I have heard that Charlotte was rated as one of the more disappointing anime of 2015, most likely because of the high expectations going into it. It was afterall written by Jun Maeda known for his works such as Clannad, Kanon and Angel Beats. Therefore, people were disappointed it didn’t quite live up to its hype. I believe pacing towards the end was a huge issue.
For me, I couldn’t really understand the fuss. It is still a good work, and if you have known me by now, you would know that I like an anime that could stir up emotions in me. In fact, the reason why I started watching anime is because of anime like Charlotte. Filled with drama, angst, it prompts you to reflect and do some soul searching. I have watched every single Jun Maeda work, and I believe all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. I love them all equally.
For Charlotte, what really got to me were the theme songs. Just like for Angel Beats, Kanon and Clannad, the theme songs really resonated with me. I don’t know about the reasons why theme songs tend to be really awful these days, and people don’t really bother with it, but I feel it is important in developing the mood and atmosphere for the anime. Charlotte’s strength is in its use of music and its theme songs. I especially liked the ending theme sung by Aoi Tada. She also sung the ED for Angel Beat’s titled “Brave Song”.
Anyway, in this episode, even though it is an OVA, it has some really serious themes that were touched upon. There were two new characters introduced. It also managed to mash some comedy into it. I guess the concept is dramedy, and westerners don’t seem to really like such a concept. But I believe it can work with the right pacing, which Charlotte, might not have the luxury of the number of episodes to do so. Hence, it was deemed as rushed. However, I was personally really moved by this episode. Call me crazy or what, but I really liked it a lot. I hope it inspires you in some way or other.