I have mixed feels regarding this episode. The animation was spectacular as always, but I feel that it may have been too dramatic. Mob Psycho 100 has always had battles that could be said as to be highly dynamic. In this episode something felt off. The end result was always expected, Mob “wins.” As Suzuki got stronger and stronger I always assumed that Mob would surpass him. The main issue is when there’s no limits on the powers of some psychics, there’s no sense of urgency in battle. Basically, they become spectacles of amazing animation and the outcome isn’t in doubt.
As I previously mention the animation was “dramatic and dynamic.” While this was visually pleasing I was unsure whether it was actually happening. For example, when Suzuki gains the upper hand, Mob begins twisting his arm, then the rest of his body. It was such a weird moment that I wasn’t sure if it was actually happening. You could argue that Mob Psycho 100 isn’t about the battle between psychics, it’s about the conflict with Mob. If the battles are just window dressing and the MORE important aspect of the show is Mob’s growth as a person.
That is the clearly the most important theme of this season, Mob’s growth. He’s always been powerful, but he hasn’t always been confident. Throughout this season Mob has become a more mature young man. Becoming more assertive, he’s been able to both make decisions for himself and be more critical of others. He did this without removing his compassion for others. Mob became a more complete person. Overall, this season had some downsides, the Claw arc was rushed in my opinion. No news on a season 3, but I’m looking forward to how Mob continues to grow.
In episode 12 we quickly get to see how the odd Serizawa Katsuya can to be employed by Suzuki. He was a shut in for 15 years, afraid of the outside world. Suzuki uses the fact that he is also an esper. He gives Serizawa an umbrella and tells him that he will “be fine with him.” Mob challenges Serizawa view that he was saved by Suzuki, suggesting that he was being used. Mob tells him that “if this is what he was going to do he should have stayed a shut-in.” In the last episode Mob was told to be harder on people, he is clearly taking that to heart.
Mob, Dimple and Serizawa engaged in a battle. Mob warns him that he can’t assimilate back into society. That Suzuki has deluded him into thinking that he was saved. The relationship between Serizawa and Suzuki reminds me of the old relationship between Mob and Reigen. Serizawa is a sad figure. He just wanted to have a normal life but his powers have made his life miserable. Serizawa shoots a massive energy ball at Mob, who absorbs it. He then returns it to Serizawa sharing his feelings with him.
Meanwhile, Suzuki explains how he shares his power with his soldiers. He reabsorbs the energy he gave the defeated soldiers becoming engulf in energy. Mob arrives, he begins to challenge the view of Suzuki. Unsurprisingly, he rejects Mob’s view that “people need other people.” When Mob displays his ability to transfer powers. Suzuki then attacks Mob, declaring him his “mortal enemy.” He dominates him in battle, until Reigen arrives to interfere. His usual bait and switch doesn’t work and Suzuki attacks. I though for a second that Reigen was killed, resulting in Mob going insane.
However, Serizawa arrives to save Reigen. Mob gets up after having reach 100% rage. Suzuki attacks Serizawa and Reigen, but Mob blocks it. Minegishi rescues Shou, Reigen and Serizawa. This angers Suzuki as he’s now been betrayed by everyone. He of course doesn’t see the reality that it’s actually his fault. Mob attacks him again, but Suzuki reveals that he’s only using 10 percent of his output while Mob is at 100 percent. Of course we have seen Mob break 100 percent before so it’s hardly the end of his power. I anticipate that he will need some help, if for no other reason than it fits the theme of not going at it alone. regardless, the next episode is going to be epic.
This episode was simply epic. The animation was perfect. The action was superb. From beginning to end I was hooked. The pacing of this episode was great as well. The previous few episodes felt a little too fast paced. Even with the large number of combatants presence at once the fight never was difficult to follow. Furthermore, the choreography of the fights was well done. Mob continues to grow as a person, as he reminds the Claw espers that they’re not that special.
This episode seamlessly shifts between fights. We begin with the fight (if you can call it that) between Ritsu and Shimazaki. Mob faces of against the plant using Ultimate 5 member, Minegishi. Mob is largely on the defensive in this battle only to be “saved” by Matsuo, who is defeated easily. However, Mogami is released from his bottle and quickly handles Minegishi and the others. He questions Mob’s views on giving people second chances to become better. He tells Mob that he needs to be “hard on people sometimes,” and that if he could do it “he would be invincible.”
Shou faces off against his father. He is dominated and clearly has very little to hurt his father. Meanwhile, the most interesting fight of this episode was Shimazaki verses everyone. Ritsu, Teru, and the former Scar members all attack him together. His weakness seems to be concentration and with all the members fighting almost at once he becomes distracted. When this moment occurs everyone takes this opportunity to get some hits in. However, Shimazaki recovers activating his “mind eye.” At this point he senses Mob approaching, only to be “defeated” by Reigen “self defense attack.”
He flees in fear of Mob’s anger when he tells him that he only destroyed peoples lives for fun. Before Mob goes to confront the boss, he proves that he can be hard on people. His friends and brother are preparing to join him in battle and he informs them that they would “only get in his way.” With only two members of Claw left, Touichirou (the boss) and Serizawa this season is winding down. I’m interested in seeing how the opposing personalities of Mob and Touichirou clash.
