Episode 00 (OVA):
“Unparalleled Peril, Road to Hero”
Tatsumaki is the Greatest:
We’ve got a double dose of One-Punch Man this week! While this latest episode has the S-Class heroes getting ready to save the world, there’s also a prequel OVA focusing on Saitama (with a full head of hair) showing how he earned his iconic hero outfit.
I’ll start with episode 10, which was clearly the more epic of the two. The first few minutes alone were enough to put a smile on my face, confirming what I suspected a few episodes ago: Tatsumaki is the greatest. I’ve been told that she would be my favourite character, and lo and behold, she most definitely is. Not only is she an immense powerhouse with the ability to rain a meteor down on Earth whenever she wants, but she’s so friggin cute!
Yep, me loving a loli. Though, in truth, she’s 28 years old… so maybe that doesn’t technically count? Whatever the case, I was smitten with her throughout the whole episode. And as expected, Yuuki Aoi nails her voice, perfecting the balance between adorable and irritating. It could very easily have gone over that line, but the abundance of hilariously under-drawn reaction shots would have made up for that, if it were the case. She’s such a brat, but in an endearing way. I’m rather surprised by how much I like her as a character, but even if I didn’t, her being the strongest hero we’ve seen onscreen to date (bar Saitama) would be enough to want to see her in action. We got a taste of that in the beginning of this episode, though not enough! But damn, she looked friggin awesome with her coat just as she was let out into the open. What an epic introduction to an epic episode.
S-Class Heroes in Action:
I’m glad we’re now getting to see all (most) of the S-Class heroes. We’ve been introduced a couple over these past few weeks, but seeing them together and interacting with one another has me pumped to see what they deliver. It would take too long to name them all, but other than Tatsumaki I felt Atomic Samurai (Tsuda Kenjirou), Child Emperor (Takayama Minami), King (Yasumoto Hiroki), and Metal Bat (Hatano Wataru) stood out the most. Others that we’ve been introduced to before (like Silver Fang and Watchdog-man) were nice to see again, as we learned about Silver Fang’s rogue pupil, Garo, who went on a rampage and took out the rest of his best pupils. There was some emphasis put on this mystery character, so I suspect somewhere down the line he’ll make a return, likely as another villain for Saitama to best.
Speaking of Saitama, I loved how he was allowed in this meeting despite his rank, and how he asked for a cup of tea during the heated discussion. You gotta love him, especially when he’s the first one to go out and fight the newest villain who has decimated almost all of City A. Last week’s Sea King was plenty powerful, but these aliens seem like a whole other matter. Now that all the S-Class heroes are together, I can’t wait to see them in action. We got some slick sword slashes from Atomic Samurai, and some ominous words from King, but I suspect at the end of the day it will be Saitama who does most of the work. But will he get all the credit he deserves? No way, it’s never going to be that easy.
Before Saitama was a Hero:
As I mentioned above, the first One-Punch Man OVA got released this weekend with the latest manga volume – there’s set to be six more special episodes with each BD/DVD release, though I’ve read that they’re not going to be full-length episodes. Still, more One-Punch Man is always a good thing, so I thought why not make this a double post and kill two birds with one stone!
It’s amusing to compare these two episodes back-to-back, not only because Saitama has hair and isn’t the powerhouse that he is right now, but when you look at the villain(s) in this episode, it’s almost laughable. That’s not to put down this prequel episode, but the simple fact is this OVA was nowhere near as epic as the TV series has been to date. Thankfully, I appreciate having some down-time from all the insanity, instead focusing on Saitama before he became the hero he is today, watching him fight sparkly, petty villains who managed to make me giggle. It’s fun, it’s silly, and it rounds off with a rather touching moment – as Saitama is given his costume that he wears in the current story. Funnily enough, back then he was so embarrassed by it that he wore his track suit over it; thankfully he’s grew out of that habit in time to save the world.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Two very enjoyable, very different episodes. I appreciated the insight into Saitama’s past, even if he looks weird with a full head of hair. In the current story, the S-Class heroes have me looking forward for what’s to come – especially Tatsumaki. With only two episodes left, perhaps these baddies from outer space with serve as the final antagonists for this season. But… surely we’re going to get a second season of One-Punch Man down the line? We have to. We better!