Kusuo Saiki is a typical 16-year-old high school student… except he has psychic powers. He can use them to get whatever he wants, but he also knows everything that people are thinking. Everything. No surprises, no secrets, no normal human experiences. He's kept his powers in check since childhood, but with the temptations of high school now on his mind, he's bending the rules—and spoons.
Like all my reviews let's start from what the wiki has to say about the series. So, the story of "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K." revolves around Kusuo Saiki who is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities; including telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation, and more. Despite having all these powers, Saiki faces all kinds of hardships and tries to avoid attention as much as possible. The story follows Saiki as he attempts to secretly use his powers to live a normal high school life while dealing with his less than ordinary classmates at P.K. Academy. Well with that information in mind, I shall begin my personal review of the series: - Storyline As expected, since "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K." is a comedy, the story doesn't really have any significant plot. There's no drama, no needed plot development and everything just revolves around the shenanigans the protagonist, Kusuo Saiki, goes through on his everyday life. He claimed that, while he could have used his powers to gain money, fame, women, and etc. he chose not to for the sake of not getting too much attention. And so he lives, or try to live, as a 'normal' highschool boy... or at least until he gotta deal with the shenanigans that occurs around him with his psychic abilities as he hide it from the other students. Despite not having a plot, "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K." is really funny for its "WTF Moments" especially whenever Kusuo Saiki made his deadpan, sarcastic, snarky, and occasional fourth-wall breaking comments about what the heck was going on. - Animation As far as I'm concerned, the animation is great. It also emphasized the funny moments in the series, making it even more funny than before. However, while it's great, the animation is nowhere near the animation of high quality anime series like, for example, "No Game No Life." - Sound Like the Animation, I don't think anyone would have a problem with the sound effects, songs, or etc. The Seiyuu/Voice Actors and producer have truly did a wonderful job just as much as they did with the animation. - Characters While the series is basically a plotless comedy, the side characters are just as important as the protagonist is; having their own unique and distinct personalities. Well, that's because everytime Kusuo Saiki got involved in a shenanigan, it always involve at least one of them. More about Saiki is the fact that throughout the series, Saiki never spoke with his mouth. Not even once. However, he does have telepathy thus the series is basically more about what's in his mind rather than what he says resulting in multiple funny mental retorts. For some reason though, no one, except his family, ever noticed this; but I guess that's just for the LOLs. In conclusion, "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K." is a plotless, comedy anime full of short, yet hilarious, "WTF" Shenanigans involving an arguably overpowered psychic that is trying to simply live his life in peace. If you love short, plotless, comedies like "Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto", then I highly recommend you give this series a shot!
A short review... This anime follows Saiki, a boy born with all manners of psychic power. You can imagine life would be unreal for anyone with such power, but Saiki, somewhat a pessimist and in so many ways bored with his power could argue it's not so great. Mundane activities and things an ordinary person would find well... ordinary, are the things Saiki misses out on the most, and so many activities he finds are interrupted by his powers and become draining experiences for him. Though he wishes he could partake in so many of these mundane things, in the end Saiki is so used to his powers that have become such a routine part of his life that life just wouldn't work for him without them. The story is lighthearted and an easy watch, filled with plenty of comedy and a mix of a not so ordinary slice of life. The occasional 4th wall break is done skillfully, though still a strange thing to watch, but entertaining none-the-less, as Saiki's life is anything but dull to a veiwer. Saiki alway's finds himself involved in things he'd prefer not to be, with the painfully troublesome people in his life and likes to avoid any attention by any means possible. Though basically plotless the story is well crafted and every character is skillfully given a background and "purpose" in the show. The animation is bright and colorful, though abandons the common soft look that features in so many other slice of life genre anime. This anime uses the stereotypical expressions, backdrops and effects in a way that's... stereotypical but, the situations themselves are not. Though the animation is good it is not noteworthy or anything that make you go 'uaah'. Just as the animation is nothing particularily outstanding neither is the sound, though with that being said there is nothing to complain about either. The voice actors and foleys do their jobs well and anything to pitfall is a matter of personal preference. Each of the characters adds to the story in important ways, which in turn results in none of them managing to leave saiki in peace. All of the characters can fit to thier stereotype extremely well but the show explores a little more of each of the characters than usual. The stereotypes aren't just character stereotypes but rather the stereotypes of anime itself such as; colorful hair and super fast healing: which is explained by Saiki as his doing to normalize his anomalies. Overall the anime is one to watch for easy to follow and comfortably paced episodes, that don't leave you needing to watch more to be satisfied.
