One Punch Man 2 – 06 – Whittling Down the Herd

Don’t get me wrong: stuff happens this week; lots of stuff, and lots of it decent. The competition moves briskly as most matches are over in one move, as befits fighters at the top of their game. And while the monsters had free rein last week, the likes of Genos and Tornado—seriously strong heroes—evens the odds in a hurry.

So why did this feel so meh, so rote? A couple things. It felt like there was no rhyme or reason to cutting from an arena fight to a monster fight, making the episode feel unfocused. Second, there wasn’t a whole lot of comedy to be had. Aside from Saitama’s early KO of Bakuzan because he touched his wig, the episode plays like a straightforward shounen ensemble series.

And that’s fine, normally, but One Punch Man should be a cut above. A grab bag of minor skirmishes and minimal gags, along with what felt like a step down in production values, kept this episode feeling merely okay and nothing close to the excellence the OPM is known for. Halfway through the season, and the first episode is still the best, which is disappointing.

Looking beyond this episode, it seems clear Saitama is in line for a win, but if his identity is found out he will no doubt be disqualified due to breaking the rules. Other than that, I’m not sure yet what the monsters’ play is, or how they can roll in so confidently only to be slapped back by the cream of the Hero Association crop. What’s with taking that rich kid hostage? It seems like a small-fries move.

Hopefully we can cut through the chaff in the next week or two and get to the heart of what big threat, if any, Saitama & Co. will face. He may be content to spend most of the tournament on the toilet, but I guess I’m looking for the next guy who can take his punch!

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Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

One thought on “One Punch Man 2 – 06 – Whittling Down the Herd”

  1. This feels like a middle-aged anime viewer’s show of choice?

    I’m really enjoying OPM2’s flip of the Tourney genre. Having sat through three seasons of volley ball the high school tourney drama, where the third season is a SINGE GAME stretched across 18 episodes, watching OPM’s tourney play second fiddle to the monster conspiracy plot, and having the tourney fights end extremely quick, is very satisfying.

    It puts Saitema in a humorous situation where he’s barely in any of OPM’s story. But it feels great because you know he’s otherwise wipe out all the monsters in a flash like last season.

    It is driving my 7 year old son crazy though. He yearns for shorter loops of narrative closure.

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