Psychic Squad

Psychic Squad, known in Japan as Zettai Karen Children,[a] is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takashi Shiina. It is the story about three young problem girls with outstanding psychic powers and a young man with no special powers at all tasked to guide them properly while dealing with all the commotions they cause, including their obvious infatuation with him. The manga was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from July 2005 to July 2021.

Zettai Karen Children
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Manga volume 1 cover, featuring (from left to right) Aoi Nogami, Kaoru Akashi and Shiho Sannomiya
絶対可憐チルドレン
(Zettai Karen Chirudoren)
Genre
Manga
Written byTakashi Shiina
Published byShogakukan
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 27, 2005July 14, 2021
Volumes63 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKeiichiro Kawaguchi
Written bySatoru Nishizono
Music byKōtarō Nakagawa
StudioSynergySP
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 6, 2008 March 29, 2009
Episodes51 + OVA (List of episodes)
Light novel
Zettai Karen Children the Novels "B.A.B.E.L. Hōkai"
Written byGakuto Mikumo
Illustrated byTakashi Shiina
Published byShogakukan
ImprintGagaga Bunko
DemographicMale
PublishedMay 20, 2008
Game
Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
GenreSimulation RPG
PlatformNintendo DS
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2008
Spin-off

A 51-episode anime television series produced by SynergySP was broadcast from April 2008 to March 2009, and had a special original video animation (OVA) released in July 2010. A 12-episode spin-off focused on main antagonist Kyōsuke Hyōbu, titled Unlimited Psychic Squad, and produced by Manglobe, was broadcast from January to March 2013.

As of July 2012, the manga had over 6 million copies in circulation. In 2022, Psychic Squad received the 53rd Seiun Award for Best Comic.

PlotEdit

In the future, as people with ESP increase in numbers, so does the possible good and evil they can cause to society. The Japanese government establishes of the Base of Backing ESP Laboratory (B.A.B.E.L.) a special esper organization tasked with dealing with situations that can't be resolved by ordinary means, including dealing with espers engaged in criminal activity. Kōichi Minamoto, a 20-year-old prodigy is assigned by B.A.B.E.L. to the task of supervising the most powerful espers in the country, a trio of gifted but mischievous 10-year-old girls known as "The Children": Kaoru Akashi, Shiho Sannomiya, and Aoi Nogami.

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, the "Black Phantom", a mercenary organization who 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.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Zettai Karen Children is written and illustrated by Takashi Shiina. Shiina developed the series out of a short story he had written in Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday Super in 2003.[3] A 4-chapter story was then published in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in September 2004.[4][5] Zettai Karen Children was serialized for 16 years in Weekly Shōnen Sunday, from July 27, 2005,[6] to July 14, 2021.[7][8][9] Shogakukan collected its chapters in sixty-three tankōbon volumes, released from October 18, 2005,[10] to September 17, 2021.[11]

