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One Punch Man
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"ONE PUNCH!"
Genre: Action
Comedy
Superhero
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 4, 2015
Network(s): TV Tokyo
Animax Asia
Adult Swim (Toonami)
Created by: One (manga artist)
Yusuke Murata
Distributed by: Viz Media
Muse Communication
Starring: Makoto Furukawa
Kaito Ishikawa
Max Mittelman
Aoi Yuuki
Kazuhiro Yamaji
Mamoru Miyano
Kenjiro Tsuda
Erik Scott Kimerer
Minami Takayama
Rikiya Koyama
Kōki Uchiyama
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 24 (12 OVAs)


One Punch Man (Japanese: ワンパンマン, Hepburn: Wanpanman; sometimes spelled as One-Punch Man) is a Japanese superhero franchise created by the artist ONE. It tells the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch but seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing bored by a lack of challenge due to his overwhelming strength. ONE wrote the original webcomic version in early 2009.

The series was initially a short independent webcomic written by ONE, which was then adapted into a manga by Murata Yuusuke and later an anime.

Plot

Saitama was once a disillusioned salaryman, who after defeating a monster became motivated to become a superhero and fight evil in super exciting fights filled with adredaline and emotion. Saitama spent three years training non-stop to become strong, at one point he unknowingly broke the natural limiter that restricts how strong living beings can be, causing Saitama to become so unbelieveably powerful that he can now kill any monster in existence with only one punch, but also became completely bald in the process.


Now with seemingly unlimited power, Saitama has become the completely invincible superhero that he always wanted to be, but he soon faces a new problem: Saitama is too strong! So strong that nothing no matter how powerful can provide any sort of challenge, now Saitama has ironically become bored of being a hero since he can never get any exciting fights, as every enemy he faces dies after one punch.


Saitama "befriends" a cyborg named Genos who took notice of his incredible power and convinced the two to join the official Hero Association in an effort to rekindle Saitama's enthusiasm for superhero work. Unfortunately for Saitama however, not only is he given the lowest rank, but whenever he stops a world-ending threat with his incredible power there are never any witnesses so either other heroes always take the credit for his achievements or believe that Saitama is the one trying to steal credit and label as a fraud. Despite no one besides Genos being aware that Saitama is in fact the most powerful being in existence, Saitama continues to do superhero work hoping to one day see some appreciation for the public and eventually fight an enemy that can give him a real fight.

