Mob Psycho 100

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Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 manga vol 1.jpg
Cover for the first manga volume
モブサイコ100
(Mobu Saiko Hyaku)
Genre Supernatural, horror comedy
Manga
Written by One
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Ura Sunday
Original run April 18, 2012 – present
Volumes 13
Anime television series
Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa
Produced by
  • Akio Matsuda
  • Yuki Nagano
  • Jun Fukuda
  • Hirotsugu Ogisu
  • Yukihiro Ito
Written by Hiroshi Seko
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Bones
Licensed by [1]
Network Tokyo MX, ytv, BS Fuji, TV Asahi Channel 1
English network
Original run July 12, 2016 – present
Episodes 11 (List of episodes)

Mob Psycho 100 (Japanese: モブサイコ100 Hepburn: Mobu Saiko Hyaku?) is a Japanese webcomic created by ONE, which began publication on Ura Sunday on April 18, 2012.[3] A Chinese translation started publication in Taiwan on April 16, 2014.[4] It is also available online on Shogakukan's mobile app MangaONE, beginning in December 2014.[5] A television anime adaptation by Bones began airing on July 12, 2016.[6][7][8]

Plot[edit]

Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, called Mob (モブ means background character) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he seems like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful Esper. As he grows older, Mob realizes his psychic powers are dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under emotional shackle. Mob wants to live just like others, but a barrage of trouble comes to him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to spill over its bounds.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Shigeo Kageyama (影山茂夫 Kageyama Shigeo?)
Voiced by: Setsuo Ito[9]
The main protagonist, an eighth grader nicknamed Mob (モブ), is an Esper with powerful psychic abilities. Helmet hairstyle is his defining physical feature. He is not good at reading the atmosphere, and since childhood, he has rarely felt or displayed intense emotion. He thinks his power is not necessary in his life, so he avoids using it. He suppresses his emotions to keep his power in control, but when the percentage of his accumulated feelings reaches 100, he is overcome by the strongest emotion he is feeling at the time and unleashes the full extent of his powers. He works at Reigen's spirit counsel for 300 yen an hour. When he was asked to join the Telepathy Club so they wouldn't be disbanded, he was introduced to the Body Improvement Club, which he then joined to become popular, in order to impress his secret love. He is also credited as Salt Middle School's urabanchō (裏番長 is roughly translated as "secret school gang leader") known as White T Poison but this fact remains unknown to many including himself. Shigeo also possesses an unknown power as explained by the narrator during his battle with Teruki which far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.
Arataka Reigen (霊幻新隆 Reigen Arataka?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[9]
Mob's master, a self-proclaimed psychic who has his own spirit counsel (the "Talk About Spirits Agency"), which is cheap compared to competitors. He wasn't getting much business, but after setting up a homepage on the internet, the amount of assignments has increased. He is essentially a con artist and excels in persuasion, speech, and perception, as well as massage and whack-a-mole. He is clever and agile, claiming to have a greenbelt of Shaolin boxing. He is very afraid of cockroaches and likes dogs. He solves his clients' problems with a variety of skills (including Reigen's "secret technique"); if that doesn't work, he'll call in Mob to deal with it. Even though he is a fraud, he treats Mob's inner turmoil very seriously, and gives him pertinent suggestions. For better or worse, he is Mob's mentor.
Dimple (エクボ Ekubo?)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka
An upper class evil spirit, devious and sly, characterized by the circular blush on his cheeks. In order to become a god worshiped by people, he established a religion/cult called (LOL), which was dissolved by Mob. After his defeat, his power fell off remarkably, and Mob came to regard him as reasonably harmless. Dimple thinks Mob might be a great springboard to god, so he stayed with Mob in order to exploit him, however this plan failed. Later in the series, he attempts the same thing with Mob's brother, Ritsu. Dimple claims to be Mob's partner. He can possess the bodies of others and release the full potential of his host, but he tries to avoid breaking the host's body.
Ritsu Kageyama (影山律 Kageyama Ritsu?)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino
Mob's younger brother, grade 7. He is clever and competent, excelling at both academic and athletic performance. Having a handsome face, he is popular among girls. He is also a member of the Student Council. The only thing he's lacking is psychic power. Because Mob is a strong Esper, Ritsu has always had an inferiority complex and an obsessive longing for psychic power of his own. He eventually developed his own psychic powers and became a fairly powerful esper but not as powerful as his big brother, as the strength of Ritsu's psychic abilities are tied to his feelings of grief and guilt.
Teruki Hanazawa (花沢輝気 Hanazawa Teruki?)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Black Vinegar Middle School's "ura banchou" ("hidden boss"), known to most as Teru. Also a strong Esper, he originally held scorn for people without psychic power, calling them "commoners." Accustomed to using his power freely in daily life, be it exams or sports, he excels at it all. Coupled with his handsome looks, he is very popular. He'll do a pigeon-toed pose when he fights seriously. After he is lectured and defeated by Mob, his perspective on psychic power changes, and he becomes more friendly to others.

