So I’m reading the Mob Psycho 100 manga and I’ve reached the World Domination arc…and I would never thought that the Body Improvement Club members would be characters I come to respect.
They started out as simple-minded, genuinely kind people who do body training for their own enjoyment, and are very protective of their weakest, youngest member. And that’s nice, but they still seemed like minor characters to me and so they didn’t strike me as someone important in the story. Then came this scene:
Not only does President Musashi (a mere human) saving Mob from Shibata (an esper) makes me cheer, but also what he says shows how much Mob means to the whole club. Mob is not just the weaker friend in their club that needs people like them, who are bigger and more muscular, to care and protect from danger. Mob is their inspiration because of who he is: a hard worker who won’t take the easy way out, even though he can. The members of the Body Improvement Club don’t protect Mob because he is the weaker teammate. They protect him because they recognize his determination and they admire him.
And this is touching. Throughout the manga, we see people getting close to Mob because of his psychic powers, because they can use Mob’s power for their own benefit. But the students from the Body Improvement Club likes Mob for who he is, not for what he can or can’t do. They look up to him because of the values he carries and most importantly, they are the few who notices it before acknowledging Mob’s psychic abilities, while many other characters take some time before they realize Mob’s real strength lies within his personality.
Mob Psycho 100 is a story that values people who are pure at heart, people who are seen as naive and don’t chase after power or fame or money like the rest of the society. It is through these people that we find true strength and friendship. It is people like Mob and his beefy classmates from the Body Improvement Club that are worthy of our admiration and respect.
Photos taken from the Mob Psycho 100 manga.
All credits to ONE.