Sunny angel boy.
Sunny angel boy.
maybe baby mob and reigan going out to eat for the first time?
I need more excuses to draw lil Mob.
Final Thoughts (+links to episode reactions)
Oh jeeze, where to start, where to start. I guess I should say some of the things I found good in it?
DA GOOD STUFF
I legitimately liked Tome. I thought her actress was absolutely perfect at playing her as weird and funny as she needed to be. There were a few lines that came across as mean to me, especially with Mob joining the Body Improvement Club, but that could have been the writers or the translation. I was also fine with her being involved in more of the plots, since I do like her character in general. She didn’t need to be present in the final events, but I didn’t mind her being there.
Bro moments. They took the liberty of adding a few more significant moments between Mob and Ritsu, and I found that sweet. It at least showed how Ritsu truly wanted to keep Mob safe prior to the Student Council arc. Speaking of relationships, they took some liberties of adding some focus on Onigawara becoming friends with and joining the Body Improvement Club, as well as having Ritsu actually view the other kids from the lab as his friends, so that was nice.
A small handful of Reigen’s added exorcisms felt really in-character, like giving one guy a makeover so he can find a girlfriend and just throwing salt at another so he can grab his phone and turn off the tracker. Unfortunately “small handful” is the key term here, because I really didn’t care for the rest of the added scenes. – – More on that later.
DA BAD STUFF
There were a number of problems with the character representation of our main cast in this. We’ll start with Mob. I am…okay with the actor that played him. I think he looked fine for the part, and the few scenes he had to show genuine emotion were pretty good. The problem is when he didn’t have to show emotion. Mob’s character personality is primarily stoic. He doesn’t react very much, so that when he does react, it’s very obvious. In fact, a number of characters misunderstand this and think that he has no emotions at all. Unfortunately, he spends 90% of his screen time looking awkward and nervous in this. And while Mob certainly has his nervous moments since he’s a timid kid, he doesn’t look like that 24/7. – – It may have been more the director’s fault than the actor’s, but still. Didn’t work very well.
On to Reigen.
Oh man. Oh man oh man, Reigen. Part of me doesn’t even want to call him Reigen. I’m gonna start by saying no, I don’t blame the actor for these problems. I checked and he’s been in a LOT of stuff, and he’s probably very good in some of those roles, but I really don’t think he plays a good Reigen. Reigen’s character can go from very stoic and straight-faced to very over- reactive and cartoony. When you try to reproduce some of those cartoony reactions in live action, it comes out very awkward (Unless you’re Jim Carrey or something). As such, he wasn’t very funny, which is a big part of his likability in the original. Then, of course, there’s the pervy moments. Uuuuuuuuuuugh. I know it’s Japan. I know they do this a lot, but good LORD is it ever stupid. To my knowledge, Reigen has never shown any, and I mean ANY sort of perverted tendencies within the original manga or show. In fact, ONE is very good at avoiding that kind of fan-servicey nonsense in general. The only main character that makes even a slightly lewd comment in the show is Dimple, and it’s one time. And in this version, they play it up like it’s a major aspect of Reigen’s character! >>>:C It’s extremely frustrating, and makes me (and other viewers I’m sure) dislike his character. If you don’t like Reigen’s character, it’s very hard to appreciate the moments that show the goodness in him. Add that to the not-being-very-funny thing and there’s nothing that works for him in this.
My complaints about Ritsu are relatively minor, but they’re still there. I still found him likable in this, but he really wasn’t…Ritsu. His personality felt very generic. Ritsu is an almost rudely quiet kid with very strong opinions on things that he (usually) keeps to himself. He also has something of a phobia regarding Mob’s powers in the first part of the story. He still wants them himself, but he’s also seen those powers at their worst and never really got over that. In spite of that, he’s still a very good kid and doesn’t want to hurt people who don’t deserve it, seen through his guilt at the beginning of the Student Council plot. He also loves Mob dearly (though I think he forgets that for a bit when he goes power-crazy). That is not the Ritsu that I saw in this show, and that depresses me.
Plot problems. I was very confused about the villains in this show. They gave us all these clips of the Claw guys beating kids up and then the lab where they kept forcing the kids to use their powers over and over again. I get wanting to establish a threat at the beginning of the show, but why the heck did they portray the Lab as being sinister when it’s not?! Why waste our time like that? And the takoyaki guy being the masked leader…eh. It wasn’t very surprising, it didn’t do anything for me. I’m just sad that they took one of the few likable characters and made him evil for no reason.
