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One-Punch Man – 03


“The Obsessive Scientist”


「執念の科学者」 (Shuunen no Kagaku sha)

The One-Punch Man Formula:

One-Punch Man knows what type of series it is. It’s fun, over the top, completely unbelievable, and thoroughly entertaining; but it’s comfortable in its own skin to the point where a formula is emerging. I found myself predicting how everything would turn out a few minutes before it actually happened. There aren’t any big twists or revelations to keep me surprised: after three episodes I’m already familiar with the routine, which is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it’s good because the series itself is entertaining, and you know what to expect from it. Some of my favourite series are fairly predictable and have recurring characters/storylines (like Bleach or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure).

These types of shows end up favouring style more than substance. Thankfully, One-Punch Man has an abundance of style, and the animation is consistently impressive. But this One-Punch Man formula can also be seen as a bad thing because, frankly, it feels tired (for me at least). I have to be honest and say that this episode didn’t inspire much out of me. I got a chuckle at the very end, but that’s because it delivered the one moment of the episode I couldn’t have predicted (Saitama not knowing the supermarket sale was on saturday, not sunday). We get introduced to a villain, there’s some boasting and showing offperhaps a little backstory to flesh out the situationGenos fights, but can’t quite win by himself, and then Saitama comes along to save the day. Perhaps it flirts with the possibility that maybe this will be the one time where Saitama will lose, but it’s always bound to end with a single punch, decimating the foe with little effort.

I feel like I’ve just explained every episode of One-Punch Man before I’ve even watched them.

Training vs Evolution:

I thought Doctor Genus (Namikawa Daisuke) was going to be a long-term villain, but it appears all his tricks have been shown in this one episode. He’s still alive, so he may make a comeback, but his story feels complete as is. His backstory at the start of the episode was quite amusing, mainly because of Saitama interrupting it before we could learn the whole story. As I mentioned last week, Saitama’s lack of interest in the background exposition works well here. It means that we get to learn more about the characters in a manner that seems forced and deliberate, before being cut off because our hero doesn’t give a damn. It’s just as amusing this week as it was last.

As expected, the fight sequence with Asura Rhino was fantastic. Genos provides a fair amount of blitz and glory before Saitama steps in, and I appreciate that we get to see two sides of combat. Genos does seem destined to lose his battles, but if that gives us plenty of brilliantly animated choreographed fights like this, then I can’t complain. Of course, everything builds up to Saitama’s final punch. He’s got the intimidation factor (which gave me Hunter x Hunter flashbacks) and we were teased right up until the last moment. His punches are satisfying, but it’s hard to look past the fact that it’s all part of the emerging formula.

Overview – What’s Next?:

Not to be a Debby Downer, but I didn’t love this episode. It’s entertaining and still one of the better shows this season (though it’s not the best, and not quite a masterpiece), but it’s difficult to discuss what happens without getting critical of the routine. A villain is introduced, we get some backstory, Genos loses his fight, Saitama finishes it off. I hope I’m proven wrong and there’s more to come in future episodes; there’s plenty of faces still to show up, so perhaps they will provide some variety.

October 19, 2015 at 5:51 am
39 comments »
  • October 19, 2015 at 7:11 amOnePunch_Guy

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2034.jpg
    Saitama is not only strong, but can also deliver a great punch line.

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2007.jpg
    Genos has learned from shonen anime cliches. If enemy hideout is a large tower or building, do not enter it. Destroy it, instead.

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2031.jpg
    Asura Rhino looks like EVA-01 on steroid.

  • October 19, 2015 at 7:16 amSiberDude

    No doubt the creator was a fan of Evangelion.

  • October 19, 2015 at 7:29 amTSNU

    The formula begins to break apart here. This was the setup of the characters. From here, the world expands.

    • October 19, 2015 at 8:07 amBamboo Blade Cat

      Yeah, it definitely moves more towards standard narrative structure after this. Next week should be pretty good.

    • October 19, 2015 at 8:49 amSamu

      That’s good to hear. Now I can forward to see what happens next!

      • October 19, 2015 at 4:52 pmendsville

        The formula didn’t really break apart, the show just add more stuff at the formula making it fresh while keeping the same humor.

      • October 19, 2015 at 9:36 pmptolemaios00

        Yea, there’s no formula. No tricks or twists. The entire premise is already in the name of the show. Saitama will finish everything with OnePunch. He’ll just be taking everything by his own pace getting to that end since nothing ever really poses a threat to him. Just enjoy the ride.

