The BEST Episodes of Kotoura-san
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2019
Network: CBC (JP)
Koutora, a girl who was born with the ESP ability to read minds, can hear the thoughts of anyone around her without trying. Due to this, children at school began to hate her, and even her own parents abandon her; causing her to curse her ability and begin avoiding interaction with others. However, one day she transfers to a new school and meets a surprising boy who does not care that she can read his mind.
#1 - It's Not a Date
Season 1 - Episode 8
After receiving a locket from Yoshihisa for her birthday, Haruka ends up getting a cold once October rolls in. As Yoshihisa decides to look after her, he discovers Haruka's cold is affecting her ability to read minds. As Haruka is unaware of this, Yoshihisa initially sees this as an opportunity to be as perverted as he wants, but can't bring himself to go through with it. Although Haruka eventually recovers from her cold, her ability has yet to. As punishment for lying to Haruka, Yuriko sets the two of them up on a date. They visit many different spots, with Haruka picking out a photo of the two of them to put in her locket. Near the end of the date, however, Haruka passes by someone and ends up reading horrifying, murderous thoughts, the shock of which causes her to fall unconscious.
#2 - Kotoura-san and Manabe-kun
Season 1 - Episode 1
Because of Kotoura's abilities she has never had a real friend or a loving family. But that changes when she transfers into a new school and meets Manabe, who gets too excited about her special talent.
#3 - Summer Vacation!
Season 1 - Episode 6
The gang travel to Haruka's hometown for summer vacation, though to their surprise, they are taken to an abandoned hospital. After being chased by some supposed monsters, they discover the hospital is actually part of a theme park Zenzou made for Haruka's arrival. The next day, the gang head to a private beach, where Haruka ends up getting pulled out to sea, prompting Yoshihisa to rescue her. After sharing lunch together and enjoying some fireworks, Haruka gives her thanks to the others for showing her how fun summer vacation can be. Meanwhile, Haruka's mother, Kumiko, is seen watching them from above.
#4 - Everyone is Around Me
Season 1 - Episode 9
After being released from hospital, Haruka learns of a series of attacks on high school girls, and wonders if the mind she read before passing out may have been the criminal's. Too afraid to be alone that night, Haruka asks Yoshihisa to stay at her house, but Yoshihisa's planned perversions are stymied by Hiyori's arrival. The next morning the group is approached by a pair of police officers, who are questioning students about the attacks. Haruka is left feeling guilty about not being able to say something since the police wouldn't likely believe that psychics exist. Later on, a discussion between Hiyori and Haruka between classes causes a rumor to spread that Haruka knows something about the attacks, which puts her at odds with her schoolmates. Zenzou, having been called by Yuriko to help cheer Haruka up, takes her and the others to dinner at a hotel, where Kumiko coincidentally shows up on a date. When she begins to berate Haruka for allegedly using her powers on her, Yoshihisa and the others rush to support her, with Yoshihisa's perversity even managing to coax Kumiko into unconsciously showing concern for Haruka. After Kumiko leaves, Zenzou offers to call off dinner out of concern for the gang, but they decide to stay. In a scene after the credits, it is suggested that Hiyori may be behind the attacks.
#5 - In This World, I...
Season 1 - Episode 7
As Haruka deals with the curious effects of Hiyori's cooking, Oshō explains to Zenzou that he had brought Kumiko to see how Haruka was doing, but she still believed that she would one day cause misery with her ability. Before heading back home the next day, Haruka visits her old room and gives thanks to Oshō for his help. After being unable to get a hold of Yoshihisa after they get back, Haruka and Yuriko decide to spy on him, discovering he is working at a part-time job for reasons she can't identify. Whilst trying to figure out what Yoshihisa is hiding, Haruka reads Yuriko's memories on when she first became friends with Daichi, who always had faith in her mother's psychic ability. After summer vacation ends and the new term begins, Yoshihisa reveals he was saving money in order to prepare a surprise birthday party for Haruka.
#6 - The First...
Season 1 - Episode 2
Kotoura gets recruited into a club that puts her further into the limelight. But the President of the club has an alternative plans for Kotoura.
#7 - The Things I Want to Tell You
Season 1 - Episode 12
Some time after the incident, Yuriko suddenly tells the others that she is disbanding the ESP Society and replacing it with the New ESP Society, which is more or less the same thing. During the commotion, Haruka learns of Hiyori's failed confession to Yoshihisa, along with his feelings for Haruka. As the others head to book a room for a karaoke place, Yuriko expresses her apology towards Haruka, who tells her she has no reason to apologize. As their discussion turns to love, Haruka realises that Yoshihisa hasn't directly told her she loves her yet. Upon returning home, Haruka finds Kimiko waiting for her. Haruka finally works up the courage to speak her mind to Kimiko, and the two proceed to get everything out of their system. As Kimiko takes a nap, Haruka reads her mind and learns how she really felt at the time she left home. Kimiko leaves early the next morning, but leaves behind some breakfast for Haruka. Later, Haruka talks with Hiyori about how she should confess to Yoshihisa, eventually realizing she should just let it come naturally. On a snowy night, Haruka and Yoshihisa formally confess to each other.
