Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 8 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

This volume of One-Punch Man features a short story arc featuring King, a Class S hero who really isn’t anything of the sort. An video game okatu, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time several times, and was mistaken for a monster slayer. He’s really just an ordinary guy with few people skills and a propensity for staying home and playing his beloved romance games. When he puts people at risk, Saitama asks if he is going to continue to be a pretend hero, or fess up to his deception.

I liked this story because Saitama is the one everyone thinks is a faker, when one of the most respected Class S heroes is in fact the fake hero. While plodding along through his life, he managed to dog Saitama’s footsteps, and after the one punch was delivered, King was the one left to receive the praise for taking down the monsters. Oh, the irony. Now he’s on the radar of several nasties, and again, it’s up to Saitama to save him. Or not.

A missing cat puts Saitama on babysitting duty, and a case of lobsters has Genos and Saitama destroying Master Bang’s dojo. This volume was mostly fun one-shots, with Saitama and Genos caught up in combat duties while trying to carry on with their day to day activities. A trip to the store, an assignment looking for lost pets, and a free meal has them putting the beat down on monsters and villains. While this was a very enjoyable read, I am looking forward to a meatier volume.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem–he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Meanwhile, Class-S hero King is known as the strongest man on earth. Even monsters fear him. But when a mysterious organization sends an assassin after him, the shocking truth about King is revealed!