Salt Middle School[edit]

Tsubomi Takane (高嶺ツボミ Takane Tsubomi?)
Voiced by: Uki Satake
Mob's childhood friend and crush.
Tome Kurata (暗田トメ Kurata Tome?)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki
President of the Telepathy Club, which serves as a funds for a few students to buy snacks and slack off after school. At one point, after losing a member, the club is threatened with disbandment. They try to get Mob to join, but he is more interested in the Body Improvement Club.
Shinji Kamuro (神室真司 Kamuro Shinji?)
Voiced by: Koji Yusa
President of the Student Council. His family abuses him and considers him a failure for not living up to their high standards, so he uses his power as student council president to relieve his stress. As part of his "big clean-up" plan, he convinces Ritsu to help him frame the school's delinquents for perverted activities like stealing classmates' underwear and licking the mouthpieces of girls' recorders, though the plan soon violently backfires on him.
Tokugawa (德川?)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Vice President of the Student Council.
Musashi Goda (郷田武蔵 Goda Musashi?)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
President of the Body Improvement Club.
Ichi Mezato (米里イチ Mezato Ichi?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
Mob's classmate and a member of the Newspaper Club.
Tenga Onigawara (鬼瓦天牙 Onigawara Tenga?)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
The leader of Salt Middle School's delinquents.

Awakening Lab[edit]

Kenji Mitsuura (密裏賢治 Mitsuura Kenji?)
Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu
Founder of the Awakening Lab.
Rei Kurosaki (黑崎麗 Kurosaki Rei?)
Voiced by: Sanae Fuku
Specializes in extrasensory perception.
Takeshi Hoshino (星野武史 Hoshino Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Kouhei Amasaki
Specializes in telekinesis.
Gou Asahi (朝日豪 Asahi Gou?)
Voiced by: Yusuke Kuwahata
Specializes in pyrokinesis.
Daichi Shiratori & Kaito Shiratori (白鳥大地&白鳥海斗 Shiratori Daichi & Shiratori Kaito?)
Telepathically connected brothers.

Claw[edit]

Touichirou Suzuki (鈴木統一郎 Suzuki Touichirou?)
The leader of Claw , is very ruthless and cunning man
Koyama (誇山?)
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki
Terada (寺蛇?)
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Sakurai (桜威?)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Ishiguro (遺志黒?)
Voiced by: Rumi Ōkubo
"Claw" 7th Division Leader.

