“Mob Psycho 100” is just too exciting; too unexpected to talk about. While I prefer this show instead of “One Punch Man”, I believe I didn’t come too far. Both of the shows have the same creators. “One Punch Man” was probably one of the most popular shows when we back into 2015. As the manga getting an anime adaptation, this seems legit. The trailers and the hype are pay-offs. It’s just definitely one of the best shounen anime since this decade. Everybody loves both of the shows, an unfamiliar work by an infamous mangaka, ONE.
One thing sure I want to talk about besides anything is the artwork by one of the famed studios, Bones. Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, known with “Terror in Resonance” and “Kill la Kill”, definitely there’s something we ingrained. The representation of this show strongly supports how the visual is too gorgeous to talk about. Introduced Setsuo Itou as Shigeo Kageyama or well-known as Mob. He is an innocent yet optimistic 14-year-old kid attending school with nothing special in his life. He gained his special powers, the ESP, since as a kid but didn’t use his power as often as possible. Mob just wants to be a teen in general and falling in love with the girl in his school.
How come if he gets a lot of absurd events around him? Just because he lives a normal life doesn’t mean he is also normal. As an ordinary kid, the series features many absurd yet strange characters. He had to use his power when he becomes threatening. Yeah, it’s a bit similar to “One Punch Man”. Both of the shows have an OP main character who doesn’t have any motivation. I can say they are both a little bit nihilistic. But, both of them also have quite complex character development. Saitama gave us philosophy about what it means to be a superhero. On the other hand, Mob gives us a sentiment thought about normal life.
Mob is kind of similar to the Dude from “The Big Lebowski”. Both of them take on good karma and suddenly turn into bad karma. For an innocent kid like Mob, he isn’t a character you can just underestimate. When it comes to action, Mob is an overpowered character. But, is it only power? Is he nothing more than a copy-paint from Saitama? Nope. Mob seeks admiration. He, and the audience, just need a girl he likes to pay attention to himself. He has this kind of supernatural overpower and abilities like God. However, you just see his character, especially as he continues to grow. He is just a human being who makes many mistakes.
“Mob Psycho 100” has one of the funniest sidekicks and supporting characters ever, Takahiro Sakurai as Reigen. Initially, I thought he was just a manipulative guy who manipulated Mob as its own good thing and desire. He acts as Mob’s master but Mob’s innocence with the situation is just bad. Reigen provides a small reward in his job as a ghost hunter or the Ghostbuster. However, I see the development of his character has another meaning than why he existed in the first place. One of the best things about his character is his normal characteristics. He is just too normal to exist in the contemporary world with so many weird things. Just like “Earthbound”. I always see his character in a good way because he makes his client satisfied. He gives the true meaning of Mob’s abilities. He “polished” Mob to be a better person as well.
Another best supporting character is Miyu Irino as Ritsu, Mob’s younger brother. The relationship between Mob and Ritsu has similar characteristics to the Kaufman brothers from “Adaptation.“. Both of the brothers are a reflection between the two of them. How they connected yet also they pity and envy of each other. On the other hand, the uniqueness between the two of them is in inspiring each other. It’s a little bit complicated and long to talk about. Ritsu is the opposite of Mob. While Mob seems like the protagonist with nothing, Ritsu is too perfect and too normal in his life and school. He is smart, strong, handsome, and one of the members of the student council. However, he has an inferiority complex when he sees life as a self-awareness game.
Ritsu doesn’t have ESP and is also a little jealous of Mob. Therefore, he rather hates his brother because he is different from other characters in general. But, as he develops, you see how he understands his brother from another perspective; not just seeing him as an “object” or “monster”. After all, Mob is also too good when Ritsu has a redemption he can remember well in their childhood. Another character to talk about is Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Teruki. Teruki is an esper as well like Mob. But, what distinguishes him and Mob is their use of gifts.
Teruki uses his ability to conquer and achieve, by force, what he wants. He is a bully and has a God-like complex characteristic. His tempered, when the weakest made only one small mistake, no kidding. He is undergoing a complexity with Mob when he knows Mob is also an esper. Initially, the story introduces this character as an antagonist. But, as the show goes on, you can also understand how he is an important character in the story.
Regardless of the story’s lack of any understanding common sense, honestly this is the most creative shows in the season. Yeah, you got a lot of shows like “91 Days“, one of my favorites. You also get “Food Wars! The Second Plate”, “ReLIFE”, etc. Yet, the combination of a slice of life, action, and comedy is just another match-made-in-heaven show. Especially when it reaches 100%, you would never think you can hold it anymore. And the best thing I want to talk about is visual. I can’t accept a lot of people dropped this anime just because of the artwork. The artistic style reminds me of the old-time “Ping Pong the Animation” and “The Tatami Galaxy“. Both of the show and this show have a distinctive style of visual especially when it comes to anime.
Both the manga and the anime don’t get rid of its artistic distinctive style of the visual. The artwork is so unique both in terms of quality and effort. When everything gets serious, your heart pumped so much. You’re just speechless when you see one of the best artwork when it comes to its cinematography. The violent, the movement, every composition never suffers in the show as a gimmick. It well-portrayed in the background, the story, and the characters.
The design characters are unique as well. Not too surprised if this came with Bones. They did a fantastic job with this show. And the soundtrack, especially the illustration in the opening theme song. While both of the theme songs are stylistic and memorable as a whole, the soundtrack is intense. The voice actors do a great job too especially when it comes to pattern and exposition with the characters. They did an amazing job.
“Mob Psycho 100” is an excitement in every episode and feels like an old-style comic spectacle rather than any show. The show has everything in terms of personality and creativity. And it feels like one episode is still not enough especially if one or two seasons too. You just can’t remember what you have just watched. This show stands out as one of the best anime in the season. It’s not just a copy-paint or anything but this is the greatest piece of anime.
4.5 out of 5 stars.