“The Dominator of the Universe”
Can the S-Class Impress?:
In the words of Saitama, this episode was “OK“…
Nah, I kid. It was much better than “OK”. It was cool, slick, epic, and very purple. I had seen a lot of people hyping up this final encounter, especially after what went down with the Sea King. Many claimed this would blow that out of the water, so I was cautiously optimistic about what was being set-up. So how did it compare? So far, I think the episode 9 is still my runaway favourite – it was just as epic and sakuga-filled as this episode, but that occasion has some real, raw emotions, especially from Mumen Rider. Here, it was all flashes and punches, which is awesome, but it didn’t quite strike the same chord as the Sea King arc.
If I was to highlight one irk I had with this episode, it would have to be most of the S-Class heroes failing to impress. I throughly enjoyed their introductions last week, and was expecting them to deliver on the action front, and in a way they did, but on the other hand I was left wanting… more. In fact, it was Iaian who stood out most of all, if only because he spoke the most sense. He faced off against the Meruem-voiced alien last week, so he knew that throwing punches and slashes wasn’t going to work, yet the elites of the Hero Association did just that for the entirety of the episode. Puri Puri did his punches, Atomic Samurai swung his sword, and Bang delivered some slick moves, but it did nothing for me. It took a good while before the “marble” flaw was brought up, and even then it didn’t fully resolve the fight. Honestly, I was expecting more from the S-Class heroes.
Thankfully, there was one that stood out, and that would be Tatsumaki, who showed why she’s the highest ranked of everyone there. Sure, her abilities are overpowered (at this point it seems like whatever she wills ends up a reality), but her turning all the bullets around was a brilliant moment, and completely overshadowed the efforts of everyone else. If she wasn’t my favourite already, she would be now. So far only her and Saitama have contributed to fighting their alien foes, which is good for me.
However, I think the highlights of this episode go to Saitama, for running through those corridors, pulling off doors, and getting lost along the way. It was typical Saitama – being the awesome guy that he is… except there was one difference. He didn’t defeat Boros in one punch! For the first time, he was unable to instantly defeat his foe! I thought this would never come; it’s the name of the series, after all. But I’m glad that we were presented with a foe so strong that even Saitama can’t destroy in a single punch. And I’m glad the fight is carrying over into next episode rather than wrapping things up prematurely. There’s still one more opportunity to exceed the brilliance that was episode 9.
Overview – What’s Next?:
While I was slightly disappointed with some of the S-Class heroes this week, don’t think I didn’t enjoy this episode, because I did! It was really, really fun. Saitama’s perfect reaction face was enough to love; that was the most I’ve laughed throughout watching One-Punch Man so far. With only one more episode to go – and several short OVAs – I’m excited to see what’s going to be pulled out the bag in the finale. It can only get bigger, better, and more explosive from here on out, surely?