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Old 2008-04-20, 17:30   Link #121
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Beware of the spoiler above, ReddyRedWolf is spoiling volume 1 of the manga, which was completely skipped and might never make it into the anime at all. Which is sad, because the end of volume 1 is the most important and most central part of the whole story.
If you really want to know what happens in that volume, just read it, it is scanlated. And so is the first chapter of volume 2, which is pretty much equivalent to episode 2 of the anime.
Ep1 was an anime-original, complete with "Limiter-drama" (Powerful people with limiter devices they have no control over, resulting in a huge tactical disadvantage), and I don't remember the ep3 villain either.

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Nice visuals, good voice acting even, just not so great story adaption. Might have something to do with the early time slot.

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Old 2008-04-20, 17:42   Link #122
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This feels so much like an anime version of Powerpuff girls*. I like the dilemma the girls have, even though the leader loves them with an unnatural obsession, they are still pretty much treated like leashed dogs to be loosed on BABEL's enemies. Wich I'm guessing is what the guy with the glasses will change.



*Powerpuff Girls Z was a poor excuse of a magical girl show who rode on the original Powerpuff Girl show's success without carrying any of the comedy and style wich made the original so good
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Old 2008-04-23, 03:02   Link #123
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Old 2008-04-23, 03:56   Link #124
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*Powerpuff Girls Z was a poor excuse of a magical girl show who rode on the original Powerpuff Girl show's success without carrying any of the comedy and style wich made the original so good
Hmm. I sorta disagree with that. It's true they got the vehicle from the original cartoons, but in the end, it had a totally unique flair of its own. PPGZ was surely an acquired taste though. Zettai Karen isn't since it's mostly a decently original story, even if its premise is not.
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Old 2008-04-26, 21:10   Link #125
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Ep 4 was awesome.

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Old 2008-04-27, 11:36   Link #126
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ep 4...epix...
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Old 2008-04-27, 13:45   Link #127
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Old 2008-04-29, 01:04   Link #128
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ep4, lol

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Old 2008-04-29, 13:57   Link #129
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Episode 03 was another decent one with some light (extremely light) bits of character exposition for Minamoto based on his childhood or lack thereof. I appreciate that they are trying to do these things, but they really aren't especially deep nor do they seem to really have a drastic impact on the story.

Likewise, the story could seriously use a jolt. I think the main problem is that there is no struggle, which is the essence of any interesting plot. The Children have faced no real challenge they couldn't just steamroll past or solve with a few words the last 3 episodes and have had nothing to improve upon. They are all already the highest level of esper attainable, so there's nothing to work towards there, and they all live reality happy lives with their fellow espers now that they work at B.A.B.E.L (which remedies the fact that they could never have normal friends) and there's nothing that really points to them being upset with their powers, rather they seem quite content.

So that basically just renders the series a bunch of stuff that happens and doesn't exactly make for a compelling or above mediocore watch. I should just be enjoying the lolis kicking but then, but even that part isn't especially interesting as they never really do anything. Konata just does her telekinisis to solve everything, Aoi does her Brain Powerd like Vital Jump and Shiho reads the lines of fate or something. So yeah, no real challenge.

As I read the Wiki entry there's supposed to be an organization called P.A.N.D.R.A (or the Rie Kugimiya squad as I call them as 2 out of the 5 characters are voiced by her) that I think might finally provide that challenge, but they could be many episodes off as of now. I think I'm going to put this one on hiatus until said organization makes it's appearance and then take things from there, as I don't expect much to happen in the mean time that is overwhelming in the ways of character development or such going by what we've had.
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Old 2008-04-29, 18:59   Link #130
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"Decent" is about as high as I could put ep3, too, Kaioshin. Since the battles don't do much for me in almost any show, I'm hoping that the conflict will come internally, something psychological within each of the girls, perhaps. But your statement about some form of conflict being required is bang on -- preferably something deeper and covering several episodes.

This doesn't seem to be bothering the Japanese anime-viewing public, however. If a post on 2channel is to be believed, this show jumped up from a 1.9% audience share to 3.1% between the week ending 20 April and the week ending 27 April, while Code Geass R2 dropped from 2.8% to 1.4%. Of course, the comparative figures for the week before were Zettai dropping from 3.3 to 1.9 and Geass rising from 2.6 to 2.8, so the wheel is still spinning. Over 3% is very good for these shows.

I found a more complete listing. For its first four episodes, Zettai (Sundays 10am) has gone 2.6 - 3.3 - 1.9 - 3.1, while Geass (Sundays 5 pm) has gone 3.0 - 2.6 - 2.8 - 1.4. No doubt there was some special event on opposite it last week. In any case, the two shows seem to be tracking about the same ratings.
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Old 2008-04-30, 11:50   Link #131
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Those waiting for vast character development or emotional tension should bail out now. I'm going through the manga and this is very similar to Takashi Shiina's other work I've watched, GS Mikami; formulaic fun but nothing beyond that. A "bunch of stuff that happens" is the best way to describe it.

I'm loving both the manga and the anime, but then again this is what I expected from ZKC since I learned who the creator was.
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Old 2008-05-01, 03:53   Link #132
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GS Mikami only had an actual plotline about 17volumes into the series, what with Mikami's past as well as Yokoshima's past etc. I suspect this may be the same for Zettai karen. At which point, we may nowhere near seeing any form of tension in the anime.

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Old 2008-05-03, 08:32   Link #133
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late watching ep4... OYAJI POWER!!! f*ckin cracked up at that scene.
"oyaji power cant save the world", lol best punchline ever!

btw, how come some people dont seem to like hiyano aya playing kaoru? i think it works pretty well. come on man, her oyaji side is TOTOLLY konata
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Old 2008-05-03, 11:32   Link #134
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Just like I have an inherent bias against Kugimiya Rie, there are some who have inherent bias against Hirano Aya. So yeah, some complaints about Hirano in this thread should be taken with a bucket load of salt, especially when some of these people have a history of always complaining about her.

I personally don't think she's all that bad here.
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Old 2008-05-03, 22:31   Link #135
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Ep4 wasn't too bad for what it was. If expecting plot and character development or situations and conflicts arising that will demand more serious material, you'll be completely disappointed. On the other hand, if expecting a good laugh and plenty of slapstick, anti-cerebral comedy, you should enjoy this. Who would've thought that a ten-year-old girl actually is the ultimate horny old man.
Also, after watching this, I can say that, considering the manga, it's impressive the animators managed to do the first 3 eps without any pantsu. However, when you let a super-telekinetic mega-perv that she has permission to rip apart a couple girls' clothes, some things are going to come out.
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Old 2008-05-04, 13:15   Link #136
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Old 2008-05-04, 16:10   Link #137
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hmm...the opening song is growing on me.

it's so...enthusiastic.

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Old 2008-05-04, 17:20   Link #138
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hmm...the opening song is growing on me. it's so...enthusiastic.
Good word. I think that energy is why I've liked it from the start.
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Old 2008-05-05, 04:05   Link #139
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Old 2008-05-11, 04:05   Link #140
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