The wait for the Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 release date is finally almost over now that anime studio BONES has officially confirmed that the second season is greenlit for production. Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12 left anime fans all hanging with many unanswered questions about Claw’s boss and their plans for world domination. Fortunately for those watching in English, Mob Psycho 100‘s manga by ONE provides many spoilers so we can find out what will happen to Kageyama Shigeo (Mob), Reigen Arataka, Dimple, Ritsu, and Teruki in the upcoming chapters.
Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Release Date, The Mob Psycho 100 Blu-Ray/DVD, And English Dubs
The release of Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12 was it for Season 1. While BONES has yet to confirm the number of episodes for Mob Psycho 100 Season 2, the good news is that there is plenty of source material in the Mob Psycho 100 manga to draw from. The Mob Psycho 100 anime’s ending appears to correlate with the story events in Chapter 50 of the Volume 6 manga, whereas series creator ONE has written enough content for 101 chapters spread over 16 volumes.
Once the Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 release date is known for certain, this article will be updated, although some fans believe the after credits scene from Episode 12 is an indirect reference since they’re “season-ing” two mushrooms.
Funimation has already released the Mob Psycho 100 English dub and it’s probably safe to assume the second season will receive the same treatment. Warner Bros Japan released the original Mob Psycho 100 Blu-Ray/DVD as six volumes.
Mob Psycho 100: Manga Vs Anime
Will the Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 anime adaptation diverge from the manga source material like many anime have done in the past? So far, this seems unlikely. To put the anime’s source material into perspective, the ending of Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12 correlated with the story events in Chapter 50 of Volume 6 of the manga. The ending was in contained in Chapter 101, which will be released as part of Volume 16. As such, with only 51 chapters to adapt into the second season, the number of episodes is highly likely to be 12 once again. Unfortunately, that means Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 will never happen unless Bones decides to go with ample filler episodes for the second season.
As a comparison, One Punch Man Season 2 does not have nearly as much source material to draw upon. The One Punch Man anime ended with Chapter 36 of Volume 7, and One Punch Man Volume 10 did not come out until January 3, 2017. At the same time, the Mob Psycho 100 manga began in 2012 while One Punch Man started life as an art experiment when ONE purchased new art software.
Depending on how BONES handles the anime adaptation, this means that the Mob Psycho 100 manga may provide enough content for a Mob Psycho 100 movie. It could be argued that the manga story arcs not yet adapted into an anime have a good ending point with Chapter 93. We also know that anime director Yuzuru Tachikawa has openly discussed trying out “new ideas” for the anime version.
“I was six volumes into Mob Psycho when I heard about the adaptation, and… well, to be frank, the announcement made me really anxious,” Tachikawa said, according to Comic Natalie.
“The big question was: how could I keep the adaptation faithful to the source? I drew a massive blank—honestly, I don’t think anybody had a clear-cut idea of what an adaptation would look like. But, while I was fretting over how I’d approach the adaptation, I came to the realization that the show would be an opportunity to try out a number of new ideas.”
Most of this Mob Psycho 100 discussion was focused on ONE’s art style. At one point there was even discussion of making Mob handsome or sexy but they decided to keep him plain, as if he’s the long lost love child of Saitama. ONE himself was concerned about his character designs, but they realized that making Mob sexier would have been against the spirit of the manga.
“When manga get adapted, one of the biggest hang-ups amongst fans is atmosphere—or, more precisely, how much of it gets lost in the transition to animation,” Tachikawa explained. “A problem we had to work out with the Mob Psycho 100 adaptation was whether we wanted to make Mob more handsome or go against the prevailing trend and keep him plain But we came to the conclusion that, at least for Mob Psycho, we’d be making a mistake if we did that.”
When ONE was asked about his intentions in writing the manga, he claimed he wanted the Mob Psycho 100 anime to be “a fresh take on the manga. I won’t be missing an episode, and I’m looking forward to following the anime with all of you.” ONE explained that he wanted the manga to feel “kind” and explore the “connections between people”.
