At First Glance – One-Punch Man

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it. Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

One-Punch Man

For a while after this anime came out last year it was hard NOT to hear about it. But, now that the hype has died down (at least that I’ve seen), I feel I can now watch this objectively. I didn’t really know anything about this going in aside from the superhero satire premise, so I was going in fairly blind as usual. Thankfully.

I feel like episode one is purely an introductory episode. So as far as plot goes, I can only really give the show’s premise. The show follows Saitama, a man living in an alternate world who decided to become a superhero just for the hell of it. No. Really. That’s his backstory. Well, ok. We actually do get some form of backstory in that Saitama was once just some regular Joe Schmoe looking for work.

Then one day he ends up in the path of Crabrante, a monster created after a man ate too much crab……I’m not even kidding. I can’t make this shit up.

Look at this fucker. Just look at him.

And to top it all off, Crabrante is mainly going on a killing spree because he’s looking for this one kid who drew nipples on him when he was asleep. And the kid looks like this.

“Well…ummm…I guess they call me…Chin Ball Boy, and umm…Ball Chin Boy…and when I was…when I’m walking they’ll say ‘Hey, there goes Chin Balls’ “

That whole thing aside, this was a very entertaining episode. The whole dilemma of Saitama having become to powerful that he’s able to defeat these villains with one punch is handled pretty well. It mainly played for comedy, but Saitama does lament that he seems to have become fairly emotionless due to his crime fighting becoming fairly boring. He doesn’t so much brag about being so strong, but instead complains about it.

Honestly? That makes this show much more interesting to me than if Saitama had just been this cocky bastard who takes pride in being able to take out these monsters in one hit. I mean that premise could’ve also worked, but him being annoyed by it rather than happy about it is great.

Speaking of the villains though, holy crap. I won’t spoil what any of the others look like, or their backstories, but wow. You really can’t make this shit up. The first one we see is the most “I could see this being an actual Marvel or DC thing”, but everyone else, including Crabrante as I mentioned before, have ridiculous backstories. I swear, a crossover between One-Punch Man and Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! would be amazing.

One other aspect I like about this episode is it’s very “a day in the life” in how it’s presented. For the most part we’re just following Saitama around during his usual routine when a villain decides to pop up that he has to take out. And sure, that happens in traditional superhero stuff too, but the way it’s presented here is playing it up for comedic effect. I love it.

So. Will I continue to watch this show? Hell yes. I definitely plan on watching the rest of the show to see where it goes from here. Especially since the end of episode one seems to imply the show will actually gain some sort of ongoing plot. Maybe. Anyway, for those interested, season one of One-Punch Man consists of 12 episodes, with another season slated to be released later this year if what I’m reading is correct.

Along with the first season, there have also been seven OVAs released. Everything mentioned is currently only available in the subbed format. However, Viz Media is currently producing an English dub for the first season (and possibly the OVAs), so season one may well have a dubbed version available by the end of the year. If not, it’s still on the way in any case.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline. I am currently still deciding which anime to watch for the third article I mean to write this week, so I can’t say what as of yet, but I will still try to make a decision before the week is up. With that said, I’ll see you next time folks.

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