Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 13 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

This volume introduces more heroes and more villains, and slowly reveals some of the monsters’ plans. With the threat from Garo and the sudden appearance of all of the monsters, Atomic Samurai requests the aid of a group of martial arts masters, only to be derailed by Haragiri, who has been enticed to the side of the monsters!

Oh, noes, the monsters have come up with a plan to lure the heroes to their side. By forcing them to eat monster cells, the heroes gain unheard of strength, but they also become monsters themselves! Who would take that deal?! Turns out that there is a lot of strife between the heroes, and some of them want  power more than they want to be heroes. Or, if they refuse, the former heroes turned monsters have been ordered to kill the reluctant heroes! Things are looking really bad for the humans.

Saitama’s martial art competition continues, but at this point, I don’t see the point of the fighting. Of course the competitors aren’t aware that the monsters are destroying the cities and taking out the heroes in large numbers, so they continue with their matches, obvious that the world outside is going to hell in a handbasket.

Soon the finals match between the cocky Suiryu and Saitama begins. Saitama is more worried about losing his wig than anything else. Like Saitama, Suiryu is bored with fighting, and he believes that he’s one tough guy who can’t lose. Suiryu equates strength with freedom and an easy life, so he wants to be a strong as possible.

All during the start of this fight, I just wanted Saitama to forgot about his stupid wig. I mean, REALLY!! Suiryu thinks that he’s being smart, always protecting his head, which is laughable, but he’s only protecting the hamster on his head! Then Suiryu goes on a rant about how boring heroes are, and that Charanko shouldn’t want to waste his life doing something so boring. He should strive to live an easy life. Saitama shows him what he can do with his easy life, and the match between them is spectacular. I love the fights in this manga – the fights are so much fun and are so visually appealing. It is painful to wait for the next volume!

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Class-A heroes struggle in their fight against the giant monster Multieyed Octopus. Wait, is that Class-S hero Flashy Flash joining the fight?! Unfazed, the Monster Association continues ramping up its attacks, but its goal remains a mystery. Meanwhile, the martial arts tournament reaches the semifinals!