Why It Can Destroy It's Foes with One Punch

  1. It is a very clever satire of both Western superheroes and Japanese shonen anime, taking particular jabs at how cartoonishly over the top and destructive they can be with their battles.
  2. Saitama is a very interesting main protagonist, where he's so ridiculously overpowered that he can kill literally anything with a SINGLE PUNCH!!!, and nothing can pose a threat to him, causing him to become bored and uninterested at life. Despite his bored cynical outlook, Saitama still manages to be a compelling relatable character in that his struggles come not from fighting huge monsters, but in his inability to obtain any appreciation for his incredible feats of power.
    • Saitama is intentionally drawn with less detail than the rest of the characters in the series, but when he's being serious he's properly drawn with detail.
    • It is also worth noting that when Saitama punches humans he just knocks them unconcious instead of killing them, showing that he also has some degree of restraint and morals.
  3. Top-notch animation by Madhouse, although it has sadly declined during the second season causing One Punch Man season 2 to have mixed reviews from the fans.
  4. Memorable supporting characters such as Genos and Mumen Rider, all of which properly compliment Saitama in different ways.
  5. Plenty of hilarious moments.
  6. Great storylines.
  7. It has a good lesson that you shouldn't have things going your ways a lot as Saitama wishes he can be strong enough to kill his enemies after one punch but eventually, it became boring as everything is going his way and a great message about never giving up and finding purpose in life.
  8. Great action and fighting scenes that are intentionally overexaggerated, comparable to those from Dragon Ball Z, Fist of the North Star, Naruto, One Piece, and My Hero Academia.
  9. No filler episodes whatsoever, which makes it very exciting.
  10. The show takes a whole plot-twist which the idea for a hero who can defeat anyone with just one punch might sound boring at first. This show takes that boringness to a whole other level which means fights don't just have Saitama immediately kill the monster with no effort, instead lots of other heroes are given the spotlight to show off their powers before Saitama deals the killing blow (literally), which keeps fights fresh and exciting to watch.
  11. Lots of epic fighting scenes like Saitama VS Genos and Saitama VS Boros.
  12. Lots of great episodes such as:
    • "The Strongest Man"
    • "Unparalleled Peril"
    • "The Lone Cyborg"
    • "Unyielding Justice"
    • "The Ultimate Master"
    • "The Obsessive Scientist"
    • "The Ultimate Disciple"
    • "Dominator of the Whole Universe"
    • "The Metal Bat"
    • "The Wiping of the Disciple"
    • "Resistance of The Strong"
    • "The Return of the Hero"
    • "The Human Monster"
    • "The S Class Heroes"
    • "The Strongest Troubles"
    • "The Monster Uprising"
    • "The Martial Arts Tournament"
  13. Monster cells, they're a nice thing to have in the series especially as a nice example of a good origin that explains why monsters kept appearing everyday ever since Saitama became a hero.
  14. A good number of memorial quotes such as "Just a Guy who's a hero for fun.", "BROTHER NO!!!!! HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!?!? ALL I WANTED TO BE THE STRONGEST MAN AND NOW THAT I AM THE STRONGEST MAN... I KILLED MY OWN BROTHER!!!!!"
  15. Each episode introduces a new character to the series, villain or not. It's still interesting to see new characters coming to the show every episode.
  16. It's safe to say this show is somewhat the anime SpongeBob SquarePants as both SpongeBob and Saitama aren't smart but still likable as well as not taking damage, both shows contain memorial jokes that would cause a good laugh that became internet memes, both shows were successful, both SpongeBob's and Saitama's best friends (Genos and Patrick Star) also take things too literal, etc.
  17. Great voice acting, especially in the English dub and a couple switch ups from the Japanese language so it sounds a bit more fitting to the scenes in the show.
  18. Speed O' Sound Sonic and Flashy Flash are nice parodies to both Sonic the Hedgehog and the DC superhero Flash.
    • Genos (Saitama's sidekick/best friend) is also a nice parody to Cyborg from the DC Comics universe. He also overall has the best look out of all the One Punch Man characters and the fact he takes things too literal (as mentioned above) makes him a funny character in the show.
      • Back to Speed O' Sound Sonic, he's a funny villain in the show especially in his first appearance like when he tried to eat a monster cell in order to defeat Saitama but failed pretty badly and him stalking Saitama in the blade breakfast scene.
  19. Great soundtrack, such as the season 1 theme song ("The Hero"), "BATTLE", Saitama's main theme ("Seigi Shikkou"), the end credits, "Angel Rush", and the season 2 theme song.
    • The remake of the Saitama theme ("Seigi Shikkou") is also a nice remake as it fits well when it comes to sad moments in the One Punch Man anime.

Bad Qualities

  1. Most episodes have a rather formulaic structure, where a giant monster tries to destroy the world, other heroes try and fail to stop it, then Saitama kills the monster but is unable to take credit, even though it's put into good use.
  2. The animation quality dipped a little in quality after Madhouse left and J.C.Staff handed it.
    • A lot of people also said the show meet seasonal rot after it's second season such as "Get In The Robot" and it got mixed reviews though most fans found the second season good aside from the animation dripping in quality.

Episodes With Their Own Pages

Reception

The first season of the anime received critical acclaim, receiving praise for it's uniqueness, animation, humor, characters and fight scenes. It holds an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 reviews, with the site's critics' consensus reading: "With it's state-of-the-art animation, unorthodox hero, and gut-bustlingly funny jabs at the Shonen genre, One-Punch Man is simply a knockout."

