Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / Charlotte

Go To

  • Acceptable Targets: The government.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Fans are divided into two category regarding Yuu's initial behavior in episode 11 after being told by Shun to meet the ability wielders hunters face to face. Whether he's a Spoiled Brat who didn't have any balls to save the person closest to him (and his brother), or he's just an emotionally unstable teenager who was suddenly dragged out into the conflict just because of his Cursed with Awesome ability.
  • Advertisement:
  • Arc Fatigue: For some, the initial episodes that largely followed a Monster of the Weeknote  formula were considered to have gotten old fairly quickly. It was only by episode 6 that people felt that the story was finally going somewhere.
  • Ass Pull: The sudden appearance of the ability wielders hunter/terrorist group in episode 11, after the previous 10 episodes state that the scientists are the only antagonist.
  • Awesome Music: Standard for a Key/Jun Maeda project. The OP, "Bravely You". which has a sort of Angel Beats! feel to it. The sudden change at 0:48 has also captivated a lot of listeners.
  • Broken Base: Fans are still unsure of whether Charlotte is better or worse than Angel Beats!.
  • Advertisement:
  • Critical Research Failure: In opening narration, not only did René Descartes not live in ancient times, but in the 17th century, but Yuu uses his famous sentence cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) in a completely different context than the former did. note 
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The ending could easily be interpreted as meaning “the qualities that make you special are pointless, transitory and will cause you to be ostracized, so it’s best to just forget about them and conform to society’s expectations.” To extend the homosexuality metaphor that the X-Men comics like to use, it's like telling gays to go to conversion therapy and become straight so that they won’t have to suffer from homophobia, and considering Japan's tendency towards conformity and resistance or even outright hostility to anything outside of the norm...
  • Advertisement:
  • Fanon: With all the comparisons the show draws between Takajou and Takamatsu, the idea that they're the same person reincarnated became widespread.
  • Growing the Beard: Most fans seem to think the series really picks up in Episode 6.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The last time Ayumi makes omelet rice for Yuu is in Episode 3, when Yuu has no desire to eat it and wipes off the sauce words on it. Later, it becomes her truly last omelet rice for him.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The reason why Ayumi is so obsessed with pizza sauce in almost all of her cuisine is because she wants Yuu to be happy. The pizza sauce written as a "secret recipe" for his favorite food can be found in a recipe book written by their mother, which was later inherited by Ayumi.
  • He's Just Hiding!: There is a group of fans who aren't convinced that Ayumi is dead, considering they never saw a body. It was eventually revealed that she really did die from getting crushed under the rubble, only that Yuu had managed to undo her death by using his newly acquired Time Leap ability to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Ho Yay: Shunsuke and Kumagami. Shunsuke is the only one who calls Kumagami Pooh, has No Sense of Personal Space around him, and really, really does not take his death well in episode 11. Even Yuu notices that Shunsuke becomes a husk of his former self after losing Kumagami, and acts the same way as he did when he lost Ayumi. It's also worth noting that while Shunsuke remained calm and composed in the previous timeline even after learning of his sister's death, in contrast to Yuu who took it very badly, he immediately went into a Heroic BSoD after losing Kumagami in the new timeline.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: A lot of fans believe the series would work better as a full-cour (24 episode) series or a Visual Novel than a 13-episode anime.
  • Les Yay: Audiences refer to the sexually charged nosebleeds to see a lesbian bent from Ayumi towards the Japanese pop-culture idol Yusarin.
  • Memetic Mutation: Nao's hilariously annoyed expression to Yuu's love confession in Episode 12 became a meme in the anime fandom overnight, largely because many viewers felt her expression mirrored their reactions toward the latter episodes of the series.
  • Narm: The fuss that is made about food. Granted, this is a theme home to more than just this series, but when it continuously turns moments that would otherwise be quiet and emotional into an awkward and cartoony mess, it starts to become grating. Yuu's mood doing a 180-degree turn at times in particular can be so absurd that it ruins the drama.
  • Shocking Swerve: In episode 11, It's revealed that one of the syndicate members, Furuki, is being blackmailed by an ability wielder hunter/terrorist group, who wants Yuu due to his plunder ability. Furuki gives them Kumagami - who after being tortured and given truth serum, spills about the entire syndicate's existence and the information about one of the closest person to Yuu, who happens to be Nao - as a hostage. They then kidnap Nao, making her a hostage to lure Yuu out. After deciding to rescue them, Yuu surrenders himself to the hunter/terrorist group, and in case something goes wrong, he's already prepared to time leap. Unfortunately, he's ambushed by one of their henchgirl who was able to damage one of his eyes, rendering him unable to time leap. He triggers his collapse ability instead, blowing up the factory where they were all standing, and then accidentally/indirectly kills Kumagami who got impaled by the debris while protecting Nao in the process. All of this came out of nowhere. One could only wonder if Jun Maeda might as well time leap to go back and rewrite this twist.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: When she's not being possessed by her older sister, Yusa's role in the show mostly amounts to being an overly cutesy idol with "magic spell" songs that wouldn't be out of place in preschooler shows.
  • Tear Jerker: Ayumi's death, considering the aftermath where Yuu's life was spiraling upside down to the point where Nao has to literally kick some sense into him and make him face reality.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Just like its predecessor Angel Beats!, which was criticised for following the more popular CLANNAD, Charlotte is criticised for following the now more popular Angel Beats!. Time will tell whether Charlotte is Vindicated by History the way Angel Beats! was.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • It's not a wise decision to suddenly startle a nervous person who's aimed his arrow at your face at point blank. If it hadn't been for Joujirou, Nao would already be dead.
    • In episode 11, Yuu gets attacked by an ability wielder. He just stares at her and lets her cut his eye, which also disables his time-leap ability. Seriously, Yuu?
    • In episode 11, instead of using his telekinesis to intimidate the syndicate into letting Nao and Kumagami go, or using his possession/plunder ability to have them knock each other off the ledge, thus leaving them vulnerable, Yuu only takes over their bodies to INSPECT THEM FOR WEAPONS. It can't even be argued that he was worried about others being in the abandoned area, as he notes earlier in this same scene that they seem to be the only ones there.
    • Yuu then decides to telekinetically throw objects at the pair of terrorists who he'd already determined to pose no direct threat, turning his back on the ability-wielding girl who is clearly carrying a weapon that just left him half-blind. She ends up driving him into a rage and "collapsing" the building, fatally injuring Kumagami.
    • The reason Yuu got in this mess in the first place was because Shunsuke willfully glanced over the fact that their organization's driver had a family, giving enemies ample opportunity to blackmail him and make him kidnap one the organization's most important members.
    • Backing up even further, there's yet another problem. Why does someone as important as Kumagami ever leave the underground base? He could have just called the school every time he detected an ability-user. Instead, he physically goes there, with no bodyguard, to do his completely unnecessary water-dripping ritual, providing many opportunities for someone to capture him.
    • Going a bit further, there's a simple solution that's never even considered. Why doesn't Yuu go back to the time Kumagami leaves and say, "Dude, seriously, stay and let's play another game, or you'll get captured, tortured, and killed."?


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: