The Mob-kun and Teru duo with their sidekick, Dimple, continues to infiltrate the Claw HQ in an extravagant fashion. After Mob-kun totally destroying Koyama, they’re now finally taking their predetermined routes as per agreed last episode.
Prior the three infiltrators’ screentime in this episode, a bit of side-talk was established. Although it was supposed to be remotely relevant as far as the current matter is concern, the show started with the leader of the Japan’s HQ, Ishiguro, pumping up his/her small fry thugs. Note that I put an ambiguous third-person pronoun for description, because I am quite baffled if this character is actually a man or a woman(primarily due to the voice of the character), but let’s move on…
The next side-talk involved a group of Claw lackeys taking their stride as they relax while discussing how they’ll be taking their ranks higher in due time. However, ONE-sensei installed his usual unorthodox humour by placing a killjoy in the persona of an older senior who was supposed to hold a bit of authority over the young guns. The old chap was named “Gen-san” who is certainly quite respected among the group in question. In the midst of their small conference, Ritsu and the others, took the opportunity to bail the younger Shiratori brother from his captivity. Gen-san, who reminds me of Reigen’s personality, used sound logic to convince the others as he disclosed what he knows about the main HQ of their evil organization, intimidating the young fellows. But amidst their deep talk, Ritsu and the others were obviously found out, but without much hitch they were released without much objection due to Gen-san’s very convincing words, reminding the young folks that the difference between a normal person and an esper is insurmountable and what they have to do is bide their time because they will soon reap the rewards as soon as their organization dominates the whole world. Thus, Ritsu and his peers’ “Operation Breakout” is halfway through.
The first one out the three infiltrators, to get the crack on the screen, is Dimple, who is currently possessing a security officer. Stumbling upon a rare door, he was met by a group of lackeys who he disposes quickly, but after some short deferment, he finally met his match in Matsuo, a high-ranking member of Claw, who utilizes evil spirits such as the likes of Dimple as his underlings. As per Matsuo’s description, this Claw member took an immediate liking to Dimple and is quite obsessed to the notion of having Dimple as an additional pet to his collection. As their fight broke out, Dimple proved to be in an utter disadvantage, even with him finding Matsuo’s vulnerability, thus ultimately losing the fight and being captured. Sorry, Dimple, your time’s up!
Following Dimple, is Teru, who was initially seen talking in gangster’s language. Given Teru’s power, it’s quite easy to see he will relatively win most of the fights he encounters, but after eradicating a huge number of low-level lackeys, Teru was matched against the pyrokinesis user, the Saiyan-look-alike, Miyagawa. The back-and-forth psychic battle lifted up the episode’s stagnant start, and in the end, appearing to be overwhelmed at the first sequences of the fight, Teru managed to win by overcoming Miyagawa, with the use of his barrier-making skill, enveloping the fire inside a sphere that fried Miyagawa to his defeat. However, reprieve is not an option for Teru since he was met by two more high-ranking Claw officials that led to his captivity. Teru’s action time is now coming to a halt as well.
Before we get to Mob-kun’s screentime, we’ll have to give way to Ritsu, who managed to get a fighting screentime as well, as they were ambushed by a troublesome kid, who was sent from the main Claw HQ. However, the fight was actually cut short and in the end, Ritsu lost which will actually thread the sequences with Mob-kun’s scenes.
Speaking of our main protagonist, Mob-kun, easily disposes of the adversaries before him. First are the bunches of wooden dolls controlled by Mukai, another high-ranking Claw official. With Mukai introduced as just a small child, the violent notion of her getting caught in a beat-up fight was spared and it’s actually quite relieving. The second fight proved to be a struggle for Mob-kun, as he was seen upholding Reigen’s teaching, not to ever hit or beat a woman because it is the lowest of the lowest of morals. However, given the matter of a fair tussle, Mob-kun had no choice but to ultimately dispose of Tsuchiya, a kung-fu lady who utilizes her “ki” in fighting. Following Tsuchiya is the face-changing Takeuchi, who proved to be a joke given he was described by Ishiguro as a formidable member of their group. He was soundly beaten within seconds of the fight enabling Mob-kun to move forward, but was eventually met by the aforementioned scene where he found Ritsu lying unconscious and was absolutely in tatters.
Like the usual shounen formula, seeing a beaten ally, not to mention a close brother, brought Mob-kun’s gauge to a violent rumble. The rage was clearly visible in his eyes. Meanwhile, Teru warned the other Claw members to bail themselves out, now that Mob-kun, is finally getting close to his 100% self. He even plunged to the irony of saying that “psychic world domination” is just a pipe dream. But again, Mob Psycho 100 villains aren’t those types getting themselves staggered by mere talking. Teru’s warning fell to deaf ears and instead, the villains intensified their beliefs that they are special beings meant to rule the world.
So back to Mob-kun’s grieving scenes, his gauge is rising up to its limit. His next opponent, Muto, stepped up and appeared to be quite strong as he tried to give Mob-kun the shock of a lifetime. Although it ended with Mob-kun losing consciousness due to the traumatic scenes he was forced to see, he still managed to defeat Muto by sending back the amplified illusion back to the user resulting a double KO. Mob-kun’s loss dazed Teru on his thoughts as he held the idea of Mob-kun being invincible.
Before the episode ends, Ishiguro summed up the result. Seven out of their mighty eleven fell down against three infiltrators, (more like two. Sorry, Dimple!). But I’m sure the biggest surprise of this episode involves the very last sequences of this episode! I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll put a tight zip on my lips and that’s it! We’re now putting a close to this week’s review.
Frankly, I’m a bit torn about this episode. Yeah, it’s the usual flamboyant, stylish and explosive fighting episode, but the pacing kinda messed up the overall impact. More importantly, we all know that Mob-kun prefers to stay low, only wants to be the normal boy-next-door, but now that we’re in the tenth episode, we can find him fighting violently against the other espers, putting his life at risk. Although I can understand the shounen formula, I still find Mob-kun very unfortunate because he was caught in the spiral of contradiction. However, I’d still support Mob-kun on his cause to save his beloved younger brother. I mean, even in real life, every older sibling would do anything for their younger sibling, right?
We are now approaching the final two episodes. This episode left a tremendous cliffhanging twist and I’m sure those who aren’t readers of the manga will find it a very compelling case that will make them eagerly waiting for the next week’s episode. I’ll keep this review spoil-free to maximize your imagination! So again, see you next Tuesday. I’m certain the next episode will take a break from the psychic battles, but I can be wrong because we are talking about the penultimate episode of the series. Overall, this episode will linger on our minds for quite a while, because it’s the first time we saw Mob-kun losing before his enemies! I know it’s quite vexing, but where’s the thrill and fun if he just keeps on winning? Again, I’m putting a close to this week’s review.
Until next Tuesday, folks. Have a nice day!