“Back to one punch again… GOD DAMN IT!!”
As most super power action anime’s generally focus on a character that develops their powers overtime through a series of training and different life changing events, One Punch Man turns all that upside down, where we follow Saitama, an average person, albeit superhero who can beat everything in one punch.
The premise of the show generally allows for the skipping of most of the development in regards to becoming stronger for a main character. It allowed for other areas to be fleshed out, especially those of other characters within the show. With Saitama being so strong, time could be dedicated to the other “superheroes” in the show and their development.
Though at its heart, One Punch Man is an action that can be generally enjoyed by anyone, it is lighthearted and doesn’t take itself to seriously with all the comedic jokes and gags within each episode. The animations of these action scenes are superb (as needed for an anime in the action genre), where each frame generally flowed to the next one. There is a bit more than just action and comedy however, with a bit of drama mixed into the background in regards to the hero association, creating further depth towards the story and the world itself.
With every evil villain comes a hero to save the day and One Punch Man is the embodiment of that. It was always fun to watch Saitama blow up the enemy with one punch, and it was fun to expect it as well when new villains appeared. The combination of the two was carried out quite well with just the right amount of action and comedic action mixed together to create a great season.
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OP/ED: The OP was more of a rock based Op providing a lot of energy before each episode. It fitted the comic book style of the show or just super heroes in general with Saitama destroying things with one punch. As opposed to the ED, it was more homely with a slower tune and pace allowing for a good contrast, where the other side of hero’s (going home after a hard day of work) could be grasped.
One Punch Man Was it Good?
All in all One Punch Man was probably one of the best actions for the year. With its combination of action and comedy it allowed for a low barrier of entry to watch and understand the show. the pace, the characters and the story were easy to watch without having to understand too much about the detail.
Recommendations: It’s hard to recommend it based upon Saitama (as he is already strong) but it does have its shounen-esque moments. combining this with a healthy dose of action and comedy, I recommend the following:
- Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kuru Sou Desu yo?
- Kill La Kill
- Dragon Ball Z
- Medaka Box
- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu