Manga: Chounouryokusha Saiki Kusuo No Sai Nan
aka: Saiki Kusuo No Sainan
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: Saiki's parents.
- Beach Episode: In Chapter 12, Saiki reluctantly visits the beach with Nendou and Kaidou after being threateningly persuaded by his mom to do so.
- Cringe Comedy: It would have far less cringe if you couldn't see the story from Saiki's point of view. Having constant telepathy and X-ray vision sucks.
- In a one-shot chapter, Koro-sensei (from Assassination Classroom) and Saiki visit Iruma and compete over the last piece of "Irumanjuu", a local delicacy. Saiki eventually splits it in half and shares it with Koro-sensei.
- There is a two-page Jump special where Saiki and his dad visit Soma (from Shokugeki No Soma) at the Yukihara restaurant for a bite to eat. Unfortunately, Saiki's psychic powers grant him the ability to view every mental "foodgasm"note at the restaurant. He promptly loses his appetite after seeing what his father's looks like.
- CloudCuckooLand: Interestingly both played straight and Subverted. Saiki used his power to make people believe unnatural things were natural, essentially creating all the weirdness so his own bizzare appearance blends in.
- Deconstructive Parody: Each psychic ability is discussed, relentlessly torn apart, then 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.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Saiki's inner monologue is specifically addressed to the reader. He's aware of the existence of his manga (and the pilot one-shot, for what matter) and often makes snide remarks about his manga and Shonen Jump.
- Jaw Drop: Nendou's reasoning about Takahashi's illness cause this.
- High School: PK Academy is a small private highschool which most of the characters attend.
- 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: The physical education teacher has the students 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.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Since Saiki's power of telepathy cannot be shut off, he hears every thought within a 200 meter radius whether he wants to or not. Constantly listening to others' pointless, disgusting, or annoying thoughts, as well as being robbed of any sense of surprise or excitement, has turned him into a perpetual snarker. It's rather hilarious.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Takahashi gets this treatment in Kusuo's narratives.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Dark Reunion, the secret, ominous organization that wants to conquer humanity and steal the unfathomable power sealed within Kaidou's right arm. At least, that's what Kaidou thinks.
- 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: The word "saikikku" means "psychic". The main character is named Saiki Kusuo. Other characters names are puns about specific psychic powers.
- Psychic Powers: Kusuo, obviously, but it's implied that there are other PSI users in the world. In Chapter 17, he meets Toritsuka Reita, a young man who can see ghosts.
- Shout-Out: Many, usually to other manga of Jump.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Kusuo's parents.
- Slice of Life: A story about the everyday happenings and grievances of an insanely powerful psychic teenager.
- 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.
- Talking Is a Free Action: One of the perfectly normal things that happen in this world, thanks to Saiki's powers.
- 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.