Kusuo Saiki is an Ordinary High-School Student
... Or at least he tries to be one.
He's actually a boy with Psychic Powers
. An incredibly powerful boy
with every imaginable psychic ability
. If he wanted to do so, he could wipe out humanity in only three days
It sounds like he is perfect and has everything
, right? Wrong!
. He can't shut off his powers
, therefore his life is void of surprises
or sense of accomplishment
. He also needs to avoid social interation
, both because he wants to keep his powers secret and because thinks of himself as too different
to relate to normal people.Chounouryokusha Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan
(The Disaster of Psychic Kusuo Saiki
) is a gag manga
published by Shounen Jump
, authored by Asou Shuuichi. It follows Kusuo's attempts in living quietly
, hiding his powers
and avoiding standing out
. Something that would be easier if not for his quirky parents
and a number of quirky classmates
who insist to be friends with him
. Cue lots of inner snarkery
The character page
is in the development stages.
This series features examples of:
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kusuo's parents.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kusuo's inner monologue is specifically addressed to the reader. Sometimes he also will do snide remarks about his manga and the Shonen Jump.
- Cringe Comedy
- Crossover: with Ansatsu Kyoushitsu.
- CloudCuckooLand: Interestingly both played straight and Subverted Saiki used his power to make people believe unnatural things to be natural, essentially creating all the weirdness so his own bizzare appearance blends in.
- Deconstructive Parody: Each psychic ability is taken to its logical and hilarious conclusion.
- Evolutionary Levels: Kusuo thinks he's different enough to be considered a different species, the next step in the human evolution. He also thinks Nendou is below the modern man and above the neolithic one.
- First-Person Smartass: Much of the humor of the series comes of Kusuo mentally snarking at everyone else's crazyness.
- Jaw Drop: Nendou's reasoning about Takahashi's illness cause this.
- High School
- Infectious Enthusiasm: Hairo causes this kind of situation and Kusuo plays the grumpy guy. Kusuo doesn't become really infected, but ends being dragged along anyway.
- Innocent Innuendo: Nendou creates this kind of situation sometimes, verging into the Ambiguously Bi territory.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Physical Education teacher has the students to play dodgeball because basketball, kendo and volleyball are already being played.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The manga is steadily moving in that direction
- Lucky Charms Title: This is one of the few manga, if not the only one, with a Greek letter in its title.
- Only Sane Man: Kusuo.
- Magic Pants: Kusuo uses his powers to invoke this in-universe. Because it's much better for this trope to happen then to have the fabric between the legs tear during an action sequence, right?
- Medium Awareness: Kusuo can read the captions with expositive text.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Takahashi gets this treatment in Kusuo's narratives.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Played for Laughs and Deconstruction purposes instead Deus ex Machina.
- Pun-Based Title: "Sainan" ("Disaster") is written as "Ψ Nan" ("Psi Nan"). Some chapter titles get the same treatment.
- Punny Name: "Saiki" sounds like "Psychic".
- Psychic Powers: Kusuo, obviously, but it's implied that there are other PSI users in the world.
- Shout-Out: many, usually to other manga of Jump.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Kusuo's parents.
- Slice of Life
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Nendou and Matsuzaki-sensei have similar ideas about first aid.
- In the Crossover, both Kusuo and Koro-Sensei regularly travel to the city of Iruma to eat irumanjuu at the Sakurayama Observatory.
- Take That: At the time that Nisekoi, Pajama na Kanojo and Koisome Momiji were all being serialized, Kusuo monologues about as lately everything was about love and that romance wasn't an interesting matter, but clarifies he's not talking about Shonen Jump. Twice.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some characters have unrealistic hair colors, including Saiki, who was born with pink hair. It turns out that he brainwashed the entire world into thinking that "pink is not an unnatural hair color" in an attempt to not stand out from his naturally black haired peers. The result? Every color of the rainbow is now considered a "natural" hair color in this world.
- Wacky Homeroom