  • October 19, 2015 at 7:31 amSchmee

    Fantastic episode. Kinda dissapointed that they covered only so much with this one. The last episodes covered about 4 chapters each, this one i think less, nevertheless a great episode in my opinion.
    But now i’m curious, what is the best anime in your opinion this season? cuz as far as i have seen, nothing comes even close to this one for me.

    • October 19, 2015 at 8:48 amSamu

      Haikyuu!! Second Season was always going to be my favourite anime this season. Owarimonogatari and Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans are up there as well, and I’m intrigued by Concrete Revolutio. Oh, and both the big mysteries this season (Sakurako-san and Subete ga F ni Naru) show promise. For me, One-Punch man is around the same level of enjoyment as Osomatsu-san and Utawarerumono. It’s a funny season, because there’s a bunch of great titles, but a massive amount of mediocre ones. Still, quality over quantity.

      • October 19, 2015 at 10:33 amSchmee

        aight, gonna check them out, thanks

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:00 amDwarg

    Of course you can predict how everything will go before it happens, the name of the series is One Punch, if there was a superman in that universe he would get slapped and die.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:05 amBamboo Blade Cat

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:12 amBamboo Blade Cat

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

    Love the pics they always get of Saitama looking like a goof.

    • October 19, 2015 at 6:26 pmMincemaker

      When you are overpowered, you stop caring about your own image.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:44 amGoob

    Episode 1: Introduce main character, punch a guy
    Episode 2: Introduce sidekick, punch a guy
    Episode 3: Develop dynamic between main character and sidekick, punch a guy

    Yes this is formulaic, but now we are at the point in the series where we get into the meat of the story. Besides, patterns or not, this series is a comedy first, and as a comedy are the jokes funny? Yes they are.

    • October 19, 2015 at 10:05 amBigFire

      For a change Show Spoiler ▼

      • October 19, 2015 at 10:35 amMincemaker

        From next week onwards, Saitama’s list of associates will increase, starting slow but going at exponential rate.

      • October 19, 2015 at 11:20 pmHagiri

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 19, 2015 at 11:06 amWorldwideDepp

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2020.jpg
    Nearly correct German…

    But… it’s “Tiere” not “Thiere” :)

    • October 19, 2015 at 2:37 pmBijyu

      That depends on the dating of the German. There was a time where Thiere was correct.

      • October 20, 2015 at 10:58 amWorldwideDepp

        perhaps, but right from school it was told to me. Tiere and Shimpanse not Shimpange. Old time?

      • October 20, 2015 at 2:03 pmBijyu

        Basically, the written form was different from the pronunciation. When all of that stuff was discovered it was written Thiere (same deal with Neaderthal/Neadertal). And there are laws in place that prevent renaming them officially. So since a lot of this stuff was named pre 1904 (when germany removed “Th” in favor of “T” in their alphabet) either form is correct. It was always pronounced “tiere” it was just not always written that way. England is the biggest culprit in still using the “TH” sound in the pronunciantion. And Japan loves to pretend it is just like england.

  • October 19, 2015 at 11:50 amManly Tear

    Well, know we have it in words from Saitama himself. Time to go undergo a hardcore training regiment, become a hero and save the day or something.

    • October 19, 2015 at 3:17 pmOnePunch_Guy

      And become bald.

  • October 19, 2015 at 3:25 pmEamonX

    i want to be this saikyou hero.

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:01 pmAnimas

    “You turned Genos into a piece of modern art”

    That part just kept me laughing.

  • October 19, 2015 at 7:29 pmZen

    I found myself predicting how everything would turn out a few minutes before it actually happened. There aren’t any big twists or revelations to keep me surprised: after three episodes I’m already familiar with the routine, which is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it’s good because the series itself is entertaining, and you know what to expect from it…I feel like I’ve just explained every episode of One-Punch Man before I’ve even watched them.

    Basically what I said even before the show premiered and reiterated later. The same general narrative structure again and again, arc after arc. Each time executed to great comedic effect and style, to be sure, but ultimately repetitive and predictable. Good overall, but certainly no second coming owing to this (Quite [critically] egregious] pitfall…

    • October 19, 2015 at 8:31 pmRaiu

      And a lot has been saying its their AOTY. kek

      I personally thought that episode 3 was the weakest.

