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Yoshifumi Nitta is an up-and-coming yakuza who one day has a girl in a metal cocoon drop into his apartment — specifically, onto his head — from out of nowhere.

The girl's name is Hina, and she's quite happy just to eat, sleep, and play console games. She also happens to be a psychokinetic who needs to regularly use her powers, otherwise they'll go wild.

Nitta is not happy about any of this, but Hina refuses to leave, so he reluctantly finds himself in the role of adoptive father to a gluttonous, lazy, none-too-bright psychokinetic freeloader.

Soon, more weirdos show up, and Nitta is forced to become the worst thing imaginable... a responsible adult.

An anime adaptation started in April 2018, running for 12 episodes. It is available for worldwide streaming on Crunchyroll here. Funimation's Simuldub of the anime series premiered on April 26th, 2018. Watch it here.

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  • Adults Are Useless:
    • A reoccuring theme in Hitomi's spotlight chapters is her coming to the resolution that all the adults in her life are completely unreliable. The closest person she has to depend on is Nitta but when she tells him that, he's too obsessed with trying to get Anzu to view him as a father-figure.
    • Lampshaded by Nitta during the time he & Hitomi are competing for a launch in another company, where somehow their competitors manage to be defeated by a yakuza & a high school girl.
  • Ambiguous Situation: For the longest time, where Hina, Anzu, and Ikaruga come from is completely unknown. Apparently where they are from there was a big war till recently; it's hinted Hina and Anzu were human weapons and Ikaruga was their handler. The only clue to their origins is the numerous Terminator jokes. Finally answered in chapter 61 when Mao says she is from the future, while Chapter 76 further reveals the origins of the Organization that the three Esper girls worked for.
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  • Asleep in Class: Hina is almost always sleeping through class, and after she starts getting a bunch of part-time jobs Hitomi joins her.
  • Beach Episode: The three esper girls head to the beach in chapter 75. This being the series it is, however, things don't go entirely to plan...
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: The bum who took in Anzu decides to reject her so she can get a good home.
  • Clark Kenting: After the three year time skip, Nitta and Hina move into a new house in the hopes of avoiding previous problems with neighbors complaining about him being a Yakuza, with Nitta trying to hide his job by dyeing his hair black and wearing glasses. His luck being what it is, however...
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In chapter 41, when Hitomi was supposed to have English study in New York, she ended up in a military camp in Florida and the soldier who trained her couldn't speak without a single profane word. She picked up this way of speaking English when she came back to Japan and unknowingly badmouthed a foreign customer in the bar when she tried to speak in English.
  • Companion Cube: In a Shout-Out to Cast Away, Mao makes two coconuts look like Hina and Anzu. After ending up in China in the care of a martial arts dojo she makes two wooden sparring dummies look like Hina and Anzu.
  • Cringe Comedy: After Ikaruga finally decides to take Hina back home, Hina and Nitta have a heartfelt goodbye. But after Nitta leaves Hina reveals to Ikaruga that she no longer has her travel bead; without it an esper can't survive travel through space/time. Hina runs home to tell Nitta the great news only to run into him having a solo party about no longer having Hina. The home life becomes awkward for a while.
    Hina: Not cool.
    • When Naito, Nitta's old boss, gets out of prison Nitta's subordinates become convinced that Hina is Naito's child and set up a big reveal. Nitta tries to tell everyone it's not true and Hina is his own daughter, but no one believes him and Nitta decides it might be entertaining just to watch.
  • Deserted Island: Mao, the third esper, ends up on one after Ikaruga calls her to bring an extra travel bead for Hina. The minute Mao lands on the island she loses both beads. It's 153 days before she finally builds a raft and decides to go find her fellow espers, though the map showing the direction she's going, towards Taiwan, indicates she'll be taking even longer to finally meet them; as it turns out, it's three years before she even ends up in Japan.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A pair of men kidnap Hina to force Nitta to pay a ransom. But after Nitta pays them they reveal they are going to kill Hina anyways just to make Nitta suffer. Why? Because if Nitta had never given them a loan they wouldn't have become gambling addicts.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening theme is sung by Rie Murakawa (Anzu) and the ending theme is sung by Yoshiki Nakajima (Nitta).
  • Evolving Credits: After Utako rejects Nitta during their date in Episode 7, the opening credits of the subsequent episodes remove her from certain scenes. Most notably, she no longer stands next to Nitta at the end.
    • In Episode 11, after Nitta receives a call telling him that Hina has gone missing in the mountains during her skiing class, she is removed from the ending credits of that episode.
  • Explosive Leash: The organization used to control Hina with a necklace that would cut her head off if she disobeyed them. Hina doesn't seem to be aware that she destroyed it in her freak-out that got her sent to Earth. Anzu & Mao also had one, and needed to undergo a harsh fasting session in order to be released from it.
  • Gag Series: A hilarious situational comedy with slapstick psychics and gangsters.
  • Happily Adopted: Hina by Nitta...eventually. Anzu by a old couple who run a noodle restaurant.
  • Here We Go Again!: To prevent a Bad Future she is responsible for, Hitomi anonymously reveals her age to the media and resigns as CEO of her company. While taking a break in Florida, she ends up becoming the CEO of a bigger company.
