Mob Psycho 100 – 04

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The Gist: Salt middle school’s delinquent (club?) gets in over its head and seeks out the Body Improvement Club to aide in their revenge. However, this does not fit with the non-violent self improvement mission of the BIC and the delinquents must resort into tricking Mob to get kidnapped and forcing the BIC to intervene.

Meanwhile, evil spirit Dimple-sama has returned and is living with Mob. His goal is to eventually take advantage of Mob and rule the world but, in the short term, he has to learn more about his target and win his confidence.

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toughs arguing semantics is always funny

Off to the side, we see more of Mob’s brother and come to understand his deep desire for psychic powers. Despite his great abilities, and Mob’s assurance that psychic powers aren’t a source of limitless advantage, the younger brother’s desire is strong. It borders on jealous. possibly psychotic.

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Finally, there’s a massive showdown between the rival delinquents, the BIC, and eventually Hanazawa Teruki, a villainous psychic and shadow leader of the school. It’s a fantastic battle which raises the stakes until only Mob and Teruki remain, and Mob’s indifference (while tied up) and awareness of Teruki’s psychic powers has the early edge.

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The Verdict: MP100’s continues to build on its strengths. This episode was funny both in comedic timing and in creative goofiness. My favorite gag was the poor spelling of the letters the delinquents were sending, but Dimple’s reactions were generally a chuckle all the way.

More important than making a fun romp, this episode gave Mob a true antagonist to work against. While I doubt Teruki is a match for our quiet Mob, let alone a full on explosion Mob, the fact that he treats his powers differently is a good showcase in contrast.

And then, Mob’s brother is probably being setup as a longer term, more tragic antagonist. Good things are coming!

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