Western fans of anime know the medium provides content that is refreshingly different from mainstream American or European television. Animation has the potential to do incredible, mind bending things, as we've seen from classic shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Neon Genesis Evangelion, which means that fans of the genre can enjoy something different when they tune in each week. That much is certainly true for One-Punch Man, which follows protagonist Saitama as he deals with the resulting existential crisis of becoming the most powerful superhero in the world.
It can be hard for Western fans to keep up with anime news from half way around the world, especially when their favorite creators and artists can only attend events and conventions in Japan. So, it is exciting to report on one such event that took place recently. One-Punch Man held its own exclusive event, called "One-Punch Man Fall Festival," in which creators revealed some exciting news: the show will return to Japanese screens for a second season.
One-Punch Man is based on a webcomic of the same name by an artist working under the pseudonym "One." The comic was originally released in early 2009, and has since gained worldwide popularity, resulting in the work being republished as a manga in 2012 and adapted into a TV show last year. The One-Punch Man anime, written by Tomohiro Suzuki and directed by Shingo Natsume (animator of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), debuted in Japan last year with 13 episodes before coming to the U.S. in English via Adult Swim's Toonami block this summer. The comedic series follows Saitama and his friends as they battle foes and attempt to find a villain worthy of the superpowered protagonist, who is disappointed to learn he can defeat anyone with just one punch.
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One-Punch Man is regarded worldwide for its off-beat sense of humor and self-referential satire, which is part of what made the webcomic such a rousing success. When Japanese viewers last left Saitama and Co., the protagonist had just defeated Lord Boros, the Dominator of the Universe, and was anguished to discover that after that epic battle he was back to one-punch defeats.
The series is endlessly complex, given the years of print material which precede it, so there's no telling for how long an anime could go, but fans are certainly eager to see more of this unlikely band of "heroes" in the near future. There is currently no information on when the show will return to TV or how many episodes have been ordered, but we will keep you updated as new information develops.
The premiere date for One-Punch Man season 2 is TBA.