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Zettai Karen Children

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It`s the 21st century, and the number of ESPers continues to increase. They are active in the military, diplomacy, politics, and in other places. They hold the key for global competition. A country that controls ESP can control the world! However individuals who posses higher than Level 4 are less than 3% of the population. There are only three Level 7 people who have government contracts. These three are Kaoru, Aoi, and Shiho, ten-year old girls, who work for B.A.B.E.L. With the guidance of Kouichi, a twenty-year old genius, they catch criminals and evil ESPers..

By Takashi Shiina (Zettai Karen Children)

Category : Japan (Manga) , boy, action, magic

Main Characters

The Children

Kaoru Akashi
Voiced by: Aya Hirano
A ten-year-old Level 7 psychokinetic (the maximum esper potency designation), Kaoru is the reckless and zealous member of "The Children" Special Esper Team alongside Shiho and Aoi. When she is introduced, Kaoru is seen reading a magazine that is the Japanese equivalent of Playboy and behaves in somewhat of a cavalier manner, much to the annoyed dismay of her adult superiors. When confronted by an adult for not taking a mission seriously or ignoring a directive about a behavior, Kaoru gets angry and telekinetically shoves the offending adult away (often clear across the room, no less). Kaoru's powers are capable of going berserk under certain extreme circumstances (such as if Minamoto is in mortal danger from hostile criminal espers or from armed anti-esper human beings) and have been demonstrated to defy (and eventually destroy) a fully powered-up ESP Counter Measure generator.

Aoi Nogami
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi
A ten-year-old esper with Level 7 teleportation capability, Aoi is the rational member of "The Children" Special Esper Team alongside Kaoru and Shiho that likes playing video games in her spare time. Like her teammates, Aoi is introduced as behaving in a somewhat cavalier manner that annoys her adult superiors. A guess as to the mischief that Aoi is likely to get into is not being where she is expected to be (i.e. asking her to wait outside of a store and then turning to find her gone). It is explained briefly at one point that Aoi sees her origins in Kyoto which has its own local dialect, a feature of which is the honorific -han used in place of the standard -san. When she is angry or dead set on a mission that requires it, Aoi has demonstrated the capability to conduct 12,000 conscutive teleportation jumps before having to pause to recover herself.

Shiho Sannomiya
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
A ten-year-old esper with Level 7 psychometry, Shiho is the sarcastic and sharp-tongued member of "The Children" Special Esper Team alongside Kaoru and Aoi. While not adhering to any one leisure activity, Shiho has been known to use her psychometry to probe people's thoughts without their permission and is the first to realize why Minamoto works so well with them ¡ª more explanation below. While not able to do much during missions aside from gathering information that is not immediately obvious from the environment, Shiho still supports her teammates by doing whatever she can. Shiho herself explains that her teammates are the only children her age she knew and that the ESP portal limiters worn by all espers power down espers by three levels. That is to say, whenever Kaoru telekinetically shoves an adult around, it is at an artificial Level 4 rather than at her natural Level 7. In the world of Zettai Karen Children, society still fears and shuns Level 4 espers and their higher-powered brethren.

Koichi Minamoto
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura
The first lieutenant field leader of "The Children" Special Esper Team, he is tasked with overseeing their day-to-day care and making sure they do not get too carried away when they are doing their jobs. Even as they mistreat poor Minamoto and generally give him super fits, the girls highly esteem him enough to ask the B.A.B.E.L. chief to be allowed to reside with him. Minamoto is quite courageous and sincere in his belief that Kaoru, Shiho, and Aoi are little girls to be protected and cherished before they are Level 7 espers (which Shiho says are treated the same as mass-destruction weapons). Minamoto was derived from a character in the Zettai Karen Children manga that does have psychic powers and is charged in the same role he is. Still, Shiho's psychometric snooping reveals that even without psychic powers, Minamoto was treated just as his esper charges were because of his high intelligence as a child (expulsion/prohibition from being in school).

B.A.B.E.L. Headquarters

Taizo Kiritsubo
Voiced by: J¨±rota Kosugi
The leader of B.A.B.E.L, he dotes on "The Children" all the time and spoils them rotten not realizing that this overindulgence is probably the reason for the bad behavior of "The Children". Taizo can and does point to Minamoto as the scapegoat for The Children's fallibilities and poor attitudes. Whether Taizo overindulges "The Children" because he really loves them or because he is frightened for his job/personal safety (after seeing Kaoru severely damage a shopping district trying to stop a criminal esper) remains to be seen; still, Taizo is extremely attached to Kaoru, Shiho, and Aoi (who are starting to realize that Taizo's intense affection for them is not entirely altruistic) and goes into a frenzy comparable to a Level 6 esper whenever he feels that "The Children" are in distress.

