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Review: One-Punch Man Ep. 1
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Review: One-Punch Man Ep. 1: The Strongest Man (Sub)

Ever wonder how it would feel to be the most powerful being in the world?  Well, if One-Punch Man’s hero is any indication, it would be quite boring.  Based on the original web comic by One, and the revised manga illustrated by Yusuke Murata, One-Punch Man tells the tale of what means to be a hero with no equal, and how much of a downer that can really be.  Episode 1 starts the story off nearly panel for panel with the manga, and the action scenes are made even more fantastic due to the great animation and effects.

Episode one gives us the first few opening chapters of the manga.  Saitama, the main character, is extremely powerful.  So powerful, in fact, that even the most seemingly unstoppable villains fall by his hand.  One punch, and that’s it. Done.  Unfortunately, this leaves Saitama completely unfulfilled, which is often shown by the blank, uninterested expression he holds the majority of the time.  It is a really fun concept, as we often see similar heroes go through incredible means to overtake a villain, only to do it all again so that the next big bad can be toppled.  Saitama doesn’t have that problem.  After years of training, he has no equal.  There is no challenge.  It’s just not fun anymore.

Given the premise, one would think that this show (and the manga) wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.  However, that is far from the case.  The story is entertaining from the start, and moves at fairly brisk pace.  There are lots of nods to other popular anime/manga as well, with a good amount of comedy.  While Saitama finishes his foes with one blow, the action scenes are phenomenal as the spectacle that often leads up to the payoff is very good.  There are a few rough spots in the animation, but the action has translated well from the manga pages to the screen.

By the time this episode is over, you’ll have laughed, seen some awesome action, and witnessed the humiliating defeat of a handful of villains.  Sounds like a winning recipe to me.  If the manga is anything to go by, things are only just going to get better from here, and I can’t wait to watch the rest.

9/10

 

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