Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 12 by ONE & Yusuke Murata

May Contain Spoilers

Hoo-boy! There’s so much going on, it’s getting hard to keep track of all of the monsters and all of the heroes. Plus, Saitama is still taking part in the martial arts tournament, so he isn’t even aware of all of the monsters that are destroying the cities. Genos, not wanting to bother his master, heads off to defeat the monsters, thinking that he will still have time to take them down and watch Saitama’s matches. Oops! He really miscalculated both the fierceness of his opponents and the time needed to take them down.

The beginning has really neat mirror sequences, where the fighters in the tournament execute special moves, and Genos executes similar moves while battling the monsters. It was clever and well done, until Genos comes up against a disgusting cockroach monster. Then it’s almost lights out for him. There are some tough, tough creatures wrecking havoc on the cities, and it doesn’t look like there are enough heroes to contain the damage. Gasp! What is going to happen?

This entire volume is crammed with fighting. The action switches between the martial arts tournament and the life and death battles against the monsters. Things are looking grim. Blizzard is tough, but how does she fight in that long gown?? And Tornado – whoa. She’s a monster herself. She may give her younger sister nothing but grief, but when the chips are down, she’s there to get her out of a jam. I like both these characters and hope that they are featured more prominently future volumes.

And while the fighters are wasting time self-indulgently at the tournament, it seems that the monsters are organized and they are out for blood. They haven’t even sent out their strongest fighters yet, and they have pretty much defeated all of the heroes. Things are looking grim for the humans. The Monster King Orochi is plotting victory for the Monster Association, and it looks like he just might achieve his goal. Where is the next volume??

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Life gets pretty boring when you beat the snot out of every villain with just one punch.
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!
At the martial arts tournament, Suiryu of the Dark Body Art shows promise with his outstanding strength. But outside the stadium, a large number of monsters are pushing the heroes, even Genos, to their limits! Back inside and unaware, Saitama approaches his match against Bakuzan!