Sorry for the hiatus guys! Kay here and ready to get you guys and gals pumped up about a personal favorite. I am patiently waiting on the return of this anime but until then, why not write about it and inspire people to hop on the bandwagon. This time around, I want to focus on Mob Psycho 100! This show is different from the other anime I reviewed because it is centered around the supernatural and espers. An esper is an individual who is capable of harnessing telepathy and other paranormal activities at the user’s expense. As a kid, stuff like that used to freak me out! However, I can honestly say I love these types of phenomena! Not to mention it’s a dope anime that includes all of this, a decent plot, a lovable protagonist, and epic ass fight scenes. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?! Let’s just jump right in!
EPIC OPENING FOR AN EPIC SHOW! The series follows an individual by the name of Shigeo Kageyama (Mob) on his quest to navigate middle school. Mob appears to be an average middle school kid who lacks appropriate social skills and emotions by your first impression. Hell even his name (Mob) literally translates to background character but as the show progresses, his presence is well known. Mob is an extremely powerful esper and is well aware of that his psychic powers are volatile. He actively seeks guidance and checks his powers by trying to remain inure to his emotions throughout the show. By suppressing his powers, Mob constantly lives a life without emotions which contradicts his ultimate goal in life: to be normal. In his quest for normality, trouble is looming and forces are acting against him. Will he be able to face this adversity and how long will he be able to check his emotions before Mob becomes overwhelmed? You have to find out for yourself!
The original manga (comic) was written by ONE and was adapted into animation form by Studio Bones. Studio Bones is well known for producing other shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Bungo Stray Dogs, Eureka Seven, Noragami and Soul Eater just to name a few. In my opinion all quality anime so why not check out another one of their shows. The anime aired between July – September 2016 so season two should be on its way soon. The show has garnered so much attention that Funimation decided to pick up the show and released the English dub December 11, 2016. SO OPEN YOUR MIND TO IT!
CUE THE DR.STRANGE MUSIC. Sorry for being cheesy.
The anime is very brief and only one season in at the moment. The show is 12 episodes long.
The music does an amazing job complementing the show’s transitions and fight scenes especially. The upbeat rhythm keeps you on your toes and takes you on an adrenaline ride like no other. Like I stated earlier, even the opening theme song gets you excited for the show and its content.
Visually, the anime is breathtaking. BONES is well known for their amazing animation abilities. The fight scenes are very well done. The colors and art style are very vivid and colorful. Its very appealing to the audience in my opinion and depicts the fun nature of the show.
There are a plethora of characters in this show but I am going to focus on the Big Five as I call them. I have already introduced Mob in the paragraphs above but lets cover his supporting cast.
Arataka Reigen is Mob’s master and life advisor. He is the one that Mob runs into when he is beginning his quest to control his powers and live a normal life.
Dimple is one of the paranormal entities that Mob encounters early on in the show. His role steadily evolves as the show progresses and he becomes fond of Mob’s powers and his company.
Ritsu Kageyama is the younger brother of Mob. He is the complete opposite of Mob in every sense. He is popular, intelligent and loved by all of his peers. Mob looks up and is inspired to have the life of his brother. However, as the show progress, the audience discovers a secret that Ritsu carries and changes the dynamic of the show.
Teruki “Teru” Hanazawa is another fellow esper. He is rivaled only by Mob in the beginning of the show but the rivalry grows into something more. His perception on life and his powers can be questionable and considered dark. Can Mob help him see the light?
Overall, this show is one of the best and I am patiently waiting on the second season to come out already! The plot is simple but rather enjoyable. The visuals especially the combat scenes are captivating and I find myself constantly re-watching the epicness. The character development is something I am fond of with this show. For the show to be only 12 episodes so far, it does an excellent job with pacing and skillfully allows the audience to view the growth of the characters with ease. The opening is epic. Enough said. The show is very fun and shout-out to Studio BONES for all the great anime! Y’all do some amazing work!