  • In Medias Res: The very first scene in the anime, where Mao beats up Baldy and some other monks, was taken from chapter 47 of the manga, with the full chapter appearing in episode 12.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Nitta and Hina. At one point a character even has a checklist that documents all the ways Hina has become less of a jerk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nitta. Although he isn't at first, as things go on and get crazier he proves to be a good guy more often then not. A journalist trying to get a hard-edged Yakuza story is devastated to find that Nitta is a good guy.
    • Hina will sometimes show that she is not a complete asshole.
    • Utako. Sure she exploits Hitomi and isn't very nice to Nitta, but she sets up breadlines for the homeless, was the leader of those protesting the eviction of the homeless from the park, and was the one who arranged for Anzu to be adopted.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Chapter 32, about a TV journalist trying to make a documentary about Nitta, chapter 44, about a customer of Hitomi's who discovers just how far her influence now extends, and chapter 78, about a marriage scammer who selects Nitta as her next target.
  • NEET: Hina would certainly wish to be, but she does end up going to school. Nitta's sister Mika is, but only because of severe anger problems that make her unsuited even to work for the Yakuza.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Hitomi's classmates barge into Little Song thinking that Hitomi is engaging in prostitution after her suspicious behaviors, and eventually discover her bartending part-time job, saying that Hitomi is horrified by this is an understatement.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Every esper is easily a One-Woman Army.
    • It's indicated Hina was this where she came from, and she remains so even if she rarely uses her powers that way - to date she has destroyed an entire Yakuza headquarters, demolished a building and caused a thunder storm.
    • Anzu would probably count as well; she isn't as strong as Hina but she can easily take out a whole biker gang, and she was able to protect a group of five from falling building debris.
    • Mao is able to take out an entire martial arts school with ease and sends a supped up training dummy capable of turning huge boulders into dust through several walls.
  • Pinky Swear: Made between Nitta and Hina regarding her not using her powers outside the house in the first chapters.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: Happens when some guys decide to kidnap Hina and ask Nitta for a ransom.
  • Psychic Powers: Hina, Anzu, and Mao are telekinetic.
  • Robinsonade: The chapters in which Mao has to survive alone on the island.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Hitomi is the first friend Anzu makes, and tends to go out of her way to make Anzu happy and has become a little protective of her. Anzu is shown to be a bit possessive of Hitomi and becomes sad after finding out Hitomi is also friends with Hina.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hitomi always gets into situations where she can't say no.
    • Hina's shirt always has one romanized word that is related to or describes any situation that is going on. Sometimes, it is ironic to the said situation (like in a flashback where she calls Nitta's cabbage chopping skills lame yet her shirt says "SUGOISUGI" which means "it's awesome".) and occassionally, the print changes mid-scene when something happens.
  • School Play: Hina and Hitomi's class put on a Cinderella play with Hina as the lead role and it goes surprisingly well (even if to memorize her lines Hina spoke only words from the play for a couple days), that is until the signature scene where Cindy loses her shoe and her balance and dies.
  • She's All Grown Up: Slighty. After the Time Skip, all young characters including the esper girls visibly aged into teenagers, except Hitomi who remained the same.
  • Ship Tease: Nitta and Utako get a bunch; at one point she is even referred to as Hina's mother...until the time skip, where her Hitomi-induced downward spiral (along with her cruel attitude) is too much for Nitta to handle and he stops pursuing her as a love interest.
    • Hina and Hitoshi get a bit, and Kengo shows attraction to Hina during the school play.
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  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Female, male, it matters not.
  • Stock Scream: Whenever someone is in pain (whether minor or severe), they will scream "Ouchy!" in a comedic fashion.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Hina forces Nitta to take care of her, and when he tries to tell her to get out Hina uses her psychic powers to contort him into painful positions. Luckily they both start to actually care about each other eventually.
  • Time Skip: Chapter 47 jumps three years into the future.
  • Too Many Babies: Ikaruga had 3 babies and is pregnant with the 4th in just 3 years. Lampshaded by both Mao and Nitta in two separate scenes.
    Mao: Just how many times did they make love?
    Nitta: And this is the lady who's been pumping out babies every year since she's come here?
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hina loves salmon eggs.
  • The Unmasking: Hitomi, Hitoshi, and Kengo find out about Hina's powers when they get lost in the mountains and Hina decides to use her powers to find help.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Anzu and Hina; Anzu can find Hina pretty annoying and Hina is rather flippant about Anzu's hardships, but they hang out regularly and seem to enjoy each other's company most of the time.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 76. Haru spills the beans to the important cast members about the origins of the Organization, the civil war in the future it caused, and why the heck the time-travel shenanigans even started in the first place. And it still manages to play everything for laughs.
  • When She Smiles: Hina and Anzu.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Very present on the latest chapters. Every effort the characters make to avoid the Bad Future ends up pushing them directly towards it.
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