One-Punch Man Vol. 5 (Story by ONE and Art by Yusuke Murata) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 29, 2016 by  


Earth’s mightiest heroes must take on the Deep Sea King.  But are any of them powerful enough to defeat him?  Find out in another action-packed fifth volume of “One-Punch Man”!

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MANGA TITLE: One-Punch Man Vol. 5


ART BY: Yusuke Murata



RATED: T for Older Teen

Available on November 3, 2015

To stop a Demon-level crisis, Saitama and company head toward the action. However, even Class S heroes prove to be no match for the Deep Sea King! In order to protect the good citizens, our heroes will need to summon all of their courage and confront this threat in volume 5 of One-Punch Man!

The Deep Sea King, the leader of the Clan of the Seafolk has come onto land and has his eyes set to conquer human kind.

This leads to many of Earth’s heroes such as Puri-Puri Prisoner, Sonic, Genos, Mumen Rider and many others trying to stop him.

Meanwhile, as many heroes are ending up defeated or killed, what happens when Saitama goes to see for himself of what’s happening in his city.

Find out what happens in vol. 5 of the hit manga series “One-Punch Man” by One and Yusuke Murata!

What is “One-Punch Man” all about?

When it comes to success stories of web comics becoming viral, ONE’s “One-Punch Man” is one of the well-known titles that have taken the world by storm.

Created back in 2009 and having surpassed over 7.9 million hits in 2012, “One-Punch Man” would receive a digital manga remake featuring illustrations by Yusuke Murata (best known for his illustrations for the manga series, “Eyeshield 21”) and would be published on the Shueisha’s “Young Jump Web Comics” website.

In September 2015, Viz Media released the graphic novel for “One-Punch Man” in the United States and in October 2015, the anime adaptation for “One-Punch Man” began airing on Japanese television.

“One Punch Man” is set in City Z and monsters have been appearing in the city causing massive destruction.

But standing in their way is a skinny, bald man named Saitama who also happens to be extremely powerful and can defeat monsters with one punch. But because he often wins all the time, Saitama has grown bored and is often trying to find more powerful opponents.

In volume 1, Saitama takes on Vaccine Man who wants to eliminate humankind’s constant pollution of the environment by eliminating humanity. He also takes on the strongest of the Strongest Brothers.

One day, Saitama comes across a cyborg named Genos who is taking on a lady who is also a mosquito and can suck one’s life dry. Should Saitama help Genos?

In vol. 2, a group of monsters began attacking Saitama at his home. They have clearly targeted him and as Genos tries to assist, Saitama shows the cyborg his power once again.

But having learned that a mad scientist wants Saitama captured in order to study his body for research, the scientist gets ready to unleash his killer creation, Carnage Kabuto.

Meanwhile, a terrorist group is about to make its war on the rich of humanity, but a ninja known as Speed-O’-Sound Sonic goes to confront him. As Saitama comes across this ninja, is he friend or foe?

In volume 3, seeing how Saitama can defeat these tough monsters just with one punch, Genos wans Saitama to teach and train him to be a better hero. And while Saitama accepts Genos to live with him (thanks to Genos offering him a huge amount of money), Saitama scores lower than Genos in the Hero Exam. As Genos ranks S-class and Saitama ranks C-class, what happens when monsters run lose in the city? And how will the other heroes respond?

In volume 4, Saitama saves the world from a devastating meteor but no one believes this skinny, bald hero is capable of having so much power.

In volume 5, the Deep Sea King, the leader of the Clan of the Seafolk has come onto land and has his eyes set to conquer human kind.

This leads to many of Earth’s heroes such as Puri-Puri Prisoner, Sonic, Genos, Mumen Rider and many others trying to stop him.

With humanity unsafe, even Class-C Hero Allback-Man, Class-B Hero Jet Nice Guy, Class-C Hero Bunbun Man and Class-A hero Snakebit Fist Snek try their best to fight against the Deep Sea King.

But can these heroes fare well against someone so devastating?

With the fifth volume of “One-Punch Man”, the story continues as we see various heroes taking on the very deadly Deep Sea King.

And as of right now, it seems that no hero is strong enough to stop him from his deadly rampage against humanity.

Meanwhile, as many heroes have been defeated or have escaped to find shelter against the fight against the Deep Sea King, Saitama answers the call, but will he be tough enough to take on the power Deep Sea King?

For the most part, I’m really enjoying this series because the protagonist is quite unusual. You think of a strong and charismastic super hero as your main protagonist, but the protagonist of “One-Punch Man” is a skinny baldheaded man named Saitama who doesn’t look menacing at all.

A person who became strong by working out constantly, he then lost all his hair an became super powerful.

And where most heroes are proud of their work, Saitama is somewhat wanting the attention and respect that comes with being a hero, but yet hasn’t received it. So, Saitama is an interesting contrast to the stereotypical hero who is typically a person that is athletically fit, has a remarkable IQ or tremendous skillset, but for Saitama….he looks like a normal guy.

Having seen ONE’s original “One-Punch Man”, the artwork from the original versus Yusuke Murata’s artwork is night and day. I always enjoyed Murata’s work on “Eyeshield 21” but his work of bringing ONE’s “One-Punch” man to life is fantastic. It was Murata who approached ONE to redo the artwork and if anything, it had helped ONE’s creation become well-known internationally.

So far, I’m enjoying the series, especially its really crazy and outlandish characters. But I like how the series manages to balance humor and fighting violence quite well. And Saitama is so different from your usual protagonist character in a super hero comic, so I am enjoying what I’m reading so far.

While each volume is starting to ramp up and introduce us to more heroes, I’m not sure if these heroes will have a recurring role.  But for now, it’s great to see so many heroes in battle against the Deep Sea King and seeing if Saitama has what it takes to defeat him.

If you love action-driven manga series with a good amount of humor, definitely give “One-Punch Man” a shot!

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