I used to be questioning how Mob Psycho 100 was going to observe up final week’s emotional tour de power. The reality is, after all, you possibly can’t – these form of highs simply wouldn’t work on a weekly foundation, and that one took a number of episodes to construct anyway. In a manner I believe it was a more practical motion blockbuster than those we bought within the first two seasons, as a result of it was extra private. The character on the coronary heart of it, antagonist and ally for Mob, was somebody we’ve come to care deeply about. And the arc ended with penalties which lower deeper than any which have come earlier than.
As such, moving into a totally totally different course each tonally and narratively makes lots of sense. Mob continues to be mourning Ekubo in his quiet and dignified manner a month after the very fact, however he’s a minor participant for a lot of the episode. The plot driver is Tome’s resolution to give up the Telepathy Membership, itself pushed by the tough actuality of impending commencement (and entrance exams), lack of progress, and indifference from the boys within the band. However she doesn’t go with out a bathe of tears of remorse, which is sufficient to guilt mentioned boys into taking the mission of contacting aliens only a bit significantly.
As soon as the baka trio determine to make Tome’s dream come true, they naturally flip to Mob in a matter of the paranormal. However it is a reminder than Mob isn’t a telepathist – his powers could also be unmatched however they don’t run in that course. Nonetheless, Shigeo is Shigeo – he needs to assist. His first thought is the Shiratori Brothers (of their first look of the season), however they’re not precisely preferrred as they’ll solely talk with one another. They’ll, nonetheless, blast out normal psychic noise over a half a kilometer or so, which they reckon may have the ability to be a focus for a real telepath. And with Mob as a sign booster, they’ll triple that vary.
Enter Takenaka-kun (Kawanishi Kengo). Although, to be sincere, I used to be anticipating somebody (or one thing) rather a lot scarier – appears to me that blasting out a telepathic homing beacon is simply asking for bother. Takenaka is an ex-club member and paints his arrival as coincidental (working away from a harsh tennis membership observe), nevertheless it’s fairly apparent why he’s right here. He doesn’t give a fig about Kome’s dream, he simply needs to close off the rattling noise. However his refusal to assist doesn’t maintain up within the face of Shigeo’s mild-mannered counter, and finally Takenaka agrees to assist the boys out.
As most large character moments in Mob Psycho are, this was fairly understated, a don’t-blink-or-you’ll miss it form of factor. However this dialog is extra compelling proof of Mob’s development – and with that development, a rising sense of being at peace with who he’s. Sure, he tells Takenaka, he’s uninterested in his powers typically too – however they’re a part of who he’s whether or not he likes it or not. And if he can use them to assist some mates out and have an journey infrequently, that’s a superb factor.
This all finally ends up with a deliberate New 12 months’s Eve journey to Mud Boat Mountain to try to sign aliens – one which Tome initially refuses to hitch, however relents on the day. Mob recruits Reigen as a chosen driver, which Reigen complains bitterly about to Serizawa to cowl the truth that he’s delighted to hold with Mob and his mates as an alternative of being alone on New 12 months’s. All of it has the air of a enjoyable, infantile diversion – however I can’t shake the vibe that it’s a stalking horse for a attainable weightier and darker plot twist. And I ponder – is it a coincidence that each Takenaka and Reigen overslept and have been late for the assembly? Probably – however it is a sequence the place coincidences often aren’t coincidences in any respect…