Mob Psycho 100 – Why it is not popular as One Punch Man?

Mob Psycho 100 – Now this is one of the most controversial topic i will write on today, Since i will be comparing Mob Psycho 100 Anime with One Punch Man Anime in terms of their popularity.  And if you are going to ask me “Which one you think is better?” then i will favor Mob Psycho 100. But let me make it clear at once before i spark any war on my disqus comment feed – Mob Psycho 100 is slightly ahead compared to One Punch Man, there is not much gap in between them. So lets try to find the answer of the question of the season!

Mob Psycho 100 – Why it is not popular as One Punch Man?

Ever since it was announced that Mob Psycho 100 will get an Anime, which is another Manga written by “ONE” the person who was behind the entire concept and story of One Punch Man. As One Punch Man Anime aired earlier than Mob Psycho 100 Anime, it set the benchmark of “World’s most popular Anime” or “Anime of the year” surpassing even One Piece and Naruto Shippuden. It even made non-anime fans addicted to Anime and motivated people to workout.

One Punch Man - Saitama
One Punch Man – Saitama

The ratings were high and were increasing day by day and eventually it became the highest rated Anime show on IMDB, Surpassing even Game of thrones and Breaking bad. In short this overall popularity generated by One Punch Man all over the world was something which no Anime could achieve it! Yes the Anime series that came earlier for eg : One piece and Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball Z etc. Became world famous but not as One Punch Man it even brought non-anime watchers to the world of anime and motivated people to workout!

So when Mob Psycho 100 came out everyone had a lot of expectations. And to be honest the author “ONE” once again did it! The Anime is exceptionally good with awesome animation and of course the story and the characters are good to! But when you compare the hype, the popularity that One Punch Man generated. You will be shocked that why Mob Psycho 100 is not getting that much popularity?

Right now we will break down all the aspects of the hype generated by One Punch Man Anime one of which had a huge hand in spreading the word about Anime because of which it got popular! First lets talk about a normal aspect that we thing is the reason behind the popularity of One Punch Man Anime.

One Punch Man - Saitama Thinking
One Punch Man – Saitama Thinking

The normal aspect is relation – One Punch Man is gag super hero Anime but how Saitama trained himself day and night for three years and became a super hero as he broke through his boring jobless life while doing all this motivated everyone to workout and enlighten themselves with new goals and aims. This realistic element was the first factor which did the job of drawing all the people to the series, even the people who haven’t watch anime in their entire whole life.

The second one is an extraordinary aspect – Which brought huge audience to the series! and that is all the troll and memes made by 9gag.com on One Punch Man. Which sort of became like an indirect marketing, i don’t know if they were paid or not for doing this but my Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp was flooded with One Punch Man memes made by 9gag.com. Since troll and memes are something which all people see and share. One Punch Man gathered huge audience and thus this indirect marketing done by 9gag became huge game changer for One Punch Man.

The final third factor or aspect – The simplicity of the overall plot of One Punch Man, as there is no story at the start and the plot start building in later episodes. Because of which One Punch Man became a series which was easier to understand. Now lets compare these three aspects with Mob Psycho 100 Anime.

Mob psycho 100 - Mob Raged
Mob psycho 100 – Mob Raged

Mob Psycho 100 Anime On the other hand has no factor which you can call as realistic. Well about Mob you can say that he is a lame guy who is just good at using his psychic powers, he is not good in studies, he is not that smart and he is not that handsome. He joins Physical development club to build up some muscle. But if you have watched the series you can easily see that all the efforts he does goes in vain. So there is no factor which can motivate anyone. Mob’s body building efforts acts only as a comic element of the series.

Mob psycho 100 Anime is hyped because of its cool action scenes and the deep plot it has. It can become famous if 9gag just spread the word using memes and troll which was one of the greatest factor because of which One Punch Man achieved popularity world wide. The third factor simplicity of the overall plot, Mob psycho 100 has that and on top that the plot is deep which will keep you to glued to the series.

Mob Psycho 100 Anime
Mob Psycho 100 Anime

There is one more factor which i not mentioned and that’s concept. One Punch Man is superhero concept similar to that of Superman which is very popular in west. Whereas Mob psycho 100 is concept related to psychic powers and youkai which is popular in Japan. This vast difference of both concept of both the series created by ONE also acts as a major factor in difference of popularity!

Conclusion

Mob psycho 100 - Mob
Mob psycho 100 – Mob

However despite of explaining all these things above, it all comes down to marketing or you could say the indirect marketing that 9gag.com did by spreading the trolls and memes of One Punch Man. If only they could have done the same thing with Mob Psycho 100 the result would have been same!

Wrapping up

Well guys this is what i personally think about the popularity difference in One Punch Man Anime and Mob Psycho 100 Anime. I had no intentions of criticizing the anime, I had this topic in my mind since last 1 week and i decided that one day i would write on it and now that i have done what i decided to do. I would like you guys to share your opinion on what you think.

Overall at the end i would like to say, Mob Psycho 100 Anime is definitely an awesome watch go ahead, give it a try and watch it without hesitating.

Post Author: Kaustubh Shinde

Anime enthusiast interested in reviewing Anime, Manga, Light Novel, Live Action Drama and Movies, TV shows, Movies and Games

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