Mob Psycho 100 season 3, episode 12 recap and ending explained

By Nubia Brice
Published: December 21, 2022 (Last updated: February 3, 2024)
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With its finale, Mob Psycho 100 delivers one of its most heartwrenching episodes while giving fans a beautiful and satisfying conclusion to an already stellar series.

We recap the Crunchyroll anime series Mob Psycho 100 season 3, episode 12, “Confession ~The Future~,” which contains spoilers and the ending.

All good things must end whether you want them to or not, and sadly episode 12 brings viewers to the conclusion of Mob Psycho 100. The last few episodes of the series have been as impressive as they have been heartbreaking, as viewers watch Mob (voiced by Setsuo Ito)and his closest friends struggle to save him from himself. While it has been nostalgic and comforting to see everyone from Sho to Ritsu (Miyu Irino) rush to Mob’s aide, so far, it hasn’t been enough to snap him out of it. With only Reigen (Takahiro Sakurai) left, Mob’s entire future may rest in the hands of his mentor. He’s been more than enough to keep Mob grounded in the past, but there’s never been this much on the line before, and all anyone can hope is that Reigen has the strength to save his student one last time in this epic conclusion of Mob Psycho 100.

Mob Psycho 100 season 3, episode 12 recap and ending explained

The episode opens with Tsubomi staring at the massive storm that is being created by Mob’s outburst. She figures she should leave but decides to stay and wait for Mob.

At the same time, Reigen and Serizawa also struggle to make it close to Mob, as the winds make it hard to approach the area. Despite trying his best, Serizawa isn’t strong enough to get them any closer. Reigen says it’s fine, as he can finish the journey on his own.

The unhinged Mob, who turns out to be a manifestation of Mob’s psychic powers, slowly makes his way towards Tsubomi while the real Mob is afraid of getting too close to her. As children, Mob stopped using his powers around her when Tsubomi stopped taking an interest in them, but she always accepted him regardless. The unhinged Mob says it wasn’t the real Mob who fell in love with her, but his powers that developed the feelings for her, and it’s why he needs to see her now.

When Mob hears Reigen yelling for him in the background, he realizes that, like Tsubomi, his master has never judged Mob for his powers, either. Although the unhinged Mob knows that Reigen has no powers and is a con artist, the real Mob knows that Reigen has always treated him well despite the liar he may be. Reigen looks on in horror as he realizes he had no idea the true extent of the feelings Mob was holding in this whole time.

The unhinged Mob attempts to use his powers to blow Regain away, but he fights back, grabbing onto debris as he begs Mob to listen to him. The more he tries, the more his body is brutally tossed against the concrete streets and falling buildings. Still, he refuses to give up, running towards Mob with all the strength he has left. He finally catches up to Mob’s physical body, barely managing to grab his ankles and stop him. However, Mob’s powers have no interest in listening to him.

Mob’s body continues walking toward Tsubomi, thinking he has escaped Reigen, but to his surprise, Reigen has run ahead to catch up with him. The older man grabs hands with Mob, forcing him to stop and talk, but to Mob’s surprise, he’s stronger than usual. It is then that Reigen looks up, revealing that he allowed Dimple to possess his body. Dimple explains that he was attracted to the energy, allowing him to find his way back, but he is just struggling to stay real at this point. Although Reigen thanks the spirit for helping, he asks to speak to Mob by himself.

In an emotional outburst, Reigen finally reveals the truth: that he does not now, nor has he ever, had any psychic powers or abilities. He cries, admitting to Mob that it was a lie the entire time. Even when he first met Mob in elementary school, he admits that he lied and has been using Mob ever since. “When it comes to all this psychic stuff, I don’t have a clue,” he says, “and that’s who I really am.” He apologizes for ever having the nerve to call himself Mob’s master, but he assures Mob that what he’s going through right now is still normal. Everyone has multiple sides, and while he hates his own lying nature, it allowed him to grow close to Mob, just like Mob’s powers have made him better as well. “You’re fine, just as you are,” Reigen tells Mob, encouraging him to accept himself as is.

Mob’s progress to his next explosion meter steadily increases as the real Mob asks his powers if they’d ever be able to accept him the same way all of his other friends have. Mob says he wants to go back to how things were, but his powers are still terrified of being turned down by Tsubomi. If that happens, Mob says they will get through it, extending a caring hand to himself as his meter hits 100%. Finally, Mob is able to retake control of his physical body. He begins making his way to Tsubomi with only 1 single flower left from his bouquet. Dimple wonders if they should accompany him or if Tsubomi is even still waiting, but Reigen assures him that this is something Mob needs to do on his own.

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Dimple and Reigen wonder what they’ll do now before noticing Mob returning with the same flower. They assume Tsubomi left, but Mob admits that she rejected him, saying it never occurred to her to think of him that way. As Mob begins to sob, Reigien puts an arm around him, attempting to reassure him and lift his spirits as the three of them walk home amongst the rubble.

Six months later, Mob is at school, thriving. We see him attending his clubs and participating more than he ever has. We see him making plans with his friends and walking home with Ritsu, engaging in full conversation. Although the encounters are short, it’s special seeing how outspoken and comfortable around others Mob has become, compared to how reserved he was at the beginning of the series. While Mob and Ritsu walk, they run into Hanazawa, who decides to tag along with them as they head to the Spirits and Such Consultation Office.

As they enter the building, viewers see that Tome is also an employee now. She asks Mob how Tsubomi is, revealing that the two of them still talk on the phone regularly, despite the initial rejection. Slowly, more of Mob’s old friends pop in, including the Telepathy Club, Sho, the Shiratori brothers, and more. They all seem to be waiting for Reigen to show up. A few minutes later, Reigen walks in with Dimple to discover everyone throwing him a surprise birthday party. He’s almost moved to tears before tripping into his cake face-first. The episode fades off in a fit of laughter, ending the series for good.

Although I’m sad to see it end, as a Mob Psycho 100 fan, this was a more than satisfying conclusion. The last few episodes had already given Mob the chance to tie up any loose strings with old friends and enemies, leaving only himself, Reigen, and Dimple to be dealt with in the end. It was fitting that the final showdown ended with them, as they’ve always been the central trio of the series.

Usually, I complain about a lack of action in shows like this, but there was no need for it in this finale. The emotional weight of the episode was more than enough to carry it and make it one of the best of the season. I can especially appreciate it when a series leaves viewers with little to no loose ends, and Mob Psycho did a fantastic job of finishing up its arcs, so viewers are not left with any significant hanging questions.

Mob’s growth from the first season to now is not only easy to see, but it makes everything worth it. Seeing him get rejected, although sad, was never truly the point. It was all about the journey with this anime, as fans watched Mob transfer from a shell of himself to someone confident, capable of making new friends, and finding the happiness he felt he never deserved because of his powers. To see Mob finally accept every part of himself makes everything else that was great about the finale just icing on the cake. While I am sad that the series is over, I don’t think anyone could’ve asked for a better conclusion for Mob.

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