A mere career path survey is all it takes to put Mob, our innocent psychic who fights the chaotic darkness of the spirits, into a state of restlessness. 7% at first, then 18%. The girl he likes will be studying in one of the top three schools in the prefecture, so, what will he do? The advice of his father and his brother seems simplistic, somehow. The guys at the Bodybuilders and Occult clubs have their own dreams and hopes. So does his journalist-like classmate, who wants to unveil the truth behind the giant broccoli. We see everyone with their grades ranking. When asked, Reigen makes up a story about his professional past, and is certain that Mob will remain in the supernatural agency. But, after the duo and former hikkikomori (and villain) Serizawa, now working at the agency, go see a hopeless 50-year-old social outcast whose life has gone to rot, things get messy. Yes, one can get rid of the spirit possessing him, but for all involved, his wasted years hit too close to home. Except for… Reigen?
Well, now we’re talking. I’m very glad to report that, after a stellar second season, Mob Psycho 100 continues to be funny, relevant, poignant, heartwarming, and nothing short of brilliant. The Lovecraftian yet somehow mundane horrors, the ugly yet endearing characters, and the absurd, clever fantasy are all there, as the show proves once again that it isn’t afraid to tread new ground. The new opening is as catchy and visually inventive as the other two, difficult as that may seem to accomplish. The themes of professional doubts, failure, future, and academic rankings are explored in-depth and dealt with in the positive, unusual, no-nonsense attitude that characterizes this story. Reigen is as wise and funny (and as cheeky) as ever, Mob is a truly inspiring hero, and you can feel the consequences of the last season playing out all around them. This odd story keeps getting better and better—it’s overflowing with both maturity and cleverness, and I absolutely cannot wait to hear what it has to say this season. We’re lucky that this show exists.
Mob Psycho 100 III can be streamed on Crunchyroll.