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Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 004

Mob greets Mezato and asks why she didn’t meet him yesterday. She says “she forgot.” Apparently, she had a meeting with “the brass,” and after meeting the “true founder,” it was no longer necessary for Mob to be leader of the Divine Tree religion. Mob has no idea what she’s talking about. At the body improvement club meeting Tome Kurata mentions that she also had a meeting with the same group and has now decided to change the Telepathy Club to the “Salt MS branch of the Psycho Helmet Religion.” Tome tells them that they must pray 5 minutes a day and they’ll be blessed. 

After school Mob and Reigen discuss the events of the Psycho Helmet Religion gathering. The video of the event has amassed 2 Million views. Mob seems disinterested and doesn’t seem to notice how much he looks like the Psycho Helmet leader. Regardless, Reigen wants to discuss the cracks in property around town. He did some research and discovered that its cause was “plant roots.” The roots come from the Divine Tree and he enlists Mob in destroying it. 

Divine Tree offers goodies

In the city, the Divine Tree is used to create candy, cookies, croquettes, powder, and parfait. Unsurprisingly, consuming the food results in brainwashing. Teruki Hanazawa realizes this almost instantly and rushes to destroy the tree. However, it’s protected by a barrier. Teruki is then besieged by a flurry of vines. He manages to cut them off and encounters the fake Mob, who calls himself “God.” Once he states this, he seems to instantly take over Teruki’s mind. However, he fails. Angry, Teruki attacks the fake Mob. The brainwashing doesn’t appear to work on those with strong emotions. 

Toshiki Minegishi returns in this episode. A former member of the Ultimate 5, Toshiki is a powerful Esper who had an affinity for plants. So it makes sense that he’s concerned with the consequences of the Divine Trees roots. Minegishi is knocked out by root. Inside the Tree Teruki reveals that it’s Dimple who’s the imposter Mob. Dimple has been the comic relief in Mob Psycho after his defeat in season 1. I’ve forgotten how dangerous and selfish he was. Teruki decides to kill Dimple once and for all. Outside, Mob and Ritsu begin to notice the weirdness in the city. 

Ritsu and Reigen get brainwashed

They prepare for the people of the city to get in their way. Ritsu consumes a Divine Tree candy and he offers Reigen and Mob one. After he’s under control of the Tree and leads Mob and Reigen to the Civic center where they’re confronted by believers. Panicked, Mob and Reigen flee from the center and Reigen tells Mob that Ritsu was “brainwashed,” by the candy. Suddenly, an old man on a park bench tells them “resistance is futile,” and “Psycho Helmet sees all.”

Wherever they go they’re harassed and followed by believers. At some point, Reigen gets brainwashed. He argues in favor of leaving the believers under the control of the Psycho Helmet. Mob is left alone and he plans on talking to the Psycho Helmet himself. He approaches the Divine Tree as the believers chant that the “original Psycho Helmet,” has returned. 

Mob generally hates conflict and avoids it to the last minute. Basically his hesitation allows things to get worse. Luckily Mob is powerful enough to quickly handle the threat. I don’t expect this dynamic to change. However, Dimple may have control over Ritsu, and all of Mob’s friends creating a different kind of conflict for Mob. What do you think is Mob’s inaction part of the problem? Will Dimple finally get destroyed for good? How will Mob handle facing his friends?

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