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OtapediaSaiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2

Also Known As

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
斉木楠雄のΨ難

Genre

Comedy, Science Fiction

Synopsis

Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 follows Kusuo Saiki, a high schooler at the less-than-normal P.K. Academy with a wide variety of psychic abilities including telepathy, psychokinesis, and teleportation, as he faces all sorts of hardships and desperately tries to live a normal life and avoid confrontation.

Background

This series first began as a gag manga series written and illustrated by Shuuichi Asou in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2012. It ended in February 2018 after an incredible run of 24 volumes. It went on to be adapted into a flash anime in August 2013 before being adapted into a TV anime in July 2016.

The original anime adaptation had 24 episodes and was directed by Hiroaki Sakurai with Michiko Yokote working on the screenplay and Psychic Lover working on music. It was animated by J.C.Staff and EGG FIRM and streamed internationally by Funimation including a simul-subs and an English dub.

A live-action film adaptation starring Kento Yamazaki as Kusuo Saiki was released in Japan on Oct. 21, 2017, and Weekly Shonen Jump also announced a new 4-koma title which began its serialization on Mar. 5, 2018.

Anime Adaptation

Season 2 began airing on Jan. 16, 2018. The original staff from the previous series returned for the 24-episode second season including Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Daa! Daa! Daa!) as director, animation by J.C. Staff (Bakuman., A Certain Magical Index) and EGG FIRM (Kino’s Journey - the Beautiful World -, Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale), and Masayuki Onji (Majokko Tsukune-chan, Sweet Blue Flowers) as character designer.

The opening theme is “Psilent Prisoner” which is performed by Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, and Nobunaga Shimazaki as their characters with composition by Psychic Lover. Dempagumi.inc returned, as well, to perform the ending theme “Psai Hakkenden.”

Characters

Kusuo Saiki (Japanese: Hiroshi Kamiya, Haruka Tomatsu (female form) / English: Jerry Jewell)
A high school student with a wide variety of psychic abilities despite his very ordinary parents. He wears two pink antennae on his head to limit his powers and green glasses because he can turn anyone who looks directly into his eyes to stone, and the attention he gets for his powers makes him absolutely miserable. He also only communicates through telepathy.

Riki Nendou (Japanese: Daisuke Ono / English: David Wald)
Due to his troublemaker appearance and behavior, Riki is avoided in class and is such an idiot that Kusuo can’t read his mind. He calls Kusuo his “accomplice” and often invites him out for ramen. He has also wanted to be a carpenter since he was a kid.

Shun Kaidou (Japanese: Nobunaga Shimazaki / English: Micah Solusod)
An arrogant and loud student who stands out more than anyone else in his class. He has an extremely exaggerated way of speaking, and he also often ends up helping those in need. He’s slim and may not be very athletic, but he’s more or less intelligent.

Kineshi Hairo (Japanese: Satoshi Hino / English: Kyle Phillips)
The class’ representative who puts everything he has into absolutely every task. He’s very popular among his classmates for his honest and passionate personality, but he takes things too far sometimes. He sees Nendou as a rival and is also a member of the tennis club.

Reita Toritsuka (Japanese: Natsuki Hanae / English: Joel McDonald)
Reita has been able to see ghosts since he was a child and can also speak with them. He doesn’t seem like a bad guy at first sight, but he has a soft spot for women and is in love with a ghost named Miyo-chan.

Kokomi Teruhashi (Japanese: Ai Kayano / English: Tia Ballard)
A gorgeous young girl who catches the eye of all of those around her. She’s extremely popular with the boys at her school, as well, aside from Kusuo who’s able to read her true thoughts.

Chiyo Yumehara (Japanese: Yukari Tamura / English: Jill Harris)
A romantic girl whose head is always in the clouds. She has a lot of romantic history, and she also ran her own site with her own light novel in which she was the protagonist which she has since shut down.

Chisato Mera (Japanese: Maaya Uchida / English: Megan Shipman)
Kusuo’s classmate with an unfortunate history. After her father disappeared she was forced to support her family financially, so she takes on a wide variety of part-time jobs. She has to have a lot of self-restraint which has resulted in her having an extreme fondness for food.

Aren Kuboyasu (Japanese: Yoshimasa Hosoya)
A diligent student who transferred into Kusuo’s class. It turns out, however, that he used to be a delinquent and the brains of a team called Esper. He’s parents were troublemakers, as well, but he was hoping that after transferring schools he could move away from that path.

Tooru Mugami / Makoto Teruhashi (Japanese: Tomoaki Maeno / English: Brandon McInnis)
Kokomi’s older brother, and an extremely good-looking guy who’s also working as a top idol and younger actor under the name Tooru Mugami. He has a huge sister complex and hates anyone who gets near her. He’s also starring in a movie titled Sukoyaka Sentai Specializer.

