You thought Superman was in dire need of a nerf over in the DC Universe? Then pal, you’ve clearly never heard of the OP hero, One Punch Man. See that kaiju which just wrecked a city? Gone in a single punch. An alien overlord from another galaxy who can kick you to the moon and regenerate damage within seconds? Defeated in a single punch. A titanic monster martial artist whose power is so great that it can’t even be seen? Dead not only in a single blow but done so off-screen. The worst punishment that anime has to offer.
So what makes One Punch Man so great then? How can a series whose invincible protagonist be so appealing? Well that’s because One Punch Man is well aware of just how boring absolute power is, and uses that to craft several stories about the world around Saitama, the titular master of singular pugilism. It’s the characters, the events and Saitama’s crushing loneliness that makes the series stand out.
That, and the manga has some of the best art seen, the first season of the anime was a new benchmark in animation when it launched and we never ever talk about the second season that debuted earlier this year. Never. So what’s next for One Punch Man? A video game of course, arriving some time in the near future and going by the name of One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows.
Looks alright. At first glance, this looks like your usual licensed Shonen Jump brawler that has seen the likes of Naruto, My Hero Academia and Jump Force games over the years: Three-dimensional battles with two-dimensional characters:
In addition to ol’ Saitama, you’ve got a vast roster of the other heroes and villains who inhabit that world such as fan favourite killer cyborg Genos, speedy shinobi Speed O’ Sound Sonic and bicycle-justice vigilante Mumen Rider. There’ll probably be some other characters thrown into the mix as well, such as martial arts master Bang, sword-wielding hero Atomic Samurai and an OP psychic lady who just looks like a young girl who is scantily-clad in lolicon garb and nice try FBI. Not today my friends, not today.
As for Saitama himself? It’ll be interesting to see how the game uses him considering that he could wipe out an entire pantheon of gods with a single flick of his fingers. Do you fight him until he gets too bored to continue? Distract him with coupons for beef meals at his local supermarket? Throw hair tonic at him? We’ll just have to wait and see just what the caped baldy brings to the table when he arrives on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Last Updated: June 26, 2019