Now that Yuu decided to plunder all the abilities, will the mission that looks impossible be a success?
As you would expect, this episode is basically Yuu taking all the abilities that he can. Sure, it may look easy considering that he has a lot of abilities at his disposal, but it’s not. He was able to find another ability that tracks the ability users’ presence on a map. Sure, it may look convenient, but it’s quite obvious that this mission won’t be easy compared to just finding someone to heal his eye and doing another time leap.
Aside from people who are after him for money and such, it seems that having all the abilities definitely took a toll on his mental health. All the stress from focusing on his mission has caused him to go crazy on certain occasions without realizing it. At one point, he almost forgot the promise he made to Nao as he kicks the cards containing the translations, which he regretted afterwards. This is not so surprising since great power comes with great responsibility. Sure, he messed up a few times by almost killing someone along and going on a rampage that caused a coup in one country he was in, but thankfully he regain his control and stick to his mission to the end.
Aside from being worn out and injured after he plundered the last person with the ability, he made it out alive with his older brother saving him. With that, he finally reunites with Nao at the hospital as she reminds him of the promise as they live life to the fullest without any worry from being used as test subjects or being targeted by terrorists ever again. In short, it was a decent ending since it has some funny and crazy moments despite feeling rushed as always.
As a whole, people will either be critical about the show by saying that Charlotte is the worst show that PA Works and Jun Maeda have made (aside from Glasslip) or say that it’s very enjoyable. To me, it was slightly above average. Sure, Charlotte has left me with mixed feelings such as what happened in the 11th episode along with the superpower of the week episodes, the show is somewhat better than Angel Beats, which left me somewhat confused on what happened in the end since there were many things were left unresolved. Sure, there are some things that never got explained in this show, but at least it managed to give a reasonable conclusion. Not to mention, Nao will always be a better heroine compared to Yuri from Angel Beats.
In short, my thoughts about the show from my editorial have not changed much. Sure, Charlotte could have been a lot better if it didn’t rush the story by having more episodes to work with. Then again, maybe original anime productions may not be his thing. Or maybe Jun Maeda is over ambitious with the story. Whatever it might be, I’ll leave that up for debate.
In short, I think Charlotte is slightly better than Angel Beats since the story was a bit more focused on its premise and had slightly better characters. Still, both shows are a far cry from their older visual novel based works.
Overall Rating: 8.0/10, Good, B-