One Punch Man (Season 1)

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2017)

The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process. – My Anime List



Based on 37 review scores:

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10/10

Black Nerd Problems
One-Punch Man was great in all aspects. The animation, the music, and the characters are all on point. The fact that Saitama is the strongest person and can defeat everyone in one punch might be the show’s selling point, but that’s not what will keep you hooked. The way they use the fact that he can do that, the fact that he IS the strongest, the fact that he truly just wants to be a hero because it’s the right thing to do, that’s what will keep you wanting more. The journey of Saitama is just beginning because there will be a season 2 and if it’s even half as good as the first season then we’ll probably have another Anime of the Year. Don’t forget to watch the OVA’s after you’re done with the 12 episodes!

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10/10

Anime Evo
I think One Punch Man has achieved something truly special in its 12 episode run, in that every episode has been pretty darn consistently great. What’s truly remarkable, on top of all of that, is that the series is able to both start and stop on a particularly strong note.

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10/10

Boston Bastard Brigade
Simply put: One-Punch Man is the best thing to air on TV this year.

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10/10

Mithical Entertainment
Overall, One Punch Man was a thrilling and memorable ride and I know i’m not alone when I say I eagerly await a second season.

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10/10

Geek Outpost
With great power comes great…boredom? One Punch Man stands out as being one of the few tongue-in-cheek anime shows that provide great humor during cliche moments expected of most super hero stories and anime (such as explaining your whole life story during the heat of battle). Crisp animations and impressive fight sequences make this one of the most interesting stories and anime shows available to audiences today. The only issue is, 12 episodes is not enough. Fingers are crossed that the show will continue into a second season and beyond, because it is just. that. good.

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10/10

Ani List
If you like action-comedy (with frequent serious arcs), adventure and superpower anime, and elements like graphics and sound are an important factor for you then you MUST WATCH this anime! Even if you don’t like all that, you can give it a try. I assure you that One Punch Man is NOT some random cliche anime which has random power boosts which makes it impossible to watch. It is quite entertaining.

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10/10

Trash Mutant
One Punch Man gets a clear recommendation from me and I can’t think of any better way to start out the new year than that. Go watch this series. Just… go watch it. Seriously. Go watch it.

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9.7/10

Blaze Kick
One Punch Man is an amazing show. The only issue I had with it was the giant cast of side charactes don’t get enough time with the visuals and sound both being amazing and the story being really great too. Speaking from experience even if you don’t generally like superhero shows there is a good chance you’ll find enjoyment here.

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9.5/10

Optimal Otaku
In conclusion, One Punch Man is a brilliant show, and I would highly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in anime. For not only the genre but anime in general, One Punch Man is revolutionary. Tell me in the comments below if you think One Punch Man “saved” anime.

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9.3/10

The Forgotten Lair
A hilarious poke at the shounen genre with beautiful animation and awesome action.

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9.1/10

IMDB
One Punch Man is one of the funniest and most entertaining anime series I’ve ever watched in my entire life. Even though it is a newly started anime, the first episode was highly anticipated throughout the anime community, and it was definitely golden in my eyes, with high quality animations and a hilarious story line. The main character, his enemies and the life he lives is a complete mockery of other popular anime plots, both from recent and present anime’s. The lines and the dialogs in the episodes are full of puns and jokes, with a satiric sense of comedy injected into them. I highly recommend that you watch this anime, as it will definitely at least bring a smile to your face, and you won’t regret the time you spent to watch it.

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9/10

PS Gels
I believe One Punch Man will be a anime every anime fan will feel the need to check out. Certainly a highlight of the year and only one question remains. When is the second season coming Madhouse?

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9/10

High Desert Daily

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9/10

Dr Animaniac Unscripted
Perhaps it’s rude of me to say it doesn’t deserve the hype after acknowledging it’s quality with a high technical rating, so perhaps I should just conclude by saying, for me personally, I don’t see the hype and will not be joining the hype train of OPM, but totally respect those who are on it. This may be one of my more controversial reviews, so I’m curious to know what others think about OPM and if they think it’s worthy of the hype or not. With all of this being said however, I will probably watch the inevitable season 2 for completions sake, but I can’t say I’m all that eager for it either and can wait for it however long it takes.

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9/10

Sparkly Anime
While lacking a plot line there’s still a pretty high chance you’ll find this anime enjoyable. This is the kind of action anime that’s in it to make you laugh. Along with the jokes add in some badass yet blissful characters and animation that puts HD filming to shame and you’ve got what you need. In short, don’t take it too seriously and you’re in for a good time.

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9/10

Intoxi Anime

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9/10

Anime Planet
One Punch Man was a soap bubble. It came out, it flew high for a season, and then popped. Everybody afterwards jumped ship to the next craze that was the godawful Erased, and then to Boku no Hero Academia, which is the exact same thing. It was the product of manchildren needing to circlejerk around something while it airs before completely abandoning it to go jerk around somewhere else. It is nowhere near as good as made it up to be and I don’t even consider it above average.

