After the battle with Dimple, it seems Mob-kun just can’t catch a break. In this episode, he encounters the residue form of the demon in question. With it reduced to a sorry state, Mob-kun, with his usual outgoing self, refrained from giving it the final punch to end everything but that’s Mob-kun for you! He’s just the sweetest dude alive.
This episode is not just the usual fun-action combo, as we get a short segment dedicated to Mob-kun’s popular little brother, Kageyama Ritsu.
Ritsu seems like the guy Mob-kun wants to be. His art design is obviously a revamped Mob-kun with refreshing appeal, high intelligence and cool voice It’s easy to see that Mob-kun admires his little brother; he said so himself in this episode. The admiration for normalcy is Mob-kun’s epitome in life. Since Mob-kun is not inclined to using his psychic powers, there seems to be a hidden plot behind the brothers’ situation. That’s what we’re going to see soon!
Mob-kun, being his usual self, discusses with his little brother his desire to have a normal life. It’s a very interesting scene: he just doesn’t see things in an extravagant way like the commentary of Dimple when the brothers were walking the road while talking. Ritsu, like his brother, also has a complex. The little brother wants to become a psychic as well as he is seen holding a spoon towards the climax. I assume that some interesting developments about to happen. Maybe we will see the reason why Mob-kun is always hesitant to use the gifted prowess he was born with.
Apart from Ritsu, there is another side character (or rather a group of side characters) that takes a decent amount of the episode’s limelight. The Body Improvement Club almost became the main characters this week. The story underlined them as proper middle-schoolers who value training as a means of improving one’s self and who devalue fighting as a waste of time. They’re actually pretty easy to like as Mob-kun’s club-mates. Because of a plot by their school’s 番長 (banchou – school gang leader) who was thrashed by their opposing school, our decent dudes were dragged into a hell of brawl.
But first, let me make a short introduction about this 番長: His name is Onigawara and with his pompadour hair and rugged look, he looks like a very intimidating character. Like the usual gang leader, the dude has almost zero intelligence, but there was a joke inserted in a short segment where he uses complicated terms.
Back to Mob-kun, his desire to have a blooming middle school life is still strong. He also receives a love letter out of the blue with chicken scribble font that has an obvious message that it’s from a male admirer!
Oh dear… Mob-kun, get a clue!
But unfortunately for Mob-kun, it’s his destiny to get duped in every episode. The love letter is a trap in which Mob-kun gets ganged up by the opposing school as he was mistakenly took for a revenger, or was it avenger? Never mind. Mob-kun’s club found out that their fellow club-mate is in danger and they manage to save Mob-kun’s arse in the nick of time, but…
Enter the main antagonist of this current arc, Hanazawa Teruki. The handsome psychic who is the current ura-banchou (shadow gang leader) of Mob-kun’s opposing school.
Like Mob-kun, Teru is a strong psychic. Unlike Mob-kun, Teru seems confident of his power usage and is never shy to show his superiority through brawls. As the episode progresses towards the climax, it is seen that even with the tough and bulky muscles of Mob-kun’s club-mates, the fight was one-sided. Teru has a short monologue praising that power is everything. He is totally convinced that he is the chosen one and none of the vulgar creatures who were lying on the ground can ever stand up to him. But alas, after his last attack drawing some heavy dust smog in the vicinity, a shadow still lurks behind the spotlight. It’s our hero, Mob-kun, standing unfazed with his usual aloof expression.
As usual, the old-school formula of ONE manages to make this episode interesting. With school fights, delinquents, muscle boys and super powers, it was almost the perfect execution of a 少年 (shounen) series episode. It still inserts some timely gags every now and then, but apparently, this episode is much more dedicated to highlight the fights 少年 titles are all about.
By the way, there’s a vague poignant sense to this episode. Did you feel it, too? Well, maybe it will be clear next episode.
It’s pretty obvious from the cliffhanger ending and the preview that there’s going to be a huge action-packed fight. I implore you not to miss Mob Psycho 100’s next episode as it will be very colorful. So yet again, it’s been a fun 24-minute watch for me and I will continue to watch it like Reigen said in the first preview: in real-time to make sure I made a wise decision!
Goodbye and see you next week!