Despite a high rating (8.65 on MAL), Season 3 of Mob Psycho 100 has performed poorly in comparison to the first two seasons.
Though the rankings’ accuracy in reflecting the seasons’ quality is up for debate, there is no denying the declining trend in viewership: Third season has 401 thousand members, while Season 2 had 1.3 million. If this data is indicative of the general reaction of the audience, it would appear that Mob Psycho 100 has lost its appeal.
The third season started off with a great episode, just like the first and second. This time, Reigen, Mob, and Serizawa went to see a client who thought he was possessed by a demon.
Mob’s character grew and his bond with his psychic talents and his tutor deepened during the programme thanks to some smart use of metaphor. Having Dimple seemingly die in Episode 6 added a tremendous plot surprise to what was already a promising beginning. The remainder of the season was unable to maintain this level of success, however.
No Longer Effective: The Mob Psycho 100 Formula
When looking at the overall structure of Mob Psycho 100, it is evident that the many clients with their strange circumstances in Season 1 served as both character introductions and world presentations.
Fans grew to like Mob and Reigen and their morals and beliefs as they fought off bad spirit after evil spirit in Mob Psycho 100. Once the audience had a solid grasp on the situation, the plot progressed, and Mob was faced with formidable foes and challenges.
Season 2 used a similar approach with great success, but a third season couldn’t because the tale had to evolve. Once viewers have been accustomed to intense battles with huge stakes, it would be unfair to expect them to settle for less.
Season 3 failed to live up to the high standards set by the first two seasons, maybe because it only had to adapt a fraction of the manga (ten chapters) compared to the ninety or more that had been used in the first two.
The episodes were consistently endearing in their oddness but rarely advanced the main plot or shed light on the characters. Episode 8’s amusing ‘encounter with the aliens’ side narrative was entertaining but fell a bit flat as a part of the wider series, exemplifying the show’s basic problem with continuity and randomness.
There was also a lack of a significant war. Season 3 failed to challenge its protagonist or its viewers in the same way as Season 1’s relationship between Mob and his younger brother Ritsu, who is jealous and insecure due to Mob’s overwhelming powers, did.
The showdown between Mob and Dimple was intense, but the conflict was poorly set up, and its conclusion, while moving, was over in a flash. Dimple’s admission of guilt and subsequent confession were similarly hasty and illegitimate.
Since Mob is not himself, his conflict with Hanazawa is merely physical, yet this awakening and subsequent confrontation might have been great source of conflict and progress.
As Tsubomi’s Character Grows, It Opens Many Possibilities
In Season 3 of Mob Psycho, Tsubomi’s appearance is probably the only truly significant aspect. Her character, who had previously been marginalised, was given more forefront time this season.
She may hold the key to the season’s resolution if it was her impending departure that prompted Mob to plan a love confession and, unwittingly, awaken his most dangerous power yet. It would be fascinating to observe how Tsubomi and Mob’s relationship evolves, particularly if it affects Mob’s psychic abilities.
Tsubomi may have the key to unlocking the mystery of whether Mob’s abilities are a blessing or a curse in Mob Psycho 100.
Season 3 of Mob Psycho appears weaker than the two preceding seasons for whatever reason the former may be true: a shortage of source material or the inadequacy of a tried and proved concept to sustain a show for too long.
The fact that it couldn’t maintain the show’s high standards suggests that adapting works whose tales aren’t complete is risky business for anime. Whenever this occurs, the series is picked up years later for a far more successful relaunch, as in the case of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
In the worst-case scenario that Season 3’s finale of Mob Psycho 100 absolutely flops, fans can always look forward to a revival of the series, which will, sadly, be a few years away from now.
What may possibly change in a bout against Toichiro Suzuki, if he is once again Mob’s opponent? Powers of Mob and Toichiro may grow, but without an ideological conflict, the final episodes may lose their impact.