Kotoura-san ~ Review
“A dramatic love story about betrayal, friendship and trust”
This here is yet another cute little series that’s got everything that you need for a good drama/romantic comedy story, and a little extra! Because just for you supernatural lovers, we’ve got some freaky mind reading sh*t thrown into the mix. Now you might be thinking “why…?”, but after you read this review, you’ll hopefully have a pretty clear idea about why this setting makes this series such a unique and awesome romantic comedy series for you to go and watch.
Kotoura-san revolves around a young teenage school girl called Kotoura Haruka, who was born with the ability to read other people’s minds. As a result, she accidentally spills the truth about their parents cheating on each other which causes her parents to leave her at a young age. Scarred for life, she loses friends and trust around her due to her “cursed power”. When she advances to senior high though, she meets a pervert called Manabe Yoshihisa, who, despite Kotoura’s mind reading powers, falls in love with her and doesn’t want to leave her. She is later picked up by the ESP club, in which Kotoura begins to learn about trust and friendship again, as well as love the man that made her change for the better.
The anime is known for its cute artworks, dramatic back stories and cute romantic and comedy scenes
The series ran for 12 episodes that ran during the Winter 2013 Anime Season (January 2013 – March 2013, ending today at the time of this writing). The series is based off a manga serialization written by Enokizu (and is still ongoing today). The series is animated by AIC (Anime International Company) Studios, who have animated many well-known series including Ah! My Goddess, Sora no Otoshimono and the Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai series.
There are some well-known voice actors that make an appearance in this series, including Kanemoto Hisako who voices Kotoura (and is also known as the voices of Tomonori from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Hime from Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru), Hanazawa Kana who voices Yuriko (and is also known as the voices of Maria from Shinsekai Yori and Kuroi Mato from Black Rock Shooter) and Shimono Hiro who voices Muroi (and is also known as the voices of Katsuragi Keima from The World God Only Knows and Yoshii Akihisa from Baka to Test to Shoukanjyuu).
I think this anime was highly smiled upon by the online community because of its firstly cute characters and artworks, but also because of its wide juxtaposition with the very dramatic, almost depressing, drama scenes (such as Kotoura’s past, which viewers of this anime will already know). There are very little romantic comedy anime’s that fail to even attempt to create such a gap between genere’s in the one series, but this series has succeeded in doing that in a very entertaining way. At one point the anime is very light-hearted, while in the next it is very depressing. I think that is what made this anime so unique and awesome. So watch it if you haven’t yet.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 9/10