Mob Psycho 100: A Psychosocial Look at Shigeo Kageyama

Mob Psycho 100 is a fun series.

Centered around the story of Shigeo Kageyama, aka Mob, the overpowered psychic youth who just wants to live his life, Mob Psycho 100 wows its audience in multiple ways.  Animation-wise, it’s fantastic, conceptually, it is intriguing, and its characters are engaging and fun.  That being said, our main character is not quite like most other series.

Mob’s a very interesting main character- he’s not designed to be very attractive, he’s not funny for the most part, and comes off as disinterested, when other main characters are passionate and engaged.  He’s an odd one, and I think, given his odd personality, and very restrained nature, he’d be quite an interesting person to psychoanalyze.

Now, this post is going to be a LONG one.  There is a lot to explain about Mob’s psyche, but that just makes it all the more interesting.  Hope you’ll join me for the ride- let’s get into the psychology of Shigeo Kageyama.

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Reading Between Reviews: Mob Psycho 100

Everyone, seriously EVERYONE has heard about the runaway hit, One Punch Man.  Arguably the biggest breakout among Westerners since Attack on Titan, the series, showcasing the OP badass who doesn’t try to be badass, the “Caped Baldy” Saitama, brought manga artist ONE and Yusuke Murata into the spotlight.  ONE’s story, of an amateur artist, posting works on his own website that lacked brilliant, professional artwork but somehow drew people to an interesting, fun story regardless, became quite common knowledge to anime fans, and it’s really awesome to see.  After the success of One Punch Man, people became even more interested in ONE’s work, and, perhaps as a result, his other manga, Mob Psycho 100, received an anime adaptation.

Mob Psycho 100 has often been compared to One Punch Man, sometimes as better, sometimes as worse, but regardless, it certainly shows its similarities.  However, a bit of a closer look reveals a lot more than just another ONE hit wonder, underneath the blatant similarities, showing what I believe to be by far, a superior story.

In this review, there will be no real spoilers for the series, but I will give you a rather large idea of what you can expect, because, oh man, it is certainly a weird series, that can catch the unprepared off guard.  That being said, let’s get into the world of Mob Psycho 100!

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