Mob Psycho 100 – 03

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The Gist: the Body Improvement Club allows the Telepathy Club to keep the room (the BIC only needs it for equipment storage) and everyone is happy. Mob reveals his powers to the Telepathy Club but he’s still not interested in joining them. His focus is on improving his physical form.

On his way home, Mob is pressured into joining a newly formed cult, LOL. It’s a laughter cult run by a hypnotist, who is later revealed as a spirit using low bloodshed methods to take over. In his frustration with Mob’s inability to smile, he pushes Mob too far — into 100% — and he is easily destroyed by the Emotionally Active Mob.

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Later, Reigen reinforces many of the negative things the spirit said to Mob — that Mob’s lack of emotions and ‘getting it’ mean he will cause trouble for people and be bad at love. However, Reigen also shrugs this off because Mob is his own protagonist and he did just save some people. He was the only one who could have saved those people.

Tying up last week’s club-room drama and expanding on Mob’s social circle was a good move. It was also nice and short, which left most of the episode for this week’s cult plot.

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The cult plot itself introduces Mezato from the school newspaper, who serves as our point of reference as humans. We hear her internal conflict before, during and after the spirit affects her and that lends more power to Mob not being effected.

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The Fight between Mob and the Spirit is stylish. Ugly, like everything else we’ve seen, but nicely framed and frenetic. The most interesting elements are the psychological ones: we see how Mob has been hurt in the past by not showing his expressions and the narrator gives us context for why he chooses to hid his emotions.

Finally, Reigen manages a human, not totally cringey scene where he actually mentors Mob. As with last week, the formula works best when we see the least of him but here, we got that AND seeing him briefly in a positive light.

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The Verdict: It had some lumps but this was MP100’s first honestly good episode. It was also the most One-Punch like, with a most of he episode being spent on Mob not being defeated, and eventually splattering the enemy with one hit.

Setting up Mob for multiple 100% explosions, and not just a single earth destroying one, is a clever fake out. It lends a different structure to the show than I was expecting, and I love surprises. It’s still a Butter Face show but the incremental improvements finally make it worth watching.

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