Damn. You played me bad, Mob Psycho. I don’t know how to feel. I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or relieved. Or annoyed. I don’t know.
Right, so last episode, we were left witnessing Mob about to completely lose his shit as he found his parents and brother burned to a crisp. I think the shock was so profound for me that I actually wiped it from my memory; I didn’t remember that was the last thing I saw.
Straight away we get this whole new setup of orphan vengeful Mob debunked like BOOM. Dimple rushes to assure him that these are dummies and his family is actually alive. This minimal relief prevents Mob from exploding; he does however immediately detect some nearby powerful psychics who, conveniently enough, are on their way to burn his house. After a bit of questioning he realizes he failed to find the right people. He is then picked up by some ex-claw member (well you didn’t expect me to remember their freaking names, did you) under the pretext that his master is waiting for him along with all the ex-claw members. Mob is in a hurry so he makes the car fly there. Reigen sees Mob and immediately knows he’s losing it, so he encourages Dimple’s theory of Mob’s parent being alive, even though Dimple and himself are not 100% certain that is the case. Mob shuts down and relaxes, then falls asleep.
In the meantime we get briefly introduced to Claw’s upper echelon, which is -YOU GUESSED IT- a bunch of overly stylized weirdos that have extraordinary psychic powers, who have just announced in Japanese television that they’re ready to take over the world. A government effort to infiltrate them and destroy them fails, while we finally find out that Ritsu has join forces with the crazy redhead to stop them, while Mob’s parents are having a mini holiday in a hot springs hotel.
FIRE!: Out with the old and in with the new. continuing on its motif of change, fire plays a pretty strong metaphorical role in this episode, with the fire on Mob’s house allowing this whole thing to be interpreted as another rite of passage for Mob.
The villains: Does anyone actually remember the name of a single Claw member? I sure as hell don’t. All these characters seem to be rather expendable and remind me a bit of the early One-Punch Man episodes where villains would pop up every five minutes. Maybe that’s the point?
Politics: An interesting thing to look at: the illustration of Japanese politics, with the prime minister being an ethical man who is trying to tackle gender inequality, sexual, and authoritarian harassment (which, in case you don’t know, are pretty hot issues in Japan). Another interesting bit is the fact that the Japanese government seems to have infiltrated Claw.
We’ve seen better
Not the strongest episode of the season. With little bit more action than usual, this was more of an effort to set the stage for this season’s final battle. Interesting how in the previous one I was hoping that this was still an illusion continuing from a previous arc, but I suppose I went too far with that. The revelation might have been a bit anticlimactic, but definitely not a reason to stop watching.
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