Mob Psycho 100 – Preview
Mob Psycho 100:
Original Air Dates: July 11, 2016 to ???
Synopsis: Kageyama Shigeo, also known as “Mob” is a young man who finds it difficult to express himself. He also happens to be a powerful esper. Keeping a low profile, and keep his ESP powers in check, Mob joins up with one Reigen, a supposed local psychic and shaman to utilize his powers and train them so he can better control them.
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Mob Psycho 100 is the second anime adaptation of the Mangaka One’s work. One is the Mangaka who developed One Punch Man via a web comic, which was then adapted into a full manga and saw its anime adaptation last year. Mob Psycho 100 is an entirely different beast from One Punch Man. Unlike One-Punch Man the art is drawn by One himself, whose artistic talent doesn’t quite match his writing. Bones, the studio behind Mob Psycho 100’s anime, has taken that art style, refined it, and added in some impressively fluid animation that helps to keep the anime feeling stylish and fresh, even if near every character looks perhaps a little too much like a Saitama clone. There’s even some impressive background music during the show’s more action packed moments that help to add atmosphere and gloss over some of Mob Psycho 100’s potential missteps.
Linny: There’s a lot constantly happening visually on screen with most scenes containing a lot of exaggerated expressions, effects and vibrant colours to the point of becoming visual overload. It makes for a striking image however and given the hype that’s accompanying this show, is sure to please those who were counting on Mob Psycho to look amazing.
Tom: Mob, one of our two main characters, is kinda uninteresting. He’s depicted here as suffering from low-self-esteem, too down on himself to really question Reigen’s con artist ways. Trouble is Mob is borderline emotionless in this portrayal. While it works decently enough as an introduction to the series, I hope Mob grows as a character and doesn’t remain quite so subdued as he is here.
Linny: As someone who really enjoyed One’s last big series, One Punch Man, I kept noticing how Mob feels a lot like Saitama. He looks like a high school aged Saitama in a wig and given the fact that he is as equally gullible/innocent and emotionless like Saitama, it feels like maybe One has a singular formula for his lead characters. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a successful formula but it will disappoint those who wanted to experience something different from his last work. There are indeed differences between the two works, but you can also definitely place where Mob Psycho is derivative of One-Punch Man, for better or worse.
Tom: I found Reigen, the con artist teamed up with Mob, pretty annoying. His entire shtick revolves around people not finding out the truth about his cheating ways and that well gets tapped quite often. By the end of the first episode, I found myself growing increasingly tired of the joke. It’s something Mob Psycho needs to lay off and use sparingly. It can’t be a joke that is continually tapped as often as it is here. Outside of Mob and Reigen, we get a brief glimpse into Mob’s depressing family life where his mother isn’t terribly proud of him, his father doesn’t stick up for him and his brother is the one who’s adored. The only other character pointed out to us is a girl Mob has eyes for, but her appearance here is fleeting. These characters will all most likely play larger roles and my hope is by spending more time with them we can tap Reigen’s well far less frequently.
Linny: The problem with a show harping on and on about the same joke, in this case, Reigen’s fraudulent ways, is that if you don’t find it funny, it starts to actually grow frustrating as it’s repeated so often. Considering how obvious some of the hints are about Reigen’s lack of powers, it’s even more frustrating to watch people be taken in by him.
Tom: Outside of Reigen’s con artist shtick, the rest of Mob Psycho’s humor is hit or miss. The jokes don’t come flying one after another, instead they build over a minute or two sometimes to great effect and sometimes into nothing. It doesn’t help that the humor is perhaps too obvious, especially when we hit some of the more repetitious jokes. I also worry that Mob is too powerful. It reminds me a lot of Saitama and One-Punch Man, making me fear that One is potentially going to retread similar territory, just with a protagonist who’s more depressed than oblivious. That said, I found the counter clock that denotes how long until Mob’s explosion interesting. I don’t know exactly what it means, although I do wonder if it had anything to do with the battle sequence at the start of the series, and that lack of knowledge and understanding intrigues me. It feels ominous, mysterious and perhaps entices me to watch even if the rest of the pilot didn’t really grab me as it should have. Ultimately this episode is mostly set up and teasing, giving me the willingness to allow Mob Psycho 100 the benefit of the doubt as I hope the series improves going forward.
Linny: Nothing ruins a show like the hype which puts a lot of pressure on the anime to deliver. While the first episode teases viewers with the promise of an insane showdown building up in the future, nothing else feels that amazing outside of its visuals. If those two factors and its creator are enough to keep you engaged, the show definitely has the potential to end up as one of your all time favourite shows.
Tom: Mob Psycho 100 is something I feel very mixed on. On the one hand I can see several elements within that have me intrigued. I want to know what this counter for Mob’s explosion means. I’m curious if Mob will ever actually face enemies he has trouble with or if he’ll remain over powered much like Saitama. But the humor and Reigen are big detractors for me and I struggle in giving it a Recommendation. For now I’ll wait and see, crossing my fingers that Mob Psycho 100 will improve itself.
Mob Psycho 100 is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com.