Anime is known for balancing it with flashy animation, intense battles, and goofy humor, but few show that balance as One-Punch Man does. A parody of shounen anime and manga, One-Punch Man traces the absurd notion of the most powerful being in human history and how bored with life is. As Saitama searches for something useful to do with all his might between trips to the grocery store, a very absurd and interesting world opens up before him.
If you’re looking for a bit of information about the One-Punch Man and his many fun characters, we’ve got you covered. We’ll teach you all three versions of the story currently in progress and even point you in the direction of where to start. Are you ready to join the Hero Association? Then keep reading!
One-Punch Man Beginner’s Guide
What is One-Punch Man?
As the title suggests, One-Punch Man focuses on a hero who is so powerful that he can destroy any opponent with just one hit. If this sounds totally silly to you, don’t worry – it’s meant to be. While Saitama’s training made him a force to be reckoned with, it sucked the joy and vitality out of his existence. He dreams endlessly of being challenged or even injured again until he feels alive.
When she sees a fateful confrontation with a cyborg the formidable power of Saitama exposed to the world, he joins the Hero Association and quickly rises up the ranks to rival its best members. As the league’s internal discord collides with various threats against the planet, One-Punch Man grows in scope to become as exciting as it is funny.
When threats from extraterrestrials invade, ordinary humans transform themselves into silly supervillains (“I love cars so much that I made myself into a car!”), and the Monster Association plots to overthrow the entire system, it’s up to Saitama and the other heroes to banish the threats against the world.
Who created the one punched man?
The original version of One-Punch Man was a comic video created by the mysterious ONE. No one knows who the secret person really is or even their gender, and the mystery is a mystery that many manga fans are still trying to solve to this day. Anyway, ONE noted that most shounen anime followed a similar premise of training a young hero and slowly growing his strength until he became stronger or better. Since this is where the series usually concludes, ONE thought it would be very interesting to write a series that starts where most other anime and manga end.
The popularity of the web comic led to it being remade as a manga by Yusuke Murata and eventually being adapted into an anime series as well. Morata deeply felt the work he did during his terminal illness, and wished to do this last project before his death. Fortunately, he succeeded, and now all three versions of the story still continue today.
This means that a discerning fan must trace three different story time sequences to follow its many iterations. If you’re just starting out, your best bet is to pick one up and stick with it while you get your directions before moving on to one of the other versions.
Who are the main characters?
Saitama is the main character in One-Punch Man. As we explained above, he’s kind of a bored loafer with this wonderful source of strength within himself.
This changes when he meets Genos, a cyborg for revenge. When the two join the Hero Association, they meet other major figures such as martial arts expert Pang and psychokinetic storm.
Meanwhile, Sonic, the ninja defeated by Saitama, promises revenge, and Pang’s disciple looms in the background, ready to end the era of heroes.
Where to watch One Punch Man
As with many popular anime, the first season of One-Punch Man is Available on Netflix. However, as is also usual, this first season is all there is.
Fans who are looking forward to watching Season 2 are the best fit to grab Crunchy Roll Signing up as the anime streaming giant is probably one of the only places to watch later seasons of the hit anime.
There are also bundled anime episodes for purchase from online stores like Microsoft or in a physical media copy on Amazon.
Where can you read One-Punch manga?
The answer to this depends on which version you want to try first.
The webcomic is the farthest of the two and can be read entirely for free on ONE’s website here.
On the other hand, the manga, complete with all the redraws and updated laws, can be read here.
The great thing about these sources is that they come from the creators of the source material and don’t show any ads for you to click on or off. You can read the story to your heart’s content without frills, tricks or interruptions.
Alternatively, you can purchase physical copies of the manga from many different sources, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Indigo.
What should I try after One-Punch Man?
If you are looking for a popular anime that is similar in tone and premise to One-Punch Man, look no further than My Hero Academia. The series takes place in a world where 80% of the world’s population has superpowers, and has similar themes such as the responsibility of the strong to protect the weak and the inner squabbling of various hero organizations. It’s also funny from time to time, although it has a more traditional shounen style.
Kill la Kill also balances silly humor with thrilling action well and doubles the power of One-Punch Man by twisting anime/manga models over and over throughout his run.
Finally, if that’s the signature animation style you’re after, try another Madhouse-produced series like Mob Psycho 100, also created by ONE. You will get to know his character design and sense of humor from the very first episode of the psychological combat/ghost hunting series. Outside of these two, Madhouse has a heap of prolific acts like Ninja Scroll, Parasyte: The Maxim, Death Note, and Hunter x Hunter.
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