Hello! Welcome to another Geek Friday! I felt that last week I really didn’t get a chance to describe my new love for One Punch Man last week, so I’m going to take the time to do it now. One Punch Man is so funny! I love it! One of the things I love about it is how certain things happen though it’s very normal in their world. Such as the monsters coming to their city that has happened so often that they have an alarm, an evacuation system, and heroes that fight these monsters too. The monsters are pretty funny as they’re not mindless. They have a plan to take over the city then they meet Saitama, who they don’t think will be able to defeat them when he does.
That’s one of the things I enjoy about One Punch Man. Saitama doesn’t look like the average shounen hero. Normally they’re designed like Goku, Luffy, or Natsu, but there’s Saitama who always looks so calm. I love how he doesn’t look like he could defeat a monster. Genos, the cyborg that lives with him, looks more like the shounen hero with the hair and determined eyes. Saitama gets that look when he’s serious, but most of the time he looks so calm. It is easy to forget that he can destroy someone with one punch.
That’s one of the problems Saitama has. He destroys any enemy with one punch, though that’s the problem. There’s no one he can really fight because he destroys them so easily. That’s a very unique problem for a hero to have. Many times the problem a hero has is an enemy that can’t be defeated, not that a hero defeats his enemies too easily. Despite that problem, Saitama continues to be a hero for the city.
I do like Saitama’s motivation for becoming a hero. He wasn’t having any luck finding a job (so relatable am I right?) when he walks upon a monster who’s close to hurting a child. While he’s not able to defeat the monster very easily when he does it he vows to get stronger. It’s something that he does, but he ends up losing his hair as a result. He may have lost his hair, but he is strong enough now to become the hero that he wants to be.
Saitama is a very easy guy to relate to. He’s a regular guy that didn’t make it as a salaryman, but he finds his calling in becoming a hero. I like how he didn’t know what to do, yet he found his calling when he thought he wouldn’t be able to succeed in the working world. It’s nice to have a main character that can be very relatable to many of the readers who may be in the same situation of trying to figure out what works for them. While Saitama isn’t the average shounen hero, Genos is quite different as a character too.
Genos is a cyborg that had quite a tragic story about losing his happy family at 15, then becoming a cyborg in an effort to protect the world too. He’s quite powerful, but he’s not arrogant. He’s actually quite humble and the way he wants to learn from Saitama is so sweet. He wants to improve himself so he can help protect the world too. I really love Genos too. He moves in, takes care of Saitama’s place, and genuinely asks for tips on how to be better. I enjoy the way Genos want to improve himself despite being a cyborg. Genos has quickly become my favorite character along with Saitama.
There are catchy songs for the opening and ending. There are different places in their setting that I can’t wait to learn more about. The Hero Organization is also very interesting along with the characters such as Sonic, Blizzard, and Typhoon to name a few. The storyline is also pretty nice to follow. It reminds me of slice of life, but with a superhero and his cyborg sidekick.
I really do recommend this series. It’s a good one!