This amazing Japanese anime series based on a popular webcomic is all set to take our superhero enthusiasm to a whole new level. Haven’t we all been craving for that stuff, exploring more of Bang’s ‘Fist of Flowing Water Crushed Rock’. Maybe a movie on Blast where Saitama’s being his brother or son. Maybe Garou joining the Monster Association and be able to take Saitama’s punch without fainting after all. That’s to say, One Punch Man has made us look above the conventional superhero frame installed by Marvel and DC.
See, since the dawn of the age of superheroes, we keep letting our imagination run wild in the hope to create the most powerful, if not perfect superhero. God knows we have seen some pretty insanely powerful superheroes. But the anime adaptation of this popular webcomic by ‘One’ has created something completely berserk.
The first season of this anime was broadcasted in late 2015 produced under ‘Madhouse’. It took 4 years and the change of production house and crew to see the second season of One Punch Man anime. Because we kept waiting and we were patient, in the end, we were fairly rewarded, thanks to the new production house J.C. Staff who did not disappoint.
The second season of the anime was aired in April 2019 and it established One Punch Man as one of the most popular anime series of all time. Now it’s even harder to wait for the third season as it looks nowhere close to appearing in coming years. For now, you might wanna check out how’s the obsession and excitement of One Punch Man fans are pouring out, Hear the buzz @Viz.
The Patience, and Will it be Rewarded Again?
Looks like maybe it will. As most of you may have heard, Sony has stood up to the task. the role of screenwriting has fallen on the shoulders of Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. These two bags a portfolio of two successful movies ‘Venom’ and ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ under the same studio. By the way. we have an interesting update on the coming sequel of Venom, check it out here.
Although fans are quite apprehensive of this development, it gives us some hope to see Saitama once again, this time in a theater. To be frank, we think One Punch Man is a very different taste for Hollywood producers to handle. And it’s quite visible from the Forbes article which asks “Does Hollywood Really Understand What It Means To Be A Hero Just For Fun?“. If you ask me, looking at the track record of Hollywood with Anime-Action-Adaptation movies thingy, It’s probably not gonna work out well.
Moreover, there have been no announcements made regarding season 3 of the anime version. There is no information regarding the cast and direction of the movie available either. According to some sources, the ongoing pandemic is one of the major reasons for the delay in moving ahead with the movie.
One Punch Man Universe: The Possibilities Ahead
Nobody can deny that One Punch Man anime packs huge possibilities towards having its own superhero universe. The Hero Association has a total of 557 heroes which are divided into 4 classes according to their might and popularity. That’s to say many high-ranking heroes of class S and class A haven’t been explored yet in any capacity. In short, the producers and publishers are not done with it yet.
If you are not familiar with this, now One Punch Man is available in the form of a videogame too. It’s available for all gaming platforms and for your smartphones too. The first gaming edition of this anime is called One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows. It was published by Bandai Namco Entertainment in 2020 and is actually based on One Punch Man Manga. I must say, you’ll get to explore much more heroes in this game than in the anime series. Although, it’s not without its flaws and may not suit you if you are in it for real gaming.
To be fair, 2020-21 have successfully managed to keep anime and manga lovers busy and excited. We had our plates full with anime series like Attack on Titan (S03), The Tower of God, The God of Highschool, Jujutsu Kaisen, Darwin’s Game, The Promised Neverland, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as Slime, etc. Of course, we didn’t get to see lots of movies in theater last year, but hey, Netflix is getting even crazier about animes, right?
Tell us which ones have you watched and what do you think about them in the comment section. Also, you can geek out on the latest reveals related to the awesome world of anime here.
Coming back on One Punch Man universe possibilities, till now, only 104 out of 557 heroes have been mentioned together in manga and the anime series. Hopefully, this upcoming live-action movie by Sony may try to explore some more heroes from Class-S. That’s to say, the Class-S heroes like ‘Anonymous’ Blast, Flashy Flash, Drive Knight, Superalloy Darkshine, Pig God and Child Emperor are likely to get more lights in the next season.
What’s the Deal With This “A Hero Just For Fun” Anyway…
Let me begin by asking what do you guys think about Saitama as a person?
I mean, you will find lots of people saying that Saitama is bored with his life because he is unable to find a worthy opponent. I don’t think that’s all he’s about. Saitama doesn’t care if he finds a worthy opponent or not. If that’s all he seeks, he should’ve started his search from The Hero Association, makes sense, isn’t it?
Although there’s no denying that whenever he fights, like a really strong monster, he gets excited. That’s to say, he actually wants to feel fear and defeat because that’ll give some meaning to his life. Nonetheless, he looks more into the sales at the grocery store and discount coupons for his meal. Moreover, he just wants to live a peaceful life and have fun every now and then. I mean One Punch Man calls himself a guy who is a hero for fun, isn’t that obvious?
Saitama is loved by millions of people all around the world. A true fan would never insult him by comparing him with weaklings like Thanos, Hulk, and Superman, etc. His lifestyle and ambitions are more relatable with ours than with any superheroes we’ve known so far. And that’s what makes him unique and adorable.
I know you guys must have a lot to share and discuss Saitama, don’t hold yourself back. Let it all out in the comment section, and I’ll be there with you all the time.