Claw has moved into the Seasoning Cultural Tower. Suzuki explains that he took over the Tower for two reasons. First, the omurice in the cafeteria is amazing. Second, he’s from this city and feels able to monitor any “changes.” The police show up and are handled by the “red shirt” espers. Hatori handles the press in the helicopters. Reigen and the former claw members debate what to do. Reigen argues that they should “let the police handle it.” He doesn’t believe that they would have much of a chance.
He receives a call from an insurance agent that tells, telling him that he has no claim. This is what “inspires” him to change his mind. Meanwhile, Shou and Ritsu head to the tower to confront his father. He claims that Ritsu has “latent abilities that surpasses Mob.” It’s unclear how sincere Shou was, but if he’s right that’s a MAJOR claim. He then suggests that he’s more “powerful than his father.” I doubt that too. Anyway, they are interrupted by the member of the Ultimate 5, Minegishi, the plant user.
Shou claims that getting caught by his plants will result in you becoming food. Shou three associates intervene, fighting on his behalf. Reigen organizes a plan to infiltrate the tower. It’s not successful. Elsewhere, Reigen, Mob and Dimple are located by the members of Claw. Reigen’s “luck” get them out of fighting the low level ones. However, he fails to subdue the member of Ultimate 5.
Mob is out of commission for almost all of this episode. That’s fine. However, it’s clearly has more to do with him having TOO much power, as he clear would end the conflict easily. Mob awakens at the end of the episode, defeating the Ultimate 5 member. I think there might be a problem. With so many characters I don’t think it’s possible to be thorough. There’s only 3 episodes left in this season, so I think that the series may rush to a conclusion or continue the arc into the following season.
I gotta say I was kinda disappointed when this episode began. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy Mob’s family isn’t dead, I just wanted to see Mob go off. Regardless, Dimple quickly informs Mob that the bodies aren’t real. Mob uses his powers and locates the fire starters. Hanazawa Teruki is attacked at his home, meanwhile, Mob is attacked by a guy that uses electricity and one that can make “impregnable armor out of energy.” Mob crushes them with ease.
Former Claw 7th division member Koyama and Sakurai arrive and give Mob a ride. Reigen and the former members claw, have decided that they are going to use their powers for good. Elsewhere, we are introduced to several new characters. Claw Foreigner Squad members, Joseph and Udo, and the head of Claw, Suzuki Toichiro. They goal is to “declare war on the world.” Hatori, an Ultimate 5 uses his ability to project Suzuki onto the worlds televisions. He declares to the world that ” a new world is about to begin.”
Shou is watching and it’s now clear that he’s not the bad guy. Mob and Ritsu’s parents are fine. Claw Division 1 leader Tamaki explains the “plan.” Infighting between the Ultimate 5, Claw’s upper echelon and Claw traitors. It’s all so confusing. Joseph admits that he’s a government spy. The insurgences are quickly defeated by the Ultimate 5. As, Reigen and the rest are eating, it’s noted by the narrator that they missed the message due to having the television off. It’s a silly but plausible reason that they wouldn’t know what’s going on, otherwise, the conflict would arrive too early.
Shimazaki is sent by Suzuki Toichiro to kidnap the Prime Minister. He’s blind, but can predict the movements of others and teleport. He takes the Prime Minister to a park. It’s here he encounters, Teruki. He uses telekinetic explosion, air whips, pyrokinesis and a new multilayered barrier. He defeat by the quick, Shimazaki, who then teleports with the Prime Minister. Last weeks ending was manipulative of our emotion, I’m not sure what for. Mob never blow up as Shou wanted him to. It was a wasted plan. He’s correct that Mob’s not a fighter, so asking him for help of front wasn’t going to work.
Mob’s family and friend being in danger is the only way. However, wouldn’t simply waiting until his father tries to take over the world, then use that danger to inspire Mob work better? Also there’s WAY too man characters in this episode, almost all the espers from last season, Claw and Ultimate 5. We’ll likely get familiar with most of them later though. It’s safe to say that front this point forward the battle will begin.
To say this episode has a dramatic shift in tone is an understatement. This episode begins with Mob’s family in a park (when he was a child), enjoying a picnic. Mob falls, hurting himself and begins to cry releasing his powers. It’s both a contrast to the heart wrenching ending and a foreshadowing of what happens during the marathon. The episode begins with Mezato narrating the rise of the “Psycho Helmet Religion.” Mob now has a building named after him, the PHR has over 700 members and they are actively recruiting new ones. There seems to be no real religion dogma.
The annual Salt Middle School All-Student Marathon Contest is upon Mob and his classmates. Mob has decided that if he places in the top ten, he will ask Tsubomi out. Of course Mob is incredibly slow, having placed 291 out of 300 students last year. Mob is determined to improve in ten days anyway. Together with Reigen, Ritsu, Dimple and others he begins to train. As the day of the marathon arrives Mob is in good spirits. He quickly is knocked down, however. He falls in the exact fashion he fell in the opening and cut’s his knee in the same place. Bleeding, Mob continues his run.
The animation here is perfect. Mob’s odd running form, heavy breathing, his anguish and exhaustion are clearly rendered. Mob passes out. However, he doesn’t seem to be too sad about it. Meanwhile, Mob’s mother is making a special dinner for them, when the doorbell rings. It’s Shou Suzuki from the final episode from last season. The tone and since of urgency quickly shift. What’s he doing there? Is he a threat? Ritsu isn’t strong enough of a psychic to defeat him, what can he do? Walking home, Mob notices smoke from his home. He’s shocked to see his house on fire and walks in.
