Mob Psycho 100 caught me by surprise. I was already a fan of One Punch Man, created by the same author “One”, and so expected it to be at least worth a go. What I wasn’t expecting was something better than Saitama’s struggle to find a suitable opponent: a teenage boy with subdued emotions trying to live a normal life in spite of his incredible psychic powers and the off-kilter world he lives in. It had beautifully animated and scored battles between Espers, sure, but it was the human element that sold it. Mob (so nicknamed because he doesn’t stand out) truly taking to heart his mentor Reigen’s teachings to never use his powers to hurt anyone else, the way his powers are linked to him feeling intense bursts of emotion, good and bad, and how they manifest physically; it was all touching and, despite the psychic powers, relateable. Also it’s funny. Season 1 was really good, and now season 2 is here, or as it insists on being called: Mob Psycho 100 II.
Episode 1: Ripped Apart ~Someone is Watching~
YOUR LIFE IS YOUR OWN. New Op’s really good, but a little bit more conventional than the previous season’s. I preferred the counting and rising feeling in “99”, but 99.9 is really catchy and still has the same sort of tone, so I’m into it. The episode itself deals with a multitude of events, firstly Mob and Reigen fighting a ghost called “Wriggle Wriggle” that’s possessed a farmer’s field. I love the dynamic between the two, with Reigen being the bold, quick on his feet conman exorcist who talks his way into situations, then steps aside to let the genuinely psychic Mob handle all the heavy lifting. Here, upon realising that Wriggle Wriggle is remotely controlling the nearby plants, Mob wonders if he can do the same and so rips control of said plants away and turns them into two giant fists. Reigen talked his way into 30% of the farmer’s coming harvest as payment but it doesn’t work out so he instead gets a bunch of equipment to do some gardening of his own. Mob’s share is broccoli seeds, and upon Reigen’s suggestion uses his powers to almost instantly grow a pot of cherry tomatoes. They taste terrible though, because of course they do: food doesn’t work that way. The meat of the episode focuses on Mob’s potential growth as a person: first through the machinations of Newspaper club member Mezato who, in order to prepare Mob to lead the cult she’s part of, has him run for school council President and claims it’ll attract the attention of his beloved Takane. It doesn’t go well: Mob being Mob, he freezes up and doesn’t say a single word for his allotted five minutes. It’s not all bad though; his performance attracts the affections of a girl named Emi, who asks Mob out and although it’s revealed he says no, they still walk home together everyday. Unfortunately however it all turns out have been based on a dare, though Mob doesn’t seem to take it badly. After Emi’s friends rip up the novel she wrote Mob drops to his knees and begins collecting the pieces. When he and Emi are alone and the wind carries the pieces away he reveals his powers to her: using them to bring the pieces back and reform them into a book shape. An unseen, nearby Takane quietly comments “Smooth”. Emi uses the idea of a high school student with psychic powers to start a new book and comments that Mob is “Amazing”, implying that perhaps actual feelings are now present.
Overall, really strong start to the new season. I was a bit slow on the uptake because I didn’t bother to watch a recap or anything, but after a quick visit to TV tropes I know who everyone is again, and I remembered the major events well enough. Starting off with the key elements: Mob and Reigen, psychic powers, Mob’s attempts at leading a normal life and how he deals with people and everyday events means it was a solid foundation to build the rest of the season on. It was a great re-introduction to the world and its characters. I’m happy Mob Psycho 100 is back, and I look forward to next week.
Episode 2: Urban Legends ~Encountering Rumours~
This episode has everything: Mob in a lovely jumper, Tiny Reigen, well-animated action, comedy, a man who flashes children… wait a minute, that took a bad turn. Due to a lack of steady exorcism work Reigen declares that he and Mob are going to pursue any leads pertaining to urban legends; setting up a tiny table on the pavement with a little sign on it, because Reigen “Didn’t think this through”. The legends they seek are Red Raincoat, the Human Faced Dog, Dash Granny and the Queen of them all: The Dragger. They take a case to deal with them all, and after being challenged by a local psychic named Shinra, rope him into their search. Reigen and Mob find the Human Faced Dog; actually a regular dog whose face has been drawn on by some shitty kids, whom Reigen hits before cleaning the dog’s face like the best boy he is. Meanwhile Shinra accidentally makes himself sound like a paedophile before tackling and fighting Red Raincoat, him being the aforementioned man who flashes children, in a brief parody of 2-D fighting games which was rather amusing and took my mind of the weird swerve the episode had taken. I’m not opposed to the plot point or how it was handled, and Red Raincoat was quite swiftly murdered, it just felt really weird and out of nowhere. Anyway the Dragger is very much real, powerful and out for blood, and the ensuing fight scene between her and a Dimple-possessed Shinra was good. I also like how the seemingly genuinely insurmountable issue of Reigen, Mob and Shinra being unable to beat her because they’re scared of her and have bought into her legend is negated by Mob actually not being scared of her at all, and quickly eradicating her. Finally they go in pursuit of Dash Granny, on whom Mob’s powers have no effect! …because she’s also just an old lady going for a run. She does manage to crush Mob’s spirit though, because he runs every day with the body improvement club and she trounced him good and proper.
