His special, psychic power is that he installed Skype into his eyeball
|I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are wondering why I’m here writing about Zettai Karen Children when I wasn’t even present for the first impression post. I had erroneously assumed that I needed to have seen the first season to enjoy and understand this show, so it slipped under my radar entirely. That is…until Kyokai told me to give it a try. I obeyed and ended up enjoying it a lot more than a certain other show about detectives and hair that I signed up to write about. I wasted no time making the switch, and I don’t think I’ll regret it.|
I’m really enjoying what the show has been doing with psychic powers so far. Unlike just settling on random powers that could be explained as anything, the things espers can do are a lot more limited. You have to be more creative to explain things like flying or not aging since you can’t say “Well, immortality is just their superpower!”. While the explanations are really big stretches that probably wouldn’t work at all in real life, I appreciate the effort to try and remain scientific – even if it’s just pseudo-science. For example, Magi using his powers to rearrange the carbon in his hair to create wings shouldn’t actually make him able to fly. But do I care? No, because it’s really goddamned cool and it makes a bit of sense. That’s why he keeps his hair long. If someone gives him a trim, he’d be landbound. There are a lot more weaknesses and finer details to flying via psychic powers than just giving some dude the power to fly.
Then there’s Hyoubu Kyosuke, who can use his psychokinesis (PK) for pretty much everything. He actually is able to control his body at the molecular level, a bit like Magi. However, he’s not just changing carbon, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to extend his lifespan. The key is telomere. They don’t actually code for anything useful, but there has been a link shown between telemeres shortening and aging. It’s a crazy, but almost plausible explanation for his eternal youth. His power and how he uses it gives me a much better idea of who he is, and the same can be said of the other members. Although he acts a bit like a stuck-up kid, he’s actually old enough to be everyone’s grandpa, and probably a lot wiser than he lets on. Considering that they dedicated a whole spin-off series to this guy, it’s no wonder he’s not just a typical narcissist.
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He also says that he died before, presumably due to a gunshot straight through his forehead. He somehow survived an injury that should be, by all means, 100% fatal. In fact, he didn’t survive, but he died and then came back to life after his heart stopped. Interestingly enough, when I was quickly scanning through some articles about parapsychology (the study of psi powers such as PK, precognition and telepathy) I noticed that near-death experiences and reincarnation were both big topics in the field as well. Somehow, his death may be related to the awakening of his immense powers. Although becoming an esper seems largely genetics, perhaps all (or most) of the really strong ones had some sort of near-death experience or trauma. This doesn’t happen to everything, and it seems like his level of ability is particularly rare. No wonder he’s so confident in his power.
If anything, his ego isn’t inflated, but perfectly in tune with how powerful he is compared to the rest of the espers. I will never grow tired of him going into his Unlimited mode and warping his surroundings just by standing there and existing. As much as I like hand-to-hand combat in anime, there is something magnificent about being able to make a guy implode in a tidal wave of gore from a few blocks away. That whole scene unfolded in a way that completely betrayed my expectations, and proved that this show is intelligent enough to not always follow the most obvious route all the time. I thought Andy not being able to shoot the mafia leader would just result in Hyoubu going on his own killing rampage, but Hyoubu’s plan was a lot more nuanced than that. He may be described as “hot-tempered” by his engrish description when Andy researches him, but he’s not dumb.
The limiter necklace he gave Andy is yet another plan, although it sends a mixed message. It says “I trust you as a comrade” but it also says “I can crush you at any moment now.” While Hyoubu uses his limiter to make sure he isn’t destroying the very ground he walks on, it’s given to Andy mostly so he can be near his new comrades and to make him more vulnerable. It seems like he’s forgiving Andy too quickly, but this limiter might actually be also a punishment of sorts.
However, despite making him prone to ESP now, he still doesn’t ask Yugiri to search his mind for any clues. I think he wants to find out who Andy is as a person in the normal way, which is why he’s testing the waters with him so much. Although Fujiura calls Andy’s power “useless”, it can actually make him invincible if used correctly. If he worked as a teammates with Hyoubu and supported him by defending all attacks – he’d be unstoppable. Well…more unstoppable than he is now.
I imagine he’ll encounter some fiercer competition later on, and Hyoubu may start to rely on Andy so that he gets attached to PANDRA. People feel more like they’re part of a group if they’re relied on, and their individual efforts are recognized. It’s clear he wants him on the team for some reason, and Andy is slowly warming up to them. With the catchphrase “death to traitors” hanging above his head, it’s hard to tell what he will choose since he has to betray either his organization or PANDRA. However, PANDRA has a cute little girl and a squirrel, so they’re really winning with the sympathy trump card there.
Two episodes in and I already really like Hyoubu and his teammates. Even the flying squirrel manages to not be annoying! I usually think people with the power to use their booming voice to inflict pain on people is lame, but Fujiura’s use of soundwave control is quite the opposite. It’s extremely useful for covert missions to act as both a walkie-talkie that cannot be intercepted and to cancel out sound so they aren’t detected. Since he has such a fine-tuned control, it makes a bit more sense that his teammates can stand in the same area as him as he screeches and not explode like his opponents. I guess he’s resonating their bodies at the exact frequency to make them explode? Again – these powers are really cool, creative, and well thought out. Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke delivers on the action side of things as well as the story side as well. There are still so many secrets about PANDRA and its members that we don’t know…and want to know.
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Preview: Yugiri unleashes more of her power and shows us who’s boss as PANDRA tries to get close to this princess lady. It sounds like they want to kidnap her, although I’m not sure why.
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