Mob Psycho 100 is a show that is bound to delight, anyone — made by the same author who created the phenomenal One Punch Man. Just like his other work, what it lacks in the art department, it makes up for in its fantastic story. However, the anime went leaps and bounds ahead to take that, frankly, horrendous art style and make it something no less than a spectacle to watch.
Being the master of secrecy that the author is, there are bound to be some stuff that you didn’t realize. Here are some things you didn’t know about Mob Psycho 100:
10. Mob Psycho Season 3
Mob Psycho 100 aired from July 11, 2016, till Sep 27, 2016. After a fantastic 12 episode season 1, that garnered a score of 8.52 in MyAnimeList, a second season was later announced and aired three years later from Jan 7, 2019, till Apr 1, 2019.
Now here is the part that everyone seems to be missing on since a lot of fans are now waiting for a supposed season 3. At the same time, Mob Psycho 100 had its webtoon running which finally ended around Dec 22, 2017, culminating in a final arc that the anime watchers didn’t get to see. But considering how small this other arc is, a new season seems highly unlikely. So if you’re a fan of the series, look forward to an OVA at the very least that finishes the story once and for all for you.
9. Animation Style
Perhaps the most significant achievement to Mob Psycho 100 is how it takes an art style that is considered repulsive in the anime industry and makes it something genuinely avant-garde, ignoring the cliche anime art style in favor of substance and quality which shows in its unique visuals. This is all thanks to Bones, which is a spectacular anime studio known for being one of the best at its job.
To quote the director:
“We’re aiming for visual ideas that haven’t yet been seen in anime; Mob Psycho will ideally be like opening a box of very fun surprises.”
— Director of Mob Psycho 100, Yuzuru Tachikawa
It’s the fact that it managed to stay faithful to its source material while unleashing an eccentric art style that might be hard to get used to but is reminiscent of the wacky old age of cartoons. This ties in well with how the comedy of the series is, as the “box” that the directer so aptly puts it. No wonder that Mob Pscyho 100 struck true with many fans and even is considered a genuine masterpiece in an age of anime with the same cycle of terrible shows.
8. The Name “Mob”
Have you wondered how Mob’s name came to be? Considering how his actual name is Shigeo Kageyama, it makes you wonder how they started calling him Mob from that. Well as it turns out, if you write the Kanji of Shigeo (remember that Kanji always have more than one way of interpretation around them) you will find that the two Kanji can be read together as Mob.
This is something of wordplay that Japanese would enjoy more since it’s their native language, but it’s an interesting fact nonetheless.
7. Strong And Amazing Cast
Mob Psycho 100 has a large and fantastic cast, each with great voice actors that indeed color them by bringing out the real voice from them. For example, Takahiro Sakurai does the voice acting for Reigen and captures a perfect job of imitating him. Or how Dimple is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka who has done many significant roles like Blackbeard from One Piece, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid series, All for One from My Hero Academia, to name a few.
Suffice to say; they are all veterans and well-deserving of their respective roles. But did you know that the voice actor for Mob is relatively inexperienced in the field? With him having done only two positions, and Mob being the second. Props to him for making Mob sound authentic!
6. Mob Psycho Opening Song
If you’ve ever watched any of Mob Psycho 100’s OPs, you’d know how bizarre and eccentric they can be. OP 1, in particular, seems to be a wild mess, with the show creators throwing everything in a blender and adding a dash of crazy and just accepting whatever comes out. Or at least that’s the general perception associated with that wild ride. The reality is that all of it is purposely concocted to create one of the best OPs to bless the anime industry. One of the veteran Opening debunker: Mother’s Basement, really does an excellent job at capturing what Mob Psycho 100 is trying to tell.
And oh man, is it amazing. I recommend merely checking the video out for it’s a long one.
5. Ending Song Scenes
Speaking of grand Openings, did you know that the Ending song to Mob Psycho 100 First Season is done entirely by hand? Through a technique that involves drawing the same scene a bunch of times with just minor touches here and there so that when you look through them rapidly, it seems as if they are moving. In an age of digital animation and CGI, this requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication and is something most people gloss over due to ignorance or whatever, but I feel it adds to the amount of commitment and care the artists poured into this work. To put it in a comparison, it’s akin to the detail Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure puts into itself. For those who don’t know, that’s a lot!
4. The Artist ONE
The artist, ONE, likes first to create characters and then create the world around them, according to how well they fit within. Doing this allowed him to be innovative and creative with his characters, thus opening a pandora’s box of possibilities.
3. The Main Character Could Have Been Someone Else
At the same time, did you know that Reigen was supposed to be the protagonist? Reigen is a fan favorite, maybe even above Mob in terms of the best character in the show. But having him as the main character would ruin precisely how his character is portrayed and thus, also his character arc. After the author came up with Reigen, he came up with a kid who was a powerful esper but didn’t want to use it. This was Mob, and the author realized quickly that Mob should be the protagonist instead.
2. Mob Psycho Spin-off
But worry not, fans of Reigen. ONE is now working on a spin-off to Mob Psycho 100 that features Reigen and his shenanigans. Who knows, soon enough we might get a proper adaptation to it?
1.Who Is The Strongest?
For those of you who are curious as to how strong Mob is, the author, ONE, has stated that Tatsumaki (the strongest esper in One Punch Man) could beat Mob in his normal state. However, there is no answer to what exactly are the limits to Mob’s powers and could Tatsumaki be able to triumph those? But the better question I feel is, could Saitama beat Mob at his very best?