Reviewsday: One-Punch Man by One & Yusuke Murata

Have you ever found yourself in the great Shounen debate of who would win a fight between Goku, Naruto, Ichigo or Luffy? Well today I have come to you with an answer to solve this quarrel once and for all. The winner would undoubtedly be One Punch Man‘s bald headed Saitama.

One Punch Man is a manga based on a web comic of the same name by artist One. Yusuke Murata has taken One’s roughly etched drawings (emphasis on the “roughly”) and recreated them into incredibly illustrated and exciting story, whilst retaining the charm and humour that made the original web comic popular. As a warning, Saitama, as far as fighting ability goes, is the ‘Mary-Sue’ of all characters, he is a part time hero who saves the world from destruction before breakfast on a daily basis, so don’t expect much development in his own abilities, because as the name of the series implies, he always wins in One Punch. Of course besides Saitama the series has a wealth of other colourful and zany characters, from Saitama’s future pupil Genos the cyborg, looking for a chance at revenge, to the Mumen Rider – an aspiring hero who has zero special abilities at all.

I can’t recommend this series enough for any Shounen Manga fan, especially those who hate waiting 10 volumes for the hero too arrive. It will make you laugh and beam with excitement, without the baggage that normally comes in this genre of Manga. A solid 10/10 from me.

~Ashley, QBD Tea Tree Plaza

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