Directed by Shingo Natsume, One-Punch Man is a superhero comedy anime from Madhouse. Based on the manga from the Japanese author known as One and the illustrator Yusuke Murata, the first season released twelve episodes.
Set in an alternate Earth where the populace is divided into various cities, the Heroes Association keeps the citizens safe. There is one man who seems indestructible, the one called Saitama (Max Mittelman). He is apathetic and bored, only doing hero work for fun. He soon encounters a cyborg named Genos (Zach Aguilar), who becomes his apprentice and convinces him to join the Hero Association to being a superhero can become his full-time job. He encounters other heroes like Atomic Samurai (Kyle Hebert), Mumen Rider (Robbie Daymond), and Tornado (Marieve Herington). He stuns everyone with his impressive feats of strength, attracting the attention of some villains who want to defeat him.
Okay, I laughed out loud throughout the entire season. Saitama essentially parodies common tropes among comic book heroes. For instance, he often cuts off villains when they begin to monologue too long and makes insensitive, but honest observations about his fellow heroes. What makes it even funnier is his apathy, which many perceive as intelligence. Mittelman performs it like he has been wanting to do it his whole life and it truly comes out in the character.
The rest of the cast did a good job too. All of the characters are well-rounded, have depth, and we get to see how they react to the events around them, especially with the climactic battle.
As for the animation, it was perfect for this show. While most of the heroes and villains have static faces that rarely change, Saitama’s vary greatly and at just the right moments. It was well done and that goes double for the action sequences. Wow. What an amazing job they did. I think that it worked very well and came together for a good time.
Check out the trailer below:
This review is based on the English dub by Viz Media.
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