Great episode; funny, beautifully animated, good focus on Reigen’s manipulations and softer side when helping Terror the dog (for whom he bought bones and shampoo with his limited funds) and again, Mob really did have a lovely jumper. Weird turn with the flasher but again, I think it’s an issue or anything, it just caught me off guard when everything leading up to it had been pretty light really.
Episode 3: One Danger After Another ~Degeneration~
The new Op’s really grown on me, especially the wave of rising and falling characters, and the shot of Sakurai destroying the thrown fuel tanker mid-air. Song’s really good too, and as much as liked the counting element of 99, I think I prefer 99.9. Anyway, this episode focused on Mob’s caring nature, the conflict that arises from his enhanced perspective, and his relationship with Reigen. After setting up a website for the exorcism business last episode, they get three jobs in one day, with the result being a planned exorcism of a ghost family for three brats who find their very presence worthy of re-death, despite Mob insisting they mean no harm. Mob laments that if he were to take the side of the ghosts he’d have to attack the human customers. Reigen realises that Mob has an equal foothold in both the human and spirit worlds, a unique position that has the potential to cause him a great deal of stress that other people can’t understand. Reigen’s genuine care for and understanding of Mob is the best part of the show for me; the 100% gratitude was one of my favourite scenes from season 1, and I love to see their relationship continue. Similarly, I really like the scene where two bigger kids try to mug Mob only for one of them to be stopped by Dimple, then Ritsu, then the Body Improvement Club. It’s nice to see Mob’s friends helping him out, and that his relationship with his brother is fully repaired after what happened last season. Good episode, always happy to have a lot of Reigen.
Episode 4: Inside ~Evil Spirit~
Hoo boy. So Reigen and Mob answer the call of a wealthy businessman who’s gathered a whole room full of psychics to help his possessed daughter. Reigen gets the first crack at her after destroying everyone else at rock paper scissors (including a lovely shot of him standing victorious on a mountain of defeated psychics), and works out from dialogue cues and her word choices that she is indeed possessed, flying in the face of the assembled psychics, including a supposed big-shot, who all believe her story of an abusive father. But possessed she is, and obviously no one present can pose any kind of threat to her (besides Reigen and a new special move: “Anti-possession knee strike”, following in the glorious footsteps of “Anti-esper dropkick” and my favourite; “HYPNOSIS PUNCH”). Dimple reveals that the spirit is of ex-helpful psychic turned assassin Mogami Keiji, who tried to absorb the former forty years ago in an attempt to become the ultimate evil spirit. Mob comes up with a high-risk strategy: use an out-of-body experience to enter the girl and free her, while Dimple possesses his body to keep him out of trouble. Reigen naturally warns against this, but Mob’s previous efforts are fruitless. Mob pulls it off, but inside is bested by Mogami, who reveals the source of psychic powers is human emotion (hence Mob’s explosions), and in order to grant him a change in perspective and potentially greater power, sends him on a sort of vision quest in which he is a normal boy with no powers, as the episode ends.
Speaking of explosions, Mob’s finally moving towards one, which I realised last episode hasn’t happened yet, so that’s good. Mogami has promise as a villain who has a potential connection to Mob through their shared powers and experiences, and the scenes with him dolling out arse whuppin’s with the possessed Minori’s body are great. Similarly, it’s not given much screentime but the hand-to-hand fight between Minori-Mogami and Dimple-possessed Mob looks fantastic, much like when Dimple possessed Shinra in episode 2, and it’s interesting to see a more expressive version of Mob’s face. Great episode again, I know I tend to focus on Reigen but he’s the best character in the show, and this episode was no exception. Interested to see where the next episode goes.