As Mob’s emotions increase toward’s the high 90’s, he remembers his family. While, we the audience are desperately hoping that they escaped somehow. We are given one last grasp at hope when Mob asks if “someone could’ve taken them, too?” I instantly though of course they were taken and not killed that would be TOO dark for this series. Until. Mob opens the door and witness a horrific sight, his families charred remains. Mob’s emotions quickly surpass 100%, as he becomes enraged. This season aimed to focused on Mob as a person, not as a psychic powerhouse. On that front their wasn’t much that we didn’t already know, Mob is a powerful esper.
Until this point in the season, Claw wasn’t a factor and it seemed like Mob and Reigen had forgotten about the organization altogether. However, Shou didn’t want to be part of Claw. Why would he risk the wrath of Mob? Considering the overall tone of the series and the fact that a series that has psychics could have “staged,” the “deaths” of his family. Or maybe I’m just hoping they did.
In the last episode, Jodo Kirin plotted to embarrass Reigen. They bring out a possessed child. The show takes a commercial break. Jodo uses this opportunity to manipulate Reigen into going first. He plays on his vanity, by offering the “spotlight,” to Reigen. He also “allows” Reigen to hear that there’s a “script.” Reigen claims to be prepared to exorcise the boy. He uses his Salt Splash on the boy, knowing that his salt “has never worked before,” Reigen concludes that the boy is acting.
However, assuming that there’s a script he continues for another 30 mins. Jodo steps up and announces that he can’t exorcise the boy because he’s not possessed, thus revealing Reigen as a fraud. Jodo further humiliates him by asking him questions and getting the audience to laugh at him. The next day on social media the fallout from his exposure is revealed. Past characters and clients of his are seen reacting to his misfortune.
Reigen’s press conference
Learning nothing apparently, Reigen takes his latest opportunity to get media attention. He attacks the media for “stalking him.” He asks does anyone have proof that he’s a scam artists or he doesn’t have psychic powers. When asked directly if he has powers he answers, “no comment.” After finally answering questions, it is revealed that he would have quit the psychic business if it wasn’t for Mob.
This scene starts out as sweet, with Mob looking adorable with his big eyes, however, it quickly becomes clear that Reigen has decided to take advantage of Mob’s innocence. To his credit Reigen realizes that he has failed to change and feels guilty for having used Mob. He tells Mob through the cameras that “he’s grown,” Mob (we assume) then uses his powers to help Reigen. Technically, Mob’s is now complicate in the fraud that Reigen is perpetrating. However, Mob wouldn’t be were he is without Reigen and vice versa. They’re a team and together they help people in need.
The magnificent previous episode of Mob Psycho 100, was likely going to set this one up for failure. This episode opens with Reigen seemingly getting fired and renting a small apartment four years ago. In the present Mob accomplishes a new feat, 35 push ups. It’s a new record for him. Dimple notes that Mob has been developing a greater since of self, developing more confidence. Mob and the other celebrate the birthdays of Kijibayashi and Kumakawa. We rarely see Mob spending time with people other than Reigen. Mob finally is able to at least ask Reigen to do a job on his own. He fails to say no however.
Mob quickly arrives and destroys the ghosts. So far in this series Reigen has maintain a balance of being a sleazy con man to an important and positive adult that has had a good impression on Mob. In this episode I think he crosses a line. He belittles Mob’s personal life, telling him to “grow up.” He manipulates Mob, by telling that his friends don’t actually care about him. Here, Reigen’s manipulation fails and prompts Mob to state that he “doesn’t believe that” Reigen always tells the truth. Reigen is suggesting that Mob is being used by his friends, while using Mob powers.
Mob cuts ties with Reigen. Instead of heading to work he simply returns home. Reigen is sure that Mob will return to him. Mob admits that he felt that it was “easier” to just blindly follow Reigen. Mob has decided that stop relying on Reigen so much. As Mob goes on socializing, Reigen continues to tell himself that Mob will return to him. He clearly misses Mob and isn’t sure that he would return. While walking he runs into Mob walking with his friends. By “walking into” I mean he runs and hides from him. He notices that Mob may actually be having fun.
Reigen tries to manipulate Dimple, asking him if he wants to be “ordinary middle schooler’s pet forever.” It doesn’t really work. Reigen heads home to his small apartment. Mob and his friends head to karaoke. Meanwhile, Reigen searches a Facebook clone when he realizes that it’s his birthday and he has no birthday messages form his friends. We and Reigen have focused on Mob’s friendships but we never see Reigen with anyone other than Mob. He gets a condensing message from his mother telling him to find a “real” job.
As Mob has fun at karaoke, Reigen doesn’t at a sad bar. He meets his “almost friends,” at the bar. Reigen reaches rock bottom as he realizes he friendless. as he throws up in an alley, he decides that he’s “just going to have to become somebody.” He expands his field of work, increasing the popularity of his agency. He got interviewed for a magazine and offer an opportunity to be on television. He appears on a show with Jodo, who appears to have it in for Reigen. Even though this series didn’t focus on action packed psychic battles, it may have been the most impact an episode has had yet. Focusing on the character development of Reigen and Mob is important.
Particularly, Reigen needed to be fleshed out. At the beginning of the episode he was terrible towards Mob. It turned out the criticism he had of Mob’s life was more true of his own. However, he became more of a sad figure, than one to scorn. Mob was actually his only friend. He had no real private life, he’s a fraud in all aspects of his life. He does dwell in his sorrow however. He gets back on his feet and manages to make himself even more successful. His change was more genuine this time, actually having success to speak of. The question remains, will Mob and him reunite? How? What does Jodo plan on doing to him?
