English: Psychic Squad
Synonyms: Absolutely Lovely Children, ZKC
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2008 to Mar 29, 2009
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.641 (scored by 3711 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
action comedy supernatural
SynopsisThey're cute, adorable and three of the most powerful Espers the world has ever seen: Kaoru, the brash psychokinetic who can move objects with her mind; Shiho, the sarcastic and dark natured psychometric able to pick thoughts from people's minds and read the pasts of inanimate objects like a book; and Aoi, the most collected and rational of the three, who has the ability to teleport herself and the others at will. So what to do with these potential psychic monsters in the making? Enter B.A.B.E.L., the Base of Backing ESP Laboratory, where hopefully "The Children" and others like them can become part of the answer to an increasing wave of psychic evolution. It's a win-win solution... Unless you're Koichi Minamoto, the overworked young man stuck with the unenviable task of field commanding a team of three pre-teen girls!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Zettai Karen Children
Summary: Zettai Karen Children Recap, Zettai Karen Children Gentei Kaikin!! OVA Chou Sakidori Special!!
Sequel: Zettai Karen Children OVA: Aitazousei! Ubawareta Mirai?
Spin-off: Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke
Characters & Voice Actors
(You can read my full review with pics here
Constructive feedback is very appreciated !)
I really didn't know what to think about the first episode from Zettai Karen Children and kinda dropped it, but a nice bearded guy from YouTube recommended this show next to Hayate No Gotoku and Excel Saga.
So what is this anime about ? Imagine a world where some humans gain special abilities. They are called Esper. Some people regard them as the next step of human evolution, while other people think they are just a disgrace to mankind and will destroy the world as we know them. This is where the organization Babel steps in. It is Babel's intention to create a world where ordinary humans and Esper can live and cooperate in peace. Which is not really easy, because some terrorists and Anti-Esper groups want to stop this. Next to Babel there exists Hyoubus's Pandra. Like Babel Pandra wants to group all Espers in this world, with the difference that they don't respect normal humans. Logic dictates that normal people are inferior to Esper, so why bother ? Exactly this conflict between both sides make this anime so interesting and thrilling, although it is on a superficial view very lighthearted.
Within Babel it is Minamoto's responsibility to train and guard three young and talented Espers, called "The Children". Kaoru, Aoi and Shiho are pretty good in solving minor criminal cases, but due to their indisciplined behaviour they often make their leader Minamoto upset. Kaoru is very tomboyish and has the ability to move items. Aoi is able to teleport people, while Shiho is able to read and scan the environment for learning more about the past (kinda like this fish-guy from Hellboy).
Now there are dozen of Espers in this series with different and interesting abilities. They are categorized into different levels which is pretty interesting because it gives every fight a strategical dimension, for example a Level 3 Esper can't beat a more experienced Level 7 Esper and so on. Sometimes several Esper like the Children have to regroup to beat this and this Esper. The anime is also not afraid to show the more funny side of Esper's abilities. For example the Esper boy Akira is able to switch his mind with an animal, with the result that the mind from the animal tries to move Akira's body ^^
Don't expect another generic Shonen or another X-Men rip-off, because Zettai Karen Children is much more than that. Interesting fights and more lighthearted comedy scenes switches with more serious and thoughtful parts. In this regard it reminded me a lot of one of my favourite anime CodeGeass, the king of bipolar anime like I always say. What I really liked about ZKC was how well written all characters were: Everybody had their own motivations, eccentric quirks and funny moments. I get tired by characters who feel very superficial yet take themselfs very serious, thanks to god ZKC succeded in this area. I can't remember a single annoying character, even the annoying Weeaboo Espers from America or the HardoGay Esper were likeable in their own way ..... Did I mentioned HardoGay ?
But seriously, I think the characters are well written. Just look at Minamoto:
Although he is not an Esper, as the Leader of the Children he can identify with the emotional problems from all Espers. Why ? Because he is actually a genius mind and already felt as an outsider in school, if not everywhere in society. As a genius, he is neither a normal human nor an Esper. What I also LOVE about him is that he always reacts appropriate in every dangerous situation.
About the girls:
You could be very nitpicking and say that they only serve as fanservice material for lolicons. But this is not true. Even the Children have well developed personalities.
For example Kaoru comes from an actor family, where she hardly get any love or attention from her own mother. It also doesn't help that Kaoru is an Esper and only confuse her family. Shiho on the other hand gets a lot of love from her family, but because she is able to scan her environment (like the thoughts from criminals and murderers) she has developed a very cynical and cold personality. Even Aoi, the megane girl has to fight with her inner demons. As you can see, the anime has more depth than most people expect.
KYOSUKE - BEST BAD GUY EVER ???
