ONE and Yusuke Murata's release of One Punch Man has been building toward a major battle between the heroes and monsters as the Monster Association arc reaches its climax. It's only fitting that this confrontation gets one of the largest chapters in the series to date.
Murata tweeted the in-progress draft of the next chapter, and teased that it has already reached 147 pages, and may even be longer than that. Meaning the next chapter is going to the most intense one in a while.
お待たせしております。次回更新分のワンパンマンのページ数は現状147p。この分だとまだ書き足して150pは超えそうな感じです。今月中には更新できるか...?！めくるめくアクション回です。お楽しみに！ pic.twitter.com/cHiREwF1nV— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) July 5, 2018
This beats the previous record from one chapter which reached 100 pages. The amount of pages makes a ton of sense given that the Hero Association has begun the attack on the Monster Association's home base, so Murata most likely needs a ton of room to work with given there's such a significant battle about to take place.
As for the next season of One Punch Man, fans are hopeful that the series will soon screen the first trailer for Season Two, which has already been licensed by VIZ Media for a wide release. Not only will the new season be handled by J.C. Staff (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) rather than Madhouse, Chikara Sakurai (Naruto Shippuden episode director) is taking over directing duties and Yoshikazu Iwanami will serve as sound director.
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, Saitamahas 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.
Yusuke Murata also regularly shares art that sets the Internet on fire like his sketches of famous Dragon Ball characters. 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. His latest project is a manga adaptation of Back to the Future, which picks up after the end of the original film trilogy.