Eighth-grader Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age. But the power quickly proves to be a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skills. Choosing to suppress his power, Mob's only present use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.
In order to effectuate control on his skills, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen, a con artist claiming to be a psychic, who exploits Mob's powers for pocket change. Now, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob's daily, monotonous life. However, the psychic energy he exerts is barely the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions run berserk, a cataclysmic event that would render him completely unrecognizable will be triggered. The progression toward Mob's explosion is rising and attempting to stop it is futile.
The Anime Critic Presents: Mob Psycho 100 Review
What happens when you mix psychic powers, adolescence, and a fraudulent mentor into a whirlwind of paranormal activity? You get the wildly popular anime– “Mob Psycho 100”, a creation of ONE, the same mind behind the sensation “One Punch Man”. This anime takes you through a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary life of an average middle schooler named Kageyama Shigeo or widely known as “Mob”.
Our protagonist, Mob, possesses immense psychic power. Many would form a grandeur perception of such a life colored with supernatural escapades, but for Mob, it was anything but ordinary. Subjugating his powers under a tight leash to avoid accidental mishap, he leads a plain, unimpressive social life, craving some ‘mundane’ adolescence fun, friends, and attention of the girl he has a crush on. When he’s not at school, he plays assistant to a self-proclaimed psychic, Reigen, exposing charlatans or sometimes wrestling a wayward spirit.
Animation and Artwork
“Mob Psycho 100” stands apart not just for its thrilling storyline but also for its unique animation style. The contrast between simple character designs and extraordinarily vibrant, manic explosion of colors during psychic battles is a modern spectacle to behold. The raw, rough edges and phenomenal animation during the epic action sequences give it a visual character that’s rarely seen in other anime, making it a must-watch for aesthetics alone.
Characters and Development
A show is only as good as its characters, and “Mob Psycho 100” doesn’t disappoint. Mob’s character evolution from a reserved, plain boy to the beacon of growth and change is handled commendably. The supporting characters like Reigen, Mob’s boss and a genuine con artist or Ritsu, Mob’s younger brother who craves for powers, each shine, adding layers to the narrative. But it’s ultimately Mob’s struggle and evolution that will steal your heart.
Plot and Pace
“Mob Psycho 100” lays out a fascinating blend of comedy, action, supernatural, and slice-of-life aspects. The show is brilliantly paced, constantly raising the stakes, and delivers story arcs that keep you glued from beginning to end. With humor fused naturally into high-tension situations, the anime maintains a perfect balance that never disappoints. Each episode is just as engrossing as the last, signifying brilliant storytelling earnestly woven into Mob’s life and adventures.
Ultimately, “Mob Psycho 100” is a roller coaster bound to leave you breathless. From a unique art style that brings a breath of fresh air to well-developed characters and a compelling narrative that keeps your eyes glued to the screen, it’s a cult classic that every anime enthusiast should take the time to watch. So regardless of whether you choose to rent, buy or stream this show, it’s an investment that you’re not likely to regret. Try it out – dive into the world of Mob, and see how the ordinary can indeed be quite extraordinary.
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