My First Impressions of Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 is the new (newer? newish?) anime produced by Bones and created by “ONE” who is responsible for bringing us One Punch Man. I have watched the hype for this anime grow over the past year, and after a consistent friend recommendation, I decided to check it out.
The show follows the main character, Shigeo (also known as Mob) a fairly average middle school student. Mob is an apathetic, goalless, even boring young man- but he also possesses some very strong psychic powers. Mob trains under his master, Reigen, a con artist who uses Mob for his abilities while pretending to teach him to use his powers.
The clash of having such amazing powers, yet hardly utilizing them in any fulfilling way makes Mob a unique spin on the classic anime hero of the story. It also seems to reinforce the theme that pervades most of the story- one of finding out who you truly are despite of the way others perceive you or think that you should be.
The art style in Mob Psycho is wacky, ridiculous, and sometimes even psychedelic. It takes a couple episodes to get used to, but then it becomes oddly charming and fits the show’s motive perfectly.
The writing is very good and really shines in its humor, which imitates the visuals by being off the wall, and also peppered throughout the show at just the right moments. Sometimes it will come at you repeatedly and lightning fast, I often found myself cracking up numerous times within a couple minutes span. The anime doesn’t take itself very seriously, and not only does that seem just right for Mob Psycho, but it really allows the viewer to be touched more deeply by the rarer serious moments and action sequences.
Overall, I’m really digging MP100, and I hope to catch up to the current episode by the end of this weekend. If you’re on the fence about checking it out I say definitely give it a shot!
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