Nah, I don't think so. Although he is clearly Babel's antagonist, his group Pandra have good intentions towards all Espers and sometimes Kyosuke helps the people from Babel (for cheap hedonistic entertainment of course ^__^ He wants to marry Kaoru someday, while his own allies call him a pedo all the time ) ! By the way, Kyosuke is something like 80 years old ! Thanks to his Esper power he is able to alter his own body cells, hence his white hair. In episode 37 (at 09:44) he imitates a famous pose from CodeGeass, which was really funny for me because I always thought he looks like Lelouch !
Talking about references, there are MANY in Zettai Karen Children and I went through all the trouble to write them down. Here are my favourites:
- Ep 27 Strike Witches, Macross F
- Ep 30 Saint Seiya, Nabeshin
- Ep 31 Bonny and Clyde
- Ep 32 Initial D ?
- Ep 33 Hayate No Gotoku
- Ep 37 Code Geass
- Ep 46 Death Note
There you have it, an entertaining anime with an interesting plot(twist), hot girls, hardogay (is that even a good thing ?), likeable characters, great action, many references, a very interesting bad guy, an open yet satisfying and conclusive ending, great humour and catchy music at the same time. Zettai Karen Children tells us that even outsiders in society should stand up and fight for a better world, regardless what some people think of you. I think the greatest strenght of ZKC is at the same time its greatest weak-point, the sudden jumps between humour and more thoughtful parts do not always feel balanced, but that's subjective. I can't complain and to be honest, I'm a bit sad that I have just finished another great anime *sigh* ....
My rating: 8/10
Mostly it appeals to many loli fans and who like magic or esper or any kind of thing. The plot is okay just needs to be a little bit remodeled overall it is pretty good to watch. The humor spent on this anime is actually very entertaining mostly goes with the whole faction of it being loli and appealing to grown ups.
The action is pretty okay though not so hardcore that drags up to like two episodes like other animes, but yet its a quick and straight to the point anime. It actually has a solid plot and well so far it is developing itself for the climax, straight to the point with entertainment.
Overall its an 8, for any loli fans who love the humor this is one of the must see anime. read more
Both of these hyper comedy series were produced almost by a lot of same staff. Notice the similar format in on-screen advisory, commercial phrases, lyrics mark-up, etc.
Both are wacky over-the-top comedy anime that don't take themselves too seriously. They're done by the same studio, so the animation is very similar. You might also hear some of the same seiyuu, and the soundtracks are composed by the same person.
Zettai Karen Children replaced Hayate in it's timeslot, but besides that... there are hints of 4th wall comedy in ZKC and Hayate is primarily 4th wall humor. Finally.. both are directed by the same person
Both are done by the same animation production company; Synergy SP. They also share a few of the seiyuu casts. Several characters also make some cameos in a few episodes. Finally, both are fun to watch.
If you finished watching Hayate, but still want more of him, watch Zettai Karen Children. The characters from Hayate make several appearances in Zettai Karen Children.
Hayate no Gotoku and Zettai Karen Children have pretty much same kind of sense of humour. Plots are not similar at all, but if you found Hayate no Gotoku funny, you could like Zettai Karen Children too.
Both of these are action and comedy series and both of these also have some parodies (in Zettai Karen Children you can spot some of Hayate no Gotokus characters). These two animes were also directed by same person.
If you liked Hayate no Gotoku or Zettai Karen Children you might enjoy the other one also.
For starters, both series has great comedy that is presented in a lighthearted mood with a fun sense of humor.
The series' main female protagonist has similar personalities who often wants to be the center of things and relying on the main protagonist. They have a strange relationship. As time goes on, it seems that the female protagonist from both series holds affections for the main main protagonist.
Both series has humorous dialogues that are sometimes over exaggerated as well.
Both series has drama, comedy, and some emotions at times in various episodes.
Opening Theme#1: "Over The Future" by Karen Girl's (eps 1-26)
#2: "MY WINGS" by Karen Girl's (eps 27-45, 47-51)
#3: "MY WINGS feat.THE CHILDREN" by 'The Children' starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Haruka Tomatsu (ep 46)
Ending Theme#1: "Zettai love×love Sengen!! (絶対love×love宣言!!)" by 'The Children' starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Haruka Tomatsu (eps 1-13)
#2: "DATTE Daihonmei (DATTE 大本命)" by 'The Children' starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Haruka Tomatsu (eps 14-26)
#3: "Break+Your+Destiny" by Hyoubu Kyouske vs Minamoto Kouichi with Sakaki Shuuji starring Yusa Kouji+Nakamura Yuichi+Taniyama Kishou (eps 27-39)
#4: "Soushuunhu (早春賦)" by 'The Children' starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Haruka Tomatsu (eps 40-45, 47-50 )
#5: "Zettai love×love Sengen!! (絶対love×love宣言!!)" by Karen Girl's (ep 46)
#6: "Over The Future" by Karen Girl's (ep 51)more
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