Mob Psycho 100 is a comedy manga from One, the creator of One Punch Man. The story follows Shigeo Kageyama, who is nicknamed Mob as he blends into the crowd. Mob is a super human and has psychic powers. He’s a middle-school student who also has a parttime job as Arataka Reigen’s assistant. Reigen is a fake psychic who uses tricks in order to make money from clients. He also uses Mob to actually deal with spirits, calling it learning experience for him.
The art style is really unique, but perfectly fits the story and makes the comedy even funnier. It’s a very understated style, which reflects how Mob doesn’t seem to care that he has powers, and is just trying to live a normal life. There’s a real rough around the edges feel to it all, and it’s quite different to the art style normally found in a superhero manga.
The first volume introduces you to Mob and Reigen, and shows their relationship and how they go about helping customers. Mob takes everything Reigen says at face value, even when it’s clear that Reigen is lying about being psychic. I really like the dynamic the pair have. Reigen is clearly using Mob, but he just can’t see it.
In the second half of the volume a much bigger story kicks off, where a cult attempts to recruit Mob and that backfires. It’s a bizarre and funny story and while at first it seems completely inconsequential, it leads to things that kick the overall story into gear.
Mob Psycho 100 is a really fun read. There’s laugh out loud moments, great characters, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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