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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun teen psychic anime is witty, wacky, and mildly violent.

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Positive Messages

Even teenagers with great powers want to live normal lives. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Saiki Kusuo uses his powers to help people, but doesn’t think much of his school mates, and he loses patience with his parents. He mostly just wants to live a normal life.

Violence

There is audible punching, and bruised and injured faces are visible. Various mishaps lead to people getting thrown around, turning into statues, and other things. Video games show humans being eaten by beasts.

Sex

Some mild innuendo. A character is referred to as a “perv.” Female characters wear tight stomach-revealing outfits with large, voluptuous cleavage. Stereotypical, sexist comments are sometimes heard. 

Language

Insults like “jerk,” “stupid” and “idiots” are used. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened is an animated Japanese manga series that features as moody teenager with psychic abilities trying to get through daily life. There’s lots of insults (“jerk,” “stupid,” etc.), and mild sexual innuendo, including references to someone being perverted, and plenty of tight, stomach and cleavage revealing outfits on female cast members. Assaults are audible, and faces are sometimes shown with cuts and bruises. The series streams on Netflix in both English and Japanese. 

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What's the story?

THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K.: REAWAKENED features Saiki K., a sardonic teenager with extraordinary psychic abilities who wants to live an ordinary life. Saiki Kusuo (voiced in English by Kyle McCarley) just wants to go to school at PK Academy, keep to himself, and stay out of trouble. But somehow he manages to find himself dealing with all sorts of mishaps, both at school and at home. Making it worse is the eclectic group of self-proclaimed school friends that like to tag along with him, including Riki Nendo (Jason Charles Miller), Shun Kaido (Zach Aguilar), and others who have special powers of their own.

Is it any good?

Despite a few new characters (and some new dubbed voices), those familiar with this funny series will enjoy it. The funny six-episode sequel to a popular manga-themed anime series, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., features Saiki Kusuo’s well-scripted, trademark dry commentary throughout each storyline. The short, gag-like stories underscore Kusuo’s struggle to balance the use of his ever-growing powers while wanting to live a nondescript life as a regular teenager. This, along with some fast talking dry wit, creates chuckle-worthy moments. But The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened is still a fun watch for folks who are new to the story world. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the series title, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened? What makes Saiki Kusuo’s life disastrous? Do you think that's a good adjective to describe it? 

  • How does Saiki Kusuo define a normal life? Are his psychic powers the reason he feels different from other kids, or are there other reasons?

  • Discuss manga and anime. What's the difference between them? What are some of the defining features of these art forms? 

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