Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン, lit. Absolutely Lovely Children), localized as Psychic Squad, is a Japanese shōnen manga by Takashi Shiina. Shiina developed the series out of a short story he had written in a special issue of Shōnen Sunday. The series was essentially the same, except that Kōichi Minamoto was named "Hikaru Minamoto", and he also had psychic powers.
In the future, people with ESP are becoming more widespread. These people known as "Espers" are able to use a wide variety of abilities, however require training to be able properly control them and integrate into normal society. Unfortunately, there are also Espers that abuse their powers and wield them to destructive ends. The Japanese government's solution to both challenges is the establishment of the Base of Backing ESP Laboratory (B.A.B.E.L.) for the purpose of appraising, identifying, nurturing, and protecting Espers (even if that means apprehending them as if they were criminals). Five decades later, B.A.B.E.L. locates a trio of natural Level 7 (the maximum ESP potency designation) Espers within Japan, and assembles them into the special esper team known as "The Children". However, all three have developed questionable attitudes due to persecution and ostracization caused by the ignorant fear of their powers. Still, the question now becomes whether Kaoru Akashi, Shiho Sannomiya, and Aoi Nogami can be refined into young ladies.
Kōichi Minamoto, a 20 year-old prodigy is assigned by B.A.B.E.L. to the task of supervising The Children. As the series progresses, The Children and Minamoto must deal with several enemy organizations, each with conflicted views regarding the role of espers in the world including: "P.A.N.D.R.A.", a cadre of rogue Espers determined to wage war against the rest of mankind; "Black Phantom", a mercenary organization which brainwashes Espers into living tools of destruction; and the "Normal People", composed solely of non-Esper individuals who view Espers only as a threat to be vanquished.
- See also: List of Zettai Karen Children Chapters
The original manga series by Takashi Shiina. It started being serialized in Shogakukan's manga magazine Shōnen Sunday in 2005.
Zettai Karen Children Edit
- See also: List of Zettai Karen Children Episodes
An adaption of the original manga, produced by SynergySP. It began airing April 6, 2008 and ran for 51 episodes. The story follows that of the manga, although some events occur in a different order and with minor changes; and encompasses the first major story arc.
The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke Edit
An original anime spin-off focused on the major antagonist Kyousuke Hyoubu.
- See also: List of Zettai Karen Children Music
Various songs have been produced for the Zettai Karen Children series, many used within the anime.
Drama CDs Edit
- See also: List of Zettai Karen Children Drama CDs
During the original run of the anime, a series of Drama CDs was produced. Most of the tracks on these CDs are story, however there are also songs inserted in between.
A supplemental book for the manga containing information and illustrations.
A light novel adaption written by Gakuto Mikumo.