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Kotoura-san

How the hell did this…

Kotoura-san

…. went to this.

Then, made a sharp turn to this…

Kotoura-san

… and finally ended with much d’awww?

Kotoura-san

Lol I certainly wasn’t prepared for this show. In one episode it went all the way from heartwarming to despair, swinging to sudden comedy and finally going all the way back to heartwarming. Mood whiplash’d as fuck, seriously.

It’s definitely gotten my attention if the show isn’t going to be just a pure comedy from here on. Plus I can’t hate a guy who totally honest about himself.

Kotoura-san

Indeed. He’ll cure her with the power of his Eros!

26 Comments

  1. Kitan Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I love it.

    Went in expecting 4koma moe stupidness, got suffering, drama, trauma, did Urobuchi wrote this?

  2. Jeroz Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Urobuchi focuses more on character building instead of quick whiplash.

  3. KLACMAN Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    i’m just stun in all ways like pull biggest curve ball ever on it really no one saw this coming in any form til we just seen it oh my why this happen?!

    my words it went to combine of Break the Cutie & The Woobie in ways we did not see this coming.

    really hope this series get well in weeks to come.

  4. danny zeto Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    My god. This…this episode.

    By the time the OP kicked in, I was so relieved. It was quite the downer before that. Glad I watched this, with zero expectations beforehand.

  5. sadakups Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    THIS. FUCKING. PILOT.

    Someone on RC when someone mentioned Higurashi vibes on this episode. It doesn’t help that Haruka and Rena look similar, had problems with their parents and had those eyes when they go broken, but the comparison ends there. Haruka won’t resort to violence or go batshit crazy. At least for now. :)

    Kitan and myself had pretty much the mindset on seeing the pilot of this show. Only wanted to see the first episode to see how bad it could be, but that dark intro was something I wasn’t expecting. Of course, I’m not expecting the rest of the show to be the same as the pilot, but now I’m more interested on how the mind-reading plot device will play.

  6. Cytrus Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    @Jeroz

    Urobuchi himself claims that he only concentrates on the plot, and the characters are to be adjusted to what the plot demands

    Anyway, this was one of the big surprises of the opening week of the season. There is certainly the possibility of going full out comedy after this episode, but if they can keep on mixing the themes we might have something great on our hands. The somewhat sub par art this is wrapped up in only serves to remind that eye candy loses out to good content when it comes to what is important in a good show.

  7. Benigmatica Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    And I thought this anime is depressing, but it’s not… or is it?

  8. hurin Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    Best show so far, and biggest surprise since Madoka.

  9. thaivuN Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    When drawing Haruka’s lifeless facial expressions, someone must have read way too much guro hentai manga.

  10. Someone Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    So the girl is autistic is what i gather from watching this.

    I men this girls problem is not that she hear peoples taughts, it’s that she has no understanding whatsoever of social norms.

    Even a 10 year old understands that it’s better to keep some information to yourself in some situations and by not doing it she invites exclusion.

  11. hurin Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 2:22 am

    Someone: By the time she was 10 she had already alienated everyone except her grandfather.
    The reason her powes are a curse rather than a blesing, is there is no ‘off’ switch, she hears other peoples thoughts just by being in the same room.

  12. EXM Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    If Mao from Code Geass is anything to go by, she’s pretty screwed up in the head. Also, as a kid, she sort of thought everybody was going out of their way to tell her their thoughts.

  13. S_1 Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 4:46 am

    So this series is manic WUT?

  14. AGear2Ax Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Maybe She cann’t difference between a thought and when somebody says something… Maybe in her head both things sound equal…

  15. AGear2Ax Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I mean, She cann’t tell the difference between something said or something thought! >.< Sorry for the typo and the double post…

  16. suguru Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    I know from experience even 4-year olds are smart enough to figure out what not to say – in real life, I think Haruka would have quickly learned not to just blindly repeat what everyone’s thinking, well before she went to school. Even if to her thoughts sound the same as speaking, she’d just be sure to make their lips are moving before responding. I think they just made her clueless to level up the drama, and to me that’s just sloppy writing – there are plenty of cases where knowing everyone around you’s thoughts would hurt, they didn’t have to make Haruka unrealistically dense to get that point across and make her a sympathetic character. But having said that, this still could be fun to watch now that it’s turning more into comedy. I just hope if they flip back to dorama, it’s not as heavy-handed next time.

  17. Kitan Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I’m not going to disagree that it’s bad writing, but I’d still be damned for how they managed to pull this off with a 4koma, I really want to read it. And I’d forgive it for a lot of things I can’t overlook in, say, a Light Novel like SAO.

  18. skyhack Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Haven’t seen this. Wasn’t going to. Now, I have to.

  19. All Fiction Said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    Great episode. I really liked the title character. But I really hated the main male lead. They need to replace him with Hyōbu from Hyōbu Kyōsuke: Unlimited Loli Works.

  20. Dawn Said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 2:12 am

    The main male lead is a subtle hint from Japan, that perversion is a good thing and helps cure trauma. Take that Ishihara.
    But personally, if you’ve seen Sora no Otoshimono, main leads that are perverted can still lead to a decent plot.

  21. Bear Said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    The obvious solution for Haruka is to assume that it’s a thought if she doesn’t see someone’s mouth moving. The worst that could happen is that people think she’s hard of hearing.

  22. EXM Said,

    January 14, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    This has been discussed to death. She probably tried doing as such in Middle School, but just knowing someone’s thoughts and intentions will alter your behavior. If she somehow unintentionally lets it slip, what happened in Middle School would probably repeat. She just stopped trying after that. Admittedly, had they dedicated an episode to each arc in her life, it’d be more comprehensive, and we’d get a lot more people blaming her for mouthing off.

  23. What? Said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    Oh god, the suffering in future episodes.

    I can’t take it.

  24. HoHo Said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    I think that we may not be able to use normal kid to compare with Kotoura. The kid who can read other people thought may act differently. She has been able to do it since she was born. So, it’s possible that she may subconsciously perceive that it is another way of communication from other people. People have different learning curve. It’s too late for her to recognize that she is special and different with other people.

  25. susu Said,

    January 20, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Being able to read thoughts with such innocence can really hurt you huh.
    If somebody else who is more capable of lies can read thoughts, that would make it quite a deadly skill. I mean, nobody would know he can read thoughts since he’s gonna lie about it.

  26. susu Said,

    January 20, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I really like it so far.
    It was so heavy before, but then the relieving feelings it gave me later was quite effective in making me like it.
    I have read a lot of these mature manga, and they are all about people getting deeper into depression; that’s not cool :p.
    I’d prefer something like this.

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