Superheroes have been a hot topic for several years now, from the U.S.’s several comics turned films, to the various superhero anime series in recent seasons. For the most part, they’ve all been predictable in format and body, and based off of One Punch Man’s promotional artwork, I assumed it, too, would follow suit. The first episode very quickly proved the OPM would be a conversation starter for weeks to come.
The gold of the show are its characters, particularly the main duo of Saitama and Genos. Saitama, the namesake of the show, is a man who defies all logic of the universe. His physical power faces zero limits–enemies take a single punch for defeat. Though he only stumbled across his hero career by happenstance, the possibility of a worthwhile foe and the safety of humankind are his only hopes. Unfortunately for him, the ease of his battles have become so predictable that they no longer provide any excitement. His late entry into the Heroes Association also means that all his previous hard work received no recognition.
Genos started out in the show as a young cyborg driven by justice through the eradication of all perceived evils, and by the search for the cyborg who destroyed his past life. Upon meeting Saitama, he dedicates himself to the hero as a disciple bound and determined to learn the secret to his strength. The verbal and physical play between the two turn out the best jokes of the series. Genos’ almost childlike black-and-white interpretation of dialogue has him repeatedly misunderstanding tone; Saitama claims little interest in his disciple’s well being, yet occasionally reveals his concern, like when he rips off the cyborg’s arm in an attempt to help him up.
If you haven’t watched One Punch Man just yet, I strongly suggest you give it a try. Thus ends my 12 Days of Anime; I hope my entries were entertaining and helpful to those of you unfamiliar with any of them.