Episode 5: Discord ~Choices~
Mob spends six months in a drab, grey, letterboxed world in which he has no powers and new transfer student Minori mercilessly bullies him, his teacher slaps him in the face and no one stops him being mugged. It kind of reminded me of an Evangelion dream sequence, only more straight forward, less nightmarish and with a happy ending. Basically Mogami is trying to make Mob learn the lesson that life is a never ending series of horrible, cruel bullshit and giving into negative emotions is the far superior option. This almost works when Mob retaliates against his bullies, but Dimple appears to snap him out of it, and Mob doubles down on what he’s learnt over the course of the series: that people are capable of good, can change, and that he’d much rather help people, ’cause Mob’s a nice boy. Mogami attacks with white, humanoid blob monsters, again reminiscent of Evangelion, and Mob finally explodes with 100% of what seems to be general positive emotion rather than a specific, named one. It also turns him into a bishy, for some reason, and he destroys Mogami’s presence before waging war on ever evil spirit Mogami gathered together, spurred on by a desire to rescue Minori. It’s Mob, vs spectral evil in a ruined city, with the former powered by the desire to do good, it’s fantastic. Also just before returning to the real world he breaks through his limit and hits ???%, which turns him into a sort of benevolent shadow monster. He rescues Minori, who reveals that the version of her in Mogami’s world is accurate before tearfully and repeatedly apologising to Mob. She and her Father discuss him later and come across the website for the Psycho Helmet club. Finally Mob and Reigen eat food acquired from Mob Donald’s, which I have numerous questions about but will keep them to myself, and the latter refused any reward money because so many people were injured, which he can’t deem a success.
Really solid two-episode arc, both episodes work on their own also, and having Mob finally explode, and reaffirm his values as a kind, helpful individual who doesn’t use his powers on other people felt good, and again, called back that 100% gratitude scene from Season 1. Reigen really got through to Mob when he described psychic powers as being like a knife, and in that regard they should never be pointed at another person, and it’s touching to see Mob continuing to take that lesson to heart. Good stuff.
I apologise for another long gap between entries, I’m working through some stuff at the minute, but I will endeavour to return to a weekly schedule from now on
Episode 6: Poor, Lonely, Whitey
It’s the Mob/Reigen break up, caused by Reigen overselling an attempt to make Mob sacrifice his social life to focus on his exorcism job. Mob realises that he follows Reigen too blindly and should take some time to hang out with his friends in the Body Improvement Club; a bunch of earnest, kind-hearted beefcakes who genuinely care about Mob, and the Telepathy Club, who are also there. By the end of the episode it looks like Mob isn’t having quite as much fun with them as he thought, but for the most part the space seems to be doing him good. It’s certainly working for Reigen, who uses it as the kick up the arse he needs to grow his brand and become far more popular, so much so that he ends the episode about to take part in a TV interview, with the old man psychic from episode 4, who got Reigen involved as revenge for the latter kneeing the former in the chest. It ends with that revelation, and him mentally predicting Reigen’s downfall.
Good episode, really dramatic character development for Reigen, but one that makes sense and fits his character. He’s always been the charismatic go-getter type, he’s just been content to stick to his role as a shiftless con man when he’s clearly capable of so much more. Taking his split from Mob as a sign he should get used to being on his own and even use that spark to reach new heights is a good angle for him, and if the two do rejoin forces I’m interested to see how their relationship will change. In that regard it’s also nice to see Mob stand up for himself; act on his feelings and do what he wants to do.
