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One Punch Man Review


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Hello Internet! Today is a special day to review a special anime that is becoming a phenomenon! I’ve been avoiding this show for a while because I just didn’t believe the hype. Also, I cannot stand shows that are hyped by the anime community as an awesome experience when in reality it falls short from its expectations. Thankfully, One Punch Man did not fall short. It has only been a year, but One Punch Man has achieved cult status. After viewing the show, I completely understand why because One Punch Man deserves all the praise it has been receiving. Welcome to my special leap day review of One Punch Man! In honor of Saitama, this review will be 1000 words or less.

Story: 8
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The story of One Punch Man is simply hilarious. It pokes a lot of fun of the traditional tropes of an shonen anime. You know a hero trains to get stronger, loses, finds out there is a big boss, loses, gets stronger, filler, gets stronger, and eventually beating the big boss for the grand happy ending leading to another big boss or season 2. This show does none of that. Instead our protagonist, Saitama, breaks all of those rules. He is a hero for fun who is extremely overpowered to the point he is bored of fighting. For a second, I thought Saitama was struggling with his humanity while exploring deeper ideas besides finding an opponent worthy of fighting.I guess that’s just me. Saitama is joined by a cyborg named Genos who has a very decent story as well. It was quite shonen-ish, but great overall. I’m not gonna go into too many details because who needs a long ass origin story or explanation. Just know when the adventure begins, be prepared to enjoy the journey because I did.

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IT’S A MADHOUSE! MADHOUSE is simply amazing, I don’t know what else to say. I don’t think I have ever seen a bad Madhouse show. The animation is flawless, crisp, and simple. The OK Saitama face is definitely a highlight along with just about every scene Tornado is in. I left it for you to laugh at. LAUGH WITH ME DAMN IT! LOOK IT IS MADHOUSE…MADHOUSE IS NOT GONNA LET YOU DOWN. THE ANIMATION IS VERY PLEASING TO THE EYES BECAUSE IT IS MADHOUSE!

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ONE PUNCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Listen, yall this is one of the best opening theme songs I have ever heard in my life. I’m not exaggerating it is as simple as that. “The Hero” will get you so pumped, so hyped, so prepared to take on the world and punch stuff! I scream the One Punch part every time I hear it. Jam Project knocked it out of the park with this theme.

JUST WATCH JAM PROJECT PERFORM IT LIVE! IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

ISN’T THAT AMAZING?! This song alone gives the music score a ten! BTW the ending theme (“Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru (星より先に見つけてあげる)” by Hiroko Moriguchi) is pretty awesome.

Here is that theme for your listening pleasure.

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MAIN CHARACTERS
Saitama – The strongest hero in the universe point blank, I am declaring Saitama the strongest human in the anime universe. In order to become a hero, Saitama went under an intense training & diet regiment to obtain his goal to the point he went bald. He has acheived that goal and you would think he would be an egomaniac. WRONG. Saitama is a laid back, care free, frugal, hero for fun that world doesn’t seem to notice despite Saitama saving the city frequently. Saitama is the king of training and sales at the supermarket all at the age of 25.

Genos – The lone cyborg willing to get stronger under the training of Saitama. Genos is very loyal, but he is extremely serious like most shonen characters. His origin story created the classic “20 words or less” rule which I find very amusing. I was thinking the show was gonna shift more towards his story at one point. If this show as about Genos, this would have been your typical anime about one character’s journey to retribution.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS -NOW listen I am not gonna name every single supporting character because EVERY SINGLE SUPPORTING CHARACTER IS FREAKING AMAZING! THEY ALL ADD SOMETHING TO EACH EPISODE! IT may be a little moment or a one liner, but damn I gotta admit this show made each one of the supporting characters feel important when they were on the screen. I absolutely loved the way this show treated their supporting cast because each one of them could have an episode or an series or OVA about them. Mumen Rider is hilarious while Handsome Mask the other word for a male rooster! The heroes association alone could have an anime & I WOULD WATCH EVERY SINGLE EPISODE.

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1. A huge thank you to Shingo Natsume for directing this anime and making One Punch Man everything it is supposed to be.

2.  I had thought that left me a tad conflicted. While Saitama is extremely powerful…ok over powered, would I be rooting for him if he was the villain of the anime? I think the answer would still be yes. Saitama is likable and I think that’s what sets him apart from antagonist that are considered cheap (I’m looking at you Aizen). What do you think?

3. Second season please?! PLEASE?!

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One Punch Man is simply amazing. It was a wonderful ride that pokes fun at the shonen genre along with tropes of anime. The story isn’t something too memorable, but it is hilarious. Everything else besides that is perfect. I can understand how some people may not like OPM since everything ends in 1 punch & the comedy may get a bit repetitive sometimes due to the punchline is the same despite a different setup. Besides that, One Punch Man is an amazing anime that I highly recommend you to watch!

Saitama can beat just about anyone…yep I said it. GET ON THE SAITAMA TRAIN

Final Score: 9.5

Till next review!

-MCZX

Golden Boy Review!!!


Golden Boy

Golden Boy

In 1995, the anime world learned how to STUDY! OH how I wish there was so much more to STUDY in Golden Boy! I really do! Golden Boy is about a twenty-five year old, easy-going, perverted, job hopping, part-timer named Kintarou Ooe who quit law school because to Kintarou it was too easy. You see despite being a complete pervert Kintarou Ooe is a genius. A genius who is spending his days studying life. STUDY is his motto and after you finish watching Golden Boy it just might be yours too.

