Psychological One Punch-Man continues its path towards darkness. Ritsu may have awakened to his powers, but is he truly awake?
“Exalted ~I’ve Obtained Loss~”
This show is getting dark fast, and why not with the word psycho in the title? Ritsu’s story is far more immediately intriguing than Mob’s, and it’s been a pretty good switch to his perspective. The power he has always wanted is finally within reach. Too bad it requires Dimple’s help to really use it effectively. And what does he use this new, ultimate power for? To terrorize his school in a Yagami Light-style purge of ‘trash’ and perpetuate an inter-school gang war. He’s gone in a rather conflicted-evil direction and doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Good start, kid!
The gang war conflict is a rather entertaining sub-plot so far in this series. It keeps kind of popping up rather comically with little real care from the main players. It did give Ritsu an avenue to test out his skills though, which are clearly enough to take on any non-esper. The return of Teruki and his amazing wig provides a bit of context though – Ritsu really isn’t all that strong. Though he still really wows the awakening group people.
Mob’s side-story this week provided the real comic relief. Con-artists seem to be on every corner in this city, and it was only a matter of time before they pick the wrong target. Seeing Reigen face-off against their antics was exactly what I hoped for – you can’t beat the master! However, Mob’s line that con-artists are the worst kind of person may have hit Reigen where it hurts, and it should be interesting to see how that plot point progresses down the line.
The issue now becomes the fate of these young espers in a wider world. Ritsu even admits to surpassing his school’s limitations, but there’s a serious problem there. That adult esper looks like serious trouble, and from what we can tell is part of a larger organization. That really intrigues me. Even with that threat looming, Ritsu first has to deal with his brother – and if anything is going to seriously affect Mob’s emotional level, it will be the realization that his brother has powers, Dimple is back, and that they’ve got some kind of evil plot going on. Is disappointment an option for explosion? Because I’d really like to see how that works out.
8.9/10 (Very Good)
– This is now a gang war series, kinda.
– White-T Poison is an amazing name.
– Exorcised by knee to the face. It’s not very effective.
– OK. I’ve now seen the definition of over-compensating.
– Con artists meets con artist extraordinaire.
– The school names make me hungry.
Next time: “The Older Brother Bows ~Destructive Intent~”