Post Reply The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyosuke - powerful series
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Posted 10/25/16 , edited 10/25/16
I distinctly remember talking about this series before, but since I can't find whatever thread that was - here's a new one. I just gotta talk about it when I get the urge... so, sorry!

I just finished watching The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyosuke, for probably the 4th time and I have to say it has not only some of the most lovable characters and best action (lets not forget soundtrack), but the ending is so powerful! I'm so glad I decided to watch it again.

The attention to detail in the characters is very nice and I love how it gives background on some of the more interesting PANDRA espers. Details like
- I was surprised to see they incorporated those into his health issues in this series.

I actually tear up a little at the end of this anime! I came across Zettai Karen Children before The Unlimited, so I was already in love with quite a few of the characters - so at the end when

I find I get a little emotional. The entire series is done so you're thinking
they even hint at that in the original ZKC, so an ending like this is the best possible ending.

I would kill for another season of this or anything in the ZKC world. They did espers very well - so far the only "ESP" super power anime that comes anywhere close to this is A Certain Scientific Railgun, which is also incredibly good. (the only bad thing about that anime is Touma...-_- honestly, Andy Hinomiya is SO much cooler than he is, it's like comparing apples to nuclear missiles.)

Seriously, if you have not watched this series, go do it now, especially if you like anime like A Certain Scientific Railgun. The Unlimited is on CR and you don't really need to watch the original series first, though I do suggest doing so if you're a fan, because it gives you a massive amount of background on the prophecy, black phantom, and of course "The Children"

Honestly, so many interesting characters, and so not cookie-cutter. Most of them are complex and it really helps you care about them and what happens to them and their world.
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I watched this a while ago, shortly after it first came out. I should watch it again... I hate to say, but I don't really remember much about it. It sort of blurs together with a few different series in my mind, all with a sort of modern-setting, bishounen/military feel.
I think it reminded me of Full Metal Panic.
......... I just looked it up and I think the whole Yuugiri plot was reminding me of Anna from K. It's similar - band of bishounen outlaws with this one little girl in their group, who has psychic powers. (I don't think Yuugiri ended up being as awesome as Anna, though.... (I won't spoil though but K is good and you should watch it if you haven't))

Honestly, this sort of show is my thing, but it was sort of... middle quality, compared to other things (K, FMP, ... maybe it's not quite comparable to Geass in scope, so I'll leave that out.) But thanks for the reminder, it does seem like it's worth another look. ^_^;
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I'm typically a master at necro'ing threads, even my own, so here goes nothing! I've been talking anime with people lately and I brought this one up. It's still got to be one of the most underrated, under-watched, best anime series I've ever seen. I started telling some people to watch it and ended up watching the series AGAIN. This is probably watch number 5.

The character interaction is downright amazing. The complexity of their personalities and motivations is not quite like any other anime I can think of right off the top of my head. The different motivations of the characters, and where they coincide and conflict creates quite an interesting situation or two. Honestly, it's even more-so if you've watched the original series "Zettai Karen Children" (Psychic Squad is the stupid US Translation) - but still totally not necessary.

If you're looking for something different to watch, pick this anime, seriously. I'd like to hear more people's opinions on it, but a surprising few people have even seen it on any anime-related website in the mainstream. It's unfortunate, because the universe is great, and it's got a lot going for it. It's one of the few that I've actually read a large portion of the manga to, and I think continuation of this series would be amazing. I'm going to avoid any plot-related information concerning that though... as I typically dislike reading manga, and hate when people let spoilers slip because they've read 'em.


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......... I just looked it up and I think the whole Yuugiri plot was reminding me of Anna from K. It's similar - band of bishounen outlaws with this one little girl in their group, who has psychic powers. (I don't think Yuugiri ended up being as awesome as Anna, though.... (I won't spoil though but K is good and you should watch it if you haven't))

Honestly, this sort of show is my thing, but it was sort of... middle quality, compared to other things (K, FMP, ... maybe it's not quite comparable to Geass in scope, so I'll leave that out.) But thanks for the reminder, it does seem like it's worth another look. ^_^;


Haha, I forgot that I made this thread, or I would have responded to you far sooner than this - I've got an awful habit of making a post or starting a conversation and then disappearing - but hell, I'm necro'ing this anyway out of my enthusiasm, so... I may as well remind you AGAIN ;)

Well, I don't think Yugiri was supposed to end up "awesome" like that... because it's simply not the role she's meant to have here ... more of a plot device to express the wrongdoings and discrimination / prejudice against Espers. She provides a legitimate reason for such discrimination, and at the same time provides you the very reason such a thing is unacceptable. She's just a sweet little girl who means no harm at all, and just wants love - but she definitely has the potential to cause VAST harm, as you see towards the end. I thought the ending between Yugiri, Andy, and Hyobu was incredibly touching too, considering the outcome they were hinting at from the fourth or fifth episode in ... one of the few that made me tear up a bit. I love it.

I'm surprised you think it's "middle quality" compared to what you ..compared it to, not that I particularly dislike any of them either. I think most anime in general lack the complex web of relationships that this anime has - if you HAVE NOT re-watched it, you should! Sometimes, when we watch so much anime, we tend to not pay attention to certain things and notice certain things, especially if "we" are like me, and watch a hell of a lot of it. There's a lot of complexity and sincerity here... do watch it again sometime

I often find that when I re-watch a series that I've seen, and don't remember that well, I recognize a lot more in than was possible the first time, and find myself wondering why I didn't notice them the first time. But you know... I'm a hardcore re-watcher. I'm not going to try to figure out just how many series I've re-watched, but I will say I've gone as far as watching the entire One Piece series more than twice ... haha... yes.... something is wrong with me.... and yes, this anime is incredible.

Please give this a chance, you anime watchers! I'd love to hear some input on it, as I think it moves higher and higher on my list every single time I re-watch. It's right up near the top as it is...

Hyobu is my absolute favorite anti-hero from any anime. Absolutely.
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And I just got to the flash back episodes, when Hyobu is 8 years old, taking on a Zero fighter plane with his telekinesis - and he's talking to one of his squadmen about how "all fighters have one weakness" "the cockpit" "even if I take a lighter gun, and only have 5 shots, it will only take one if I aim for the head" - and the look in his eyes - intense!

This kid was intense when he was 8 years old. And he's even more intense at 80. I effing love this protagonist so much!!! I'm not gay, but I swear I have something similar to a man-crush on Hyobu. He might be wrong in his reasoning in the end - and the means to his end goal - but his motivation for it is powerful AF.

I NEED more of this anime. Seriously, you will never realize just how deep a character Hyobu is from ZKC or the first time watching - I don't typically like flashbacks, but god damn, these have me so engaged. Watch this anime with me ppl! Maybe that's all I really want, is a buddy to watch an awesome series with me!

Don't you love doing that? Watching something you've seen, but your friend has not, and getting to see their reactions the first time they see these things? Man I wish I had a way of doing that in my current life - unfortunately the friends I used to do that kind of thing with went a little crazy from PTSD and the war in Iraq .... and well, one brother shot the other ... he didn't die and it was in self defense... drinking and all that..., but he did move away and we have no contact any longer... he was the only guy / girl I was able to watch any anime with and just have a great time.

Sorry, getting off topic here. That was heavier than I really intended to get. With certain medications the thoughts just flow from my brain straight to the keyboard... I'm not even convinced I'm touching the keys half the time, but words appear...

I want you to enjoy this anime! whoever you are! I'd love to watch it with you - I bathe, by the way. Daily. So come watch it with me! ...somehow.
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