The second season received mixed reviews. Although the humor, characters, and story were still praised, reviewers unanimously criticized the drop in the quality of the animation following the change of studios. The direction, pacing, and fights were also criticized, as was the last episode for feeling like an improper season finale. Screen Rant noted that fan reaction to the season was divided, with their response to the new animation being notably negative. They criticized the drop of quality in animation as well as the change of director, saying "One Punch Man was previously crisp, detailed and fluid, but many fans claim that the latest season has felt static, bland and uninspiring. This is almost certainly down to a change in director. [The series] has gone from the pinnacle of TV anime visuals to looking like just another weekly series." However, they believed the season "improves in terms of story, character and world-building", although they mostly attribute this to the original manga rather than the series' crew. They were very critical of the season finale, noting how the anime could have adapted one or two extra manga chapters to offer a more conclusive finale and build excitement toward a third season.

IGN gave season 2 a five out of ten rating, calling it "mediocre". Although they felt the humor and characters were on par with the first season, they were very critical of the animation and pacing, saying: "[the animation was] taking horrendous shortcuts to get the fights done and dusted in as simple a way as possible. Gone are the intricately detailed character action shots, with dynamic slow motion and constantly-shifting camerawork. Instead, we have flashes, cuts to black, and machine-gun punches all reminiscent of the drawn-out fight scenes of Dragon Ball Z from more than twenty years ago." They concluded saying: "Season 2 of One-Punch Man is a half-baked jumble of poor and lazy animation that is far more concerned with staying relevant than being crafted into something worthy of the season that came before it. If you're only in it for the advancement of the plot, it's all here. But it's also all in the manga, and that looks an awful lot better than this season."

Media

An anime adaptation was announced in the 15th issue of Weekly Young Jump on March 10, 2015. The first season was directed by Shingo Natsume at Madhouse animation studio and written by Tomohiro Suzuki. The series features character designs by Chikashi Kubota, who also served as chief animation director. The music was by Makoto Miyazaki, with art design by Shigemi Ikeda and Yukiko Maruyama. Ken Hashimoto served as the color key artist, Akane Fushihara served as the director of photography, Kashiko Kimura served as the series editor, and Shoji Hata did sound design. One-Punch Man's first season ran for 12 episodes. It aired in Japan from October 5 to December 21, 2015, on TV Tokyo. It aired later on Television Osaka (TVO), TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting (TVQ), Kyoto Broadcasting System (KBS), BS Japan, and AT-X. The season streamed on Niconico and was simulcast on Hulu, Daisuki, and Viz Media's Neon Alley service. A preview screening of the first two episodes was held at the Saitama City Cultural Center on September 6, 2015. The opening theme song is "The Hero!! ~Ikareru Ken ni Honō o Tsukero~" (THE HERO!! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~, "The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist") by JAM Project, and the closing theme is "Hoshi Yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru" (星より先に見つけてあげる, "I'll Find It Before the Stars for You") by Hiroko Moriguchi. An original video animation (OVA) was released with the tenth manga volume on December 4, 2015.[29] Additional OVA episodes are included with Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes of the season, the first of which was released on December 24, 2015.

The series is licensed by Viz Media in North America, Latin America, and Oceania. Viz Media announced they were working on an English-language dub of One-Punch Man at Anime Boston 2016. On July 1, 2016, it was announced during Toonami's Anime Expo panel that the series would begin airing on July 17, 2016. The series has been also licensed by Viz Media Europe in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Kaze UK and Manga Entertainment handle the distribution of the series in the United Kingdom. Madman Entertainment handles distribution in Australia and New Zealand, and also simulcast the series on AnimeLab.