Oh. This episode is a glorious display of animation brilliance. If you been reading my blog for a while you should know my love of Sakuga animation. Mob Psycho has always been a top notch animation tour de force. However, certain episodes display this the best. I figured this episode might have great animation. I wasn’t disappointed. The facial animations, with the 12 minute fight scene was spectacular. The cost must have been through the roof. And to think we aren’t even half way through the season.
Anyway, let’s start at the beginning. The first thing you may not notice is that it’s letter boxed. I actual though the entire season was that way and I just didn’t notice. Seems to have been a design choice to add a dramatic effect. Mogami claims that the world he created features “accurate representations of actual people,” and is a “parallel world.” Supposedly the only change is that Mob doesn’t have his powers. Mob’s world seemed too harsh. He’s slapped by a teacher, he’s bullied like in the normal world, it wasn’t clear that Mob’s brother Ritsu was no longer his brother or simply didn’t care his brother was getting beat up. My best guess, he didn’t care. Asagiri pours milk on his head. Mogami implores Mob to “get stronger.”
Back in the real world. Dimple and Reigen observe Mob. Dimple assumes that Mob lost. Claiming he should have “been done in a minute,” instead of 30. Reigen has faith in Mob’s strength. Filled with negative emotion, Mob begins to succumb to his emotion. Dimple frees the captives while Mogami is distracted. He asks why Reigen continues to remain behind, since Mob is “done.” Reigen trusts Mob. Dimple decides that he will manipulate Mob “from the shadows.” Meanwhile, Mob finally gives into his hatred. In his despair he demands that Asagiri apologize.
Dimple arrives to save Mob from the illusions. He reminds Mob, that he and Reigen are waiting for him. Mob remembers all his friends. Accepting the cruelty the world can deliver, he fights Mogami. As I mentioned the fight is epic. You’ll have to watch it for yourselves. Eventually, Mob returns to his body and Mogami is captured by Matsuo. The mean girl, Asagiri returns to normal. However, she sincerely apologizes for how she treated Mob. He says that he’s “glad they” meet. With her father in the hospital she tells him that Mob saved her. Her father donates 500,000,000 JPY to the Psycho Helmet Religion. Reigen tells Mob not to let his powers consume him like Mogami, while the eat MobDonald’s. This episode has set the bar real high, I don’t expect the next episode to top this, will the season finally?
Mob and Reigen get a new job offer from a rich business owner. They arrive to a room full of psychics. We are reintroduced to Shinra Banshomaru-san, introduced to his sinister boss, Jodo Kirin, Rising Sun Spiritual Union President. He seemed skeptical of Reigen or should I say Mob defeating the Dragger. Anyway, Matsuo from the last season returns as well. The wealthy business owner is, Asagiri Masashi. He wants the psychics to help his fourteen year old daughter, Asagiri Minori. He believes that she is possessed. Reigen steps up to fix the problem, but is meet with opposition. The other psychic get upset, but Mr. Asagiri suggest playing rock-paper-scissor to decide. Reigen pulls his usually con job. He states that he will throw “paper” then he said he might go with “scissors.” Regardless, he somehow wins the whole thing.
The old it’s him not me routine
Reigen goes into the room to speak with Minori. The conversation is polite enough, but she makes an accusation that her father was abusing her. Reigen is unfazed. He walks out, Jodo claims that she’s normal. His associate goes in. Reigen claims that there’s “something” wrong with Minori. He says that he didn’t feel like he was speaking to a child. After shaming the other psychic for being a fool, the demon possessed Minori throws Udo threw the glass.
Enter Mogami Keiji
Dimple is frighten, when realizes that the ghost is Mogami Keiji. Having died 40 years prior, Keiji was a “good psychic who used seances and channeling to save people.” However, he was secretly an assassin. He attempt to absorb Dimple, Keiji tells him that he plans on “willfully shuffle off this mortal coil soon and become a powerful vengeful spirit.” He claims that he wants “revenge.” Mogami Keiji faces off against Jodo, who he defeats easily. Taking control over his body he sends Jodo into the crowd, Reigen uses his Anti-Possession Jumping Knee Strike to knock out Jodo. What’s surprising is that Mob is powerless to stop him. Keiji then impales Minori’s father.
Mob steps up his game. However, he admits that Keiji is stronger than he is. Mob determines that the only way he can defeat Keiji is by entering the body of Minori and expelling him. So far in this series we have seen Mob grow both emotional and psychically. He’s been learning more nuisance psychic abilities from villains. He trust Dimple to possess his body while he’s unconscious. When Mob leaves his body, Keiji attacks him. Dimple takes over and they fight hand to hand. Mob enters Minori’s body and faces Keiji inside. When it looks like Mob has the upper hand, Keiji knocks him down and turns him into stone. Mob awakens, according to Keiji he has altered his memories and Mob can’t use ESP. He plans on watch how Mob act without his powers.
The ending to this episode was unexpected to say the least. It’s no spoiler that Mob gets his powers back, but how and why is still unclear. Mob has always struggled with having powers, I wonder how he will react in this new “World.” BONES really step up the animation this episode, particularly with the variety of scenes, playing with color then later with texture. Mob’s battle are rarely difficult, even though I know he’s going to win I’m excited to see how. Regardless, this episode did make me concerned for Mob and that’s not a small feat.
