Mob tries so hard to be popular, when all he has to do is let it all go. Sure, that might destroy everything around him, but at least he’ll look cool doing it!
“An Invite to a Meeting ~Simply Put, I Just Want to Be Popular”
It’s so nice to see Mob sticking it out in the body improvement club. And isn’t it nice of them to let the weirdos use their club room! Most of all, aligned with the theme of this episode, Mob sticks to his own way of life and doesn’t let anyone dissuade him from his goals. The people around him seem to be pressing so many things on to him that he just doesn’t care about, and just because he might be naturally gifted at something doesn’t mean it needs to be his focus.
Newly formed religious groups tend to have a bit of a creep level to them, but if they wear masks too, I’d advise staying clear. Masks are cool and all in the right context. This is not it. This is just straight up kidnapping anyway! Good thing the school newspaper is getting the scoop, and we get another dose of the rather entertaining Mezato Ichi. She seems like the most sincere, if not a little exuberant, friend that Mob has so far, even if he doesn’t even really notice.
So of course the insane cult leader personality was an evil spirit – we need something for Mob to destroy this episode! Better yet, it really racked up his emotional level with some seriously hard-hitting insults. This also offered a little opportunity for some exposition that we really haven’t received much of up to this point. Mob is so bland and deadpan not because he’s bored or unfeeling, it’s because he could hurt someone if he were to let anything out. It’s become subconscious at this point. And with all that, we finally get to see him blow up – or better than literally exploding, he just let the overloaded emotion run free. The visuals were stunning, and his appearance when filled with rage was way more cool! Hey Mob, just style your hair and adopt a bit of a scowl, and the girls will be all over you. (Bad life lessons, right there.)
It seems like it won’t be much longer until Mob is off the Tsubomi train. She seems like a total jerk, really. His friends as a kid were jerks to him, and she just ripped in to the lowest common denominator, as kids tend to in a group. This is two strikes on her so far in terms of causing Mob permanent psychological damage, but that also seems to be par for the course with a young romantic crush.
On the other side of the friend spectrum, Reigen seems to be exactly the kind of person Mob needs in his life. Well, despite being a fraud and all, but nobody’s perfect. After the incident, Reigen listens to Mob earnestly and, although teasing him a little like any good friend probably would, gives him some amazing advice. He reassures Mob that he is perfectly fine the way he is and saves a lot of people because of that. Now let’s see all the other ways Mob can explode in fits of extreme power, because we’re nowhere near as kind as Reigen!
– The OP is still everything I expect of anime, all at once.
– Oh, I know the feeling.
– In no way suspicious. Lawl
– That’s exactly how buildings work.
– Don’t bottle your emotions up inside, or you’ll just explode.
– “You’re the protagonist of your own life.”
Next time: “Idiots Only Event ~Kin~”