Just when I thought we’d be diving into a sea of endless independent episodes in this season, Mob Psycho 100 just turned the tables with an episode more unexpected and much darker than anything we’ve seen in the anime so far.
Routine start of an episode. Reigen receives a call for a job; the only thing that is significantly different than usual is that he’s actually gonna get paid, not in vegetables, but in serious money for completing it. The whole setup feels pretty important as they arrive and see a huge number of psychics gathered in a massive house. The rich guy who invited everyone there shows up and announces that he will offer ANY reward to whoever can save his daughter, whom he considers possessed. The daughter is kept tied up behind a huge mirror cell, along with a fuckload of bunnies (I better not be the only one seeing that intense Akira influence here), and as everyone is extremely eager to have a go, given the prize is so high, they decide to choose the order by playing… rock paper scissors. The traditional way.
Reigen being the weirdo manipulator that he is, easily wins to RPS battle and finds himself talking to the girl first. She seems perfectly normal and claims her father has been abusing her… OR IS IT. The moment Reigen expresses his concerns on her, the cell explodes; and yes the dark spirit possessing her is set loose. Dimple recognizes him: his name is Mogami and he is a celebrity psychic from about four decades ago who invested all his energy in becoming the most powerful evil spirit on the market, oh yeah. Shit hits the fan. The dad is impaled, everyone get their ass majorly kicked, and Mob is the last one standing. He decides that the only way to set the girl free is to perform an out-of-body projection of his spirit and push the other one out. He hands over his body to Dimple and dives in. Mogami awaits him and lets him show off his strength. Then, unexpectedly, he smashes him and Mob wakes up in his bed, with his memories altered and his powers gone. HOLLY-SHIT.
Where are you from again: I don’t say that often but I’ll call it when I do: the dad looked ridiculously Greek, almost like a caricature. Bald head with what little is left of his brown hair, mustache, golden chain and prominent chest hair… I’ve seen that before. #expat
Okanemochi: One of my favorite Japanese words (out of what little I remember) is お金持ち, which translates as ‘rich’, but in my head it’s more like ‘rich dude’ or ‘shit that guy’s loaded’. The first kanji is the one for gold/metal, and the second is holding, possession or something along those lines. The more you know*
Reigen wins: Smooth talker, expert on psychological warfare, confident, and pretty damn smart with a set of unique attacks that change the course of each episode. I think I have concluded that I’d probably tap that.
Who is this: Oh yeah, Matsuo. Remember him? He’s the spirit collector guy from the Claw’s higher echelon, ‘Scar’. I mean it’s not hard to see how he’ll have a pretty big role to play in this arc… what with the most powerful evil spirit in the world around!
Janken: You’d think that a guy so rich would have devised a much more sophisticated way to prioritize who gets to have a go at saving his daughter’s life, but I suppose that rock-paper-scissors is as good as anything… Janken (じゃん拳) is the Japanese equivalent of rock-paper-scissors, yet the Japanese seem to be taking this game much more seriously that we do in the west (lol). The main memory of this I have is a YouTube video where random college kids play janken to decide who’s gonna get shot in the ass with fireworks. I shall refrain from commenting.
So what the heck just happened? I am very excited to see what’s coming up next. A small walk around the webernets has revealed that this is arguably one of the most popular arcs in the manga, so we’re all in for a treat.
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Mob Psycho 100 II
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast | Season 1 Review