In a city plagued with thugs, mutants, and supervillains, Saitama decides to become a superhero for fun. He envisions an exciting life where he is constantly challenged with tough opponents, but after three years of intense training, he's become so strong that he defeats every enemy with one punch! His dream of engaging challenging foes has gone up in smoke, and his overpowered life is filled with overpowering boredom. Then a cyborg named Genos learns about Saitama's amazing ability and begs him to make him his disciple. Saitama isn't interested in taking on an apprentice, but Genos isn't giving up. Can he convince the disillusioned hero to teach him the secret of his strength? And will Saitama ever find a worthy adversary to battle?
I don't really like doing reviews before the series is finished but this one I have to make an exception for. (I did the webcomic first) ~Spoilers~ This is like the Anime/Webcomic which I am glad, all follow the source material to the letter, and makes this series a cut above the rest. The lack of deviation is why the entire series is beautiful. This Manga is drawn by Yuusuke Murata a very well know artist and fan of the webcomic. The comedic overtone and the really impressive fight scenes are at the heart and soul of the series. The introduction of class ranks and positions within the ranks; in-fighting and backstabbing at lower echelons is very intriguing. There really is no slow point in the series that I can recall, so the pacing is very good. In order the series that should be done is Anime-Manga-Webcomic. That way the story will drive you to stay with it. Well worth all the time you spend with it. Yes, there was some copy-pasting here but it really is a very good series that should be in anyone's top ten. Well as soon as we hit the Garou arc the following of the source material has now diverged, but it still is super good and a very good and surprising storyline.
The story of the OPM manga is a bit weak even upon slight interrogation. Good thing, then, that Yusuke Murata's absolutely gorgeous art and ONE's really imaginative characters and story pick up the slack. It's an uncomplicated, fun, though occasionally inconsistent superhero story that at least has a lot more fun playing with its hero concepts than the last few decades of western superhero comics (DC and Marvel fans feel free to fight me irl). Saitama himself is the most interesting take on the "Superman" archetype that I can recall. Shame, then, that he's often left to run around in pointless side-plots or just be missing entirely until its his time to show up and deal with the threat du jour. It's a joke that worked really well earlier on but has worn a bit thin as time has worn on during this nightmarishly long Monster Association arc, so I may retract some of this praise later on. For now, though, One Punch Man is still a good bit of fun.
Love the anime One Punch man so I decided to read the Manga Vol 8 starts right after the end of the anime series 1. It was just like the series, the humor the satire very good but I guess I'm not an manga person. I like colors and reading left to right. Comics were my forte and the artwork and colors my muse. Anime is very similar but the manga being mostly black and white with the Right to left reading makes it work to read. That said One Punch Man would be worth the work if series 2 wasn't coming out on Anime.
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