It’s the aforementioned quirks with the main character’s powers that ultimately prove to be his demise, however. Third party witnesses soon become wise to his antics and he’s challenged to achieve 90 per cent or higher on a test whilst observed in solitude. His previous conniving, composed demeanour rapidly unravels when his bailout plan goes south and he finds himself forced to attend Hoshinoumi Academy as a member of its student council (alongside those who caught him in the first place).
I expect some viewers will balk at the fact that the show is headed down the school drama route rather than the high-stakes scheming that evoked memories of Death Note and Code Geass, but it’s surely one of the more promising takes on the setting in a good while. The supernatural twist breathes some serious life into the formula and the protagonist is nothing to scoff at either, being more of an audacious schemer than the stereotypical do-gooder.
Charlotte certainly looks to be more than the standard school fare and the fact that it’s an anime-original show could well liberate it from pacing issues that have afflicted promising adaptations in the past.