Series: One-Punch Man
Episode #8: The Deep Sea King
Release Date: November 22, 2015
Where to Watch: Daisuki
Synopsis: The episode starts with a huge humanoid octopus guy claiming to be part of the Sea Folk, coming to claim the surface. Saitama takes out this one with one punch, but elsewhere in City J, a hero named Stinger faces off against several of the Sea Folk and the Sea King alone. Being severely outclassed, Saitama, Genos, and Mumen Rider race off to assist him, as the citizens of the city evacuate.
To be honest, there isn’t a lot for me to pick apart in this episode. There was a lot of action, with a bit of plot additions here and there. We once again meet Mumen Rider, the bicyclist for justice, and we see his fruitless race towards the action. Poor guy really needs to trade his bike in for a motorcycle. But it is interesting to see that he’s so devoted towards helping his fellow heroes that even when Class C heroes like himself are told to evacuate the city, he decides to charge forward regardless. The hierarchy within the Hero’s Association seems to be its weak point: the obsession with popularity and ranking pushes heroes to box themselves in more, rather than to think in more innovative ways as to how they can help deal with threats.
They aren’t paid enough for stuff like that.
Speaking of heroes, in this episode we are introduced to Puri-Puri Prisoner, a former class S hero who was imprisoned for having the tendency to attack those he described as “beautiful men”. Yeah, he’s gay. He escaped during the carnage caused by the Sea King, and while being a strong hero in his own right, he still falls to the might of the King of the Sea Folk. As with everything else in this show, the portrayal of Puri-Puri’s choice of sexuality is over-the-top, with his colored beard, his eyelashes, and especially his sweater vest with the heart on it.
Also, Sonic escaped prison too.
But the episode doesn’t dwell on him for too long. I don’t want to try to read into what the writers might be trying to do by introducing him as a character (the gender issue is too big a can of worms for me to even attempt to get into here), but I do have to say that I appreciate how she show neither shys away nor overly throws him at the viewer: he simply shows up and does stuff, like the other side heroes introduced in this episode.
We also get to see that blue-haired Amai Mask once again, and instead of helping out his fellow heroes, he’s on a tv talk show trying to promote his latest album:
Nice cut. Going for that dapper shounen look.
Apparently, the hero life doesn’t pay super well. Which isn’t surprising, considering where Saitama lives. But honestly, considering the Demon-class threat that the Sea King is (despite looking like a kaiju version of the Joker), why aren’t there more heroes challenging him? Where are all the S-Ranks? Seriously! It seems like most of them have a “if-it’s-not-in-my-town-it’s-not-my-business” approach, which seems to undermine the whole purpose of the Association.
In the end, the episode concludes with the Sea King attacking the evacuee shelter, Genos having just arrived to challenge him. Saitama and Mumen Rider are on their way to confront him as well, but for some reason Mumen doesn’t recognize Saitama. You’d think that more people would recognize the guy who broke a meteor with his fist, but apparently not…? I really think that there’s more to Saitama’s anonymity than there seems to be on the surface…it seems nearly intentional.
TO THE BATMOBILE!
Gimme the Skinny!
This week’s episode was really fast-paced and action-filled, which I really liked. It felt like that typical episode within a Saturday morning series that starts to lead up to the big climax of the series: we’re introduced to new villains, our heroes are pushed to their limits, and the bar gets set for the next season to surpass. This episode traded a lot of exposition and soul-searching for bare-knuckled action, which was nice to see for a change. The introduction of the Sea Folk and their Sea King was fairly stereotypical (we’ve had Earth villains and Water villains, we’re missing our flying villains now), but it did give room for some awesome action sequences between some new heroes and villains. In fact, Saitama and Genos don’t do much in this episode: most of the action and screen time is dedicated to other heroes and the rampage of the Sea King, which was an interesting choice. All in all, I’m looking forward to the next episode.