Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Manga (And Also Anime) Monday, the place where we dive headfirst into the varied and sorted world of anime and manga. Before we begin today, I’d like to take a moment and say that today’s story brings me an immense amount of happiness. A part of me is attributing that happiness to a marvelous work and inspirational author both receiving much deserved recognition with today’s news. Another part of me cannot help but think the joy I’m feeling is similar to the joy a hipster feels when an underground band that they have been a longtime fan of begins to receive widespread public fame and regard. I’m not a hipster, though. I don’t have the legs to pull off skinny jeans (okay, I do, but I find them immeasurably uncomfortable). Regardless, I am filled with joy and excitement by the news that one of my current favorite manga, Mob Psycho 100, is getting an anime adaptation in 2016.
This work had been previously mentioned on BaddaBing BaddaBlog: and if you want to give that a read, head right over here. Mob Psycho 100 is a manga published in URA Sunday Comics and is written and drawn by the mangak ONE. ONE-sensei is noted for being the creator of the original One Punch Man webcomic, for being the writer for the One Punch Man manga, and for being the creative driver and a producer for the One Punch Man anime. Mob Psycho 100 follows the story of a middle school aged boy, Shigeo, who is nicknamed “Mob” do to the fact that he blends into crowds and does not have much of a presence. Mob is an incredibly powerful esper, someone with psychic powers, but is intentionally emotionally repressed due to his powers being tied to his emotional state. If he feels too much an any one feeling or feelings, his psychic power could do immense damage to those around him.
The main conflict that arises in Mob Psycho 100’s narrative derives from the very impressionable and naive Mob trying to make sense of the world around him, and his attempts to form meaningful relationships, especially with the girl he has a crush on. However, most of these relationships are grounded on Mob being used by those around him. This is most evident in his relationship with his boss/mentor Reigen, a fake psychic who uses Mob to run his exercise business in exchange for paying him $3 an hour and occasionally giving him life advice and advice on how to use his powers.
The only concern I have with this adaptation is how they are going to handle the series very distinctive art style. Mob Psycho 100’s art is generally considered sub-par when compared to other works. While I personally think that this more simplistic art style works in MP 100’s favor, but it may loose some of its charm when animated. Thankfully the studio that is handling the adaptation, BONES, is widely respected for having animated works from a wide range of artistic styles, including the likes of Space Dandy, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club, and the Fullmetal Alchemist series. Now all they have to do is nail the voice acting and I’m predicting Mob Psycho 100 to be one of the best anime of 2016.
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