The popular manga One-Punch Man is running in Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics. The second season of the One-Punch Man anime adaptation has already been announced and the promotion for the new season has already begun as of July 2017. As a fan of the first season, which aired in 2015, I can’t wait to watch it.
One-Punch Man (Season 1) Series Review
One-Punch Man began as a web-comic by ONE, who is not exactly known for his drawing skills. Yet the story, action, and humor led to it becoming a viral hit. Manga artist Yusuke Murata (known for illustrating Eyeshield 21) offered to remake the web-comic! The story of the remake begins to deviate from the original greatly, and the anime ended up mostly being an adaptation of the remake. In this article, I’ll refer to the original web-comic by ONE as the web-comic and the manga remake by Yusuke Murata as the remake.
The first season covers up to the fight against Boros in the 7th volume of the remake. It includes the raid on the House of Evolution, a Giant Meteor, the fight against the Deep Sea King, and the invasion of the Dark Matter Thieves; it was an outrageously condensed season with brilliant animation that made the most of the greatness of the web-comic and remake. The massive response in Japan and from abroad must have encouraged the decision to create a second season.
Whether for its illustrations or its interpretation, each episode of One-Punch man was majestic. If I must choose one arc as my favorite, it would be the Deep Sea King arc. I love the scene with Mumen Rider standing against the enemy shouting his motto of dignity. It makes me almost cry every time I watch it. When asked their favorite scene from the anime, it seems a lot of fans name the same scene.
In this article, I’m going to explore a couple of chapters around this scene. It’s the 9th episode of the anime series, and the 4th and 5th volumes of the remake.
The Battle Scene
The images of the anime are based on the remake, illustrated by Yusuke Murata. He is renowned for his drawing ability, which is evident in the illustrations of One-Punch Man. The anime production team surpassed the high expectations of the fans of manga series by perfecting the difficult task of adapting his version of manga.
The anime faithfully recreated the scenes of the remake, which are so powerful that they almost seems like they are jumping off the page. The anime even adds original elements to make these scenes more impressive. For instance, during the battle between Genos and the Deep Sea King at the emergency shelter, the sequence with Genos blasting the King into the air and through the ceiling of the shelter, then thrusting him down into the shelter again with his Machine Gun Blows is an anime original and not in the manga series.
The scene depicts Genos‘s strength vividly and impressively, despite him often being depicted as an underdog to emphasize Saitama’s ultimate combat power.
The Interpretation of the Rain
In the manga, during the Deep Sea King arc, it was raining all the time from the battle between Sonic and the King until the end of the arc. The rain stops at the last scene with Genos saying to himself, ‘Master Saitama, is this all right? If this is the path you choose to walk, I will not interfere.’ The rain cloud disperses and the sun is reflected on Saitama’s bald head like a halo.
The scene is slightly altered in the anime. Although the timing when the rain cloud disperses and the sun comes out is the same, the rain stops when Saitama’s punch rips a hole in the King’s torso and causes a blast of air, which blows away the rain cloud and stops the rain. The rain doesn’t come back in the following scenes.
Rain in anime and manga often signifies pessimism, therefore rain tends to fall during a serious scene. It can be said that rain is the symbol of despair. Saitama, who blows away the symbol of despair with one single punch, is a hero indeed.
Saitama and Mumen Rider
In the anime, Saitama and Mumen Rider meet before they reach the disaster site and exchange words, whereas in the manga they don’t meet until Mumen Rider is defeated by the Deep Sea King. The first proper conversation between them is when they encounter each other at a food stall after the disaster is over.
Mumen Rider notices a promotion letter in Saitama’s pocket, and reveals he is the one who sent a thank-you letter to Saitama. Saitama finally realizes that he is the brave hero who stood against the Deep Sea King. In the anime, an original flashback scene is added to make their relationship of respect more inspiring.
We have two heroes: Mumen Rider, who has earned solid trust even though he doesn’t have great combat power, and Saitama, who possesses ultimate power but hasn’t won people’s regard; the scene of the two contradictory characters sitting side by side is moving. Saitama must have realized that Mumen Rider is one of his few friends who stand on an equal footing. I wonder if the day will come when Saitama, who is bored his everyday life, begins to feel that he is glad to be working as a hero.
The Hero We Deserve
The broadcasting schedule of the second season on One-Punch Man hasn’t been confirmed as of July 2017. They probably want to give time to the manga to have more chapters. Whatever the reason, as long as the anime in the new season keeps the same quality as in the first, it will be well-worth the wait. Let’s wait for the second season while reading the original web-comic, the manga remake, and watching the first season of the anime!