One-Punch Man is the Japanese manga series written by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. It was originally published as a webcomic in 2009. The series began publication on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comic website in 2012. The chapters then periodically collected and published into tankoubon volumes. Viz Media licensed the anime series in North America as an English publisher. So far, 12 volumes in English language are available as of January 5, 2018.
Volume 1 – One Punch
Released on September 1, 2015
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test in terms of superheroes, from his dull expression to his bald head to his uninteresting physique. Even so, this average-looking man carries a not-so-average problem. He just can not seem to find a foe strong enough to fight! Whenever promising bad guy shows up, he defeats the snot out of them with a single punch! Can Saitama ultimately find a good opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life several meaning? Or is he condemned to a life of superpowered monotony?
Fantastic start to the series. Great detail to Saitama. While he may appear bored with his powers there’s a sense of enlightenment in how he bears himself and his actions. Very simple and efficient movements. He knows what’s going on around him to the maximum degree.
Volume 2 – The Secret To His Strength
Released on September 1, 2015
Saitama easily took out numerous enemies and monsters, such as a crabby beast, a harmful mosquito lady, and a muscly meathead. But his stress life takes an extreme turn when he encounters Genos, a cyborg who wants to find out the secret behind his power.
The artwork and plot keep their top quality. Volume 2 provides somewhat less humor than the previous volume, but still provides a number of the funniest and iconic times in the series. This volume focuses on Saitama and Genos as they work to wipe out the evil organization.
Volume 3 – The Rumor
Released on November 3, 2015
For around 3 years, Saitama has defeated numerous enemies and strange creatures, but nobody knows about him. That is simply because he is not in the Hero Association’s registry! Together with Genos, Saitama chooses to take the Hero Association’s examination! But can they pass?
I really loved the volume 3 tremendously. The artwork exceeds the level of the previous volume, with a lot more attention paid to detail. The battle scenes are done well and are spectacular. It includes chapters 16-20, along with 2 bonus chapters right at the end. This volume 3 focus on Saitama and Genos’s choice to try to become a member of the Hero Association, an organization that can register them as official heroes.
Volume 4 – Giant Meteor
Released on January 5, 2016
Saitama is now a registered professional hero! Along with that title comes big responsibility. He is needed to perform one heroic action per week. While Saitama can make the rounds to fulfill his quota, and incoming danger from outer space is screeching in the direction of Earth…
Volume 4 of One-Punch Man introduces Bang, the third highest ranked hero of the association and a martial arts master. By the end of volume introduces to the deep ocean king, which is my favorite arc of the series in the anime. It also lightly introduces many other heroes that will show up throughout the series. Like a battle scene as usual and can get a little graphic sometimes.
Volume 5 – Shining in Tatters
Released on March 1, 2016
To stop the Demon-level danger, Saitama and others heroes head toward the action. However, even Class S heroes end up being no match for the Deep Sea King! As a way to protect the good people, our heroes will have to summon all of their bravery and confront this menace!
Volume 5 covers the rest of the Deep Sea King arc. The arc smartly enables many new and old heroes to take on the sea before Saitama comes to the war zone. My personal favorite of which is Mumen Rider and is also on the cover. Despite the fact that this one quite serious when compared with the rest of the series, there are still lots of comedy inside. However, the battle scenes can get somewhat brutal.
Volume 6 – The Big Prediction
Released on May 3, 2016
An urgent situation summons gathers Class S heroes at headquarters, and Saitama tags along. There, they find out that the great seer Shibabawa left the next prophecy: “The Earth is in big danger!” What in the world will occur?!
Volume 6 presents nearly the whole S rank heroes. It is up to them and Saitama to halt an alien invasion that could bring the end of the Earth. The good the thing is despite the fact that it is the first meeting a number of the heroes, most of them stand out with traits and personalities. The leaders of the aliens are daunting and have a great character at the same time. A word of caution for readers is this manga can get a little bit graphic sometimes.
