「金属のバット」 (Kinzoku no Batto)
Well you know you have a OPM episode on your hands when you’ve got increasingly large monster fighting, the usual Saitama humour, and the taste of even greater battles to come all rolled up in one tasty bite-sized sushi package. That’s right boys and girls, the big baldie and friends are back in their regular groove, and while it may not be exactly like it was before, you know damn well you’re excited for the over the top carnage to come next.
With Garo being enemy numero uno this season it’s easy to forget the primary villains of OPM are actual monsters and their various (and hilarious) forms, but this week returned to form by offering us not one, not two, but three (ok, technically four) exceptionally monstrous abominations worthy of a little bat bashing. Say what you will about OPM man overall, but the series has a fantastic imagination when it comes to its enemies and their various motivations and appearances. Centikouhai and Centisensei? Yeah you’re not finding such glorious names in many other shounens—or for that matter some of these character designs. At its core OPM is all about enjoying good guys beating the ever loving crap out of even more nonsensical baddies, and we certainly got that in spades this time around.
Of course OPM has shown itself to not only be about basic good vs evil, and this episode also continued the trend. Garo’s raison d’etre for example, while probably simpler than originally expected for some, lines up nicely with a few of the questions OPM has been putting forth regarding to heroes and their own collective reason to be. Is being a monster wrong? Is a monster’s desires always to be denied? It’s easy to find fault with blatantly destructive goals when paired with equally horrific faces, but it doesn’t mean the good guys are inherently “good” because of it. I imagine few would argue our most recent encounters with Hero Association executives are particularly upstanding individuals for example, or that they should be effectively allowed to shamelessly profit off the backs of the real workersreal workers. Much like with Blizzard’s fan base building back at the start the divide is never as black and white as we try and make it out to be. There will always be blurring of the lines, and in the end it’s up to us to decide when grey veers too far in the wrong direction and act accordingly.
Well, at least if you’re someone who doesn’t go by the name of Saitama mind you. Going to jail for wanting to test your strength and earn a little cash on the side for doing so? Now that just won’t do at all. Oh yeah, you know exactly how this martial arts tournament is going to go.