[Review] One Punch Man

The Strongest Superhero Ever.

One Punch Man is probably the most overrated anime in 2015. This anime receives a very high rating everywhere because of its awesome story. Personally, I simply won’t call it overrated. It’s amazing in its own way. It offers an exciting story with an great idea that has never been implemented before.

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Saitama is just a normal human but he possessed a power beyond super human or superhero. His power is totally on a different league. Not even Superman or Son Goku can beat him Saitama’s strength. Saitama achieved his strength due to his intensive training of One hundred Push-ups, One hundred Sit-ups, One hundred Squats, and Running 10 km every single day for 3 years. He also never used Air Conditioning no matter how hot the temperature is. This way of life has inspired some of the fans to follow Saitama’s way, which is positive. Of course, in real life, no human can achieve what Saitama has achieve in One Punch Man. It’s anime logic after all.

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This anime packs a very good animation. Not as great as what I expected but still very good. The battle scene is great though. Fast moving action and great angle of view makes it even more exciting. The color is great. On Saitama’s regular day, the color gives similar feeling to when watching Gintama, bright and colorful, makes the atmosphere feels more relaxing. On battle scene, the color tone becomes slight darker, giving a more serious impression. The character design is what this kind of anime would be. It’s nothing impressive for me.

The music is terrific. The BGM is fantastic. The sound effect is good but not that impressive. The title of the opening theme is “THE HERO !! ~Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~” by JAM Project. That is a truly exciting song filled with heroic impression. The ending theme for episode 1-11 is “Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru” by Moriguchi Hiroko and the ending theme for episode 12 is “Kanashimitachi wo Dakishimete” by Moriguchi Hiroko as well. Moriguchi Hiroko is a veteran singer when it comes to anime. She already become a singer since 1980s.

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The main character in this anime is Saitama for sure. But other than that, we also have Genos, the cyborg who becomes Saitama’s disciple. Genos is very loyal to Saitama. Saitama himself is voiced by Furukawa Makoto and Genos is voiced by Ishikawa Kaito. Other than these two, the others are considered as supporting and minor characters. However, one thing that you should notice is voice actors/actresses line up. They are quite famous. You’ll find Nakamura Yuuichi as Mumen Rider, Miyano Mamoru as Amai Mask, Tsuda Kenjirou as Atomic Samurai, Genda Tessho as Bofoy, Yuuki Aoi as Tatsumaki, Kaji Yuki as Onsoku no Sonic, and many other popular names.

My overall impression with this anime is really positive. It’s not perfect of course but it is just too exciting so that I can simply forgive its cons. The story is the best part of this anime. You will never find any other anime where the hero can beat his enemies without any effort (but still got a trouble killing a mosquito). When Saitama arrives to the scene, you already know that Saitama will win. Just what kind of punch Saitama will use to beat his enemy is the question. The pace of the story is really fast. Unlike other anime with too many crappy talk (like One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball, and many other anime(s) with a very long episode), One Punch Man gets to the point real fast just as fast as Saitama beats his enemies. 12 Episodes is too short I believe. We want more and there are some rumors that season 2 anime is already confirmed by the creator. Hope that is true.

Story 8
Animation 9
Sounds & Musics 8
Characters 7
Voice Acting 8
Overall 8
Rated as Very Good

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