Given any set of overpowered characters from any corner of fiction with feats transcending the universal level, there would always be a psychic, Esper, or a character with psychokinetic abilities in it. Two of the most popular characters under the said category in anime are Saiki Kusuo and Shigeo ‘Mob’ Kageyama. While these two characters are incredibly powerful psychics in their own right, fans have been wondering. Saiki K vs Mob: Who’s the better psychic?
Saiki K vs Mob
Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed Mob, is a teenager with overwhelming psychic powers. Mob’s powers are directly connected to his emotions, growing exponentially stronger when his emotions reach a critical point. Despite his immense strength, Mob struggles to control his powers and often suppresses them to avoid causing harm to others.
Saiki Kusuo is a high school student with an extensive range of psychic abilities. He possesses telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, psychometry, teleportation, time travel, and more. Unlike Mob, Saiki has complete control over his powers, allowing him to manipulate reality with precision and finesse. Saiki is essentially the Swiss army knife of Psychic abilities.
Motives and Characterization
Shigeo Kageyama is a reserved and kind-hearted individual. He is introverted and struggles with social interactions due to his overwhelming powers. Mob has a gentle nature and is often concerned about hurting others with his abilities. He is determined to improve himself and seek a better understanding of his powers.
Saiki Kusuo, on the other hand, is a sarcastic and pragmatic character. He often finds the world around him bothersome and prefers to keep his psychic abilities hidden. Saiki tends to distance himself from others and often finds himself in amusing and awkward situations due to his powers. Despite his detached demeanour, Saiki does care about his friends and occasionally uses his abilities to help them.
Powers and Abilities
- Mob has shown to have trouble controlling his powers from the beginning. Even though his an excellent psychic with powerful and dangerous abilities, his emotions are always in the way of his powers being expressed.
- Mob usually relies on his telekinesis and occasionally other similar branch abilities, but his ???% form acts as his trump card that comes out when his emotions get out of control, unleashing the full extent of his abilities.
Saiki Kusuo, on the other hand, is presented as a highly competent and experienced psychic from the start. As for abilities, Saiki has access to almost every power that one can imagine, from basic telekinesis to reality warping. He managed to rewrite the human DNA to make the population believe that his pink hair was nothing but natural. In terms of both versatility and control, Saiki’s abilities far exceed that of Mob.
Mob’s raw power and his journey toward self-discovery resonate with audiences who appreciate character growth and emotional depth. On the other hand, Saiki’s pragmatic approach and his desire for a normal life appeal to those who value subtlety and well-roundedness in a character.
However, when it comes to the better psychic, Saiki reigns supreme due to the perfect control he possesses over his abilities. Mob would have to go berserk just to try to compete with Saiki, and even then if Saiki removes his limiters, it’s game over not just for Mob, but perhaps for everything in existence.