「略奪」 (Rya Kudatsu)
Usually a successful prediction leaves you pretty darn smug, but I can’t say that ends up being the case here. As it turns out, Yuu does indeed use his brother’s powers to rescue Ayumi (by plundering her abilities), and this week’s episode is more a confirmation of how things came to be more than anything:
With almost all of the above having been already mentioned in the comments as a possibility, things end up pretty straight forward, and I’m honestly not sure how to feel about things here. I mean, is that really it? Or is there one last twist (or attack by the scientists?) waiting on the horizon? I sure hope there is.
This week’s episode was supposed to be the series’ big payoff, and although it does a good job linking together everything that’s happened, the fact that it was anything but unpredictable was a disappointment. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s glad that Ayumi’s alive and all, but there were blatant signs that she wasn’t gone for good, and the quick resolution (it took barely a third of the episode for the entire time-leap) does nothing to help my lack of emotional connection to the whole thing. They also didn’t address the reason why Yuu was the only one to possess memories of the past despite the others being confirmed to not having any, and for all the explanations they give, that’s certainly an interesting one to gloss over. And that’s without mentioning how the time-leap ultimately rolls back much of the character development we received the last few weeks too.
What this leaves us with are three measly episodes to do something significant with, and with such a short time left, it’s suddenly questionable whether or not the series will be able to deliver. I know it’s Maeda Jun and I know he’s capable of delivering great moments in short periods of time, but count even me—the one who’s loved all of his previous works—as someone who’s officially worried about how this series will end up. Could Charlotte be one of this year’s biggest disappointments? I certainly hope that doesn’t end up being the case.
EXTRA: Charlotte’s ED single released the other day and first-press releases came with a B2 poster.