I mentioned in my reactions that I didn’t mind them getting Ritsu involved in some of the earlier esper plotlines, and I don’t. Unfortunately, they threw him into dangerous situations and then changed nothing else about the situation. Mob didn’t act any differently. The dialogue and reactions were basically the same. It’s like it didn’t matter that Ritsu was there, they just used him as a background plot. It feels very wrong to me to see Mob not react any differently while knowing that his baby brother is that close to danger. :c
Then there’s the Tsubomi stuff. Sigh. I was okay with her being around a little more, but she was thrown in everywhere. And there wasn’t a point to it. There was no development in her character. There was no development between her and Mob. She ended up spending a bunch of time with Ritsu for some stupid reason. The fact that she’s ignored Mob for this long when they’re neighbors in this is pretty mean actually. The constant jokes of her saying things incorrectly weren’t funny. Just…AUGH. She’s just there to be cutesy and a motivator for Mob. Which, I mean, is what she was originally, but they didn’t need to throw her in everywhere.
The special effects were…eh. They were probably fine for the show’s budget. Dimple was definitely the worst part of it. His big, monster form was fine, but his blob form just stuck out like a sore thumb in every scene. Ugh. On the plus side, this may have given me more appreciation for 2D animated Dimple.
I ran into quite a few soundtrack problems, but the main one was the fact that they never cut the dramatic music out when there was a joke. It’s a little detail, but it makes it much more obvious when a certain line is supposed to be funny. Without it, the audience might just see it as a weird thing to say instead of the joke it’s supposed to be.
The M rating. Any chance of the show doing well on Netflix was squashed by this stupid decision. I’m not even blaming the people in charge of giving the ratings, I’m blaming the people in charge of the stupid subtitles. With how many f-bombs they put in place of Japanese cursing, it was like a freaking fansub. It would have been so easy just to make them lighter curse words and rate it for teens but no, now everyone thinks there’s a bunch of super adult stuff in it when there isn’t. The pervy stuff doesn’t count, that’s in like every anime.
There are, of course, a lot of other things that I took issue with, but if I wrote them all out, we’d be here all day. If you’re very, very curious as to what Mob Psycho 100 would look like in live action, I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as it could have been. If the source material didn’t exist, it’d probably be an okay show about psychic kids. As it is, the source material does exist and is worlds better than this, so if you haven’t seen the show and are curious, please PLEASE go watch the anime first. It’s so fantastic.
Right now, all I want to do is rewatch the anime and try and forget this happened.
End game! We’re at end game! Let’s see how the nonsense ends in this version. I think we’ve still got two main baddies to properly introduce. Huh.
– Dimple, get off the screen.
– ._. …..Reigen if you want to get gum off your shoe, scrape it on the curb or something. Don’t just drag your foot for a mile, you’re gonna ruin your tendons.
– I’m…sort of enjoying the frantic running.
– Um…masked guy has like five different types of power in this.
– Oh my gosh they actually included the drop kick. And did it almost properly. That does make me happy.
– Hmm, the “don’t stress out my student” speech was decent. But it really just makes me miss the original.
– Reigen you are not likable enough in this to be giving these lessons.
– There shouldn’t have been blood there. Why is he bleeding? That shouldn’t have cut him if we’re still doing to 100% Gratitude thing. :/
– Seriously is it even still bleeding now? Was the blood an illusion? WHAT’S GOING ON???
– Thanks for spelling it out to the audience, Teru. We don’t have a narrator in this, so I guess that was needed.
– Are we….still waiting for the real boss to show up?
– Also it’s daylight?? They were in there all night???
– Takoyaki guy? Yep. Sigh. Siiiiiigh.
– All of a sudden scars??? Was he psychically hiding them?? Huh??
– No, freaking Dimple was able to possess this guy?! Are you kidding me?! I thought espers were really hard to possess!
– Oh boy. Dimple saved the day. Such elation.
– Um. End scene. Back to Tsubomi nonsense.
– And she lost her memory of everything. How convenient.
– Cute bro moment. Huzzah.
– And we’ll end the Tsubomi stuff in the most cliche way possible.
I am so done with this. And thankfully we are actually done. Huzzah. That boss they kept chatting about never showed. Dimple can apparently EAT people’s psychic powers. Tsubomi’s still a ditz. No idea what Teru’s up to because they didn’t give him anything at the end. But we are done.
