haruka is a mutant in an Alternate Universe, where the existence of mutants didn't became public knowledge. Sometime later, she'll be picked up by Professor X and become a member of the X-Men. If Yoshihisa Manabe is still her boyfriend by then (youth romances rarely last long), he'll follow her to the US and enroll at a local high school near Xavier's place and will support the X-Men in general and Haruka in particular.
- While by X-Men standards Haruka would be a mutant... Her powers would also be quite lame in X-Men standards—half a telepath (cannot project thoughts on people). What would be her Code Name and what's her position in the entire team?
In addition to the fact that Haruka's character design is practically modeled off of a certain Madoka Kaname, the cute art-style and subverted, then-reconstructed themes of friendship and trust are very similar to Higurashi: When They Cry. It's entirely possible this series shares it's universe with one or both of those series.
For some bonus fridge horror, this makes the shrunken-iris reaction several characters exhibit when under stress terrifyingly reminiscent of late-stage Hinamizawa Syndrome. How long do you think Haruka or Moritani had before they snapped and started systematically murdering their friends?
- For reference—the first Kotoura-san picture uploaded to Danbooru (#530461) has a date stamp of 26 September, 2009.
- A good comparison would be the eponymous The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., who feels exactly this way for the exact same reason, i.e. passive telepathy.