Kageyama Shigeo, otherwise known as Mob, is a young psychic with the ability to lift objects with his mind. Despite having this incredible power, he just wants to become friends with Tsubomi, a girl in his class. Due to negative reactions to his psychic abilities in the past, he now tries to keep them in check.
Made by the same author as One Punch Man and likely getting a boost from that fame, Mob Psycho 100 came into its own fame by having solid action and a lovable main character that doesn’t fall into the same main character tropes. If you are looking for similar anime recommendations to Mob Psycho 100, then look no further.
For Fans of Emotionally Muted Protagonists
One Punch Man
In order to pursue his childhood dream, the ordinary and unimpressive Saitama trained so hard that his hair fell out. However, his hard work paid off, now it only takes one punch to defeat most villains in the city. Unfortunately, beating opponents in one punch is boring. However, that all changes when a cyborg named Genos, wanting to be his disciple, suggests that they join the Hero Association together.
Made by the same creator, of course there are some similarities here. It is not just in the design of the main characters and their attitudes, but in the battles as well. Furthermore, it of course comes with the same type of humor and each episode has a strong emphasis on action as well.
After his brother moved to America, Naota was left to his own mundane existence with his grandfather and father in his small town. However, one day while walking home with Mamimi, his brother’s ex-girlfriend, Naota is hit by a Vespa. Its rider, a crazy pink haired woman, gets off, kisses him, smacks him on the head with her guitar, and then speeds away. This marks the end of Naota’s boring life and the beginning of a never-ending string of weird events.
In their own ways, both shows are allegories about growing up. However, while Mob Psycho delivers up its allegory in a straightforward way, FLCL leaves pretty much everything to your interpretation. While Mob Psycho can get a little strange sometimes, it doesn’t share the sheer insanity of FLCL.
Tokyo has become a merciless city where ghouls live amongst humans and feast on their flesh. Their ability to blend in has humans facing danger with every new person they meet. However, one day bookish college student Ken Kaneki finds himself instantly drawn to another avid reader, Rize Kamishiro. Unfortunately, their date doesn’t go quite as planned when she turns out to be a ghoul and tries to devour Kaneki. By a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved, but not without some consequences. Now he must adjust to his new life as half human, half ghoul.
While Kaneki is shyer than emotionally muted, he shares his similarities with Mob by coming into incredible power and feeling uncomfortable using it. They both suffered mentally knowing they are different from everyone else, but when it comes down to it, they can both put up some spectacular fight scenes.
For Fans of Psychics
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Saiki Kusou has a wide array of superpowers that include things like telepathy and telekinesis. He is so overpowers that he could, in fact, conquer the world in just a few days, but Saiki just wants to live a normal life. He dislikes his superpowers and does his best to hide them so he can live peacefully. It doesn’t go well.
Due to the attitude and psychic nature of the main characters, these shows come off as incredibly similar. Both main characters have psychic abilities and are very powerful, but they don’t want to show them off. However, while Mob Psycho is an action show, Saiki K is a comedy.
Haruka Kotoura is a school girl that can read people’s minds. Unfortunately, it has caused her nothing but trouble, eventually causing her parent’s divorce. After she moves to a new school, she tries to avoid her classmates, but a classmate of hers finds her power not scary, but intriguing.
The premise, with varying degrees of stress, in both shows is that having psychic powers is more trouble than they are worth. The powers have caused both main characters problems, but Kotoura has its dark tones while Mob Psycho is a little lighter. Furthermore, if you liked Mob Psycho for the action, Kotoura is more of a romantic comedy, slice of life show.
From the New World
After a small portion of humanity suddenly developed psychokinetic powers, the world underwent a rapid transformation. After 1,000 years of turbulent history where regular humans struggled against those with powers, we focus in on Kamisu 66, a small town where 12-year-old Saki Watanabe finally awakened her powers. This awakening means she is finally able to join her friends at the Sage Academy. However, things in Saki’s life do not remain as simple as those precious days. With missing children in the village, rebellious rumblings, and a world steeped in myth and mystery, Saki and her friends are about to face the shocking truths of their peaceful society.
Although these shows are highly different in their settings, they share the similarity of troubled teens with gifted psychic powers. While From the New World is darker, compared to Mob Psycho’s more uplifting plot, they do share unique animation styles that are the perfect accent to psychic powers.
For Fans of Unique Art Styles
Kill la Kill
After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi scours the land searching for his killer. Her only lead is the missing half of his invention – the Scissor Blade. On her search, she is lead to the prestigious Honnouji Academy that is ruled by the iron-fisted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin and her Elite Four. These students rule with their “uniforms” that bestow upon them supernatural powers. Ryuuko Matoi is convinced that they know something about her father’s death, but to face them, she needs a uniform of her own.
In Kill la Kill, they take every single thing and do it in an over the top way. While Mob Psycho isn’t always as such, when it comes to action, they do go over the top. However, the biggest similarity here is not just the octane of the action, but the fluid and unique animation in which it is carried out in both.
Ping Pong the Animation
Makoto and Yukata, nicknamed Smile and Peco, have grown up playing ping pong together. While Yukata is bursting with confidence in his matches, Makoto is somewhat less ambitious about the sport. However, because they play their matches together, they have built a mutual love for the sport.
Ah, Ping Pong is renowned for its unique animation and Mob Psycho’s style falls into the same vein. Both look amazing when it comes to the action, although Ping Pong takes what should be a boring story and makes it entertaining. It is also worth noting the protagonists in both sport the bowl cut.
Akira has always been a little weak and blends into the background, so when his childhood friend asks for help uncovering devils, he agrees. The pair head to Sabbath where many gather to be debauched and are possessed by devils. When the devils begin to wreck havoc in their new living hosts, Akira agrees to merge bodies with a devil in order to save is friend. Though he now has a voracious devil inside him, he still has the heart of a crybaby.
Obviously Devilman and Mob Psycho share a supernatural theme and delve into varying levels of horror. However, aside from that, these two series share a common appreciation for art styles that are out of the box. They aren’t afraid to warp bodies and use unique style effects in their action as well as using varying quality of animation to stress important parts.
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