Kusuo Saiki is not your typical high schooler—behind his glasses, pink hair, and antenna-like appendages exists a being of unfathomable psychic power. Telekinesis, teleportation, and astral projection might sound exciting to the average person, but from Saiki's viewpoint, they are nothing but an annoyance. Psychic powers are unnecessary—this is all that Saiki has believed since he was a kid.
As a secret esper with the sole dream of living an ordinary life, Saiki tries to use his psychic abilities to stay out of the public's gaze. However, having to clean up after his odd classmates and their antics, all the while keeping his psychic powers a secret, makes it rather difficult to achieve the peaceful life he desires.
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Volume 1: Chounouryokusha Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (pilot)
Volume 2: Omaenchi, Obake Yashiki
Volume 3: Gekidan! Improvisation
Volumes 4, 6: Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan & Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Korosense VS Saiki Kusuo - Iruma-shi Saishuu Kessen
Volume 12: Terrace House Dust
Volume 25: Seishounen Yuugai Kankyou Kiseihou
This was a manga I continuously skipped for a while til one holy day I decided to pick it up. So here's the review!
Story (9): It's an instant classic the moment I decided to read up chapter 1, all the jokes always hit right on mark, whenever it wants to bring in sad, cute, or any type of emotion to the story element, it always delivers. So essentially it was perfect up til the end... the ending left you off with a cliffhanger and so many questions, if felt as if there was supposed to be another chapter right after but nope, it just ends
Art (9): It's no where perfect and I gotta be honest, if this manga was terrible it would've gotten a 5 or 6 in this department, but since the manga was able to use this kind of art and was able to convey emotion while telling a good story is good enough for me.
Characters (10): All of them are unique enough to remember their names, hell even the minorest of minor characters you can get instantly attached to and I commend this manga for that.
Enjoyment (9): That ending left me unsatisfied and wanting for more, and to give a bit more details on what the ending was like without giving spoilers is like this. The fourth to last chapter had a good ending in line but was told as an alternative timeline, so here comes the final arc and the true final ending was a retcon.... and essentially left us on a cliff hanger as if more was going to happen. Other than that, all 270+ chapters were some of the greatest stuff I've ever read.
Overall (9): I wish I can give this a 10 out of 10 but it's not, not with that cliffhanger. I would definitely pick this up and give it a read, I do not regret reading it and I don't mind fully re-reading it for the future.
Ah, Saiki Kusuo... The eternal underrated of Shonen Jump of recent years... So much so it hasn't any review at the time I'm writing this first one, four years after it began serialization in Japan's most known shonen manga magazine. Also keep in mind that since four long years, it has no anime series (the shitty flash ONA doesn't count) while other series like Assassination Classroom or My Hero Academia already have their anime, and there are only 33 translated chapters while there are like 200 chapters currently.
This is a manga focused around a boy named Saiki Kusuo (obviously pun on “saikiku(suo)” (psychic) that has
overwhelming supernatural powers of all kinds. In fact, he claims that he could conquer the world in a jiffy if he pleased.
But Saiki only wants to live a quiet and normal life, as he does everything possible to not stand out.
At first look it won't call your attention since the drawing style and the volume covers are simple to the utmost. So what are its strengths? Well, it's really funny, simply. In every chapter (almost all are autoconclusive) Saiki gets involved in some absurd situations that absurdly bother him, so that he have to get out of them. Despite repeating the same formula the whole time, well, it works. You could even say that becomes even funnier with time. Breaking of the fourth wall and other mangas references are something habitual in this manga. In fact there is a chapter which is a constant breaking of the fourth wall, in which all manga's topics and clichés are mercilessly satirized. Actually the author satirizes lots of stuff, which is one of this manga's strong points. But in my opinion the best thing about this manga is its main character itself. Saiki's rough replies and comments are just so fucking hilarious, seriously.
Also the supporting characters are hilarious, and they are who cause those rough replies almost always. Among them we have, for example:
Nendou Riki, some kind of foolish thug, who is always with Saiki just because he is so stupid so Saiki can't read his mind
Shun Kaidou, a guy who thinks he is the main character of some anime (he has chuunibyou) and imho the funniest one of the supporting cast
Kineshi Hairo, the typical spokon protagonist, you know, like he is always enthusiastic and shit
Saiki's parents, ones of the most stupid characters and also ones of the most hilarious ones.
As I mentioned, the author's drawing style is rather fair. I mean, it's not bad, it's just functional, and it works for a gag manga.
To end with, I recommend you this manga if you like Gintama or One Punch-Man's type of humor. In fact, Saiki Kusuo has many similarities with Gintama. Both have very similar drawing style and humor style. And also both have the same autoconclusive chapters formula. Saiki Kusuo has no serious arcs nor fights, though (at least to date)