One Punch Man Season 2 – Mini Review

That’s it?

Image result for one punch man season 2Back in Fall 2015 a show called One Punch Man seemed to take the world by swarm. It wasn’t until a little while later that I finally gave it a shot with the TV dub, and while a lot of criticism had been heaped on to the show at that point, I still really enjoyed it. The highlight for me was The Deep Sea King arc, which you can read all about in my review of the first season here. When I heard this would get a second season, especially one that was less focused on Saitama, I thought that would be perfect, because the show was always at its best when he wasn’t the focus of the show.

However, expectations do not always live up to reality. The changes from season one to the second season of One Punch Man could be felt throughout the community long before it aired. This cast a long shadow of doubt on the anime before it even had a chance at success. Still, I remained hopeful in spite of some troubling signs.

It was until the Spring 2019 season when I was finally granted the opportunity to watch it as it aired that my hope for something great was slowly diminished. Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like One Punch Man’s second season was terrible, but it was a huge disappointment.

As promised, the focus was taken away from Saitama and interesting ideas were sometimes given an opportunity to peek through all of the mediocrity. This, just wasn’t enough though.

Normally I’m not one to harp too much on animation, but there was a lot of lazy work going on here. One episode even uses footage from the first season and you can really see just how bad the second season is in comparison. I wouldn’t even necessarily say the second season was really all that bad in this department overall, but these reminders, which were frequent enough, absolutely didn’t do this any favors. It was like the anime wanted to invite this mark against it.

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The writing was pretty bad this time around too. Outside of Garou, there was almost no exploration of what it means to be a hero that had any impact at all. His character was interesting because Garou fights for the villains. That said, he manages to form this bond with a kid, and through some good use of flashbacks, you can really sympathize with his position. Agree with it? No, probably not, but understand and even think he isn’t that bad of a person deep down; absolutely, with ease.

I could go on, but it would just be me talking about how this felt like such an inferior product in every way. A hollow imitation at the best of times, and a miserable experience at the worst of times. Everything that made One Punch Man fun and interesting in the first season glimmers deep beneath the surface here, but it just can’t break through the mire of mediocrity in its wake. Not worth totally passing up on if you are a fan, but expect to be disappointed.

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Mob Psycho 100 II – You are the Protagonist of Your Own Life

Solid Followup to the First Season

Mob Psycho 100 III first took a look at Mob Psycho 100 for my Anime ABC’s series. The first season contained its share of cliche but was presented with a unique visual style and sharp contrast to ONE’s other work, One Punch Man that it couldn’t help but capture the attention of several viewers. Nearly 3 years later, Mob and friends are back to continue the story right where it left off. Continue reading “Mob Psycho 100 II – You are the Protagonist of Your Own Life”

One Punch Man – Mini Review

An Everyday Hero

Image result for one punch manYou may remember that I reviewed Mob Psycho 100 awhile back for Anime ABC’s. In that review I talk a lot about this series, One Punch Man, due to the fact that it was created by the person known as, “One.” Today I’ll be doing a brief review on One Punch Man, specifically focusing on my favorite part of the show, The Deep Sea King arc.

A quick overview of the show for those unfamiliar, OPM follows Saitama who is the strongest superhero ever. He is so strong that he can beat every bad guy with a single punch. Largely being a parody of other superpower shonen battle series like Dragon Ball Z, it is fairly comedy focused with some pretty awesome fights sprinkled in for good measure. The premise may make this sound boring, but it is a pretty solid experience across 12 episodes in season one.

However, I don’t love OPM for any of these reasons and think it is a comparatively weaker show to its counterpart, Mob Psycho 100, but with one major exception. That’s right, The Deep Sea King arc.

In this arc a terrible monster from the sea comes and tries to take over the surface. It is dominating heroes left and right. Everything seems pretty bleak with almost no hope left for the citizens of the town. Then, riding on his bicycle, Mumen Rider shows up (think Kamen Rider but just a normal dude) filling the people with hope.

Mumen Rider is just a normal person with no special powers, yet in the show he is often shown to be highly praised for doing basic good deeds around the city. In the world of OPM, he’s given many opportunities to advance higher in the hero hierarchy but refuses to because that isn’t the point of being a hero to him. His message is about how you should always step in and act because even a small effort can result in being the hero for someone else.

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If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s a video made by Mother’s Basement that explains what I’m talking about here in more detail.

Naturally he gets beat pretty badly by The Deep Sea King and Saitama swoops in to save the day. However, Saitama recognizes the validity in Mumen Rider’s actions and decides to give him credit for the victory by implying the combined efforts of the other heroes and, mostly, Mumen Rider is why he was able to win. This ends up making people kind of hate Saitama but Mumen is well aware of what Saitama did for him.

For me, this is a powerful moment in the show that makes the entire thing worth it. I was genuinely moved by the futile attempts to save the day that Mumen Rider made, even on repeat viewings. If you haven’t seen the show, I do recommend it but not for the reasons most people do. Sure, it’s a funny show and there are cool fights sometimes, but this hard-hitting moment about what it means to truly be a hero is what makes this worth watching.

What are your thoughts on One Punch Man? Do you agree with me about Mumen Rider or was this show more about the comedy for you? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. Here’s the part where I ask for money, nobody ever cares about this part. Click the button below I guess if you actually read this section; that’s how you give me money so I can do stuff. Lastly, I do appreciate you stopping by and giving this a read. Hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100

Always Strive to be a Better You

Image result for mob psycho 100After the great amount of success for ONE’s first webcomic to anime adaptation, One Punch Man, a lot of the anime community was clamoring for more. That show was fun, provided some commentary on the superhero genre, and was something a lot of people didn’t expect. Rather than be met with a second season like many had hoped, instead we were given another adaptation of a different ONE webcomic:  Mob Psycho 100. Did this follow up live up to the hype or should things have stopped while they were ahead? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100”