One Punch Man #01 — One Punchline Man

October 4th, 2015

 

Yeah, that's a shock.

Impressions:

Again, pretty much exactly as expected, which is to say, the same little OH NO END OF THE WORLD setup and then anticlimax punchline, repeated a couple times because it was hard enough coming up with the two jokes about a hero who wins easily and a kid whose face looks like a butt balls so we've got to milk them for all we've got, even after using this same joke for the promotional stuff. Can't go too fast after all. Gotta make every punchline count! At least the animation is quite on point, and trying especially hard to look like old-school Gainax. If all you're looking for is some guy slapping punching bags into clouds of mist, you can do worse. Or you could just watch the previous season of Symphogear if you want that but with boobs instead.

And yes, indeed, it is a huge shock that I don't have any particular liking for an overexaggerated overly melodramatic Jump show that loves to repeat itself, nor do I find the two and a half jokes (I'm counting the dream anticlimax into the same anticlimax as was already repeated as half a joke) in its twenty minutes funny. I know. Crazy, right? I'm pretty sure it wants to be a droll gag comedy, so why is over half the runtime setup for fewer jokes than I can count on one hand? Repeated at that.

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21 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Shadow Chaser says:

    So, does the one guy in pic three have balls or a butt for a chin?

  • algorithm says:

    Guess they completely sacrificed the audio department to animate this one.

  • dark says:

    so much people hype for this <.< eggman don´t look nothing impresive to me

    anise_punter says:

    Yeah, I mean I thought the comic was passably entertaining but where is all this mega-hype coming from?

    Aroduc says:

    There is a relatively constant population of anime fandom that by law, must whip themselves into a fervor for something every season, generally for your Gangstas, Parasytes, Tokyo Ghouls, Jojos, Attack on Titans, etc. They have existed since time immemorial and will outlive us all.

    Sol says:

    So basically they’re kinda like Americans getting excited about rugby with padding?

    ark noir says:

    You are my hero, Sol!

    anise_punter says:

    I unabashedly love Kiniro Mosaic so I don’t really have room to criticize other people’s terrible tastes, but it makes sense.

    Opulent Rag says:

    Eh, it’s not like their enthusiasm is unwarranted, especially in this current trend of anime seasons. When the majority of what comes out is bland, boring otaku-pandering shlock, some people develop attachments to shows that are… different from the norm, no matter how dull or full of glaring problems they might have.

  • v1cious says:

    Wow, man. you really don’t like anything, do you?

    Aroduc says:

    Only someone with a heart made of stone could not be in love with Jump humor.

    yon says:

    this season is a complete failure.

    algorithm says:

    Aren’t they all?

  • The Phantom says:

    I do NOT understand the hype for this either, I mean really, is that all the plot? It is supposed to be funny? HOW?

    Dynellen says:

    It has occasionally passable humor and some decent characters way later on but honestly people read it for the amazing art. Of course that massive attention to detail the artist gives the manga will never translate to normal anime budget so yeah I don’t see how someone can be hyped for the anime.

    Of course the true source material relies on the gags and “so bad it’s good”-art.

    Aroduc says:

    What really gets me is people talking about how hilarious this episode was when it had fewer actual jokes than I could count on my fingers.

    But it wouldn’t be a season without crowds being indignant that not everybody in the world is in love with the seasonal overdramatized shounen action or overdramatized shounen comedy. Almost like there are core similarities between them!

    UltimaLuminaire says:

    Dang, you’re right about these things. I only recall several specific jokes in the manga and web comic:

    – The dream sequence, animated in this episode.
    – Mosquito, probably next episode.
    – Dead-pan of Genos giving his full back-story in one panel… they are gonna **** that up in the animation, aren’t they?
    – Putting Snake Fist in the ground, though I guess that’s less a joke and just smart panel/scene execution.
    – Zombie-man talking with formal mad scientist at a takoyaki stand.

    So 5. If it was back-story, a side story, or a character/setting establishing moment, it usually wasn’t a joke. Most people find the execution of certain scene or action transitions funny, but I doubt that could be translated into the animation well, even if the manga is basically one big storyboard.

    UltimaLuminaire says:

    Hah, just wait for an abridged. ;)

  • Gorilla13 says:

    Fuck MadHouse, they fucked up Overlord to save all the cha-ching for this?!!!

    anise_punter says:

    Having expectations for Madhouse was your first mistake, but we’ve all been there.