Anime adaptation of the Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan manga by Asou Shuichi, telling the story about a male high school student named Kusuo Saiki. He possesses supernatural powers that cause unfortunate events in his everyday life.
Believe it or not, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan had the most polarizing effect on me to date, and considering it is of a mere 16 minutes, that is quite something.
Now this one is a pretty odd stand-alone episode. The viewer is greeted with the most basics of animation. At first, I thought out to myself "What the hell? This has drawings worse than that of the two eternal classics, Mars of Destruction and Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven." The episode starts off with an angsty looking teen whose name is Shun Kaidou who seems like your average shounen MC. His talks are so cryptic as
well as he calls himself the "Black Wing", a special boy with supernatural powers whose identity is hidden in order to keep of the "Dark Union", a mysterious organization pursuing to get hold of the powers inside of the boy to create a new order in this world-- blah blah blah and what-not. Sounds pretty dumb, right? Well, yes but not so quick...
"Don't worry, that's only a MSSYS (Middle School Second Year Syndrome)." says the guy with ACTUAL supernatural powers. Honestly, that one scene cracked me up so much that I caught myself saying "Wait, this is actually... funny" *LOL*. It wasn't so dramatic that I laughed my pants off or something I would remember for days to come, but the sheer unexpectancy of it made me giggle quite a bit. Saiki Kusuo is a guy who actually has powers such as telepathy and uses it to read the minds of people. The other guy, uh... what was his name again? Shun, yes. No, he's just a very insignificant side character who has the MSSYS and thinks himself as someone special, and his classmates make fun of him for this too. Coming back to the actual cool MC again, yes, but there's a small catch. He can read anyone's minds within 200 metres, but there's one guy, his classmate Nendou, that he just cannot seem to know what he's thinking of. Now this isn't some type of rivalry brewing, but its just because that Nendou who is a punk, is actually a dense idiot.
There are constant scenes of humor and jokes thrown in between the 16 minute episode, which might not be groundbreaking in comedy, is actually pretty fun.
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan is a heavily voice actor driven show. Since the art is so basic and with a very few characters to play around with for a mere 16 minutes, the voice actors have the task to do the dialogues and mix the humor in properly and it works.
I only checked this video which I found on Youtube because of the anime adaptation due this Summer. I am totally oblivious to the manga so I had no idea what this stand-alone ONA video was about. This was a funny experience and I suddenly got a liking to the MC so I'm highly anticipating the anime to come out. I know that the art will be much better and I also hope the humor will be too.
After seeing that there was a new comedy anime out for this Summer that was getting pretty good reviews, I tried it and instantly loved it. Sadly, that anime was not this anime. What I watched was Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (TV), the new series based off of the same manga, but done much, much, much differently than this.
Story: I honestly love the story. That's probably the best part of this adaptation. It's about a boy with supernatural abilities who just wants to live a normal life, a boy who wants to save the world from some mysterious organization and thinks he has super powers
(In reality he just reads way too much manga) and their daily lives. Daily life animes aren't always the most popular besides a few who have really climbed high, but this story is refreshing. 8/10
Art: Sadly everything goes downhill now. The art, oh the art.. I don't think I've seen anything worse in terms of art. If you're willing to get past it you might actually enjoy it, but art is one of the most important themes in creating mood, and that's just thrown out the window here. I would like to argue that it was several years ago and that art wasn't the best back then. But I can't, because this was made in 2013 and for 2013 this really could've been a lot better.. It wasn't so bad that I couldn't even look, but it was dreadful. 2/10
Sound: Hard to hear, thank goodness for subs. Didn't pick up on too many background sounds or music. 3/10
Character: How much can you really develop in 16 minutes? This did a pretty decent job of showing some characters, but of course it's not perfect. Their designs get in the way again and the art fails us. 6/10
Enjoyment: I don't want to be too harsh, because I definitely like the actual premise of the story. It's just the art that brought the downfall. it the art wasn't this bad, I would've enjoyed this a LOT more. Overall, Id rate this a 5. I liked some things, could've been better.
If you're gonna go through the trouble of watching something in this series, you should probably try the 2016 adaptation. (Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (TV)) The art is a LOT better, so are the sounds, character, pretty much everything. Hope I helped!