Final thoughts to be posted soon.
In the original, Episode 11 was hands-down absolutely my favorite episode in the whole show. I doubt that will be the same here.
– STOP YELLING WHILE YOU’RE TRYING TO RUN AND HIDE!
– Aw. They still kind of do the hypnosis-one-twin-seeing-the-other-killed thing. Only not really because they don’t have a mental link in this and don’t solve it like that. They had to have the villain freaking spell it out. Also they’re mind-control zombies now.
– Oh man, are they gonna do it? At least throw him into the ceiling. Please.
– Dangit. At least they kind of smashed him underneath a bunch of rubble, but Mob throwing the hooded guy around like it’s nothing was SO GOOD in the original. Sigh.
– Taking your sweet time, aren’t you, Reigen?
– You’re all terrible at hiding.
– X( They wait til now to show the flashback where he’s showing his powers off to Tsubomi?
– Mob can make people go to sleep?! Since when?!
– Aand showing me Dimple completely takes me out of the scene.
– :/ They slightly changed the wording of Mob not wanting to hurt a woman and now it sounds really shallow. Uugh.
– Okay, so they’re showing these flashbacks of the members fighting the boss and getting scarred, and the boss has this obvious limp. Reigen also started imitating the limp, but since I know he’s not the boss, I can’t figure out WHY he’s imitating the limp. Unless he’s trying to guilt Mob for not showing up to work. Which seems kind of mean.
– Huuuuugs~ Decent hug shot. I can get behind that.
– Show, could you please just get over the Reigen-is-Boss illusion. It’s not gonna pay off and you know it. It’s a lot funnier when the audience knows it’s a lie but the characters don’t.
– Making the main villains idiots for this illusion really ruins their intimidation…
– At least Ritsu’s smart enough to not buy it.
So no Shou, no base, no flunkies, no haystack wig. This show has to have been intended for only one season the way they’re writing it. And I certainly hope that’s all we’re getting.
My mistake, we have three episodes to get through the 7th division. We’re still an episode down. And my faith in these guys doing a good job with less time is very small.
– So one of my friends watched the first episode (well, most of it. He had to stop after 20 minutes) and confirmed with me that. yes, they are definitely portraying the Awakening Lab as evil at first. ???
– I MISS THE HAYSTACK WIG SO BAD
– Also still hate CGI Dimple.
– Seriously tho, Matsura plastered his desktop with pictures of Ritsu, that’s suuuper creepy.
– At least Teru addressed that the lab’s not that moral either.
– Aaand back to Tsubomi singing karaoke. -_-;; ??? Also Mob’s seeing her?? That’s not mind reading, Hon, it’s called clairvoyance.
– That’s a good point. In the anime, the lab looked like a normal apartment building from outside. In this it’s the weird globe-looking thing. Of course people are going to notice.
– Do I even need to say how this person doesn’t know how Japanese swearing works again?
– Err, we might not even make it to the hideout. The kids’ve already escaped from the truck.
– Ooo, power combination. That was kind of cool.
– Is…is Shou not even gonna be in this? They haven’t even hinted at him.
– Sigh. Tsubomi’s gonna get involved.
– Okay, Reigen getting a guy to sit there while he violently throws salt at him is pretty funny.
– Huh. They’re heading for the school so maybe the club members are going to be involved too.
– Without the idiot flunkies, I wonder how they’re going to do the Reigen=Boss mistake. Assuming they still do it.
– Freakin- It took her three hours to patch up a couple scratches on his face?!
– Nvm I think the club went home. Sad face.
– At least Ritsu’s making friends.
– It’s gonna be Tome.
– It’s Tome. One club member’s here at least.
– Getting a little sick of Tsubomi being a ditz.
– Nooo where’d Takoyaki man go? Is- is he actually gonna be the boss?
End ep. This is going to be very, VERY different from the original plot. My prediction is that Takoyaki guy is going to be either the masked leader or the boss. Both will make me sad. I liked him.
Three more eps! Will they nail down the climax for this show? Probably not, but let’s see anyway!
– ???!?? Okay so they ran in, beat up Matsura and are taking the kids?? Why’d they waste all that time plying him up to be sinister then?? Ugh, this show…
– Yeah, I’m sorry, you guys can’t convince me to like Matsura now. He’s been way too creepy so far.
– This guy was so much more sinister with the hoodie.
