One Punch Man is not the anime we need. It is the anime we deserve.
Risking my credibility as a review writer. One Punch Man is one of the greatest anime ever made. There I said it. It’s over with. Done deal. Why would I make such a bold statement in the early stages of a review? Because everything about this show draws you in. From start to finish. It is such an easy show to be a fan of. Watching the intro of One Punch Man alone could get you energized for a week.
The satirical writing and comedic timing of facial expressions rivals top sitcoms. Even those who are not acquainted with the show have heard the name “One Punch Man”. Acclaimed and praised for its unique take on hero storytelling–this is a show of great value.
But my my my, where are my manners. Let me introduce you to our darling protagonist:
I know. It’s hilarious isn’t it? The fact that his face switches from looking like an Easter egg to Vin Diesel in a matter of seconds.
As a kid, Saitama dreamed of being a super hero; for him it was the good life. Now as an adult, and after years of training (lots of push-ups), he has finally turned to hero work and followed his passion.
Due to his hero training, Saitama gained unsurpassed human strength and baldness. His powers are so top-notch that any enemy he faces, he kills in one punch. Despite this amazing quality, Saitama suffers from what some would call, apathy. Although most of us would dream of having super human powers, Saitama is still longing for more, he longs for competition. Here we have a glimpse of what it is like to “quote on quote” reach the top, and yet still feel a great sense of longing. Despite the hilarious premise, One Punch Man juggles questions most of us don’t dare ask. What is the meaning of my life? Now that I’ve accomplished my main goal, where do I go from here?
To his disbelief, Saitama realizes no one has noticed he has been the one defeating all the monsters in the city. He realizes he has been fighting crime as an unregistered hero. For there is a such thing as the Hero Association database and his name is not on the list. The Hero Association is a collective organization that ranks heroes based on their perceived strength and potential for product placement. Think of heroes as celebrity government employees.
Saitama decides to casually rise through the ranks of the Association, demonstrating what it means to be a true hero.
One Punch Man delivers as a satirical-action based-comedy. One moment Saitama is buying asparagus at the store. The next, a giant octopus is tearing up buildings next to his apartment and a grand battle ensues. You never know what to expect. The show does a great job of delivering on complete randomness while somehow maintaining a sincere and relatable plot.
If nothing else, go watch One Punch Man for the battle sequences. The artists did a phenomenal job and you can feel their love for the craft with all the attention to detail.
In Saitama we see a character who challenges the status quo. He doesn’t look the part of a hero. He is bald and skinny and even critiques those who bask in fame. He denies himself many times the opportunity to gloat, so that others may take his place. This sacrificial attitude is what makes you pull for him even more.
Aside from Saitama, the weird and zany characters that make up the Hero Association are quite entertaining. The fact that some are regular dudes in big sparkling pants, while others can actually perform super human tasks only adds to the shows comedy. It only makes it better when someone who has no power turns to Saitama after a fight and starts to tell him how to be a better super hero.
Thriving on randomness and satire, I found it to be a complete breath of comical fresh air. Very original and quite entertaining. So, go perform 100 sit ups, 100 push-ups, 100 squats and a 10km run. You might wake up bald and with the ability to completely obliterate anything. With. One. Punch.