Episode 7: Cornered ~True Identity~
This has been a long time coming, I feel. After Mob and Reigen parted ways last episode, the inevitable happens: Reigen is caught out and shown to be just faking his psychic abilities. The televised interview features a live exorcism, which Reigen believes to be all an act, and so keeps using his special moves and various exorcism techniques waiting for the possessed boy to pretend to be cured, but he never does. The old man, Jodo, takes the reigns and simply states that the boy isn’t really possessed, and the facade is dropped: it was all an act, but Reigen was approaching it from the wrong angle. He was supposed to reveal it was all an act, and that would somehow prove his powers exist. Suffice to say, things spectacularly fall apart. He’s branded a fraud and a criminal, people add made up stories to the real ones, he anonymously comments that “Reigen’s actually the real deal” and people see through it immediately, it’s a mess. As a “Fraud is exposed” story goes this is, frankly, delicious. Obviously I didn’t relish it, I love Reigen and seeing people turn on him is hard to watch, but it’s far more interesting, and ironic, than just having an actually possessed person that Reigen can’t deal with. Reigen had the right train of thought, just on the wrong track, and that’s a neat idea. He eventually hosts a press conference at the suggestion of a mob (no pun intended) of reporters camped outside his house, and uses the opportunity to at first turn on them aggressively, then answer all their questions honestly and concisely, except for the big one: does he have powers? He spaces out and remembers his first meeting with Mob; a young man troubled by powers he can’t always control, comforted by Reigen’s simple reassurance that psychic abilities don’t make him any less human, and that as a human he should just strive to be a good person. Every microphone, camera and light in the conference is hoisted into the air, Reigen’s reputation is instantly repaired, and he leaves, where he runs into Mob and is told that he is a “Genuinely good guy”. Friendship repaired, multi-episode, emotionally heavy arc finished, tears wiped away. Great episode, I think it’s important to his character going forward that rather than remain outed as a fraud, the lesson Reigen learns is that he treated Mob poorly, and that’s what needs to change. Reigen’s current lot in life is integral to both him as a character and his role in the show as a whole, so it makes sense they didn’t make any permanent changes to it. They managed to have him fall from grace and climb back up in the span of one episode very naturally though, it didn’t feel like a cheap reset. Hopefully he and Mob’s relationship will be stronger than ever now.
Episode 8: Even Then ~Continue Forward~
You know, based on the preview I was expecting this to be a breather episode. Salt Middle School has a marathon coming up, Mob’s going to try and place in the top ten and ask out Tsubomi, that’s a fun episode. Ultimately things don’t go according to plan; Mob collapses and doesn’t finish the race, but he was doing really well and persevering, rather than using his psychic powers to cheat; he made a real effort. Ritsu placed ninth, Tsubomi seemed to fancy someone else but it turned out to not be the case, everything was looking pretty sold. Then a villain turns up at Mob’s house, sets fire to it and apparently murders his Mother, Brother and Father. It’s unclear if it’s them because the bodies are all twisted and burnt, but the sight is enough to make Mob’s emotional percentage count skyrocket; well past 100% into glitchy ???% territory, and that’s how the episode ends. Jesus Christ. Not sure how I feel about this to be honest, I think I’ll need some time to ruminate. As I said it’s not definitive that the dead bodies are in fact the Kageyama family, but then I don’t know who else they could be. We’ll have to see next episode I guess, either way, I enjoyed this episode and I’m eager to see where it goes from here, because I was really not expecting this at all.
Episode 9: Show Me What You’ve Got ~Band Together~
Okay, so Mob’s family are fine; the member of CLAW who came to the house wanted to recruit Ritsu into a battle against the members of CLAW from the ending of season one against the rest of the organisation who are planning world domination. Mr and Mrs Kageyama are on a spa trip, so they’re fine, the burning of the house and dummies left to burn were a trick to get Mob angry enough to pose a serious threat, which he does in the opening sequence that shows what happens when he’s at a constant, controlled 100%. He decimates two espers who were on their way to attack his house, and after being picked up by Sakurai and Koyama from CLAW, stops their car in an instant and then upon being told they’re taking him to Reigen, levitates said car and flies it to their base. Fortunately Reigen calms Mob down by telling him he’s certain the Kageyamas are safe, because Reigen is the best and I’m so glad their relationship is fixed. This is where the episode gets a bit messy. So the head of CLAW is planning an attack on Japan: 600 espers vs 600,000 armed Japanese police officers and soldiers. A foreign contingent of CLAW lead by a government plant is planning a mutiny, which is then foiled by the top five of CLAW, who seem to be acting entirely on the orders of the boss and he doesn’t care what happens as long as he and the five are okay. They’re all against the members of CLAW from season one, who are currently holed up with Mob, the psychic kids from season one, Reigen and Teruki, who ends up trying to save the Prime Minister from a blind esper who is bulletproof, can predict people’s movements well enough to dodge a rapid series of gunshots, and can teleport. I realise I’ve used the word a lot already, but it’s a three to four-way CLAW civil war and there’s a lot to get through in this one episode. Multiple factions with different motivations all rapidly introduced and engaging in combat for different reasons. It reminded me a little bit of the “Save Bakugo” arc in My Hero Academia, but that was given a lot more build up, and kept things more streamlined and concise in terms of groups and motivations. Plus it had All Might in it. Sweet, sweet All Might. It’s not a bad episode by any means, but having been quite leisurely in terms of pace so far it feels like things have suddenly jumped up several notches, like they intended to spread it over multiple episodes and have now realised they’ve run out of time (I’m not saying that’s the case, it’s just an example). The psychic powers are still beautifully realised, Mob’s controlled 100% and the new blind villain were both really cool, I just hope things slow down a bit next episode.
