This highly anticipated web-comic turned anime wastes no time packing a punch with a hard-hitting first episode which aired on October 5th.
Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch, and it turns out that being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore.
With his passion for being a hero lost along with his hair, yet still faced with new enemies every day, how much longer can he keep it going?
One Punch Man stands out against the rest of this season’s headlining names for a few reasons– the main one, in my opinion, is its refreshing premise. Saitama, our One Punch Man, is a stark contrast to many other Shounen heroes. He wasn’t blessed with natural super powers, he wasn’t born with a mission to become a super hero. Hell, he even explains to each of his soon-to-be vanquished villains that he’s “just a guy who’s a hero for fun.” That’s right, this is isn’t a story of a man enduring tests of courage and feats of heroism, but rather the story of a man who’s trained so hard that he’s become too strong to find an opponent he can’t kill with a single punch, and as a result he’s even lost all his hair. Saitama’s life is meaningless and boring, his passion is gone; however, there is a never-ending roster of villains popping up left and right to keep him busy until a bigger and badder one arrives.
On the other end, the fluid animation and comedic timing are equally impressive – hats off to Madhouse. The character designs are well done and detailed, while also being fun and humorous at times. For example, Saitama’s character tends to be aloof and easy-going, then suddenly his eyes sharpen and his posture tenses as he sizes up his opponents. This device keeps Saitama lovable, charming, and fun, even if he does become a fist throwing madman who can rip a monster to pieces with a single blow. With that said, the fights get pretty intense, so be weary of a bit of shredded flesh and blood. Then again, what would you expect of a fight that ends with one punch? As for the villains, they all keep within a theme of whatever their powers are, which is nostalgically reminiscent of your classic Kaiju; featuring a crabman, a titanic muscle-man, and a whole gang of subterranean rockmen.
This will definitely be an anime to keep an eye on if you’re looking for something action packed, hilarious, and visually stunning. If you liked One Punch Man as much as I did, hated it, or maybe only cared for the crabman in tighty-whities, leave a comment below!