Mob Psycho 100 is one of those series that will charm you instantly from the very first episode. It has great visuals and a unique animation style as well as a good storyline and quality humor. You can’t really help but love this show. Action and shounen anime titles usually stick to the same clichés and feature main characters that are usually ridiculously strong or special in some way and work their way to become the best badass in town. But if we learned anything from One-Punch Man (that is written by the same creator as Mob Psycho 100) is that overpowered characters that are out-of-the-ordinary are the real deal in this genre.
In Mob Psycho 100 we follow the adventures of a boy known as Mob, a socially awkward kid that lives a rather monotonous life. Despite his looks and character, Mob has very powerful psychic abilities and has enlisted himself under his mentor, Reigen Arakata (who exploits Mob’s powers for his own fame and wealth) in order to learn to control his skills by exorcising evil spirits. Things get interesting rather fast when we realize that the story is actually not following their adventures but the progression towards Mob’s berserk mode.
So, there’s isn’t really any need to make this too long: you are here because you know what you are looking for. Brace yourselves because these anime will bring more awesomeness in your everyday life.
One Punch Man
Fall 2015 12 Episodes
In a city where criminals, thugs, and super-villains are everywhere, Saitama decides to become a superhero. He trains hard, and he ends up becoming so strong that he defeats every enemy with one punch. Thus, his dream of fighting exciting and challenging enemies is replaced by overpowered boredom as he is too strong. A cyborg named Genos learns about his abilities and tries to become his disciple but Saitama isn’t interested.
I highly doubt that there are any fans of Mob Psycho 100 out there who haven’t already watched One-Punch Man. I already mentioned that they are both written by ONE, so you can expect the same sense of humor. The art style is also well designed and the fight scenes are amazing. Mob and Saitama are highly alike as well, since in every episode it is portrayed how strong they are compared to the rest of the characters. Their personalities are alike as well, as they appear to be emotionless and unimpressed with everything around them. There are also several theories out there that both universes are actually connected.
Sakamoto, a student at Gakuban Prefectural High School, is practically perfect. He is attractive, intelligent, charming, and is probably the coolest person on earth. Girls love him, guys envy him for his talents, and teachers cannot outwit him. There is absolutely nothing that he cannot do without succeeding. Haven’t You Heard? He is Sakamoto!
Okay, you think that Mob Psycho 100 is super cool, right? Now, imagine a more fabulous version of Mob, a bit older and without psychic powers and there you have it: Sakamoto! Although the atmosphere of these two shows is completely different, anyone who loved the absurd comedy and slice-of-life feel of Mob Psycho 100, will definitely enjoy the magnificence of Sakamoto.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Summer 2016 120 Episodes
Kusuo Saiki seems like the typical 16-year-old high school student, but on top of that, he happens to have psychic powers. He can use his powers to get everything he wants as well as know everything that people around him think or do, ending up to be never surprised by anything and not having anything related to normal human experiences. Even though he has kept his powers secret from everyone since he was young, now the temptations of high-school life will make him change his ways.
This is a short and fast-paced version of Mob Psycho 100 with the only difference being that Saiki is hiding his powers from everyone. Both anime follow characters that try to live their lives while using their psychic powers and end up going through many hilarious adventures. Although the vibe of the shows is quite different and Saiki is much more cynical and sarcastic than Mob, you will definitely enjoy seeing him dealing with various problems and interesting side characters.
Winter 2014 25 Episodes
Yato is supposed to be the God of Calamity but has now become a minor deity and is known as the self-proclaimed ‘Delivery God’. This means that if you called him, he would solve any of your problems or enquires for just five yen apiece, in order to start having more worshippers. His goofy and irresponsible personality makes his weapon partner ditch him for someone else. He then eventually meets Hiyori, where he takes upon the job to turn her back into a human and fix her supernatural out-of-body experiences.
Another show with an overpowered protagonist that finds joy in doing ordinary things. Noragami involves great comedy, spirits, and supernatural battles as well as a unique ‘mentor-student’ relationship that will remind you a lot of Mob Psycho 100. The concept might be very different but since they are both animated by studio BONES, the aesthetic and quality animation is certainly there.
Spring 2018 12 Episodes
Kouhei Nitta Yoshifumi is a young yakuza living in Ashikawa, but one day, a strange object falls on his head that contains a young girl named Hina. She has very powerful telekinetic powers that she uses to force Nitta to let her live with him. As he takes her in and start living together, her powers are both a curse and a blessing that put them through some crazy everyday adventures.
