Vol. 1, One-Punch Man


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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I'm appreciating these comics more, since I have a frame of reference from the anime. If you haven't seen the entire first season yet, you can watch it for free officially on the " Daisuki " web site. Support this very RARE work that has a perfect combo of super hero comedy with awesome art direction. The anime also lives up to the art direction and the music and sound track for OPM complements it perfectly as well. NEED MORE/NEW OPM MANGA/ANIME !!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
My 13yo son and I have had fun watching the animated episodes, and he asked for this for his birthday, so I bought it. This may be an Anime thing, done deliberately, but I don't see it mentioned anywhere in the description or reviews. Why does the book read backward? Instead of the book being bound on the left, as a typical (western) book would be, it is bound on the right and pages turn from left to right. :( Otherwise, the book shows no defects, so maybe that should have been included in the description. Before I shell out for a set, I'd like to know if this is the way it's suppose to be!
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rusyda fauzana
I want to first start by saying I'm a fan of OPM. I'm not rating the series or this first volume to be of "meh" quality; I'm rating the translation of this particular publication.

I recently started the series online; first starting with Murata's version then with ONE's version. Finding out Murata was finally making a physical copy, I wanted to support the series and pre-ordered it. The artwork is fantastic, the story is full of action while also being funny, and the main character, Saitama, is someone no one can relate to...

Having already read the entire series prior, I was a bit disappointed with how the translations are as opposed to the fan translations. I understand this is probably given a 17+ rating and certain words need to be slightly changed; in my opinion however, it dilutes what the original meaning or emotion that's given. Another thing is all the interesting things start to kick in during volume to and beyond.

This is a great manga series to get into as it's still very new, and it's a great way to support the artist and writer.
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zakk vald
This was a Christmas present for my daughter, and she loves it. It's a manga based on the One Punch Man web comic. According to my daughter, the art is far superior to the art of the web comic. The storyline has been modified for clarity. Overall, she says this format provides an improved reading experience.
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nina c
Everyone wishes they had super powers. To fly, shoot lasers from their eye, or even run fast. Who wouldn't want to be powerful? In One Punch man we find a hero like no other; he's too strong. With a single blow all enemies are reduced to a fine red mist. Despite his occupation he's a rather simple fellow. So we beat witness to a hero with no rival a monster can match. One would think it a silly premise for a story, but the hero and the situations he finds himself in are often humorous. The art is from the creator of Eyeshield 21 (sorry if I don't recall the name off the top of my head) and the style is sharp.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It's as hilarious and beautiful as always, but I almost docked this volume by one star, simply because the story this time only involves introducing 2 new characters, but not getting into any real depth their storylines, before the book ends. Basically, I'm just complaining that I wish the stories were longer, cos I hate waiting till the next volume comes out, I love it so much! :P Not really a complaint, I suppose. Buy all the volumes, read, and be merry :)
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holly fincher
I really like One Punch Man. It has awesome art, is extremely visual, the humor is silly but quick and funny and the story always surprises you. I will recommend this action shonen manga specially to superheroes fans. One of most original manga I read in the last few years. Enjoy it!
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rachel reyes
It was good i dont want to type because i lazy so im going to do this (for a while so I’m going back home and I can go get my stuff to do stuff to my car so I’ll have a good time call me when I can go to see if I have any more friends that would be nice if we could get some food for you tomorrow afternoon or afternoon evening if you’re still up to go to pick him I’ll let him out)
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heather goldsmith
*One-Punch Man* is a terrific manga about a world with, apparently, interconnected cities named City A, City B, so on. In this world lives a man named Saitama, who is so strong he is now bored with life. He has grown so powerful that he can beat any opponent with a single punch - hence the title.

The premise seems silly, but it's really well executed. Saitama is an expy of both the Golden and Silver Age versions of Superman, and the manga is pretty cool in how it parodies both Western super-hero and Eastern anime cliches.

As the manga moves forward, the colorful cast from the anime (which is adapting this manga) begins to be fleshed out. First we are introduced to Genos, the combat cyborg and Saitama's disciple.

The book so far is only at about episode 2 or 3 of the anime. I can't wait to see the character development of Saitama and others over the course of future volumes (based on what I saw in the anime). Really, this has the type of story-telling about the massively powered brick that Superman comics would be better with.