Uryoku Chouno (Japanese: Showtaro Morikubo / English: Austin Tindle)
A young illusionist who was suddenly let go from his job at a publishing company. Even his wife gave up on him and divorced him. After going through the last of his savings, he’s also driven out of his home, resulting in him becoming an illusionist. He looks up to Kusuo.

Kuniharu Saiki (Japanese: Misuo Iwata / English: Chuck Huber)
Kusuo’s father. He’s irresponsible and slovenly, and constantly licks the boots of his bosses. He’s ridiculously in love with Kurumi, and even when Kusuo was born with ESP, he decided to raise him normally. He’s also a manga editor.

Kurumi Saiki (Japanese: Rikako Aikawa / English: Morgan Garrett)
The gentle and kind mother of Kusuo. She loves her husband and son, and she is a big part of the reason that her son didn’t use his powers for evil. She’s also such an airhead that she’s frequently the target of fraud. She’s a housewife whose dream is world peace.

Kumagorou Saiki (Japanese: Kouichi Yamadera)
Kusuo’s tsundere grandfather. He’ll occasionally show his soft side to everyone but his daughter’s husband Kuniharu. He doesn’t know about his grandson’s powers.

Kumi Saiki (Japanese: Rie Tanaka)
Kusuo’s grandmother. In addition to looking young, she frequently uses slang and rough language, and like her husband Kumagorou, she doesn’t know about her grandson’s powers.

Kuusuke Saiki (Japanese: Kenji Nojima / English: Chris Patton)
Kusuo’s older brother and an absolutely brilliant inventor with an IQ of 218. He began speaking at one month old, but he also has an inferiority complex towards his younger brother and absolutely has to be better at ESP, as well. As a result of this complex speaking to him about his younger brother is taboo, but he may have a soft side, as well...!

Metori Saiko (Japanese: Masaya Matsukaze / English: Adam Gibbs)
Metori is another transfer student. He’s arrogant and prideful who gets absolutely anything he wants, so he now thinks all problems can be solved with money. He used to like filling his tub with cash, but he would get paper cuts so he stopped apparently. Is it possible that he’ll finally encounter a problem that can’t be solved with money and be forced to change…?!

Touma Akechi (Japanese: Yuuki Kaji)
Touma is another transfer student in Kusuo’s class. He says some absolutely mind-blowing things to the point where you’ll have to feel bad for his voice actor! He also knows about Kusuo’s powers.

Mikoto Aiura (Japanese: Eri Kitamura)
A “well-endowed” gyaru who transfered into Kusuo’s class. She uses a lot of gyaru language and is extremely energetic. She has some powers, as well, including the ability to sense auras and tell fortunes.

Imu Rifuta (Japanese: M.A.O)
A first-year student at PK Academy. She’s cute and has pigtails, and is also aware of her own cuteness. She sees Kokomi as a rival and is determined to be the cutest girl at the school.

Koriki #2 (Japanese: Mikako Komatsu)
A hamster who speaks with a Kansai dialect. This cutie ended up at the Saiki household after getting lost.

