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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.


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Associated Names
Absolutely Lovely Children
Lovely Children
Psychic Squad
Totally Lovely Children

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Latest Release(s)
c.479 by Zettai Translation Project about 1 year ago
c.478 by Zettai Translation Project about 1 year ago
c.477 by Zettai Translation Project about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
53 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 16, Chap 2

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (385 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 28th 2018, 2:23pm PST



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Monthly Pos #999 increased(+71)
3 Month Pos #1253 increased(+262)
6 Month Pos #1618 increased(+87)
Year Pos #1725 increased(+83)

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Forum Posts
Zettai Karen Children Enters Final Arc in Summer over 4 years ago
watch the anime or read the manga over 5 years ago
Zettai Karen Children's New Anime Is Hyoubu Spinoff over 6 years ago
Does the anime follow closely to the manga (alternative ending)? over 6 years ago
Zettai Karen Children question (spoiler) over 7 years ago

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Good (but not great)   
Rating: N/A
by egress63
June 19th, 2016, 9:24pm
I've been meaning to read this series for over 5 years now. Once I realized that it was in its final arc, I decided to take the plunge. I've read 17 volumes so far in the past two weeks and unless Takashi-san (the mangaka) decides to change the tone and pace of the manga drastically in the upcoming volumes, this series will get bracketed among those series which are a good way to pass time on a lazy weekend.

As a previous reviewer has suggested, the series suffers from pacing issues and doesn't flesh out scenes to deliver the knockout punches it could if the author wanted to. There are moments of humor, action and slivers of taboo-romance/affection (between a 20 year old well minded hero and three 13 year old girls) but none of these elements takes center-stage. So, a single chapter or arc (which usually last from 4-6 chapters) will have moments of comedy, action and drama all rolled into one. Moments of gag are also thrown in for added measure - sometimes in the middle of an ostensibly serious scene to lighten the tone. The end result is a manga which never takes itself seriously enough to become a page-turner. The reader always knows that nothing serious (like a character getting killed or injured) will happen and the next arc will begin somewhat 'anew'.

That's not to say this is a bad thing. It makes it fun to read on a lazy Sunday (which is what I ended up doing today) and easy to put down after reading 4-5 chapters. You won't really be impacted by it like how it was with FMA or 20th Century Boys but for the moment you are reading the manga - it remains fun and puts you in a good mood. For Americans, have expectations of How I Met Your Mother. Don't read this and expect the mangaka to delived a Game of Thrones.

Rating: 7.5/10
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Pacing Issues   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by TheIro
June 25th, 2015, 7:06am
The main problem with this manga is that the author doesn't know how to pace the story properly. The story by itself is pretty decent, the characters are fairly well written, the art is pretty well drawn and cute, but its the execution that's sorely lacking. Namely there's not much tension going on even in the most important battles or the buildup leading up to it.

Part of the reason is that the author goes too quickly from one panel to the next. In scenes where the action should be stretched out is often reduced to a couple of panels. Sometimes you'll even have "epic" battles finished in one or two panels when clearly there should be more action illustrated. Even in supposely emotional story scenes, the author just goes over things too quick. Where more time should be spent on characters expressing their emotions, but you would have characters crying in one panel then punching someone's lights out in the next. The transition is just too jaring.

This problem is also exasperated by the presence of a not very funny 4-com gag manga or omake right between the chapters. So you could have a sad moving scene but before it finishes, you'll be reading some totally non related gag manga, before finally going back to the said sad scene. This process just ruins whatever tension or emotion the scene had in the first place. The author should of only added the 4-com gag manga at the end of each arc instead of every chapter! Or even ban it altogether (they're filler material that don't add much to the story anyway).

If you're looking to read this manga, I'd advise you to stick to watching the 2 animes instead, they're both much better executed and allow the story of this manga to be told as it should be. I really loved watching the animes, its a shame the manga did not live up to its counterpart. In hindsight I would of been better served if I'd ignored the manga altogether. (Yes even though it goes further along the story!)

... Last updated on June 25th, 2015, 7:11am
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Bait and switch   
Rating: N/A
by kaply
May 2nd, 2013, 1:19pm
This manga has great characters, comedy and a main storyline. What really kills this series is the fact that this has essentially become two series in one. The reader is forced to go through multiple past arcs with Hyoubo which has very little to do with the main characters of this series. I would estimate that since the Hyoubo arcs have been introduced, about 50% of the chapters have been devoted to the character. I'm all for developing characters in the story, but not to this length. There doesn't seem to be a reason to delve this far into this characters history to explain why he's doing what he's doing. The author really needs to get back and focus on the main characters.
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One of the Best   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Suxinn
January 14th, 2013, 4:27pm
OK, so I don't really understand how this happened, but Zettai Karen Children has become, hands down, my favorite, ongoing, long-running manga. Seriously, I don't understand how ZKC does it. I remember when I first started this back when it only had 40 or so chapters scanlated and reading it only because I had nothing else to do. Then, somehow, it got better and better until it finally reached the threshold of "excellent" and then managed to stay there for 300 chapters. How did that happen?