Reigen entertains a client that wishes for him to curse someone. Reigen refuses to do so. However, the client is insistent and become agitated. To defuse the situation, Reigen creates a makeshift curse on paper for the man to carry around free of charge. Reigen claims that ” As long as you have that with you, I’m sure something will happen someday.” The man weirdly claims that if Reigen is lying (he is) the man will “curse” Reigen. If he could curse someone by himself then why go to Reigen at all? Regardless, Mob wonders that there’s harm allowing the client believe that he’s cursing someone.
The Stalker next door
The next client is a woman that believes that she being stalked. The “spirit” was gazing through her window. Reigen sends Dimple to look for it. He finds nothing and Mob only sense something faint. The room beings to shake and a ghostly aberration appears in the window. Reigen suggest Mob “vaporize it,” but Mob states that it’s a “real person.” The man is actually next door. The creepy man used a “outer body experience,” to spy on the woman. He’s arrested. Mob is confused as to why the woman would feel differently after finding out that the “spirit” was just a man.
Don’t mess with Mob
As Mob is walking home from school he’s harassed by two bullies. Mob is dumbfounded as they ask him for money. Dimple possess one of the boys, forcing him to strip naked. Mob tells Dimple to stop. The bullies continue to harass Mob, then Ritsu psychically chokes the bully with his tie. Finally, the members of Mob’s fitness club surround the bullies forcing them to flee. Mob is the strongest physic in this series. However, he’s always concerned about abusing his power and doesn’t think that they make him special. However, he has manage to collect a group of people that are willing to protect him. His friends think that he should use his powers next time.
The peaceful ghost family
Mob and Reigen are brought to the wood’s to exorcise some ghost. The family hopes to remain there as they died in an accident and “lost their chance at a good life.” Mob’s clients don’t care that they are peaceful and simply want them gone. Dimple attempts to manipulate the father into killing the three client. The father refuses. This leads to the most profound part of the episode, Mob’s conflict. Reigen realizes that Mob can “see a far bigger world that” normal people. As previously mentioned, Mob is somewhat fearful of his own power, of losing control. If he did who would stop him? He could be like the bullies that harassed him if he wanted to. This season may focus on Mob’s fear.
Reigen is bored. No one seems to bothered by spirits. In search of money Reigen decides that he and Mob should look into urban legends. Reigen is of course looking for the gullible, that believe in the supernatural. He sets up a stand to offer exorcism help. Mob and Reigen are interrupted by Shinra Banshomaru, the greatest psychic of this century. He claims that they don’t have any jurisdiction to put up their stand. As challenges their so called authority, but a potential client arrives. She claims that spirits are attracted to her. Mob confirms that a spirit of a middle aged man is following her.
Eliminating the Urban Legends
Shinra is uncertain who would take such a job, and of course Reigen claims the job. Shinra decides to help, Reigen asks Dimple to tail him. He seems to be concerned for Shira’s safety. He asks some children about what they’ve seen. He becomes weird and the girls think he’s a pervert. A guy in a read raincoat runs pass him and he tackles him. This reveals that the man named Akarain isn’t wearing any clothing. We get a seen that’s similar to the fighting game genre, with Akarain vs Shinra. Akarain flees. The human faced dog turn out to be a dog with a face written by marker.
Hey aren’t you thirsty
Shira catches up to Akarain. This turns out to be his plan all along. He attacks Shinra with a taser. At this point it seems like Shinra doesn’t have any psychic powers. After knocking Shinra out, a skinny woman dragging several dolls behind her, stating hey, aren’t you thirst over and over. Akarain attacks her with his taser. She reflects the electricity on him, knocking him out. Shinra uses Spirit Hold. It doesn’t have an effect. The woman sinks under the water and rises under Shinra throwing him into the lake. She tries to drag him under water, but Dimple possess him awakening his latent powers.
Dimple verses the Dragger
The fight between Dimple (in Shinra’s body) and the dragger is a dynamic battle. The animation is spectacular ask they fight through the trees. Dragger attacks with a series of clawed weapons. Cornered, Dimple considers abandoning Shira when his achilles tendon snaps. However, Mob’s faith in him prevent him from doing so. Just before the Dragger kills Shira, Mob saves them. She flees. Dimple claims that the Dragger was given life from “the imagination of masses.”
Fear is used to power her. The lake begins to expand, trapping Reigen and Shinra. However, because Mob doesn’t have a childhood fear of the Dragger he’s able to defeat her. Mob’s ignorance saved him. Reigen, Mob and Dimple head to find the “Dashing Granny,” but it turns out she just an old lady that runs. Mob is embarrassed that she beat him, becoming Mob’s “first traumatic experience with urban legends.”
It’s been three years since Mob Psycho 100’s season 1 premiered, and the much anticipated 2nd season has arrive without disappointment. Episode 1, entitled Ripped Apart, Someone Is Watching quickly reintroduces the series. Shigeo Kageyama or “Mob” is a powerful esper that works for Reigen, a false psychic who owns the “Talk About Spirits Agency.” The cast of characters from season 1 remain, Dimple, a formerly powerful evil spirit that now hangs around Mob hoping to use his power someday.