Volume 7 – The Fight
Released on July 5, 2016
As soon as aliens invade Earth, several Class-S heroes lastly find a way to fight back and go on the offensive. Inside the enemy mothership, Saitama fights Boros. Confronted with the alien’s scary power, he chooses to get serious! What is the Earth’s destiny?!
While the past volumes have been great, otherwise I would not hat reached this far, this one steps it up a notch! There’s a large amount of action in this volume 7 as well as a plot that continues more than a few pages. The artwork is done well as always and you will find jokes throughout.
Volume 8 – That Man
Released on September 6, 2016
Class-S rank hero King is known as the most powerful man on earth. Even monsters and strange creatures fear him. But when a mysterious organization sends an assassin after him, the surprising reality about King is exposed!
The Volume 8 is nice, a little more calm then the past several volumes. Don’t get me wrong, yes, there’s lots of action that the series is known for and you still can find lots of comedy. However, when compared to Sky King arc or the Sea King arc, it is simply not as epic. However, there are several possible hinting toward future developments. Also, for the very first time, readers may be a little confused to jump into the series not that it would become tricky to patch together.
Volume 9 – Don’t Dis Heroes!
Released on November 1, 2016
Timebomb Garo, a creature admirer, lastly explodes, attacking the Hero Association! At the same time, Miss Blizzard visits Saitama at his house. Due to his lower status, she plans to make him one of her subordinates, but…
This volume provides excellent battles combined with top quality artwork and lays the groundwork for our new villain Garou. Calling himself the human monster, he brings with his determination and a special type of insane, I can’t help but love. If Boros battle was a little missing for you, then this guy may just fix that issue.
Volume 10 – Pumped Up
Released on January 3, 2017
The human monster and hero hunter Garo cranks up the high intensity of his break down. As the damage raises, forcing the hero world into chaos, Saitama chooses it’s the perfect time to build an interest in martial arts and sneaks into the battle tournament. In the meantime, the Class-S hero Metal Bat takes a task protecting a Hero Association executive and his son, and it isn’t long before problems show up!
Many of the things in this volume does not originate from the webcomic. Really, I’m confident all of it is new things. On the other hand, it is really interesting and action packed. This volume features lots of Garo really hunting heroes. You are able to think about it as filler I guess, but it is required to be able to not run out of stuff.
Volume 11 – Giant Insect
Released on March 7, 2017
While Saitama’s distracted at a battle tournament, Centichoro, a threat-level Dragon monster attacks! Metal Bat engages it in the fight but struggles against its gargantuan size The monster knocks him into the distance and directly into the path of hero-hunter Garo!
The star of this volume 11 is certainly Metal Bat. With a huge part of it about him, and he’s fantastic. Overall, the artwork for the action in this volume can be probably the most fluid and stunning for past couple of volumes. As with other volumes, the battles can get a little graphic at times.
Volume 12 – The Strong Ones
Released on September 5, 2017
At the battle tournament, Suiryu of the Dark Body Art shows promise with his fantastic power. But outside the arena, numerous creatures are pushing the heroes, even Genos, to their limits! Back inside and oblivious, Saitama approaches his match against Bakuzan!
The battling in and outside of the arena is getting intense. As the battle tournament continues we’re getting down to finals. Of course, Saitama continues to breeze through his enemy. But what’s really fascinating is seeing how the other heroes who joined stack up when compared to other fighters. Several outcomes of the battles amazed me.
Volume 13 – Monster Cells
Released on March 6, 2018
Class-A heroes struggle in their fights against the massive monster, Multi-eyed Octopus. Hold out, is that Class-S hero Flashy Flash joining the battle?! Unfazed, the Monster Association continues ramping up its attacks, but its objective continues to be a mystery. At the same time, the battle tournament reaches the semifinals!
68. Great Battle Power
69. Monster Cells
70. Being Strong Is Fun
71. This Is Real Martial Arts!
Volume 14 – Depths of Despair
Released on July 3, 2018
The monster Goketsu shows up at the battle tournament, and turn its participants into monsters, he gives them monster cells. Tournament champ Suiryu battles the newly monsterized fighters one after another until a particular hero rushes to his side to assist!
Volume 15 – The Ones Who Dare in the Shadows