“The Terrifying City”
The Hilarious Saitama and His Many Reaction Faces:
The true blessing of this episode was the sheer amount of Saitama reaction faces we got. Thank you for that, One-Punch Man. In a way, I’m glad this episode didn’t have a massive fight sequence because that meant we could instead some time on the other things that make One-Punch Man so enjoyable. It’s only been six episodes, but my journey with the series has been a turbulent one, if only because I was expecting something massive… and we’ve only gotten than from time to time. Now that I have a better understanding of what kind of show One-Punch Man is trying to be, I’m finding myself enjoying it a lot more. That, and I do think it has improved story-wise in the past two episodes. As I said last week, the worldbuilding and introduction of new heroes makes everything feel fresh, which is what this episode was.
Still, Saitama’s face was the best part this week. All his reaction shots were brilliant (and there were plenty of them). I’m really digging his dynamic with Genos as well, and I can see why there are plenty of doujins about them. I mean, you’ve got to be purposefully avoiding it if you can’t see that Genos’s attachment to his mentor seems a little more than respectful. And because of it, it’s hilarious. Whether it be Saitama saying the most ridiculous things and coming up with a pretend training regime for his pupil, or when Genos brings up Saitama’s loss of hair, or when he reads off the comments from the hero popularity poll (I’m glad that was brought up – that has so much gag potential)! I laughed multiple times throughout this episode, which isn’t something I could say a few weeks ago. So in that respect, this episode definitely delivered.
Trouble Brewing in City Z:
As I said, there wasn’t a massive fight like we got last week, but the confrontation with Saitama and Sonic was enough to keep me entertained. Seeing Saitama struggle as a C-class seems odd on paper, but because he’s too strong for the tasks he’s expected to complete, it’s no wonder it all feels wrong. We didn’t even get to see his fight with the monster at the end of the episode, instead just cutting straight to the boiling pot. The action may have been sacrificed for the comedy here, but it definitely paid off.
We got to see plenty of other heroes while trouble was brewing at City Z (which does seem like a terrible place to live right now – Saitama and Genos should consider relocating). I’ve seen manga fans drop a few names from time to time, but haven’t been able to put faces to those names. Tatsumaki “Terrible Tornado” (Yuuki Aoi) is one that I’ve been most looking forward to, and so far I’m not disappointed. Not only is her design slick and her green hair awesome, but she feels like a big deal after being kept from heading to the scene this week. Whenever she does step onto the field, I expect shit to go down.
Everything about Watchdog Man (Ueda Yuki) is hilarious to me, and Fubuki “Blizzard of Hell” (Hayami Saori – there she is again, popping up everywhere, my favourite seiyuu!) is one I’ve seen mentioned time and time again, so I expect she’ll deliver the goods in the episode after next (going by the endcard). We got to see a few others as well, but they didn’t really stand out, and I don’t expect them to do much in future episodes. Still, there’s plenty more to come, and I’m hyped to see more superheroes in action… as soon as the big baddies decide to make their grand appearance.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Not as massive as last week, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We got to see more heroes, and got plenty of stellar comedy with Saitama and his eager