Mob Psycho 100 is about a naive and impressionable young boy named "Mob" who's determined to become popular when his psychic powers didn't prove to be enough to "woo" the girl of his dreams. Though I think it's more likely that he just wasn't them right, but after realizing that he can't fall back on his powers to get him what, and who, he wants, Mob sets out to become a more well-rounded individual. Where Mob is different though, is that he's considered an "esper", or a psychic, one that's been gifted with a frighteningly immense power, but also has a weak emotional frailty that struggles to keep his powers under control. After an incident with his younger brother, Mob seeks the help of the self-proclaimed "world's greatest psychic" Reigen to help him learn how to control his powers. But the credulous Mob doesn't realize that Reigen is really a fraud who holds no psychic powers of his own, and is looking to profit off of Mob's abilities. So Mob becomes Reigen's top "disciple" and the two set out to exorcise demons, and all sorts of other paranormal abnormalities, as Mob learns to better control his powers.
Mob is a highly unlikely shonen protagonist, and is atypical in a lot of ways. Mob is not a fighter, unlike most other shonen protagonists, ie, Goku and Ichigo. Mob doesn't have an indomitable spirit either, unlike most other shonen protagonists (Luffy, Naruto). Mob is about as "average" as you can get. There was a (surprising) lot of depth and substance to the characters and their development. Take Mob's brother. We first see him as everything that Mob isn't. He's smart, popular, successful, and shows nothing but kindness towards his brother. But we find out that his brother was scared every single day of his life because of Mob possibly getting agitated. Imagine having to placate this person every day of your life because of the volatility of his power immeasurable power. That's the situation that Ritsu finds himself in on a daily basis. There's really quite a lot of nice character development throughout Mob Psycho 100 as well. I won't go through all the developments, but they were all well executed and not as melodramatic as many anime tend to be. It was also nice to see the "jocks" being depicted as noble and encouraging classmates, as opposed to the typical "dumb meathead bully" cliche that we usually see.
The animation is constantly changing style too. It looks cheap and simplistic one second, and then it changes into this super exaggerated and crazily wild artistic art style the next. Given the extreme swings between the two (and everything in between), I got distinct vibes of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" visual craziness in there somewhere, and I was also reminded of the extreme visuals of "Ren and Stimpy" as well. The action and fight scenes really jump up in terms of animation though, and they're exceptionally raw, intense, and even a little bit scary to behold. There's a strong sense of awe when these esper's go all out, though it may not be as often as some people would like. I did think the end was a little underwhelming as well, but it did fit with the psycho comedy of the anime. Mob also has countdown clock, or more precisely, a count-up gauge that helps illustrate, not only the different emotions he's experiencing, and struggling with, but also the intensity of them as well. The anticipation of his emotional gauge hitting "100%" is absolutely thrilling too. That was a smart addition I thought. I don't know if this is true or not, probably not, but it felt like an "indie" anime to me, and I do mean that as a compliment. The... erratic style of animation definitely compliments the "feel" of the manga too. It managed to capture the vibe of Mob's life really well.
I was watching Mob Psycho 100 and thinking to myself, 'wow, this is a lot like One Punch Man', so I wasn't too surprised to find out that it was created by the man who created One Punch Man. Don't get me wrong either, they're both different series, and One Punch Man is admittedly a more polished anime than Mob Psycho 100 is, but they're both polar opposites in terms of story and characters as well. This 12 episode season left me wanting a lot more. Whether there will be another season remains to be seen, but I sure hope there will be. Along with One Punch Man. Both these anime deserve to be animated all the way through to their conclusion. I often have trouble understanding the rationale behind it when superb anime like these struggle to get fully animated when there's so much trash out there as it is.
Written by - The Sentry - 23/08/2017