There’s Ritsu Kageyama, Mob’s younger brother, also a psychic. Ritsu excels where Mob doesn’t with girls, school, athletics and Mob excels where he doesn’t, physic abilities. This episode begins with Reigen talking to a farmer that believe’s his farm is possessed. Of course he’s right. Reigen is a con artist, but manages to have a heart at the same time. Reigen agrees to take “30 % of his harvest.”
He and Mob (mostly Mob) face off against what the think a minor spirit, however, the spirit turns out to be more powerful. The battle is fine but what is most important is that Mob has seeming learned how to control living things “like a remote control car.” He uses this new ability to defeat the spirit and later is able to grow a cherry tomato plant from a seed almost instantly. We return to school where, Ichi-san is now part of the “Psycho Helmet Religion,” where she plans to exploit Mob for her own benefit.
Kamuro. the student President resigns as his unethical behavior from the previous season made him reconsider his position. Ichi sees this as an opportunity get Mob some attention. She uses his attraction for Tsubomi to convince him to run for President. Mob does the work but fails in epic fashion, becoming the first and only person to not speak during the five minutes allowed. Kamuro becomes President again, while Mob meets Emi who asks him out.
We find out later that Mob declined her invitation, but still walked her home for a week so he would hurt her feelings. Mob’s kindness is both his most endearing and his biggest weakness. People take advantage of this kindness often and Emi does as well. She admits that she was “dared” to ask him out by her friends. However, her time spent with Mob has made her realized that maybe she a lot like Mob. She apologizes for the her deception, but Mob doesn’t hold it against her. Emi’s friends turn out to be mean girls and one girl tears up the book Emi was writing.
This is another moment of change for Mob. He criticizes the girls for destroying her work. Mob has decided that he’s going to “consider his feelings more,” and begins to tear up. He starts picking up the pieces of Emi’s book of the ground and she joins him. When the wind blows the pile of papers away, she thanks Mob for his help. He then uses his powers to collect the pieces and reform the book. Exposing his powers to Emi, as Tsubomi watches.
Mob Psycho 100 picks up where season 1 left off. Maintaining the quality of the previous season. Bones continues to play with the animation of the series, keeping Mob Psycho’s visual originality. Seeing Mob’s emotion limitation expanded in this episode. What would a more mature Mob be able to do as a psychic? What effect does it have on the psychic explosion? Mob’s growth as a young man and an esper is going to be very important theme off this season, I can’t wait to see him mature.
Considering the connection to “One Punch Man,” I assumed that Mob was just going to defeat all enemies without much issue until the final fight. With One Punch Man this was the formula. However, Mob Psycho has derailed from this format. The final three episodes are proof of this change. In episode 10, The Heinous Aura/Mastermind, Teruki, Ritsu and Mob all seeming defeat their opposition with ease. However, when they encounter stronger opponents they all lost. Teruki and Ritsu losing and getting captured wasn’t surprising, but Mob losing was.
Reigen the mastermind
Reigen has been a bit of conflicting character. He is clearly a con man, but may not be as sinister as it seems. If you think about, when a client of his is under an impression that they are cursed or otherwise targeted by the paranormal, he indulges them in their view. It’s clear in this series that ghost, spirits and espers exists. Is it wrong to take advantage of people superstitious behavior? Probably, but, if you consider the peace of mind that comes from not thinking an evil spirit is attacking you it might be worth it. I say all this to point to the fact that Reigen may not be “bad” guy at all.
Reigen, being a con man, has a way with words. He uses the ability of his to make rational arguments and is often is convincing. This is no more on display than in episode 11. He manages to manipulate many of the lower level Claw into think that he was the boss. He appeals not to greed or some selfish motive, but to the bad morality and criminality of their behavior. He manages to talk his way into the Claw facility, free the group of espers and rescue Mob and the others. When he is finally is outed for not being the boss, he still manages to convince the low level Claw members to abandon the organization.
It is Reigen, not Mob that saves the day. His philosophy regarding Mob’s use of his powers was an important, if not the most important aspect of this series. His unwillingness to allow Mob to fight, resulted in him becoming the most powerful character in the show, through Mob transferring his powers to him. Reigen view of the world and how psychic powers are just ONE aspect of humanity. He believe’s that there is no difference between the espers and more ordinary people. Ultimately, his argument proves to be the best and he defeats Claw (for now) with his wit not his borrowed power.
This series was fun and overall kept me surprised. The ending wasn’t as action-ed packed as I hoped, but I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome. Like many good series like Attack On Titan, and One Punch Man, I don’t anticipate seeing another season of this series for a year or two. However, it was clearly hinted that there will be one and I can’t wait for it.
Mob finally finds out that his brother now has psychic powers as well. He is shocked that his brother, Ritsu, would harm anyone. Dimple abandons him as he plays on attacking Mob. Like always, Mob isn’t harmed by his brother’s attack. He actually is happy to see that his brother got the powers he always wanted. Ritsu explains that his “admiration” for his brother was misplaced.
He elaborates, suggesting that he was actually “scared” of his brother and was only “nice” out of fear. Mob isn’t buying Ritsu’s argument, and walks past him, bowing to the students his brother hurt. A mysterious hooded adult, is told to kidnap Ritsu, but he is under the impression that, Ritsu is actually Mob. Meanwhile, the gangs are amused by Mob’s willingness to beg for their forgiveness.
The hooded adult attacks Ritsu, then assaults the gang members. Mob grabs the arm of this guy, while his progression towards explosion rapidly increases. Mob hit quickly punched into a wall. Carrying Ritsu, the adult forces the gang members to bow to him. He begins to leave as Mob gets up and charges at the hooded guy at high speeds. Mob abandons his no using his powers against humans, to protect his brother.
