One Punch Man is an absolute gem of a series filled with interesting characters, funny moments, beautifully choreographed fight scenes and a dollop on stunning animation. For those of you that have still to discover this series, I’ll give you a breakdown below and why you need to get into this!
The anime revolves around Saitama, the titular superhero character who has the ability to defeat foes with a single punch. This all comes in very handy as he lives in Z-City, a metropolis that is completely saturated with super villains and monsters as well. We soon learn that he gained his abilities by sticking to a strict regimen of a 10km run, doing 100 pushups, 100 squats, 100 sit ups and also by having a healthy diet. And also by doing all this without using a heater or air conditioner.
He’s quite bored and complacent with this however as life no longer presents him with any challenges but things take a turn for the better when he meets and befriends Genos. Genos is a teenage cyborg who looks up to Saitama as his senpai and the two develop a close bond and friendship.
As the series unfolds, we see that Genos’ family had an encounter with a cyborg which changed him forever. In this encounter, Genos was pretty much destroyed until a scientist, Dr. Kuseno, took him in and restored his cyborg body also granting him powerful and deadly abilities to seek revenge on the cyborg that altered his family.
All this plays into Saitama joining the Hero Association to be recognised for his efforts in the fight against the evil of Z-City.
OPM is a fun series that never takes itself too seriously and is loaded with many laughs along the way. So if you like your anime with a blend of action, laughs and drama, give One Punch Man a look. You’ll definitely be entertained.
Final score: 8.5/10
*Thanks to Madman for the review copy*