With how insane the last arc was, it feels weird to go from absolute emotional turmoil to silly school shenanigans. Though we probably did need a breather from all that. But man, while Mob was subconsciously mourning Dimple for a month, as viewers, we weren’t able to fully mourn Dimple’s sacrifice. So the fact that it feels like they’re moving on so fast did hurt a little. Though I guess it’s a difficult situation since Dimple wiped the memory of what happened. So it makes sense why they aren’t talking about what transpired and was quick to move on from it. However, it does seem like they’re setting something up with this episode despite it seeming pretty tame and silly.
They of course go to Mob for help on the situation and Ritsu ends up enlisting the twins from the research facility to help since they’re telepaths. Unfortunately, their power only really works between the two of them so they can’t really help with the interacting with UFO plan. But they agreed to help in searching for a telepath that could help. Mob helps to amplify the radius of how far the “noise” they make can reach and I was a tad worried just how far it would reach due to Mob’s tremendous power. And wouldn’t you know it, the guy who actually quit the Telepathy Club in the first place was actually a telepath. Ironic really. We only saw him for a split second when the Telepathy Club had to disband, so it’s interesting that they actually brought him back.
But oh my gosh, I CACKLED so hard when it showed the other telepaths in the area being effected by the “noise” Mob and the twins were emitting in the mid-episode card.
Though it may or may not be because he has the accursed middle part in his haircut that I’m drawn to >_>. He’s essentially Anya from Spy x Family where he hears what people are thinking without wanting to. When he was talking about how he said aloud what his dad was thinking one time, I can only suspect that his parents’ marriage was strained for one reason or another and once it came to light, might have ended up in divorce considering how that scene was laid out. Which could have been the tipping point to his cynicism of the disconnect of how people act and say on the outside as opposed to what they are actually thinking. It was actually pretty unsettling with how he’d project his thoughts into people’s heads, especially when he would do it sometimes to release stress. Though I guess it would stress you out if you could hear a bunch of peoples’ thoughts against your will. So it really is no surprise that he would want to completely shut out his powers so he wouldn’t have to constantly suffer hearing things he shouldn’t.
Funnily enough he actually joined the Telepathy Club to find kindred spirits, someone he could relate to. Only to find him in a club of slackers who weren’t actually interested in telepathy. It’s sad to think of how lonely this guy most likely is and I love that Mob was able to relate to him. While his situation may not be exactly like Takenaka, Mob still understands and related to finding his psychic power as a detriment. However, unlike Takenaka, Mob has accepted them as a part of himself and uses them to help others. Something he learned back in season 2 and love that he’s able to relay those feelings to Takenaka. Season 1 Mob could never. I’m so proud at how dependable Mob has gotten T^T. He’s come so far!
But man, the tension between Tome and Takenaka is pretty obvious. Considering he’s the one who drove the Telepathy Club to disbandment in the first place, it’s understandable that Tome most likely holds a lot of resentment towards him. Not to mention, there’s no way she’d believe he’s actually a telepath considering he quit. Hopefully he’ll make it up to her when the time comes. There’s some obvious set up going on, but for what, I have no idea.
This episode was definitely a needed breather from what transpired in the last several episodes. But they definitely are laying the groundwork for some interesting things to happen, especially with the introduction of Takenaka. He’s a pretty intriguing character and I do hope he sticks around and isn’t just relegated to a one time character.
Though that may just be my middle-part hairstyle bias talking. There were also a lot of nice characters moments through out the episode as well with Mob and even with Reigen who won’t have to spend New Years Eve alone. This definitely felt like a pretty silly episode with just how much I cackled through out, but I’m sure there’s a big surprise waiting in the end.