Huge thank you to Dark Horse Manga and Edelweiss for providing an advanced copy, as a long time fan it is a dream come true to read this volume!
Genre: manga, shounen, supernatural
Content warnings: some spooky scary ghosts, death mentioned
This book is a spin-off for the main story Mob Psycho 100. If you don’t know the manga here is a quick rundown. It follows Mob, an average kid with powerful psychic powers on his journey to make friends and try to be his best self. The main thesis of the story is how important kindness is above all else and how the people in our lives can inspire us. There is also a fair amount of ONE’s trademark humor in it.
As I haven’t read the last volume of the main story (and it’s not yet fully published in English) I don’t know exactly how much later Mob Psycho 100: Reigen is set. It contains some spoilers and cameos up to the second anime season (around volume 12 of the manga). It was drawn after the main story wrapped up and you can tell how much ONE has improved.
This story focuses on Mob’s friend, Tome who is in high school now. Tome always bas been a huge enthusiast of anything occult and her old dream was to develop telepathic powers herself. As she moved to high school she decided to put these interests away a bit and focus on socializing instead. Now she has made some friends in school but the truth is, she is utterly bored. They don’t seem to be interested in the same things and she is not that invested in hearing about boys and dating.
The only time she feels alive is at her secret part-time job: she assists at the Spirits & Such consulting office. Her boss is the infamous psychic, Reigen Arataka, who is also Mob’s longtime mentor. Or at least in Tome’s head the job is exciting, the reality is nothing interesting seems to happen when she is around. And Reigen didn’t exactly hire her either, she just keeps popping up at the office on her own accord, waiting for something interesting to happen.
I found this standalone a bit creepy, it had a few unsettling ghost stories. It was a fun dynamic to see headstrong Tome trying to get involved in the psychic world and Reigen trying his best to look out for her so she doesn’t get hurt but refusing to damage her self-esteem himself.
Tome and Reigen’s interactions were funny as the two are rather similar and they can both be very headstrong. It was sweet to see that Reigen cared about her wellbeing above all else.
This was a sweet story and I wholeheartedly recommend to any fan of the series. This volume was more character focused so the main plot wasn’t very complex which was fine for a one-shot. We also got a few cameos from series regulars which added to the enjoyment. There were also some really funny scenes, with the trademark Mob Psycho humor.
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