Mob Psycho 100 is about a boy who has strong psychic powers and his struggles to find the simple happiness he is seeking for. He longs for a normal and peaceful life, but unfortunately, the powers he possesses are attracting adversaries. Let’s delve into the life of a boy named Kageyama Shigeo with the moniker Mob-kun, as he tries to find ways to achieve a normal life without ever relying on his supernatural gifted powers.
Enter Mob-kun, a timid and ordinary boy in outward appearance, but within him lie strong psychic powers that almost make him invincible. One day in his life, he met Arataka Reigen, a self-proclaimed esper who eventually became his mentor. Together, they deal with lots of supernatural occurrences resulting Reigen becoming famous thanks to his exploits of Mob-kun’s naivety.
Meanwhile, Mob-kun only wants to live as a normal being. He has a childhood crush he wants to impress, thus he decided to train his body and stamina for specific purposes. But with great powers within him, the unintentional skirmishes starts even with him not wanting to get involved. Can he find a way out of trouble? Can he achieve his ordinary dream?
Kageyama Shigeo, aka Mob-kun, has very strong supernatural powers but he doesn’t want to use it. To be honest, the actual plot may seem very bland at first encounter, however the series itself is well-thought, well-adapted and most of all, well-executed by the one and only, ONE-sensei, the author behind the hit-series ONE PUNCH MAN.
It’s very hard to separate the two series given they have about almost 60% of similar structure. Strong powers, action fights, unique comedy and simple yet compelling characters, thus comparison might be inevitable. However, in my opinion, Mob Psycho 100 has more depth than ONE PUNCH MAN. While I may not tackle it profoundly, at this point, I want to address that despite the similarities, they are two completely different series.
So let’s talk about Mob-kun. The normal sophomore high school student has very little presence. He is the shy type, the ultimate pushover material, had a weak body and doesn’t have good overall traits except for the fact he is a super strong esper.Mob-kun was introduced as the assistant of the deuteragonist, Reigen, who’s the series main comedy star. Apparently, they met years ago with Mob-kun, asking Reigen for advice because the former doesn’t have full control of his psychic power. Being a natural con-artist, Reigen, upon his discovery that Mob-kun is the real deal, proposed that he will teach Mob-kun how to gain control of his powers, so he became the boy’s master with obvious agenda of taking advantage of Mob-kun’s gullibility. But as time passed by, even with Reigen’s initial cunning motive, Mob-kun grew up very responsible and only uses his powers if his master allows him to. Good move, Reigen, you’re truly a genius!
Story-wise like aforementioned, while it may not be attractive at first glance, the deliverance of the essence through storytelling is very good. It neither was too complex or very easy to digest because the story itself contained a good amount of relevant twists that makes a good series, which is a good thing because for me, this series didn’t try too hard to impress, nor it became something it wasn’t meant to be.
The apposite amount of meticulousness was much accounted and the said factor was visible combined with the right amount of balance in each of its episodes. Although, it had some unoriginal and generic elements, the series still managed to hold everything consistent to a high note towards the end. Overall pacing easily passed my standards and while it did became messy at times, they were particularly minor and may be subjective in my opinion.
Art & Music
Believe it or not, for me, the best aspect of this show is its art and music department. I thoroughly enjoyed the songs themes myself. The opening theme is titled”99″, which turned to be quite a funky song with pretty germane lyrics. Take note that the song contained both literal english and japanese lyrics. Like mentioned, the song itself contained relevant lyrics pertaining to questions for Mob-kun, particularly the refrain where it asked Mob-kun of what he wants to do in his life and this song pretty much hit my strikezone because it is a song that has profound connections to its main series, not just a good melody with rhyming lyrics.
That goes the same to the ending theme. But first, let me just say that it may be quite a very hard song to decipher especially, if you can’t literally understand japanese like myself. The song titled as “Refrain Boy” by the band ALL OFF, pertained about the hardships in life and that no matter what, one should still look forward towards the upcoming days. By the way, I like this song better than the opening, simply because I can relate, but don’t ask why! Let’s move on!
