#23 What Is My Favourite Anime Attack?
Saitama’s Punch – One Punch Man
Despite growing up on Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto – all big name shounen anime with attacks far more iconic than Saitama’s punch – it would still have to be my all-time favourite. This can be boiled down to three simple reasons.
The first is that no other anime (that I know of) bases its entire premise on a character’s attack. One Piece isn’t called the Gomu Gomu no Pistol Chronicles, Naruto isn’t called Rasengan or Rasengan Shippuuden, and Dragonball Z isn’t called Kamehameha: the TV show, because these shows, despite being action dense, are more about their characters and their characters’ dreams. Their titles reflect this. One Punch Man, on the other hand, is literally about Saitama’s ability to decimate everything in his path with a single punch. That’s it. Saitama, unlike the vast majority of shounen heroes, doesn’t have a concrete dream. And even though his occupation (professional hero) might seem like a noble one, his motives are considerably less so. Saitama is just looking to challenge himself (and hopefully pay his rent in the process). It’s a ridiculous premise, but one that’s ever so unique. It’s a breath of fresh air in a world saturated by pretentious, samey shounen.
I usually dislike inexplicably overpowered characters. I find them unbelievably boring. Watching characters like that, knowing that they will always win, no matter what, is an experience totally devoid of tension or excitement. That’s why Ichigo, who, after undergoing a brief, intensive training regimen, and is suddenly able to beat characters who’ve been honing their abilities for literally thousands of years more than him, is my least favourite shounen hero. Saitama definitely seems like one of these inexplicably overpowered characters. Right from the beginning of One Punch Man he’s able to lay waste to anything and everything in his path with a single punch, so you’d think he wouldn’t be my cup of tea. However, you soon learn that he achieved his superhuman condition through the following training regimen: 100 squats, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and a 10K run, daily. I’m somebody who considers scaling a flight of stairs to be a workout, so to call this intense would be a huge understatement! Anyway, the implication that anybody can squat their way to superpowers is so bloody funny to me, that it more than makes up for the fact that Saitama is massively overpowered!
Finally, I just love the fact that Saitama’s punch is responsible for over a thousand heated debates over who is more powerful: Saitama or X? And that no matter how much ‘evidence’ a person might have in favour of Saitama’s opponent, like maybe they belong to a superior alien race, like Superman, or maybe they possess powerful, devastating technology, like Thanos, or maybe they have endless amounts of energy, like Goku, there is still absolutely zero room for debate. Saitama is literally the most powerful superhero alive. That’s not speculation, it’s there in his official bio! Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop fervent fans from frothing at the mouth to prove otherwise, which is something that provides me with endless entertainment!
Thanks for stopping by to read today’s post! I’ve only seven more entries to write up for the 30 Days of Anime Challenge, then it’s on to pastures new! I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading all of my entries so far and that you’ll stick around with me to see this challenge through ‘til the end!