The eighth episode of Mob Psycho 100 2 dropped on February 25th, 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.This episode was a lot, so let’s start with something a little less horrifying. The opening scene, where Mob and Ritsu were playing with a toy airplane when they were little, was beautifully animated. The way that Mob just threw his head back and started wailing the instant he fell down looked modeled after a real child. The realism alone made the scene worthwhile, but it also underscored an important point – Mob may have grown up a lot, and he may be incredibly powerful, but regardless of his circumstances, he is still a vulnerable child. When his powers activate unwittingly, it shows how dangerous he can be when his human emotions take over.
2. For the first time, Crunchyroll has begun providing subtitles for the OP and ED of the series! While the songs were certainly a joy to listen to before the translation reveal, knowing what the lyrics mean definitely adds to the experience. The lyrics were literally created with Mob’s emotional journey in mind.
3. One of the cool things about Mob Psycho 100 is that while its female characters are never central, they always have a goal that they intend to accomplish. They have agency. Tsunami’s attempt to get dirt on Reigen – and her ability to totally trick Ritsu into believing that she’s just there to get love advice – put her in a new category. No longer is she just Mob’s love interest, she’s a person with her own agenda. I’m looking forward to finding out what that might be.
4. The idea that a powerful psychic would be totally dedicated to winning a race against his classmates is hilarious, but it also makes perfect sense for Mob’s character. His powers have little to do with who he is – a middle school student who wants to be recognized and praised the way his classmates are, and who wants to be noticed by the girl he has a crush on.
The race was great both because it shows who Mob is and what he prioritizes, but because it shows how the people in his life show they care. It was nice to see Reigen dedicate his time to helping Mob train, even though it didn’t benefit him in any tangible way. It was nice to see Mob’s family rooting for him, and it was nice to see Onigawara and the other athletes give him advice and shoes.
5. This is the first time I’ve ended an episode of Mob Psycho 100 absolutely dreading what’s coming next. I never expected something as dramatic and intense as Mob’s house being set on fire, and I certainly never expected him to come across his family’s burning corpses. Nothing in the series has prepared me for this, and I’m not caught up on the manga, so this came as a complete shock – especially after the relative normalcy of the rest of the episode.
I’m still holding onto my hope that the Kageyamas survived somehow, and that the pile of corpses that Dimple insisted Mob look away from was not really their bodies – but we’ll all find out in the next episode.