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The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 release date confirmed: Original ‘Restart Arc’ sequel confirmed as Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 4 on Netflix U.S.

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 key art visual
The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 will restart the anime series as a Netflix Originals exclusive. Pic credit: J.C. Staff/Egg Firm

The release time frame for The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 has been officially confirmed to be coming up during the winter 2019 anime season. Titled The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Restart Arc (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Psi Shido-Hen), or the Reawakened Arc, the fourth season will be streaming exclusively on the Netflix platform and it will only be six episodes long.

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 was initially officially confirmed to be in production as a Netflix Original anime series at AnimeJapan 2019. Director Hiroaki Sakurai is returning along with J.C. Staff and Egg Firm, who co-produced the earlier seasons. Character designer Masayuki Onji and composer Psychic Lover are also returning.

The announcement did not specify any details about the Saiki K. English dub, but the Japanese cast members will be returning.

  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Kusuo Saiki
  • Daisuke Ono as Riki Nendo
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as Shun Kaido
  • Satoshi Hino as Kineshi Hairo
  • Natsuki Hanae as Reita Toritsuka
  • Ai Kayano as Kokomi Teruhashi

There will also be two new Saiki K. characters. Kousuke Toriumi will be voicing Takumi Iguchi, a good teacher who comes off as a pervert based on his appearance. Nao Toyama will play Hii Suzumiya, a girl student who is assumed to be clumsy but she’s really cursed with bad luck.

The announcement of Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 3 was surprising since the anime series had already adapted the original source material. Therefore, the fourth season will be an original story unless it follows the newer chapters released for the 4-panel manga sequel (see below for more details).

It should be noted that Netflix currently lists the two-episode 55-minute finale special released in December 2018 as being Season 3. Therefore, the new Restart Arc anime series is officially considered by Netflix to be The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 even though it’s the third full season.

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 2 Episode 24 ended with Saiki also behaving surprised at the prospect of an anime sequel because he had not heard anything about it. He finishes off by saying, “See you next time!” and the end card has the exact same message.

  • Updated October 23, 2019: Added The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 release date, number of episodes, and new key art visual.
  • Updated October 14, 2019: Added The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 release time frame, new staff, new cast, and other details.
  • Updated March 25, 2019: Added Netflix official announcement of The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 (or Season 3, if the “conclusion” movie special is excluded).
  • Updated December 3, 2018: Added release date for the Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. conclusion anime special.

This article provides everything that is known about The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 4) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. manga compared to the anime

The anime’s story is based on the Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga series (also written as Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan) by mangaka Shuichi Aso. The one-shot manga series started serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2012 and has been collected in tankobon hardcover format. The engding, Volume 26 released in Japan on August 23, 2018.

As of the ending of the second season, no international book publisher has licensed the English translation of The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. manga series. There are English-based fan translation projects, but they have translated only about two-thirds of the chapters and thus is currently behind the events of the anime. However, the anime adaptation skipped many chapters so it’s still worthwhile to read from the beginning.

Unfortunately, there’s not much source material left to adapt since the manga ended with Chapter 279. The first season adapted up to Chapter 123 and Season 2 Episode 14 corresponded to Chapter 196, which is in Volume 19. The second season covered most of the remaining major story arcs.

Back in September 2018, Weekly Shonen Jump confirmed that the anime series would finish the story told by the first manga. The staff at anime studio J.C. Staff/Egg Firm revealed a visual that claims, “Finally, a conclusion… ?”

Billed by Netflix as Season 3, the special conclusion anime adapted the final chapters of the original manga. Kusuo and the rest of his classmates went on a trip to Oshimai-City (“oshimai” literally translates as “The End”).

Thankfully, it still is possible to make an anime sequel based on a manga. The original one-shot manga series may have ended in early 2018, but the Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan manga resumed in Jump Giga magazine with a four-panel manga sequel starting on March 5, 2018. Jump Giga is an irregularly published spin-off of Weekly Shonen Jump and it’s uncertain how long the manga sequel will be.

It’s currently unknown if The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 will follow this new 4-panel manga. Both seasons skipped a lot of chapters of the first manga series, but not quite enough to make Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 4.

In combination with stories from the unadapted chapters, the manga sequel will probably provide the basis for the fourth season. After all, Saiki K. Season 4 is slated to be only six episodes so anime original content should be unnecessary, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 3
A teaser visual released for The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 3 aka the conclusion special. Pic credit: J.C. Staff/Egg Firm

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.: Netflix Release Date For Season 2 Part 2 Finally Arrived… With No Dub

While the Japanese are already talking about Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 3, Netflix U.S. and UK only recently released The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 2 for Americans to binge-watch. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 2 episodes 13 through 24 were released as a Part 2 months later on Netflix U.S.

Unfortunately, it currently lacks an English dub like the first season. So far, there has not been any word on whether Netflix will release The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. English dub for Season 2.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K Season 4 Netflix Key Art
The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. anime is being “resurrected” by Netflix and this key art makes this point clear in comedic sacrilegious fashion. Pic credit: J.C. Staff/Egg Firm

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 Release Date

As of the last update, J.C. Staff and Egg Firm have officially confirmed the production of a fourth season as a new Netflix Original series (or Saiki K. Season 3, depending on whether you count the conclusion movie special as a “season”). The official trailer from Netflix announced that The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 release date is scheduled worldwide for December 30, 2019, the winter 2019 anime season.

Nothing has been announced concerning a Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Season 4 English dub. The trailer was in Japanese with English subtitles so similar to the second season it seems like we won’t get a dubbing this time around, either.

Let’s just hope the fourth season is a “real” Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Season 4 based on the four-panel manga sequel. Anime fans will just have to wait and see whether the new series is mostly original content. Stay tuned!

Patrick Frye is Monsters and Critics' Anime Editor. He considers himself a "woke-taku" and he enjoys covering all the latest news related to Japanese entertainment.... read more

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