Monday, 17 July 2017


One Punch Man Collection 1

Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 288 Mins
Audio: Japanese with English Subtitles and English
Release Date: 17/7/2017
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

At one time in your life you come across an anime that speaks personally to you as an individual. You see the first episode and it blows your mind. To others it might not seem like much, though to you it means a great deal. This is how I felt when I saw that first episode.

Saitama starts out defeated, he's just been for an interview with his best suit on. He's been turned-down and decides he doesn't' want to be a business man, not when a huge crab guy in underpants threatens to kill a huge-chinned kid with a ball. The reason for wanting to kill the kid? The last time he saw him, the kid drew black nipples on his pecs in permanent marker!

Saitama doesn't know why he does it, but his instinct is to protect the kid, launching an attack at the creature, grabbing his eye, he beats him. After this episode, in his history, he becomes a hero and trains so hard he loses his hair and what looks like normal human features. Three years later, he is so strong he can take on any creature and knock them out with one punch.

The fact he doesn't look normal doesn't matter, inside he is still Saitama, and he doesn't feel like the hero everyone thinks he is. After three years as a hero, he's become bored that he can take on foes and beat them so easily. Will he finally meet a foe he can fight on his own level? Saitama isn't your typical hero as he leads as normal a life as he can; goes to the shops, cooks, cleans, eats and sleeps just like anyone else and life for the most part doesn't seem to bother him. He only wishes that he could be given a real challenge by a strong opponent.

So far he hasn't met anyone who can match his strength in a fight. What is funny, and optimistic on his part is you think he's met his match, and fights an enemy with all he's got when it's really a dream. What I liked about it was that it's a fast-moving story that doesn't take itself too seriously. It almost takes the mickey out of the normal, long drawn-out battles in anime series and most fighting computer games.

Based on the original manga by ONE and Yusuke Murata, One Punch Man was serialised in Tornarino Young Jump by Shueisha to say I really enjoyed this would be a definite understatement.

Bonus Material: OAV 01, Interview with Chikashi Kubota, 02, Opening .

Summary: This is one of the best series to come out this year, endearing, funny and not like your usual superhero story!