Anime First Impressions: One-Punch Man

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**Disclaimer: One-Punch Man isn’t really an anime. It’s a parody. So sorry for the confusion, but I’ll keep it up on the Anime Tab of my site anyway. (It’s not the first time I have unorganized posts in places where they don’t belong.)**

Hello!

I’m having lots of free time lately, and so I’m able to watch/read things more often. I’m able to have some new post material as well, so I decided to make another Anime First Impressions. πŸ˜€ I know, I’m behind on some posts, for instance I need to make another announcement for my 500 Followers post, but haven’t gotten to it yet. But while I go and imagine what exactly I should write in it, please enjoy this post for now!

One-Punch Man

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Thoughts BEFORE Watching: When I was very new to anime, I kept seeing One-Punch Man as a high ranking anime. Lots of workout videos, challenges, and recommendations were thrown at me and the hype towards the show dulled my interest. However, a friend of mine started to watch it and said she really enjoyed it, but I was still not totally convinced. With further pushing from a few people, I kind of wanted to see for myself how the show played out. I finally decided to try it out, once I was back from my short hiatus, to see for myself if it’s worth the hype.

Thoughts AFTER Episode 1: Okay, I can’t deny that this wasn’t a bad episode. I actually enjoyed a few parts.

Saitama is even more apathetic than Batman, if you can believe it, haha. He’s always wanted to be a superhero that could defeat villains with one punch, but several workouts and one big hair loss later, he becomes who he’s always dreamed of being. And it’s the most boring life he could ever ask for.

His problem: he is a little too strong. That means he’s always victorious in a fight, but always winning gets a little dull sometimes. Saitama now wants to meet a villain who can actually rival his own strength, but it seems impossible at the moment.

I heard that this was going to be a gag/parody anime, but I didn’t think one actually existed until I ended up watching this. There are several hidden little jokes as well as jokes that are directly mentioned. The whole episode was basically composed of comedic reliefs, but they were side-by-side with epic action scenes.

Speaking of action scenes, did I mention they were epic? Because they are! There were around four-five fight scenes, and it was only the first episode. The art style is your typical action/shounen art style, but it was very fascinating to look at. (All dat detail. πŸ˜‰) I could tell the artist liked playing with details in the line art, it’s an interesting style. (Also the contrast of how Saitama was drawn [with little detail] versus everything else made this more of a gag towards Saitama’s character.)

This was just a first episode, so really Saitama was the only character we get in depth to see. (Villains just make cameos, nothing really going on there.) I know I’ll have to keep watching in order to grasp more of the plot (if there is any, I think it’s just a slice of life anime) and to meet all the characters.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad first episode. But I don’t quite yet see the hype appeal. I’ll need to see more in order to understand what the fandom sees.

Thoughts AFTER Season 1: Okay, now I see the appeal.

My only complaint would be the ending (not the ending after the credits, which was funny, but I’m talking about the ending before that). (WARNING: Rest of paragraph might spoil things!) I was hoping Saitama would finally be recognized by the Hero Association, or that the other heroes would acknowledge him, but the season ended in a way that didn’t have any development to Saitama’s dilemma. However, this is a gag anime, so I guess it would be in the creator’s mindset to add a touch of irony.

There’s also hardly any development or change in any of the characters behavior, except for Genos. I hope things like this get touched up in season two, but again this is a gag, so I expected this to happen as well.

My favorite character ended up being Sonic. Something I noticed during the last three episodes: in the first you get to see him getting prepared to fight (at least that’s what it looks like he’s doing), but you don’t actually see him again until it’s two episodes later. I wish there wasn’t this block where he appears and then disappears, it makes it look like he was forgotten to be put in.

I’d say this would be a slice of life anime. Saitama and Genos try their best to defeat all the villains rampaging all the cities, and in turn, they become fully-fledged heroes (legally at least). There’s not much structure for a plot, it’s just all happenstance from there.

I did really enjoy watching this whole season, and I hope to watch the second once it comes out. I really liked the art style and the animation. (I noticed several stills of frame/background, where the object on the screen would be the only visible thing to move [this effect is supposed to make your eyes follow a certain point]. <- This is just an observation, I thought it was a neat touch.) I also really enjoyed all the comedy, though I bet it’s mainly supported for adult humor. But either way, I ended up liking this entire season more than I though I would, and wish there was more.

(The last three episodes reminded me a lot of The Avengers, anyone else think this too?)


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  1. You didn’t fail this post! This was fun. And I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but I haven’t checked it out yet. I didn’t really think superhero parodies would be my cup of tea. But then I started to read a Webtoon (surprise, surprise,) and thought, well, maybe I do enjoy superhero parodies!
    The animation for this looks really good though, so I might look at this for that. Don’t worry, this was a fun post!
    And I only have one more episode of Noragami Aragoto left…πŸ˜₯

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    1. Thank you! That’s good to know, it makes me feel a lot better that I didn’t fail it completely, haha. πŸ˜„ I didn’t think I’d enjoy superhero parodies either, but I ended up liking One-Punch Man more than I originally thought I would. I hope you really like it! It was fun to watch! Also the animation is pretty amazing, mainly for all the fight scenes. πŸ˜‰ And only one episode?! You went through it so fast, I’m impressed! Enjoy the last episode! I wish there was already a season 3 out there!

