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We can try over the future world!! Melting your icy heart and bringing a smile to your face, here’s Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン), Sunday mornings at 10:00 JST on TV Tokyo.

With Hayate no Gotoku on hiatus, director Kawaguchi Keiichirou has found himself a new project, this time based on Shiina Takashi‘s manga Zettai Karen Children, which started its run in 2005 and has piled up 12 volumes so far. The screenplay is authored by Nishizono Satoru, who’s been heavily influential on Naruto and NHK ni Youkoso.

The plot follows The Children, a squad of three super-powered 10-year-old girls and their 20-year-old commander, as they perform missions under the government branch known as B.A.B.E.L. The girls all possess maximum level 7 psychic powers, where the spunky boob-loving Akashi Kaoru is psychokinetic, Kansai-ben speaking Nogami Aoi is able to teleport, while seemingly calm and gentle Sannomiya Shiho is psychometric. Due to the extreme nature of their powers, and the way buildings tend to explode whenever they’re active, they’ve all been outfitted with an ESP Limiter device, which acts to reduce their hazardous powers and impact on the lives of normal people. The first episode features an assignment where the city is plagued by a mighty ESPer calling himself Muscle Ookama (pun on “gay”), who shoots beams out of his crotch which turn people into metal statues. During the chase they run into Minamoto Kouichi, a brilliant scientist, who turns out to be their newly assigned commander, and perhaps the first person ever to treat the girls like human beings rather than wild beasts (or pets).

Just like Hayate no Gotoku, Synergy SP produces this kids show, and the animation is a joy to behold in high resolution. The character design is fairly simple but tasteful, and they’re managing to stay away from shots of panties, despite scenes where it might seem inevitable. This is very different from the director’s previous Moetan. The music’s done by Nakagawa Koutarou, who must be really busy this season, considering he’s also working on Code Geass R2, but the two sound nothing alike, with this being more of a jazzy funk, I suppose. Voice actor fans can cheer a bit, because our pretty goddess Hirano Aya (Konata in Lucky Star) is back as Kaoru, while Shiraishi Ryouko (Hayate in Hayate no Gotoku) plays Aoi, and young Tomatsu Haruka (Lala in To Love-ru) is really interesting as Shiho. Nakamura Yuuichi (Tomoya in Clannad) gets to show just how kind he can be, in the role as Kouichi.

This was surprisingly good. A couple of minutes in, it seemed like just another exaggerated action comedy with silly enemies (humping gay beams, really?), but the opening song is so very cute, and some of the jokes are genuinely amusing. What really got to me was the way Kouichi reaches into the girls’ hearts, and I’m actually interested in seeing if he can become a bridge that unites them with the rest of humanity. It was unexpected to see something so strangely touching among all that crazy comedy, and it makes me want to see more episodes.

April 6, 2008 at 1:11 pm
22 comments »
  • April 6, 2008 at 1:24 pmBlubb

    i read that one partly as manga

  • April 6, 2008 at 1:47 pmAnotheronebitesthedust

    thats good stuff ^^
    i read the manga online (about 8 chapters or 9 so far)
    its comedy – its tradegy – this might turn out quite interesting…maybe

  • April 6, 2008 at 3:36 pmChicle

    Crotch beams remind me of Inukami! quite a lot.

  • April 6, 2008 at 4:09 pmkadian1364

    Glad you found something you might like blogging Patrik! lol

  • April 6, 2008 at 5:15 pmrobin

    For some reason, this seems to remind me of “Pretty Cure”. Might be worth checking out.

  • April 6, 2008 at 5:58 pmTokko

    Wah soo many new series come out for this month, hard to choose -_-

  • April 6, 2008 at 6:02 pmSensei-kun

    Know, waiting for Neo Angelique Abyss!!!!!!!!

  • April 6, 2008 at 6:46 pmSensei-kun

    hurry Up!!!!

    CRAP!!

  • April 6, 2008 at 7:00 pmBlogBoss

    i bet u are gay gaytrik

  • April 6, 2008 at 7:19 pmdward

    I’ve been following the manga (up to volume 4) and it’s pretty interesting so far. They’d already established a villain and possible storyline, and it’ll be interesting to see how Kouichi will influence the life (and maybe future) of the girls.

  • April 6, 2008 at 9:18 pmRaegria

    i read this manga and i like both this series and Ghost Sweeper Mikami by Shiina Takashi.

  • April 7, 2008 at 1:44 amAznLegacy

    This show already says “RIDUNKULUS!” there for I shall watch it, Hee Hee. ;P

  • April 7, 2008 at 4:24 amGod~knows

    Sounds whacky and amusing.I’ll watch…maybe

  • April 7, 2008 at 6:14 amJayars

    Zettai Karen Children = Kiddy Grade + Hayate no Gotoku, or so I feel.

    Seems quite nice and light hearted, though there were a few hints of seriousness (animals? wtf…). Reckon it might be interesting if they tap into some serious issues halfway through the series.

  • April 7, 2008 at 8:54 pmSavofenno

    What did i say? I commented against Random Curiositys unneeded negative attitude towards this, and several other animes because of expected sexual content. Well, this one didn`t have any, but you can`t count any anime out just because it eventually has some panty flashing or tit bouncing. It`s not that simple.

  • April 8, 2008 at 1:14 amMr.P

    The casting seems a little bit off for me, especially Aoi. The voice did not match the image of the character in my head at all.

    p.S I follows manga up to vol 6 .

  • April 9, 2008 at 2:06 amEh

    Apparently the mangaka wanted Aya Hirano specifically for the role of Kaoru, though.

  • April 9, 2008 at 4:28 amIpsod

    Aya uses her Konata voice when she’s rubbing her face against the thighs of a frozen girl. I thought that was funny.

  • April 9, 2008 at 7:59 amKoji Oe

    Ipsod@ Aya Hirano has a voice other than her Konata voice?

  • April 9, 2008 at 6:18 pmmistanight

    @Koji Oe: Lol, you funny troll you!

  • April 10, 2008 at 12:02 pmJudge

    Yeah, I read the five chapters translated, and previewed about 9 of the volumes. Later on definitely seems to be sort of darker, has humor and such, but it definitely had a more Shounen feel for the action and fight sequences and such. Was interesting, only wish I could read the chapters themselves, rather than just previewing it. I found it sort of interesting how they, at least in the manga, had real looks into some of the pasts of the girls, and how they open up, as well as parallels between Kouichi and the girls, what with being a genius who graduated college at 18. And how it also made him somewhat of an outcast. All very interesting things.

  • May 17, 2008 at 5:31 pmfourzerofour N/A

    Dude… I love this show… anyone know where to get the theme songs?
    And I wish they WOULD have shots of panties in this anime… cause i’m sorry, but Kaoru is just awesome, and I would like to see some panties!