Japanese Cast

Hiroshi Kamiya: Kusuo Saiki
・Notable Roles: Yuzuru Otonashi (Angel Beats!), Levi (Attack on Titan)
Daisuke Ono: Riki Nendou
・Notable Roles: Cyborg 002 (009 Re:Cyborg), Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan)
Nobunaga Shimazaki: Shun Kaidou
・Notable Roles: Reaper (Assassination Classroom), Shido Itsuka (Date A Live)
Satoshi Hino: Kineshi Hairo
・Notable Roles: Mikhail Renfred (Ancient Magus’ Bride), Akito Takagi (Bakuman.)
Natsuki Hanae: Reita Toritsuka
・Notable Roles: Yuna D. Kaito (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc), Takumi Aldini (Food Wars!)
Ai Kayano: Kokomi Teruhashi
・Notable Roles: Menma (AnoHana), Hinata Mukai (Deadman Wonderland)
Yukari Tamura: Chiyo Yumehara
・Notable Roles: Yamada (B Gata H Kei), Elizabeth Midford (Black Butler)
Maaya Uchida: Chisato Mera
・Notable Roles: Mii (Ai-Mai-Mi), Ranko Kanzaki (IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls)
Yoshimasa Hosoya: Aren Kuboyasu
・Notable Roles: Tetsuya Yuuki (Ace of Diamond), Doppo Kunikida (Bungo Stray Dogs)
Tomoaki Maeno: Tooru Mugami / Makoto Teruhashi
・Notable Roles: Keiichi Kanejou (B Gata H Kei), Charles Phipps (Black Butler)
Showtaro Morikubo: Uryoku Chouno
・Notable Roles: Shikamaru Nara (Naruto, Boruto), Souji Okita (Hakuoki)
Misuo Iwata: Kuniharu Saiki
・Notable Roles: Itsuki Takeuchi (Initial D), Hyosuke Magumo (Please Teacher!, Please Twins!)
Rikako Aikawa: Kurumi Saiki
・Notable Roles: Koushi-kun (Hamtaro), Charlotte Takahashi (Penguin no Mondai)
Kouichi Yamadera: Kumagorou Saiki
・Notable Roles: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop), Togusa (Ghost in the Shell)
Rie Tanaka: Kumi Saiki
・Notable Roles: Chii (Chobits), Mitsuru Kirijou (Persona 3)
Kenji Nojima: Kuusuke Saiki
・Notable Roles: Tsumugi (Ghost in the Shell), Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon Crystal)
Masaya Matsukaze: Metori Saiko
・Notable Roles: Mikami Teru (Death Note), Ren Ichimoku (Hell Girl)
Yuuki Kaji: Touma Akechi
・Notable Roles: Haruyuki Arita / Silver Crow (Accel World), Eren Jaeger (Attack on Titan)
Eri Kitamura: Mikoto Aiura
・Notable Roles: Karen Araragi (Bakemonogatari), Mairu Orihara (Durarara!!)
M.A.O: Imu Rifuta
・Notable Roles: Akane Eimura (Aho-Girl), Kyou Goshouin / Apricot (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?)
Mikako Komatsu: Koriki #2
・Notable Roles: Izumi Shimomura (Ajin), Sei Iori (Gundam Build Fighters)

English Cast

Jerry Jewell: Kusuo Saiki
・Notable Roles: Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice)
David Wald: Riki Nendou
・Notable Roles: Hannes (Attack on Titan), Gajeel Redfox (Fairy Tail)
Micah Solusod: Shun Kaidou
・Notable Roles: Bea (Space Dandy), Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! on Ice)
Kyle Phillips: Kineshi Hairo
・Notable Roles: Denki Kaminari (My Hero Academia), Hamsa (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)
Joel McDonald: Reita Toritsuka
・Notable Roles: Ronald Knox (Black Butler), Brief (Panty & Stocking)
Tia Ballard: Kokomi Teruhashi
・Notable Roles: Yoshino / Hermit (Date A Live), Happy (Fairy Tail)
Jill Harris: Chiyo Yumehara
・Notable Roles: Hifumi Takimoto (
New Game!), Aura Bella Fiora (Overlord)
Megan Shipman: Chisato Mera
・Notable Roles: Hanamaru Kunikida (
Love Live! Sunshine!!), Eugena Shenazard (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Brandon McInnis: Tooru Mugami / Makoto Teruhashi
・Notable Roles: Sonosuke Izayoi (Danganronpa 3
), Himeralda (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
Austin Tindle: Uryoku Chouno
・Notable Roles: Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)
Chuck Huber: Kuniharu Saiki
・Notable Roles: Kurogiri (My Hero Academia), Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Morgan Garrett: Kurumi Saiki
・Notable Roles: Helvi Oberi (Knight’s & Magic), Dia Kurosawa (Love Live! Sunshine!!)
Chris Patton: Kuusuke Saiki
・Notable Roles: Graham Spector (Baccano!), Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Adam Gibbs: Metori Saiko
・Notable Roles: Taichi Mashima (
Chihayafuru), Koshi Sugawara (Haikyu!!*)

Staff

Original Work: Asou Shuuichi (serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump)
Director: Sakurai Hiroaki
Character Designer: Masayuki Onji
Music: Psychic Lover
Studio: J.C.Staff, EGG FIRM

Broadcast Information

Began airing on Jan. 16, 2017, and 24 episodes are planned
TV Tokyo: Wednesdays at 2:35 am
TV Hokkaido: Wednesdays at 1:35 am
TV Aichi: Wednesdays at 3:05 am
TV Osaka: Wednesdays at 1:35 am
TV Setouchi: Wednesdays at 1:40 am
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting: Wednesdays at 3:05 am
RKK Kumamoto Broadcasting: Premieres March 4, airs Mondays at 1:50 am

Streaming Information

Unlimited streaming available exclusively through Netflix, and you can pay to view each episode through other streaming services.

Official Links

Website
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News

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. to Get Season 2 In 2018~!

Products on TOM

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Vol. 10
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