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Important Life Lessons from Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 ended up being a massive success when it made the jump from web manga to anime. With a likable (and oddly motivated) cast, weird visuals, and huge action, it won over fans across its two seasons. Besides being full of awesome fight scenes, it’s also full of important life lessons. Here are just a few we’ve taken away from this fab series.


Emotions Are What You Make of Them

Feeling loved

Our hero Mob (Shigeo, if you prefer) holds back his emotions for a, sadly, understandable reason: when his emotions reach critical mass, he becomes unable to control his psychic abilities. We may not be powerful espers like Mob, but we’ve probably all known what it’s like to lose control of our emotions and cause damage.

What Mob learns in Mob Psycho 100, of course, is that the answer is not cutting off our feelings: it’s learning to temper them. Emotions, and the ability to feel empathy, are important. They’re not destructive in and of themselves; they just take some effort to divert into kindness and helpfulness at their worst.


You Have Your Own Worth

Mob's Power

Unsurprisingly, much of the cast of Mob Psycho 100 is envious of Mob’s powers. This may include fellow espers, social climbers with megalomaniacal plans — and, notably, his own brother. Knowing that someone in your life is amazing in some way can feel disheartening. You can admire them, but also wish you were cool and important, too.

The fact is, we all have something that makes us who we are. It might not be the specific thing we admire in someone else, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Or maybe it is something similar… in which case it’s even more important to look inward than at the people around you. What makes you you doesn’t depend on others, no matter how much you fear it might.


We’re All Dealing with Something

The dangerous percentage

There are absolutely some bad things and people in the world… but then there are others who have lost their way. In Mob Psycho 100, Mob actually takes the time to learn the difference. With a little time and a little talk, he finds that some “bad guys” are actually perfectly good people who felt they had no other path in life — and who, given the opportunity to change paths, absolutely will.

It can be hard to stop and look at the people around us, and realize that we all have a life and an internal monologue. But deep down, most of us are doing our best. It takes a lot of strength to sit down, talk to people, and discern what’s what. Some people won’t take that helping hand to save themselves; but for others, that moment of compassion may be what they needed.

What lessons have you learned from Mob Psycho 100?

Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.