A second season was confirmed in September 2016. On September 25, 2017, it was announced that One-Punch Man would be changing both it's production company and director. The second season was animated by J.C.Staff, with Chikara Sakurai replacing Shingo Natsume as director and Yoshikazu Iwanami replacing Shoji Hata as sound director. Tomohiro Suzuki, Chikashi Kubota, and Makoto Miyazaki reprised their roles as series composer, character designer, and music composer, respectively. The opening theme song is "Uncrowned Greatest Hero" (静寂のアポストル, Seijaku no Apostle, lit. "Quiet Apostle") by JAM Project, and the closing theme is "Chizu ga Nakutemo Modoru kara" (地図が無くても戻るから, lit. "Even Without a Map, I'll Return") by Makoto Furukawa. The second season aired from April 9 to July 2, 2019, and a television special aired on April 2, 2019. A ten-minute OVA was bundled with the second season's first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume on October 25, 2019. Two more OVAs were bundled with the second season's second and third Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume on November 26 and December 25, 2019, respectively. Another OVA was bundled with the second season's fourth Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume on January 28, 2020. The fifth OVA was bundled with the second season's fifth Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume on February 27, 2020.

The second season was simulcast on Hulu in the US, on Tubi in Canada, on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand and on Crunchyroll in Europe. The second season premiered on Toonami on October 12, 2019.

Trivia

  • The anime is the second most popular anime to exist behind Attack of the Titan with the theme song reaching over 72 million views and the Fitness test reaching over 125 million views.
  • Saitama's name is most likely derived from the Saitama Prefecture located in Japan, where ONE currently lives and first started drawing the series.
  • Genos shares the same voice actor with other characters:
    • Kuki Urie from Tokyo Ghoul:re, Sakuta Azusagawa from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Naofumi Iwata from The Rising of The Shield Hero, and Sale from JoJos Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind for the Japanese audio.
    • Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer, Koichi Hirose fromJoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Nasa Yuzaki from Tonikaku Kawaii, and Aether from Genshin Impact for the English language.
  • Some people think that season 3 might come out one day although it's unknown if it could happen, some people claimed that One Punch Man season 3 has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic although it's not 100% sure yet.
  • The show is a parody of Western superhero comics and shonen manga.
  • One Punch Man was originally written as a hobby to test a new manga software by ONE. Due to it's surprising popularity, ONE carried on publishing new chapters.
  • The title of the series is based on Anpanman, a popular children's superhero in Japan.
  • This page is currently the longest anime page to ever exist on this wiki and currently the 7th biggest page on this wiki in general.
  • On April 21, 2020, Sony's Columbia Pictures announced that a live-action film adaptation was in development. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are signed on as writers, while Avi Arad will produce.
  • The show's popularity caused it to spawn a lot of parodies such as "ONE PUNCH MAN IN ROBLOX!", "Saitama vs Goku Full Fight EPIC BATTLE", "Migatte Goku vs Saitama vs Superman One Million", etc.
  • In the 2017 One Punch Man Halloween cover, Genos was depicted twice:
    • The first depiction shows a bunny Genos with golden arms holding the tube of a rabbit-shaped vacuum cleaner in one hand and a pink duster in the other. In this form he wears a bowtie, a pair of black bunny ears, a white scut and trouser braces.
    • The second depiction shows a devilish Genos with purple wings, a pair of horns and a black armor. Genos is also holding a demonic carpet beater and a frying pan.
  • The kanji that Genos' name is written in (鏖) mean "genocide". However, the same kanji also carries a second meaning: "to fight fiercely until the end." The Chinese pronunciation of that kanji is 'ao', which is a homophone for the Japanese word for blue. Blue is a recurrent motif associated with Genos: it is the color his core glows as well as a component of one of his attack forms. Outside the manga, the title of his character song is 'Burning Blue', his core and cogwheel motifs are in blue, as are the flowers he's portrayed with in some merchandise (baby blue eyes, Nemophilia menzeisii, to be precise).
  • The hidden meaning behind Saitama's cactus is it remains unchanged no matter how it is taken care of.
  • One of the Discord bots, (Tatsu) was actually inspired by one of the One Punch Man characters, Tatsumaki. [1]
  • The show spawned a lot of iconic memes, most notably "Saitama Ok meme", the meme with the same name as the anime, "Crabs for my sensi",etc.

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