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.