Volume listEdit

No. Release date ISBN
1 October 18, 2005[10]978-4-09-127371-0
2 October 18, 2005[12]978-4-09-127372-7
3 January 14, 2006[13]978-4-09-120028-0
4 April 15, 2006[14]978-4-09-120127-0
5 June 16, 2006[15]978-4-09-120415-8
6 September 15, 2006[16]978-4-09-120578-0
7 December 16, 2006[17]978-4-09-120708-1
8 February 16, 2007[18]978-4-09-121010-4
9 May 18, 2007[19]978-4-09-121068-5
10 August 10, 2007[20]978-4-09-121167-5
11 November 16, 2007[21]978-4-09-121215-3
12 March 18, 2008[22]978-4-09-121302-0
13 June 23, 2008[23]978-4-09-121397-6
14 September 18, 2008[24]978-4-09-121465-2
15 December 18, 2008[25]978-4-09-121515-4
16 March 18, 2009[26]978-4-09-121598-7
17 July 17, 2009[27]978-4-09-122007-3
18 September 17, 2009[28]978-4-09-121745-5
19 December 18, 2009[29]978-4-09-122028-8
20 February 18, 2010[30]978-4-09-122148-3
21 April 26, 2010[31]978-4-09-122258-9
22 July 16, 2010[32]978-4-09-122419-4
23 October 18, 2010[33]978-4-09-122625-9
24 December 17, 2010[34]978-4-09-122719-5
25 February 18, 2011[35]978-4-09-122782-9
26 June 17, 2011[36]978-4-09-122872-7
27 September 6, 2011[37]978-4-09-123238-0
28 December 16, 2011[38]978-4-09-123430-8
29 January 18, 2012[39]978-4-09-123516-9
30 May 18, 2012[40]978-4-09-123665-4
31 August 17, 2012[41]978-4-09-123793-4
32 December 18, 2012[42]978-4-09-124034-7
33 January 18, 2013[43]978-4-09-124167-2
34 April 18, 2013[44]978-4-09-124204-4
35 August 16, 2013[45]978-4-09-124366-9
36 October 18, 2013[46]978-4-09-124457-4
37 January 17, 2014[47]978-4-09-124553-3
38 April 18, 2014[48]978-4-09-124647-9
39 July 18, 2014[49]978-4-09-124676-9
40 December 18, 2014[50]978-4-09-125414-6
41 March 18, 2015[51]978-4-09-125796-3
42 July 17, 2015[52]978-4-09-125858-8
43 September 18, 2015[53]978-4-09-126227-1
44 January 18, 2016[54]978-4-09-126497-8
45 April 18, 2016[55]978-4-09-127093-1
46 August 18, 2016[56]978-4-09-127329-1
47 December 16, 2016[57]978-4-09-127429-8
48 March 17, 2017[58]978-4-09-127510-3
49 August 18, 2017[59]978-4-09-127576-9
50 December 18, 2017[60]978-4-09-127880-7
51 April 18, 2018[61]978-4-09-128228-6
52 August 17, 2018[62]978-4-09-128348-1
53 January 18, 2019[63]978-4-09-128780-9
54 April 18, 2019[64]978-4-09-128808-0
55 August 16, 2019[65]978-4-09-129176-9
56 December 18, 2019[66]978-4-09-129453-1
57 March 18, 2020[67]978-4-09-129566-8
58 June 18, 2020[68]978-4-09-850082-6
59 September 18, 2020[69]978-4-09-850184-7
60 January 18, 2021[70]978-4-09-850289-9
61 April 16, 2021[71]978-4-09-850519-7
62 July 16, 2021[72]978-4-09-850631-6
63 September 17, 2021[11]978-4-09-850646-0

AnimeEdit

An anime adaptation produced by SynergySP began airing in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2008, and contained fifty-one episodes (and one filler).[73] The anime has six pieces of theme music; two opening themes and four ending themes. The first opening theme is "Over The Future" by Karen Girl's, the first ending theme is "Zettai love×love Sengen!!" (絶対love×love宣言!!) by "The Children starring Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi and Haruka Tomatsu"; the second ending theme is "Datte Daihonmei" (DATTE大本命), also by Hirano, Shiraishi, and Tomatsu. From episode 27 onwards opening theme has changed to "MY WINGS", once again by Karen Girl's, ending theme changed to "Break+Your+Destiny" by Yuuichi Nakamura, Kishō Taniyama and Kōji Yusa and "Soushunfu" performed by Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi and Haruka Tomatsu. In episode 46 of the series, the opening theme, "MY WINGS", was sung by Aya Hirano, Ryoko Shiraishi and Haruka Tomatsu while the ending theme was "Zettai love×love Sengen!!", sung by Karen Girl's.

An original video animation (OVA) was announced in December 2009.[2] It was released on July 16, 2010, and includes original material based on the junior high school story arc.[74] The opening theme for the OVA is "Seventh Heaven" by The Children and the ending theme is "Out of Control" by Karen Guy's.[75]

In January 2012, Sentai Filmworks announced that they have licensed the series.[76] Sentai Filmworks released the series on four DVDs in Japanese with English subtitles on May 1, July 17, September 4 and November 6, 2012.[77][78]

Video gameEdit

A video game for the Nintendo DS developed by Konami entitled Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children (絶対可憐チルドレンDS 第4のチルドレン) was released on September 4, 2008.[79]

Kaoru Akashi appears as a fighter character in the fighting game Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen (サンデー VS マガジン 集結! 頂上大決戦) for Sony's PlayStation Portable. Characters Aoi, Shiho, Minamoto, Fujiko and Hyōbu also make appearances as part of special moves or as support. The game was also developed by Konami and released on March 26, 2009.[80]

ReceptionEdit

As of July 2012, the manga had over 6 million copies in circulation.[81] Psychic Squad was awarded the 53rd Seiun Award in the Best Comic category in 2022.[82]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japanese: 絶対可憐チルドレン, Hepburn: Zettai Karen Chirudoren, lit. Absolutely Lovely Children

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