Japanese Title: OCHIMUSHA~超能力と僕~
Hi, guys. We finally arrived at the middle of the series! Some might disagree since the series is scheduled for twelve episodes and we’re only at its fifth episode, but please don’t mind the math! Anyways, without further ado, here is this week’s Mob Psycho 100 review.
The previous episode obviously left everyone hanging for this vital part that explains why Mob-kun is adamantly apathetic on not utilizing his almost-omnipotent psychic prowess. In the opening sequence, the current arc’s antagonist, Hanazawa Teru, didn’t hesitate to show his aggression and hostility to our protagonist. He is clearly bothered by the fact that there are other psychic users like him. He was even bothered by the fact that Mob-kun has a pet beside him. Talk about being overly insecure! For him, the fact that there are two people in the same category seems absurd and only he has the right to remain in the center. No one else is needed for the main role. Of course, that is our antagonist’s ego and within the starting seconds of this episode, Hanazawa Teru openly declares en garde against Mob-kun in order to establish the hierarchy.
We’ve already seen numerous psychic battles in Mob Psycho 100, but this battle is clearly the most outstanding so far. Not because it has a lot of explosions and fast-moving scenes, but because in the fatal battle between Mob-kun and Teru lies the reason behind Mob-kun’s apathy in using his psychic powers and behind Teru’s insecurities.
But for now, let’s recap the first part of their battle in which Teru clearly showed his intention to take out his adversary. By using his telekinesis, Teru showed off his powers through, as Mob-kun explained to Dimple, wire-action stunts and weird movements. In this part, it is obvious that Teru has complete control over his powers and that might be the focal reason he has complete confidence, if not conceitedness, in himself. As the episode progresses, Teru became agitated by the fact that his powers cannot even scratch Mob-kun, let alone have him use his powers. He tried to do everything within his power: the power which previously toppled every opponent he had so far, the power which defeated even a huge number of strong fighters and the power he believed to have made him to the person he currently is. Having his power dismissed like it’s nothing is akin to the greatest humiliation he has ever received and that angered him to the extreme.
So their explosive fight continues, and with Mob-kun obviously not interested on retaliating, Teru stepped up his game, both in speed and power and blew Mob-kun from one place to another. With Mob-kun being utterly blown, Dimple intervenes but unfortunately perishes without resistance. Then, their explosive psychic battle driven by strength slowly turned into a moral debate.
Mob-kun wants to find another potential within himself and he is inclined to forget he has an inborn strong power, while on the other hand, Teru embraced his power to impose his superiority over others. It also appears that Teru is fond of categorizing the average as bonjin and is quick to rebuff Mob-kun’s approach to living a normal life. Teru had already accepted Mob-kun as his brethren, but refuses Mob-kun’s way of thinking about psychic powers. He cannot stand Mob-kun dismissal of his psychic powers for a sense of normalcy because that will make all of his past deeds irrelevant in his own understanding. The thought of him being the sole superior existence in the world demands everyone bowing before his powers. But with Mob-kun adamantly standing by his opinion, Teru’s previously steady thinking is disturbed: he may not be the most special person in the world and he cannot afford or tolerate the notion of that.
So at the midpoint of their heated battle, emotions ran wild between the two of them albeit Mob-kun’s usual aloof expression. There’s also a dedicated segment where he recalled his mentor’s proverb that you should not put yourself above other people. Although it is from the bogus Reigen, this segment is pretty emotional and is indeed morally correct. The quote strengthens Mob-kun’s determination towards change.
