Hello everyone, sorry for not writing more regularly am just busy with everything and am still trying to get the blog properly ready.
With the second season of mob psycho 100 about to start, I finally pushed the first season up my “To-watch” list, which is a long list by the way, because I have so many recommendations and animes I dig up myself. Mob Psycho 100 was one of those anime I first found when it was in its manga form.
To be entirely honest, I didn’t think much with this series. I was going to skip over it and not even bat an eye at it–why? I tend to steer away from “stereotypical” shōnen series today. I thought this series was going to be the same formula. I was wrong.
Mob Psycho 100 was created by One, the pen name of a manga artist, who is best known for is other work One-Punch Man plus he’s mysterious, I mean he could be the guy standing next to you now as your reading this.
I also find him as an inspiration cause he didn’t wait to get poached by a big publishing company but started serialization of his web manga on his own website, before One-Punch Man was later remade as a digital manga illustrated by Yusuke Murata and is kept on the web version of Weekly Young Jump. While Mob Psycho 100 is serialized in the online version of Weekly Shõnen Sunday.
One got up and did what he loved which creating manga we all have been touch, inspired or just enjoyed. Which I feel everyone who creates something wants to do connect with other people on some level. And he accomplished all those things which can be hard especially when you first start creating.
I really just admire is get up and go attitude “we will figure it out as we go”, which is a lot like me and how I went about creating my blog.
So back to the main topic;
Mob Psycho 100
SOURCE: web manga
GENRES: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
EPISODES: 12 (but wanted way more at least 13 more)
PREMIERED: Summer 2016
Eighth-grader Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (モブ Mobu)(meaning “background character”) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he looks like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful esper since a young age. Mob’s only use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.
As he grows older, Mob realizes that his psychic powers are strengthening and becoming more of a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skill. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. Mob wants to live a normal life just like the others, but a barrage of trouble keeps coming after him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to break through its limits.
In order to gain control over his powers, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen, a con artist claiming to be a psychic, who exploits Mob’s powers for pocket change. Now, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob’s daily, monotonous life. However, the psychic energy he exerts is barely the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions run berserk, a cataclysmic event that would make him completely unrecognizable will be triggered.
Mob Psycho 100 was pure joy to watch from beginning to end, every episode felt more like 10 minutes than the real 24 minutes. Every hyped I heard about the show was justified.
The premise is pretty simple, An ordinary kid who tries to live a normal life with abnormal ability is the basic idea. However, the series delivers many scenarios where Mob uses his powers way more than he should.
Plus, we had director Yuzuru Tachikawa on board as part of the staff. Known for his work such as Death Parade, Terror in Tokyo, and Kill la Kill, so not surprising everything came out so beautifully.
The visual followed the manga pretty closely, they really brought the world to life. There were scenes which made me laugh sometimes cause some characters designs and reactions were just hilarious.
The action sequences were just a treat to watch, Mob Psycho 100 was brought to live by the famed studio, Bones, so it shouldn’t have been surprised it would come out so well. I found myself getting really pumped and falling in love with this world.
I loved the opening sound track “99” by MOB CHOIR, it was really great.
For a kid who wants a normal life, he gets into many abnormal situations which puts him at risk. It’s interesting to also see what often triggers Mob to get involved in such unusual events, social peer pressure and bullying are a few factors.
These situations let us see just how powerful Mob is. and see just how much he struggles to put a lid on his powers. While he isn’t a Saitama 2.0, Mob’s abilities are not to be underestimated. In the battles he’s been in, Mob is able to overpower his opponents, sometimes without even realizing it.
Mob also seeks admiration and even wants to impress a girl he likes so this leads to him making mistakes at times. I mean, he is still human and humans make mistakes. And all this is relatable in a sense.
Reigen is also an interesting character who is known as “Mob’s master”. He claims a lot of things and often speaks and lies with the truth. Despite being manipulative, he isn’t a bad guy and often looks out after Mob’ well-being.
He also offers good advice to Mob including what really makes someone a “better person”. One weakness that I do find about him though is his unwillingness to admit mistakes.
Somewhere between, there’s Teruki (“Teru”). I have to admit though, this guy has one of the most ridiculous hair styles I’ve ever seen from ONE’s work. Unlike Mob, he freely uses his esper powers like if they are God’s holy gift.
What makes him interesting is how after meeting Mob, Teru undergoes a big change in his character. It’s like a bully that reinvent himself after getting put to his place for the first time in their life. Quite iconic if you ask me.
Finally, Dimple strikes to me as the most mysterious character. In fact, he isn’t even human! He’s actually a spirit who even at one time had his own cult. What makes him interesting is despite having a God-like complex and ego, Dimple also wants others to succeed in particular Mob.
And that just a few of the colorful character cast in this series and they are all interesting and relatable.
I found myself very attached to Mob and feeling sad for him when things went bad. Maybe it was because am an older brother too, kindred spirits and all. I don’t really know but he was a character that was very human like.
It was an excellent production and as me tempted to read the manga out of anticipation for the second season. Also honourable mention Mob Psycho 100 won the Shōnen 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award. So that most be saying something so please go watch it if you haven’t, you will love it.