The mysterious guy removes his hoodie and uses his, Telekinetic Helix. He violently dominates Mob, whom has never been hit so hard. Mob’s barrier is useless, and Ritsu becomes saddened at the abuse his brother suffers. He grabs the guy from behind and is hit in response. Mob’s progression towards explosion reaches 100 and he thorough handles the mystery man.
Surprisingly, this isn’t enough, as the guy uses “Energy Bomb.” Dimple is shocked and goes to retrieve, Teruki. The mystery guy uses some spray to knock Mob unconscious. Mob gets up again, but the mystery man flees with his brother. Mob is unsurprisingly concerned by his brother, Teruki informs Dimple and Mob that a group called Claw was responsible. He warns Mob that they are dangerous. Mob decides that he will face them to get his brother back.
They head to the research facility and find that the civilians are still alive. The head of the facility tells them that the kids were kidnapped. This is another epic episode, and mark a significant change in the series. With Ritsu using his psychic powers and Mob attacking a human, things have changed. Mob was defeated by the mysterious man, and was psychically hit. His 100% explosion failed to win him the battle. The introduction of Claw has resulted in a more interesting story.
Teruki Hanazawa is stunned to learn that there is another Esper. He is set on determining the “hierarchy” between them. It is clear that the philosophy regarding the use of psychic powers on humans. Mob’s stance is shaped by Reigen, whom compares psychic powers to knives. Teruki uses a telekinetic tackle, flinging Mob through the air and slamming him to the ground.
Death of Dimple
Seeing that Mob won’t fight back, Dimple stands in-between, Teruki and Mob. He transforms to his larger form. Without question, Teruki exorcises Dimple. At first, Mob seems to be upset, and his progression toward explosion increases to 50%. I’m disappointed Dimple’s “dead.” He was the comic relief i this series. He will be missed.
Mob’s calm personality and refusal to attack, angers Teruki. He releases his full power, however, Teruki has no intention of killing him. While fighting Mob deflects a number of knives, cutting of his hair. Teruki turns his tie into a sword, but to no avail. Mob concludes that Teruki is angry at him because his psychic powers is all he has. Mob calls him “average” and Teruki flies into a rage and begins to choke Mob. The progression towards explosion begins to increase dramatically at this point. Eventually, Mob passes out.
While in a state of unconsciousness, Mob’s power explode’s. Teruki begins to defend himself with a barrier. Mob blows right through it, along with Teruki’s clothing. Mob then begins to absorb ALL the energy in the atmosphere. Mob destroy’s the school, but regains consciousness. He begins to cry as he realizes that he failed to stay in control again. What is surprising is that Mob’s progression towards explosion continues. However, his sadness is the trigger this time. The result is Mob restores the school.
This episode through a wrench in the series. When, Mob is unconscious his power becomes terrorizing. What can be done to stop him remains to be seen, and whether he can control himself at some point. As always, the animation was amazing and the black and white contrast when Mob lost consciousness was dynamic. It think it visually captured Mob’s mental state perfectly.
As we left off last episode, Mob has joined the body improvement club (BIC). He’s not doing very well. He collapses after running with the other members of the club. The reason he joined the club was to become a more appealing man. I don’t think he will succeed in becoming an appealing man this way. The president of the body improvement club, Musashi-san, carries Mob into the room formerly home to the telepathy club.
President of the telepathy club, Tome Kurata, is still surprised that Mob didn’t choose them. However, the BIC simply wanted to utilize the room for their equipment. When Mob awakens he explains why he choose the BIC. He shows the telepathy club his powers. Tome asks him to help her communicate with extraterrestrials. She tells him that he can’t become popular no matter what he does. She suggest he should just read the minds of the girls he likes.
Walking home, Mob encounters a creepy woman in a smiling mask. She easily manipulates him into joining a new religious order called LOL. She gushes over their leader, Dimple-sama. She claims that he can make anyone laugh immediately. Mob is completely disinterested and simply wants the secret to popularity. Mob is lead to a room full of people wearing the creepy smiling masks. When forced on stage he joins a old man and a classmate named, Mezato Ichi.
Dimple-sama arrives and tells the people to remove their masks. They are clearly under his complete control. They laugh and stop on command. He offers to unlock the hearts of the old man, Ichi and Mob, through laughter. The old man and Mob are put in masks. Meanwhile, Ichi questions the likelihood that a new religion can recruit some many people in only a month. She is skeptical of LOL and doesn’t believe forcing herself to laugh is sincere. The smiling mask is put on her and she is forced to smile by it’s effects.
She still attempts to resist those effects. Mob on the other hand is immune. Dimple tries to convince Mob that he needs to laugh. He challenges Mob to a laughing contest. Mob agrees because he loves milk. He defeats the top 3 smiles. Dimple challenges him and gives him spike milk. Mob begins to become upset and his power ends the effects of Dimple’s hypnosis. Dimple doesn’t understand why he can’t make him laugh. Mob releases that Dimple has powers, but they still fail to work on him.
Dimple keeps picking at Mob. While he does Mob’s, “progress toward Mob’s explosion,” continues to increase. Dimple finally decides that he must kill Mob, and he turns the crowd against him. The narrator explains why Mob explodes. Locking away his emotion, Mob will eventually explode with emotion. This is the first episode were Mob reaches 100 and explodes. Mob’s hair now stands on end as an aura appears around him. The evil spirit manifests itself as a green muscle bound spirit with pink cheeks and purple lips.
