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Anime: The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke
aka: The Unlimited
Our newest brand of Zettai Karen Children, now with 300% more Kyousuke and 70% less children
A long time ago, Kyousuke Hyoubu was betrayed.

The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke is the Darker and Edgier spin-off of Zettai Karen Children, following its antagonist, powerful ESPer, and known fugitive, Kyousuke, as he leads a notorious criminal organization composed of fellow ESPers, P.A.N.D.R.A., through its many trials.

Not all may be as it seems, however, as Andy Hinomiya finds out first-hand when Kyousuke invites him to join P.A.N.D.R.A. on a whim; there's a great amount of prejudice in the world against ESPers, and Kyousuke Hyoubu means to combat it, even with (or especially with) the use of force.

He cares a lot for the espers he saves, but little for the people who discriminate against them...as ever, though, there are people who would disagree with his methods—and they are still watching him, quite carefully.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here worldwide except Japan.


Provide Examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The titular Villain Protagonist; he's either this or an Anti-Hero.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: All the ES Pers experience some form of this from Normals, but Andy has it from both Normals and ES Pers - the former who see him as an ESPer, and the latter who discriminate against him because of the nature of his powers.
  • Anti-Hero: Zigzagged frequently within two episodes with Kyousuke and his (otherwise easygoing) organization, to Andy's dismay — Kyousuke crosses the Moral Event Horizon several times in the beginning of the first episode when he attracts the "attention" of the army by massacring them. While by the second episode it's implied that his mafia-like organization's intent is to protect espers from the prejudice they face, Kyousuke has an obvious disdain for 'normals'—but at the same time, the first episode has some really shitty ones for him to have to deal with.
  • Artistic License - Ships: The passenger liner in the beginning of episode 7 appears to be cruising backwards.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Andy and Kyousuke in episode 11.
  • Badass Crew:
  • Badass Finger Snap: One of Kyousuke's trademarks.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool
  • Becoming the Mask: Hinomiya begins showing signs of this during episode 4.
  • Battle Aura: Kyousuke when his Power Limiter is turned off, and Yugiri when she attacks the city while Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Benevolent Boss: Kyousuke's affection for PANDRA in the beginning of the second episode provides a stark contrast for the Stuff Blowing Up present in the beginning of the first.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Yugiri warms up to Andy, this becomes a source of heartwarming moments between two, regardless of his not meaning to be a cool big brother, and of what certain members of the crew have to snark about it. It's even stronger between Yugiri and Kyousuke, who infiltrates the prison in the first episode to rescue her, often reassures her when she's shy or unhappy, and from whom he receives a touching birthday gift in turn.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted and played straight in episode 11. Andy empties a handgun in a few shots and throws it away; but a bit later he steals a mook's machine gun, which never needs reloading despite his gratuitous bullet-spewing. "THE UNLIMITED ammo," indeed.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After overexerting himself from protecting the Catastrophe from entire fleets of navy ships in episode 9, Kyousuke has to severely tone down his use of his abilities for the sake of his already rapidly deteriorating health. This doesn't stop him from kicking ass with a steel pipe morphed into a katana, even if he could barely walk properly at times without the help of Andy.
  • Brought Down to Normal: It's strongly implied that Andy used up all his powers to save Hyoubu at the end of the series, and can no longer use Power Nullifier abilities. However, the author himself hinted at the strong possibility of him regaining his powers one day.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The American spy Andy is of course Japanese-American.
  • But Now I Must Go: Andy, at the end.
  • Cameo: The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd make a cameo appearance in episode 5 after Andy stops Yugiri's illusion.
    • Not to mention Lupin III, dressed as a cop right in front of them.
    • League of Legends Pro Hotshot GG makes a cameo in episode 12 as a bystander attending the mayor's inauguration address
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: So far the main cast is composed largely of handsome, well-dressed men (and a boy in a school uniform, as seen above), though they have a beautiful young woman and a waifish (but potentially psychically-devastating and very young) girl to round off as well.
  • Cooldown Hug: More like a Cooldown Pat when Kyousuke calms Yuugiri down in Episode 3.
  • Credits Jukebox: It becomes like this after episode 3.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After the death of everyone in his unit (and what's later implied to be the Heel-Face Turn of his sister figure, Fujiko), the betrayal of his former father figure and commanding officer, Saotome, was ultimately what broke Kyousuke.
  • Darker and Edgier: At least darker and edgier to start off with.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despite their powers being explained as inherent psychic abilities, this is essentially the main drive of ESPers, with the philosophies of conflicting sides shown throughout the series for better or for worse.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Andy is a mole.
  • Flash Step: Momiji's specialty, though Kyousuke's also very apt at teleportation as well.
  • Genre Savvy: Kyousuke's very well aware of his affable evilness, as he lampshades his role in a one-on-one conversation with Andy as "a seventeen-year-old high school student at the head of an evil organization."
  • Great Escape: The series kicks off with Kyousuke rescuing Yuugiri and Andy from an esper prison.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Yuugiri.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Completed by Andy, in episode 9, after seeing Yuugiri being captured by his boss (and after being shot by him).
  • Hero Antagonist: BABEL
  • Hidden Purpose Test
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Guns would be a lot more effective in this world if the people who used them actually knew how to use them! Episode 11, appropriately, turns it Up to Eleven: a whole battalion of soldiers, snipers, and flying gun-bots are completely incapable of hitting Kyousuke or Andy, and they just sit there not shooting whenever the dialog calls for it.
    • The author himself lampshades this, stating that "the Roombas must be experiencing a long processing time because they didn't know how to deal with the unexpected situation of two men revealing their true feelings to each other while standing butt-to-butt".
