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Mob Psycho 100 Season 2, Episode 1
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I saw great things from the newest season of Mob Psycho 100.
Familiar Old FacesNever hurts to start strong: everything I loved about the first season was back.
The beginning monologue, which introduces the world of espers, has returned. Viewing it again felt like catching up with an old friend. We also still have villain spirits that are just the right amount of silly and slightly intimidating to introduce the show’s humor and Mob’s overpowered psychic abilities.
Which, speaking of, Reigen is still paying Mob paltry sums and still trying to make money on get-rich-quick schemes.
I’ll never get tired of their shenanigans.
Anything else I was looking forward to seeing that didn’t make it into this episode was at least hinted at through the new opening.
Opening ImpressionsWe see plenty of our main boys looking cool: Mob, Reigen, Mob’s younger brother Ritsu, and their fellow esper Teru are all prominently featured. I can’t wait to see more of all four of them, especially since I felt Teru didn’t get much time to shine as an ally last season.
We also see the big bad group Claw is still in play, including—if the visuals are to be believed—their most intimidating member, the psychotic Koyama, who I found to be the most interesting of the villains by far.
|Koyama's pretty much terrifying. Funimation 2019|
|Sho Suzuki, Funimation 2019|
Plot Progression that MattersAll the things I loved about the first season are present again, but better still, Mob Psycho 100 continued plot threads they didn’t get to wrap up fully in season one. The school reporter, Mezato, is meeting with the remainder of a cult Mob rescued from an evil spirit. The student council president, Kamuro, is apologizing publicly after he’d set up one of the students in an effort to get the student expelled. Kamuro himself, who was a total wreck in season one, is now all cleaned up and running for student council president again to redeem himself. It’s continuations like these that prove this show believes the first season mattered, which is a great way to start any new season in my book.
Exciting New EventsThere’s also plenty of new developments the show already hinted at or introduced just in this first episode alone...
For instance, Mob’s already gained a new ability, and that’s something I’m super psyched to see. What other new abilities is Mob going to learn this season? How is he going to use or develop this one?
There even seems to be some hints at a love triangle—or love quadrangle?—that may develop this season. It’s funny to see Mob at the center of so many girls’ attentions, between school reporter Mezato scheming to turn him into a cult star to his childhood crush Tsubomi finally noticing him again for the first time since their childhood to a third girl from school, Emi, being inspired to write a story about him.
This Season’s ThemesI’m also really enjoying seeing the not-so-subtle hints about how Mob will grow this season. The opening proudly proclaims this season’s main theme: “Your life is your own.”1
Initially, her question seems to echo the evil spirit Dimple’s sentiment from season one. When Mob confronted Dimple, the spirit mocked Mob’s stoicism by arguing he must not have emotions at all. “The feelings of people resonate with one another, you know,” Dimple taunted, “But you’re unable to do that. You can’t... even be moved.”3
But this season takes the idea a step further. Emi inquires, “Could it be that you don’t even have feelings?” but then she clarifies it by adding, “Your own opinions... Did you only run for president because someone told you to?” This transforms the question “Do you not have feelings?” into “Are you really charting your own course, or are you letting other people tell you what to do without considering your own desires?”
It may be a painful question for Mob to hear, but it’s an important one. Mob has indeed been doing things because other people want him to, not because he wants to. Emi’s question spurs Mob to not only acknowledge and accept his emotions, but also to act on them.
What’s even more beautiful to me is that it’s not just Mob who’s going to grow emotionally this season. Emi becomes more emotionally honest because of Mob, too. Whereas before she was all about pretending—pretending to ask Mob out or pretending not to care about writing while with her so-called friends, Mob helped her open up. Mob’s actions encouraged Emi to be brave enough to show her book to someone for the first time. And when Emi’s so-called friends made fun of her book, Mob spurred her to cherish her work no matter what they said. Mob helped Emi become emotionally honest even though he struggles with it himself.
With so many good things to look forward to—from deep themes, promising new content, and all the old familiar things I loved about season one—Mob Psycho season two is looking incredibly promising. It’s as pretty dang close to a 10/10 in my book as you can get. Though, as with anything, it’s not quite perfect.
My Few ComplaintsThough I’m quite interested to see how things will go with Emi, I will admit that she did kind of come out of nowhere. I think her introduction would’ve felt more natural if her plot thread had tied to Mezato instead of being a completely separate plot line. Mezato’s goal was to increase Mob’s self-esteem so he could become the cult star, so when her plan to get him to run for student council president didn’t work out, the next logical step would be for her to try something else: something like bribing Emi to shower Mob with attention and praise to boost his confidence.
At any rate, Emi won me over fast, so it makes me sad she didn’t have much time to develop. I think I would’ve rather seen her arc play out over the course of three episodes rather than just the one.
I’m also slightly frustrated to see a potential love triangle emerging. I really don’t think Tsubomi deserves a second chance with Mob after the way she treated him when they were kids, so I hope Mob sees that too, even if he does initially fall for her again. I may not like Tsubomi, but considering how hard Mob fell for her (she did indirectly kickstart Mob’s attempts at self-improvement), she is indeed a plot thread that needs to be tied up. Knowing that, I can forgive the love triangle. Or quadrangle if Mezato really does like Mob as I assume.
The ConclusionWith only those minor complaints, it’s plain to see this season oozes with possibility. It’s sure got me excited, and I can’t wait to check out the rest of season two!
Notes and References:
- Mob Psycho 100 opening, Season 2, Directed by Yuji Oya, 2019, Funimation.
- Emi, Mob Psycho 100, “Ripped Apart ~Someone Is Watching~,” Season 2, Episode 1, Directed by Yuji Oya, January 7, 2019, Funimation.
- Dimple, Mob Psycho 100, “An Invite to a Meeting ~Simply Put, I Just Want to Be Popular,” Season 1, Episode 3, Directed by Katsuya Shigehara, Written by Hiroshi Seko, July 26, 2016, Funimation.
- Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, Mob Psycho 100, “Ripped Apart ~Someone Is Watching~,” Season 2, Episode 1, Directed by Yuji Oya, January 7, 2019, Funimation.
- Mob Psycho 100, “Ripped Apart ~Someone Is Watching~,” Season 2, Episode 1, Directed by Yuji Oya, January 7, 2019, Funimation.
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