Mob Psycho 100 actually managed to up the ante this week, by coupling its usual visual splendor with a far more focused and incisive look at Mob’s insecurities. The new-age cult backdrop was a perfect setting for a story focused on peer pressure and the meaning of fitting in, and Mob’s feelings helped him feel constantly vulnerable in spite of never actually being in danger. Mob Psycho is pretty much everything I’d want from a concept like this – yeah there’s some stupid humor, but Mob’s powers are consistently grounded in an absolutely human place, creating a sense of tension regardless of how strong he is. Damn good stuff.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my episode notes below!
Mob’s powers don’t make him attractive to the girl he likes, and so he joins the muscle club. Being powerful in one way doesn’t help with Mob’s general insecurities
The Body Improvement club
I like how the very limited frames of Mob running evoke how much he is staggering. He can’t keep up, and so his motions become literally less smooth
So the psychic club get to keep using the room, since the Body Improvers just want it to store their equipment
The telepathy president’s antics can be a little overbearing, but the show sure does go all-in on their visuals
“I’ve finally found something I want to do.” Mob is actually feeling pride about this, which is adorable
“Read girls’ minds, that’s how you’ll become popular.” Mob only has terrible role models
The psychic reads his problems on her fourth guess. “How did you know?!?”
Mob is soft-spoken and polite and gullible as hell. I love this kid
Lol, this 2D elevator shot
Dimple-sama the cult leader
“If you laugh even in pain, your hearts will be set free”
Mezato, who works for the school newspaper
“If I forced myself to laugh, it wouldn’t be sincere.” Seems like we might be going somewhere with this and Mob’s desire to be popular
“I don’t want to lie to myself!”
“I don’t want to smile. Someone save me!”
Tons of really imposing shots of the cult chief
“Everyone has a different idea of ‘missing out’”
Mob is insecure, but not bending to peer pressure
Less animation in this episode, but that’s to be expected
More of those painted shots for Mob spitting out the milk
“See? You don’t have a single enemy here.” Yeah, this episode reflects on popularity in its own way
“You’re the only one who’s not laughing.” “Get a clue.” A translation of “read the atmosphere,” basically
“You must not have emotions, brat.” Man, I can definitely relate to this one. If you don’t react in the same way, you get singled out
“Mob hasn’t realized that his aversion to using his powers has become a complex.” This seems like an unnecessary and actually weak explanation. Why can’t he just not be an emotive person?
“These are my real emotions. This is what happens if I let them show.” Ah k, so that’s the nature of the 100 thing.
“Because I’m such a downer, I ruined a whole bunch of people’s fun”
“Why do you have to be like them? You’re the protagonist of your own life”