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GENRE: Anime ORIGINAL AIR DATES: January 17 - June 27, 2018
// review by EscapeRouteBritish

The Stinky Life of Saiki Kuso.

Over the past two seasons of "Kusuo Saiki no Psi-Nan" we've been introduced to a whole cast of ridiculous characters and been presented with a heaping of outrageous scenarios. The only way to move forward from a position like this is to simply turn the dial all the way up and make things even more incredulous. This is the approach that has been taken for the third season of this satisfying comedy anime, and right off the bat the jokes come fast and hard.

Once again, Saiki Kusuo is a high-school student with psychic powers, trying to live a normal life while simultaneously working towards stopping a volcanic eruption from wiping Japan off the face of the Earth. His "friends" want nothing more than to insert themselves into his life and unknowingly make his mission all that more difficult. This season begins with a strong episode featuring Saiki's brother Kusuke giving him another horrendous challenge to solve, then immediately afterwards we get the conclusion to the eruption saga with Saiki's powers being witnessed by every one of his friends. Naturally, Saiki rewinds time and does it all again in secrecy because he doesn't want to make things awkward for his friends, and that shows us a side of Saiki we really haven't seen before.

This season is particularly self-aware. In an early instance, a character points out Saiki's tendency to say "Yare Yare" (Good Grief) whenever something goes wrong, which is then used excessively thereafter as a recurring and patently hilarious punchline, to the point of extreme absurdity.


Entering your inner Saiki...

Speaking of extreme absurdity, let's discuss the length of this season... Two episodes. Two episodes, that's it. We get the climax to the earthquake and Kusuke stories and it ends with Saiki ready to explain to his friends that he was indeed a psychic, believing that his powers had disappeared. Right before the final payoff, it's hinted in extremely opaque terms that Saiki's powers haven't disappeared, priming us for excellent episodes that we might not get.

You don't need to be a psychic to know a two episode season is not on the tarot cards.

There's no promise of any more episodes of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K and this season really does just consist of only two episodes. Truly a disappointment for the ages, considering that cliffhanger ending. They didn't even make new opening or ending songs for this season, instead choosing to reuse those from Season 2.

For all intents and purposes, I'd personally just list these two episodes as an addendum to Season 2, but that's not how Netflix operates. Also, Funimation were handing the Saiki dub, but it seems the dub still only exists for the first season and not for the second or third. Something really irks me about how mishandled this whole series seems to be. A two episode season and only one season dubbed? It's quite appalling, really.

Is this season a must watch for Saiki fans? Oh, absolutely. Just expect to be thoroughly disappointed by the cliffhanger ending and that there isn't any more in the works.


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