HInamatsuri is a golden example of what ‘psychic comedy’ (yes, I just came up with that) can do. If you liked seeing Reigen taking advantage of Mob’s powers, you will love the dynamic between Nitta and Hina. Another thing that can be quite similar in these anime is the unique way of showing characters’ facial expressions, which definitely brings a lot of laughs. The comedy skits are very alike, and even though Hinamatsuri can sometimes focus more on parenthood and how to raise kids, it surely has an amazing sense of humor than equals the one of Mob Psycho 100.
Naota Nandaba is an ordinary sixth grader who leads a boring life in a boring town, especially after his brother left for America. His life changes completely when suddenly a pink-haired girl named Haruko Haruhara hits him with her bike and moves into his house. Claiming that she is an alien looking for the ‘Pirate King’, Naota will never have the same peaceful and quiet life like before.
FLCL has a very bizarre story and is much harder to understand, especially compared to Mob Psycho 100, which is straightforward and easy-to-follow. It’s an interesting anime that explores the idea of ‘what it takes to be considered cool’ through weird encounters and crazy battles. Also, the animation is unique and expressive and I think it would be highly valued from someone who enjoyed Mob Psycho 100.
Kill la Kill
Fall 2013 24 Episodes
Ryuuko Matoi craves for revenge. She has been wondering around the land to find her father’s murderer and her only lead is a giant red scissor blade. Using the item as a weapon, she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school that is ruled by the cold-hearted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin alongside her powerful underlings, the Elite Four, where she will try to uncover the culprit behind her father’s murder once and for all.
The way to describe Kill la Kill is with the following words: over the top. It’s a satire of action anime and it doesn’t really take itself too serious. The plot, characters, and pretty much everything else are very different compared to Mob Psycho 100, but if you like unique animation styles that are cartoon-like, impressive battles and character movement, as well as extreme action, you will love Kill la Kill. I have to warn you though; it has a lot of blood, violence, and boobs so it makes it more suitable for mature audiences.
Great Teacher Onizuka
Summer 1999 43 Episodes
Onizuka is a former biker gang leader that decides to become the world’s greatest teacher, although his ambition is mostly driven by his desire to meet sexy high school girls. Being assigned to a class of ruthless delinquents who try to drive the new teacher away, Onizuka will use his own life lessons and constituted methods as a means to control this delinquent class.
So the moment I first saw Reigen’s character I was reminded of Onizuka. Despite their appearance (which can be quite similar), they both have common personality traits: extreme cunningness, overwhelming self-confidence, and subtle charisma as well as a genuine feeling of care for their ‘apprentices’. It might be 10 years-old but it’s certainly worth the watch.
Summer 2013 10 Episodes
Staz Charlie Blood is a powerful vampire who rules the Eastern district of Demon World. It is said that he is a merciless monster but in reality he is just an otaku obsessed with Japanese culture. One day when a Japanese girl named Fuyumi Yanagi accidentally wanders through a portal leading into the demon world, Staz is overjoyed, but not for long since his territory is being attacked and results to Fuyumi’s death. After turning into a ghost, Staz vows to resurrect her by going to the human world, which is something that he has always dreamed of.
This is for the people out there that enjoy a strong main character with a supernatural twist. It has quite a lot of dark humor and peculiar animation, which makes it an absolute treat for anyone who loves to see something different. If you liked the concept of Mob Psycho 100, but want to see it executed with vampires in a completely different way, then Blood Lad is a great choice for you.
My Hero Academia
Spring 2016 63 Episodes (ongoing)
Izuku is an ambitious middle schooler who has dreamt of being a hero all his life. In a population where the majority possesses some kind of superpower named ‘quirk’, Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. His fate changes when he meets his idol and superhero All Might who chooses him as the person to inherit his unique abilities. Now, Izuki trains hard to enroll in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies where he will learn what it really means to be a hero.
Another very plain-looking middle schooler who ends up being insanely powerful. Izuku is far more passionate and determined compared to Mob who appears blank but what they share in common is their weak appearances as well as the struggle of trying to handle their everyday school lives. The animation is worth mentioning once again since it’s animated by BONES, which always bring fluent and stylish results to the fans. My Hero Academia is even more polished. It might be a bit more shounen and has less comedy, but it’s unique and entertaining in its own way.
Just because you have special powers, don’t get the illusion that you are special.
I think that sums up the whole idea of each and every anime in this list. Yes, we all love some good laughs and nice animation with exciting action, but I believe that what makes the titles above so special compared to anything else from the same genre is the fact that ‘being overpowered is not the focus of the show but the journey of the character’.