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Anime Spotlight: Kotoura-san

by Justin Sevakis,
January, 2013 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Masahiko Ohta
    (Mitsudomoe, Minami-ke, Yuruyuri)
Series Composition - Takashi Aoshima
    (Mitsudomoe, Minami-ke, Yuruyuri)
Character Design/Chief Animator - Takaharu Ōkuma
    (Hanaukyo Maid Team, Magician's Academy, Mitsudomoe)
Animation Production
AIC Classic

Licensor website


This is an academy-based, fantastic romantic comedy between a girl who can read minds, and a young boy who finds himself drawn to her.

The web manga with over 7.5million hits, Kotoura-san (By enokids, serialized in Manga Goccha, MICRO MAGAZINE PUBLISHING), is getting animated!

Brought to you by staff who specializes in depicting the comical daily life of young girls (Director: Masahiko Ohta, Script: Takashi Aoshima, Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Takaharu Ōkuma), this is a fantastic romantic comedy about Haruka Kotoura, a girl who can read minds, Yoshihisa Manabe, a boy who finds himself drawn to her, and their daily life with friends, filled with laughter, tears, and exciting, heartfelt moments.


Midorigaoka High School's new transfer student, Kotoura Haruka, appears to be a normal girl at first glance, but she has the power to read minds.

Her power has caused her painful memories since she was young, so she's closed her heart off and distanced herself from others, but after meeting Yoshihisa Manabe, the boy sitting next to her in class, she begins to open her heart, despite his sexual fantasies.

As her heart opens up, Yuriko Mifune sets her sight on Kotoura's power, and gets her to join the ESP Club she runs… This is an academy-based, fantastic romantic comedy between a girl who can read minds, and a young boy who finds himself drawn to her.


Haruka Kotoura
VA: Hisako Kanemoto
A girl with the power to read minds. Her power has caused her harsh experiences since she was a child, so she's closed off her heart to others. But the truth is that she's still just a normal, weak girl who longs to be with someone. Her heart begins to open after her encounter with Manabe and the others. Even though she can read minds, she's not used to experiencing sexual thoughts, so she's always getting flustered by Manabe.
Yoshihisa Manabe
VA: Jun Fukushima
A healthy young, high school boy who always has sex on the brain. Despite his loose appearance, he's a handsome man who hates twisted things. He's also generous, and doesn't mind Haruka's power at all. Though he does tease Haruka with his sexual fantasies, his love for her is clear and true, and he treasures her more than anyone.
Hiyori Moritani
VA: Yurika Kubo
One of Haruka and Manabe's classmates. Unlike Haruka, Hiyori is a social girl. She's set to inherit her family's dojo, but she's not very enthusiastic about the idea. She has a crush on Manabe, so she tends to lash out at Haruka for getting his attention. She's also a bit of a tsundere.
Yuriko Mifune
VA: Kana Hanazawa
President of the ESP Research Club. Once she learns of Haruka's power, she drags her into the club. Her dearest wish is to prove that psychic powers exist, and she possesses the calculation, slyness, and the ability to do whatever it takes to achieve that aim. She's a bright, reliable upperclassman, and considers Haruka an important friend. But on the other hand, she is hoping to use Haruka to prove that psychic powers exist.
Daichi Muroto
VA: Hiro Shimono
Vice President of the ESP Research Club, and Mifune's childhood friend. He's level and calm, remaining collected in the face of anything, and protects the ESP Club by facing things with a cool head. However, he's not always serious, and he does know to have a good time. He's sensitive to changes in people's hearts, but slow to pick up on love, which is why he hasn't noticed the affection Mifune holds for him.


Haruka Kotoura
Hisako Kanemoto
Yoshihisa Manabe
Jun Fukushima
Yuriko Mifune
Kana Hanazawa
Hiyori Moritani
Yurika Kubo
Daichi Muroto
Hiro Shimono


Original Work
(Serialized in Manga Goccha
Masahiko Ohta
Takashi Aoshima
Character Design
Chief Animation Director
Takaharu Ōkuma
Sound Director
Jin Aketagawa
Animation Production
AIC Classic

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