「狩りの始まり」 (Kari no Hajimari)
“The Hunt Begins”
And so it begins. While complaints are guaranteed to still be flying about OPM’s quality this season for some time yet, there’s no denying the show, after a few early stumbles, is quickly finding its feet and setting up for some serious fun and games later on. With Garo proving his villainous worth, character (and thematic) development accelerating apace, and Saitama doing, well, Saitama things, OPM is ready to get this party started.
As hinted at last episode, the unifying glue for this season will be Garo and his personal mission. Everyone of importance, in some form or another (the OP certainly doesn’t try hiding what’s the come) will be facing off against the guy, and while we’re all here for the tasty fights (and what a
beatdown fight it was this week), there’s quite a bit of meat slowly fleshing out OPM’s bare bones skeleton. Much like Blizzard last week and her showcase via popularity of the hero dichotomy—i.e. for what purpose a hero fights and sacrifices—Garo’s presence tackles the same issue, just from a different angle. Is a hero meant to hurt a fellow human? Should there be a limit on what actions a hero can take? It may appear binary in practice after seeing Mumen Rider intimately greet the pavement several times in a row—i.e. Garo’s clearly a monster so you got to put him down—but it’s never that simple in practice. Besides the potential for collateral damage from hasty subjugation, Garo also isn’t as “evil” as the various monsters seen until now. The guy, for all his quirks, possesses a decent side, something which could be argued makes him worthy of rehabilitation. Is it the only argument for what to do with him? Of course not, but when you’re competing against the likes of this, it’s hard not finding yourself cheering a little for the enemy.
Not to be forgotten however are the good guys, and likely to no one’s surprise we got the full meal deal (literally) here again. Saitama and that one “punch” take down, besides being utterly hilarious, pretty much confirms the obvious regarding him and Garo for example (you know full well who’s going to win that fight), while the inklings of some fun-filled party shenanigans are already in the works thanks to one firmly crowded apartment suite. Blizzard for Saitama waifu? Certainly jumped a few spaces this week. The real fun though is going to be what happens with the Bald Cape during the upcoming martial arts tournament, because you know damn well it’s not going to be like any of the usual shounen examples. Considering the results of Saitama’s hero application last season there’ll be some comedic trick up the sleeve here for added amusement, and with Saitama entering under wig and alias both, it’s easy to guess what might transpire in this mad dash for cash.
There’s a whole wide world of crazy heroes and even crazier abilities set to make their appearance, and with Saitama firmly in the mix, it won’t take long before the sparks—and punches—start flying like mad.