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Manga Review: One Punch Man Vol 1

Hey all, Dani here.

So, as I was going through my written list of all of my backlog reads that I wanted/needed to write up reviews for, I realized that a large number of them were manga. My plan for the next couple months is to review one of the volumes each Monday…so welcome to my first Manga Monday. Based on the schedule I wrote up, these reviews will last me until the end of August, and that’s if I don’t skip weeks or read more manga. But since I like using manga, especially for readathons, I predict that this will just be a regular segment on my blog for a while.

Pretty much right now it is looking like Manga Monday, What I’m Reading on Wednesdays, and a whole bunch of randomness on Fridays, but I’ll likely also slip in some more book reviews on Tuesdays or Thursdays since I have a bunch of those as well.

Anyway, let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I started out just half-watching the anime of this manga while my fiance was watching it and then I slowly got pulled into the story. So now I’m picking up the manga series to read as well. This sort of thing seems to happen to me a lot. Because of my fiance I’ve gotten into My Hero Academia and One Punch Man, as well as Overlord. We have watched Blue Exorcist as well. Even with having already watched them, I really don’t mind reading the same story over again. I pick up more details and I can imagine the characters’ voices in my head while I read. Plus, it is just really cool to look at the artwork.

This is such an amusing story. Saitama is not the typical protagonist and I actually enjoy that. I mean, I get that that is sort of the whole point of it. Saitama doesn’t look like he should be a hero, and then he defeats every enemy he faces in only one punch. And I actually also really enjoy that he didn’t start out that way. He didn’t get superpowers from some sort of chemical accident or magical event or anything like that. No, he trained his body and his mind, and honed them both to get where he is now.

Plus the detail in the fight sequences is fabulous. Seriously, I stared at the art for a couple minutes, just taking all of it in. I’m going to enjoy reading these, especially with Saitama now taking Genos in to teach how he got so strong/became a hero.

Pretty much if you like superpowered type reads and are okay with a series that sort of pokes fun at them at the same time, this is probably a good choice for you. If I remember correctly, this series was originally started online as a parody or satire of the genre, and it ended up gaining enough popularity for a manga series and then an anime series (though I wish there were more episodes of the anime; it was fun to watch).

Where to Buy

You can buy your own copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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