P.A. Works collaborates with Key once again to create Charlotte.
Charlotte is an original anime project from P.A. Works collaborated with Aniplex and Key. We’ve seen this collaboration between Key and P.A. Works before in Angel Beats, which turned pretty fine. Angel Beats may have not been perfect, but the music and animation stood out.
Charlotte revolves around a small percentage of boys and girls in puberty with special abilities. Don’t know why they have to be pubescent, but whatever, this is anime after all. Yuu and Nao, through the power of faith, come in contact and their lives with special powers are on the brink of being exposed to the public. Not much else is known of the series other than the fact that we can probably label this series as a slice of life, supernatural, romance anime. Probably.
The original character designs, done by Na-Ga(Angel Beats, Little Busters), in Charlotte remind a lot of Angel Beats and other Key related projects such as Clannad with mainly the characteristic eyes. Admittedly first key visuals hint towards a more modern approach to anime as it is more familiar to Little Busters.
Yet this time Jun Maeda is at the wheel who also worked on Clannad and Angel Beats, indicating that Charlotte might have a more developed and emotional background story. Music in the preview reminds heavily of Angel Beats, this isn’t surprising since the sound director is the same, namely Satoki Iida.
P.A. Works has some catching up to do since its last less than fortunate series such as Shirobako, which I dropped rather quickly, Glasslip which failed really badly and Red Data Girl, whilst original in its execution didn’t pack much punch either. Charlotte will start airing in July 2015.