One Punch Man 2nd Season aired last year. It was one of the most anticipated sequels in a long time. But due to a lot of behind the scenes issues, the hype for the sequel immediately went down, at the same rate as to how it became popular years ago.
It took me more than a year before I could even dare to watch this sequel. Not because I didn’t want to watch it along with other people or I was trying to be a hipster. I…just forgot about it.
It’s actually Netflix that made me watch the anime. I was looking for something to watch easily and I saw this one. I realized that I haven’t seen the sequel yet so I checked it out.
In the wake of defeating Boros and his mighty army, Saitama has returned to his unremarkable everyday life in Z-City. However, unbeknownst to him, the number of monsters appearing is still continuously on the rise, putting a strain on the Hero Association’s resources. Their top executives decide on the bold move of recruiting hoodlums in order to help in their battle. But during the first meeting with these potential newcomers, a mysterious man calling himself Garou makes his appearance. Claiming to be a monster, he starts mercilessly attacking the crowd.
The mysterious Garou continues his rampage against the Hero Association, crushing every hero he encounters. He turns out to be the legendary martial artist Silverfang’s best former disciple and seems driven by unknown motives. Regardless, this beast of a man seems unstoppable. Intrigued by this puzzling new foe and with an insatiable thirst for money, Saitama decides to seize the opportunity and joins the interesting martial arts competition.
As the tournament commences and Garou continues his rampage, a new great menace reveals itself, threatening the entire human world. Could this finally be the earth shattering catastrophe predicted by the great seer Madame Shibabawa? (MAL)
One Punch Man S2 was, in some ways, fun to watch. But it wasn’t as amazing and impactful as it’s first season.
Good thing, I had my expectations really low already so I wasn’t really surprised or turned off by how bad this sequel was compared to its predecessor.
Still, the importance of watching a show is enjoyment, and, to say the least, I did enjoy watching this one.
Let’s start with the story.
I admit it’s been a while since I watched OPM, so I barely remember the main plot of the series. Still, I was able to catch up and get into the story.
So, was the story was good? Yes and No.
Yes, because I still enjoyed watching this series. The story was average and there were pacing issues on some arcs, but the comedic timing was still present and I liked it. They also covered some issues and interesting inputs about being a hero and a monster. We got to hear and understand the thought and process of different characters and it made me a bit more invested in the story.
However, my problem with the story is the lack of proper climax in every arc this sequel tried to tackle. So yeah, the No. It was such a waste.
From what I heard from hearsay, the arcs were condensed and a lot of stuff was cut out, which is a shame. I guess the production was so focused on a goal rather than delivering a better story that could fit within 12 episodes of run time.
Speaking of production, oh boi, all of the problems are rooted in here. Lol.
Before the anime sequel even aired, the studio and director change and the long wait for the sequel made the fans of the 1st season wary. It is known in Japanese anime media that the quality of an anime tends to rely on the prowess of the studio, director, animators, and production team. However, in this 2nd season, everything was changed. Hence, the high quality of the first season was unfortunately not met.
Personally, I really don’t care much about this and just focus on what was given to me, and its story. But, the overall change was glaringly obvious, from it’s visual to its storytelling, it was a bummer.
On the bright side, I could totally see the effort though. The production team behind this sequel did take notes from the first season and from the manga. They tried their hardest to reach the level of quality of the 1st season, but I guess, it wasn’t enough. Still, I commend their efforts.
Let’s proceed to the characters.
Compared to the first season, there were a lot more interesting characters this season compared to last. Yes, Saitama was still clearly the star of this series, but bruh, Garou was *chef’s kiss* one hell of a character. Even though I had some issues with the story and how it was told, the writers were able to present well character arcs all throughout the season. And yes, Garou’s arc was my favorite. His take on Hero and Monster was quite refreshing, especially now that there’s a lot of shows/movies about heroism. I also liked Suiryu for a bit, but I later find him lame. Lol.
The character that surprised me the most was King. I didn’t expect I would like him very much. He really surprised me for being the soundboard of Saitama, especially because Genos is too stiff, mentally.
Let’s talk about Saitama for a sec.
We knew from the first season that Saitama is bored as hell now that he’s really really strong. Nothing really excites him anymore, and that really sucks. To be honest, this was one of my issues in the first season, where Saitama’s boredom was sidelined and was treated as a comedic joke. Good thing, it was tackled and taken seriously in this season. We got to hear more about Saitama’s point of view and he also got somewhat proper advice in handling it.
Now for the highlighted topic of this series. The visuals.
The art and animation of this season are indeed bad compared to its predecessor. If we compare it to current modern quality, it is on par. It’s just that Studio Madhouse was really crazy and went all out in making One Punch Man S1, that the sequel looked like poop next to it. It’s the unfortunate truth.
The character designs looked elongated for some reason, which was weird by the way. The animation lacked impact. From it’s coloration to the framing of shots, it was average at best. What made the whole sequel really worse was it’s action animation. The fighting scenes on Season 1 were one of the reasons why One Punch Man is really known for. The scenes in the sequel couldn’t compare at all.
Overall, This sequel wasn’t that bad. As I said, my expectations were really low, so I wasn’t really disappointed. I expected it to be this way, that’s why, in the end, I enjoyed this anime.
I guess, the lesson we could get from this disaster would be that they should have released S2 sooner after S1, or never release at all, if the quality is like this.
My takeaway on this, though, would be that I am now interested in its story. Yeah, the storytelling wasn’t done well in this season, but it had promised and it perked my interest. I might check out the manga now.
Would I recommend this to people? I guess, as long as you don’t have many expectations, to begin with.
That would be all for today, this has been Will Sirius, and thank you for reading.
See you next post.