Don't be fooled by the seemingly ridiculous premise. ZKC is a comedy, but it is also very character and plot-focused. Plot-related details mentioned in the first few volumes are still mentioned even now, 300+ chapters in. While it might not seem like it at first, Shiina Takashi really knows where he's going with the storyline, and while it is certainly slow-paced, he also somehow manages to make even the fillers interesting and worth reading.

The characters are also really incredible because they age in real-time. (Yes, no time skips!) And there are simply so many characters that it's amazing that the mangaka can keep track of them all. But, he does, and despite the crazy character count, I even remember all of them. ZKC is really one of those stories in which there is no "one-off" character. All characters reoccur. And it's really interesting to see Shiina Takashi use all of them to his advantage.

So, in short, ZKC is difficult to start at the beginning, but once it passes a certain point, it becomes an absolute joy to read every time a new chapter comes out. I don't really know whether this manga is for everyone, because I'm still in awe at how much I like it, but I do know it is worth trying out, even if it's not really the type of manga you usually read.
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Good, could have been much better   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kill-chan
December 3rd, 2012, 6:57am
This is one of those series you get to like only if you force yourself on reading it, since the first few volumes are not so great despite the interesting turning point in the first volume.
It improves significantly only after vol. 8, but still there are some WTF moments mixed with not needed loli service.
After reaching the peak in vol. 16~25 , when the author pushes back the loli in favor of plot, mystery, action, romance and all other good stuff, there's a HUGE breakpoint that lasts something like 4-5 volumes, just enough to lose most of the popularity gained in the previous 20. Yay!
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Rating: N/A
by Rankre
January 14th, 2012, 8:49am
Like others said, this is a story that actually kinda amazed me with how well and how far it was able to carry itself in terms of development. The main cast is ever growing and are mostly not neglected even through 26 volumes, which is nice - and the characters actually age - there has been no real "time skip" - so watching that process is also fun.

It still does retain its humor after all these chapters and its very fun. Plot-wise, there is a general plot that builds up, but very very slowly. Its not a bad thing per se, since characters get lots of development but this is a lot more lighthearted and the story moves slowly (and so far, surely) toward how things will conclude. I like it and its a good read. Anything that has a character that inspires a love or hate emotion is a plus imo... (that means the major btw).
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A rare gem   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by renecop545
November 10th, 2011, 10:41pm
Zettai Karen Children is one of those manga which on the surface seem just like any typical shonen manga, with superpowers, a troubled protagonist, and happy-mushy overtone. The basic story premise is this: Minamoto, a genius researcher, must raise 3 problematic girls (Kaoru, Aoi, Shiho) with strong psychic powers. From the first few chapters, this manga seems like a comedy manga with a bit of action thrown in. However, once you start reading past the first couple of chapters, the plot begins in earnest: a prophecy by a clairvoyant predicts
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that Minamoto (one of the protagonists) will kill Kaoru (another protagonist, Minamoto's current student).
This prophecy comes as shock not because of its content, but mainly because of the rest of the manga before this point was mostly humor. And this event defines Zettai Karen Children: the lighthearted tone continues throughout the rest of the story, but interwoven within this are moments of drama and tragedy that serves to remind us that that while all the merriness is going on at the surface, the plot is moving towards a inevitably catastrophic finale. Character develop is also another strong point of this series; we get to see Kaoru, Shiho, and Aoi grow up from immature little girls to fledgling adolescents ready to spread their own wings. Supporting characters receive a lot of development as well. You will never feel like a throw-away character was introduced just for the sake of forwarding the plot (As with what happens in Bleach). Overall, this is one of my favorite reads, and deserves a place among side such classics as Rurouni Kenshin, One Piece, Monster, and Mahou Sensei Negima!
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almost perfect   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Famas
July 26th, 2011, 12:16pm
Wonderful and rather unique series. Some say it's "japanese x-men" but unlike them it's heavily humour-based with little violence. How author manages to make it funny for 26 volumes is beyond me but I still smile. It has it's sweet moments too. Oh, and it's one of those rare childcare mangas where you can see characters actually grow with time, physically and mentally.
The art is meh but gets really better with time, and it's very detailed for a weekly series.
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It would've gotten a 10...   
Rating: N/A
by FormX
February 7th, 2011, 5:16pm
Hyoubu is one of the biggest dooche I've seen in a manga... pisses me off everytime he appears.
If you don't count him then this manga is a good read, especially the plot and character development. Romance isn't tagged but it's there, and the ecchi isn't in your face.
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Great read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AuraBlaze
April 23rd, 2010, 1:59am
Characters are interesting and the art is very good especially later on. Character development is there and the author really seems to care about his work. Anyways definitely read it!
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