Manga Monday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Manga Monday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Shūichi Asō. The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2012. An anime television adaptation by J.C.Staff and Egg Firm aired from July 4, 2016 to December 28, 2018. A live-action film directed by Yuichi Fukuda and starring Kento Yamazaki at Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan) and Asmik Ace was released on October 21, 2017.

The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on May 14, 2012. The first collected tankōbon volume was published on September 4, 2012, with 25 volumes released as of April 2018. The series ended serialization on February 26, 2018. Shueisha later revealed that a 4-panel sequel would begin serialization on March 5, 2018. Asō also published a one-shot manga in the first summer 2018 issue of Shueisha’s Jump Giga on May 25, and another chapter on July 26, 2018.

Saiki has had many crossovers with other Weekly Shōnen Jump manga characters from other Weekly Shōnen Jump works such as Gin Tama and Assassination Classroom in which he and Koro-sensei has had an ongoing rivalry going over Irumanju as seen as a bonus or extra in chapters 40 and 62.

Plot

Kusuo Saiki is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities, including telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation, and more. Despite having all these powers, Saiki faces all kinds of hardships and tries to avoid attention as much as possible. The story follows Saiki as he attempts to secretly use his powers to live a normal high school life while dealing with his less than ordinary classmates at P.K. Academy.

Characters

Saiki family

Kusuo Saiki
is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities despite having very ordinary biological parents. Because of the misery that comes from the attention he receives as a psychic, Kusuo desires a normal, plain life, keeping average grades and performance in sports activities. He uses telepathy to read people’s minds, but he can also share telepathy with others. His other abilities include telekinesis, levitation, x-ray vision, clairvoyance, astral projection, pyrokinesis, mind control (convincing someone that certain things in the world are normal, or that they are seeing someone else’s image), psychometrics, and invisibility.He can teleport things, but has to replace the item with something of equal value. He can sometimes pick up other psychic abilities temporarily like Toritsuka’s ability to see ghosts. He has dark pink hair, with two antennae on his head that people think are hair ornaments, but they actually regulate his constantly growing powers that would otherwise go out of control and destroy things as well as cause global catastrophes. He can transform into animals or into a girl that he names Kusuko. Kusuo wears glasses so that his gaze doesn’t turn someone to stone. His favorite snack is coffee jelly. He is vulnerable to bugs, especially cockroaches, because he cannot read their minds and predict their actions.

Kuniharu Saiki
Kusuo’s father, who has to suck up to his employers so much that he has gained a taste for licking shoes. He works as an editor for a manga publishing company that appears to be a knock-off of Shueisha.

 

 

Kurumi Saiki
Kusuo’s mother whom he states is “the one who keep him from turning into dark side” because of her kindness, but can be scary when needed that Kusuo won’t be able to defy her. She is allergic to cats. Her maiden name is also Saiki. She can be rather naive and air-headed at times.

 

 

Kusuo’s grandparents
are Kusuo’s maternal grandparents. Kumagoro has a classic tsundere personality, that is, he is hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. He is very fond of his daughter, but dislikes his son-in-law, often beating him up or sending him away to run errands. He wants to get to know his grandson better.

Kumi 
acts fairly young for her age, with her choice of fashionable clothes and her gyaru (gal) speech. In the anime they were voiced by Koichi Yamadera and Rie Tanaka who were a real-life married couple at the time.

 

 

Kusuke Saiki
is Kusuo’s older brother by two years. He is a super genius who invents devices and machines, but lacks psychic abilities and thus always loses in any sort of competition with his brother. When he was 14, he moved to England where he has been a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University. He invents a “telepath canceler” so that Kusuo cannot read his thoughts. After graduating from university, he moves in with his grandparents.

 

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