The biggest cliffhanging twist ends up being crystal clear in this episode. Reigen is not the Claw’s boss, but he packs hefty intimidation inside his own self. Reigen adapted himself to the situation by truly imposing his talent of convincing people, but I’m pretty certain he didn’t take advantage by pretending to be the boss. I mean, never did he say he was the boss, eh?
This episode is certainly Reigen’s. While we know that he’s usually a fraud who loves to spout claptraps without hesitation, this episode showed that he’s really Mob-kun’s mentor. Aside from Reigen’s natural gift of being great at conversation, he really established himself very well as the main factor of Mob-kun’s apathy towards the use of psychic powers.
Let’s now take a detour and go back to where Mob-kun, Ritsu and Teru are being held captive. Inside a psychic-sealing room, Mob-kun woke up after seeing a significant flashback. It’s such a flashback of much importance because it threads to the fact as to why Mob-kun respects Ritsu with great conviction.
Ritsu, meanwhile, wants to apologize for the misdeeds he had done, but Mob-kun is such a big softy to his younger sibling and I’m sure you already expected a very lenient dealing to the younger brother. Afterwards the short yet warm moment, the matter of escaping obviously became their topic. Teru initially pointed that they can’t use an ounce of their power, therefore rendering themselves powerless inside that room making them completely trap in the room with no options of escape. However, Mob-kun, with great sureness, tells the otherwise. He’s with his beloved, intelligent and his prided younger brother, there’s no such things as impossible with his sibling by his side.
So again, let’s go back to Reigen. Whilst walking the interior vicinity of the building, Reigen never fails to make everyone laugh. I’m very sure, you had one heck of laughtrip given Reigen’s antics affecting this whole episode. From lecturing the lowly goons of the organization, from being the benevolent top figure who shows mercy to the weakest, his usual logic-based words and of course, the fact that he still pretends to be an esper. He’s really one great deuteragonist and I’m certain no one can even argue!
Now, the focal moment arrives midway and Reigen successfully established contact with his captive student. Teru wonders who is the guy in the suit being followed by a massive flock of lowly lackeys and Mob-kun calls Reigen his master that puts everything in place before the great showdown. After this particular scene, the moment we’ve been waiting for finally enters the spotlight.
Reigen, alongside the captive trio and huge number of Claw followers behind him, met with the remaining upper rankers of the 7th Division. Still, with either great confidence or he’s just totally oblivious of the fact his upcoming adversaries are bonafide espers, Reigens talks in his usual assertive tone. Unsurprisingly, the gig has been revealed here that he’s not the boss everything is fearing for.
Without much further ado, the great battle commences. Ishiguro, much to his/her chagrin, (sorry, I still don’t know this person’s gender) launches a forceful attack that was repelled with great efforts by the protagonist side. At this moment, Reigen finally got the hint and sniffed that they’re in big trouble, thus he immediately gave an order to the goons following him from his back to go and hide themselves. Following his short but very compelling speech, our old Reigen stayed true to his nature and tried to blend himself with the escapees. But unfortunately, that won’t do as Reigen is bound for greater things in this psychic clash, but we’ll yet to disclose it, okay?
Without much choice, Mob-kun has to step up because he’s the only feasible one to defeat the adversaries, but since Ishiguro packs awesome amount of powers as well, Mob-kun was seen to have struggled, not until Reigen completely enters the hot fray with a dropkick to Ishiguro’s face that totally halted Claw’s momentum of gaining advantage.
Like usual, the familiar voice of the narrator joined the party by explaining another one of Reigen’s ordinary fighting skills and it’s quite an interesting entry, but wait, there’s more to come!
So going back to Reigen’s position in this episode, after the dropkick, he finally delves into his master mode and reminded Mob-kun of the rule not to ever use psychic powers against others because it’s dangerous. Given Reigen’s intelligence, he understood that his one and only student had no other choice but to use it to protect his friends, thus prompting Reigen to fully embrace the role he was meant to and that is to fight the psychic adversaries to spare his student of the difficult task.
The fight re-initiates and Reigen used another one of his hidden-yet-ordinary skills. However, not long enough, the psychic adversaries snapped their last fibers of patience making Reigen realize that his plan backfired and that no matter how much he try to use his convincing conversation skills plus fighting skills, it is of no use to an adult who’s actually a kid who failed to grow and who blindly abused the psychic powers given to them. Reigen now, called for immediate retreat.
The fight continues and it grew far more intense than that of their opening clash. Mob-kun easily disposes of the clones while Ritsu is having trouble with it and Teru fighting equal with the sword-user who managed to slashed away the cactus-corn-like wig of his. But as the fights goes on, the disadvantage was becoming apparent to the side of the protagonists and their only means of escaping is by having Mob-kun utterly obliterating the opposing side with the use of his hidden powers.
The matter tore Mob-kun inside, because he holds a dear promise with his Master Reigen, but at the same time, he can’t afford to get his friend, master and brother to get hurt as well. The gauge inside him slowly rises towards the limit putting him in great strain and ultimately ate all of his conscience by being slowly enveloped with a dark murderous aura, but coming to his rescue is his Master Reigen, who can’t have any of that.
Despite not being an esper, Reigen fully understands the consequences waiting, should Mob-kun decided to use his powers to hurt the others. Waking up Mob-kun from his almost awakening, Reigen still insists the best option for them is to flee without reservations.
Before this episode ends up, a very significat flashback has been offered for us viewers to get more point of views to what really happened priorly the meeting of the student and the master. Little Mob-kun meets Reigen in a peculiar encounter and the former confessing he’s a psychic user who can’t control his own powers. Reigen, who seems he has free time to spare, lend his knowledge to the boy by telling that psychic prowess is just another ordinary talent. Before their fateful conversation ends, Reigen being a “nekojita” or someone who can’t handle hot foods/drinks due to their sensitivity literally spills the hot tea on the open air, only for the little esper, Mob-kun, saving every drops of it with the usage of his powers.
Reigen, who is a mix of a douchebag yet intelligent man, offers his services and unilaterally made Mob-kun his disciple and so on…
But, the real last scene of the episode is something far beyond that warm flashback. Reigen has been stabbed and was dropped into the cold floor and I’m sure, we’re into one eventful final episode next week.
Unsurprisingly, my comment for this episode is simply, it’s the best episode yet in this series! This is such a perfect episode with the perfect blend of everything; fights, twists, characters dialogues and focal argument. This episode made it crystal that even with Reigen doing the usual gags in this show, he has more to offer by staying true to his role as Mob-kun’s mentor and that there’s more to his usual nonsense.
Now, Mob-kun, who as aforementioned, stuck in an unforgiving loop of contradiction, will have to decide the outcome… or will he? What will happen to the last episode?
I should really zip my mouth here! I’m sure the final episode will be great as well, if not better. Fellow fans, readers or not, I hope you did enjoy the 11 episodes so far. Yours truly, you know how I like this show so much. ONE-sensei’s humor is something I really like to see, but Mob Psycho 100 is definitely not just an ordinary action-comedy show because it holds something real and true in its essence of pursuing a good life behind special powers.
So like usual, see you next week! Have a nice day and as for me, I’m gonna just rewatch episode 11 again and again.