The Mob-kun and Teru tandem rocks, isn’t it?
After the last episode ending with Ritsu and his peers arriving at the Claw’s HQ in Japan, this episode involves our heroes doing the rescuing part. Prior to their raid, Teru told Mob-kun that he’s willing to bet his chances on him because, sooner or later, Claw will resume their esper-gathering to forcefully abduct those with strong prowess, but like usual, Mob-kun, or rather, ONE-sensei, inserted his usual gag pattern using Mob-kun’s extraordinary naivety. That’s the strongest comedy point in this episode which means that this episode is totally packed with intense action like mentioned in the last episode’s review.
Inside Claw’s HQ, we finally saw the face of the other strong member in the league of the esper I previously labelled as “hooded guy”. His name is Koyama and from this episode, we can tell that he belongs to the stronger, yet stupider ranks which surmise that this Koyama is the typical act-before-think brawler who relies heavily on brute power. Aside from him, this episode threw in more screen-time for his colleagues, to successfully mix them into the fray so it can complete the shuffle onto the next upcoming episodes which will turn into a royal rumble. Please don’t consider this as a spoiler, since it’s only natural, right?
Mob-kun, Teru, and Dimple, after interrogating some weaker Claw member, finally got the starting lead to propel their rescue mission. By the way, that weaker Claw member is a person named Terada. Due to his own insecurities about his power level, he can’t afford to be outrank by someone younger, or rather, newer members. Driven by his petty mindset to weed out potential rivals, he opted to ambush Mob-kun and Teru with great confidence, but however, it turns out the latter two are far stronger than him, especially that he’s on enemy ground.
After being brutally tortured by Teru, he was seen to have submitted himself and released the intel Mob-kun and Teru needs. In this segment, Mob-kun still showed great kindness by suggesting Terada should be given a break to sip water, but well, it’s the usual ONE-sensei joke in the manner of “spill water on a raging fire” to somehow balance the situation and save the tension for the latter portions.
Before we talk about their infiltration, let’s go back to Ritsu and his peers’ situation. Locked inside a cell, with three guards with ambiences akin to the three stooges, Ritsu and his peers were thrown into a chaotic spot. Given Ritsu’s levelheadedness, with his insight telling him that they’ll be brainwashed for the advantages of the organization, he utilizes his wits to try to have some leeway by rebuffing the claims he and his peers have psychic powers. However, the main warden looks like he won’t just get fooled that easily and that he owns his bag of trickery as well. He manage to halt Ritsu’s advances by killing one of his peers and that naturally spooked the youngsters, but wait, there’s more to it, but we won’t just disclose it yet.
So, we’re now onto the segment where Mob-kun and Teru attack the Claw’s HQ. Riding a floating car driven by their persecuted prisoner Terada, the strong duo with Dimple, easily arrives without much hitch. But as soon as they arrived, more like, landed on site, Mob-kun and Teru who easily dismisses Terada on their earlier clash, was attacked from behind and this Terada dude showed much more promise in their second battle sequence, even forcing Teru to acknowledge that he’s not just a shabby Claw member. But without further ado, even with his bountiful hostility being wonderfully utilize on his home turf, Mob-kun is still a world’s level away from his meager potential and boom, Mob-kun easily crushed him by sandwiching him with a not-so-delicious tree bread. Lol, did you get the joke? Sorry if it’s lame, though…
Before tackling the interior of the HQ, Teru showed off a bit of his newly acquired or rather, learned technique. He copied Terada’s flashy skill and dragged off the two guards frontlining the organization’s defenses with one of them being possessed by the weak yet still nasty Dimple. The next scenes involves them interrogating the guards inside, but before we proceed, we’ll return to Ritsu and his peers.
So yet again, the downspirited and hopeless situation lingers in the cell they’re in. As the others are naturally panicking, Ritsu was now even more determined to break free than ever which was automatically rejected by his peers who are fearing for their own lives. But surprisingly, Ritsu got the approval of the one who’s most unlikely to agree, given his younger brother was shown to have been killed just earlier. It turns out that what they saw before was basically an illusion to weaken their resolve and that all along, the younger brother was still safe from harm, thus initiating Ritsu’s masterplan as he started to provoke the three stooges who’s guarding them.
Long story short, Ritsu’s intelligence works out and successfully frees them temporarily. With their ultimate goal of escaping, they are now onto rescuing their other fellow esper as Mob-kun, Teru and Dimple infiltrate the deeper parts of the Claw’s HQ.
Arriving at a three-pronged intersection, it was decided that Mob-kun would take the middle as Teru will go left and Dimple going right, but right before they can step onto their respective paths, Koyama enters the fray with a vengeance. But again, let’s fast forward the scene because Mob-kun, despite not in his 100% raging self, has entered serious mode and is not in the mood of jovially playing around. He instantly diminishes Koyama like a bug and showed he’s just as capable of being ruthless for the sake of saving his little brother.
Okay, so we’ll now end the recap of a review this week and like usual, I love Mob Psycho 100. While this episode is just the preparation portion of the great battles ahead, it still delivers and is very true to the essence of Mob-kun rescuing his little brother from Claw’s clutches. With one strong foe down, can Mob-kun and Teru show they can dispose of the other Claw members? Can Dimple be of help? Can Ritsu and his peers escape their current dilemma?
I know, we have a lot of questions that remains unanswered. But as we now plunged into the 9th episode of a 12-episode series, the end is just as near as it can get. If you will allow me to say a little spoiler, the TV has now adapted the 5th volume of the manga reference, I think it’s suffice to say that we’re just going to see the end by the 6th volume or perhaps, some bits of the 7th, but who knows, I can be utterly wrong!
Anyways, like usual, stay tuned every Tuesday. The upcoming episodes are going to be bloody action-packed, but please disregard the “bloody” comment cause it might sound a little bit violent. So yet again, see you next Tuesday, my fellow Mob Psycho 100 fans!
Have a nice day!