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.
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.
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?
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.