      And Genos bad ass routine went old fast for me. I was surprised. I thought it will make me hold on to the series until the end when I watched episode 2 last week.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:15 pmgustave154

    This anime is a masterpiece. it is the very definition if modern art

  • October 20, 2015 at 5:39 amstarss

    “There is a routine going on, but it makes me feel tired.”

    - both Saitama AND the people watching him.

  • October 20, 2015 at 4:12 pmHunter-Wolf

    But it is first and foremost a comedy show, of course it’s playing all those routine for laughs, that’s a no-brainer, so for me it doesn’t make sense to complain about that, and even all that said i did quickly check the manga a year ago and i remember that things open up and as more characters, villains and routines are introduced, all great comedians had their signature routines like the Three Stooges or Charlie Chaplin and people still laugh at them till today even though they know those routines quite well, that’s how physical comedy works (word comedy on the other hands requires you to surprise the listener and subvert their expectations, and One-Punch has a dozen of those too, lines like “You turned Geno into a piece of modern art” was so hilarious and unexpected.

    Personally i’m enjoying the humor, the great action and animation as well as the character antic of both Saitama and Genos, i know the story is just there to facilitate all the comedy and epic action, so i don’t see any point in complaining constantly about repetition, it’s something that’s at the core of the series and won’t change that much even after they add more characters and bigger set-pieces, the problem here seems with your expectations rather than the show itself.

    IMO this is top-tier anime where the creators are clearly enjoying themselves immensely (something rare these days) and have a huge budget to spend from, so i plan to not let anything stop me me from enjoying Saitama’s epic hijinks (i.e if you keep complaining about repetition every post there will be little reason to check them, in fact you are committing the same thing you are complaining about .. and unlike the repetition in One-Punch-Man repetitious complaining isn’t funny or fun).

    • October 21, 2015 at 12:34 amRaiu

      “Top tier” kek

      Entertaining, yes.

      Top tier, hardly.

      • October 21, 2015 at 9:41 amHunter-Wolf

        It’s top tier with little doubt, there are very few shows that mix over the top richly animated action and slapstick witty comedy this well, all the elements are top notch, there isn’t one of them that’s cheaply or dishearteningly done … and if you are going to say the story, from the get go we know it’s isn’t the focus or the core of the series and even with that said it does open up later when more characters and organizations are introduced and generally improve in depth and complexity (will still leaving the main spotlight for the action and comedy).

        Heck, the character they will introduce in the next episode will really add a lot to the show with their antics.

  • October 20, 2015 at 10:19 pmRedRocket

    It’s more fun than I thought at first.

    Been finding out that “over powered” like many popular terms has been stretched into different meanings for different folks so I’m going to have to ask in the future which way it being use.

    The meaning to me not hearing it before was the character was too powerful compared to the opposition they were facing. And I find the meaning normally dead wrong. in example here One Punch man is not overpowered for the plot of this story, his god tier powers make the story work. This meaning used before the story is over is normally wrong as the hero’s power is scaled to the final boss. A earlier comment here use this meaning I think.

    But have learn some are using the term as a replacement for terms like supper powered, undefeatable hero, way better than a normal person or hero, overwhelming power, god tier and others I can’t come up with right now but open to suggestions.A earlier comment here use this meaning

  • October 20, 2015 at 11:21 pmAidenson

    This show is comedic gold due to the supporting characters and the MC reacting to the world in which he lives in. The animation is good but the manga art is so beautifully done, unless you are making an anime movie, no anime series can really capture it fully. To predict a formula from one arc is very premature. He is One…Punch…Man. Once you accept that and the limitations that being only a OPM represents, I believe you can enjoy the series as it is.

  • October 21, 2015 at 5:36 amGiorno Giovanna

    Haha, this post is pretentious as hell. Hunter-Wolf says what I wanted to convey well.
    Generic and formulaic are the anti-thesis of what One Punch Man stands for.
    I suggest you evolve to the kind of person that would stop thinking too deeply and critically about the specifics and enjoy the story as a whole.

    Why don’t you tackle it from a different perspective and join Saitama in trying to stave off boredom by wondering just when an opponent that would make Saitama have to go all out will come? That’s precisely what the series attempts to ask about what lies beyond the achievement of your goals.
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 23, 2015 at 10:27 pmmagoiichi

    http://randomc.net/image/One-Punch%20Man/One-Punch%20Man%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2028.jpg The entire episode after the mention of the bargain sale, all I could think about was what day it was, just so Saitama wouldn’t miss it lol.

    I couldn’t predict that it was already Saturday and I’m glad I didn’t. The payoff was great.