This is quite possibly the stupidest show to ever be made……and I love it more than I can say. Story - 5/10 For the most part the show follows your typical school life show, but in a much looser fashion than you might be use to. If there was ever a plot point in an anime series, then TDLoSK touched on it, though often in a mocking manner. Each episode is composed of five to six skits that appeared in the original web series, so every few minutes you get another completely random plot to follow, with only a few stories actually taking up more than one segment. The overall gist is that Saiki has psychic abilities, which help him deal with the group of goofballs at his school who think they are his friends. Often he’ll try to use his powers to do all he can to avoid the other students, though their persistence tends to win out in the end, leaving Saiki to just have to endure what ever silly activity they have planned. Despite not having a very robust story, the show is still very entertaining, and is much more coherent than many other series that try to create overly complex, and often jumbled, story lines. Animation - 7/10 The animation for the show is pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary for a school life comedy series. Since they’re often mocking other shows you’ll get scenes that resemble something out a romance or action genre, as well as having our characters resemble people from other popular series. One thing I love is how they have an explanation for all the different things you’d normally see in anime. For instance many of the characters have different color hair, which is explained away by saying that only Saiki was born with colored hair, but to not stand out he used his powers to alter the DNA of everyone so that unnatural colored hair became common. Considering the genre, and how the show stresses it’s comedy over everything else, they did a great job doing what they needed to when it came to the animation. Sound - 7/10 All our voices are very well done and the characters they are matched with are spot on. Using Jerry Jewell for Saiki is a very good choice, as the character’s calm demeanor is similar to that of another one of his anime jobs, Taira from Beck. Using that dulcet tone also made perfect sense, as Saiki is never actually talking, everything we hear from him is either telepathically sent to those around him, or just his inner thoughts, so theres little need for screaming. Everyone else follows suit in not only sounding great, but also just being acted out as well as you could wish for, considering how even just reading these jokes off a script needs near perfect comedic timing. Like with the characters themselves, Nendo’s VO artist stood out, doing a great job hitting all his over the top notes. The themes for the show are just okay. The first opening is what you’d expect from a traditional school life show, and while the second also might be a decent match, it was quite annoying. The two closing songs were completely different, but almost similar to the openings. The first is a wacky over the top song, that matches the series but sounds awful. The second is much more in line with the serious version of this genre, and the music itself is actually pretty good. Characters - 10/10 Although Saiki is our main character, he often feels like not much more than a tour guide through our sea of entertaining secondary characters. He’s required to play the straight man to almost a dozen goofballs, and while at times he has some funny moments, he’ll more often than not be the one looking on in embarrassment. The obvious choice for breakout star of the show in Sakai’s classmate, who also believes they’re best friends, Nendou. Despite looking like your typical dumb bully character he’s actually a big softy, though still a complete an utter moron. Because of his lack of intelligence he’s actually what scares Sakai more than anything, since his practically missing brain makes him very spontaneous, so his thoughts are hard to read. Often characters like this could become quite annoying, but his goofy over the top personality ended up being great from start to finish. The other schoolmates of Saiki play just slightly less entertaining roles than our big doof above. Shun is supposed to be a character from pretty much every supernatural school shounen, except he is a complete weakling who’s abilities only reside in his head. Taking up the role of another shounen trope is Hairo, the energetic athlete who pumps everyone up as he tries to be the best not only for himself, but for all his teammates. The female who has all the boys wrapped around her finger is Teruhashi, though her only goal right now is Saiki, as he’s the person who can see through her “Little Miss Perfect” act. There are a few other students who reoccur throughout the series, both male and female, but none seem to get even a tenth of time as those mentioned above. Despite being a very calm and calculating person, Saiki has none of the qualities of his parents. Both tend to be quite scatterbrained and often rely on their son to fix their problems with his abilities. Like pretty much every character in our series, they work as a perfect accompaniment to to Saiki, providing the humorous situations for him to opine about. Overall - 10/10 I wouldn’t think it was even possible, but somehow the creators of the show managed to make an almost perfect mix of Cromartie High School and Excel Saga, but at times making it even funnier and wackier. The show started off hilarious, and I had my doubts that it could hold up throughout the entire series, but even in that last episode I was thoroughly entertained. Even though it had a storyline that does loosely follow the entire series, you’re not going to be watching it for that. Instead it’s the constant flow of jokes that will allow you to enjoy each episode, either during an extended viewing or just throwing it on for a short segment or two.
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