Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited – Hyoubu Kyousuke – 01

Hyoubu Kyousuke, leader of the criminal esper organization P.A.N.D.R.A., is willingly taken into custody and taken to Deadlock, an island prison for espers. There, he meets the friendly Andy Shinomiya, whom he poisons in order to get the two to the “hospital”, where he can use his powers to escape. Before they do, Hyoubu retrieves his friend/colleague Yugiri, who was being experimented on by the warden. Hyoubu uses his UNLIMITED power to fend off a genetically-engineered esper supersodier, and when they make it outside, the P.A.N.D.R.A. flagship Catastrophe is waiting for them. Andy is later revealed to be a USEI investigator whose task was to infiltrate P.A.N.D.R.A.

So…Zettai Karen Children. We must confess, we’ve never seen nor heard of it, but we didn’t let that stop us from taking a peek at this spinoff. After all, we watched Railgun before Index, and it made sense. And so does The Unlimited. Hyoubu Kyousuke and P.A.N.D.R.A. were apparently the main antagonists in the original series that spanned 51 episodes some five years ago, but this series will be focusing on them as the (anti)heroes. Hyoubu is a bit of an arrogant prick, but he has the powers to back it up, and while his methods aren’t always morally squeaky-clean, his ultimate goal – rescuing a little girl from a horrible fate – shows his heart is in the right place.

Along with Hyoubu and the girl Yugiri (who really only says “Major”), we have Andy Shinomiya, the pleasant-enough ex-soldier who hates espers despite being one himself. Up until the closing minutes, he seems like he’ll be the Rock of the bunch, the newbie whom everyone will tease and harass but who won’t go back on his promise to join the club if Hyoubu sprung him. Of course, in that closing minute, we learn he’s some kind of government agent who probably doesn’t have Hyoubu’s best interests at heart. Hyoubu may well know this, but probably won’t tell Andy. This was diversionary and cohesive enough, but not quite up to snuff with the first two Winter series we’ve sampled.

Rating: 6 (Good)