“That’d force us to change a lot of the story”: Mob Psycho 100 Deserves Much More Respect for Not Following the Usual Shonen Trope That Eiichiro Oda and Tite Kubo Popularized

Mob Psycho 100 escaped the shonen trope that had fans conflicted with One Piece and Bleach.

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  • Many shonen anime or manga and anime in general choose to cater to their audiences through fan service.
  • One Piece and Bleach were heavily indulging in this, polarizing fans.
  • Mob Psycho 100 refused to conform to the trope and ruin what it had going for it.
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The world of manga and anime is more so special with the variety of art styles each artist can offer making their work unique to their own. Mob Psycho 100, One Piece, Naruto, and all the other mangas can be recognized alone with just their art style. ONE, the creator of Mob Psycho 100 knows firsthand the uniqueness their manga offers through the illustrations.

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Mob Psycho 100 | Credit: Studio Bones

However, there have often been moments where the art style gets overlooked. Nevertheless, the story is one to be praised again and again. So much so that fans regard it to be one of the most captivating series out there. Despite it all, there was one decision the author refused to take, making it even better.

Mob Psycho 100 Wasn’t One to Sexualize

Sexualization in anime and manga is an unfortunate occurrence that is more regular than not. Almost every other anime takes its time to sexualize its characters for the appeal of the audience. Be it the male characters or the female, somewhere or the other, their features are enhanced to an almost unbelievable proportion to feed the audience.

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Jewelry Bonney – One Piece | Credit: Toei Animation

Works like One Piece and Bleach thrive on sexualizing their characters, so much so that when Toei Animation introduced Jewelry Bonney, the fans were infuriated because of how vividly they sexualized a child to no end. Women aren’t the only characters who get sexualized, with MAPPA’s focus on the audience who thoroughly enjoyed Jujutsu Kaisen’s male characters.

Food Wars is also perhaps one of the biggest examples of the over-sexualization of characters when the story requires it not to be so. With so many different works indulging in fan service, one particular work stands out for doing the exact opposite. Mob Psycho 100 creator ONE was not going to bend to the conforms of their audience.

Mob Psycho 100 Isn’t About Glorious Characters

During an interview with the director Yuzuru Tachikawa (via Mob Psycho 100 Fandom), Mob Psycho 100 author ONE talked about how it was never an option for him to sexualize and entail to the female audience for his manga.

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Mob Psycho 100 | Credit: Studio Bones

Mob’s meant to come off as somewhat standoffish or nerdy. If we made him into a supermodel, that’d force us to change a lot of the story.

The director went on to state that had their designs been enhanced, the entire process of making the anime would have also become easier. However, the mangaka wasn’t going to change that. According to them, the way Mob and the other characters look adds a realistic touch that brings about the idea of who they are as people.

Were they to look exactly in a way that would make fans fawn over them, things would be different and the manga too would have to change in many ways. It wasn’t about people who were smart but also met the stereotypical beauty standards, it was about those who were nerdy.

Mob Psycho 100 is available to watch on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

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Adya Godboley

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An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Anime Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English. Adya has written over 1400 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment, from superheroes to anime and the occasional gacha games.