Manga First Impressions: One-Punch Man

I enjoyed the One-Punch Man anime, so I was excited to read the manga and see what happens after season 1. Season 2 of the anime has been confirmed, but it’s not out yet. With no announcements of a release date, I decided to venture into the world of manga.

One-Punch Man originally started as a self-published web comic. I’m actually reading the remake of the web comic, illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The remake, written by original author One, was published by Shueisha in Young Jump Web Comics. In English, it was published in the Weekly Shonen Jump.

This is only a first impressions post, so I won’t go into detail about what happens after the first volume of manga. If you’re wondering about what happens after the first season of anime, I’m afraid this is not the place for you. I am thinking about writing a post like that, though.

One Punch Man Manga Cover English

One-Punch Man is about a man named Saitama who is a hero as a hobby. He also has an ability to kill anyone with one punch. Since Saitama’s ability is so powerful, he finds the hero business to be overwhelmingly boring. In the story, he meets a cyborg named Genos who becomes his unnecessary sidekick. Genos is determined to become as strong as Saitama, but nobody understands Saitama’s immense power; not even Saitamahimself. (He thinks he achieved it by doing basic strength training.)

Since I had already seen the anime, it wasn’t a surprise to me that the first volume of manga turned out exactly the same as the show. There were very few differences, if any. However it has been a while since I’ve seen the anime, so the jokes were amusing again and I enjoyed it all the same.

The author, One, is also the author of Mob Psycho100. As a result, there was a cameo for Mob Psycho 100 in the first volume of One-Punch Man. After chapter 8, there was a special chapter 8.5 about Saitama as a kid. He wore a shirt that had “Mobu Psycho 1000000” written on it.

There’s not a lot to say about the first volume ifyou’ve seen the anime of One-Punch Man. Everything played out pretty much the same way, aside from chapter 8.5. For those who are new to the franchise, it’s pretty hilarious. The chapters are a bit short, though. I was really surprised with how short the manga was in comparison to how long the anime episodes are. I never thought that the One-Punch Man anime dragged out, but after reading the manga, it’s a mystery to me how it managed to play so much longer than the manga chapters and not be boring.

One Punch Man Manga Panel

In any case, the first volume of One-Punch Man wasvery fun to read. I recommend it to fans of comedy and parody; especially those who are also fans of shounen manga. One-Punch Man pokes a lot of fun at shounen manga in general, and the result is a silly hero story that comes off as uniquely entertaining.

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