Episode 10: Collision ~Power Type~
The CLAW on CLAW brawl continues, with Reigen, having been spurred on by his insurance company refusing to pay out for his torched office, coming up with a plan to take down head of CLAW Suzuki. Splitting their group into two, one half lead by Teruki will create a diversion involving flying police vehicles and the other half will sneak into the sewers. It’s all going well until the former is set upon by a sizeable claw force and Terada apparently outs himself as a spy, and the latter runs into Shimazaki; the blind, teleporting, bulletproof esper who can predict people’s movements from last episode. Having rushed through the set up last episode, this one feels better paced. The focus is more on everything happening back with Reigen, Mob and Dimple; Reigen dealing with a CLAW incursion with a spray bottle full of a curse that causes extreme drowsiness and Dimple having to possess the sleeping Mob to fight off muscle-bound Shibata, to no avail. The episode’s peak is the Body Improvement Club catching a falling Mob out the air, trying to defend him from Shibata and President Gouda acting as a physical barrier between the two, telling a sleeping Mob how inspiring his refusal to give up is to the entire club, and how he gives them courage. The pay off is Dimple possessing Gouda to temporarily put Shibata on his arse, with Mob finally waking up and putting him out of commission. Good episode, the CLAW stuff is less interesting to me than everything to do with Mob and Reigen, but Suzuki, The Ultimate 5 and particularly Shimazaki are cool villains so I’m looking forward to the two groups meeting.
Episode 11: Guidance ~Psychic Sensor~
This was a great episode. Mob’s brother Ritsu and Sho Suzuki, son of the CLAW leader arrive at the final showdown before anyone else, and Sho races in to face his Father, stopping only to gloriously suplex Hatori. Mob, having awoken in the last episode, comes across and engages with Minegishi, who has control over plants. The fight is rendered moot when Mogami’s spirit is accidentally released, who neutralises Minegishi and insists that Mob balance his loving, forgiving nature with the ability to be hard on people, before leaving. If it sounds like I’m rushing through this it’s because I want to talk about this episode’s MVP: Shimazaki. All I could think of during his scenes was that if they ever made a Mob Psycho fighting game he’d be my main. His permanent easy-going smile, his slick teleportation power and his brutal approach to combat make him my favourite villain in MP100 so far. He spends the episode fighting against Teruki and the CLAW rebels, effortlessly giving them a hiding until Teruki starts to predict his teleports and works out his weakness: he can only dodge attacks he sees coming. Once he’s distracted he’s got no hope; they turn the tables and just kick the shit out of him. But it turns out he has one final move left: “Mind’s Eye”, in which he finally opens his eyes to reveal black sclera and red pupils, zones in on all the espers present and takes them all down. He only relents when he senses Mob’s overwhelming energy, and is caught off guard by Reigen’s greatest special move yet: “Self-Defence Rush”, in which Reigen isn’t really certain if it’s actually self-defence, so he yells it just in case and throws out a flurry of punches. Of all of Reigen’s glorious special moves, this is my new favourite hands-down. It’s just so him. That gets Shimazaki thinking that he’s under attack by an esper who can hide his power, and the final coffin nail is driven in when he reveals that he was just in this to have fun, which results in Mob looking like he’s about to murder him on the spot. He wisely teleports away. All the while Sho has been struggling against his Father, who reveals that he’s been building up energy reserves for twenty years, and travelled the world to find out whether world domination was a realistic goal. The episode ends with Mob taking Mogami’s advice to heart, and apologetically telling his assembled allies that if they were to join him they’d just get in his way, as he ascends the tower for a confrontation with Suzuki.
As I said at the start; great episode. Shimazaki is easily my favourite villain in the whole series. I love his powers, his demeanour and how he’s finally vanquished, both by CLAW teamwork and Reigen being able to sneak up on him because he doesn’t have any powers. Mob learning that he has to be hard on people sometimes is important, and I look forward to seeing how that changes his personality going forward. It’s slightly reminiscent of One Punch Man now in that no matter what battles take place you know Mob is eventually going to get involved and make everyone look like twats, but in addition to sharing OPM’s knack for a strong supporting cast it does some brilliant character work with its lead. Good stuff.
