6 Anime Like Charlotte [Updated Recommendations]

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Note: This is an update to an original article that you can read below this one. Be sure to check it out when you are done reading this one.

Charlotte came in like a whirlwind of a Key anime for summer 2015. Quickly wrapping up its viewers in what looked like a comedic school life anime, most were shocked as the story took dramatic twist after dramatic twist sucking us all in further. Thanks, Key. It seems like that is what you guys are good at; the ole one-two punch.

Yuu Otosaka is supposedly a charming young boy when we meet him. He has a nice little secret too. He can take over people’s minds for five seconds at a time. This has allowed him throughout life to be able to cheat his way to the top of every exam. He is busted one day by Nao Tomori and she convinces (see: blackmails) him into not only transferring into a school of people who also have powers, but being part of a student council as well that hunts down those who abuse their powers. Gradually the gravity of what he must do sinks in and he begins to learn that not everything is as clear cut as he would think. Here, in this updated article, we have six more anime that we think are quite similar to the original and will be more than happy to break down the reasons why for you!

Similar Anime to Charlotte

1. Angel Beats!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2010 – June 2010

Angel Beats opens with our protagonist Yuzuru Otonashi opening his eyes. He’s just died and kinda gone to heaven? Not really…. He’s in some sort of middle ground where he is confronted by a girl boasting a rifle? What the heck is exactly going on? She introduces herself as Yuri and explains that the SSS is currently at war within this high school with Heaven or rather what humans consider to be heaven. Yuzuru ends up joining Yuri and going to battle with the SSS as he confronts things like humanity and what death really means to humans. This is the final battle so to speak.

First off the bat, we have to point out that Jun Maeda was the creator for both of these series. Also, both Charlotte and Angel Beats present themselves as something they are not. Both seem like normal everyday school adventures that the characters are going to live comfortably, but that just is not going to happen! P.A. Works also produced both of these anime. So styles of drawing as well as the way the story is spun to you are very similar. The humor is also about the same. Both Yuzuru and Yuu are transfer students that suddenly find themselves in a progressively darker and darker situation. What it means to be human will be questioned sharply in these series as well as themes like death, resurrection, and the core concept of “with great power comes great responsibility.”


2. Guilty Crown

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: October 2011 – March 2012

Skip precisely 23 years into the future. A country is now ruled by an organization, called GHQ, that is merciless. They squash any sort of issue before it ever happens and they moved in, taking over in an event called “Lost Christmas”. Struggling against them is the Funeral Parlor, a guerilla-esque ground fighting against the cold military regime. One day, Shuu Ouma accidentally comes into contact with Inori Yuzuriha, a critical member of Funeral Parlor, and now suddenly has the power to draw out powerful weapons that are representations of their spirits and powers. Once a high school student, and now a rebel fighter, Shuu has to accept that what has happened in the past, the GHQ and even Funeral Parlor is not what he thinks it is.

Right off the bat, you have a main character from both shows that suddenly has a “power”. True, Yuu has one, but he thought he was the only one and now he and Shuu both must come to terms with the fact that others like them exist. Thrillers to the core, both of these also take place in high schools so it gives a supernatural high school effect to both show. Also, you have the themes of sharply questioning what exactly is truth, and what is hidden. Finally, what both of these main characters WANT to know is another issue that they face.

Guilty Crown Trailer


3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2011 – April 2011

Madoka and Sayaka are middle school students and friends. One day though, that changes when a cute cat-like creature named Kyuubey, asks them if they want to become magical girls. It even sweetens the deal and says that they will get one wish granted because it’s a magical creature who can do such. Giving in to impulse, they sign up. They even get to meet another magical girl, rather quickly, named Mami. Mami tries to talk them out of it, but it’s too late and they go with her on a mission. They have to fight a witch? It doesn’t look like a witch and then suddenly, things get very dark fast. Madoka Magica will drive you crazy and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica also, much like Charlotte, starts out cute and engaging and then suddenly takes some sharp turns into places that you don’t ever want to go but are forced to anyway. Death, Time Travel, and Magic are only a few of the core themes that are accepted. Madoka and Yuu quickly learn that what they signed up for was not what they were sold on and there is no turning back. Push comes to shove and ten dark turns later, you have two fantastic shows that are not as they appear. Humanity and the choices that you make can lead to difficult situations, is another massive theme between Charlotte and Madoka Magica.

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4. Steins;Gate

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2011 – September 2011

Steins;Gate opens with the quirky, self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe and his team Mayuri and Itaru, while they create the greatest thing known to man! They are currently transforming bananas in a microwave to green goop. Well…. It’s a start. Suddenly one day, there is a breakthrough and they realize that they are able to send emails via the “Phone Microwave” to the past. Suddenly, Rintarou holds the key to time. He can go back and prevent countless deaths, including that of a girl close to him. Is he now God?

