From the very beginning, I knew what I was getting into. One Punch Man stars Saitama who defeats his opponents with one punch. As the episodes seem to fly by, I found myself enjoying the series for entirely different reasons than what caused me to watch in the first place. I wanted some great action scenes and I got plenty of that but I often got more of a laugh from Saitama and the frustrations he endures as he begins to refine his craft as a message to those who excel at something but still find success limited to the thoughts of their peers. The expressions and reasons behind why Saitama becomes One Punch Man are truly refreshing as everything is laid out in front of you and every time you believe that there’s a twist, the truth is exactly what was presented. You also get to enjoy the relationship between him and Genos, a cyborg hero who become’s Saitama’s protégé within the series. The animation, produced by Mad House continues to prove what a strong studio they are as the fight scenes bring back classic grit style animation during intense scenes and the effects always felt over the top which I was thankful to see. But that’s where I found myself looking for the point. I found myself wondering more about the plot as well as the other hero’s stories but it just never happened. During the second half of the series there seems to be a highlight towards Mumen Rider, but all of the back stories for those characters were left dangling in the wind. As I watched the ending of the season, I sat confused wondering if there was anymore. Should I have really asked for more? I knew what I was getting into, but should there have been more?
I don’t know if there will be or should be, but I was happy to have watched it and I know you will too. You’re in luck as well since Toonami debuts the first episode on July 16th. If you’re looking for the stream, you’ll find it at Daisuki and Hulu under premium subscriptions respectively. What did you think about it? Are you excited to see the dub on Toonami? Leave your comments in the comment section below.