Alright, I admit that I was too weak to wait a couple of weeks to watch the second season of One Punch Man. Good thing though that it was already available when I started on the first season. The second installment was more intense than the first part for sure, but it had less Saitama so I wasn’t exactly sure how to feel about that.
Synopsis: Saitama has moved up the ranks of the B Class heroes and is now the subject of B Class Rank 1 Blizzard’s interest. However, as she tried to get him to join her faction, little did she know that she would have to compete with Genos, King, Saitama’s self proclaimed nemesis Speed of Sound Sonic, as well as other villains for One Punch Man‘s attentions. All the while, hero hunter Garo is wreaking havoc on S class heroes while the Monster Association attacks cities mercilessly with the ultimate goal of eliminating all heroes.
One Punch Man Season 2, like the previous season had a total of 12 episodes. It was relatively short given all the arcs that were explored this season. There was also a different feel given that there were two central villains — Garo and Orochi, who share the common goal of proving he supremacy of monsters, but using different strategies.
There were many formidable opponents this season such as Centichoro, Goketsu, and several other monsters. The fact that they were all felled by Saitama with a single punch should have resulted to boredom, similar to what he felt, but it was nonetheless, cool after the series emphasized how strong and brutal these villains were before One Punch Man stepped in.
Season 2 was much more profound compared to the first season, mainly because it explored in detail the capability of people to become monsters, literally and figuratively. Garo was one example and so were the others who lusted for power by joining hands with the Monsters Association without a second thought.
Saitama, being the central character of the series, had a lot of deep moments this season. He influenced a lot of people just by being himself. He may not even be aware of it but he has inspired a lot of heroes with his simple yet profound words, and not just his strength as Genos earlier believed. The early foundations of the Saitama Group was already forming with Season 2. King, Fubuki (Blizzard) and now Suiryu is striving to become his second disciple. Bang and Bomb were also always close by.
The first few episodes, with the exception of Garo’s brutal massacre, were pretty light and funny. However, as the episodes progressed, it steadily became more serious as the Hero Association’s finest were put to the test by the sheer volume and strength of monsters attacking the cities.
There were also plenty of hero highlights this season, particularly the entire episode devoted to Metal Bat and Suiryu and the attack on the martial arts tournament. Episode 8 was particularly graphic and I was just about ready to hit Saitama on his shiny bald head because he arrived at the last minute, as always.
I got a kick out of Bang calling his big brother Bomb to help him hunt his former student Garo. He was already the oldest hero and yet he was calling someone older into the picture. These two martial arts legends really had some epic battles even though they were old. They were formidable. Genos really gave his all with every fight but it was frustrating to see him in shambles after each battle. Poor kid.
Speaking of kids, I’m still unsure whether Garo would actually join hands with the Monster Association despite his constant pronouncement that he was a human monster. He was too soft on kids and way too attached to his human backstory to switch teams easily. I must say though that even though he seemed menacing at first, I began to harbor doubts about his abilities when Saitama severely injured him twice even without a proper showdown. The funny part was that they were both unaware that they already met twice. Garo in human form was definitely no match for Saitama but it remained to be seen whether he would pose a challenge should he choose to be a monster.
I liked how Season 2 banked on the strengths of the first season and managed plenty of arcs that can be explored by future seasons. I wish One Punch Man Season 2 would ha been longer to explore potential storylines and characters but I remain hopeful thay Season 3 will retain the feel of the franchise and deliver the payoff that they built up from this season. I have so many questions and I might seriously have to rely on the manga this time to tide me over.