'One Punch Man' Creator Shares Genos and Saitama Sketch

Jump Festa 2018 brought news about a lot of your favorite anime, but it also allowed creators to share some sketches celebrating their shows.

The creator of One Punch Man, ONE, and the illustrator on Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump adaptation Yusuke Murata both shared a sketch that displays their two art styles:

Not only has the portrait style of the sketch given fans an up close look on the series' two main characters, Saitama and Genos, fans are doubly as excited to see the usually serious Genos crack a smile. Often portrayed as overly series in order to provide a good foil to the more relaxed Saitama, Genos does not often have time to smile in the manga series.

Yusuke Murata also regularly shares art that sets the Internet on fire. He previously shared a sketch of the series' second lead Genos in a much cooler pose to also celebrate the new chapter. Murata's art is so great, he has also contributed to Marvel projects, even going so far as to draw an official poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming to commemorate its Japanese boxset release.

For those unfamiliar with One Punch Man, the series follows Saitama, a regular working Joe who one day puts a stop to a violent villain attack. After this fight Saitama is inspired to become a hero. Training his body hard everyday, he's eventually granted with extreme strength. Looking for a worthy opponent, Saitama joins the Hero Association in the hopes of fighting them. But every fight he gets into ends after a single punch! Forced to wander through life increasingly bored of his supreme power, Saitama has become hilariously disconnected with the world of action around him.

One Punch Man started life as a webcomic by series creator ONE in 2009. After going viral, surpassing seven million hits in June 2012, illustrator Yusuke Murata approached ONE about redrawing the series for a release in Shuiesha's Weekly Young Jump spin-off webcomics. Thirteen volumes of the series have been released as of this date.

VIZ Media bought the rights to distribute the manga in English, and the series was later adapted into a 12 episode anime series from Madhouse. The series first aired in Japan in 2015, and later debuted its English language broadcast on Adult Swim's Toonami block in 2016. A second season of the series is currently in the works.