Episode 12: The Battle for Social Rehabilitation ~Friendship~
At this point I’m noticing who everyone is in the opening, and how different groups of them are fighting as they are in recent episodes. Anyway, we get Serizawa’s backstory: his out of control powers and alienation made him a shut-in, until Suzuki took him under his wing and gave him the umbrella he always carries. Whenever Serizawa feels anxious, which is all the time, he can pretend that being under the umbrella is the same as being back in his bedroom, thus keeping his severe anxiety in check. He’s fiercely loyal to Suzuki for turning his life around, but Mob reaches 100% friendship and shows Serizawa he knows how he feels, and listens to him air his issues, namely that despite his loyalty he’s deeply disturbed by all the violence, especially Suzuki battering his Son Sho. Speaking of which, Mob finally confronts the leader of CLAW, and attempts to talk him down by extolling the importance of interacting with other people, and people making up for each other’s shortcomings in a sort of patchwork “let’s all get by” way to live, which is very sweet and well thought-out, but gets him nowhere. Thankfully Reigen arrives to bluster through several plays in rapid succession: fire a gun (!), pretend he has four different ways to win, ask to join forces, punch Suzuki in the face (classic) and finally surrender, none of which work but good on him for having some variety. Serizawa saves Reigen from a lethal energy blast, and finally Mob reaches 100% Rage and after severing the top of the tower to avoid collateral damage, engages Suzuki, who is using a mere 10% of his power.
This episode moved at a quick pace, and I put that down it being the penultimate one of the season, something I suspected a few weeks ago. Serizawa’s backstory hit close to home, and I’m glad his character arc was resolved the way it was; peacefully and by making friends with Mob, who’s continue to grow as a person. Reigen had a lovely line about one of Mob’s greatest strengths being his ability to tell people exactly how he feels, and I loved his attempts to talk down Suzuki by bigging up human interaction. Speaking of Suzuki, I liked when he rushed at Mob, declaring “I recognise you as my enemy”, that was cool. I liked Reigen’s desperate attempts to salvage the situation, and was pleasantly surprised that Mob didn’t empower him and have him sort everything out again. As much I as adore that scene repeated use would cheapen it. Good episode, looking forward to the finale.
Episode 13 (Season Finale): Boss Fight ~The Final Light~
Suzuki’s only regret is that he has boneitis.
It’s Mob vs Suzuki in the final showdown; the former briefly getting way too into the whole thing and having to calm down, and the latter gradually releasing more of his power supply. My opening joke is in reference to Mob getting fed up of his appeals for peace and unity falling on deaf ears and violently twisting Suzuki’s limbs, seemingly with intent to just put him down for good. Fortunately for Mob, Suzuki breaks free, only to be bombarded with skyscrapers, which are much less lethal. The fight goes on like this until Suzuki releases too much energy and explodes in a huge, mushroom cloud-creating blast, which Mob counters by asorbing as much energy as he can and letting a barrier deal with the rest. As much as he dislikes Suzuki, letting him die alone would be too sad, and he’s committed to the idea that “people need other people”. This whole sequence reminded me of Devilman Crybaby, but with a far more positive outcome. Suzuki survives and is taken prisoner by the government, all the other espers involved in the fight have to move on to new lives, and the broccoli seeds in Mob’s pocket from way back in episode one sprout into an enormous broccoli the size of a building, which Reigen suggests he and Mob just forget they saw. Speaking of Reigen, he finally got a new office in an insurance payout, and the episode, and indeed season, ends with he, Mob and new recruit Serizawa welcoming a client.
I’m glad Mob’s way of ending the fight was to stick to his compassionate principles, and his foray into gleeful violence was just a hiccup. It hints at the darker side of his personality and powers as seen when he reaches ???%, but his good side wins out. As an episode it was quite direct in ending the arc, concluding Suzuki’s designs on world domination and tying off Mob’s growth into a more well-rounded person with both a kind heart and the will to tell hard truths. As a season, MP100 II has been fantastic. The only real problem was episode nine having such a rushed pace, but even then it was still enjoyable. Mob had some good growth this season, as did Reigen; his fall from grace and subsequent climb were important to his character. Episode five where Mob’s trapped in that psychic nightmare is really interesting, the urban legend episode was fun, and the whole CLAW war was great, especially Shimazaki. Also the Body Improvement Club are absolute treasures and I’m glad they continue to be involved.
Mob Psycho continues to be one of the most consistently enjoyable anime around; beautifully animated, good balance of action scenes, goofy humour and emotional weight and with strong characters with solid development. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed season 2, looking forward to season 3. Might read the manga in the meantime.
By James Lambert