I feel like we’re coming to an age where various anime and manga are just ending more quickly than anticipated. Which, coming from an era of a 1000+ chapter manga that is somehow still ongoing, is wild. But I honestly prefer this over dragging a story so much, that you don’t even remember what happened in the prior chapters. Think of it this way, all good things must come to an end. No matter how popular they are, it’s best to end things on a high note, like in the case of Mob Psycho 100.
So, the story for Mob Psycho 100 is finished. Well, at least its webcomic version is, and it looks like the anime is too. Hell, the webcomic was finished back in 2017, with only a manga spin-off still ongoing under the title of Reigen, centering on the side character who was Shigeo Kageyama’s boss in the original story. And this 3rd season of the anime is shaping up to be the last. However, where do we stand when it comes to anime?
You know how I said things are changing because we are seeing manga end in our lifetime? The same could be said about anime, and we are lucky. Thankfully, popularity in the medium means that we are getting more and more anime releases as the years go by. And a lot of the time, those anime are also getting sequel seasons and not being left behind. Nothing sucks more than finally getting an anime adaptation of your favorite manga series, only to have it be dropped in the middle. (I’m looking at you, Bleach!)
So, how does Mob Psycho 100 fare in all of this? Well, we did end up getting the long-awaited 3rd season only recently, and it seemed like it was the finale. But that’s the thing, is it the last? We’ve already covered that not a lot of chapters are left before we reach the climax. But how high are the chances of this season being the finale? Let’s explore that together!
Mob Psycho 100: Carrying the Bland OP Protagonist Legacy?
Listen, you don’t need me to tell you that any future content that comes from the Mob Psycho 100 franchise won’t sell like hotcakes. We already have a spinoff and it’s doing great so far. But that’s because ONE’s premise of having a protagonist that is so supremely powerful, and yet so, so bland in hindsight just works very well.
It was something that broke traditional standards of the plucky protagonist trope in Shonen anime. One Punch Man, also by ONE, was another hit in the same vein and so was The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K. Both Saiki and Saitama ushered in a new age of more relatable main characters that, honestly, look like they’d be anywhere else but starring in their anime.
And this formula works just as well for Mob Psycho 100, with the titular Mob being a teenager who also happens to be the strongest Esper in the world. But his wallflower tendencies get the best of him, and it all makes for a very hilarious environment. So, it’s no wonder the webcomic did so well, it’s basically a tried-and-tested formula and it hasn’t gotten boring yet.
But is that enough to keep an anime going? Honestly, after Bleach had its drama, I don’t think any anime is safe from being axed during the airing. But the thing is, Mob Psycho 100 just scratches the right itch in people, and its characters are really what make the series. So, with a 3rd successful season in its corner, could we be getting a new season? Or is it the end?
How Certain Are We That Mob Psycho 100 Is Finished?
Honestly, it’s pretty much done. Mob Psycho 100 has finished its story both in the anime and the webcomic. And there is nothing left to cover.
The baseline comic has been finished for years now. The 1st season of the anime covered around 5 volumes and then the 2nd season ended around volume 12 of the series. And, well, we only had 4 volumes left by the time the 3rd season aired. Beyond an OVA (Original Video Animation) for Reigen’s side story, there isn’t much source material left to adapt for a possible new season.
And to be honest, I don’t think there should be more. The season ended with the perfect finale to Mob’s story and that’s all we needed. You don’t need to drag a good thing, you know? However, it was one hell of a ride, and I can’t wait to see what ONE comes up with next!