Yusuke Murata, illustrator behind series such as One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21, is one of the most popular artists among manga and anime fans for his fierce and dynamic takes on his characters. But what fans have especially come to love are his takes on other major franchises such as Back to the Future, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and most particularly Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball.
Murata's take on the Dragon Ball franchise has gone viral in the past as fans have dug his take on various characters throughout the various iteration of the series, and one resurfaced take on Super Saiyan Goku has been an even bigger hit. Check it out below!
Goku in One Punch-Man style by Yusuke Murata (I am currently looking for people to color this sketch!) from r/OnePunchMan
Murata's Goku sketch offers two takes on Super Saiyan Goku. As fans know about Goku all too well, even his Super Saiyan form doesn't completely change his personality, so Murata reflects that here by offering both a Super Saiyan Goku in the midst of battle and the Super Saiyan Goku who's just happily living his life. The Dragon Ball franchise has seen this type of Goku numerous times as he was stealthily training his stamina, and this happy go lucky Super Saiyan Goku during this period was a big hit.
It's especially reminiscent of One-Punch Man's Saitama, who often takes on multiple expressions throughout his series as well. The serious and more humorous side of each hero is what helped them stand out among many other action anime and manga protagonists, and Murata clearly can tap into the spirit of both incredibly well.
One-Punch Man Season 2 is now streaming on Hulu, and on Crunchyroll outside of the United States. The season is directed by Chikara Sakurai (Naruto Shippuden episode director), for new production studio J.C. Staff. Yoshikazu Iwanami serves as sound director, and Chikashi Kubota contributes new character designs. The second season ran for 12 episodes, and Viz Media has licensed the season for an English release.
Viz Media describes One-Punch Man Season 2 as such, "Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special training,” he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch. Now, the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction about the Earth being doomed seems to be coming true as the frequency of monster incidents escalates. Alongside Genos, his faithful disciple, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou, a man utterly fascinated by monsters, makes his appearance."