Oboro Kashiwagi
Voiced by: Masumi Asano
Even if her job title is simply being Taizo's secretary or personal assistant, Kashiwagi is no exception to the sidekick/alter ego dynamic and is generally very handy to have around. It is very rare for either Taizo or Kashiwagi to be by themselves as Kyosuke demonstrates when he hypnotically emulates Kashiwagi to fool Minamoto at one point. Kashiwagi performs many roles as she accompanies Taizo which include assisting with visual aids during mission briefings and preventing Taizo from giving an order or making a decision whose aftermath would most likely be rather messy.

Fujiko Tsubomi

Wild Cat

Naomi Umegae
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
A sixteen-year-old Level 6 psychokinetic high-schooler originally known as "Kitty Cat", at the beginning Naomi's naive mistakes would make for a less-than-perfect working environment and would not be regarded as a laughing matter (either at the time or after the fact) under normal real-life circumstances. Naomi has built a solid four-year history with her supervisor Ichiro and seems to sincerely wants to do well for both herself and B.A.B.E.L.. However, during one of her missions when she is charged with stopping a psychic who uses his powers to molest women, she begins to have trouble using her powers and accidentally injures her supervisor. After training with the Children, she has a simulated duel with Kaoru acting exactly as the psychic she tried to stop. Naomi realizes that Ichiro's intense affection for her is not entirely the altruistic and professional working relationship that it is supposed to be. When they next meet the peeping esper, Naomi takes out both the esper and her somewhat perverted supervisor. It is at this point Naomi gains the nickname "Wild Cat", the rationale of which is demonstrated whenever Ichiro tries to manipulate Naomi and fails to keep his professional (and physical) distance.

Ichiro Tanizaki
Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka
Ichiro is the heavy-smoking thirty-six-year-old supervisor of Umegae Naomi. He has become extremely attached to his esper charge over the four years since her supernatural powers were discovered when she was twelve-years-old. While he has done a good job of administrating the development of Naomi's social character which has allowed the use of her telekinesis for constructive ends, Ichiro has also demonstrated signs of a lecherous personal agenda to refine Naomi into his "ideal woman". Despite having twice been on the receiving end of Naomi's telekinesis misfiring and her telekinetic exhortations to keep a professional distance, Ichiro has not been convinced to abandon his lecherous personal agenda.

The Hound

Akira Yadorigi
Fifteen-year-old Akira wields his Level 4 metempsychosis as a member of The Hound Special Esper Team alongside his partner Hatsune. As has been demonstrated, Akira's metepsychosis works by interchanging his soul with that of any nearby organism and affords him several situational and structural advantages that his normal anthropoid form cannot. Unfortunately, there is an obstinate operating range beyond which Akira's metepsychotic subjugation will be disrupted and the interchange reversed. It is not that out of the question for B.A.B.E.L. to make a standard practice of storing Akira's anthropoid form in a heavily-guarded vehicle that follows after to keep him in that operation range.

Hatsune ogami
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu
Fourteen-year-old Hatsune avails her Level 4 metamorphosis as a member of The Hound Special Esper Team alongside of her partner Akira. Much to Akira's chagrined frustration, Hatsune demonstrates the proclivity to behave her default lupine alternate manifestation which is only at its greatest efficacy when she is hungry¡ªhungry as in 'have not eaten for days' ravenous rather than merely being peckish. Unfortunately, Hatsune's voracious appetite does have the tendency to displace the mission at hand. Even as this flaw is somewhat diminished as Minamoto trains her, Hatsune still has to overcome the fact that she computes and conducts in lupine/canine maneuvering rather than anthropoid action. Even with her canine conduct and gluttony set aside for the moment, Hatsune demonstrates a proclivity to become enthralled with anyone that sees past her exterior to interact with her as a human being and twice tries to claim Minamoto for herself. As Kaoru emphatically and vigorously demonstrates at her natural potency designation during an exercise regarding Minamoto and his affiliation, whoever is decided upon to supervise Hatsune will have to establish and maintain dominance right from the start without being cruel or despotic.

Keiko Kojika


Natsuko Tokiwa
Voiced by: Eri Nakao
Natsuko wields her clairvoyance as one member of the Doubleface esper receptionist team alongside her partner Hotaru and is charged with identifying and intercepting possible incoming threats. Not only can she detect dangerous items such as packaged explosives or concealed personal weaponry, but Natsuko also can even tell if a visitor is in good hygienic repair. It would not be out of the question for Natsuko to use her clairvoyance to spy on a visitor during his time on the B.A.B.E.L. premises to ensure good behavior. She and Hotaru once threw cold water on Taizo when he was lusting after them during a tour of the B.A.B.E.L. facility to welcome Minamoto, indicating they might be young twenty-something adults.

Hotaru Nowaki
Voiced by: Rina Sato
Hotaru avails her telepathy as the other member of The Doubleface esper receptionist team alongside her partner Natsuko. Hotaru is charged with reading the visitor's thoughts to determine whether or not they pose a threat to either the espers or B.A.B.E.L's other personnel.

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