Highly Recommended.
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It's hard to believe you haven't heard about OnePunchMan already, since it's popularity has skyrocketed worldwide in the past few years. But in case you haven't, let me give you an idea what it is about by asking you to pay close attention to the cover if this volume: a bald super hero is punching through the guts of a huge monster with ease, while acting intense and holding a grocery bag in the other hand. That pretty much explains what you are in for. A manga with funny satire of mainstream hero media, and breathtaking art. It's hilarious and fresh, with a story that although seemenly going nowhere at first, decides to go backwards, having an all powerful hero deal with a world filled with characters weaker than him, instead of the usual weak character that eventually grows strong. Everybody is trying to survive in this crazy world while Saitama, the main character, is utterly bored.
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the librarian
in the words of saitama one punch again?...Damnit!!!!!A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?
incredibly funny and witty
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fast paced read and just as action packed as the anime (which I watched first due a friend recommending it to my husband).

Saitama is one of the most fascinating hero’s I’ve read and absolutely love his story! Changes my whole outlook on the backstory of a superhero.

Also, GENOS! *heart eyes*

Looking forward to reading more!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I started reading the fan translations for this Manga online about a month and a half ago. And I loved them. I devoured all 80 odd chapters (that are available at the time of writing this) of the Yusuke Murata version of the series in two weeks and, in order to support ONE and Murata's work; I bought this volume at a local shop.

I do not regret buying it, the art is still beautiful, and the US publisher has been good enough to include the "Extra Chapters" that do not tie into the main plot line as well. Not having those was my greatest fear before I purchased it.

However... certain aspects of this translation don't work as well as I'd like. Now I'll grant I don't speak Japanese, so I can't vouch for accuracy, but I *DO* speak English, and it doesn't always properly reflect the way good English ought to sound.

It's very confusing though, because for huge stretches of the book it works. Most of the translations are fine... occasionally better even, except for about 5% at key moments.
It's there that, when the dialogue gets a little complex, or a very important punchline needs to be delivered, it comes apart at the seams a bit.The basic idea remains, but the words written down are far from the best ones to communicate those ideas logically or humorously. It seems like the translator was either in a hurry or looked at it and settled for "good enough."

As another light smudge on the overall presentation, all of the beautiful Japanese Onomato sound effects have been removed and replaced with typical english comic book counterparts. I leafed through two or three other manga series volumes sitting on the stand, and THIS was the only one that felt the need to do that. It boggles my mind, but this is honestly a relatively small complaint, and I choose not to hold it against this book.

But even so, I still give it four stars. The english itself deserves a 3, probably? But I'd have rated the book at 5 if not for that. I really can't condemn the work that ONE and Murata have done here simply because I am incapable of reading Japanese.

So My recommendation is: Buy it anyway. It's a great volume to leaf through and ogle when only a proper Tankobon will do, and Murata and ONE will spend your money well. But if you actually want to read the best version of these chapters? You may want to track down the fan translation.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I love One-Punch!!! I've read chapters of it here and there in Weekly Shonen Jump and have really wanted to get in on the manga from the beginning. What is there not to love about One-Punch? I think he's so adorable. This is probably first and foremost satire of the shonen genre, but it's done so well it's a great one harkening back to the days of the greats. It's got comedy, action, battles and more battles. We get Saitama's backstory and a wide range of emotions along with his adoring sidekick. Seeds have been sown for the greater story arc. This is good, plain, battle-action fun with its tongue firmly set in the cheek.
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This is about a man named Saitima who becomes a superhero for fun and trains so hard he goes bald and becomes the strongest man on earth. He runs around fighting off aliens and saving the world while also being just a regular guy!

Well I was hooked on the TV show and decided to grab the manga and holy crap! This just blew me away, the detailed artwork was astonishing and in it's self a reason to read this. The story and characters are so great too, Saitima is such a lovable and enjoyable character to read about, he is funny yet so relatable and real.
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david fielding
I am quite new to the One Punch man franchise thanks to the Anime and absolutely loved the series thanks to the story of Saitama, Genos and the rest of the Heros (which to me are just as important as Saitama himself, it could be said if it was just about Saitama the series may be pretty boring after a few chapters but the combination of the great and relatable Saitama as well as the surrounding (as they more than support) cast of characters.

Truth be said I am not much of a book reader and got this as I am at Uni and am unexpectedly doing Drawing and this needed to get some research material so went to something i really liked and within receiving the book 12 hours ago i have already read page to page and want to read again as the story is compelling (leading to me ordering the next chapter and the one prior) and the artwork is top notch ... the perfect "Research".

A Great book for anyone wanting to get into reading and buying Manga.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Not sure how I feel about this. The satire is good, as is the ennui of perfection, but I was hoping for a little more depth.

