When things go south, it’s okay to run away!
Eighth-grader Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age. But the power quickly proves to be a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skills. Choosing to suppress his power, Mob’s only present use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.
In order to effectuate control on his skills, 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 render him completely unrecognizable will be triggered. The progression toward Mob’s explosion is rising and attempting to stop it is futile.
Native and/or alternative titles: モブサイコ100, Mob Psycho Hyaku, Mob Psycho One Hundred
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller
Again, I did not pick ‘Mob Psycho 100’ (MP100) on my own. It was recommended to me by a friend. He did not say anything much about this anime. Once I glanced at the synopsis and only found ‘psychic’ stuff so I decided to dive into the anime without any expectation.
As soon as I started it, the animation style stood out for me! It is very odd, unconventional. The first thing it reminded me of was…One Punch Man! (Later I found out that the creator of both anime are same), a hit anime about an overpowered superhero. Because of this, the anime style, I knew what to expect from this anime and my expectations rose. Just like Saitama of One Punch Man, Mob is an overpowered character. He also looks like Saitama with a wig. Speaking of the animation, the art style supplements the storytelling and overall atmosphere marvellously. Even though you can’t feel much appeal for the anime in the first episode you will grow a fondness for the trippy and eccentric art style for sure. Nothing looks stiff and the fight scenes are extraordinarily well animated. The backgrounds sometimes feel lifeless but even that adds on to the anime’s overall unusual appeal.
To be honest, I did not expect much from on the story front as the character seemed overpowered. The story is decent (at least better than I had expected). It is not just random fights but has some essence to it. The beginning is slow and it takes a hefty amount of 4-5 episode to actually start the main story. As expected, action sequences and comedy is top-notch! It is totally my type of comedy. The story may not have a captivating storyline and character development but even with just ‘decent’ story and character, it is FUN! You just want to keep watching it until it ends. The script itself can be seen as rather mediocre and does not expand on several aspects which could’ve been dealt with in a deeper way and sometimes takes a little strange approach on flashing out different storylines (like they did with the members of the student council). However, a ground-breaking script has never been the intention of MP100 in the first place and it certainly doesn’t need one. The presentation is what makes the show what it is, a fun and lovable ride from start to finish.
The only problem I have with the story is about the arc focusing on Ritsu – Mob’s brother. It was unnecessary in my opinion and felt like it was added in order to make the story fit in 12 episodes. Apart from Ritsu’s story arc, everything fits well. There is nothing noteworthy about most of the characters except Reigen – the mentor of Mob. Reigen is a con artist and is master of Mob and teaches him how to use his inherent powers even though Reigen is not an esper himself! Nonetheless, he is a great mentor to Mob. I wish he was given more screen time. He is funny, smart and insightful. Despite being a con artist he has integrity. Plus, he offers quite decent advice and is quite influential.
Another appeal the show truly has on its side is the characters with their quirky, sometimes over-the-top and sometimes pretty humble appearance. It seems the creator has already made himself a trademark with making his overpowered as hell protagonist to look as plain as possible in comparison to everyone else.
Mob Psycho 100 is a good choice for you if you enjoy watching a story with full of action set up to develop its characters and a lot of comedy. Mob Psycho might be not a satisfying choice for you if you dislike the average joe type of hero or lead that Mob is represented as, and his lack of willingness to not shine out of the mundane. What Mob tries to do and what he is might be boring to you. Since it is not the usual anime humour, the humour might also be a problem. I’ve enjoyed Mob Psycho from the episode 1 to the episode 12 and thought it was a good anime. Full of comedy, action, refreshing animation style, quirky characters, witty jokes, Reigen’s special moves (watch it and find out what I mean!), great production values and overall simple storytelling. A must watch for anyone who is looking for fun!
- Animation: 9
- Music: 7
- Story: 7
- Overall: 8