Okay, so I guess it’s time for an explanation. Most of you were probably expecting a Batman v Superman review, since that was the biggest movie coming out this week, and a cultural event in and of itself. But I refuse to watch or review that movie. There’s a lot of reasons I refuse to do so, but ultimately it boils down to this: I like good movies and I never thought Batman v Superman was going to be a good movie. So, instead of writing a negative review of something I didn’t even want to see, I’m going to write an article recommending something I love.
Let’s talk about One Punch Man.
Yep, I know, I’m a few months late. I missed the initial One Punch Man hype train, but that doesn’t make the show any less amazing than it is. For the uninitiated, One Punch Man is an anime that aired last year, based on an online manga of the same name, originally published in 2009.
The actual story of the webcomics growth and popularity and ultimate purchase is an interesting one, but for the purposes of this article we’ll be skipping that story. Instead, let’s talk about the anime itself, easily one of the most popular and critically acclaimed anime of the past few years.
The anime follows Saitama, a hero who can destroy every baddie he comes across with just one punch. Eventually the plot gets a little more complicated, a cyborg companion is introduced, a Hero’s Association is involved, and a larger plot comes into play. For the most part, however, the entire story of One Punch Man is “He kills it in one punch.” And he does. A lot.
Saitama is himself an iconoclast in the anime community. He is bored by backstory. A constant mantra of his when interrogating people is “20 words or less”. He is bored by every villain he’s ever encountered, knowing with certainty that he’ll just beat them with one punch every time. He’s incredibly self-involved. In one episode, he decides to take down a radical terrorist group not because they’re reigning terror, but because they stole his look.
This is in a time when Anime as a genre is becoming increasingly concerned with being taken seriously, especially in the US, where it is slowly but surely becoming more and more popular, especially with younger generations.
But One Punch Man doesn’t care about being taken seriously. In fact, One Punch Man is not only the funniest anime I’ve ever seen, but one of the funniest things I’ve seen in the past year. I think it has a lot to do with the writing, but the animation also has a lot to do with why I love One Punch Man so much.
The Animation is phenomenal. Exciting, beautiful, and at times hilarious, I mean, just look at this stuff:
It’s goddamn awesome.
And I think that’s what I love about One Punch Man the most. A lot of anime, movies, and TV shows are trying to hard to be “serious” and “adult”. But One Punch Man says “Screw that, we’re gonna have fun”.
I just love One Punch Man. It made me excited about anime again. Hell, it made me excited about Superheroes again. Because after all is said and done, that’s what One Punch Man is, a superhero story, and one I’m excited to share with you.
One Punch Man is currently streaming on both Hulu.