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‘One Punch Man’ Comes To Netflix

Brandon Cummings, Centurion Staff

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The anime show “One Punch
Man” was recently released on
Netflix. This show is very interesting
because it attracts people
who love and people who hate
anime.
The show is an Anime satire,
meaning it has all the features of
an anime show, except that there
is no limit to the power of the
protagonist. Saitama is his name,
and he has the power to vanquish
any enemy in the universe with
‘one punch.’ In just three years
of doing 100 pushups, squats,
sit-ups, and running 10 km every
day, along with going without air
conditioner, or heating Saitama
has very literally become invincible.
In a classic anime, there is
usually a character whose physical
attributes are above the rest
of everyone’s. Someone who is
undoubtedly the best character, or
best fighter, but there has always
been a limit to their power. This
show challenges that line of
thought and reasoning. It focusses
in on the life of an ordinary man
that has become so powerful, that
he is literally bored with how
powerful he has become.
This twelfth episode comedy/
drama is the perfect cartoon or
television show for anyone who
is just looking for a new show
or just trying to relax. There are
emotionally compelling scenes
with characters such as “Mumen
Rider” or hilarious scenes that
will catch you off guard with
characters such as Saitama.
Some might ask how the plot
can also be compelling, but even
though it is a satire of anime
doesn’t mean it can’t have a sophisticated
plot. This show delves
into human nature, asking the hypothetical
question, “what impact
could unlimited power have on
the average man?”
In the very beginning of the
show, we are shown what the
main characters take on it is. With
ever super villain he destroys in
only one punch, he sulks on the
fact that it is so easy. He dreams
of an opponent that could equal
his power, so he can be saved
of his extreme boredom. It even
shows that with more power can
come less humanity when Saitama
says, “In exchange for gaining
strength, have I lost something
more important as a human
being? Emotions used to swirl
within me when I fought. Fear,
impatience, anger… But now…
Day after day, after one punch I
go home unharmed and wash my
gloves.” He is clearly portrayed
as an man in an almost depressive
state upon the first episode.
The show also digs into humanity
in other ways, in the third
episode Saitama claims, “The true
power of us human beings is that
we can change ourselves on our
own.” The show delves deep into
human motivation and what it
takes to become stronger, all the
while hitting each subject with a
bit of comedy that will make your
sides hurt in the process.
The one behind it all goes by
the name “One.” His work was
originally a webcomic that went
viral, before being adapted into a
manga and then a television show.
Whoever he really is, he has gifted
this generation with one of the
most high-flying, gut busting, one
punching, hilarious shows.

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