The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

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The problem with comedies, especially gag anime, is that they tend to focus on a specific pun or joke based on their concept. And the longer that concept goes, the fewer ways you have to continue exploring the concept without it feeling old. 

But the best gag anime get around this issue by centering the concepts themselves around repetition, and therefore longevity. Kaguya-Sama still feels fresh after 24 episodes because its entire premise revolves around the stubbornness of its main characters and how little they are willing to change. This is also why The Disastrous Life of Saiki K manages to stay hilarious and sharp episode after episode, even if you’ve already seen some variant of the story before. 

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