One Punch-Man vol. 9 (Story by ONE and Art by Yusuke Murata) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
October 22, 2016 by Dennis Amith
With this ninth volume, we have seen supervillains who have succumbed in battle against Saitama, but this time, we have a powerful supervillain that is pulverizing all heroes and villains, including S-Class Superheroes. Can anyone stop him? If you love action-driven superhero manga series with a a lot of humor, “One-Punch Man” vol. 9 is recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: One-Punch Man Vol. 9
STORY BY: ONE
ART BY: Yusuke Murata
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC
RATED: T for Older Teen
Available on November 1, 2016
Garo, a man who admires monsters, attacks the Hero Association! But after pulverizing the heroes there, he just leaves. What the heck does this guy want?! Meanwhile, Class-B, Rank-1 Miss Blizzard visits Saitama at his apartment. Since he’s just a low-ranking hero, she thinks she can make him one of her subordinates, but as always, Saitama has other plans!!
As the heroes are being depleted on Earth, the government decides to see if they can get supervillains to fight the monsters causing havoc in the city. But the evil Garo, a man who admires the monsters and despises heroes, has decided to take on not just any superhero but also any supervillain and pulverize them.
Meanwhile, Speed-o’-Sound Sonic has come back for a rematch against Saitama.
All this and more in vol. 9 of “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 8, a villain named Tongue Scratcher and a mecha named G4 have arrived on the scene and King, the top Class S superhero happens to be nearby.
But who is King? What is his special fighting power? And what makes him the greatest superhero alive?
In volume 9, we have seen Saitama pretty much kick butt against everyone that has come his way. But is there a super villain that has great power that will put much of a fight against Saitama? Enter Garo, a supervillain who admires monsters and wants to destroy all heroes. Meanwhile, Class B, Rank 1’s Hellish Blizzard has come to invite Saitama to her superhero crew.
With the ninth volume of “One-Punch Man”, we have a supervillain who is creating havoc as he vows to pulverize all heroes and so far, he has taken out some of the most powerful S-Class heroes on the planet.
Also, Class B, Rank 1’s Hellish Blizzard wants Saitama to join her superhero crew. But will he?
And wanting a rematch, Speed-O’-Sound Sonic has come back, wanting to fight Saitama? But this time, Genos wants to battle him.
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.
And while Earth has their heroes ranked, Saitama, despite his awesome strength is rated quite low. Will Saitama be able to prove that he is more than a hero?
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.
With this ninth volume, we have seen supervillains who have succumbed in battle against Saitama, but this time, we have a powerful supervillain that is pulverizing all heroes and villains, including S-Class Superheroes. Can anyone stop him?
If you love action-driven superhero manga series with a a lot of humor, “One-Punch Man” vol. 9 is recommended!
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