Mob Psycho 100

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Live-action anime adaption is uneven but fun for fans.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Be yourself. Embrace your unique qualities and don’t try to change just to get a girl or impress other people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mob does his best but is hard to root for sometimes. Tome, a girl who runs the telepathy club at school, is a quirky freethinker reminiscent of Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.

Violence

Mob uses his powers and accidentally kills a gang of bullies; a cult of psychics use their powers to destructive ends. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mob Psycho 100 is a Japanese show about a timid eighth-grade boy with an overachieving brother, an unrequited crush, and psychic powers. Adapted from an anime of the same name, this live-action show has a very cartoonish feel and ricochets from dark action to childish comedy to more mature drama and romance, making it hard to pinpoint exactly what age it's most appropriate for. Teens may enjoy the romance and action but be turned off by the comedy, which aims much younger. Anime fans will find it an interesting experiment.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by77typicality December 24, 2020

Truly Amazing

The anime has such a great plot, and such drastic character development which is seen later on in the show. It has great influences but can be violent in some e... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjesus14 January 23, 2021

The anime is good, the realistic movie isn't.

Just stick to the anime, the real life show is garbage
Teen, 16 years old Written byJoestar Waifu September 13, 2020
There are some mentions of suicide and depression in one of the episodes

But overall, its about this kid nicknamed Mob who has these powers that can kill off... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MOB PSYCHO 100, Mob is a young Japanese teen -- unpopular with girls, not good at sports or academics, and living in the shadow of his brother, who excels in all three. The one thing that Mob has going for him is that he's an "esper" or a person with a psychic ability. He works part-time for a phony ghost exorcist but gets to use his powers occasionally when they encounter actual ghosts. While Mob struggles to become popular and win the attention of his crush, an evil organization is recruiting espers for nefarious purposes.

Is it any good?

An odd mixture of sad-sack romance, slapstick comedy, and X-men-style action, Mob Psycho 100 is tonally all over the place. Our hero, Mob, is such a passive and self-doubting nebbish it’s hard to get behind him. His crush object is dismissive and aloof, but the audience is expected to support Mob in his pursuit of her. The exorcist is a con man and played for broad laughs. He’s clearly taking advantage of Mob, yet he’s also positioned as a caring father figure.

Overall, it’s hard to tell exactly who this show is for. The romance angle is tame, the villain’s plot is very dark, and the comedy is pretty childish. You could look at Mob Psycho 100 as having something for everyone in the family, but when the elements are so far removed from each other, it’s more alienating than unifying.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cultural differences. Mob Psycho 100 deals with universal themes like young love, sibling rivalry, and being yourself but is still very much a product of Japanese culture. How do you think this show would be different if it were made in America?

  • This show could be described as a live-action anime. What are some characteristics those genres share? Does the anime style work with real actors?

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