Let’s make sure to give the voice actors who played the characters a huge round of applause. Of course, we’re particularly thankful to Mob-kun’s voice actor, newcomer Itou Setsuo-san, who currently had one other voice role aside from Mob-kun. I’ll be perfectly honest, I was really surprised when Studio Bones and the rest of the Mob Psycho 100 council opted out for a newcomer, instead of going high profile like the rest of the casts. We get to see popular voice-actors like Sakurai Takahiro-san, Irino Miyu-san, Ootsuka Akio-san, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu-san and Hosoya Yoshimasa-san as the supporting casts.There are still lots of other popular voice actors in the roster and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one flabbergasted about the fact that a newcomer got to perform the lead character. Simply put, I thought it was a grave mistake to cast Itou Setsuo-san as Kageyama Shigeo…
But long story short, I was astonished. I was pretty much converted into a fan of Itou Setsuo-san right from the get-go. As I’ve been a longtime manga reader, I’ve developed the habit of putting a voice in the characters in my mind so when I saw the first episode of Mob Psycho 100, I thought Itou Setsuo-san was perfect right from the start towards the finish of the series. His soft-spoken and gentle voice is the perfect fit for Mob-kun. I’m sure we will see him landing big roles from now on.
The other high profile voice actors perform their usual high-level acting. I don’t have a single qualm to note, even those who are just guest actors had done amazingly.The voice acting aspect definitely warrants a perfect score.
Next, we will discuss the art and animation department.
I know that millennial fans nowadays are pretty much used to seeing good art, whether it be backgrounds or character design. Standard art for 2016 is clearly very vivid, very realistic and combined with natural colors, but Mob Psycho 100 opted for the otherwise. It contained pretty tweaky, funky and very cartoonish art for its character designs. I sincerely believe this is not a bad thing, actually, I think it’s the perfect thing!
ONE-sensei’s original artworkis weird and even with an objective point of view, I’m sure a lot will agree to my opinion. As mentioned, it takes a good art for a fan to get into the show nowadays. It’s almost like a majority fad right now. Strictly, I would say that I can watch a show even with the baddest art as long as it contains a good storyline, but that is just my preference and I’m aware my taste belongs to the minority.
So Mob Psycho 100’s art is peculiar. The backgrounds were cartoonish, contains unrealistic shapes, sceneries were colored with unusual blend of hues, but still, the non-living drawings on Mob Psycho 100 is not what you can call bad per nowadays standards, however, that might differ to character designs.
Before we delve in further, I know some people who were easily quite turned off by non-prosaic art. For some people, art simply needs to be good even with the story being bland and that factor alone, can quell their tolerance to an equilibrium. But despite the overly unconventional character art Mob Psycho 100 contains, the show still managed to score good overall response from the people I know who were sorta choosy when it comes to art department. They told me that even though they can’t still say they’re impressed by Mob Psycho 100’s art, it didn’t became an obstacle for them liking the show.
Animation is simply great. While it is inevitable to have some one or two bad scenes, the overall quality in the animation department should be granted perfect, if not, near perfect scores.
If your just asking for my own opinion, my thoughts are pretty much obvious from the beginning. My reviews were consistent of showing my fondness to the show and that includes every aspect. The art department was extremely well-done and well-copied from ONE-sensei’s style and we have to thank Studio BONES for doing their very best to complement the main author’s style from every nook and cranny. I can only remark that Studio BONES deserves a perfect score for the art department. From start to finish, Studio BONES maintained the top quality consistency and they are truly entitled to be commended for a job well done.
I am an open book all throughout the coverage of Mob Psycho 100’s series. From the get-go, I only have big praise for it given I’ve read the manga reference from start up to its latest chapters, so you can see where my love has come from. But well, since this is the “comment” section and I’m entitled to write my personal thoughts about the series, then let me address to some points I didn’t quite like in the series.
I feel like the “omake” segments should’ve been done as a compilation in an OVA episode. I know that the makers of the anime took great efforts to make the show better, but if they should’ve just omitted the “omake” segments and just compiled them as a single episode where we will get to laugh out loud for 24 minutes, that would’ve been better instead of putting them randomly on some episodes.
As aforementioned, some minor pacing issues had bugged me and this is particularly pertaining to the insertion of the comedic “omake” segments. I would’ve surely preferred if the makers had done the straightforward adaptation and focusing more on the character buildups and the lengthening of the fights, but I know I’m just being selfishly grumpy here given it was really minor in retrospect.
Yours truly has enjoyed Mob Psycho 100. Mob-kun’s adventure, albeit short, I’m pretty much certain there will be another chapter sooner or later, because from what I’ve researched in various anime sites, the show had garnered very great responses from those who’ve watched it. Although I also know that the number on its DVD/Bluray sales may affect its fate of having a sequel, I will optimistically look forward and pray it will have a continuation.
And the rating is…
- Simple story yet managed to reach extraordinary heights
- Very faithful to manga reference
- Good amount of balance in action and comedy aspects
- Rare inconsistent pacing
- Some characters were left underexposed
- Untimely comedy segment inserts
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