Name: Mob Psycho 100
MAL Score: 8.52/10
Episodes: 12 + 13
Genres: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
There will be minor spoilers for Mob Psycho 100 ahead
From the creator of the super popular One Punch Man comes another anime, being Mob Psycho 100. After a pretty popular season one in 2016, Mob received a second season which began airing in 2019. Immediately, the second season garnered a ton of praise, soaring to the top of the MyAnimeList charts. When rated this high, it becomes harder for shows to live up to the hype. Can mob take on this task?
Mob Psycho 100 is a story which revolves around our main character, Kageyama Shigeo, or Mob. In a world that has espers, Mob has extremely powerful psychic powers. However, that’s really all he has going for him. He comes across as boring, unathletic, unattractive, and average in most other categories. Opposite of Mob is his brother, Kageyama Ritsu. Ritsu is everything Mob isn’t; he’s attractive, athletic, smart, outgoing, but he doesn’t have psychic powers. We also have Reigan Arataka, Mob’s mentor. Reigan claims to be a psychic himself, but he’s really just a con-artist. However, Reigan really does seem to care for Mob, teaching him not to use his power on other people regardless of the circumstances.
The story mostly focuses on Mob and Reigan exorcising different spirits they hear about until a more central enemy is brought up. At that point, Mob Psycho 100 becomes more serious and drops a lot of the comedy shown earlier on in both seasons.
A lot of Mob Psycho’s success comes from its characters. Reigan in particular is a fantastic character. The first season mainly focuses on how important Reigan is to Mob, but a lot of their past is unexplored. This gets resolved in the second season, where their past is explained and its shown that Mob is just as important to Reigan. Even if Mob himself is a little boring as a character, Reigan’s eccentric personality and the bond he shares with Mob is enough to carry the show.
The plot isn’t super complex, but that’s mostly because the show relies on the characters for the entertainment value. The plot boils down to an outcast at school trying to help people using his powers with the aid of his master. This isn’t to say the plot is boring though, as there are several parts which I believe are very well written. The plot consistently sets up moments where the characters and animation can shine.
Speaking of animation, that’s perhaps the most notable feature of Mob. Its simplistic art allows for the animation to be extremely fluid and make use of vibrant colors to really depict psychic powers as something, well, magic. There are very few times when I feel like the animation for Mob Psycho 100 isn’t superb.
I really do believe that this series deserves the praise that it gets. The characters and how they interact are fantastic, and its paired with gorgeous animation. As for the score I give it, the first season would be an 8/10 and the second season a 9/10, due to the increase in complexity of some of the characters.