Tokyo ESP tries to do too much and fails as a result. Questions are posed but never adequately answered. There is enough content to easily span a 26-episode season, but instead, the story is watered down and crammed into a 12-episode box that is much too small. The main protagonists are one-dimensional, and while the antagonists have a little more depth to them, it’s not enough to salvage the train-wreck that is the plot. The first episode was kinda cool, though.
The science fantasy story Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a "flying penguin" to the top of New Tokyo Tower—only to have "fish swimming in the air" suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.
Barely any of the characters showed any signs of growth, nor was much of their backstory detailed even when it was a necessity to have done so. Most of the character cast had one or two moments of pivotal change, only to immediately return to their former selves once the situation had been resolved. Nothing in Tokyo ESP felt permanent, and it conditioned me as an audience member to distrust all that I was seeing simply because past experience had showed me that it will all add up to naught soon enough. By the end of the series, which within it’s final moments introduced us to another character never before seen throughout, I felt as though I was left with nothing but a gaping hole in my mind. I wanted to see so much more of what the series had to offer because there simply wasn’t enough to satisfy my imaginative thirst, but thanks to the unnecessarily crude jokes and character sub-plots that went nowhere, I ended up second-guessing my own need for closure, not even attempting to do any research, the likes I’ve which I felt would be a worthless use of my time, and could have just as easily been featured in the series.