Unsurprisingly, this is the moment when the animation really picks up. Like, One Punch Man there’s no sense of urgency regarding whether Mob is in danger or not. Watching is mostly a visual spectacle. Dimple tries to no avail to defeat Mob, but is thoroughly outclassed. Mob feels badly about ruining the fun of the members of the cult. Reigen tells him that he saved people who couldn’t save themselves. This was another good episode. Several of Mob’s classmates are now aware of his powers and he finally reached 100. It appears that the destructive force of reach 100 isn’t always the same if you compare it to the opening scene in episode 1. Hopefully, we’ll get some clarity in the regard.
Reigen continues to successfully pull of his “scam.” He convinces a client that his apparent use of +18 teen porn sites has given the client a digital curse. At first the client isn’t buying it, but after Reigen gives an “exorcism” he feels healed. Reigen also continues to take advantage of Mob’s naivety and manipulate him into continuing to work for very little. Reigen’s behavior is troubling, but I can’t seem to view him as being evil or bad.
Meanwhile, at Mob’s school we see a student, Takenaka storm out of the Telepathy Club. This results in the the club falling under the 5 min. member rule. The president Tome-chan and her 3 fellow members are tasked with finding a fifth member. They fail to get anyone to join because the club is considered to be “creepy.” Obviously, Mob is considered the perfect candidate, mainly do to his lack of friends. However, it is clear that he really isn’t that interested in joining.
Reigen and Tome-chan have an funny conversation, where Tome calls him out on his scam. One of the members reveals that he basically only joined the club, “just to goof off.” Anyway, Reigen and Mob, dress in drag in order to infiltrate the all girls school. It’s a little refreshing that Reigen wasn’t convincing as a little girl. The two girls inform him that they believe that the school is haunted. Mob searches for it and find that it has been stacking the girls. Mob traps it within the gym as the girls play basketball. The ghost is a glowing green giant, wearing glasses, called Evil Spirit: Scent-Ghoul .
Mob destroy’s the arm of the spirit. Knowing that it’s too weak to defeat Mob, target’s a student as an hostage. It’s useless of course as Mob quickly destroy’s the ghost, as it disappears into the afterlife he tell’s Mob that he should “live life to the fullest.” The following day Mob is about to sign up for the telepathy club, when he is told he should only join if he truly wants to. Mob flashes back to when he was a child and shows the girl of his dreams his ESP powers. She quickly get over it and falls for a jock. In a surprising and funny twist he chooses to join the Body Improvement Club.
This was a very entertaining episode. I don’t know how long Reigen scams can work. Mob seems too naive to get that he’s being used, but it’s possible he erupts and loses control of his powers. The animation in this series is being used in a particularly clever manner. Ranging from being sketchy and pencil like, to simple but thick black outlines to completely detailed animation. This isn’t unique to Mob Psycho 100, but it is becoming an important part of the series.
I’ve been hearing about “Mob Psycho 100,” for a while and some of my friends have suggested that it is the greatest anime ever created. That may be a bit premature, but the sentiment may prove accurate one day. There is a danger in over-hyping any series. Even if it’s good it will fall short of peoples expectations.
The story is centered around the main protagonists, Shigeo Kageyama aka Mob. Mob is an eight grader, who is an Esper. He has a distinctive bowl/helmet hairstyle and a muted emotional range. Mob suppresses his emotion due to his tremendous psychic powers. He fears that he can cause a great deal of harm if his emotions reach a high level. To this end, when his percentage of his emotions reach 100, he loses control and uses his full power. Mob apparently possesses “an unknown power,” this power “far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.“
Episode 001 – Self-Proclaimed Psychic:
Reigen Arataka And Mob
The First Episode introduces us to Mob’s “Master,” Reigen Arataka who presents himself as a real psychic but is a total fraud. Arataka is the comic relief of the series so far. He’s an emotional and dramatic presence. Mob in comparison doesn’t seem to impressed with any of the “missions.” During what appears to be his first mission, Arataka uses salt to defeat a ghost. He fails miserably and is shocked that it didn’t work. He casually calls Mob, whom instantly destroys the ghost.
Reigen seems to be manipulating Mob to help him make money by doing all the work. I got the impression that he cares for Mob, but it may be due only to his value as a financial asset. Anyway in the climax of the episode Mob and Reigen face-off against what was suppose to be a powerful spirit. Mob easily defeat it, freeing the spirits that were trapped.
Mob Psycho 100 is created by ONE (the pseudonym for the anonymous Japanese manga artists) the creator of One-Punch man. The similarities between the to series are clear in the style of the main characters, mainly the eyes. In addition to this ONE seems to be fond of characters with powers that surpasses most of their enemies. I haven’t seen any of the other episodes, but it seems like he never in danger. It’s unclear the reason ONE doesn’t have characters that are less powerful and build the strength up. However, I have enjoyed One-Punch man even though I was skeptical.
The animation in this series is spectacular. The character models are distinct from the background and other aspects of the series. They feature a bold outline and can feel 2D in a 3D environment. This can seems strange at first, but I think you’ll get use to it. The series features vibrant colors and imaginative ghost designs. The emotion depicted in the series is dramatic, but effective. It highlights the contrast between Reigen personality and Mob’s. This is a series I think is worthy of it’s hype.