Media[edit]

Webcomic and publications[edit]

Anime[edit]

On December 2, 2015, it was announced in the Ura Sunday magazine that the webcomic series would be adapted into a television anime series.[6] Bones is producing the anime, with Yuzuru Tachikawa directing the series and Hiroshi Seko writing the scripts. Yoshimichi Kameda designs the characters and Kenji Kawai composes the music.[7][10] It began airing on July 12, 2016 on Tokyo MX, and will later air on ytv, BS Fuji and TV Asahi Channel 1. The opening theme song, titled "99", is performed by Mob Choir, while the ending theme song, titled "Refrain Boy", is performed by ALL OFF.[8]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date[11]
1 "Self-Proclaimed Psychic: Reigen Arataka ~And Mob~"
"Jishō Reinōryokusha: Arataka Reigen ~to Mob~" (自称霊能力者・霊幻新隆~とモブ~) 
July 12, 2016[b]
A self-proclaimed exorcist named Arataka Reigen attempts to exorcise an evil spirit, despite only stumbling onto it by accident. The spirit seems annoyed at his attack, which consists of throwing a handful of table salt which actually meant to be purified salt, much to Reigen's shock. Reigen then unleashes his secret weapon: calling in the actual psychic Shigeo Kageyama (a.k.a. "Mob") to banish the spirit for him with his psychokinesis powers. Some time later, Reigen is contracted to rid a mysterious tunnel of evil spirits. Once again, Reigen manages to trick Mob into doing most of the work for him. One of the ghosts, the deceased leader of a biker gang, warns of an even more powerful monster further down the tunnel, and begs the exorcist not to fight it. However, Mob manages to take it down anyway. 
2 "Doubts about Youth ~The Telepathy Club Appears~"
"Aoi Haru no Gimon ~Nōkan Denpa-bu Tōjō~" (青い春の疑問~脳感電波部登場~) 
July 19, 2016
The "Telepathy Club" at Mob's school is in danger of disbanding after it drops below the minimum amount of members. The group tries to convince someone to join them, and drags Mob into the room where their leader Kurata argues with Reigen over the phone, but Reigen wants Mob to focus on his job. Later, Reigen takes Mob on a contract to exorcise a spirit at a private all-girls high school. Both he and Mob try cross-dressing to infiltrate the school, but Reigen is immediately stopped by security while Mob goes on to meet his clients alone. The clients, a pair of schoolgirls, lead him around the school until he finds the large ghost of a dead schoolboy haunting a girls' basketball practice on campus. After defeating the ghost, the ghost begs him to enjoy his youth before it disappears. The next day, the student council at Mob's school threatens to turn the Telepathy Club's room over to the newly-formed Body Improvement Club as Mob is about to join. After flashing back to his past, Mob decides to join the Body Improvement Club instead. 
3 "An Invitation to a Meeting ~Simply Put, I Just Want to be Popular~"
"Tsudoi e no Sasoi ~Kantan ni Iu to Motetai~" (集いへの誘い~簡単に言うとモテたい~) 
July 26, 2016
During Body Improvement Club practice, Mob faints and is left in the club room to recover. The Telepathy Club, permitted to stay in the room which is now being used to store bodybuilding equipment, comments that Mob will never be popular even if he trains his body. Distraught, he is intercepted on his way home by a woman in a smiling mask, who informs him that she can help him become popular. He follows her to an underground meeting area where a cult known as (LOL) has formed in service to a man with the power to make anyone laugh and smile. A reporter from Mob's school, Mezato Ichi, is forcibly converted, but even the cult leader Dimple is unable to convert Mob. It is revealed that Dimple is a high level spirit possessing a man, and he emerges to kill Mob. The strain causes Mob to reach 100% and "explode", unleashing terrible power and exorcising Dimple. This frees the converts of the cult. 
4 "Idiots Only Event ~Kin~"
"Baka Onrī Ibento ~Dōrui~" (馬鹿オンリーイベント~同類~) 
August 2, 2016
