Howdy. I love anime and my ultimate dream is to be a light novelist, because I sucked at drawing art, someday.
After two previous lax episodes, Mob Psycho 100 finally spices up things by entering it’s first major arc. I must say that it was faithfully adapted meaning, it was the sort of adaptation that is 100% similar from the original reference and oh, I’m so satisfied. Centering this week’s episode is Mob-kun and his approach on how to become popular enough to be noticed by his childhood crush, Tsubomi-chan, who as we stated in the previous review, will get more commentary as soon as the story progress. But frankly, as I was thinking about that, there’s really not much to tell about Tsubomi-chan given she’s just our protagonist’s crush and nothing more. Lol, I punk’d you! Nah, I’m just kidding.
So story-wise, this episode started by portraying Mob’s efforts into muscling up his physical attributes. After successfully joining up the Body Improvement Club instead of joining Tome-chan’s Telepathy Club, this week’s episode showed that the latter club wasn’t really disbanded but managed to leech their way into the room by co-existing with the consent of the legal club, the Body Improvement Club. So many “clubs” mentions, eh? Even I thought I was doing tongue-twister. So as we fast forward the first minutes, Mob-kun collapsed during an exercise run, got transported back to the club room, showed Tome-chan a proof he’s a natural psychic and revealed he wants to be popular by acquiring muscles. In this segment, we get to see Tome-chan mimicking Reigen a bit by trying to lead Mob-kun into her whims, sucking him by force into helping her achieve her dream telepathy communication with aliens, but regardless, Mob-kun is still far away from being popular anyways, so we’ll end the school setting right now. After that, short minutes were dedicated to the show’s current deuteragonist, Reigen, as they again delved into a short discussion. Like usual, Reigen is full of bull, but yet, is very convincing given his fluency at almost everything. Well, that’s really how the master is, but with an easy-to-read student like Mob, I guess reading the lad’s problems will be the easiest things to do.
Moving on, the main attraction finally arrives. Mob-kun on his way home, meets a person wearing an eerie mask. As the series never feels reserved to show how gullible Mob is, the natural expectation of him getting duped was almost inevitable. So from then, the episode’s overall time was dedicated showing a newly-discovered cult called “LOL” and as its name implies, this bogus religion focuses on a very simple drive and that is to make everyone smile, albeit the situation screams creepiness in all angles. Mob-kun enters the fray alongside two other new recruits, an old man and coincidentally, a young maiden in Mezato Ichi, who’s actually Mob-kun’s classmate at school. Momentarily, the leader arrives with matching loud applauses from the believers.
This episode’s humor is slightly weak compared to the previous episodes. Coming from a sucker at this type of straightforward gags, the episode relied on facial expressions to make one laugh but it might be intentional for all we know. The seriousness of this episode precedes the series’ reputation of being simple and easygoing because from here on out, it’s gonna be a high-octane blast of action.
As expected, LOL’s leader, who emphasizes laughter, is another one psychic who simply hypnotizes his victims, easily converting them to believers. As the plot easily says, LOL’s leader, known more simply as Dimple, established the religion with ambitions of being worshipped. But unfortunately for him, he picked the shortest straw.
Easily converting the two of the three new recruits despite their struggles, Dimple was prejudicially convinced that his small paradise grew better in numbers. But as aforementioned, Mob-kun, with his apathetic approach and low-standards in life has made Dimple’s life miserable in the upcoming minutes. In spite of everything, his attempts to convert Mob-kun was simply futile because the latter psychic was the more definitive and stronger out of the two, that comparing them is just utter foolishness. But we won’t stop there, with Dimple growing impatient, he accidentally stepped on the landmine and that is the trigger to Mob-kun’s innermost caged emotion, the “RAGE”. But let me insert a joke here, maybe the proverb “There’s no use crying over spilled milk” doesn’t entirely comes good with Mob-kun here given he is a literal milk lover here. LOL! Sorry, if the jest’s cold.
Never pissed off a shounen protagonist because you will be the victim of their rampage without a doubt. ONE’s approach to Mob-kun’s development is neither simple or complicated. Every pre-adolescent have their complex and one doesn’t have the warrant to categorize them as simple or the other. Mob-kun, despite his gift of ultra-psychic powers, craves for something other than near-omnipotence and Dimple should’ve respected that. However, it was all too late as the 100% limit was hit on Mob-kun’s gauge. May you rest in peace, Dimple.
But well, although Mob-kun transformed and look like a cold-blooded assassin, we can’t just forget his dull and expressionless face. After the one-sided clash between Mob-kun and the so-called “High-level Demon” Dimple who got brutally eradicated to smithereens, we find another master-student conference. Albeit the regrets of our protagonist, finally, the master have spouted some words of enlightenment. To each to his own, as the master says and it appears to save Mob-kun from the anguish.
You all thought this review’s over, eh? Not yet, so don’t go pressing the Alt+F4 yet. As aforementioned, Mob Psycho 100 is not really that hard and complicated of a show to follow. But yet, it’s advisable to stay away from too much intricate expectations. The series’ focuses on how a gifted child can obtain a simple contentment and at his point, it is already safe to say that from here onwards, we can enjoy the series progressing towards a shounen formula. Intense battles, good amount of comedy inserts, some spice at school and a little bit of mystery. The show’s premise is somewhat formulated from antique notions but I can assure everyone who’s into the world of shounen, you’ll enjoy this show as much as you’ve enjoyed other shounen titles. So stay tuned every Tuesday and watch Mob-kun’s adventure toward a blissful normalcy, but yet again, the fight starts sooner because in the next episode, we will meet another important character and another thing, Dimple is still alive, but you can be the judge to say if he’s well or unwell!
See you next week and have a nice day!