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9/10

Kuragawa
One Punch Man boasts one of the most energetic and rockin’ theme songs from an anime in quite some time, and goes the extra mile in helping to set the tone of the series before Saitama is found staring down a fish man four times his size, an insect woman who spreads thousands of mosquitoes throughout the city to drain the blood from animals and humans alike, and a climactic face-off with an alien invader that gives any one of the major fights in Dragon Ball Z a run for their money.  The animation is great throughout, with the fight sequences proving obvious highlights, while downgrades to cheaper character renderings helps drive the comedic moments home.  The series ends with a satisfying wrap on all the major threats faced thus far, but a few threads are left hanging – a couple of which are introduced within the final couple of episodes, oddly enough.  Still, there is plenty of opportunity to continue exploring these heroes should One Punch Man get picked up for a second season.

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9/10

Sayuricero
Unfortunately though since it was a 12 episode anime not all the characters got their fair share of screen time. Nevertheless the anime is a must watch, you will enjoy every second of it.

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9/10

Anime Manga Culture
Except for a few minor complaints I really enjoyed One Punch Man and will definitely buy it when it comes out on dvd or digital

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9/10

Dreager 1
Overall, One Punch Man is a superb show. It does an awesome job of adapting the manga. They really spared no expense for this show as all of its technical aspects were top of the line. You’ll definitely be left craving more content so the wait for season 2 will feel like a very long time. At least it is confirmed though so it’ll be coming soon. It’s hard to describe just how awesome the show is in words. It easily has some of the best comedy moments of all time along with some of the best action scenes of all time. Even the tension scenes are some of the best. Mix that in with a great universe and a lot of foreshadowing and it’s a ticket to success. It’s easy to see why this series took the world by storm. Hopefully the franchise keeps on going for a very long time.

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8.8/10

My Anime List
There isn’t much to say in such a simple show like this. I’ll ask once again if it wasn’t clear the first 100 times. Did you like the joke, or did you not? After you found that out, you’ll know what to do

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8.8/10

IGN
One Punch Man’s first episode is a great mix of action and comedy, supported by original (see: weird) character designs and solid animation quality. If you’re looking for the next big thing in anime, this is it.

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8.8/10

Draggle
I can only assume this will be getting a sequel, and I for one can’t wait.

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8.5/10

Reel Rundown
One Punch Man contains some of the wildest and most well-animated action scenes in recent memory, while also boasting an immensely colorful and quirky cast of characters that take a premise that should have died in the water and make it a consistent comedy machine, even if the world it takes place in is far less inspired than the people that populate it.

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8.5/10

Ani DB

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8.1/10

Anime News Network
One-Punch Man’s clear strengths make it easy to see why it’s become such a phenomenon. If you have any love in your heart for heroes punching evil in the face, it is definitely worth a look.

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8.5/10

Ani DB

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8/10

Tuff Gnarl
One Punch Man is an enjoyable affair that takes a fairly standard formula and adds a deceptively ingenious twist. It treats it characters intelligently, for the most part, and gives us a hero with just the right mixture of self-confidence and good nature to be likable. While it is a bit on the short side and not overwhelmingly weighty, its brevity prevents it from becoming a time-sink and is generally a great deal of fun to watch. If over-the-top battles, silly gags and a dash of heroic melodrama sound like your bag, you should definitely give One Punch Man a go

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8/10

Big Glasgow Comic
The real strength of the One Punch Man anime is definitely visual, with studio Mad House having absolutely gone that extra mile and throwing what seems like every animation trick in their book at the screen in the pursuit of making this show look good.  Every frame is not a painting, but the series is so consistently handsome and frequently stunning that it would shame many feature-film productions.

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8/10

UK Anime
An entertaining and action-packed series that keeps its tongue firmly wedged in its cheek.

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8/10

Yattachi
One Punch Man is definitely an A-rank manga and anime, and I highly…..HIGHLY recommend you check it out because it truly is a fantastic series! In my frank opinion, I believe this series appeals to most, if not, all audiences. The story is simple, yet, it has progression, so it is something you can enjoy. The art and animation is top notch and out of this world, and the quality is great. To sum it all up, if you like action, comedy, parodies, and a well animated series, then One Punch Man is for you!

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8/10

Entresabanasyalmohadas

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8/10

Eleven Tsuki
Are you not overly critical? Do you love comedy? Then you should give One Punch Man a shot! In my opinion, this popular parody series would sit well with lovers of most genres and even first time anime watchers. It has great grasp on its comedy style, has great animation, and a lovable set of main characters. My only criticism is some problems with pacing in certain episodes, but I’ve been thoroughly entertained otherwise.

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8/10

Repsychoo

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8/10

The Outer Haven
A HUGE cast of characters.. none are meaningless.. great humor, AMAZING action… this is just a non-serious action series that is worth everyone’s time. The best part is that they are setting themselves up for a second season and I truly hope it comes in 2016. There are already some juggernaut animes from the past making their return like D.Gray-man, Durarara!!, Assassination Classroom, and Berserk… adding a second season of One Punch Man could make 2016 the most epic anime season in recent time. Let’s hope it happens.

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8/10

The Fujoshi Bibliophile

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6/10

New Dallas LTD
I enjoy how the show kind of warps the usual action anime premise and makes jokes about it. There are so many moments in this show where you think “This is about to get really intense” but an OP character that takes out every opponent in just a single punch can never quite lead you to that climax. Instead it’s replaced with some very laughable moments. Which isn’t a bad thing by any means. The animation on this show is absolutely beautiful and one of the stronger points within the anime. Without saying too much about the story, I’d highly recommend you guys check this anime out. Even if you’ve never, ever watched anime.

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