One-Punch Man is a manga series written by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The series began publication in 2009, with the individual chapters being collected and published into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha.
As of January 2019, the series has been compiled into sixteen volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between October 2015 and December 2015. A second season began airing on April 5, 2019. The story follows Saitama, a superhero who only became strong enough to defeat his enemies with a single punch. He faces a variety of foes, from monsters to supervillains. Saitama struggles to gain respect and recognition from the society he lives in. The manga has been licensed by Viz Media in North America and was published as a 15-volume series, with the first volume being released on October 20th, 2015. In addition, it has been licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, in the United Kingdom by Viz Media Europe, in Spain by Planeta Comic, in Mexico by Editorial Kamite, South America by Panini Comics Brazil. It has also been licensed for regional language releases in French by Glénat, German by Carlsen Verlag, Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica.
ONE began writing One Punch Man as a webcomic. In 2009 it was published on Akimiya’s “Tonari no Young Jump” website. A Japanese television drama adaptation starring Toshiaki Karasawa as Saitama aired on NTV from October to December 2015 on Sundays at 10:00 am. The series was simulcast outside of Asia on the same day by the streaming service Crunchyroll. A second season will premiere on April 5, 2019, which will have 12 episodes instead of the first’s 10.
The manga had 1 million print copies as of November 30, 2013. As of January 14, 2019, there are 15 million copies in circulation. By September 7, 2015, the series had 3 million digital copies in circulation. One Punch Man Volume 11 sold an estimated 267 thousand copies to top Oricon’s for the week ending December 25th, 2018 with One Punch Man volume 13 selling an estimated 199 thousand copies to also top Oricon’s for the week ending January 8th, 2019.
One-Punch Man has been credited as starting a new boom of Western interest in Japanese manga, particularly in the English-speaking web. In September 2015, it was announced that One Punch Man was getting an official release in North America from Viz Media as both a print and digital comic.
In April 2018, One Punch Man Volume 1 reached number 2 on the New York Times manga best sellers list. Volume 11 has been at or near the top of Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 list since its release.
A live-action film adaptation starring Saitama is being produced by Netflix with a scheduled release to potentially be released worldwide in 2019. A second season for the anime series will premiere on April 5, 2019.
The protagonist of this story:
The protagonist of this story is Saitama who quit his job as a salaryman after three years working in a state-owned apartment corporation. He later became a hero for fun. He always defeats his enemies with just one punch. However, because he is too strong, defeating his opponents only takes one punch, and getting to that point was very difficult in the first place, due to his unimpressive exterior Saitama has little to no friends. The only friend he does have is Genos who is training himself to become an official superhero under Saitama’s tutelage to learn how to fight monsters. Genos has been described as being the closest thing Saitama has to a disciple or sidekick.
Saitama’s relationship with other heroes is mostly non-existent because most of them see him as a threat and/or a fraud since he can defeat monsters in one punch. The only hero that may think of him as a friend is King. While few, there are some like Fubuki and Metal Knight who want to take Saitama out and claim his title for themselves. Some heroes work together in teams; others like Mumen Rider and Child Emperor work alone.
Saitama’s sense of justice is generally warped when dealing with other self-proclaimed heroes who treat their heroism as an excuse to commit crimes such as robbery or extortion.
It’s not just the story, but rather how it is told. The manga tells a typical superhero narrative of an underdog protagonist that rises to defeat powerful villains and becomes stronger because of his struggles–and this archetype has been popular for decades in Western comics as well. But One-Punch Man takes a more comedic approach with its art style and dialogue than many other similar stories do; it also provides some social commentary on modern society.