Let me just say: you better not read this if you haven’t watched this episode.
Mob is training hard to run the school marathon. Everyone around him supports him, and he tries his best. Unfortunately, he feels a bit anemic while running and ends up being briefly hospitalized in school. He wakes up to walk home, but on his way there, he realizes, looking in the distance, that his home is on fire.
Arriving there, Mob desperately searches for his family in the flames. Dimple tells him that someone has forced their way into Mob’s family home. Mob finds his family incinerated.
It’s very unexpected for me to find myself personally involved with the stuff I review. It’s happened a couple of times, but it is rare. I have found myself being very emotionally involved with Mob Psycho II, and I genuinely care about the characters. There is something very compelling about this show and the sensitivity with which it treats them. Unlike the vast majority of anime (especially new anime), it feels very real and very human, even if it revolves around such an extravagant thing as a high schooler with psychic powers. There’s a lot to it and a lot that makes it intensely relatable. Mob’s inherent weakness and the way he chooses to deal with them, and the weaknesses of the characters around him, his brother, his master, the girl he likes, they are all flawed and wonderful in their own way. The show aims towards and achieves in making its characters into people we care for.
Then there’s the quality. I have not read the manga (I rarely do, cause I’m lazy like that, and because I’m deeply invested in reading depressing essays on the human condition at the moment), but the anime is phenomenal. The art is new, edgy, and unique. The performances are exactly as they need to be, whether that’s intense or surprisingly mild. The subcontext is strong. It attacks the viewer (especially those of us who watch more anime that we should…) and brings them Mob’s position. It dares to ask, are you a good person? What do you rely on? Are you trying to be happy? Are you working to change the things that need to change in yourself and the world around you?
Mob is a rare character in anime but also in real life. He is someone who rejects his own comfort and challenges himself to become better for his own good and for the good of the people he loves. He is a pacifist, a hard worker, a forgiver, and a loving friend. He struggles but doesn’t give up in achieving his happiness. He genuinely grows. To some of us he is relatable, and to others he is someone to look up to.
AND THAT’S WHY HE DIDN’T DESERVE THIS, Y’ALL
I mean, I’m sorry, but why this plot-twist? I am hurt. I understand, I really do understand the necessity of drama in media and narrative and how sometimes in life (if not many times!) the virtuous get to suffer and have to carve a new path. I understand that he cannot be a real hero unless he overcomes the incredible hatred and rage that becomes him in the face of tragedy, and that is not something triggered in an illusion, like in one of the recent arcs where he was trapped in a fake world. I understand our heroes need to be put to the test, otherwise, how can we be convinced of the authenticity of their virtue?
BUT WHY. I wanted to see him grow. I wanted to see him happy. I didn’t mind.
I secretly hope this is still an illusion.
What do I do, what do I say
That was a tremendous change of tone. If anything, I can confidently say that each episode in this season has left me hanging, and I cannot wait for it to finish. I hope we’ll get closure by the end of it.
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Mob Psycho 100 II
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast | Season 1 Review