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Zettai Shounen

Zettai Shounen

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Absolute Boy, Zettai Shonen
Japanese: 絶対少年


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 21, 2005 to Nov 19, 2005
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.071 (scored by 1959 users)
Ranked: #30292
Popularity: #2492
Members: 8,032
Favorites: 26
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Aizawa Ayumu is a young boy, who is sent to a small town called Tana to live with his father for a while. Even though he doesn't want to go, he agrees to do so when his mother offers him a mountain bike. Ayumu used to live in Tana before, and now his memories of the time are shrouded in mystery - apparently something happened when he was a child. Enter Miku, a young girl who knows more than she tells, weird glowing lights floating around, reflections of UFOish objects in the eyes of cats and dogs, a nosy female announcer, a forest with a mysterious past, and a weird boy called Wakkun, who wears the clothes Ayumu used to when he was a child, and you get the world of Zettai Shonen, where mysteries remain mysteries amidst a slow, normal, everyday life.

(Source: ANN)


Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  May 21, 2005 to Nov 19, 2005
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Zettai Shounen

Characters & Voice Actors

Aizawa, Ayumu
Aizawa, Ayumu
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Namiki, Noriko
Namiki, Noriko
Miyama, Miki
Miyama, Miki
Mitsuhashi, Kanako
Mitsuhashi, Kanako
Miyama, Miku
Miyama, Miku
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa
Tanigawa, Kisa
Tanigawa, Kisa
Kobayashi, Akiko
Kobayashi, Akiko


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Storyboard
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Ito, Kazunori
Kawasaki, Miu

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May 13, 2009
I don't write reviews, but this show only has one short review so I feel inclined to do my part.

Zettai Shonen is an anime that stays away from a lot of the normal conventions found in anime with the label of supernatural. The pace is much slower and more heavily focuses on the characters than the supernatural event itself.
Ultimately I would say that the focus is on how each character internalizes and acts on the odd things that are going on around them.

The story is broken down into two arcs. The first arc is the summer arc and the main character is a read more
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Feb 24, 2015
I'm writing a review in an attempt to express my feelings on an anime I feel few have heard of. Zettai Shonen is in my opinion a masterpiece of storytelling and is my favorite anime/tv show of all time.

The guidelines say not to summarize, but I'll give my take in this paragraph if anyone is interested: The story is split into two halves. The first deals with a city boy spending a summer in a small, somewhat boring town, quiet but for the constant, tremulous calls of cicadas, but the summer becomes more interesting when supernatural occurrences begin to take place. In the second half, read more
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Dec 27, 2011
Original review here:

Once in a while, we see Slice of Life shows that are incredibly slow paced and are heavily atmospheric. These shows have a pretty static setting and allow you to dive into their world. I like to call these shows Slice of Nothing shows, simply because there's not a lot happening that actually contributes to the plot's development. Zettai Shonen is a slice of nothing show that slipped under the radar when it aired and never really saw the light of day. Which is a shame really, because it was a breath of fresh air and off the beaten track.

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Jul 12, 2009
Zettai Shonen is the type of anime you might only want to watch if you find yourself needing to take a break from watching whatever type of anime you normally do watch. Otherwise if you pick this title with the same level of expectation you would have for your favorite anime then you might be in for a let-down. Still, it's pretty far from what I would call un-watchable or a “bad anime.” Zettai Shonen is a quirky, slow-paced, sci-fi/fantasy anime series that's a little bit off the beaten path. If you are in the mood for something quirky and different then pick this show, read more
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Zettai Shonen may be twice as long as Haibane Renmei, but the pacing of both the shows is similar. They both are more reliant on character development than moving the plot forward. There is an aura of the supernatural in both shows, however Haibane Renmei has a superior art style.
The slowly revealed plot and the strength of character development make both of these shows worthwhile.
Zettai Shounen and Ghost Hound both have young teenagers dealing with supernatural occurrences (especially in relationship to the past) in isolated, small towns with beautiful scenery. Zettai Shounen does not have the same vibe of horror that Ghost Hound does, but it shares its air of mystery and the creepiness of the unknown.
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Both of these animes are peaceful paced, dreamy stories which contain a refreshing combination of the mundane and the supernatural. Both of them also refuse to wrap up all of their mysteries completely clearly, leaving a lot to the viewer's imagination
Both of these shows depict a day to day routine that contains the spice of mysterious supernatural happenings. In both, those mysteries are never totally resolved, leaving the viewer the freedom to imagine.
Both shows take the "laid back" storytelling style to a whole new level. Instead of rushing the plot they prefer to guide you along by nudging you from behind for a walk through the forest of stories until you make it to the shining light at the end. Don't expect to be given many details about their worlds because it is left up to you to unravel the secrets.

Shingu is centered around Sci-Fi and has a cheerful atmosphere to it.

Zetai Shonen focuses on the SuperNaturual(or the "Unknown") and has more of a mystery atmosphere.

Both shows are diamonds that were overlooked and are definitely worth the watch.
For the few that enjoyed the incredible atmosphere of Zettai Shounen, you may enjoy Windy Tales. It has a very similar atmosphere at times, though it is more evident in certain episodes. For those that enjoyed the atmosphere of Windy Tales, you may be able to appreciate Zettai Shounen. Both are beautiful series.

Opening Theme

"Hikari no Silhouette (光のシルエット)" by CooRie

Ending Theme

"Shounen Humming (少年ハミング)" by Masumi Itou

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