Finally, everyone’s favorite esper has returned! Mangaka ONE’s wonderful Mob Psycho 100, produced by Studio Bones, has premiered the first episode of season two, Mob Psycho 100 II. This comes after season one was completed in 2016. Season two’s premiere date was revealed back in November of 2018. On January 7th, 2019, episode one of season two was released. If you haven’t watched season one yet, here’s why you should.
Episode one, titled “Ripped Apart ~Someone is Watching~” in typical Mob Psycho fashion, is twenty-four minutes long. The episode features the brand new opening sequence, which includes a song called “99.9” by MOB CHOIR and featuring sajou no hana. Know that if you love season one’s opening, you won’t be disappointed by season two’s.
Mob Psycho 100 II: What Makes An Opening
For Mob Psycho 100, there’s more to an opening and ending sequence than just a catchy tune and montage of characters. Mob Psycho 100 has always used the opening and ending for showcasing Bones’ animation. With this show, in particular, Bones is willing to take risks and break rules. The opening for season two has a really neat kinegram in it, as well as a 3D cityscape background. However, we have yet to see an official ending. Episode one’s ending was just tying up the episode with the credits rolling on top. But I’m curious to see if we’ll get another Reigen-centric ending. It’s certainly hard to top season one.
In the opening, we get to see glimpses of many familiar faces, who I assume will make appearances this season. This includes the Body Improvement Club, Psychic Club, and members of Scar. Of course, we also get to see a lot of Reigen, Ritsu, and (my favorite boy) Teru. Not to mention, we also see Sho Suzuki fighting some unknown enemies. “99.9” is a bop in itself, but this opening hints at a lot of excitement to come.
The first episode of Season Two, Mob Psycho 100 II, starts off with Mob and Reigen on a job. The beginning shows that they’re still doing exorcisms like they normally do. In the episode, Mob’s friend, Mezato, convinces him to run for student president. However, during his speech in front of his school, he gets cold feet and doesn’t say anything for the entire allotted five minutes. I won’t spoil the entirety of the episode, but I will say that what follows is a really sweet friendship Mob creates with a girl at his school named Emi.
Mob Psycho 100’s writing is the same one-part ridiculous and two-parts humorous as it always was. It was refreshing to get back into the Mob Psycho headspace after watching what I guess is “normal” anime. What makes the show so lighthearted and fun is its refusal to take itself too seriously. I find that this is a strength, as the comedy and overall absurdism make it even more poignant when an emotional or intense moment happens. With the Mogami arc coming up, I’m sure we’ll see this sort of thing in action soon.
Mob Psycho 100 II is available on Crunchyroll and VRV. New episodes are released every Monday. Episode two will be released on January 14th, and is titled “Urban Legends ~Encountering Rumors~.”