That said, it comes frequently recommended and is a fast, easy read. So I may poke at them as long as the library continues to send them to me.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I am not even sure how to describe this manga. The title is accurate because it is basically about a hero who can punch a villain once and they are gone. Okay, that's good for the first few villains, but this continues throughout the entire manga. I kept hoping that they would add some sort of back-story or information about the character that would help me connect with the story, but they didn't. I felt like I was zooming through this manga because I didn't really care what happened. The villains are almost too outrageous to be taken seriously and the main character is not very likable. The cyborg added towards the end seems to be a good developed character, but that could be because they crammed in pages worth of information on two random pages to try and explain everything. Seriously, if you are going to explain a character's story, don't cram EVERYTHING onto two pages. It almost seemed more like a children's manga than something a teen or adult can enjoy, but a lot of the themes and characters were too adult to be appropriate for children. This is just a very confusing manga. I don't understand how it got published when there are so many amazing and brilliant manga still waiting for publication. I may give the second volume a chance to see if it improves, but I cannot imagine ten or more of these that read the same exact way...I am hoping for some changes and development.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Given the covers of this series—the very serious art and expressions—I was not expecting what is inside the book. I had been somewhat warned, but I didn’t expect more of a Dragon Ball parodical superhero comedy.

This series is about Saitama, a man who decides to become a superhero and save people instead of live his boring existence. Only he gets so good at it that he can defeat any enemy with one punch, and now he’s just as bored as he was before.

I did enjoy Saitama and his struggles. He just wants something to do with himself. His boring office job was just as boring as his current superhero gig. He’s even dreaming about monsters harder to fight than the ones he’s actually fighting, the poor guy. Finally he meets a robot, who attaches himself to Saitama because he’s looking for a master. At the end of the volume, it looks like Saitama has found an organization to entertain himself with.

I like the artwork; it’s simple and comedic for the right moments, joking with Saitama’s normal life and bored existence, and then more intense and serious for the fighting and his frustrations.

This was a fun volume, and I can see why so many people are excited for it.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eric vogel
One Punch Man brilliantly executes transitions from what can be assumed to be a humorous scene, to a scene with life-threatening, serious undertones. It is this factor, among a plethora of others, that makes One Punch Man a considerably "better read" than what most often window shop for. Saitama, the main character of the series One Punch Man, is unlike superheros readers have been previously introduced to. Instead of openly "saving people in the time of danger" as most superheros would do... Saitama lies around in his living room until a monster either decides to crash in through his ceiling (which has happened on various uncountable occasions) or until he finds out that a monster has breached the city. One Punch Man is an odd twist to the usual combination of Action and Comedy. And while many titles tend to host the same feel and tone, One Punch Man simply pulls it off better. It is this very reason that I wholeheartedly recommend this title.
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kayleigh nn evans
Ah, One-Punch Man.... It's about damn time it got a Physical Release.
If you haven't read One-Punch Man, and you are currently surfing through Reviews to see what other people think about it, then....what the hell are you waiting for? It's got a 4.9! And this Volume has 48 (49 including mine) reviews! It's gotta be good, right?
Plus, I think it's currently 7 dollars right now- So if you don't end up liking it, it's not that bad of a loss, really.
Honestly, this has got to be my All-Time favorite Manga series that I have read. (And i've read Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, and more..)
And in my opinion, it is fantastic- A must have for anyone who likes Manga.
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jamie dornfeld
I got the first volume in a loot anime crate. I haven't looked back. I love this series. It is hilarious and pokes fun at the superhero genre. What's life got to offer a hero when he's already the strongest at everything?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
just recently started to read Manga regularly so i picked up a bunch of stuff that looked like it was action packed and this is fantastic. Its such a fun story so far, i went right away and got the second volume!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I won't say that it'll be one of my favorites but the humor is great. The art looks awesome and the characters are entertaining all around. This is actually pretty good for people that haven't read much manga as well. It doesn't have any of the random, if you haven't watched a ton of anime this joke will mean nothing to you, type humor. It's often this dry deadpan humor that most people can appreciate.
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nate h
I love one punch man! The fact that his enemies try to intimidate him and he basically isn't listening and is wondering if he has enough time to make a sale at his favorite store, is hilarious. Must read for non traditional superhero fans.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
One Punch Man is amazing!!! Great Action , pure comedy with Magnificent art and a lot of interesting Characters. One of best manga out there and i cant wait to get the other volumes. i absolutely recommend anyone picking up this manga
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melissa doyle
I have read all chapters released so far, if buying it digitally has even the tiniest possibility of it being funneled into an actual physical release then I'd die happy.

Outstanding art, top notch parody, amazing feel for motion, unique characters.
I recommend it, but heavily urge people to read past Vol. 1, the beginning can be a bit slow of what relates to an actual plot.
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This is a down market book, targeting younger readers. The themes are quite simplistic, but the art is good and the story it's at least a little engaging. It will grow on you, but not enough for me to really desire reading book 2.
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