Mob Psycho 100 is based off of a manga by ONE. Yes, the same manga artist behind One Punch Man. The anime came out last year and was brought to us by Bones. Yes, the Soul Eater, Heroman, Wolf’s Rain, etc… Studio. So, is this one okay like One Punch Man, better or worse?
Mob is a young man with psychic powers. His master, Reigen, is a con artist who pretends to have psychic abilities. Together, they get paid to go out and exorcise spirits. Shenanigans ensue and Mob’s counter raises towards 100. What will happen when it goes all the way up? Will Mob ever find others like himself? Will he ever discover that his master is a fraud?
The biggest issue with the series is the comedy. A lot of it is either really obvious or just random nonsense. There are very few funny moments to be found. The whole narrative is also similar to One Punch Man in that it likes to build up some kind of confrontation for Mob, but then he settles it with relative ease once he gets worked up enough to actually fight. The big difference is that it’s considerably less competent here.
The best I can say about the story is that it has its occasional moment. It has a few funny scenes and some more serious parts that are pretty decent.
The characters in this fall woefully short. Mob is mainly defined by being thick. His brother’s main feature is his mix of admiration and jealousy towards Mob for his amazing psychic powers. There are a couple scenes that showcase the dynamic between Mob and Reigen that come close to making it decent.
The artwork does have some good and bad elements. On one hand, a lot of the psychic power scenes are pretty visually creative. On the other hand, the character designs are boring and lazy. The backgrounds are usually weak and a lot of the action sequences are weakened by being a bit of a hard to follow mess.
This is a series that suffers from extremes in the acting. You get a lot of characters being really exaggerated and a lot of actors sounding completely uninvested. Itou Setsuo especially. There isn’t much in terms of middle ground that allows the cast to show that they can actually act. Kawai Kenji’s soundtrack for this isn’t bad. It’s not good either. It’s a pretty average work. His tracks for Bakuretsu Hunters and Ghost in the Shell were definitely better.
There really isn’t any. The most we get in terms of romance is Mob having a crush on the most easily impressed girl ever. Which is weird because we only see her talk with her in flashback and even then it’s about five lines. I guess when you’re a dullard that’s enough to create a fixation.
Mob Psycho 100 is pretty stupid, and not in an entertaining way. The story is dumb. The jokes are largely unfunny, stupid humour. The characters are morons. It’s certainly not on par with One Punch Man and, frankly, it’s the worst thing I’ve reviewed by Bones. If you liked One Punch Man you may want to give it an episode or two. Maybe it’ll work better for you than it did for me. But, for myself, I give it a 3/10. Next week I’ll look at Tales of Zestiria the X.