– One of those details I was really glad they added in the translation from manga to anime was how Mob was thrown away after noticing Ritsu getting grabbed, giving him a reason not to immediately act to save him. In here, he’s just kind of watching so far. I know Mob’s a pacifist, but he still has some things that’ll send him almost immediately over the edge. Hurting Ritsu is one of them.
– Btws, this entire scene takes place inside of a random school building instead of an alley. I guess so they have more things to throw around.
– There are so many little things I’m missing from the anime right now. Mob grabbing the guy’s arm while his percent counter is skyrocketing was so good…
– All of a sudden Reigen backstory again.
– I don’t know what the purpose of this old co-worker plot is serving. To make Reigen more of a sympathetic character? But the fact that they feel the need to do that kind of proves that they don’t know how to make him likable in the already existing scenes.
– And all of a sudden back to fighting.
– Dimple, get off the screen.
– Detail #2 I’m glad they added when it went to anime: Ritsu actually running up and grabbing the guy around the middle to keep him from hurting Mob. As opposed to just shouting from a distance. Sigh. Perfect character turn-around…
– M’kay, this hairstyle works much better for Mob going 100%. I kind of wish they had used it back in the cult scene.
– Again, person has no idea how to translate Japanese cursing…
– And spontaneously going back to the Body Improvement Club for no reason.
– And back to Reigen at the bar.
– And back to Mob. Did we really need to change character focus at all? I do remember there being a scene with Reigen in the anime, but that was to show us that he’s aware Mob didn’t show up to work and doesn’t know why. Here it’s just. There he is. He’s at the bar again. Bye now.
– I miss the haystack wig so much.
– And now here’s Tsubomi singing karaoke. I’m starting to wonder if there was some part of the contract where everyone had to have some face time in every episode.
– Now the ending’s Reigen hanging out.
Honestly though, from the way they were portraying the Awakening Lab, it looked really sinister. And no, I’m not going to go rewatch it to double check. I suppose it’s possible they WERE trying to mislead the viewer. Still, it’s not like they had the bright, casual looking room all the kids were hanging out in in the original. – – Sigh. I’m gonna need to rewatch the anime for therapy after this.
SO in the original, by this point we were already fully in the Claw Division arc. Buuut we still have a decent bit to go before we’re out of all the stuff with Ritsu. Will they cut out a bunch of the fight scenes? Probably.
– Oh wow, Ritsu actually knows about Dimple in the cult this time. Guess it didn’t make much difference tho.
– M’kay, Ritsu kneeing him in the face a bunch is super satisfying.
– Ugh, I don’t want to look at the screen with Dimple there, but I have to because subtitles.
– Aw, Mob went out to find his bro.
– Adflkgjhs someone actually took notice of the red cheek thing! XD
– I kind of like Tome’s theme music.
– Exorcism via positivity reinforcement. I can approve of this.
– Oh wow, student council president got his comeuppance real fast.
– Okay, I’m sorry, but if you assume that everyone who wears a white T-shirt under their uniform is White T Poison, you’re going to end up with a lot of White T Poisons.
– I am so sad they didn’t even attempt giving Teru the haystack wig. They can’t even make the joke about Ritsu thinking he has a huge brain.
– It’s still amazing how many middle school gang leaders there are.
– Takoyaki guy! Wait, why is he suddenly going crazy? Is he gonna end up being the villain in some big plot twist? – –
– I feel like there’s more action with Ritsu fighting these thugs than there was with the Mob v Teru fight.
– THE SOUNDTRACK PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN TO STOP THE MUSIC TO AMPLIFY A LINE OR MOMENT! X(
– Or at least they only do it for half of the big moments, ruining the others.
Sigh. I need to rewatch the original for this plot. It was soooooo good! And then there’s this, this watered down, sped up version that keeps underplaying my favorite moments. Sigh.
M’kay, from the title it looks like we’re getting into the Awakening Lab part, but it seems like the Awakening Lab is also run by Claw? Hrm. I don’t know if I like this change.
– So, like, I’m not sure how they’re going to do this. The kids we’ve seen at the lab seem to be pushed beyond the limits of their powers and are often suffering, so I doubt they’d come there willingly. Does that mean they’re all kidnapped already? How are they gonna do this?
– Matsura you’re somehow even weirder in this.
– ??? Did Matsura just imply that he killed his dad to get his money?