As aforementioned, Dimple was destroyed and turned into smithereens. Not even the tiniest of fragments remains and he couldn’t have possibly survived. At this point, even with Mob-kun insisting that he remains calm, it was the trigger to unlocking his deepest emotions. Recollecting some jargonic flashbacks about his spirit ball sidekick, Mob-kun finally realizes that Teru is a bad person and compared to the previously high-level demon Dimple, the latter feels like the kinder one. He also realizes that Teru means harm akin to an evil person by pointing a knife to an innocent, thus Mob-kun becomes visibly annoyed. After that particular sequence, Mob-kun was blown by yet another increase of power by Teru. But even with the term getting “blown” doesn’t mean he was fazed at the very least. Mob-kun remained very composed and ultimately pissed off Teru to the point the latter literally pointed out knives to him in an attempt to make Mob-kun use his powers, contrast to his stand of not using it no matter the situation. However, at this point enters ONE’s humour in a very untimely manner. The seriousness that was built up was postponed by a particular sequence and Teru’s prided look, or I mean, his blond hair were scratched to that of a monk’s. While even I would have raged like hell if that happened to me, Teru’s interpreted it as a means of further insult and continued his assault to Mob-kun, not realizing he is about awaken a malevolence like no other.
As the battle approaches its climax, Mob-kun realizes another thing about Teru and that is his insecurities. Like Mob-kun has deduced, Teru is indeed an insecure person. Mob-kun saw through Teru’s feelings as if they’re transparent and that fazed Teru more than the damage he tried to inflict to our protagonist.
With Teru already crumbling on his ideals, not because of a mere cut to his hair, but because he was seen through by Mob-kun, he finally broke down and impulsively relied on his physical strength voided of another psychic prowess. The hate within his eyes is clearly evident that he already forget his initial notion of establishing the hierarchy but just wants to get rid of the person who got rid of his innermost defenses. As Mob-kun tried his hardest to escape the front-naked choke, unfortunately for him, the minuscule strength he acquired during his workouts haven’t bore fruit yet that led him close to fainting. However, the real unfortunate one here is Teru, as the inner gauge of Mob-kun is nearing it’s full tank.
Fainting to unconsciousness, Mob-kun reawakens the darkest emotions within himself. His appearance wasn’t even close to his usual self anymore. Teru, who thought he had successfully bent Mob-kun’s firm notion, appeared to look victorious for a while thinking he can finally settle everything in one go, but too bad for him, his story’s already over. Mob-kun easily devastates Teru to the point where the latter regretted everything. His ideals were crushed by the overly immense power sleeping inside Mob-kun and finally realizes that he is just another “bonjin” living in the vast world.
So, with that, their heated battle of emotions and psychic powers finally ended. Not exactly a draw or a win for Mob, but just a defeat to Teru. Mob-kun realizes that he had done another dreadful thing similar to a past flashback of his and cries to the ground regretting his actions of not being able to prevent what had happened.
The aftermath of their battle had Mob-kun fixing the destroyed building with his powers, Teru in buck-naked fashion, not just his clothes but also his head, the thugs running away in fear and remains Mob-kun’s bonds with the Body Improvement Club. Teru finally realizes that Mob-kun was in the right and that psychic powers cannot solve moral issues and with that, officially ending is the action-packed battle between Mob-kun and Teru. What an awesome shounen battle it is!
Within the final minutes of the episode, Mob-kun is seen walking in the rain trying to find Dimple, but to no avail. Arriving at his house, he was welcomed by his younger brother, Ritsu and was handed a face towel to wipe his drenched self. To his sleep, Mob-kun remained aloof in his facial expression but is definitely struck by Dimple’s death and then he ends the episode with an “achoo”, thus signalling a cold.
So apart from this being an emotional-driven episode, Mob Psycho 100, like I said, is entering halfway to it’s total airing time. Next episode will be an episode with the essence of a calm after a storm as it will obviously have Mob-kun rest for a while and will have the other characters take centerstage. As aforementioned, Mob-kun’s younger brother, Ritsu wants to have the same psychic powers as his brother and that’s what is previewed for the next episode. Hey, that’s not a spoiler, okay?! Oh, there’s also the date with Tome-chan, so look forward to the next episode as it will reveal points to the next major arc.
See you next week!