One Punch Man
One Punch Man is a new action-comedy, where everything about a young man named Saitama screams AVERAGE: from his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge!
One Punch Man Opening
One Punch Man centers on a super-powered superhero that can beat any foe with one punch. He is average looking in every way (demeanor, visage, physique, tone). He is a superhero not for fame or praise but because it’s fun. The problem is that no villain can survive more than one punch from him and therefore he never gets to have fun being a hero.
The animation and artwork for One Punch Man is a cross between Dragon Ball Super and Hunter X Hunter 2011. Again this is the pre-screen version and therefore, not the completed product. That being said, the artwork is superb. The depth and detail on the characters or the pre and post destroyed cityscape in the first 3 minutes or the dream sequence simply draws viewers and keeps them completely captivated. Another great dynamic is the contrast between the lame looking Saitama (aka One Punch Man) versus the world and enemies around him which are vibrant, fluid and just a feast for the eyes. The fights, which end in one punch, are really enjoyable because of the banter and expressions portrayed by the characters.
The story in One Punch Man is really a novel concept. What would you do if the one thing you want out of your hobby is the only thing you cannot get out of it? That is Saitama’s problem, he wants to enjoy being a hero, he does it for fun however his strength is too godly for his opponents to handle. This story is not about Saitama beating opponents, it is more to do with Saitama’s journey to discover a strong opponent. The pre-screen had plenty of hilarious scenes, such as the reaction of the evil giant when he crushes his own evil brother that is riding on his shoulder. The story feels like comedy and slice of life anime more than action, superhero and adventure.
The sound and music is equally stunning. The first 30 seconds into episode one I was hooked as the scene went from look at the daily city life to explosions, panic and destruction. At the start, viewers hear birds chirping then the flapping of their wings as the fly off followed by construction, cars and train noises as the animation depicts city life. Out of nowhere BOOM, people screaming, more explosions, look of despair and confusion on office workers’ faces as an aftershock shatters windows in their face . . . etc. How can you not be hooked as viewers? At this point I was all for action adventure, but to my pleasant surprise I get comic relief from the main character as he takes on the attacking super villain.
The main character is comical, heroic, and normal. Moreover, the support characters showcased in the pre-screening were not one-dimensional, they had depth and multiple sides to their personality. Because it was just a pre-screening I cannot comment to much on the characters or their development however it the pre-screening is a true indication of the cast of One Punch Man then I believe 9 or 10 out of 10 is guaranteed.
I am looking forward to One Punch Man starting on October 5, 2015 with breath abated. I believe there is a lot of promise in this anime, especially if Madhouse keeps it running for long haul like Hunter X Hunter and other long running series.
If you have seen the pre-screening leave a comment and let us hear your thoughts on it.
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