This show intrigued me because it represents a popular trend in entertainment. I’ve seen a lot of folks point out the correlation between X-Men and Charlotte, but I’ve also noticed many elements that are new and exciting that make the show stand out from it’s genera.
~Teenagers with Special Powers
We like to watch shows that are relatable, so a show about high school students is immediately appealing to many viewers. The hook of this show is that these students have special powers, and with special powers, comes a tragic backstory.
In shows like these, there is always an explanation for a certain kind of strange behavior or social awkwardness. A character is normal, until he or she goes through a transformation or a tragic event causing the person’s reaction to bring a level of drama and new dynamics to the show. This same formula applies here, only these kids have powers, so the level of intensity of drama will be much more then just a normal high school sitcom.
~ What Makes These Powers Different
Something I appreciated about this show was the fact that these powers are far from practical, causing these kids to find trouble more easily then an ordinary person or even a person who has perfected abilities. The urge to use your powers, no matter how effective they may be, is too much for an impatient teenager. This means that these teenagers won’t just deal with the hardships of being different, but the fact that these powers are in fact a burden. It’s ironic that these powers occur during adolescence since it’s a condition one would need to be mature. These students have to operate outside of the norm of society having these abilities, but doubly so since they must meet a higher level of maturity in order to try and operate responsibly in society. This set up has the potential for the show to be extraordinarily deep.
This is an overarching word for this episode. Every person has something they need to protect. Whether it be a sibling, their secrets, or each other, every character understand what this word means. There was a lot of care put into explaining the principles the school stood for, even thought they were demonstrated by the characters quite rashly. I saw this executed when the trio was trying to retrieve the boy with the gift of thoughtography. Although our characters ran at Udo with less then a plan, they actually had a fair amount of teamwork. Takajou even used his dangerous ability to save Tomori. He saved Tomori while Tomori tried to save Udo as well as the rest of the students at the school. Watching this scene was important for Yu because it helped him see the good will this school was built upon. Although they were executed a little recklessly, the principles Tomori stands for will create beautiful character development.
~The Same Thing Only Different
This is a concept in screen writing. The writer has to except that every idea has basically been used already, so there can be nothing new in entertainment. In order to create a good story, you have to trick the audience into thinking that your idea is something new. Even thought there were many similarities to other works, (X-Men, Lab Rats) this show is still an individual. It followes this rule well by creating many new twists that works along side the main idea of the story. My biggest issue with the show however, is that I felt the tragic back story of Tomori was very cliché. It was expected because it’s been done so many times before. Because this idea is so used, I wasn’t able to empathize as much as I would like, and the audience should never be deprived of that want. Anime does such a wonderful job at drawing emotion out, however I was expecting them to make this move, so I was disappointed. You always want to keep the audience of their toes, and build up to the reveal, but the execution of this scene was not as impressive as I would have liked. On the other hand, this scene between Yu and Tomori and her brother was important in building up their relationship in a way the seamed new. You take a character, Yu who doesn’t seam to care at all. The point of this scene wasn’t to make Yu fall for Tomori or even draw emotion out of him, it reiterated the point I made earlier, that Tomori is a living example of the principles of this school. Seeing this, although tragic, relieved Yu’s mind in his decision to come to the school, as well as the obvious tensions because Tomori showed a remarkable amount of trust in Yu.
~ Tomori’s Character
At first, she seamed to be a very ordinary female character, but she started to become more individual as the show went on. You know just by the looks on her face and attitude that she has a hard past. However, she has crafted the ability to step past that and see the world through more accurate eyes. She is the prime example of what I talked about before where these characters need to be mature in order to survive. However, she highlights the fact that these kids have an advantage. The most prevalent character’s we’ve met have been through situations forcing them to take a certain level of responsibility, usually involving missing parents, fanatical issues, or health problems. Tomori’s character promises that the concept of children acting as adults when they really just want to be children will be addressed.
~The Balance of Comedy and Drama
The scene where Takajou has to retrieve lunch sets the tone of the show well. The show is really about teenagers fooling around. This show has so much potential because in this episode, we see how much character development they need, and how far away from their goal they really are. The drama comes up when this is brought up in a serious context.