Review: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

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Gianna Valenzuela, Writer

Disastrous? How bad can this guy’s life be? “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K”, released in 2016, is a comedy anime based off of the popular manga series “Saiki Kusuo no Sai-nan”, created by Shūichi Asō. It follows the protagonist, Kusuo Saiki, as he tries to conceal his psychic powers from his so called “friends” at PK academy. The show has three seasons; twenty-four episodes in season one and two, and two episodes in season three. So, is this anime worth watching?

Based off the first five episodes, I’d say it is. If you are looking for an anime with no real plot, then this is the show for you. Each episode is twenty-three minutes long and consists of five segments. The first episode introduces Saiki and the main cast. His parents, Kuniharu Saiki and Kurumi Saiki are very entertaining to watch. His dad does bother me at times with how much he latches onto Saiki’s powers, but he’s overall a hilarious character. This episode also introduces Riki Nendō, Shun Kaidō, and Kokomi Teruhashi. The three set up the main characters in the show; although I personally dislike Teruhashi because of the way she acts high and mighty.

The second episode involves a dodgeball fight between the students of class 2. Kineshi Hairo is introduced as the sports obsessed character whose passion somehow inspires every living thing. While Saiki attempts to keep his popularity levels stable, Hairo gives an inspiring speech prompting everyone to root for him. Speaking of popularity levels, Chiyo Yumehara appears with extreme love life issues opting to try and get with Saiki. The third episode introduces Uryoku Chono, a street magician who dreams of becoming a star. His backstory makes no sense, prompting each of his actions to be influenced by nothing more than sheer adrenaline. His entire appearance induces many laughs from me as I questioned what Chono was trying to accomplish.

The fourth episode introduces Reita Toritsuka, a boy who knows Saiki has psychic powers. This character annoys me, with his only saving grace being his occasional funny remarks. The fifth episode is all about PK Academy’s sports festival, which might be my favorite event in the show. The entire episode is filled with comedy, but it also points out how important Saiki’s powers really are. Throughout each episode, Saiki uses his telepathy to talk, providing a lot of entertaining narration. If you want to invest time into this show, go for it! It’s very enjoyable and is sure to get a laugh out of you. “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” is available on Netflix and Funimation, with the option of subtitles or being dubbed in English. So, sit back, relax, maybe even eat some coffee jelly, and join Saiki on his “disastrous” ride.