Story: 8

To be honest, the show overall doesn’t have an long arc or long plot. It is just there. There is a great back story that I wish was explored much more than the lessons in each show. I mean who wouldn’t want to know how Kintarou Ooe became so smart to the point where he can drop out of law school and travel the world studying life? Was Kintarou an alien or is he just really eager to learn?! WHO KNOWS! I WISH WE COULD HAVE KNOWN BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE WATCHED THAT!!! Besides the awesome backstory, there is no real drawn out adventure to why Kintarou does what he does. The way this show plays out reminds me of a sillier, perverted version of Mushishi where the protagonist goes from place to place teaching a lesson or solving trouble. Unlike Mushishi, I noticed in the majority of episodes tend to play out the same except two of the six. This isn’t a bad thing, but the formula to how some characters are introduced stays the same. The formula is different in episode three, but that’s one tiny variation. Episode three is a much watch by the way. It is definitely the stand out of episode of the series. Every episode in Golden Boy is top notch and definitely rewatchable!

Animation: 9

The animation was done by Shueisha and KSS. It was produced by Rikizo Chino (Shueisha) and Kazuo Suzaki (KSS). I won’t lie I am completely biased to the art and animation in Golden Boy. Why? I’ll tell you. The art direction reminds me of shows like Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ronin Warriors, etc. I grew up watching animes like this so that means totally biased. I really appreciate the  old school style animation.

Characters: 10

I would touch on the supporting characters (Haha), but there is no real reason to. I feel like describing them will spoil some episodes. They aren’t forgettable as a supporting cast, they are great characters. I just don’t see the point of doing a deep analysis on characters that show up a total of two times. There is only one main character that truly matters in this anime and that’s the Golden Boy, Kintarou Ooe! As I have said before, Kintarou’s mission is to study life and learn all he can from it. It is a very admirable task I must say. He travels on his Crescent Moon mountain bike from town to town getting whatever part time jobs he can. I’m sure he has a huge extended family due to his travels. On the outside, he portrays a bumbling, perverted idiot with a toilet fetish. Seriously he has a toilet gag that happens four times in the series. IT is very….hilarious and disgusting because well it is. It is top level pervert game though. However, this is all apart of Kintarou’s master plan. That’s just what he wants you to think because Kintarou is a genius after all. There is so much more to the Golden Boy than people know! He wants you to judge the cover of the book instead of actually reading it. You see Kintarou truly cares about every single lady and person he runs into. Kintarou is a very compassionate, complex, strong, humorous, genius. He will go to any lengths to protect the ones he cares for. From taking a beating to covering up the truth to shield a friend’s feelings, Kintarou will save his friends from pain and suffering. Believe it or not he reminds me of Ryu from street fighter. Instead of searching for a good fight, he is searching for great life lessons and women. I feel like he is a very mysterious character too. It isn’t weird he is very excited to learn because I am the same way, but what is his overall mission once he is done learning about life? How long will he study? When will he settle down?! The world may never know. This is the great mystery of Kinatrou Ooe! A very complex character who will definitely sniff your ass or the toilet seat you sit on if you are lady. Kintarou Ooe the classic man.

Soundtrack: 7

The opening theme was done by Joyo Katayanagi. It is called “Opening” and I found it very catchy. A dope instrumental can go a long way. The ending theme is called “Study A Go! Go!” was done by Golden Girls, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Saito Kanji, and Tadamisu Hiro. While the theme did fit with the Kintarou’s motto, I found myself skipping it more than singing along with it. It’s not bad, but I just didn’t care too much for it.

Additional Mentions

Kintarou Ooe’s adventures could be endless. I feel like six episodes wasn’t enough because I got extremely invested in Kintarou’s character. I wish it was longer so we could have gotten the chance to explore Kintarou’s backstory! I wanted to see if he would settle down in town and be epic there. I wanted so much more, but I understand why limit it to six episodes. Too much of a good thing can turn sour. Bow out leaving the crowd wanting more instead of over feeding them I guess.

SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS?! NO and YES. No because well of your parents are squeamish at boobs, perverts and sex stuff just watch it alone. If they are cool let them experience the greatness of Golden Boy.

My initial thoughts Golden Boy was simple. It is about a lucky perverted guy who gets laid at the end of every episode. I’m so glad I was wrong about half of that lol. A pervert is easy to spot out in the anime world.

Conclusion

Golden Boy is one of the classic comedic animes that goes underrated in my eyes. I’m sure it was big in the 90s, but due to it’s “raunchy” content (which really is not that bad) the show may have gotten overlooked for more kid friendly, action oriented shows. The show is only six episodes which is about two hours and tweny three minutes! I’m sure you can find the show on youtube, crunchyroll, the internet or just buy the blu-ray if they have it. Golden Boy is worth your time! You will laugh! You will yell at the screen! You will realize being a genius is awesome! You will want more! Most importantly you will embrace, the perverted genius known as Kintarou Ooe!

Final Rating: 8.5

Story:  8
Animation: 9
Characters: 10
Soundtrack: 7

Till the next review!!!

– MCZX!