Mob Psycho 100 Review

mob-psycho-100-visual-3-24-231x300Story:
Mob is a kid who excels at nothing other children his age strive for. He isn’t athletic, or academic or even artistic. But he does have psychic powers. Sadly, it isn’t very useful to his goals of becoming popular or catching the attentions of his crush… In fact, it tends to catch the attentions of the wrong people…

Violence:
The violence in this title is pretty high. The artistic art style makes it a hint less realistic visually, but the intensity of the art itself also makes it feel a bit.. heavy… at times. Characters seem to be murdered at one point, which is particularly dark. Blood, missing limbs and such occur in this one so if you don’t like violence, I’d avoid this title.

Language:
The b-word is used a bit more frequently in this title than others I’ve seen lately. This is likely due to having more “delinquents” show up here and there. It’s nothing too concerning (I’ve seen worse), but if you’re sensitive, be a bit careful with this one.

Nudity:
We’re pretty safe on this end. Fan service really isn’t a thing in this show, which is nice.

Theology/mythology:
This isn’t a part you can get around. Our lead can see spirits and there are some plots of people getting possessed. In fact, our lead is often hired to exercise spirits. So if these kinds of things bug you, avoid this title.

Personal impression:
I wanted to kick off the new year with a review for a show that got a LOT of good marks from other reviewers. Alas, while this show is unique in style, and the story is ok, overall this series ended up just… bland to me. At first I couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized: the side characters in this show make far more progress by the end of this series than the lead. FAR more. We just don’t get much of anything from our lead in the end besides maybe being a biiiit more aware of how his actions affect his brother. That’s it. And considering that the show opens up with Mob being easily duped by a con artist and wanting to be more than his psychic powers, well, I was hoping we’d end somewhere… else. But we kinda end up in the same spot we start off in. Mob is still being taken advantage of by his boss and still has no skill set outside of psychic abilities. He IS making steps to better himself, but it hasn’t gone anywhere yet.
Considering how the series ends, I have no doubt the company hopes to put out a season two in the future, which might solve this little issue. But considering shows like My Hero Academia have ACTUAL development of their lead in shorter amounts of time… I just don’t think that’s a good excuse for this show taking twelve whole episodes to set up Mob’s life story. Because that’s what it felt like. It felt like a very long introduction.
The comedy might have contributed to that odd feeling as well. It’s one of those comedic moods that’s extremely exaggerated, which normally I like when pared with a straight man lead. But the frequency of these jokes is so high that it actually makes it hard to take anything seriously. Because very dark scenes will very suddenly switch to a pun and then, just as suddenly, switch back. It’s a whiplash ride, one I don’t personally enjoy.
Of course, if you like more classic action manga (or some of the more bizarre anime titles floating about), this might just be an answer to your prayers. The amount of both classic and off-the-wall flare this show has truly is impressive.
And it’s not like this show is all around horrid or anything. It’s… fine. Even good in spots as a few relationships the characters have with each other are interesting to watch.
But overall, this title just wasn’t my thing. Still, it’s definitely a unique flavor. And if you need a break from run-of-the-mill action shows, this might be a good retreat. Just don’t take anything too seriously.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, fighting, supernatural, comedy
Studio: Bones/TV Tokyo
Company: Warner Japan
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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The Royal Tutor Review

Oushitsu_Kyoushi_Haine.jpgStory:
Professor Heine is sent to the palace to tutor the king’s four good-for-nothing sons and make them ready for the throne in the event that their eldest brother can not take it himself. Gaining their respect and trust might prove a bit difficult…

Violence:
There are a few episodes where someone is threatened or injured, but only one instance where a serious injury (a gunshot wound) is featured. The blood is visual but not for too long and it’s the only instance of it so this section shouldn’t prove too much for a slightly younger audience. Even so, I wouldn’t rate it a straight PG either…

Language:
This sector wasn’t an issue at all really. A few sh-ts, but that’s it and it’s not common.

Nudity:
Besides a few leading comments from a playboy character, nothing here to report.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing here to note.

Personal impression:
This was an enjoyable, relaxed show for me this season. The drama always got resolved and the characters are pretty consistent. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the lack of outside relationships the princes had. They have interactions with their tutor and father and some of the palace staff and that’s it. Would have been nice to see them branch out more, but that never occurs. Even when one of the princes is in the “outside world” a lot with his part time job…
The art and music are fine, though nothing spectacular. Just like the show. Not bad, kinda nice, actually, but nothing groundbreaking. No fist pumping or “heck yeah” scenes here, but I did thoroughly enjoy watching it as it was airing. Overall this was a solid watch (especially as no creepy teacher-student relationship undertones ever show up). Definitely one of the better shows of the Winter/Spring 2017 lineup.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, drama
Production: Bridge
Company: TV Tokyo
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero Review

MaoyuuStory:
Hero has been fighting to defeat the deadly Demon King for years. When he manages to get inside the castle and face his foe, it is not a king he sees, but a queen! Knowing that her defeat would only bring about civil war, she makes a deal with the human’s Hero for a truce. But a lot of work must be done to ensure it, calming both sides and blending their cultures to stop any and all future war. With both economies dependent upon the war effort, their task will not be easy.

Violence:
While we deal with quite a few fantasy creatures, the violence is still there. Blood from various injuries here and there, but nothing too bad. Pretty typical levels for TV14.

Language:
A few d-mns and sh-ts. Also a few b-words on occasion. Nothing new.

Nudity:
Fanservice often resulting from the heroine’s very large chest are sprinkled throughout the show. That said, it doesn’t really go far beyond that, thankfully.

Theology/mythology:
This is the section that will probably make or break this show for you. As you can see from the basic story, this is a world where humans and demons have been fighting for years. As is typical of anime, the traditional ideas of “demon” are pretty much reduced to them being monsters with magic. That said, the human religion, which shows signs of being Catholic like in nature, is dragged around as an excuse for humans to continue their war on demons throughout the show, which some might find insulting. While nothing is explained in extreme detail religion-wise, there are far more over and undertones of it in this show than most anime. If that makes you uncomfortable, this one should be skipped.

Personal impression:
This was actually a really great show. If you liked Spice and Wolf, you’re going to enjoy this title. Despite the fact that outright war is a looming threat the whole way, almost all of this show focuses on political and economic maneuvering to bring about and ensure peace between two factions that have never been so. The ideas are far more mature than most anime ever touch with a ten foot pole and they are handled very well. Also, because this show only has one season, things move along at a very fast pace, so if the slower walk of Spice wasn’t your cup of tea, this might be.
Animation and music were pretty typical overall, yet consistent. The characters themselves are no big surprise either. Yet the shining star of this show is definitely its attention to detail for its plot. If you enjoy more mature takes on take on what it would be like if two kingdoms were always at war, this show will give you want you want. You’ll even find a rather sweet growing relationship between our leads, another aspect that is shared with Spice.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, drama
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Hulu