Mob Psycho 100 isn’t a normal anime by any  standards. While it does show common anime tropes such as a high school  setting and overpowered abilities, these are spun with unique  characters. Mob demonstrates this through his submissive behaviors in  the first season, despite the amount of power he possesses. However, the  characters undergo massive changes within the narrative of the second  season.

Mob gains new abilities

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The story greatly differs from the first season due to how the  characters change. This can be observed mostly through the major cast,  such as Mob and Reigen. Previously, Mob only defeated evil spirits  through simply exorcizing them. However, he demonstrates in the first  episode that there are other methods to drive out spirits.

One of Mob’s new abilities is to sense the spirits of living  beings, such as plants and humans. While the series gradually shows  Mob’s psychic evolution, it signals something more; Mob is able to  understand life better. Instead of being unable to read people’s true  motives, he is able to see the bigger picture that life encompasses.

With a better understanding, Mob becomes restless in his  current life. The show creates a sense of empowerment through the  protagonist’s struggles. While Mob fails with a majority of events that  he tries such as a marathon and running for class president, his efforts  are not in vain. It’s motivating to see him become closer friends with  his classmates genuinely and not through some dirty trick.

Supporting cast conflicts

Within this awareness, the show creates tension with Mob and  Reigen for the first time. This was incredibly surprising, especially  since Reigen was considered Mob’s role model. While this does resolve  between the two, it challenges Reigen to also survive on his own.

Besides these two main characters, the rest of the cast is  tossed aside. For example, the telepathy club doesn’t get a single  episode throughout the second season. This can even be said for Mob’s  brother as well. Instead, the series focuses on longer interactions  between Mob and the villains of this season. While there are some major  spirit battles, the major threat that lies in the season is the head of  Claw. Even though the series moves pretty fast, it does take it time to  explain its members.

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Within the first season, none of the villains were particularly  menacing. Within season two, however, the villains define life and  death situations. From their incredible powers of teleportation and  psychic strength, the top members of Claw (called the “Ultimate 5”)  create fear within the protagonists. 

While these members do have unique abilities, they all share a  similar mindset. Their belief is that they should rule over the world  because they believe they are better than non-espers. While this is a  common trope in anime, the show differentiates itself by the lessons it  teaches. By showcasing ordinary people taking on espers, it shows that  everyone is equal. Even though this theme of superiority was introduced  last season, it was a welcome idea to remind viewers that power doesn’t  always equate to being better than others.

While it is important to establish the villains of the series,  this prevents development on the existing characters. This is especially  prevalent with the series missing out on developing the relationship  between Tsubomi and Mob. This could’ve been improved if the series had  more episodes that were dedicated to Mob’s social life. Even though this  would break the more connected narrative of the season, this would’ve  given the supporting cast more development.

The only significant part of the second season that truly shows  off every aspect of Mob’s life is near the final battle. For example,  members of the body improvement club join together to fight enemy  espers. While this may not seem like much, it was a welcome sight to see  these characters finally in action.

Animation is 99.9% perfection

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The animation of Mob Psycho 100  is unlike any other. From expertly shadowed scenes to simple drawings,  the show contains a ton of animation variety. While it does seem like  these animation styles are lazy, they underlie clever ways to induce  emotion.

Carefully observing the mood of the show, there is a high  amount of contrast between emotions and animation styles. For example,  fight scenes are usually showcased with a high amount of sharp outlines.  This helps viewers really grasp the small details that can be missed  within these scenes. By contrast, scenes with humor usually contain  softer lines, lighter color tones, and some colorful flair behind  characters. Even though this style isn’t as prevalent in the second  season, the animation does enhance the light-hearted aspects of the  series. It’s these small details that really define the animation as one  of the best I’ve seen in years.

(Almost) lacking in music

From the first season of Mob Psycho 100,  there were plenty of new music tracks that helped define the series  from the rest of anime. Specifically, this was noticeable within fight  sequences where Mob would use all of his power. However, season two  fails to define any new pieces of music.

With the music’s wacky design, the series is able to connect  the viewers with Mob’s emotions. When he is calm, the music plays a nice  upbeat piano theme. In contrast, the music sounds shaky and  uncontrollable when Mob is angry. While these two emotions are pretty  constant, they don’t change the actual music from the first season.  However, there are some additional emotions that are introduced with new  music this season. The most noticeable emotion within Mob this season  is empathy, which was accompanied by a chorus of violins.

Lastly, the music for the opening and ending themes are pretty  fantastic. The opening titled, “99.9” is literally an improvement from  the previous opening, “99.” Not only does it keep the beat going strong  for the action that follows in the episode, it signals Mob’s inner  struggles as well. This pairs wonderfully with the relaxing ending song  that is meant to accompany a relaxed mind after a struggle.





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