20/11/2015One Punch Legend
"If the heroes run and hide, who will stay and fight?"
There's nothing more cliche than starting a review with a quote that summarizes the very definition of a true hero, the definition of Saitama himself. But what is it that truly makes a man stand out from the others? What is it that makes a warrior be able to walk among others without an equal? Is it the raw strength of their arm or the fearlessness in the eyes as they charge toward the enemy? No. No man can be measured by one's actions. Result is what matters in life and sadly people tend to forget what some of us have to go through to achieve these results.
Saitama, the protagonist of OPM, has a vision. He is in search of a villain powerful enough to oppose his mind-boggling potency. Sadly, his capabilities seem endless and there is no villain who can counter such vast power. Though he will never give up, remember, nothing matters in life except for results. His vision is what keeps him going. We may live however we wish but what makes us stand above others is how we will be remebered. Saitama has a vision. He does not care how the world sees him as long as he sees the world and the objective ahead of him.
What I, the viewer, enjoy about this show is that we've been given a story like no other. The protagonist has reached the level of omnipotence and there doesn't seem to be any progression in the growth of the character. The standard example of sh?nen has one mediocre central figure that dukes it out against extremely powerful adversaries via various forms of martial arts and superpowers. Throughout the journey he/she goes through some intense training or preparation which all climaxes at the final confrontation with the antagonist. With OPM it's like we've skipped the development of powers and jumped right to the end of the journey. So, now what?
We have a hero with almost godlike potential but no emotional background to captivate us. It's as if we've been given an empty cup aching to be filled. We aren't bored with an endless training routine that seems to drag on&on&on... instead we have a blank sheet of paper and can focus only on the creation of a selfless, somewhat noble and a sanctified hero that the world truly deserves. We witness prejudice, jealousy and even oppressive actions projected toward the hero and still he is able to stand above it all. A genuine hero!
I'm not going to rate this show with numbers because I find it limiting the purpose of this review and we all have our own opinions. We can't set boundaries to the growth of an ongoing story thus I'll leave it open for now and give you a vague viewpoint of my thoughts. It's something we dreamed of in the past but never thought possible. We feel excitement when someone shows the fruit of their training and discover that their limits have been pushed higher yet again, but when one displays unfathomable prowess, you start to wonder just how does it all culminate, where is the ceiling... if there even is one.
Fortunately, life is dull without little humorous incidents and OPM presents them in the best way possible. Every action is accentuated by the protagonist's apathetic personality and you can't really imagine someone like that existing in reality.
Lastly, I believe Saitama will find his anti-Saitama to reside very close to him. I believe he is the hero and the villain in the same body since there is no-one else to face him on equal grounds.