Note: This review is part of the XII Days of Redemption reviewing event. This is for Day XI and contains no spoilers.
One-Punch Man is a 12 episode action-comedy series about a person who is a hero for fun and can literally defeat an opponent in one punch. However, because of his strength, his battles became less thrilling until one day, when a cyborg enters his life as a disciple.
Storyline The story is very simple to follow and it's not too serious for the better and it was part of why the show ended up working as a parody of the superhero genre. Much fuller development doesn't amp up, however until when the Hero Association comes into play, but instead of eventually being hampered, it helped the story a lot. Many battles didn't feel too predictable at all for the heroes, even shockingly, in some of Saitama's cases even though predictability was a concern among viewers. All leading to a very satisfying end result that turned out beautiful.
Characters The characters are the strongest suit to this show, to a point. Just about everyone, including Saitama, Genos, Speed O' Sound, Sonic and Mumen Rider are very good characters, even considering that Saitama's just about a simple as he gets. Some may find a few non-villain characters problematic, especially with the Tank Top Brothers' behavior (the second lowest of the characters here), Pri-Pri Prisoner for his origin and personality (whom is actually neutral to me) and Tatsumaki for her personality too (however, she's on the high neutral scale). The lowest of the bunch here happens to be Amai Mask for his personality and his sore behavior much later into the show. Most of the villains are surprisingly memorable and are often humorous or serious without bogging the show down.
Pros and Cons The art style is very nice and adapts well from it's manga counterpart and the animation is solid on the most part, heavy use of sakuga-styled battle animations aside (but there wasn't much wrong with that anyways). The main and background musical scores were very good, especially with the opening theme being the best of the bunch. The humor contained within this show rarely misses here and the action scenes look real awesome on the most part.
Those that don't like gore or brutality might be careful since there are monster guts and parts of human pieces that take the skies. This show also can't be taken too seriously, or viewers might not have as much fun as when they were. There is some predictability within the show, despite it not completely taking everything over.
Dub and Sub Comparisons/Evaluation I found both versions to be enjoyable this time around, as I had very few problems with the voices for the Japanese and English dubs, even thought there are some voices that aren't too kind to the ears (a few examples are Beefcake in English and Sonic in Japanese). Most of the transition between the dub and sub translations are nicely done here.
Final Verdict Considering my enjoyment for this show, even as a re-watch, this blows through the skies with a 10/10. Those that like superheroes and villains or like to see something not so serious will definitely get a strike out of this one.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
OPM was pretty fantastic with how it poked fun at standard superhero/shonen tropes. Like the large tower filled with villains, and how Genos dealt with that in an unconventional manner. One would think a show about a guy who beats people in one punch would get boring, but it's how they write around that is partly what makes the show amazing. Can't wait for season 2!
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT