‘The disastrous life of Saiki K.’ Season 1 Review

Thanks to our friends at Madman we had the chance to see the first season The disastrous life of Saiki K.

Saiki is a 16 year-old student with powerful psychic powers that made his life easier. He can teleport, fly and even make himself invisible. However, his powers are also a living nightmare as he can hear the thoughts of every person around him, even if he doesn’t want to.

Saiki only wants to be left alone and enjoy coffee jelly, but there is one tiny “big problem”: Nendou, a gorilla-like classmate who self proclaimed himself as Saiki’s pal. Nendou is so dumb that Saiki is unable to read his mind, making him a a glorious respite from the telepathic onslaught. And then, Saiki’s life gets even more complex when the stunning Kokomi falls for him.

To all of that add Saiki’s odd parents and his unwanted new friends: Kaidou , a kid who believes has a curse that gives him superpowers; Hairo, the over-hyped, competitive class representative; and former gang leader Kuboyasu. What can go wrong?

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a Seinfield-with-psychic-powers sort of series, as it’s also a series about nothing (well,it’s about a psychic teen) that’s full of short gags. The result is mostly hilarious, as every joke is quick and the silliness of each character is well explored, especially Kaidou whose lack of athleticism despite his “superpowers” (he has none of course) make him an excellent source of comedy.

There is so much going on – and it all happens so quickly – that the series can easily be finished in one non-stop binge. And to top it all off, the animation is colourful and pleasingly old-school, giving the series a bit of a vintage feel.

Overall, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is fun, fast-paced and a great feelgood comedy that will make you laugh out loud more than once.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is out now from Madman. Get your copy here.