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Review: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened Episode 6

December 30, 2019
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Typically, there is a long catalog of anime shows that begin with the life of an ordinary high school teen, who later somehow attains magical abilities and sets out to save the world. Saiki K begs to differ and starts off by depicting the life of a not-so-ordinary school going teen, who later decides to give up on his abilities for his own good.

The finale of the first part of ‘The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.’ uses a reverse trope and marks a part of a hero’s journey that we don’t usually get to see—his downfall. With all the ordeals that he faced while saving the lives of others around him, Saiki K finally decides to give up on his abilities and seeks a peaceful life.

From a show that has been all about random comic sketches put together, you don’t really expect a conclusive ending of any sort. However, ‘Saiki K.’ surprises with you a very satisfying end.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened Episode 6 Recap

The episode starts off with a panning shot of Saiki walking down a street and one can clearly notice that he is not wearing his limiter. This is when Saiki starts confessing that he has finally given up on all of his abilities and will now live an ordinary life. With the help of his brother, he is able to break free from all of his psychic abilities. However, as he begins to live his day like an ordinary school kid, he realizes that his life without his abilities will not be as easy he thought it would be. In the events that follow, Saiki is forced to depend on Nendou in one situation and is also not able to identify the ulterior motives of his other classmates, who try crush him under a bookshelf in the library.

After reflecting on Saiki’s dilemmas as a normal human, the episode then takes an apocalyptic twist in which a meteor heads towards the Earth. Like a typical disaster movie, the episode features testimonials of each of the main characters who announce their own final farewells to the world. Meanwhile, after realizing that he is probably the only person who can save the world, though a little reluctant about it, Saiki picks up his pink-lensed glasses again. With this, he finally chooses to be the hero that the world needs and sets out to stop the meteor. Saiki K may not be the hero we deserved, but the hero we needed.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened Episode 6 Review

Saiki K delivers its finale with deliberate unseemly haste, and yet, it perfectly pulls off an extremely pleasant conclusion. The final episode subtly reinstates all of its easily recognizable cast of characters and gives you more or less of a recap of all of their personalities, while it reflects on their reaction towards the end of the world. While the first few moments of the finale are more focused on portraying Saiki’s struggles with the lack of his psychic abilities, it is the second half that brings you a feast of some outrageous humor.

The entire season was consumed in these little chunks that all came together in the last episode, leaving you with a memorable after taste. There were times when I even complained about its lack of characterization, but I was partially wrong. While some of the side characters could still use some development, Saiki’s character goes through a perfect transformation throughout the flaccid runtime of the series.

There is nothing groundbreaking about Saiki K, to say the least. And except for its mildly powerful end, nothing about it will move you in any way. However, without pushing any boundaries, ‘The Disastrous Life of Saiki K: Remastered’ proves to be very entertaining. Regardless of whether you’re watching it in Japanese or English, its shard script and humor will certainly give your funny bone a tickle.  And not to mention, its bite-sized structure makes it perfect for a Netflix binge.

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