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(Eight episodes watched):|
Now and then there's a season in which one show seems so good and the rest so mediocre that if forced to make a choice one would rather watch that one exceptional show than all the others combined. Spring 2019 might just be such a season, with One Punch Man S2 as the standout performer. It quickly becomes clear that not only is this a genuinely funny show, it also has an genuinely interesting plot (many anime cannot claim either). Episode one was fun as we meet King, a supposed superhero whose powers have been greatly overestimated (to say the least). We are also familiarized with the questionable decision made by the Hero Organization to recruit villains--surely nothing good will come of that. And we learn that two persons are out to get Saitama/One Punch Man. I had wondered where this story could go after OPM basically saved the world (IIRC) at the climax of the last season, but I feel reassured now that there was no reason to worry. These people know exactly what they are doing and have delivered a first class product, and may have inadvertantly salvaged a mediocre season as a whole.
I decided to rewatch season one before going ahead with season two. Once I did, episode two was great fun as the top B-class fighter takes offense at Saitama's perceived disrespect. Also, an old opponent comes looking for a rematch while a new one emerges. I could only say to myself that the quality of the writing of this show is on a completely different and higher plane than that of the bulk of anime. It starts out with what ought to be a great handicap--a hero so strong that he has little to worry about from any opponent--and manages to make it both hilarious and engaging. Perhaps it was precisely because the original writer chose such a difficult premise that it has turned out so well.
On the other hand, one difference between the two seasons seems to be that whereas in season one Saitama took on a series of bizarre opponents--the Sea King, a meteor, an alien spacecraft, etc--here it looks like one opponent, Garo, will be the principal adversary throughout the season. I'm not sure I like that; I'm impatient for Garo to get what he deserves, and am not looking forward to seeing him brutally beat numerous heroes before Saitama finally stops him. And he's not all that colorful, like the various enemies in season one were. He's basically just another human who has somehow attained inexplicable strength and skill, like Saitama. After the first few episodes, which had a mainly comic tone like season one, season two is seeming more and more like a slugfest--fight after fight, with characters getting the living (blank) beaten out of them, but correspondingly less and less comedy. I think this is a mistake, because the comedy rather than the action was always the best part of One Punch Man. Season two seems somewhat more serious and brutal than season one.
Last updated Sunday, June 16 2019. Created Monday, April 29 2019.
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