It’s not often I write about manga that I read – actually, this is the first time I’ve posted about manga in general. But there’s something about this particular manga – Onepunch Man – that’s work mentioning. I happened upon this manga by accident; it was one of those times where you fly through the entire list of manga offered by one site, stop randomly, and give whatever you land on a shot. Basically, I was bored. And I know I was bored because despite a lack-lustre preview image (I don’t remember which site I was on when I stumbled upon Onepunch Man) and a fairly uninspired summary (basically about a hero who decimates his opponents with a single punch), I still went on to read it. And I’m very glad I did, because Onepunch Man is pretty awesome.
The first thing I noticed was the art. Aside from the fact that it was detailed, articulate, and beautiful, it was also oddly familiar. I racked my brain to remember where I might have seen this style of manga artistry before… and then it hit me: Eyeshield 21. Eyeshield 21 not only cultivated an interest in American football in me, but it aided in my understanding of the game in a general sense; I even went on to watch real matches played by real people afterward. However, this would not have been possible had it not been for the immaculate illustrations, penned by one Murata Yusuke.
Now I know pretty pictures aren’t enough to keep one captivated for even one chapter, nevermind 25, but in my opinion, Onepunch Man is a good read! It’s funny with interesting characters. Sure there are more gags than serious storylines at this point in time, but that’s part of Onepunch Man’s charm; trust me, considering the personality of the main character, if it got too serious… well it would just be weird, and something terrible would likely happen to the entire world.
The manga was started earlier last year, and hopefully it’s got a long way to go. So if you’ve got a minute – or the next time you’re bored – give Onepunch Man a try! It might be a knockout!
(Okay: I retract that pun.)