If you are a fan of One Punch Man, then there is a guy out there you need to thank. The parodic shonen title is the brainchild of an artist known only as ONE. Back in 2009, the webcomic creator released the first issue of his One Punch Man story, and the viral series eventually grabbed an international audience. These days, ONE is still busy updating the original One Punch Man webscomic whilst Weekly Shonen Jump adapts the series into a manga. And, now, ONE has uploaded a rather unsettling sketch of Saitama.
Seriously, the bald hero looks like he really regrets using his fists.
Over on Twitter, ONE shared a photo of Saitama which he sketched, and it has got fans buzzing. The simple drawing foregoes ONE’S erratic aesthetic and looks neat with sharp lines. The picture shows Saitama in a familiar stance as he stands with a first raised in front of him. However, judging by the hero’s bloody glove, Saitama definitely just got in a fight - and he doesn’t look pleased.
The lighthearted sketch shows Saitama frozen as he looks at whatever victim he just sent flying. With eyes wide, the flustered hero looks lie he is about two seconds from running away from his actions. So, naturally, fans can assume that Genos is somewhere behind him trying to ease his mentor’s nerves.
For those unfamiliar with the One Punch Man series, here is a summary of the plot from Viz Media:
"Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!"
The series first started as an ongoing web-comic by the author that goes by One, in early 2009. The comic went viral and so a full remake and publication of the series began in 2012 on Shueisha's Young Jump Web Comics website. Viz Media brought the manga to America in 2016 in the Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. One Punch's anime series was created by Madhouse and first aired in Japan in late 2015, and was dubbed for English in the summer of 2016. The anime and manga both have had huge international success and recognition since release, winning New York Times Manga's Best Sellers List, was nominated for an Eisner Award, and the anime was also featured on the popular Toonami block.