To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn't be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss.
Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan aired weekly from Monday to Friday short 5 minute episodes in the morning block until November 4, 2016. A full episode every Sunday night followed the morning block short, but later became the main broadcast time.
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Saiki Kusuo no Ψ nan is a comedy slice-of-life story about Saiki Kusuo who has special powers that allow him to do pretty much anything.
The Episodes are not very long with around 4-5 min per episode but the episodes are coming out almost daily right now.
There is no core story as there is always another core in each episode, but the main story (that is that Saiki Kusuo has special powers) still affects all episodes.
There are some surprising moments that really catch you off guard and you never expected.
The art is very beautiful with good animation and good character design and all characters are very different!
The voice acting is good and the intro song is very catchy, there is no outro song. The background music/sounds are fitting and enjoyable.
There is an outro in the 20-minute version (I watch the 5-minute version so there isn't for me)
The Characters are all unique and well-written, and the characters show a clear relation to each other.
Someone else pointed out that every character follows a cliché, for example, the sports loving class rep, the stupid delinquent or the beautiful girl everyone gets nervous around.
The Series is very enjoyable with lots of funny jokes and interesting character development!
I recommend this anime to everyone, it's funny, well written and definitely not a waste of your time! Give it a try!
Edit after watching 56 episodes:
The more you watch the most things Saiki does, one of the jokes is also the writer making stuff up on the spot and Saiki commenting on that breaking the 4th wall, relationships are also (in a sense) build trough the series
You thought that having supernatural abilities would make your life easier and more enjoyable? Apparently, not for Saiki-kun.
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan is an episodic anime with short, 5-minute, episodes with only comedic purpose. It doesn't really have a story, there is just the fact that Saiki is a psychic who actually finds his abilities annoying, while he tries to live a normal everyday life.
We, also, see Saiki's daily interactions with other characters, mainly his classmates and his parents. The characters are the best part of the show as they are all hilarious and you can never get enough of them. They all seem to have an interesting and unique personality and they fill their roles nicely, so they are fun to watch.
The art and animation are both pretty satisfying, the backgrounds and the effects are used well and the characters designs are nice and unique.
The voice actors are doing a really great job, although the dialogue is pretty fast sometimes and it may be a little hard to follow, but it is understandable for such a short anime. The intro song is very short , but it is catchy and fits the anime. The background music, also, fills the scenes nicely.
As for enjoyment, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan will definitely make you laugh with its hilarious jokes, interactions and characters!
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan is a very short but, extremely funny and enjoyable anime. The episodes are only 5 minutes long so, in case you want to spend a little time every day to watch something that can make you laugh, you can give Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan a try! Of course, you can go for the 25-minute ones, which consist of 5 short ones, as well!read more
I personally think that this is the best physic anime your probably ever going to watch. It has great comedy and this serious attitude of the character just makes it more hilarious. Of coarse this is my opinion you don't have to agree with it. It also has a certain comedy that probably only a few like. I don't like the fact that it's only 5 mins last time the made a anime out of it they only had one episode I'm not sure if the other adaption was a OVA or not. But I definite recommend this show I just hope it does well in the future read more
This incredible show can redefine how you view anime. My initial reaction, mentally, was to fault it for the continuous expositional dialogue from the protagonist. In visual media and in general in creative works, it's often a crutch substituting a good character introduction and development, but in Saiki Kusuo the stream-of-consciousness style grows on you as innovative and postmodern and eventually it plays on essential role to the themes of the anime. It's a really interesting narrative style that adds a lot to the characters.
The art style stands out as distinct but at the same time seems very natural. Something that stood out to me is that minor or background characters have thought put into their designs and they're distinguishable, which is something that can't be said even for many good shows. It goes out of its way to explain why the main character looks so conspicuously like a protagonist and justifies the weirdness of the hair styles of the other characters and not only is it not presented in a way one would expect, but it's pretty funny.
The meta-ness is also unique. Certain elements of meta-humor have become cliche, and the anime in several instances subverts the expectation that it will follow a particular meta-trope by setting it up and them subverting it. That's honestly remarkable. That's not to say it's flawless in its approach, but when a joke about some trope itself has become a trope, you can expect some interesting deviation. One beautiful thing is that, in a way, Saiki personally takes on the role of the frame. He takes responsibility for making the world is different from our own in ways that many shows take for granted, while also justifying the omniscience as a first person point of view.
The characters are interesting and capture the youthful aggrandizement of the world that distinguishes those memories from their experiences. Not only can the viewer see how everything feels more important in the moment, but the dissonance felt as a result is clearly intentional. Also, there seem to be fairly few genuinely one-dimensional characters, and since the anime isn't over yet there is some benefit of the doubt since so far it has been quite effective in bringing back previously less-developed characters and building on them.
The characters themselves don't take the premise for granted, which is also a relieving departure. That's not to say a show needs the premise to be acknowledged by its characters, but it's so rare for the atypical to be recognized as such that it's a breath of fresh air. The explanation of extremely commonly occurring story-telling tropes usually taken for granted is great.
This is a great anime that stands out in a variety of ways and manages to do almost everything well. The best thing is that it gradually seems to add more and more to the world as it progresses, but in such a way that the premise doesn't get repetitive or exhausting, often when it's least expected. Everyone and everything is developed, and not just linearly. It isn't constant joke after joke, but the comedy lining the series is well set up. There is so much value in this anime and I'd encourage anyone to experience it for themselves and I cannot wait to see where it'll go next!read more
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