At long last, after four or so years, we finally got a teaser for the next season of One Punch Man. If you want to check that out, click the link here to give it a watch.
You totally should, it looks rad as hell.
And if you haven’t seen the first season… fix that. Seriously, if you have a Netflix account or some spare cash, go watch this fucking show. It’s not just a beautifully animated action series, but it’s also absolutely hilarious and filled to the brim with genuine heart and spectacular music.
Seriously, Jam Project’s ‘The Hero’ as the opening may be the best opening in the history of anime.
This show’s story is also pure genius. It perfectly subverts all the cliches of both the superhero genre and anime in general, making fun of and praising both of them without a single flaw. All the characters are super lovable and memorable, especially the titular One Punch Man: Saitama.
When you think ‘superhero protagonist’, you don’t think Saitama. And that’s why I love him: while most anime protagonists have an excessive amount of hair that only grows longer and longer as they grow stronger (cough cough Goku) Saitama is rocking a smooth egg of a scalp. Other anime protagonists blast huge lasers or giant balls of energy as their ultimate attacks, but Saitama’s ultimate move is just him punching more seriously than he did before.
Sure, it splits the fucking sky across the entire planet, but it’s not as dramatic as say the ‘Kamehameha’ or the ‘Spirit Bomb’.
On top of that, he is a truly good person. Sure, he wants nothing more than a thrilling challenge, but that doesn’t stop him from going out of his way to help others. For example, in the Sea King story (which is the best pair of episodes in the series) Saitama does what he usually does: he shows up late and wraps up the conflict in one punch. After so many other heroes, including our other protagonist Genos, have been wiped out super easily, Saitama proves to be unstoppable and saves the day in the literal blink of an eye.
You’d expect this to be the point where people finally start respecting him, right? Wrong.
At this point, some slimy asshole in the crowd points out ‘Hey, those other heroes must not have been that strong if a C-Class could wipe out the bad guy that quickly’, thus undercutting the struggles and sacrifice of all the other heroes that we’ve seen in the last two episodes. So what does Saitama do?
He forces a laugh and announces ‘Man, I’m so glad that the other heroes softened him up for me!’
In one instant, one line, Saitama completely sacrifices all the glory he could’ve earned in order to save the image of the other heroes. Any reward he could’ve gotten, he completely throws out the window and passes it off to the other heroes. All simply because Saitama’s a nice guy.
Seriously, I need to say it again, if you haven’t seen this show, you need to fix that. It’s easily one of the best anime of the decade, if not of all time. It’s a perfect blend of hilarious, exciting, and emotional, and it’s beautifully animated to boot. And with Season 2 finally coming soon, now is the perfect time to catch up and hop aboard the hype train with me.
And then we can watch Mob Psycho 100 and wait for the next season of that.