Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 1, 2015
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Saitama is a young hero who has reached his boredom threshold. He is so powerful that he can now defeat anyone with one punch, and he doesn't feel challenged anymore. Saitama is too strong for his own good, identifying himself as someone who is "a hero for fun," but he's no longer able to feel the emotional satisfaction earned by doing good deeds. Listless and unchallenged, the protagonist spends a lot of time fighting a wide variety of outlandish opponents who ridicule him for his bad attitude and because he's bald. The book is filled with over-the-top cartoony violence, and Murata's illustrations exude destructive energy. Readers are less likely to see blood and more likely to see something (or someone) blown to smithereens. In many ways, this story feels as though it was created inside the id of a 12-year-old boy who spent too much time playing with superhero and supervillain action figures. There isn't a lot of emotional development here, which is appropriate for a manga titled One-Punch Man. VERDICT The story is fast-paced, humorous, and entertaining in a way that looks and feels like an action movie.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
About the Author
Manga creator ONE began One-Punch Man as a webcomic, which quickly went viral, garnering over 10 million hits. In addition to One-Punch Man, ONE writes and draws the series Mob Psycho 100 and Makai no Ossan.
Top customer reviews
One thing about my volume was that the first two pages were ripped. It doesn't impede much (they're just the first page and the table of contents) but just wanted to point that out. Otherwise, it's fine!
This is an amusing send up of action/Shounen manga, taking standard elements to their extremes and featuring a main character that has no equal and is so strong he’s bored. Outside of the over the top build up to fights completely described by the manga’s title, ridiculous amounts of emphasis are placed on odd things for comic effect both during the fights and when spotlighting One Punch Man’s past. His real worries are things like forgetting to do chores, side characters wear shirts labeling them generically (like one that reads “school child”), etc. The entire manga is built around how far absurdity can be pushed.
One Punch Man is a good parody, although I don’t know how much I could read before the humor gets stale. Fun first volume though.
If you like good manga, you owe yourself One-Punch Man.
Though the notion of a hero that defeats everything without any effort sounds rather dull, OPM shines through because of its character development. Saitama's stupidity often lands him in a wide range of scenarios which he otherwise hardly cares to be in. Along the way he picks up a disciple, the cyborg Genos, who is amazed by his power and wants to study under him, though Saitama hardly cares about his existence. He also unknowingly picks up a rival by the redundant name of 'Speed-of-Sound-Sonic', who Saitama defeats every time without even knowing he's fighting. As the series progresses and it adds in more and more characters via the Hero Association, you see that even minor side characters get fleshed out such as the lovable License-less (Mumen for those who understand the Japanese pun) Rider or King, the strongest man in the world (or so everyone thinks). It is through these side characters that we see the real character development at work.
OPM currently has an anime series going on which reflects the quality of the redraw. Murata puts pain-stakingly long hours into making the incredibly simple webcomic into a work of beauty. Every panel is clearly defined and you can tell the effort went into it.
I rate the work 5/5, but the English translated and published volumes of OPM deserve only a 4, mainly because of translation liberties and the process of cutting out page after page of Murata's work to condense it into one volume. I recommend you read the webcomic first (the art style is charming if lacking in skill, plus it is much further along in the story than Murata) as well as finding the original publications translated by fans. Do support this work by buying the volumes, but understand that it is missing a lot of substance.