#8 - But You're Not Here
Season 1 - Episode 10
Upon arriving at school, Haruka and Yoshihisa learn that Hiyori has been arrested upon suspicion of being the attacker. The two visit the police station and vouch for Hiyori's innocence, which helps calm Hiyori's nerves. After one of the detectives, Tsukino, lets Haruka and the others in to give her support during the interrogation, Hiyori explains how she had tried to get her friend to stop spreading rumors about Haruka, only to discover she had been attacked and be accused of the crime herself. Not wanting Hiyori to suffer because of her anymore, Haruka decides to tell the detectives what she knows. Despite convincing the detective of her ability, he reveals he cannot let Hiyori free until they find tangible evidence, leading to Yuriko to bring up her mother. Feeling they can't rely on the police, Yuriko decides they should find the true culprit themselves. Although Haruka agrees to help, Yoshihisa objects to it because he doesn't want to see Haruka getting hurt, leading the two to have a fight, after which Yoshihisa stops visiting the clubroom. Later that evening, Haruka runs into Tsukino, talking a little about her desire to help. The next day, Hiyori is released due to another attack taking place whilst she was incarcerated, though Haruka decides she still wants to find the culprit. After learning of a potentially dangerous alley from Tsukino, Yuriko offers to use herself as bait to draw out the culprit. As Haruka starts hearing the attacker's thoughts, Yuriko is attacked by the culprit.
#9 - So Happy, So Fun
Season 1 - Episode 3
As Haruka tries to keep the fact she overheard Yoshihisa's confession from him, she and the others go to a karaoke place, where it is soon revealed that Haruka is completely tone deaf. The next evening, as Haruka plans to make a home-made lunch for Yoshihisa, Yoshihisa is attacked by some karate members asked by Hiyori to slightly rough him up, although they end up taking it a bit too far and end up hospitalizing him. As word reaches the class the next day, Haruka hears Hiyori's stressed thoughts as she fears being found out by everyone. However, Haruka instead chooses to give her some assurance before going to visit Yoshihisa in hospital. After hearing Yoshihisa's thoughts about how he didn't want to get Haruka involved, she feels guilty that she is just hurting others in her place and moves away.
#10 - School Paradise?
Season 1 - Episode 5
As Haruka starts up school again, Hiyori decides to join the ESP Research Club, with Yuriko deciding to hold a welcome party at Haruka's new apartment. After being distracted by an amusing picture of Hiyori Yoshihisa showed her, Haruka ends up getting put into a relay for the upcoming sports festival, so the gang start training her for the event. As the day of the sports festival comes, Yoshihisa manages to rally up the class to give Haruka their support, although she ends up failing regardless.
#11 - Changing World
Season 1 - Episode 4
A week has passed since Haruka disappeared and Yoshihisa has been unable to contact her. Thanks to Daichi's help, the ESP Research Club track Haruka down to the last station she left on. Having forgotten to book a hotel, the group are offered to spend the night at a shrine run by a monk named Oshō. By coincidence, they find he is a family friend of Haruka who, upon hearing Yoshihisa's pleas, takes them to Haruka's family home where she is staying with her grandfather, Zenzou. As Haruka can't bring herself to face them, she hears Yoshihisa's desire to be with her, leaving her open to get caught. Haruka explains how she doesn't want to go back as she doesn't want to hurt anyone and attempts to run off again. Just then, Hiyori arrives, wanting to apologise to Haruka for her jealous actions, whilst also thanking her for allowing her to change her ways. Accepting her thanks, Haruka decides to go back to school.
#12 - Stand By Me
Season 1 - Episode 11
Daichi protects Yuriko from the attack, forcing the attacker to retreat when people start showing up. Haruka once again feels guilty about what had happened, not wanting Yoshihisa getting involved having read his thoughts of concern over her. She ends up wandering around until she reaches a park, where she once again encounters Tsukino, who takes her to her apartment. Meanwhile, Hiyori informs Yoshihisa on the situation, hazing him for not staying by Haruka's side. Hiyori then confesses that she loves Yoshihisa, to which he responds that he loves Haruka, which Hiyori believes is the way it should be. After Yoshihisa heads off to search for Haruka, Hiyori laments over her rejection. Meanwhile, after recovering from his injury and assuring Yuriko, Daichi deduces that the attacker is infact Tsukino. Yuriko's phone call to Haruka helps her avoid an attack from Tsukino, who has a split personality that emerged from years of bullying. As Haruka is chased into a corner, Yoshihisa arrives to protect her from Tsukino's attack. Haruka then calls out to the true Tsukino, reminding her there will be people who care for her and helping her overcome her dark side, after which she turns herself in to the police.