April 15, 2010

Zettai Karen Children -- ep 1

Level 5? Pbbt! How about three, count 'em, three level 7's? That's Zettai Karen Children. I just downloaded the whole series and watched the first episode. And it's not bad at all.

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Here's our three magical girls. The one in the middle, with red hair, is Haruhi Kaoru. Some seiyuu can do different voices and not remind me of a signature part. For instance, Akina in UFO Princess Valkyrie sounds nothing at all like Sakamoto in Strike Witches, but it's the same seiyuu. (And she's in this show, too, but I haven't encountered her character yet.) Hirano Aya isn't as versatile, unfortunately, but so far Kaoru doesn't really sound a whole lot like Haruhi and I hold out hope.

Kaoru is a genki girl, with poor judgment, a hot temper, and enough telekinetic power to level a city block -- which she does in the first episode. She can also fly. And she likes looking at pictures of sexy women and ogling their boobs. Shiho calls her a tomboy.

On the left, wearing glasses, is Aoi. She's sensible, which you can tell because of the glasses. She tries to rein in Kaoru. She's a teleporter, and she's better at it than Kuroko, because she doesn't need to be touching something, or even very near to it, in order to teleport it. She's really fast, too, and can dodge incoming fire by teleporting out of the way. She's got the same voice as Mako in Saki.

Our remaining girl is Shiho. They call her a "psychometrist". If she touches a person she can read their mind. She can also do that indirectly, by touching something that the target person is touching. She's rather quiet, and according to the OP she carries a gun. Her seiyuu has done a lot of major roles, but none that I've seen.

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This is Kouichi, our hero. He's twenty, but he's also brilliant, and courageous, and hits it off with the girls when he first meets them. Their previous handler, a woman, hated them. He likes them, and they like him.

They wear power limiters, which restrict most of their power most of the time. That woman held the device which unlocked the limiters. Anyway, Kouichi becomes their new handler. Their previous power limiters looked like dog collars. He designs new ones which are much nicer looking that they wear on their wrists.

All of them work for an organization called Babel, which is an adjunct to the police. There are a lot of espers running around, and many of them end up as criminals. In the first episode a loony-toon named Muscle Oukama goes on a rampage in Akihabara. He's a transmuter, I guess you could call it; he can fire a beam from his nether regions which converts objects, or people, to metal. This doesn't kill people it strikes, but they stay that way until he's captured at the end of the first episode and gets a power limiter of his own.

The overall feel of the show is borderline slapstick, and there's a lot of energy. The girls are friends. They're also really little, and really young. They didn't say how old they are in the first episode but I'm guessing they're still grade school.

It's not bad. I have no idea how long I'll stick with it, but I enjoyed the first episode.

UPDATE: Now having said all that, let's talk about the torrent. It's 704*400 and hard-subbed. Is this the best Chihiro could do? What in hell were they thinking?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 08:42 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 Chihiro did do a mkv... maybe it just wasn't listed on BT?

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 15, 2010 09:39 PM (mfPs/)

2 I recommend you watch the Deculture subs that exist for ZKC.

Chihiro didn't exactly, to put it lightly, hold this series to their highest standards.

Posted by: SlashZero at April 15, 2010 09:55 PM (1wwFR)

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Wonderduck, it's amazing that torrent is still alive after two years. Unfortunately, they only released two batches of MKVs, taking it up to ep 26. That leaves the other 25 eps as a la carte downloads, if I get that far.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 15, 2010 10:06 PM (+rSRq)

4 Steven, I think the date on that post I linked is incorrect; the series ran from April 6th, 2008 to March 29th, 2009, and the date on that post is April 29th, 2007.  They also just recently released the second batch (ep14-26), so...

Well, it doesn't matter in any case. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 16, 2010 04:37 AM (mfPs/)

5 Darn, I hit enter too quick.  "It doesn't matter in any case.  As you point out, they've only released have the series, and the next batch is totally unscheduled... indeed, Chihiro seems to be rather petulant regarding the rest of the show, saying things like 'the more you ask, the longer we're going to delay.'  Nice."

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 16, 2010 04:47 AM (mfPs/)

6 Is there something in Japanese mysticism about people with silver hair?  Or is it just a good way to make a person stand out while not making them freakish?

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at April 16, 2010 07:28 AM (GJA7G)

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I don't think it's Japanese mysticism so much as it is anime tradition. Certain characters in the past with that color hair were mysterious and aloof, so now it's become something of an anime trope.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 16, 2010 12:08 PM (+rSRq)

8 The version I have is Chihiro, complete (51 eps), HD, soft-sub.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 16, 2010 07:24 PM (PiXy!)

9 I searched, and I couldn't find anything like that. Not even on Chihiro's own web site.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 16, 2010 07:30 PM (+rSRq)

10 Don't remember exactly how I found it, but Google sees all.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 16, 2010 07:47 PM (PiXy!)

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