King: “I’ve been waiting three years for this sequel…My body is ready“
Yes, after three years, our bodies are totally ready for the sequel to ONE-PUNCH MAN. Did Season 2 fill the void that it left behind? Let’s find out!
For those who don’t remember, One-Punch Man basically tells the story of Saitama — a bald superhero who became a hero for fun — who has grown bored by the lack of challenges in his fight against evil. Knocking out his opponents with a single punch, Saitama is basically invincible and continues his search for worthy opponents.
With the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s doomsday prediction beginning to take effect, it is noted that there has been an increase in monster incidents. With his faithful disciple Genos at his side, Saitama continues his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association.
In the lead up to Season 2, there has been discussion in regards to major changes surrounding the series. Not only was there a change in director from Shingo Natsume to Chikara Sakurai but the animation studio as well — from Madhouse (Hunter x Hunter, Btooom!) to J.C. Staff (Love Stage!!, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Shakugan no Shana).
While we are offering thoughts based on Episode 1 only, we must ask — are these changes notably obvious in comparison to Season 1?
Personally, there is quite a difference. The direction and quality in the action scenes are less intense, less creative, and less detailed. In addition to this, the soundtrack that was once memorable and complimentary to Season 1’s storytelling has now taken a backseat.
Although it is still early days, there will be more episodes to come. While the changes aren’t life-threatening to One-Punch Man‘s reputation, it is a bit disheartening to see that the quality has fallen. After all, the direction, animation and soundtrack were some of the best qualities that really made One-Punch Man Season 1 stand out from the pack.
Nevertheless, it was nice seeing our two favourite characters, Saitama and Genos, back in action. Although Genos took most of the spotlight in this episode, it was nice seeing Saitama being himself and trolling other characters.
Season 2 might be a bit of a downgrade, but with some familiar faces appearing at the end, we hope season 2 will be just as fun and exciting as the first season!
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