With the number of superhero films and TV shows that have been on the air for the last few years I think I have had a bit of superhero fatigue. I think we all have on some level. It’s that fad that just isn’t going away… unlike vampires and zombies which is pretty much over.
So that, coupled with my recent push to cross off some of the longest anime series and books first, meant I ended up postponing watching this for a while. Unlike Yuri!!! On Ice, which I jumped on immediately, I pretty much let the hype train for One Punch Man pass me by.
I mean c’mon. A weird anime about a disillusioned superhero that can defeat enemies in one punch. How good can that be?
The answer is: very. Honestly, this is the best superhero anime that I have seen and is up there as one of the funniest.
When I heard the premise I figured that Saitama (the hero in question) would end up being extremely annoying. Either he would be utterly disinterested or incredibly whiny. Instead, he’s just a bit weird and that works for me.
The moment I realised that I had really fallen for this series occurred when he defeated an enemy quickly so he could make coupon day at his local supermarket… before descending into a depression because he missed it. I don’t know why that tickled me. Maybe because it made him so relatable? Maybe the absurdity of getting sidetracked by supermarket coupons whilst fighting a giant beetle? Who knows, all I can say is that it worked for me.
At only 12 episodes long One Punch Man ends pretty much as soon as it begins. Maybe that’s a good thing because you get to know the schtick really quickly. Saitama is the ultimate example of an overpowered hero and this show knows how to play with that, but I wonder how many other ways you can do this without being stale.
In any case, as of writing this, the next season has been announced… just without a date of transmission. Honestly, I can’t wait.