Review: One Punch Man
Cover of One Punch Man #1 (image: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38600684 )
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Cartoon Network’s late-night anime block Toonami recently aired the first episode of One Punch Man, and as a fan of the manga, I was ecstatic. I was a bit wary after first hearing Saitama’s English voice actor, but it turned out to be glorious. Also, no need to flee, this is spoiler-free.
For all of those who read the manga, it’s a near-perfect dub . All of the voice work is great, and although Saitama’s voice actor doesn’t seem that great at first, his true prowess emerges when Saitama gets serious. You can open up the manga and follow along if you want, and in places it’s near word-for-word.
For those who are new to One Punch Man, it’s an excellent anime. The main character, Saitama, is a hero who (as the title implies) ends any fight with one punch. He faces many villains, each with their own unique and over-the-top backstories. It’s a parody of superhero and anime tropes, and isn’t afraid to take them to the extreme. I found myself laughing hysterically at all of the jokes, even when I knew they were coming. The first opening is awesome and really fits the nature of the series, with the rest of the music being great but drowned out by other sounds.
If you like action-comedies and think that superheroes tend to be a bit too complicated, you’ll absolutely love One Punch Man. It airs every Saturday night at midnight on Toonami, and so far only one episode has aired, so you won’t have much to catch up on.