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      1. Oh my gosh, the amount of time I’ve probably wasted now. πŸ˜‚ I just spend my time watching anime, reading manga, reading YA, eating, sleeping, etc. haha. *Loud Sigh* I have an agenda for comics, which I hope I get to, probably soon! πŸ™‚ (I plan on rereading a few webtoons, and finally trying out some new ones, as well as continuing a lot of older ones!) I’m glad you liked the animation!! I hope you enjoy all of season 1 and that it makes you laugh! πŸ˜€

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      2. I know, I kinda want to cry. I’m basically doing the same. And ooh, which Webtoons are you going to reread, and which are the new ones, and which are you continuing with? Yeah, I’ll try to try it out soon! (I still have others on my To Be Watched list though)

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      3. I’m thinking of rereading Siren’s Lament. I’m going to continue Frost, Bastard, Winter Woods, and a few others. (I took a break from reading those, I’m terrible I know. T^T) I’ve only read the first chapter of My Dear Cold-Blooded King, so that’s the new comic I’m aiming towards reading, I’ll also read any newer comics I may have missed. Right now I’m just reading Tap comics, but I’ll get back to reading more webtoons! And take your time with One-Punch, you don’t have to start it yet if you have others to prioritize first. πŸ˜€

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      4. Siren’s Lament’s plot is thickening quite nicely. And YES, continue Frost, Bastard, and Winter Woods! They’re so good!! (And Dr. Frost is NOT completed. They have plans to continue, they’re just uncertain of when). And read more of My Dear Cold Blooded King! I’m liking it more than I thought I would. It’s kind of a romantic, fantasy, mystery. You can check out some more of my Webtoon recommendations for more. (Shameless advertising, lol). And I’m aiming to get a Tapastic account soon, can’t wait!

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      5. Haha, thank you for telling me! I think I’ll enjoy My Dear Cold-Blooded King! And I’ll certainly enjoy reading the rest of the webtoons I’ve mentioned! Also YAY! Have fun scrolling through the app! I have a few comics I should make posts about. like Glacias and The Dummy’s Dummy, I’m still very behind on webcomic posts. With the app, there are messages almost everyday and some contain free keys, so take advantage of those! If you are not using the app, there are still many free comics that are really good (like the ones that I’ve just mentioned). And no need for shameless advertising, I just gave you a few comics, so I’m guilty for doing it as well. πŸ˜€

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      6. Sometimes you’ll get messages on your inbox tab that give you coins, however those expire after a certain amount of days. Ads give you coins that don’t expire, but it’s handy to check the messages you get in Tap.

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      7. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT LAST SCENE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? GET ME SEASON THREE STAT. I AM NOT OKAY. I WAS GOING TO BE OKAY BUT THAT DUMB AFTER CREDITS SCENE GOT ME WORSE THAN ANY AFTER CREDIT SCENE IN A MARVEL MOVIE. That messed me up so bad, gah!

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      8. HAHA!!! I’D SAY: READ THE MANGA!!! IT’S DIFFERENT BUT STILL HAS A LOT OF THE SAME EPISODES AS THE ANIME, AND YOU FINALLY GET A FACE FOR “FATHER”!!! I rewatched the ending of the Aragoto, and I feel your pain. I remembered watching that ending for the first time and, ah, I can’t word right even now, haha. Trudge on!!! I am here for you!!! But wasn’t I right? The Aracgoto is much better than the first season. πŸ˜‰

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      9. Okay, I’ll read it! I NEED to read it! I was panicking at the end of the episode. I thought to myself, “Okay, I can deal without Season 3, I can deal…” and then the last 47 seconds happened. And Aragoto is definitely better than season 1! It was amazing!

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      10. I hear some speculated dates for a season 3, but nothing is for certain just yet. But I do hope BONES figures out when to release some more info. “Screw sleep” has become my motto this summer, haha.

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  2. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched an anime. This sounds interesting! I like the old ones more than the new anime’s. My favorites are Yu Yu Hakusho, flame of Recca, Dragon Ball z, Samurai X, Tsubasa Chronicles, Naruto, Escaflowne, Mysterious Play, FMA, Inuyasha, Hakouki and so many more.

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    1. I haven’t watched very many old anime bit this is such a great list! Thank you! I’ve actually wanted to watch Inuyasha for awhile but wasn’t sure. I’m glad you liked all of those other anime (I might end up watching them πŸ˜‰) and that One-Punch Man has captured your interests.

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  3. I have to admit I only watched the first episode (after much pleading from my boyfriend) and couldn’t say I saw the appeal… I mean, I liked parts of it but it was just too ridiculous for me XD I will definitely give the rest of the season a shot, though, seeing as it seems to get better πŸ™‚ (and because it’ll make the bf happy hahaha)
    Lovely review!

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