Mob Psycho 100 II Review

Mob Psycho 100 II

I’ve decided to go back on my original plan not to cover streaming shows due to the dire state of physical media anime releases here in the UK, so here’s the first of a few catch up reviews! The original Mob Psycho 100 is a show that took me by surprise, as apart from being from the same person who created One Punch Man, I didn’t know anything about it. Full of good humour, likeable characters and great animation, the series was a rightful hit, and I’m happy to say that its second series is just as good, if not better…

Synopsis:

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama just wants to lead a normal life, but his extremely strong psychic powers tend to lead him into trouble, either that or his part-time job helping out fake psychic Reigen leads him into trouble… or often both!

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

Mob Psycho 100 II 3

Reigan tries to help two teens with their love life as a side-job… it goes as well as you’d think…

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama (Setsuo Ito) – Mob is happy quietly living a normal life, and recently he has started to gather friends around him, starting to finally feel accepted. It’s almost a shame when he “mentor” Reigan asks for his assistance…

Reigan (Takahiro Sakurai) – Reigan is a conman, through and through, one who just happened to find an actual psychic and esper during his early days as a fake one. Originally viewing him as a meal-ticket, Reigan has come to care a great deal for his protegé, even if he may not always show it…

Dimple (Akio Otsuka) – Dimple is a ghost with the power to possess people. He was abusing this power until Mob put him in his place, and now he follows the boy around, telling himself it’s so he can eventually steal his body, but in reality he has come to care for him…

Teruki Hanazawa (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) – Teruki is a fellow esper who was going to the same school as Mob and felt threatened by him, but ended up humbled by his rival’s greater power, and greater respect for human lives.

Ritsu Kageyama (Miyu Irino) – Ritsu is Mob’s younger brother. He also has esper powers, though not on the same level as his brother, whose powers often scared him into being wary of using his own…

Touichirou Suzuki (Kazuhiko Inoue) – The head of CLAW, an organisation of espers who wish to actually succeed at world domination. Touichirou is an extremely powerful esper, so powerful that he truly believes he can do anything he sets his mind to, a way of life that has led to him losing touch with his wife…

Shou Suzuki (Sachi Kokuryu) – The son of Touichirou who actually hates his Dad and wishes to overthrow him before he really does take over the world. To do so he’s looking for strong espers who can stand by him to take on the rest CLAW…

Katsuya Serizawa (Takanori Hoshino) – Katsuya was a shut-in who was afraid of social contact due to his esper powers often hurting others when he gets nervous. This all changed when Touichirou Suzuki appeared before him, strong enough to withstand his powers. Katsuya was given a purpose, and an umbrella, in order to lead to a brighter future… though for whom is questionable…

Ryo Shimazaki (Noriaki Sugiyama) – A laidback member of CLAW who can teleport, a power he can use so well he very rarely takes any damage…

Plus many more!

The Good:

Mob Psycho 100 II 4

Scenes in the fictional world during Episodes 4 and 5 have the old film-like black borders, and really sells the epic animation!

Although there is a lot to say about the fight choreography and animation in this series (and I’ll be saying it in a bit!) the main thing that sticks out is how great the lead cast is. Mob himself is extremely likeable, being so shy and awkward, yet so unshakably nice to everyone. You often get protagonists who you wonder why anyone really follows them because they’re naive and one-dimensional, but in Mob Psycho 100, I don’t know how anyone can dislike our protagonist. Reigan and his “conman with a heart” character is also perfect, he can legitimately make you laugh time and time again, but also suddenly give you the impression of just how much he actually cares for Mob.

The best example of this is Episodes 6 and 7, where Mob finally stands up for himself and gets annoyed at Reigan pulling him away from hanging out with his friends so he can scam another set of people, or destroy a low-level spirit, ending with the two parting ways. Mob’s life goes from strength to strength as he lives a normal life with his friends, like he always wanted, meanwhile Reigan realises how he has literally no-one and soon puts all his effort into his sham business and becomes a big hit… until he appears on TV. He gets badly exposed for being a fraud and hits rock bottom, eventually only gaining a shred of self-respect when Mob helps him look like an actual esper at a press conference. Reigan asks his protegé if he knew his secret all along, that he wasn’t a powerful esper who can teach him, and Mob simply replies that he knew all along… that his mentor was a good person. Awww… such a nice moment, and the two went back to working with each other, but around young Shigeo’s life, rather than instead of it.

Mob Psycho 100 II 2

This is just a small part of a frantic, teleport-laden fight scene!

On the other side of the coin we have the frankly stunning animation, especially during fight scenes. Episodes 4 and 5, where Mob is eventually trapped in an alternate world where everyone hates him, until he breaks free of the evil spirit at the root and faces it in the twisted dreamscape is jaw-dropping. At one point Mob reaches the mysterious “???%” and wow the fluidity of the animation and general feeling of exhilaration it top-class. Mogami, a former esper who ended up becoming an evil spirit by choice, was a great villain as well.

Then we get the big finale, spread over Episodes 8 – 13, which is great stuff. CLAW takes hold of the city and we see a bunch of the side characters fight some high-ranking CLAW members, including a fantastic fight between Teruki and a teleporting CLAW member named Ryo Shimazaki, where once again the fluid animation is breath-taking. There is also Katsuya Serizawa, who is an adult shut-in who has vast esper powers, and is basically what Mob would have ended up like had he not me the right people. He gets his mind changed by Shigeo during their battle.This leads to the grant finale, as Mob faces off with the extremely powerful Suzuki, with their epic fight living up to the potential with the animation team. Once all the jaw-dropping theatrics were over with, Mob managed to even get through to the head of CLAW, who eventually had no issues with being arrested, now full of hope that he might meet his wife again…

The Bad:

Mob Psycho 100 II 1

It’s the bad of the series, a series which is pretty much free of actual badness!

Not a lot to say bad about it, really. One of two stand alone episodes didn’t move much along, but were more often than not legitimately funny. At just 13 episodes there wasn’t really anything to complain about!

Overall Thoughts:

Mob Psycho 100 II managed to be a great sequel in that it took an already great show and improved on it in every way. Same great characters, but they were developed nicely, same great animation, but put to use in an even more spectacular way, and a new opening that manages to be more fun than the first one! As much as I like One Punch Man for a laugh, this is ONE’s top property, and a highly recommended show for any fan to watch…

5 Star Watch

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s