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Film Friday- One Punch Man

Film Friday- One Punch Man

An anime television adaptation by Madhouse aired in Japan between October and December 2015. It was dubbed in English during the summer of 2016, and later that year a planned second season was announced.

An anime adaptation was announced in the 15th issue of Weekly Young Jump on March 10, 2015. The series’ first season was directed by Shingo Natsume at Madhouse and written by Tomohiro Suzuki. The series also features character designs by Chikashi Kubota, who also serves as chief animation director, music by Makoto Miyazaki and art design by Shigemi Ikeda and Yukiko Maruyama. Ken Hashimoto serves as the series color key artist, Akane Fushihara is the director of photography and Kashiko Kimura serves as the series editor, and Shoji Hata does sound design. The opening theme song is “The Hero!! ~Ikareru Ken ni Honō o Tsukero~” (THE HERO!! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~, “The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist”) by JAM Project, and the closing theme is “Hoshi Yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru” (星より先に見つけてあげる, “I’ll Find It Before the Stars for You”) by Hiroko Moriguchi.

One-Punch Man‘s first season aired in Japan between October 5, 2015 and December 21, 2015 on TV Tokyo, airing at later dates on TVO, TVQ, KBS, BS Japan, and AT-X, and ran for 12 episodes. The season streamed on Niconico and was simulcast on Hulu, Daisuki, and Viz Media’s Neon Alley service. A preview screening was held in the Saitama City Cultural Center on September 6, 2015. The series is licensed by Viz Media in North America, and by Kaze UK in the United Kingdom. An original video animation was released with the tenth manga volume on December 4, 2015. Additional OVA episodes are included with Blu-ray Disc & DVD volumes of the season, the first of which was released on December 24, 2015. Murata announced in the last weeks of the first season’s airing schedule that he was working on making a second season a reality, but had not confirmed it was in development as of December 2015. A second season was later confirmed in September 2016 and is currently in production. Viz Media announced that they were working on an English-language dub of One-Punch Man at Anime Boston 2016. On July 1 of the same year, It was announced during Toonami’s Anime Expo panel that the series would begin airing on July 16, 2016.

Saitama

The title character is a bald-headed 25-year-old man who has been bored of fighting because he is easily able to defeat enemies with a single punch. He lives in an apartment in City Z. Three years prior to the start of the series (and when he had hair) he was applying for jobs as a salaryman, where he defeats a crab-like monster that attempted to kill a child. He says he became a hero for the fun of it. Saitama’s abilities consist of superhuman speed, strength, stamina, and durability, which he attributes to a daily training regimen of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10 km run, eating right, and not using the air conditioner or heater to reinforce his mental fortitude. He enters the Hero Association at the lowest C-class tier and rank due to his miserable performance on the written exam and essay, but had broken all the records on the physical portion of the test. He soon advances from doing superheroic deeds, although many of his efforts are not fully recognized because of collateral damage or because he was working with other higher-tiered superheroes. He does not mind letting others have the credit though as demonstrated in his actions following the fight against the Deep Sea King. In the Dark Matter Thieves story arc, he is not bothered by the telekinesis user that throws rocks against him, and has one of the times where he has used his “serious punch”. He becomes friends with S-Class members Bang and King. He knows that King is physically not a superhero, but encourages King to continue projecting his public image of being one; he also visits King’s place and plays video games with him. His superhero name in the association is Bald Cape.

Genos

Genos is a 19-year-old cyborg who becomes Saitama’s disciple after bearing witness to Saitama’s easy victory over Mosquito Girl. Four years prior to the start of the story line, his family was killed by a rampaging cyborg. Genos was nearly killed in the attack and his body was destroyed so, to keep him alive to stop the rampaging cyborg for justice, a scientist named Dr. Kuseno took Genos in and modified his body to make him a cyborg with destructive capabilities. However, Genos remains steadfastly convinced that justice demanded vengeance against and destruction of the cyborg. His perfect score on the entrance exam for the Hero Association places him in S-Class, but he still considers Saitama to be his master and goes with him whenever he is not summoned to other missions. He lives with Saitama after offering a sizable down payment for his share of the rent. His superhero name in the Hero Association is Demon Cyborg

Manga Monday- One Punch Man

Manga Monday- One Punch Man

One-Punch Man is an ongoing Japanese superhero parody webcomic created by an author using the pseudonym One which began publication in early 2009. The series quickly went viral, surpassing 7.9 million hits in June 2012. The Japanese shortened name Wanpanman is a play on the long-running children’s character Anpanman, wanpan being a contraction of wanpanchi (“one punch”). One-Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, an extremely overpowered superhero, who has grown bored by the absence of challenge in his fight against evil and seeks to find a worthy opponent.

A digital manga remake of the series, illustrated by Yusuke Murata, began publication on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website in 2012. The chapters are periodically collected and printed into tankōbon volumes, with twelve released as of December 2, 2016. Viz Media has licensed the remake for English serialization in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.

One-Punch Man had 2.2 million copies in print in November 2013, 3.2 million copies in April 2014, and 4.5 million copies in November 2014. By November 2016, this number had grown to 11.1 million copies in print. The series was one of ten nominated for the seventh annual Manga Taishō Awards in 2014. As of July 2017, the manga had 13 million copies in print.

Once released in the United States, both the first and second volumes debuted on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list, at first and second place, respectively, and stayed there for two weeks. Volume one dropped to second place for the third week, while volume two fell off the list altogether. Volume one was still on the list for a fourth week. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2015.

Plot

On an unnamed Earth-like super-continent planet, strange monsters and supervillains have been mysteriously appearing and causing disasters. To combat them, the world’s heroes have risen to fight them. Saitama is one such hero, hailing from the metropolis of Z-City and easily defeating monsters and villains with a single punch. However, he has become bored with his superhuman power and only gets truly excited when fighting strong opponents that can challenge him. Over the course of the series, Saitama encounters various superheroes, supervillains, and monsters. He gains a disciple in the form of the cyborg Genos and eventually joins the Hero Association in order to gain official recognition. He smashes an incoming meteor, defeats boss villains like the Deep Sea King. When the alien Dark Matter Thieves invade and destroy City A, Saitama defeats their leader Lord Boros using a serious punch.

Saitama gets to know other super heroes in the group, becoming friends with old martial artist Bang and a superhero named King who is actually a cowardly nonviolent otaku. When the Hero Association executive Sitch tries to recruit villains to become superheroes, a villain named Garo emerges and starts beating down many of the other heroes, prompting the association to make a small effort to stop him. In order to learn more about martial arts, Saitama enters a tournament. More ferocious monsters start showing up in the various cities, wearing down many of the heroes. A group of them kidnap an Association sponsor’s son. The Hero Association learns that that the monsters have organized into a Monster Association, and that they are also recruiting members by having fighters and others ingest monster cells that transform them into monsters that have far more power.

Over the interwining course of Garo and the Hero Association, it is discovered that the monsters have made their headquarters in the abandoned area of Z-City, which happens to be inhabited by Saitama alone. Garo encounters all the S-Class, or the ranked strongest, heroes, and proceeds to continue his ‘monstrification’ process during the battles. Finally he encounters Saitama(Who had come annoyed at the noise from the fight), whose attitude and strength infuriates and eventually destroys Garo’s will, then reveals his vision for the future. Saitama, out of character, understands his pain, and under the threat by the defeated heroes to kill Garo, Garo leaves before anyone can catch him.