Coming of Age and Psychic powers: How Mob Psycho 100 touches the hearts of its audience

By Maxwell Vigue

Multimedia-Content Editor 

There has never been a shortage of well animated shows over the years. Notable examples would include Ufotable’s massive success stories of Demon Slayer and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. Or Gainax’s decade defining works such as Gurren Lagann and FLCL.

What really makes these shows stand out beyond their animation is the gut-wrenching stories they tell. And the characters that make you want to follow their journeys, and quenching your thirst to explore these forigen worlds. 

Studio BONES’ 2016 Mob Psycho 100 is a show that is worth the praise of a classic. Based on the original manga of the same name written and drawn by One, Mob Psycho 100 is a show which is carried by its story and character as much as it’s animation.

The first season originally ran from Jul 12, 2016 up till Sep 27, 2016, and the second season ran from Jan 7, 2019 up till Apr 1, 2019. Both seasons can be found on Crunchyroll

The show follows the main protagonist, Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed “Mob” by his peers. Mob has always been a social outcast, who isn’t very good at socializing. Despite his shy, but polite personality, many people are mesmerized by Mob. 

His psychic powers attracted the attention of a fake psychic, Arataka Reigen. He recruited Mob to work for him, and even become his “mentor” promising to help Mob learn to control his powers. 

The events of the show follow these two main leads, as it slowly develops and fleshes out of the character’s world, and the overarching plot of the story.  

What really separates Mob Psycho from other shows is the characters’ overall charm they add to the story. The show itself is a visual process of Mob and others around him, showing how a person can grow to better themselves. 

As the audience follows Mob and Reigen through numerous situations, we get to see how they affect the people around them. That exact same impact comes back around to them as well, but from different people. 

The themes of affecting other people’s morals and thought process is reflected in the main character, Mob. He struggles to deal with his emotions, and they control the intensity of his powers. 

Mob keeps them in check by suppressing them, thus Mob comes off as a very timid and very robotic person. However when he can’t suppress his emotions anymore, his powers come into full effect. The way the show builds up his explosions via percents, and when he explodes, his power reaches toward 100%. 

In the span of two seasons, we see Mob develop better as a person from his interactions with other characters. He in turn also helps shift many of the other characters’ world views, also helping them develop as people. 

Although these initial undertones of the show might be enough to pique the interest of a consumer, what really sells the show is it’s visual prowess in animation. 

Studio BONES is already well known for its outstanding sakuga. They can be credited for the animation of series such as My Hero Academia, Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bungo Stray Dogs, and Noragami

The animation in this show is always clean and looks professionally produced, and that’s only touching on the normal dialogue scenes. The actual fight scenes are adrenaline inducing, putting the viewers on the edge of their seats. Even in these high-octane sequences, the animation still carries a very artistic aesthetic. 

Overall this show is something that anyone can watch, especially teenagers. The show does an excellent job at being able to connect with it’s teenage demographic on a deeper level with it’s emotional undertones.  

Adults can also appreciate this show for it’s mature themes of self growth, emotional health, and differing perspectives. It is a show worth your time and definitely will also shape your world view. 

Mob Psycho 100 is a show that is able to deliver a coming of age story, while at the same time being relatable to more than one demographic. It’s visual canvas has painted an image of a mysterious world of psychics, stunning battles, and spiritual creatures. It’s a work that delivers on overall complex characters, realistic relationships, and inspiring personal growth.

Artwork created and Distributed by BONES Studio

Manga written and illustrated by ONE

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