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Netflix is going all-in when it comes to anime. The company is using all its global resources to appease otakus everywhere, but its delivery will be tested when its live-action take on Mob Psycho 100 goes public. The adaptation’s first poster has just been revealed, and it is up to fans to decide how they feel about it.
Over on Twitter, the first visual for Mob Psycho 100’s live-action series was just released. The image, which can be seen below, shows a familiar sight as they characters are seen in the foreground. Shigeo Kageyama is shown standing in the poster’s center with his classic bowl cut and black uniform on. Arataka Reigen is also seen crouching in the poster as a city backdrop of Japan is shown crumbling under some intense esper abilities. Tsubomi, who is played by Yoda Yuki, can also be seen to the left of Kageyama.
The adaptation will be a unique one for Netflix as the company is collaborating on the show. TV Tokyo teamed up with Netflix to create the series, so fans in Japan will be able to watch in on cable abroad. It appears that Netflix will then host the series for global audiences after it debuts in January 2018.
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Mob Psycho 100 live-action series will be directed by Koichi Sakamoto, and it will be produced by Fuminori Kobayashi.
The supernatural story was written by One, a webcomic artist famous for creating One Punch Man, and it follows Seigeo Kagiyama, a middle-grade student with Esper abilities. You can read the full synopsis below:
Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (モブ Mobu) (means “background character”) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he looks like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful esper. As he grows older, Mob realizes that his psychic powers are strengthening and becoming more dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. Mob wants to live a normal life just like the others, but a barrage of trouble keeps coming after him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to break through its limits.
Although One Punch Man is more popular, Mob Psycho 100 is actually an enjoyable series with surprisingly well-developed characters. I’m excited to see this on Netflix when it comes out.