On July 5, 2021, Japan marks the sixth anniversary of the premiere of the original anime Charlotte. This thirteen-episode original series originally aired between July and September 2015, and is part of the multiple productions written by Jun Maeda.
The series also featured the production of an OVA released in March 2016. Two manga adaptations were published through Kadokawa publisher’s Dengeki G’s Comic magazine by Haruka Komowata and Makoto Ikezawa. The story was originally conceived by Jun Maeda, who was also in charge of writing the scripts and composing part of the soundtrack, with character designs by Na-Ga.
Both Maeda and Na-Ga are part of the visual novel developer Key, and Charlotte was the second original anime created by this brand after Angel Beats! in 2010. In fact, Maeda pointed out that he had already come up with the concept of this original anime since the beginning of 2012, but he worked with a different production team than Angel Beats! to avoid taking too many references from it in the new production.
While on the surface, Yuu Otosaka looks like any other smart and charming teenager, he has a secret: he has the ability to infiltrate people’s minds and control their bodies for five seconds only once. Yuu has been using this ability for years to obtain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter an elite academy.
When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches him using his power, she forces him and his sister Ayumi to transfer to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council is tasked with secretly tracking down teenagers who abuse his powers and together they face formidable challenges that bring them closer to the shocking truth behind Yuu’s seemingly incomplete ability.