“It ended up being an action manga, but my original idea was a slice-of-life that happened to include superpowers,” ONE said.
“Dimple starts off as a pretty nasty dude, but… Well, I wanted to give Mob an otherworldly partner, so I came up with a pretty weird one in Dimple and his fireball design. And I guess, yeah, he ends up becoming a better person over time. But even with Dimple’s concept, I wanted to build on the idea of a protagonist who changes people’s lives. Dimple softens up as a result of spending more time with Mob. I wanted to make this theme very clear through the character relationships, whether those are the relationships between Mob and Reigen, Mob and Ritsu, or Mob and Teru. The pairs all interact very differently, but I think they’re thematically very similar.”
Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Spoilers
[Warning: The following section describes events from Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12 of Season 1 in addition to details from the manga.]
The ending for the anime finished off with the battle against the 7th Division Scars of the ESPer terrorist organization called Claw. Worried about Mob, Reigen managed to track down his errant right-hand man only to be intercepted by Claw members Ishiguro (gas mask and gravity powers), Matsuo (spiky hair and pet spirits), Sakurai (cursed toy sword) and Muraki (bald and ethereal psychic clones). This article won’t ruin the anime finale completely for those who haven’t watched it yet, but let’s just say Reigen once again takes center stage.
The real mystery is the identity of the boy who defeated Ritsu so easily during Episode 10. After all, this teenager talks dismissively to Claw’s boss on the phone, taunting the leader by calling Claw and the Scars incompetent. Eventually, anime fans will discover that this teen is Sho Suzuki, the son of Toichiro Suzuki, the leader of Claw. Without giving away everything, viewers will eventually discover that the son of Claw’s boss has an agenda of his own. Next time the anime audiences see Sho he’ll burn down the house (literally) in order to incite Mob to action.
Since the Mob Psycho 100 manga ended in December of 2017 with Chapter 101, the second season will either cover the entire story or finish with the confrontation between Mob and Claw’s boss. If that happens, there’s not enough source material for Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 (unless there’s ample filler), although a movie could focus on the giant broccoli called the Divine Tree (yes, really). It turns out Mob and Toichiro Suzuki are like two sides of the same coin, with both sharing the same powers, yet from an emotional and personality perspective, Toichiro is like the polar opposite of Mob.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. World domination may be Claw’s objective but Mob only wants to excel at being a “normal” person. Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 should begin with a story about Mob’s pre-ex-girlfriend, Takane Tsubomi. Although Mob attempts to impress Tsubomi, he does end up on a date… with a different girl. Fast forward through multiple high school hijinks, and we find Tsubomi admitting, “That wasn’t so bad…”
The next story elements focus on paranormal activities at a girls high school, solving urban legends, ESP-powered stalkers, and a plant power up for Mob. One story arc puts Mob in a mental world where six months is the equivalence of 30 real minutes, and negative emotions power psychic powers. While Mob’s mental state puts him at a disadvantage in this mental world, he’ll still manage to come out on top while learning life lessons to boot.
From a character development perspective, the most interesting point is when Mob finally realizes Reigen has just been using him for his psychic powers. Going their separate ways works out well for Reigen at first, but eventually his fraudulent past catches up with him. As you might expect, events conspire to bring the pair back together again…
…just in time for Claw to attempt world domination. This article will not ruin the Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 ending with too many details, but it will definitely be action-packed. Claw’s boss will bring in the Super 5, the true upper echelon of the Claw HQ. This city-shattering final battle should be quite “explosive” and it will be interesting to see how the anime adapts the Mob Psycho 100 manga.
[Featured Image By ONE]
[Update March 18, 2018] Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 was greenlit. Significantly rewrote the article to reflect new information.
[Update August of 2017] During a recent Bones event it was confirmed that a new Mob Psycho 100 project will happen.