“In this new action-comedy, everything about a young man named Saitama screams “AVERAGE,” from his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge!”
Rating: 5+ / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started: October 4th, 2015
Finished: December 20th, 2015
Booze Pairing: Miller Genuine Draft
Have you ever wanted to watch a show about insanely-overpowered, hyper-generic, anime Superman that destroys everything in his path with a single punch? If the thought never crossed your mind you probably never would have wanted it. Personally I didn’t know I wanted One Punch Man until I started it, then I couldn’t get enough; to me it was the anime equivalent of heroine.
This show is a HUGE parody on shounen battle anime in general, from the cities, to the Main Character’s name, and even the Antagonist’s designs, the aura of satirical creativity is endless in this anime. The entire gag of the show is that Saitama doesn’t operate within set ‘power levels’ that many anime establish, and he can apparently warp and bend the laws of physics and logic around him at will because regardless of how strong his opponent is he will always win; as far as the show itself is concerned he’s unbeatable for the sake of comedy, which I have no personal complaints against. Getting back to the show itself, One Punch Man is just so much fucking fun to watch, both sober and at all levels of inebriation; the animation style is gorgeous (MADHOUSE has put out some seriously beautiful anime these last few years), the jokes are perfectly timed and don’t seem forced, and the show constantly pokes fun of many shounen troupes while still maintaining a semi-serious, badass undertone that just made the anime for me. The ‘overarching’ plot doesn’t develop until a several episodes in, but it’s there nonetheless and the show isn’t purely episodic as it might first appear to be.
You’ll know whether or not this anime is for you from the first few episodes, but I will say this: Two of my roommates back at my university residence more or less despised anime in general, and yet they both fell in love with One Punch Man. If that doesn’t speak volumes as to the audience One Punch Man can reach then I don’t know what will. I just hope you enjoy it half as much as I did.