MOB PSYCHO 100 SEASON 2 WILL BE AIRING JANUARY 2019!
The official twitter released this key visual along with the announcement! [x]
MOB PSYCHO 100 SEASON 2 WILL BE AIRING JANUARY 2019!
The official twitter released this key visual along with the announcement! [x]
@sukikobold I dig this and I know you will too. Hugging is our aesthetic
Yes good excellent this is the sort of thing I need to wake up to. ;u;
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.
Again, they’re at an abandoned warehouse now instead of a school, so while there will probably be a lot of destruction (I don’t know about rubble flying into the sky, we’ll see) it’ll be a lot cheaper.
– The fancy classical music is back for Teru. XD
– They’re…having a lot more weird stuff with Reigen with this. I was under the impression that having Mob working for him gave him a decent amount of business…
– Also are overly gay barkeepers a common trope in Japan? I’ve seen it in a number of jrpgs, too. :/
– Tenga is enjoying this fight way too much
– Again, Tome’s legitimately funny in this.
– ??? Why is Mob dodging? He basically has an unbreakable psi-shield. Is that really too much to add in?
– Hate to break it to ya, Dimple, but I’m pretty sure a lot of viewers find you disgusting in this.
– And Claw’s just running around attacking random nerds because they don’t know how else to find Mob. How professional.
– There, see? Shield animation doesn’t take much to do.
– TAKOYAKI GUY!
– I’m glad they remembered to include the weird pigeon toe stance.
– All of a sudden stunts!
– Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. I know Reigen is the oldest of the characters but that does NOT obligate you guys to make cliche pervy jokes with him. – –
– Also you guys are completely ruining the drama in the fight by cutting away so much.
– I guess I appreciate Ritsu trying to help him more in these early plots.
– Hm. The funny classical music is also kinda ruining the drama in this fight.
– Huzzah. No more CGI Dimple for a while- ugh wait, they’re having a bunch of flashbacks.
– Also they use the dramatic music when there’s supposed to be a joke? Who was in charge for the soundtrack on this? – –
– Aand they cut out Mob berating Teru for calling people ordinary and small-fry. Stop taking out all the things I like!
– Pffft the horror music when Teru gets his head shaved.
Aaand that’s where they’re cutting it. Huh. Somehow they’re drawing out this fight even more. – – I’ll bet it was so they could stick that stupid pervy scene in. Class act, guys.
Yeah, I’m running into a lot of issues with the music being used inappropriately in this show. It’s something you don’t notice when it’s done right, but it’s real obvious when it’s done wrong.
Gonna go out on a limb and guess we’re getting into the Teru Arc today. I wonder how much of the set up for it they’re going to take out. And/or somehow work Tsubomi in. You know what? I’m gonna guess the fake love letter will be addressed from her.
– You know, swearing in Japan isn’t seen as quite as severe as in America or some other countries. If they had translated that F word differently, they might not have had to go with an M-rating.
– Okay the pop star cat girl was pretty funny.
– Mmm okay, I don’t like Tome trying to use Mob’s potential popularity to get her club more members. I know they’re trying to include the scene where Mazato interviews Ritsu, but it feels mean.
– Ngl I’m not too upset about knowing Dimple’s gonna disappear for a while soon.
– Kay I’m starting to feel bad for all these psychic kids our baddies are forcing to do tests apparently all day every day.
– Hey, they’re already having the bar scene to elaborate on Reigen’s back story. I’m gonna guess they were only planning one season for this show.
– Woah woah what’s with this Reigen wishing for psychic powers all of a sudden? Y’all are like, five arcs too early with this.
– Tsubomi stop flirting with Ritsu, it’s completely unnecessary. Also annoying.
– M’kay Tenga’s decently funny.
– I’m surprised they didn’t connect Tsubomi with the love letter considering how much she’s being added in.
– Oop, spoke too soon. There she is.
– Tome, do you even go to class?
– I guess it’s good that they’ll be destroying an abandoned warehouse instead of an entire school. Also cheaper.
– Alright, watching the Body Improvement Club fight is fairly entertaining.
– Adfgdh they have this really prissy high class party music play when Teru shows up XDD
– Aww, they changed the ending from a Tsubomi daydream to a body-building montage with everyone. That’s kind of cute.
I didn’t have too much to complain about with this ep that I haven’t already complained about. Tsubomi being thrown in everywhere, CGI Dimple, really not getting the gist of Reigen’s character. There’s also a number of added jokes that are pretty cliche, like Mob assuming the other gang members were writing the love letter to him and them building off of that joke later.
Wait I just realized Takoyaki guy wasn’t in this one! Noooooooo!
Maybe we’re getting to the cult now? Maybe?
Title: Read the Room
– ???? OH It’s their translation of “Can’t you read the atmosphere?” or “Get a Clue”. So yes, cult time.
– *dramatic music cue* Yep this is a live action drama. Wait, does that mean Ritsu would like it? His favorite genre is “Human Dramas”.
– Dramatic music should have stopped for that punchline. Also I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Dimple.
– Mob do you not have the “don’t use powers on other people” rule? I’m pretty sure blasting a guy off his bike counts.
– Oh hey, I guess Mezato’s not in this. :/ She never had a huge role, but still. I’m not unhappy about seeing more Tome though.
– Body Improvement Club are good boys.
– Holy crap, never mind about Tome. Hon, do NOT call Mob a burden, he’s got enough anxiety as it is.
– Aaaaand they just brush over that very hurtful accusation
– I wonder if most gang fights have audiences.
– Well, Mob may be terrible at math but at least he’s good at grammar since he keeps correcting everyone else’s.
– Takoyaki guy! I think he’s slowly becoming my favorite character in this.
– Okay, Reigen giving a makeover as an exorcism is incredibly in character so kudos for that. The curtained room thing is still creepy tho.
– Is Mob that easy to read, Reigen? He always just looks nervous to me.
– And…we’re doing the first meeting flashback right now? I know it was in a different spot in the manga too, but I like the weight it added in the Claw arc climax.
– Hooooly crap little Mob’s adorable.
– No, no no no no you had Reigen find out he’s psychic BEFORE giving him advice, that means he’s only helping him because he has powers and not because he’s a troubled kid YOU ARE RUINING THIS RELATIONSHIP, SHOW
– *SNORT* Okay, that was a pretty good joke about people having flashbacks.
– Wow that happy mask is a billion times creepier
– Ritsu to the rescue from bad decisions! Well…attempted rescue.
– Okay, I guess Claw just knows about the cult and aren’t the creators. Fair enough.
– Woah does that mean they’re gonna brainwash Ritsu?
– OH GEEZE DIMPLE PLEASE TAKE THAT MASK OFF
– You know the mask removing is a lot less effective when only half your members were wearing one. in the first place
– Ehhhhhhhh, nope that face is still better than that mask.
– Oh yeah, brainwash Ritsu, we just needed more reason for Mob to get mad in this scene.
– Mob I would be more concerned with your brother being brainwashed than the fact that this place won’t help you get girls.
– Aaaaand dramatic cliffhanger. Also, unless they include that speech from Dimple about Mob not having emotions and never being able to share joy with someone else in the next episode, I’m going to be super disappointed that they cut that.
Eh. I’m okay with Ritsu and Tome being involved in the LOL thing, but I think Mob should have been more upset that someone used psychic powers to force Ritsu into doing something he didn’t want to. Otherwise, the fact that he wants to ditch this place for not helping him makes it seem like he’s abandoning his brother here.
Anywho, we’ll see if they give us and actual evil monster next ep instead of a weird reflection effect. Also, I REALLY hope they don’t just stick that guy’s face on a green blob and call it Dimple because THAT would be creepy. And Dimple’s already creepy on his own.