I was actually a bit conflicted about whether or not I wanted to write this review today, as I recently got my UV resin, and wanted to post about that too. But I’ve decided to wait a little until I have some photos to show, which requires some more crafting, so Saiki K. it is! Please note that I am in the middle of season 2, so this review might include a bit from that season too.
Imagine every anime trope you can think of come together in one single series, and then mix it all up real good; that’s the life of Saiki. He’s a teenage boy with incredible super powers. In fact, he’s a demigod, but all he wants is to be as normal as possible, so he tries his best to blend in, avoid other people, and just live life the best he can. This isn’t as easy as it sounds though, as his parents often make him use his powers to correct their own mistakes, and although trying to keep his powers a secret to his classmates, school is often the place where he needs them the most, resulting in weird situations for both Saiki and his comrades.
It doesn’t help much that he somehow ends up with a bunch of friends that all want to be around him, like the dense Nendo whose thoughts Saiki can’t read, or the ever so stunning Teruhashi, who falls in love with Saiki as he is the only one who can ignore her beauty. Add the usual sports nerd, the one living in his own fantasy world, the rival beauty, the one who eats everything, a needy cat, a bad magician and some students with actual powers of their own, and you have the recipe for disaster. It all takes a turn for the worse when Saiki’s entire family starts becoming more present in his already messed up life.
Saiki K. consists of 4 short stories bundled into one long episode, so it’s easy to lose track of time when watching them. It’s overall just a whacky comedy, but it does require you to have watched quite a few anime, as you won’t get all the tropes otherwise, and probably won’t even find it funny. It can be described as a parody of every anime ever made, but it never crosses the line into becoming a caricature of itself, which makes this sooo good. The characters are well thought out, and seeing them interact with each other is very satisfying.
I watch it on Netflix, which has quite poor subtitles, and doesn’t even translate all the text that pops up on the screen, but if you can find a good fansub, you will get so much more out of this series. If you like stuff like Sakamoto desu ga?, you should definitely check out Saiki K.