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Psybuster Ep. 1: Messenger of the Mind


In a submerged city, trainees Ken Ando and Mizuki Kamijo use their RT mechs to move debris. A piece of paper covers the camera of Ken’s RT, causing him to fall backwards onto Mizuki. Commander Saphine orders instructor Izaki to get a rescue team. They head down and pull Ken and Mizuki out. Ken gets out and says he’s fine, but the mechanics push him aside to get to his RT, saying it’s more important than he is. Mizuki hits Ken and says she lost three points because of him. Back at DC Headquarters, Saphine tells that trainees that only ten of them will be allowed to join and that the results will be announced the next day. Lyune Frank says she’ll pass since her late father founded DC. After they’re dismissed, Mizuki says that she’ll get in too since her father is a mechanic. Ken says the founder and a mechanic are far different and their friend Nanase Ozaki breaks up their fight. She reminds them they’re childhood friends but Mizuki says once Ken fails, she won’t be stuck with him anymore. Mizuki goes and sees her father, Itetsu, and asks if he could put in a good word for her. He says connections don’t get you into DC and that he has to work overtime because of the trainees. Ken heads home but sees an ambulance drive away. He rushes home to find his dad, Ryuzo, drinking. Ken says his sister, Sayuri, was taken by an ambulance, but she comes out of other room. She says not to worry about her because she hasn’t had an asthma attack in a few days. She gives him a wristwatch as a gift for making it into DC, but Ryuzo says they shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Ken says he’s joining DC so he can clean up the city and let Sayuri breathe clean air and complains that Ryuzo isn’t being supportive. Sayuri tries to break them up but has a coughing fit. An earthquake also hits and Ryuzo sees an explosion in the distance. He says he’s leaving and won’t be back for the night but Ken asks about Sayuri. Ryuzo says he has a son to rely on. He gets to the scene just as the DC arrive.

The next day Saphine announces the results. Lyune, Nanase and Mizuki make it, but Ken doesn’t. On the train back, an air quality alert goes off. Mizuki sits next to Ken and tells him to put on his oxygen mask, but he moves to another seat. Mizuki calls Sayuri and tells her what happened. Sayuri tells Ryuzo, who’s glad Ken failed since he was against him joining the DC. Sayuri warns him to be nice to Ken or else she’ll run away. Ken returns but Ryuzo teases him anyway. Ken snaps and admits his failed before going to his room. In an abandoned area, a box explodes and engulfs the surroundings in a micro black hole. Ken leaves his room to find Sayuri on the floor. She tells Ken that Ryuzo had left after the earthquake hit. Izaki prepares to send the new recruits out and Chief Shu Zoldark appears, asking where Saphine is. Izaki says she’s not around and Shu decides to take over for her because he wants to see the new members in action. The RTs get to work and Shu sees something strange in the sky. Ken carries Sayuri to the hospital and some passing by Police officers offer to help. A red ball of energy falls from the sky and Ken leaves Sayuri to the officers while he goes to check it out. Psybuster appears and walks away. Shu orders the RTs to stop it but Psybuster easily blows them away with gusts of wind. One pilot leaves his RT and Ken runs up to him. Psybuster continues on and Ken gets in the RT. He has the pilot use a crane to swing him over. Ken tackles Psybuster and damages its arm, causing it to disappear. At the hospital, Ken tells Sayuri that he got into DC because some one left. Ryuzo says he’s just a substitute and asks Ken how he can be so upbeat after what happened before leaving.


And so is the first episode of Psybuster, a series so covered in mud a lot of people aren’t aware of (or choose to ignore) it. The reason for that is probably how they choose to use the elements of the original. Ken has Masaki’s last name and hot headed attitude, Lyune is more of a spoiled rich kid than her namesake and Shu is… well, Shu, but not nearly as awesome. It is possible to enjoy this show though. You just have to forget everything you knew from SRW. Getting to the actual episode, it’s a bit different from a standard mech anime. Ken gets into an environmental restoration organization, based on the Divine Crusaders from SRW, instead of the military. After flunking out at first he only gets in as a substitute. He doesn’t stumble into a super powerful mech and will simply be a grunt for a while. Psybuster’s overall design hasn’t changed much and the addition of those wings is pretty cool. The main question for now is what it wants.

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Psybuster Info


Hidehito Ueda

Denma Matsu

Mechanical Designer(s):
Yasuhiro Moriki
Koji Ito

Character Designer:
Takeshi Itou

Musical Composer(s):
Kenichi Sudo
Kazuo Nouta

26 episodes

Japan 05.03.1999 – 10.25.1999


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