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One-Punch Man
Adapted by Madhouse
Streamed on Netflix

A parody of classic fight anime like Dragonball Z Japanese sentai shows like Kamen rider, One-Punch Man is a resounding success in both Japan and abroad. Based on a webcomic parody of beloved Japanese mascot Anpanman, the series follows Saitama, a would-be hero. But Saitama is so powerful, he defeats every opponent with just one punch.
By turns clever, goofy, and melancholic, One-Punch man tells a fun story while mercilessly satirizing fifty years of manga storytelling techniques. Carefree and bubble-headed Saitama is a great foil for the legion of supporting heroes, monsters, and other villains. He’s a bit like a Japanese version of The Hulk, without the anger issues.
While Saitama is the star of the show, the huge cast of supporting characters is where the show really shines. From his self-serious cyborg sidekick Genos, to homicidal and obsessive ninja assassin Sonic, to the legion of monsters, villains, and other heroes in the hero association. They all have good designs and fill the show with personality. My favorite of the bunch is probably Tornado, a young psychic heroine who is pretty much an immature, short-tempered parody of Jean Grey.
With just a thirteen episode season, One-Punch Man avoids the fight-anime trope of running on longer than it needs to. The show is packed with clever gags and subtle world-building, and is just long enough. A second season is in production, so hopefully it will stay fresh when it returns to the air. One-Punch Man is available on Netflix Streaming. If you grew up on stuff like DBZ and Power Rangers and you somehow haven’t checked it out, go have a look.

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