Best Anime on Netflix: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Very similar to Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is also a parody anime. Unlike Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is extremely fast-paced. This anime takes quick-wit to a whole new level and for non-japanese speakers we highly recommend the dub version so you can better appreciate the jokes with the visual context. The dialogue is often so quick that it can be hard to watch any part of what’s happening on screen when trying to keep up with the subtitles. But the speedy, sometimes dry-humored jokes are part of what makes Saiki K. one of the best anime on Netflix.
Born with supernatural powers, including but not limited to telepathy and psychokinesis, Kusuo high schooler Saiki seems to have his life easy, able to have almost anything he wants with a snap of his fingers. He could win the lottery, become famous, gain the affection of any chosen love interest. It’s too bad all he ever seems to want is to be left alone. Saiki has very little interest in people, the idea of getting close to anyone possibly soured by his wacky parent that are either disgustingly affectionate or seconds away from killing each other.
It could also be that Saiki’s calm demeanor has attracted the most stereotypical of high school television tropes, from the pretty popular girl who literally glows for effect, the dopey jock that’s hardly loveable and the outcast kid that’s seen way to many samurai shows and is convinced he’s been sent to save the world. And Saiki wants nothing to do with any of them. So, instead of using his powers to make himself rich or loved, Saiki uses them to hide from any unwanted attention, and it’s not easy. Apparently, high schoolers can be pretty persistent when they want to be your friend.
Introverted viewers might want to bookmark this recommendation as Saiki is highly relatable. Plus, the show is thorough in its comical explanations of all the common questions first-time anime watchers have for anime: Why is everyone’s hair a different color? How is that guy able to knock someone out just by hand-chopping them in the head? How can one flick to that much damage? Why are those characters floating when they’re happy? Normally, it’s just anime shenanigans. But in Saiki K., one of the best anime on Netflix, there’s a ridiculous reason for everything.