Review: One Punch Man


Manga title : One Punch Man
Mangaka/Illustrator : One/Yusuke Murata
Released date : 2012 (2009 in webtoon)
Status in Origin : 10 volumes (ongoing)

What crosses your mind when you hear the term ‘superhero’? I am pretty sure we have similar ideas: fancy outfit, cool appearance, good looking person, and, of course, a special power to kick out the bad guys. Though some superhero movies includes some funny side, we would still perceive them as cool and kick-ass superheroes.

Meet Saitama, a superhero who did not look nor give a vibe as superhero. Often perceived as average person with average life, he lived his life casually though once in a while he would kill random monsters which appear a lot in his hometown, Japanese metropolis of City Z. What people did not aware of was that Saitama was incredibly strong and powerful, so much that he could easily defeat monsters with a single punch. Though it was beneficial, it could not help but make Saitama bored as he had been looking for a good fight which could make him excited.

While he was looking for stronger opponents that meet his expectation, he met new people during his journey. A cyborg, Genos, who witnessed Saitama’s power, then became his disciple. From Genos, Saitama learned that his actions in defeating monsters were not acknowledged by people merely because he had not registered himself as superhero in the Heroes Association! (what a concept! Lol!). Together, they joined the Heroes Association to get official recognition as heroes.

Hence, the adventure started, in which Saitama tried to gain respect as a hero. It did not look like an easy one, as most people still looked down on him due to his plain physical appearance. Some even accused him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals, who were also superheroes, recognized his incredible talent. What would happen next?

When I finished reading the available chapters, I quickly understood why people like this manga. Though its concept of superheroes is not new, its characters and plot are not common. Having a plain looking hero who had great power but was always misunderstood as a troublemaker made me felt sorry and wished something happened to make people realized how great he was (of course it would depend to One-san). Funny thing, I could not help to think if it also happened in real world.

This manga had many misunderstandings which did not give benefits to Saitama, but eventually, the way he handled his misfortune was the significant factor which differentiated him from other people. In a way, it could be applicable in our daily life. There might have been times when misunderstandings are inevitable and we had ourselves cornered. How we deal with it and react to it will be the key on what happens next to us and how we feel about ourselves. Indirectly, Saitama taught us to be strong and to always believe in ourselves in making decisions.


*(Behind the post conversation)
Saitama: You’re exaggera….
Niken: It’s fact that we learnt something from you *smile*
Saitama: No, you’re really exaggera…
Niken: I SAID WE LEARNT FROM YOU!!  

Overall, I think it is a refreshing and fun manga to read. I highly recommend you to read it especially if you are into action and comedy. I just hope the next volume will be soon released and still meet the expectation (yes, I am a selfish reader).

PS. haru and Ami, I fulfilled my quota this month! Yey! 😛

*(This post is also published in nikencorner.wordpress.com)

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