Layers upon layers of parody within a crunchy shell of Saturday-morning shounen, it is a nostalgic blend of classic superhero tropes and anime stereotypes that manages to entertain while questioning the legitimacy of the material it parodies. Light-hearted but not stupid, the show knows its limits and hits all the right notes. The main character is a living meme, and the diverse cast keeps the plot moving and feeling fresh. Dialogue is especially good – from funny to powerful, each line fits a character or…Continue Reading “in 100 Words – One-Punch Man”

Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #9: Unyielding Justice

Release Date: November 29, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: The episode begins with a bang: Genos and Mumen Rider challenge the Sea King and are both swiftly repelled. It takes Saitama showing up and one good punch to lay the Sea King low and prevent the deaths of more innocents. Despite this, Saitama is still considered an outcast and cheater in the overall superhero community. He is rewarded for his efforts, however, and he ranks up to become a B-Class hero.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #8: The Deep Sea King

Release Date: November 22, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

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.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #7: The Supreme Pupil/ The Ultimate Disciple

Release Date: November 16, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: A giant meteor is heading towards City Z, and the Hero’s Association calls in its S-Rank heroes to stop it. Unfortunately, only Genos and two other heroes (Bang and Metal Knight) show up to stop it. Despite their efforts, the meteor nearly destroys the city until Saitama shows up and destroys it. In the aftermath of the event, some people are still not sure how to think about Saitama as the destruction of the meteor still caused a rain of fragments that destroyed part of the city.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #6: The Terrifying City

Release Date: November 8, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

Synopsis: It’s been 5 days since Saitama’s debut as a professional hero, and as a Rank C, he needs to find crime to fight if he wants to keep his registration. Also, as Genos’ official master, he feels the need to give him some sort of instruction, but isn’t quite sure how. After searching the city fruitlessly for crime for an entire day, Speed ‘O Sound Sonic shows up looking for a fight, and Saitama takes him out just in time to keep his license. Meanwhile, a seaweed monster appears in Saitama’s neighborhood in City Z, and the Hero’s Association dispatches two heroes to assess the threat.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #5: The Ultimate Master

Release Date: November 1, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

Synposis: The episode showcases Genos and Saitama’s applications into the Hero’s Association; they both undergo the physical and mental tests and end up as Ranks S and C, respectively. Also, thanks to their previous agreement, Genos is now officially Saitama’s disciple, and coupled with the upgrades he received from Dr. Kuseno, Genos is more powerful than ever, but still isn’t quite up to the level of Saitama yet. Despite this, Saitama is still ranked lower than Genos for some reason, and it does seem that there is some hierarchy within the Association…

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #4: The Modern Ninja 

Release Date: October 25, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

Synopsis: We are introduced to the social anarchist villain Hammerhead, a thug with a group of criminals known as the Paradisers who wear stolen power armor, as they wreak havoc on the town. Claiming that they want an equal society where everyone takes care of everyone, they set out to prove their point by killing a rich man known as Zeninu. Meanwhile, Saitama hears the news and decides he wants to take down the Paradisers as well, as their bald look causes the public to be wary of bald people. In response to the approaching danger, Zeninu sends out his ninja bodyguard Sonic to defeat the Paradisers before they arrive.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #3: The Obsessive Scientist

Release Date: October 18, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: We learn that the creator of the House of Evolution was a young genius who grew tired of society because no one understood his drive to overcome the limitations of the human race. Secluding himself, he dedicated his life to research for 70 years, until he made his first breakthrough. Giving himself youth and cloning himself, he is responsible for the attacks on Saitama and Genos. Learning all this from the subdued Armored Gorilla, they pay the good scientist a visit, and do battle with his most powerful creation: Carnage Kabuto.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #2: The Lone Cyborg

Release Date: October 11, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: The episode opens with a newscast discussing an outbreak of mosquitoes; a swarm so big and deadly that citizens are advised to stay indoors. The swarm is revealed to be controlled by an humanoid insect girl, Mosquito Girl, who thrives off of the blood of humans and animals. While this is happening, Saitama is occupied trying to kill a lone mosquito that keeps dodging him, and we are introduced to Genos: a cyborg for justice who attacks Mosquito Girl. He is nearly defeated until Saitama shows up and defeats Mosquito Girl. Genos then decides that he wants to learn under Saitama in order to grow as strong as him, and they head back to Saitama’s apartment to talk. They discuss Genos’ backstory and Saitama agrees to take Genos under his wing, but they are attacked by a group of anthropomorphic animal warriors. These are revealed to be sent by an organization known as “The House of Evolution”, and as Genos and Saitama defeat their enemies, they interrogate the last one for information regarding the purpose behind the “House of Evolution”.

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Hello everyone! Before I get into the review for the first episode of One-Punch Man, I just want to explain that I’m still developing my “anime reviewer” writing voice, so I’ll be trying a few different styles here and there; right now I’m dividing my review into three main parts: the synopsis, the in-depth spoilery review, and the non-spoiler review at the end. If you’d like to know my thoughts on the episode without having it spoiled, just read the synopsis and jump down to the “Gimme the Skinny!” section down below. Otherwise, enjoy the full extent of my thoughts on the episode. Let’s get to it!

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