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Tokyo ESP Season 1 Review
Tokyo ESP
東京ESPイーエスプー (Tōkyō Īēsupī)

Synopsis

Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka Urushiba as a fairly normal high school girl, though she is a bit poor and her father who is a police officer is her only family. This forces her to work part-time as a waitress after high school in order to raise money for them to secure rent and food. One day, she sees a penguin and some glowing fish swimming through the sky. Rinka might have thought it was a hallucination if there had not been another witness with her. This witness is a boy from her school with a strangely scratched-up face. Out of curiosity, she touches one of the glowing fish, which causes her to pass out. After she wakes up, she finds out that she has developed the power to phase through inanimate objects such as the floor of her apartment. She meets a fellow high school student named Kyotaro Azuma who has the ability to teleport. The two of them use their ESP powers to take on individuals who have decided to use them for evil. However, there is an organization that is planning a bigger scheme to secure utopia with their ranks consisting of strong ESP fighters and users.

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  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Overview

Tokyo ESP (東京ESPイーエスプー Tōkyō Īēsupī) is a Japanese manga series by Hajime Segawa. It began serialization in the April 2010 issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Shōnen Ace magazine. It follows a high school girl named Rinka Urushiba who lives with her father in poor conditions. This leads her to work part-time as a waitress. Her life changes when she gains the ability to use extrasensory perception (ESP). An anime television series adaptation aired from July to September 2014.

Alternative title

– Tokyo ESP
– Tōkyō Īēsupī
– 東京ESPイーエスプー
– Град на мистерии
– Паранормално усещане

TL;DR Review

Tokyo ESP gives me the feeling I had been bamboozled. The first episode production value is high and pulled you in, only to find out it was just a flash-forward episode. Some of the pre-built up shown here lead nowhere. You see some cameo character from Hajime Segawa‘s other series Ga-Rei: Zero show up only in the first episode. I would have thought it was a cool cameo but I believe it was a more sinister plan to fluff up the first episode to be deeper than the series actually is.

The animation on the first episode was great, but it went downhill after that. After episode one, the anime feel generic and lack the details the first episode provided. It feels like two different studios created this anime.

The music for Tokyo ESP is consistent with its production value, which is barely passable. It’s not bad, but not good either. If you played back the opening and ending themes for me right now, I wouldn’t be able to tell if they were from this series.

In the first episode, you see all this hype about the “White Girl” as if she had done something amazing. Watching the entire season, I don’t feel her fame as quite deserving. It’s the type of lazy character development that I hate, where everyone just praises an undeserved main character just to make that character seem like a bad-ass. Show they are bad-ass, just don’t tell us they are. Her power is being able to phase through objects. But for some unexplained reason, she became this super bad-ass at the end and able to take down the more powerful foes.

In the end, I just feel really unsatisfied with this anime. The first episode leads you to believe there were potential and the remaining episodes just drag its feet with nothing fully resolved or answered. It was left open for a sequel with a lot of plot holes. I think the writer thinks plot holes are equal to cliffhangers or something.

I am torn between actually recommending this anime, and so I won’t. On one hand, I was able to finish watching this season, but on the other, I feel like I could have spent my time watching something better. Tokyo EPS contains graphic violence, suggestive themes/dialogs, and some nudity. Intended for young adults.

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Tokyo ESP
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A collection of notable music and song from this series.

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Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Tokyo Zero Hearts” by Faylan

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Guze Άργυρóϛ” (救世Άργυρóϛ; Silver Salvation) by Yousei Teikoku
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Tokyo ESP

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Rinka Urushiba
"True heroes stand firm in the face of danger."
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