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One Punch-Man | Manga

Life gets pretty boring when you can beat the snot out of any villain with just one punch.

Cover of Vol.1 One-Punch Man Source: Viz Media

Alternative Titles: ワンパンマン

Author: ONE(Story), Yusuke Murata(Illustrator)

Publisher: Tonari no Young Jump (Japanese), Viz Media (English)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural


“After rigorously training for three years, the ordinary Saitama has gained immense strength which allows him to take out anyone and anything with just one punch. He decides to put his new skill to good use by becoming a hero. However, he quickly becomes bored with easily defeating monsters, and wants someone to give him a challenge to bring back the spark of being a hero.

Upon bearing witness to Saitama’s amazing power, Genos, a cyborg, is determined to become Saitama’s apprentice. During this time, Saitama realizes he is neither getting the recognition that he deserves nor known by the people due to him not being a part of the Hero Association. Wanting to boost his reputation, Saitama decides to have Genos register with him, in exchange for taking him in as a pupil. Together, the two begin working their way up toward becoming true heroes, hoping to find strong enemies and earn respect in the process.”


One Punch-Man is ranked one of the world’s most popular manga and it definitely deserves that spot. This humorous and action-packed story is a complete parody of the “superhero” genre with Saitama who’s a hero just for fun. Saitama is not your average superhero, he’s unperceptive, constantly misinterprets information and one of his greatest fears is missing out on his local supermarket’s Saturday special sales. Let’s not forget about the art though! Yusuke Murata’s artworks beautifully compliments the world and flow of One Punch-Man. He draws Saitama very simplistically, in stark contrast to the extreme level of detail of his environment, reflecting his lazy and care-free attitude. One Punch-Man is unquestionably a perfect read for anyone looking for something a little different from the typical “superhero” genre.

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