The fifth episode of Mob Psycho 100 2 dropped on February 4th, so let’s get right into it with a 5 Point Discussion. If you liked this article and other 5 Point Discussions, make sure to share on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter. If you have any questions or comments for me, you can find me @fistfuloftea on Twitter.
1.The world in which Mob doesn’t have powers is an interesting one – because it’s probably not the world that would really exist. While Mob’s powers certainly inform his life, they are not the reason that his classmates treat him with respect. In fact, most of them have no idea what he’s capable of. Mogami didn’t create the world Mob would experience if he were ordinary – that had nothing to do with it. Instead, he created a world that would make him feel helpless and trapped. This really underscores the show’s basic theme – extraordinary abilities don’t make you special, but who you are as a human being does.
2. Mob Psycho 100 has a really nuanced take on bullying, and it’s on full display with Asagiri’s arc. In the fictional world created by Mogami, Asagiri is still herself – and herself is someone who relentlessly harasses Mob in order to secure her own social status. It’s made clear that in her real life, she actually victimizes people this way. Through her interactions with Mob, she realizes that her behavior is cruel and feels genuine remorse. Her behavior isn’t excused, exactly, but it isn’t vilified either. Like everyone else, she’s a human being who makes mistakes, but is still capable of change.
Through Asagiri, Mob not only learns that other people can change, but that he can instigate that change. The episode ends with him feeling confident about himself and his world.
3. Reigen’s refusal to take the reward money illustrates an important point about his personality – he actually does have morals. Yes, they’re self-serving – he proves that much immediately afterward when he tells Mob that he’s better off working for him part-time forever than doing literally anything else. And yes, part of the reason was probably to avoid exposing himself as a fraud or being forced to pay for damages – but he also seemed to believe what he was saying about not wanting to accept pay for a job you’re not proud of.
Reigen is by no means a “good” person – everything he does is underhanded, sneaky, off-the-books, and “bad” – but he has his principles and he sticks to them. It’s cool.
4. The animation in Mob Psycho 100 has always been stellar, but this episode truly stood out. With Studio Bones at the top of their game, the characters moved fluidly, and the fight scenes were pure sakuga bliss. I don’t want to say that it makes other anime look like crap, but there were a few moments where I thought: that’s it, I never want to watch anything else ever again.
5. Reigen’s spine was totally fine. This is simultaneously a relief and a disappointment. It’s a relief because I love Reigen and I don’t want him to be severely injured, paralyzed, or killed. It’s disappointing because getting slammed spine first into the ground is not something that real humans with real human vulnerabilities can just shake off. Being a real human with real human vulnerabilities is part of his charm. I get that they can’t delay proceedings with a realistic medical outcome, but being totally fine was pushing it.