One-Punch Man 70.2-71.2 – Manga Review

Synopsis: Saitama one day decided to abandon chasing the life of a salary man and instead work towards becoming a hero. Years later he grew so strong that there’s no villain that can stand against him, for he finishes every single fight with just. one. punch!

(Warning: Spoilers to Follow)

Monsters have begun showing up across the globe, causing all sorts of havoc. As the situation worsens, and the monsters assault each city by storm, where are Genos or Saitama? At a Martial Arts Tournament of course! Will Saitama finally find a challenge?

Review:

Chapter 70.2:

This chapter focuses on Suiryu taking on the humans turned monster and generally kicking ass, that is until he tries to take on the former champ, turned monster and discovers he’s insanely weak comparatively.

Eh he’ll probably be okay.

Despite still wallowing in filler that seems straight shonen rather than One-Punch Man’s initial ‘thin’ commentary on the genre as a whole, these chapters are saved by the impressive art and tight storytelling. What’s here looks absolutely amazing and makes up for the lack of One-Punch Man’s usual cleverness. The story progresses much like any other shonen, using many of the same tired twists and tropes, but moves through them with such speed, and incredible artwork that even without the thin commentary it just works so well and gets me pumped.

Chapter 71:

Chapter 71 focuses on Suiryu coming to realize he’s terribly outmatched and thinking of running, until two of our A-list heroes arrive to back him up. There’s also a great moment as one of the other tough fighters succumbs to the idea of powering up as a monster to attain greater strength but seemingly bites it, unable to handle so many monster cells inside his body.

Oh that’s an embarrassing way to get beat up.

These chapters do the reversals Shonen can be known for so well, constantly smacking the viewer back and forth between cheering our heroes on and fearing for their lives. It helps that since Saitama isn’t around there isn’t much hope for an instant, smack down win against these seriously over powered bad guys. It also helps that the art implies so much impact and force behind the attacks that it totally sells the incredible danger everyone is in.

Chapter 71.2:

We see Suiryu try to run here and the utter desperation of the situation as our two A-list heroes are pulverized and Suiryu’s escape cut off. It seems about time for a hero to step in, or perhaps Suiryu, being an extra character (as I understand? Someone correct me if I’m wrong.) is just meant to die and build up the sheer danger of these humans turned monsters? It seems unlikely, as One-Punch Man still tends not to outright kill its heroes very often, but you never know.

I must say it is rare to see a super bad ass shonen character turn tail and run with fear.

While I still would prefer the series get back to the main plotline that’s being adapted from the webcomic, what’s here is still awesome to read. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had with One-Punch Man in awhile and I do hope this tighter and more interesting narrative keeps up and feeds us back into the main story.

Please do comment below on what you thought of One-Punch Man Chapters 70.2-71.2!

One-Punch Man is published weekly in Shonen Jump. Chapters 56-61 are available in Volume 11. Chapters discussed today (70.2-71.2) will be collected and released sometime next year.

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