Let’s start with time travel. It does not happen right from the start with Charlotte, but it builds itself up for some critical moments in the series. Steins;Gate is centered around those critical moments of time travel. Both Yuu and Rintarou want to save those close to them and have to figure out the best way to do so. Both start out as a seemingly simple and light anime, but get very dark, very fast. Yet again, you have two main characters with an unfathomable power fall into their laps and suddenly they must question, “What does it mean to be human and what is death?W

Steins;Gate Trailer


5. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2006 – July 2007

The Holy Empire of Britannia is calling the shots and now rules Japan in this dystopian future. Stripped of its name, Japan is now Area 11, and a disavowed prince, Lelouch, resides here. Furious about what has happened to him in the past, he vows revenge in his heart. One day, a mysterious girl named C.C. appears to him and gives him the power of “Geass”. This newfound power allows Lelouch to place anyone who makes eye contact with him under his complete power. Thirsty for revenge, Lelouch sets out on a path of ruin behind the masked moniker of “Zero” to restore himself and serve his sense of justice.

Yuu and Lelouch are both facing a massive problem that they must overcome in these stories. Interestingly enough, both powers come from their eyes and eye contact. These powers are always used to subjugate others against their will while Yuu or Lelouch get to play God. Suddenly the both find themselves in power and using it for their own desires. Humanity as well is questioned in Code Geass much like how it is in Charlotte.

Code Geass Trailer


6. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2016 – March 2016

Satoru Fujinuma is a loser. He can barely hold down a part time job, his manga is not taking off, and he is getting nowhere in life. He has this quirk that he calls “revival”, that allows him to go back in time a few minutes to before some sort of accident or tragedy occurs. When he is accused by the police of murdering the only person he is close to in his life, something fires off and he is sent back, not to before the murder but to 1988, where a classmate in Hokkaido was murdered. Satoru now has to piece together the facts and find out exactly what happened to the girl Kayo Hinazuki, but also the circumstances around her disappearance. All while being trapped in a 12 year old’s body.

Don’t be fooled by the cute premise of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and Charlotte; they will start out cute and then turn into anxiety fuel as you go further and further along. Time travel is yet again shared by these two shows while both main characters desperately try to save a girl that they were close to. Both characters go through, at some point in their lives, a horrible tragedy and through the power of time, try to undo that horror. Playing God yet again with time, their lives, and others lives, humanity and life are scoffed at by the creators. Why you ask? Because you simply need to go back in time to right the wrong that happened.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi


Final Thoughts

There you have it! This is now a nice update to the previous 6 Anime Like Charlotte Article. Previously, since this came out before that big plot twist in Charlotte, it seems more upbeat. However, as the stories of each of these progress within the series, it is clear that things are headed in a darker direction as everything is not as it seems. We really hope you enjoyed this list and we hope that you continue to show us love as well as read our articles! Let us know in the comments if there is another show that you think is also similar to Charlotte. Till Next time!

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Original Article Below

The Summer season 2015 has just begun and there are already lots of promising anime out there. One of them is Charlotte, a comedy show with school and supernatural elements.

Ever since the day Otosaka Yuu found out that he has the ability to take over people’s bodies for five seconds he has used this skill to his advantage. Using his power he has managed to be top of his class and to enroll in the most prestigious school of the city. His carefree life ends when he gets recruited by Tomori Nao and her friends and has to join them in their task to find and stop other kids with special abilities. Slowly he has to find out what it really means to possess an ability and what sacrifices come with it.

For those of you that are still wondering whether they should give Charlotte a chance we have compiled a list of six similar anime to make your decision a little bit easier. Enjoy!

Similar Anime to Charlotte

1. Angel Beats!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2010 - June 2010

Let’s start this list with a must-watch that features special powers similar to Charlotte but sets them into a darker and less inviting universe - the afterlife.

In the center of the story stands Otonashi who has just died and wakes up in a limbo zone that is neither heaven nor hell. What looks like a normal high school is actually a battleground between an organization called the SSS, consisting of lost souls just like him, and what they believe to be God. This is just the beginning of Otonashi’s journey through the afterlife where he has to come to terms with all the issues concerning life and death.

It is not only because Angel Beats! and Charlotte have the same producers that I am including this anime on this list. They have a similar charme that most likely comes from a resemblance in drawing style and storytelling. More important than that both shows almost effortlessly combine lots of different elements - we have comedy, Slice of Life, high school themes as well as lots of drama. Even though the storylines might not seem too similar, fans of Angel Beats! will almost certainly also be able to appreciate Charlotte.


2. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2014 - December 2014

What would you do if you and your friends were suddenly granted special abilities? That is exactly the question that Andou Jurai and his four friends are facing right now. The members of the literature club not only have to come to terms with their new skills but also have to find out why all of a sudden their lives were turned upside down.

What makes Inou Battle so special is the fact that the characters get supernatural abilities completely out of the blue, but have to continue living their normal school lives. Many other shows would include epic battles and supernatural monsters to the storyline, but Inou Battle decided against it.

Just like Charlotte special powers are combined with everyday life scenarios. The mentioned abilities are not permanent, that’s why both the cast of Charlotte as well as Inou Battle have to find a way to continue living their normal lives until they are free from this burden.

Both Charlotte and Inou Battle have a unique group of main characters with even more unique talents. Also, both shows deliver more than they promise and might surprise one or two of you. Definitely check them out.


3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don't Have Many Friends)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2011 - December 2011

Next up is Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, a show that might not feature any superpowers, but has a group of friends similar to the cast of Charlotte. This anime tells the story of Hasegawa Kodaka who cannot make any friends due to his off-putting appearance. Together with his classmate Yozoro he starts the Neighbour’s Club, a club for students just like him who struggle with social interactions.

Kodaka really reminds me of Yuu since both guys rarely smile and just want to continue their easy and uneventful lives. Also, both groups of friends consist of unique and different people where the male lead is thrown into and has to come to terms with his new life. Even though both guys seem cautious at first, they soon open up and begin to see their certainly exceptional club members as true friends.

The comedy is great in both anime, mainly because it does not derive from funny events or situations, but more from the different characters and their interactions. All in all, I have to say that despite some differences Charlotte and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai have more in common than one might expect.


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4. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2014 - September 2014

Set in a distant future, Mahouka follows the story of siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki enrolling in Magic High School. Whereas Miyuki excels at her studies and becomes an honorable “Bloom” student, her older brother Tatsuya is an underachiever referred to as “Weed” since he marks the bottom range of students. Together they start a new life in a universe that combines ancient spells with futuristic technologies.

The first similarity with Charlotte is quite obvious - both shows focus on school life and the social circles around the protagonists. That’s not all of course since both shows have supernatural elements; Charlotte in the form of superpowers and Mahouka in the form of magic.

The biggest resemblance in my opinion though, is the brother-sister dynamic of both shows. Charlotte might not focus primarily on the relationship between Yuu and his little sister Ayumi, but it is one theme of the show. Mahouka highlights the unique love between Tatsuya and Miyuki and tells most of the story from their point of view. Fans of stories revolving around siblings should check this anime out.


5. Kokoro Connect

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2012 - September 2012

Let’s move on to Kokoro Connect, a Slice of Life anime that is funny and moving at the same time.

Kokoro Connect is a typical Body Swapping story that concerns the five members of the School Culture Club. One day, the students discover that they will swap their bodies at random and without warning. What starts out as a fun experience turns out to be much more important to the group of friends than they have initially expected. Soon they discover sides about themselves that they have never seen before and they have to question their relationships.

Just like Charlotte, we have five members of a high school club who experience something out of the ordinary together. However, what struck me personally as similar is the interaction between the different group members. It is an important aspect in Charlotte and one of the main focuses of Kokoro Connect.

Also, both shows concern adolescence since both groups of friends have special abilities that won’t last forever. Kokoro Connect is a show about friendship, school life and the troubles of youth - an interesting and amusing show that’s worth a try.


6. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2015 - June 2015

Last up on our list is a romance comedy set in a high school. Not only that, but it’s also a story featuring Body Swapping and Gender Bender. After an incident with his female classmate Urara, student Yamada Ryuu finds himself trapped inside her body. But this is only the beginning of his journey as more girls and more problems lie ahead of him.

I would be the first one to admit that the storyline seems to be that of a generic Ecchi and Harem show, but you should give Yamada-kun a chance. The story is better than the synopsis might suggest and you would be surprised by the character development of this show.

Both Charlotte and Yamada-kun show supernatural powers without featuring any battles or fights. It is a common theme to combine special abilities with epic fights, but both shows decided against it in order to focus more on the main cast as well as their goal to help people with similar powers.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches takes away the saddening and moving parts of Charlotte while keeping the supernatural and comedy elements. If you want a feel-good show to brighten your mood then you should give this one a try.


Charlotte is one of the most anticipated anime of this season. The reason for that might be that it is from the same producers that brought us must-watch shows ke Angel Beats! and Clannad. From what I have seen so far, I have to agree that there is a lot of potential in this show. Right now it is funny, interesting and unique - depending on how the producers bring the story to an end it might even become more than that. It is already one of my personal favorites of this season, let’s see if it can make it into my personal all-time favorites.

What do you think of Charlotte and its quirky characters? Share your experiences, opinions and comments down below.

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