「強い奴の抵抗」 (Tsuyoi Yatsu no Teikou)
“The Resistance of the Strong”
While J.C. Staff’s love of all things static and blurry is likely bound to keep on rubbing the wrong way for certain reasons, it is nice to know OPM is returning to form to finish off its latter half. From electrified martial arts (Kamehameha says hi) to some more, erm, outclassed engagements, we got more of the monster bashing everyone knows and loves, and the firm promise of even more to come. Sure it may be a little annoying one complex dude is getting the
paw shaft, but hey, bald needs must.
Barring all the fighting this week, arguably the biggest thing was the final stage of development for our surprise winner quickly turned loser in Suiryu. His epic fall from grace, that beatdown, and the well-deserved cry for help, all of it was a given considering the karma the guy has been building up for himself amidst the arrogance and ignorance towards responsibility. As previously discussed Suiryu was all about reaping the rewards while ignoring the accompanying responsibilities. Who cares if I don’t help those weaker than myself, someone else with the desire (or lack of choice) will just pick up the task after all. Well, until those helpers disappear and you suddenly find yourself without a friend in the world of course. It’s the logical conclusion for all we’ve seen so far of the guy—i.e. you aren’t running away if you’re the last one left—and while a little heavy handed in approach (if wholly deserved), it’s a lesson one martial artist won’t be forgetting for a long time to come. Suiryu has finally learned what separates heroes from the rest, and just in time to see the biggest hero of them all do what he does best.
Outside of a little karmic justice though we got into the real meat and potatoes with the “official” reveal of the Monster Association and their purpose in life. No big surprises here, we got a bunch of freaks recruiting other soon-to-be freaks in the name of simple conquest and domination, all the while complimenting the carnage with a little kidnapping and mass hysteria. It’s your textbook evil scheme (complete with telling the captured hero, because evil), but never say OPM doesn’t know how to spice the usual up a bit. The level of monsters popping up for example is going to make life interesting for everyone not named Saitama, while the new mechanism of monster proliferation ensures we’ll likely see some interesting opponents in the future before all is said and done. It could be OPM will end before the good stuff heads our way mind you, but hey, I’ll keep my hopes up.
After all considering the titular punching man himself is back again for some fist to face action, you know what comes next won’t be boring in the slightest.