Anime: THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K.

Available on DVD at Prosper Community Library!

Streaming: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Amazon (not Prime, but can purchase)

 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a “slice of life” anime with a twist: Saiki Kuso does his best to hide his psychic abilities from his “normal” high school classmates.  Although the focus of the series is Saiki’s secret and his interactions with his classmates, there is also a realistic depiction of life in a Japanese high school snuck into the background.

Many American high school and college students choose to study abroad.  This is such a great way to learn another language and experience other cultures.  Many slice of life anime actually include an American exchange student – it’s hard not to laugh at this caricature of ourselves!

One American exchange student to Japan has even shared videos of her daily life at a Japanese high school.  Almost all “slice of life” anime include episodes featuring the school’s sports festival days and the annual culture festival.

Regular Day: 

Sports Festival Day:

Culture Festival:

If spending a semester in Japan interests you, you can start studying Japanese now through Mango Languages.  Your Prosper Community Library card is your ticket for a free membership to Mango Languages!  Click here to sign up for your free Mango Languages account.

If you like this anime, borrow these from PCL:

Manga:

  • Demon Slayer – YA GN GOT
  • Erased – YA GN SAN
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise – YA GN AOK
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up – YA GN KON
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – YA GN TAN
  • My Hero Academia – YA GN HOR
  • Real Account – YA GN OKU
  • So Cute It Hurts!! – YA GN IKE
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun – YA GN AID

 Anime DVD:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle – J DVD HOW
  • Penguin Highway – DVD PEN
  • A Silent Voice – DVD SIL
  • When Marnie Was There – J DVD WHE
  • Your Name – DVD YOU

Careers in Anime: 

“How can I turn my love of anime, manga, Japanese culture into a job?”

Become a Voice Actor for English Dubs of Anime!

Borrow these from Prosper Community Library to learn more about the real Japan:

  • Fodor’s 25 Best: Tokyo by Martin Gostelow – 915.213 GOS
  • Fodor’s Japan by Eugene Fodor – 915.2 FOD
  • A Geek In Japan by Hector Garcia – 915.204 GAR

Thank you for joining me for The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.  Let’s leave the real world behind – for outer space!  Next time we’ll talk about an interstellar battle shonen.

 Katie Deeds
Youth Services Librarian – Prosper Community Library