Mob Psycho 100 III: Full Season Review

Mob Psycho 100 III: Full Season Review

Mob Psycho 100 III is now streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The walkthrough below discusses several plot points, but no major spoilers. For more, check out what we thought of the premiere.

They said it couldn’t be done, but Studio Bones gave us a masterpiece adaptation of Mob Psycho 100, with a final season that captured what makes the web manga so special and endearing, while adding spectacular visuals that enhance Shigeo Kageyama’s emotional story . Few anime manage to make you cheer, laugh, cry and reflect on life as often as Mob Psycho 100 does, let alone do it all as part of an elaborate and absurd gag. The third season does all of this while also tying up loose ends and giving us satisfying conclusions to each character arc. Make no mistake, Mob Psycho 100 III will go down as one of the best anime finales ever made.

For three seasons, we followed Shigeo Kageyama, aka Mob, as he tries to become popular and have a normal life with friends and those who care about him despite his extraordinary psychic abilities, slowly gaining confidence in himself as he builds a support network around him. This season brought every plotline and character arc to a boiling point, starting with the giant broccoli mob now towering over the center of town.

This season is about Mob facing the consequences of his actions and his inactions, starting with the cult he started but refused to acknowledge, as well as the years of suppression of his emotions and powers. It’s a testament to the show that its final season can feel as big and epic as something like that Attack on Titan, with a story that’s really just incredibly personal and small-scale compared to most action series. Mob Psycho 100 thrived in the smaller, quieter emotional scenes as much as it did in the bombastic action, so it makes sense that the ultimate final battle would be an internal battle that still had apocalyptic stakes.

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Still, this is Mob Psycho 100, based on a manga by the creator of One Punch Man, so there are plenty of action scenes and – oh boy – this show is still a stunning visual marvel. The animators and artists at Studio Bones really outdid themselves this season, with some of the most bombastic, spectacular, kick-ass fight scenes ever put into animation that also experiment with the art style. Also, the battles and battles hit harder because they involve people we care about, and the season gives each and every game a deep emotional layer that makes you invested in the outcome.

From the Body Enhancement Club – the biggest gathering of gym bros and best friends you’ll find – to the eclectic telepathy club and their alien obsession, to Dimple, Ritsu and internet hottie Reigen, Mob Psycho 100 has one of the best ensemble casts in anime, and this season brings really put them in the spotlight. We see how their stories and their characters developed and grew thanks to their relationships with the Mob and with each other, as their individual arcs come to a satisfying conclusion.

If one were to boil this part down to one word, it would be satisfying, because it delivers everything you want out of a Mob Psycho 100 final season, especially the finale, which is simply perfect. From a final villain that feels thematically resonant, to the edge of your seat, thrilling battles, and a tear-jerking final scene that culminates the themes and messages of the series with a simple smile and laugh, this is a finale you won’t soon forget.

Of course, it’s still very much the absurdist, over-the-top, hilarious comedy it’s always been. Mob Psycho 100 III takes the dumbest gags possible and distills them to downright outrageous amounts sakuga (especially great animation) just because the animators can. This is a true labor of love, where the animators and artists take every idea – no matter how small – to incredible heights, visually and emotionally. Whether it’s aliens or the mob wearing the ugliest shirts possible, there’s always a joke and a heartfelt moment waiting around the corner.

The entire Mob Psycho 100 series has been about the idea that powers and skills alone don’t make you special, and that you shouldn’t just rely on what makes you different to feel entitled or above others. But Mob has still relied on his powers to save the world multiple times, so this season shifts gears.

It instead argues that no, having powers doesn’t make you superior, but it’s also wrong to think that having special skills isn’t good, or that you shouldn’t use them. It’s all about balance. You have to take the good with the bad and accept all of you. When it comes to a show as good as this, and a season as masterfully executed as this, it’s easy to do.