Mob Psycho 100 II – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Kageyama Shigeo, a.k.a. “Mob,” is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, but who happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keeps his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him! As he’s surrounded by false espers, evil spirits, and mysterious organizations, what will Mob think? What choices will he make? The anime based on the original story by ONE, the idol of the webcomic world and creator of One-Punch Man, is coming your way with animation by leading animation studio Bones! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Mob Pyscho is back and as strong as ever. This second season opens with some fun action to show off wonderful animation before it transitions into a storyline filled with heart and character. Mob Psycho presumes a level of familiarity with the previous season, only briefly flashing back to various events from Season 1 as needed to set up the groundwork for Mob’s run for Student Council President, at Mezato’s urging. With the series returning after about two and a half years it’s probably best fans refresh themselves, as what’s offered in this first episode doesn’t do a lot to catch anyone back up, particularly viewers who haven’t followed the series since 2016.
Largely though little has changed, with Shigeo and Reigen maintaining the same dynamic from Season 1, and outside of some of Season 1’s developments influencing simply how many additional side characters there are to follow/react to events, Mob Psycho 100 II revels in the same balancing act as previous, between heartfelt character work and action/comedy.
The majority of the episode is dedicated however to exploring Shigeo’s character. We’re introduced to a new, potential love interest, Emi (although she seems more a one off than an actual cast addition.) This pseudo romance between Emi and Shigeo forms the backbone of the first episode’s reintroduction. It works exceedingly well at producing some genuine emotion for Shigeo, as he’s forced to confront one of his major character flaws. The only way in which Mob Psycho perhaps drops the ball is through simply how repulsive and evil its more minor characters are, particularly a squad of girls who terrorize both Shigeo and Emi. That said, Mob Psycho has always had a rather poor view of people, reserving anyone actually kind for its main cast (and even then most are scuzzy to a agree.)
Ultimately what’s here is perfect for anyone who’s played the long waiting game for a second season. Mob Psycho 100 II is back, maybe with a slightly weaker opening sequence, but should otherwise satisfy the fans who’ve been dying for more.
Mob Psycho 100 II is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.