One Punch Man
One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン, Wanpanman) is a Shonnen anime developed by Madhouse.
The series was initially a short independent webcomic written by ONE, which was then adapted into a manga and later an anime.
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 Rocks
- 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.
- 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.
- Top-notch animation.
- Awesome intro.
- Memorable supporting characters such as Genos and Mumen Rider, all of which properly compliment Saitama in different ways.
- Plenty of hilarious moments.
- 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.
- Great storylines.
- The story brings a great message about never giving up and finding purpose in life.
- Great action and fighting scenes that are intentionally overexaggerated, comparable to those from Dragon Ball Z, Fist of the North Star and My Hero Academia.
- 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.
- With only a few exceptions such as Genos, Tatsumaki, Fang, and Mumen Rider, the other characters can sometimes get really mean spirited towards Saitama.
- The animation quality dipped a little in quality after Madhouse left.