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This show is a knock out!

…I’ll just let myself out.

One Punch Man is the story of Saitama, once an ordinary salary man who trained himself to defeat any opponent with one punch.

The Good

  • Excellent animation
  • Funny as hell
  • Unique and funny characters are introduced on a regular basis
  • Excellent pacing that keeps the show engaging despite the strength of its protagonist

The Okay

  • I’m a little worried that the show may lose steam if they don’t mix up their current formula

The Bad

  • Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

First Impressions

When I first heard of One Punch Man, I thought it was going to be a one trick pony that wouldn’t keep my attention beyond the first couple of episodes. Eight episodes in, I’m very happy to announce that One Punch Man is still going strong.

It’s managed to achieve this mostly through its unassuming protagonist, Saitama. A man who on the surface seems very ordinary, but who is actually the strongest character in the story. Much of his appeal comes from the fact that despite being the strongest, he still has human motivations (some good, and some not-so-good) that drives him to keep on doing hero work.

Surrounding Saitama are a bunch of extremely flawed heroes and cartoonish villains, who help bring much needed variety to the show.

Much of the comedy in One Punch Man comes from the egos of the characters and how they react to Saitama. Since nothing stands out about him, heroes and villains alike assume that he’s a pushover until they come to blows.

And boy, when the fists start flying, does this show kick it up a notch. While the animation is highly consistent throughout the show, the action sequences really give the animators a chance to flex their artistic muscles!

Overall, One Punch Man is a great action comedy so far. I am a bit worried that it may become too formulaic, but the first eight episodes have been fantastic. Let’s hope they can keep this up for the duration of the show.

 

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