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One Punch Man Blu-ray Review

One Punch Man Blu-ray

“One Punch Man” is a faithful adaptation of the manga series.

Based on the manga and webcomics of the same name, “One Punch Man” is a 12 episode anime series revolving around the bald “hero for fun” Saitama. Saitama is not your average hero, however, as is frustrated and sometimes bored by being super strong and defeating opponents with one punch. Throughout the series, Saitama faces off against villainous foes including Vaccine Man, Crabante, Beefcake, Subterraneans, Mosquito Girl, Paradisers, the Sea-Folk, and aliens known as the Dark Matter Thieves. The series isn’t comprised merely of fights as there are storylines involving the House of Evolution (run by Doctor Genus), hero registration and the Heroes Association, a Cyborg named Genos who wants to train and be Saitama’s apprentice, a ninja named Speed-o’-Sound Sonic, a meteor, Saitama wanting attention, other heroes like Mumen Rider, Tanktop Master and Bang, and a whole lot of destruction.

Also included in this set are 6 OVAs involving the dynamic between Genis and Saitama, crime families and food, Sonic, Bang, Fubuki, her sister Tatsumaki and Genos, and Zombieman.

Having read the manga, I was curious to see what the series would be like. While it’s certainly a true adaptation, it’s not quite as engaging as the manga series. Yes, the dazzling action and beautiful animation are a step above the manga stories, certain elements work better on the page. I felt the humor worked better in written film as do the internal monologues. In anime form, the humor can get lost amidst the flurry of action, the hard rock score, and the fast paced style of the series.

As for the show’s content, the series works best when it focuses on humor, Saitama by himself and or the moments between Saitama and Genos. When the series focuses on the Hero class and Hero association plots, it becomes a bit of a bore. Unfortunately, that is mostly all of the second half of the series.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This strikingly colorful series shines in hi-def.

Audio Tracks: Japanese and English 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The English voice cast is decent but not what I envisioned of the characters. The Japanese track is superior and is the one to go with.

Extras:
* English credits.
* Clean opening and ending.
* DVD copy.
* 6 art cards.
* A thick booklet featuring character profiles, factoids, photos, interviews, and chapter 1 of the manga.
* Shonen Jump coupon.
* English Credits.
* Trailers for “Bleach,” “Death Note,” “Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan,” and “Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow.”
* “Cast And Staff Interview”- A cast with the Japanese voice actor of Saitama Makoto Furukawa, the English voice actor of Saitama Max Mittelman, English voice actor of Mumen Rider Robbie Daymond, the English voice actor of Sonic Erik Scott Kimerer, Japanese director Shingo Natsume, English dub producer Dave Casipit, and the English voice actor of Genos Zach Aguilar. It was great to get perspectives from both the Japanese and English crews. A real rarity.

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May 19, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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