One-Punch Man Getting TV Anime
On a recent episode of the Anime Podcast (which I’m not linking because I can’t remember which episode it was) I talked about how there two manga that I think should never be made into an anime: The Breaker and One-Punch Man. I think both of them are such great looking manga, especially the Yusuke Murata drawn One-Punch, that no anime would ever be able to match it and would only look worse. Now, almost as if the Anime Gods looked down on me and said, “You know what? Fuck this guy, right here,” this was announced.
In the 15th issue of Shueisha’s Young Jump, it was announced that the great manga series is being adapted into an anime. The cast and staff of the series is unknown right now, but it is going to be announced later this month during Anime Japan 2015.
For those who don’t know, the series was originally released as a webcomic by a guy calling himself ONE. Yusuke Murata then started remaking the manga almost three years after its debut for Young Jump Web Comics and both are still going to this day. The story revolves around Saitama, a superhero who, through pretty basic strength and endurance training, became so powerful he can defeat any opponent he faces in one punch. Also all his hair fell out.
I love One-Punch Man, but specifically I love Murata’s version. While the story is panel for panel identical between the two versions, ONE’s artwork is incredibly sloppy and, when compared to Murata’s amazingly detailed art, I can barely read five pages of the original series. And the Murata series is the reason I never wanted an anime version of this story. It looks so fucking incredible on the page that there is almost no way the anime will look even half as good. If Murata’s series didn’t exist and I had only read the ONE version, I would be jumping for joy for this series. But as it stands, I have fairly low expectations.