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I love parodies. I love shonen. I love superheroes. One Punch Man is all three of them. And it's awful. The main issue comes from the characters: the series suffers of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy because the so called heroes are selfish, cruel, violent and incompotent. Saitama, main character and supposed exception, starts at first as an amusing contrast by his bland appearence hiding an overwhelming power but quickly degernates into an apathetic sociopath.
Superheroes are shown in a rather shallow way as nothing more but generic stock shonen figures with horribly unimaginative designs who often don't even bother to have masks or anything resembling superheroes, always only fighting 'the villain' and getting of course Worfed to make Saitama look cooler. There should be a parody element but it's been done so often it's not funny. And worst they are pointless. You can write them off and nothing is gained. Villains are also lulz parody monsters with no decent personality, Garou in particular being the worst villain in decades (yes, I know his full backstory, I stand by my opinion).
The art itself, arguably the best, is often wasted on such lackluster designs.... The humor also is so full of Mood Whiplash it makes me feel like I watch Season 7 of Family Guy. Not once I have laughed
Only King and Fubuki are moderately amusing for being more than just heroes with gimmick but otherwise... trash.
Shallow Parody, Thy Name is One Punch Man. Avoid at all costs
Not entirely true, there are decent, heroic characters. Be it Zombieman, Mumen Rider, Death Gatling, Lightening Max, and Silver Fang.
I don\'t see what behaviors Saitama has that makes him a sociopath. He can certainly be apathetic and sometimes selfish but he\'s not a sociopath. He still shows enough concern to rescue other heroes in trouble as in the case with Sea King.
There\'s no need for masks because they\'re not aiming to hide their identities with a few exceptions like Metal Knight. There\'s no set standard towards a superhero design. You can still find scenarios where the heroes do fight and survive without Saitama like they are against Melzagard. What should be a decent personality for a villain, you can hardly call Garou a villain given his motivations.
Do you not understand what a gag manga is? Not everything that starts out humorous has to become \"more serious\". One-Punch Man isn\'t action-comedy, it\'s PURE comedy. The villains aren\'t \"Worfed\". Saitama is LITERALLY INVINCIBLE. One-Punch Man isn\'t a shallow parody. It uses all the tricks and traps of the classic action shonen and subverts, deconstructs, or inverts them. This manga prioritizes comedy above all else. If you were looking for something serious, you should have been tipped off by the first chapter or two that that was never going to be what you were going to get. To summarize, you\'re not criticizing it fairly. You\'re criticizing it for not being what you expected it to be.
Do you not understand what a gag manga is? Not everything that starts out humorous has to become \"more serious\".
... I didn\'t see him sayiing they they should be \"more serious\" anywhere. What are you talking about?
The villains aren\'t \"Worfed\". Saitama is LITERALLY INVINCIBLE.
Re-read the review. He says the HEROES are getting worfed, not the villains. Which is true; they essentially are here just to show the villains should be genuine threats before Saitama one-shot them.
This manga prioritizes comedy above all else. If you were looking for something serious, you should have been tipped off by the first chapter or two that that was never going to be what you were going to get. To summarize, you\'re not criticizing it fairly. You\'re criticizing it for not being what you expected it to be.
...He literally says in the first lines that he\'s aware this is supposed to be a Parody, and he repeatedly says he doesn\'t find it funny. Are you actually reading his review?
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