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「それぞれの矜持」 (Sorezore no Kyouji)
“Everyone’s Dignity”

Well it may not fully make up for the path OPM has recently been following, but this episode? Yeah, I quite liked it. As if proving the point OPM functions best when doing, well, OPM things, we got a half decent swath of action coupled with some sly development on the side, and a good teaser of more to come. It may not be what many were hoping for from the start, but this week shows OPM can still give it.

Although fair to rip J.C. Staff a new one over the treatment of fights thus far, when they put their mind to it they’re certainly capable of more than simple static blur. Garo and the Class A showdown for example was definitely not the best fight of the ages, but with a little attention to detail and some actual animation it succinctly shows why a lot fell in love with this series in the first place. Just have your heroes and villain actually live motion beat each other to a pulp and yes, you too can enjoy the fruits of audience love. Hell even Genos got a bit of love for this go-around, even if those metallic arms will forever remain the OPM 2 meme of choice. I know you’re trying to throw pretty much everything and the kitchen sink into this one J.C. Staff, but damn could you have at least tried making the metal look a little more like metal?

On another positive note as well was the attention lavished on Garo’s frame of mind. While the guy is still largely “evil” for evil’s sake (that love of monsters will need some further elaboration eventually), the guy is entirely correct when it comes to barriers and hierarchies. Who honestly cares what level or limit someone else sets for you? If you believe them you’re only holding yourself back and what you could accomplish with a different mindset. If you want more then take more, the only thing stopping you is yourself. Our loyal support proved this point in spades, for while thoroughly demolished, he still took a step towards being someone greater than his current self. In a sense Garo (as described before) is the flip side of Saitama: he may want to be the monster of the story, but he’s not particularly evil at heart. The guy simply wants to show why one side shouldn’t have a monopoly over what’s fair and right, because as is true in all situations, no one has full ownership over the truth. The world is full of various shades of grey, and it’ll be up to the current crop of heroes to recognize the legitimacy of some of what Garo preaches through his fighting.

Whether we start seeing any of that with next week’s finale is anyone’s guess of course, but there’s no denying OPM, for better or worse, is going to go out with a bang.



June 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm
  • June 25, 2019 at 10:17 pmGreed

    How many anime features a Master facing his disciple? I have Naruto flashbacks, I feel sorry for the Third Hokage.

    How many people know that Saitama is stronger than his rank? By now, I am expecting many.

    • June 25, 2019 at 10:18 pmGreed

      Those actually are cool looking poses. Wonder if they are based on actual martial art stances.

      • June 25, 2019 at 10:34 pmAizen

        Bang’s pose you get in a bunch of arts, including tai-chi.
        Garou’s pose is something that just looks damn cool, but totally not usable and not from a real art.

        I advise you to read the manga, season two doesn’t even come close to doing justice on the awesomeness there.

      • June 26, 2019 at 12:25 amWorldwidedepp

        Garu’s back leg is off balance. If he somehow get his back leg kicked he has trouble to balance himself out again

        Bang gravity center is the center…

      • June 26, 2019 at 12:27 amWorldwidedepp

        i mean, if Garu want to kick with one of his legs right now, he has to move first his upper body forward, losing timing

  • June 26, 2019 at 12:52 amKurik

    The subs were in French so not clear on what was said but the action was good. One thing that annoys though is Garou being able to fight so many adversaries that are fully healthy while he is not and still come out on top. Poison, wounds and all. Distracting.

    • June 26, 2019 at 10:39 pmPancakes

      Plot armour is a magical thing at times :P

  • June 26, 2019 at 1:52 ambey_tops

    One Punch Man and Attack on Titan, the 2 best anime of present generation.

    Thank you J C Staff for making this anime.

    • July 9, 2019 at 1:43 amSeph

      Wow, you need to watch more anime.

  • June 26, 2019 at 2:01 amSuicuneSol

    Good episode. I’m happy too, because this fight in the manga was quite refreshing after the tournament.

    There were two things that bothered me, and those relate to dialogue that seems to have been changed from the manga.

    One is: When Genos comments on why none of the A-class heroes could beat Garo, Genos has a little innerlogue where he comments that Garo devotes all of his effort solely into evasion, until he finds a weakness. It’s much better than Genos’s anime excuse which is something about Garo’s kicks because it offers insight into why Garo is still able to survive despite his injuries >.>

    The second is: When Garo comments on Death Gatling, he notes the hypocrisy of A-ranks telling others not to care about ranks, while in-fact they care about ranks more than anyone else. I just thought that came across better in the manga.

    In any case, notice that Garo seems to be an example of a classic shonen trope where the hero gets a sudden power-up because “he can’t lose”, thereby allowing him to beat impossible odds. Except this time, the trope is applied to an antagonist.

  • June 26, 2019 at 4:38 amUrahara

    Why did his hair turn orange?

    • June 26, 2019 at 4:48 amAex

      I was more bothered by his eye. That can’t be healthy.

    • June 26, 2019 at 11:28 amIte

      Blood stained hair. He rubs his hair in the scene before.

    • June 26, 2019 at 10:41 pmPancakes

      The eye was definitely bloodshot; personally I thought the hair made less sense. If it was bloodstained then they really needed a different colour to represent it lol.

  • June 26, 2019 at 4:45 amAex

    Spam comment, please delete and no one click that link.

  • June 26, 2019 at 5:24 amPlayer

    I read the manga but I’m glad I forgot how this ends… This fight is getting fairly exciting. I think I must have read the manga too quickly and not gotten as emotionally attached as I should’ve.

  • June 26, 2019 at 5:35 amdefunkt_bots

    • June 26, 2019 at 10:42 pmPancakes

      Genos’ deadpan look at the end of it made it for me, it was too perfect XD

  • June 27, 2019 at 12:21 amCruiser

    Hng. I noticed during Garos close combat fight with Genos that at one point the two arrows was still attached in Garos shoulder, even though he had already pulled them out earlier. Bit of a goof.

  • June 27, 2019 at 3:40 amIncognito

    Look on the bright side, Saitama… At least you’re not getting stressed from in-game microtransactions, DLC, pay-to-win loot boxes, “fee-to-play” mechanics, and incomplete content–among other things wrong with the “Triple-AYYYYY” video game industry. (Though I do wonder if that’s also the face of someone suffering from “crunch time” at that industry.)

  • June 27, 2019 at 8:37 amLasttiwinfan

    King once again show why he is the mightiest among all the characters of this show

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