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The sixth episode of Mob Psycho 100 put a break on Mob-kun’s psychic excursions and gave more screen-time to the other characters. Obvious as it is, most of this episode is about Ritsu, Mob-kun’s younger brother, who as a psychic wannabe deals with his everyday stresses behind his usual, calm poker face.
We get to see a flashback involving the two brothers. With Ritsu being amazed by what his big brother can do, he asked his sibling if he can also do it someday with Mob-kun answering, “Of course, you’re my little brother after all.”
For Ritsu being a brother of an amazing psychic is stressful. In contrast to his usual normal boy vibes, Ritsu houses a humongous amount of insecurity akin to that of a previous antagonist, Hanazawa Teru. But unlike Teru, Ritsu is yet another powerless bonjin, and having a natural psychic for a brother makes him feel stressed to the point he pretends to be someone else.
We will finally fully open the door to Ritsu’s story and it will signal a whole new chapter to our series.
Unlike Mob-kun, Ritsu is a seemingly normal boy who has above average qualities in terms of looks, intelligence, and maybe physical traits as well. His school’s student body president labels him as one of the smartest kids in the nation and in terms of rank in society, he is way higher than our hero, Mob-kun. However, Ritsu’s insecurities only made this facade possible because he is stressed to his core. He only wants one thing and that is to become a psychic like his brother. He wanted nothing else, but be like his big brother.
Let’s detour the topic to another character who was first given a dedicated screentime today.
Enter Kamuro Shinji, the student body president of Ritsu and Mob-kun’s school. Regardless of his looks, it appears that Kamuro Shinji is a well-respected president who does elite-level things and is highly-esteemed by his peers and all the other students in their school. However, this student body president also shelters a humongous amount of stress within himself that has thoroughly broken him down mentally because within the Kamuro household lives his mother, who always talks about his brother’s accomplishments and reprimands his every actions and praises his talented brother who can do everything and who insults his incompetence. The household scene ends with Kamuro Shinji entering his paradise, his room filled with trash and garbage that showed how much he truly values himself.
Going back to Ritsu’s case, his meeting with Kamuro Shinji offered us a look at how things in their school actually work. Their school has an alarming delinquent called Onigawara, a recurring character who shows a great interest to Mob-kun representing his gang group. However, with the protection of Musashi, the Body Improvement Club’s President, Onigawara was fended off his plan. But nevertheless, he himself doesn’t even regard Mob-kun as a potential candidate so the situation remains stale here.
On the next segment, Ritsu went to meet a weird guy who’s supposed to be like him in regards to ambition. Apparently, this particular guy mistook Ritsu for Mob-kun and invited the former to join his overly-exaggerated research lab in a normal apartment complex. There, Ritsu managed to meet some psychic fledglings, who he regarded internally as “almost close to failures” as their potentials seems to be even lower than below average. In this segment, Ritsu developed an interest to the particular research as it coincided within his internal interest of being a psychic as well.
Back at school, we found Kamuro Shini and Ritsu inside a certain room. Within their prior meeting’s agenda is a plan on how to lessen the delinquents populace and Kamuro Shinji seems to already have a plan. So he forced Ritsu to join his exploits and they devised a plot on how to eradicate delinquents, because of their personal interests, with the latter wanting to have a clean and peaceful environment for his brother and the former wanting to further establish his reputation. It’s like killing two birds with a single stone and the result is an utter success for the both of them.
Kamuro Shinji and Ritsu framed Onigawara, by putting girls’ flute recorders to his desk. A seemingly moronic claptrap at first glance, but with Ritsu’s quick wits, a more compelling acceptance was embraced by the affected class as the freshman member of the student council made a move to put more flute recorders on the framed suspect’s bag.
This segment showed that the most dangerous bullies aren’t those who rely on physical violence. As Onigawara, the school’s strongest delinquent was quickly adjudged to have committed the staged crime and there’s nothing he can do since the darting eyes of all the students involved pierced through him, breaking his innermost defenses to nothing. With one last attempt to salvage his senses, he reminisced an old flashback of his with a young girl confessing his love to him, but when he looked at that particular girl. He was devastated as the girl was in the same flow as the crowd.
The penultimate segment was dedicated to Ritsu going back to the research lab as he was seen trying to bend a spoon. But given the guilt he currently feels after the school incident in which he personally help staged, the frustration took over him because he still can’t utilize even the most minuscule psychic prowess. However, unknowingly, this marks the start of something new for Ritsu.
On his way to enter his house’s gate floats a tiny spirit fog. Ritsu wonders what is that thing? But wait, Ritsu’s seeing him here, right?
Welcome back, ******!
So this episode review will now end here. As previously stated in the last review, this will be pre-opener to a new arc and that this will be a cooled-off episode. Given the pace and the direction the last episode took, it’s only natural to let the story take a new flow in order to broaden the other character’s buildup to make the plot moving smoother in the latter stages. Aside from Mob-kun’s date with Tome-chan, a short interview with Mezato and his confession to Reigen about destroying someone’s school, Mob-kun’s screentime today was effectively halved, but it’s not a bad thing!
Also, the jokes in this episode were pretty mild featuring Reigen’s “GETAJOBYOUBUM” special technique, Mob-kun’s getting sidetracked during his telepathic-search date with Tome-chan and Onigawara’s obsession not to miss a single day at class despite being a gangster. Sorry, I’m really incline to talk about the jokes every time there’s a review! I can’t help it! I still view Mob Psycho 100 as a comedic-action title!
Anyways, this week’s episode is not action-packed but it still holds a great storyboard to hold my interest high for the next episodes. Given Ritsu’s awakening to his psychic senses with the proof of him finally grasping Dimple’s presence. I can only tell you, do not miss the next episodes as the psychic battles will once again, take center stage!