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Jack Brooks
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One Punch Man Episode 9

I've been following one punch man season 2 since it was released and the usual time has always been on Wednesdays in the afternoon US, NY(GMT-4). Firstly, the main website I use is the Episode calendar for shows and anime in the US and it shows the 5th of June.

One Punch Man Episode 9

Since everyone knew how this story was going to end, let's return to the beginning. It actually takes Saitama another half an episode to get his deadly fists to the party, and in the meantime, every other Hero gets their clock thoroughly cleaned by this baddie. Not even Genos can put a dent in the scaly sovereign when the Deep Sea King starts playing dirty by lobbing his acid spit at innocent bystanders. The series has officially adopted a trend of melting and shredding poor Genos down to some-assembly-required mode, and it's a trend I can totally get behind. This battle leaves the blond cyborg in the worst shape yet, revealing slimy synthetic musculature and greasy twisted metal under his skin that rings a little more Attack on Titan than One-Punch Man. There's some downright nauseating artistry on display in this episode's first half, worth running back and watching again and again. If last week's episode gave you a sakuga-stiffy, episode 9 wants to assure you that you ain't seen nothin' yet.

While Genos's fight carries the brunt of this episode's breathtaking spectacle, Mumen Rider's fight carries all of its heart. With nothing but a bicycle and a thirst for justice, he hurls himself through the pounding rain at the giant monster that just got done tearing Genos into pieces, as the cowering crowd looks on. Of course he doesn't have a prayer of taking the enemy down, but he already knows that. Mumen Rider confesses that he has nothing but his can-do attitude, and the best he can do against a monster like this is buy time for weaker people to escape and stronger people to arrive. Since Class C requires its Heroes to fill quotas every week to keep their certification, Mumen Rider must throw himself into conflict day after day and just pray he survives to even be considered a Hero at all. Is that selfish? Is it noble? Mumen Rider doesn't know and Mumen Rider doesn't care. He just wants to be a Hero. The crowd agrees with his impassioned speech, so they cheer him on even as he throws his life away in battle.

Given how much pain and suffering the other Heroes had to endure before Saitama showed up and just shrugged away their foe, it's all too easy to see both sides of this thorny problem. Sure, the crowd goes wild for the monster's sudden demise at first, but they're already confused and desperately seeking answers for this incongruity, now that their fight-or-flight responses have been tempered. (As always, it's the bitter cynics who claim to have the answers first. This episode's first voice of dissent comes from a miserable-looking nerd who seems to think that disaffected faux-superiority is the only tone that anyone around him will take seriously.) If a Class C Hero was able to take out the monster just like that, then what the hell were the higher-ranked Heroes doing this whole time? People are always quicker to question individuals (ranked Heroes) than they are to question a system (Association's criteria for ranking Heroes), because we want to believe systems are objective conglomerates of "stuff that works," powered by the desires (popularity rankings) and tax dollars (donations to the Association) of the common man. So rankings don't mean anything? Is the Association incompetent? Why did they send out all these powerful Heroes to die if all they needed was one punch from this Class C nobody?

This was an absolutely stellar episode of One-Punch Man not only for its amazingly visceral battle sequences, but its humor, heart, and sharp social commentary. It looks like the mightiest threat of all will be crashing to Earth next episode, so I'm eager to see how Saitama responds now that he's started to realize he's entering a "cruel and callous world," in the words of one Association member. Hang in there, One-Punch Man!

In a city plagued with thugs, mutants, and supervillains, Saitama decides to become a superhero for fun. He envisions an exciting life where he is constantly challenged with tough opponents, but after three years of intense training, he's become so strong that he defeats every enemy with one punch! His dream of engaging challenging foes has gone up in smoke, and his overpowered life is filled with overpowering boredom. Then a cyborg named Genos learns about Saitama's amazing ability and begs him to make him his disciple. Saitama isn't interested in taking on an apprentice, but Genos isn't giving up. Can he convince the disillusioned hero to teach him the secret of his strength? And will Saitama ever find a worthy adversary to battle?

One-Punch Man is a Japanese anime series based on the webcomic created by One and its subsequent manga adaptation illustrated by Yusuke Murata. Set in City Z, the story focuses on Saitama, a superhero who has grown bored as he has become so powerful that all of his battles end in a single punch. The series was directed by Shingo Natsume at Madhouse and was written by Tomohiro Suzuki.[1] The series also features character design by Chikashi Kubota, who also served as chief animation director, and music by Makoto Miyazaki.[2] The series aired in Japan between October 5 and December 21, 2015 and was simulcast by Daisuki and Hulu. An original video animation was released with the tenth manga volume on December 4, 2015.[3] Additional OVAs are included in Blu-ray Disc & DVD volumes of the series, which begin release from December 24, 2015.[4][5][6]

Building on last weeks more serious tone, One Punch Man delivers a powerful episode this week that continues to step away from the purely satirical to examine what makes a true hero. This is actually pretty important, as it has done a great job of shining a spotlight up until recently on what does not make a hero.

Picking up right where we left off, Genos confronts the Sea King. Our automated hero only asks if he is one of the Sea Folk, and when the Sea King confirms it, he wastes zero time. There is no letting the villain monologue here. True to his nature, Genos simply lets him know that he is in for an asskickeing, and punches the ever loving fuck out of him.

OPM has often been pretty gory, usually as Saitama punches some monster into pieces. Never, though, has it turned that keen eye it has towards the heroes being devastated so clearly as it does now. This nameless child can only stare in horror as the hero everyone was counting on to save them, dissolves in front of her.

Genos tries to warn Mumen Rider away, as the civilians gather to watch, and the Sea King expresses complete boredom. Mumen Rider throws a punch, only to be grabbed by the arm and used as a whack a mole mallet, until his sleeve tears loose and he goes flying. The Sea King dismisses him and turns back to finish off Genos, but Mumen Rider gets up and tries to grapple him.

The civilians marvel over Saitama for a moment, as the Sea King decides to monologue about how great, awesome, and terrible he is. Saitama interrupts, though, because the dude is boring him. The Sea King gets kinda ticked about this and tries to punch him again.

As the Sea King goes for his punch, Saitama hits him so hard it stops raining. The force of his blow is so powerful, the aftershock literally blows away all of the rain. With that, the Sea King falls down dead.

One Punch Man is an anime adaptation of a manga/web comic series of the same name. The series' first season was produced by Madhouse and directed by Shingo Netsuke. The series was written by Tomohiro Suzuki and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota, who also serves as chief animation director. The first season of 12 episodes aired in Japan between October 5, 2015 and December 21, 2015 on TV Tokyo, airing at later dates on TVO, TVQ, KBS, BS Japan, and AT-X. The season was also streamed on Niconico and simulcast on Hulu, Daisuki, and Neon Alley.

This episode begins with Genos arriving at the shelter to fight Seaking. He charges up so much to super punch Seaking. At first everyone in the shelter thought the day was saved, but then Seaking comes back, who seems to have no damage from the attack, and rips off one of the arms of Genos. 041b061a72




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