During the cold open, delinquents from Mob's school (Salt Middle School) are in a turf war with a rival school (Black Vinegar Middle School). When the rival delinquents are unable to win, they call for their leader, Teruki "Teru" Hanazawa. In spite of being physically unimposing, Teru disposes of the Salt delinquents with ease. In an attempt to garner revenge, delinquent leader Tenga Onigawara attempts to recruit the Body Improvement Club. When they turn him down, he concocts a plan to get Mob kidnapped by the rival school in order to force the Body Improvement Club to attack Black Vinegar Middle School. Meanwhile, Mob has been haunted all day by the weakened spirit of Dimple, who claims to have reformed. The Body Improvement Club members defeat an army of delinquents in an attempt to rescue Mob, but they are similarly unable to defeat Teru once he appears exhibiting his own psychic abilities. 
5 "Ochimusha ~Psychic Powers and Me~"
"Ochimusha ~Chōnōryoku to Boku~" (OCHIMUSHA~超能力と僕~) 
August 9, 2016
After recognizing Mob's psychic abilities, Teru attempts to force him into a psychic duel by attacking him, but Mob refuses throughout increasingly brutal attacks because of his ideals to never use psychic powers on a person. Dimple attempts to defend Mob, but Teru quickly exorcises him. As Mob becomes cornered inside the school, Teru's sanity begins to deteriorate after Mob retaliates his knives in self-defense, reducing Teru's hair to "0%". As Teru grows increasingly frustrated with Mob, Mob realizes his hatred towards him as being one and the same, both lacking confidence and realizing they are nothing without their psychic powers. Conflicting with each other's ideals, Teru chokes Mob against the wall with brute force, where it is revealed that unlike him, Teru's frequent use of his psychic abilities in his daily life quickly established his popularity within his school and gave him a superiority complex, proclaiming himself as a "chosen one". Despite Mob's rising percentage of emotions and his refusal to stray from his ideals, he passes out from asphyxiation before reaching 100%. Unconsciously awakening in "???%" form, Mob rips apart the school and hurls the rubble at a naked Teru, who gets blasted off into the sky while apologizing and accepting Mob's ideals. In the aftermath, Mob's failure to change results in 100% sadness, using his powers to rebuild the school. 
6 "Discord ~To Become One~"
"Fuchōwa ~Naru Tame ni~" (不調和~成るために~) 
August 16, 2016
After the incident at the school, the whole town hears rumors pointing to Mob's abilities and his fight with Teru. Mob's brother Ritsu Kageyama is followed around by various people interested in him and his brother's powers. Ritsu is not happy about this because he curses his own lack of ability to use ESP. The leader of the Telepathy Club, Tome Kurata, takes an interest in the psychic fight and tries to get Mob to identify other Espers in public. Salt Middle School's Student Council president, Shinji Kamuro, confides in Ritsu to frame local gang leader Tenga Onigawara for stealing and being a pervert. Later, Ritsu tours a psychic research institute known as the Awakening Lab, but the subjects have very minimal ESP abilities. At the end of the episode, Ritsu accidentally bends a spoon psychically and sees the ghost of Dimple who is apparently still "alive" somehow, these incidents reveal Ritsu does in fact have a hidden psychic ability, just like his older brother Mob. 
7 "Exaltation ~I've Obtained Loss~"
"Kōyō ~Sōshitsu o Teniireta~" (昂揚~喪失を手に入れた~) 
August 23, 2016
8 "The Older Brother Bows ~Destructive Intent~"
"Ani Peko ~Hakai Ishi~" (兄ペコ~破壊意思~) 
August 30, 2016
9 "Claw ~7th Division~"
""Tsume" ~Dai Nana Shibu~" ("爪"~第7支部~) 
September 6, 2016
10 "The Heinous Aura ~Mastermind~"
"Kyoaku no Ōra ~Kuromaku~" (巨悪のオーラ~黒幕~) 
September 13, 2016
11 "Master ~Leader~"
"Shishō ~Leader~" (師匠 ~Leader~) 
September 20, 2016
12 "Mob and Reigen"
"Mob to Reigen" (モブと霊幻) 
September 27, 2016

Reception[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll
  2. ^ The series premiered on July 11, 2016 on Tokyo MX at 00:00 JST, which is effectively July 12, 2016

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