– I mean, I guess it makes sense to have a villain desperate to get powers, but I kind of liked how he was originally a decent guy who just had a really childish wish he was pursuing.
– Aw man, we don’t get Ritsu’s sarcastic internal monologue about how lame everyone’s powers are.
– Come to think of it, Ritsu’s
personality isn’t very distinct in this. – –
– The kids aren’t acting like they’re captured. :/ But they were passing out a lot before. This is uncomfortable.
– Everyone please stop being uncomfortably close to Rits.
– K I don’t know who this guy at the consultation office is but I SWEAR I’ve heard his voice before.
– Mob’s a lot more broken up about losing Dimple in this.
– Oh dear Lord, Reigen, please do not take the fourteen-year-old to the Japanese equivalent of a Hooters.
– Mob’s the one suggesting the GPS tracker. Huh.
– Tsubomi actually walked up and talked to you, Mob. How are you not fainting over this?
– I’m cool with her knowing a little martial arts, tho.
– Also not opposed to more bro scenes. :>
– They more directly point out that Ritsu is helping get rid of Onigawara for Mob’s sake. Eh. I like it being subtle, but this is okay.
– Guys it should not be desirable to be targeted by a pervert. I don’t care if it means you’re “prettier”
– The guy who translated this has no idea how Japanese cursing works, does he? – –
– Body Improvement Club being bros again. :>
– Okay I could swear I saw Matsura talking to these Claw guys at some point?? But they’re implying they’re working seperately?? Why’d they paint him in such a sinister light then??
– Uuuuuuuugh CGI Dimple’s back.
– Boo, we’re back to the Tsubomi fantasy ending sequence.
I’m real confused about how these villains are turning out. Were we supposed to assume Matsura was a villain only to be surprised he’s not? And if so why??? Guess I have to finish this. – –
Aaaand we’re back! Teru’s still bald. I’m still not sad that Dimple’s gone.
– That is very likely a wig cap, but it’s a pretty well-made one.
– Woahwoahwoah he actually TRANSFORMED his tie into a katana?? I thought these were espers not alchemists!
– Also Ritsu’s here now. Jus’ standing there, watching.
– Ghads, I miss the anime version of this scene. They used symbolism so well..
– Yo, Rits, your brother’s being choked maybe you should, I don’t know, DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.
– For real, why is Ritsu even here if he’s just going to watch??
– ???% just means his eyes go white I guess. :/ Also I’m sad they keep giving him a yellow aura in this, since it was always more blue/purpleish in the show.
– Well…at least Teru got to keep his shoes intact.
– So I think this guy we keep seeing in the lab is supposed to be the Claw division boss but he doesn’t have a distinct enough design for me to pick out who he’s based on. Like the closest I can think is the guy with the spirit pets because of his hair.
– Oh, okay, I’m gonna guess the Claw guys see Ritsu leaving the scene and assume he was the source of the storm.
– Aw. That’s a decent bro moment there. Though it still doesn’t explain why Ritsu needed to be there…
– Nooooooooooo we don’t get the haystack wig???? D:
– TAKOYAKI GUY!! Why is he giving better advice than Reigen has?
– Again with translating a phrase as the F-word… I understand swearing is seen as a lot less severe, so couldn’t you have just altered the translation so we didn’t need the “M”? I really would not call this an adult show.
– Would have liked to see Reigen reacting to the obvious injuries on Mob’s face, but w/e guys.
– They’re doing pervy jokes with Reigen agaaaaain. -n-
– Ah, okay I was sort of right. They saw Ritsu walking away from the scene on tv. Although how they recognize him from behind, I have no idea.
– FOR REAL THO DO JAPANESE GIRLS NORMALLY TALK ABOUT THEIR UNDERWEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF SCHOOL??
– Aw man, all of Tenga’s friends are ditching him. :c
– Aw man, I liked how Goda knew Mob was White-T Poison but wouldn’t tell anyone because he knew he hated violence. :c Stop changing things I like!
– Ngl that green plastic bag DID make a very convincing Dimple.
– No for real though, HOW did they recognize Ritsu just from looking at his back.
– Also Matsuda is the main villain??? Huh???
Ehhhhh. This is definitely an inferior version. Even when they change things that could potentially be interesting, like Ritsu being around for the cult scene, they don’t really follow through. They keep most of the dialogue the same in spite of the major change and it ends up feeling unnatural.
Also I definitely thought with their pace that this was going to be a shorter series, but nope, still 12 episodes.