This week for Manga Monday I thought I’d do one of the weirder Jump series, One Punch Man by ONE.
Plot Synopsis: The story takes place in a the fictional metropolis of City Z, Japan. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause many disasters. Saitama, the protagonist, is a super powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with one punch. However, after becoming too strong, Saitama becomes bored of his powers and is always trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him.
Plot: This series doesn’t take itself very seriously at all, and that is to it’s benefit. It establishes that the hero Saitama, can literally beat anything with a single punch. So it uses comedy to get around the fact that the hero is always going to win, by making him lose in other ways.
Characters: The characters are pretty funny, I particularly like Genos. Genos is Saitama’s protege, who tries to become as powerful as Saitama.
Art: The actual series was a web series before becoming published and redrawn by someone else, so it’s art depends on the series you are reading, for the redrawn stuff it is amazing with it’s linework showing real skill. The original series has terrible art however.
Overall: If you want a laugh go ahead and read this series, it’s worth it.
For those who like: Comedy, Lots of action, A hero who is the single most powerful being ever yet still is a loser.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.