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Kyousuke had every intention of getting arrested to save Yuugiri, but boy, doesn't he make a show before literally just walking up to a half-beaten soldier and insisting his arrest.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Utilized by Kyousuke in both episode 2 and 3, in the former by suddenly having numerous illusions of his own body pop up to confuse and alert Andy that not everything was as it seemed, and in the latter to hide Princess Sophie within the city during a public spectacle in which she endorsed normals working side by side with espers.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: After being severely weakened from facing off against an entire navy fleet in episode 9, Kyousuke couldn't afford using his supernatural powers as frequently as he did before. Instead, Kyousuke turns a steel pipe into a katana and proceeds to demonstrate how he isn't a Squishy Wizard.
  • Large Ham: Kyousuke doesn't understand why normals don't just fall down bowing in awe before him and expresses it thus. A lot of his behavior seems purposeful so as to infuriate people, but even then his use of his the Unlimited and general gesturing and tone are often no less than thunderous.
    • Subverted in later episodes, as his behavior in the first, possibly first few, episode(s) seemed more for show around normals and maybe Andy than anything else, and his personality comes off as much calmer later on, give or take.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd appear in the background of one episode.
  • Long Title: Its full title is Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children - The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke. Abuse of hyphens ahoy.
  • Look Ma, No Plane!: "Queen" does this in the last episode.
  • Magical Eye: Although at first it seems as though the strange ring of colored dots imply that Hinomiya secretly has numerous psychic powers, they're actually created from a special chip that his organization implanted in his body to keep track of him better via some high tech.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Momiji has no problem going around with a lot of exposed cleavage, and there's a lingering Male Gaze shot from Andy's standpoint of her in a bathing suit in Episode 2.
  • Not So Different: Outwardly, Andy's the more impulsive one, while Kyousuke keeps his cool, as evident in their color schemes—but in truth, both have more in common with each other personality-wise than not, with Kyousuke acting out on sudden bursts of anger and Andy, well, being a spy needing to keep his cool so as not to alarm anyone for the majority of the series.
  • Older Than They Look: Kyousuke. Possibly only on the outside, since he's dying of either age or Definitely Just a Cold.
  • Parental Substitute: Momiji's flashback implies that Kyousuke raised You, Momiji and Magi, and all three are devoted to him in turn; even You, despite his dismissals.
  • Psychic Powers: A world full of psychics amid the more numerous 'normals', to be exact (with their powers ranging from Prehensile Hair to Telepathy to more chaotic material).
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Andy; it's very easy to forget the flashy opening by the end of the first episode when he finally reveals his identity, considering how much of a typical oblivious hero he'd otherwise been acting like throughout said episode.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The discrimination faced by espers because of this possibility/reality is apparent from the first episode on, and it really pisses Kyousuke off. It's a bit hypocritical of him, though; most espers don't have mass-destructive potential, but Kyousuke definitely does. And so does Yugiri.
  • Power Incontinence: Seems to be the reason why Kyousuke keeps his Power Limiter on most of the time. His excessive, uncontrollable power is causing his health to deteriorate. In the last episode, it starts going AWOL and destroys his limiter, but Andy manages to shut it off before he becomes an unwitting Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Power Limiters: Kyousuke provides a specially-crafted one for Andy; probably for the best considering what happens when other espers come to close to him and his current surroundings.
  • Power Nullifier: Andy's power.
  • Reverse Mole / The Infiltration
  • Secret Secret Keeper: Kyousuke's revealed to have known that Andy was a spy all along, as earlier episodes subtly suggest, thanks to his Awesomeness by Analysis; why he kept his secret despite the potential threat Andy could be isn't yet explained, although it's possible that he wanted to figure out what exactly the US wanted from him and the Catastrophe, and to a lesser extent, might have wanted a challenge.
  • Shipper on Deck: Patty. Though her...tendencies are a lot more subdued in the spinoff. Made more explicit in the blu-ray version though.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It becomes more and more evident in later episodes that what happened to him and all his former comrades late in the war still haunts Kyousuke bitterly.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: What PANDRA uses to hide the fact that they make illegal dealings with stolen products. Not to say that they're not very, very proud of having their personal brand on the market...
  • Shout-Out: In the background of episode 5, there are two people who look almost exactly like The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd. Look for yourself.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Hinomiya's very good at taking advantage of his average appearance (sans heterochromia), which looks to be part of the reason why his organization chose him to infiltrate P.A.N.D.R.A. He also knowingly manipulates his voice most of the time so that he sounds less serious than he actually is/can be.
  • Transformation Sequence: Word of God states that Kyousuke's "Unlimited Mode" is one that's supposed to mirror The Children's Triple Boost.
  • Team Pet: Momotaro, a telepathic flying squirrel.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Kyousuke always drinks milk in favor of any other drink.
  • Tsundere: Hinomiya becomes type A, towards Kyousuke.
  • Tykebomb: Everyone in P.A.N.D.R.A. except Kyousuke and Andy.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kyousuke.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Kyousuke and the founder of B.A.B.E.L., Fujiko.
  • World's Strongest Man: Word of God states that Hyoubu is the strongest ESPer criminal, and not even The Children's Triple Boost, which combines all three level 7's abilities for greater effect, can stand a chance against Hyoubu's Unlimited Mode when he's serious. However, Hyoubu can't afford to use his full power too much, as his Unlimited Mode is Cast from Lifespan.
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alternative title(s): Courtesy Of Zettai Karen Children The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke; The Unlimited
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