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Review: One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 02 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 02 (a.k.a., episode 14), "The Human Monster," Saitama is playing a hand-held game he "borrowed" from King while Genos washes the dishes. Suddenly, Genos senses someone approaching and, not wanting to interrupt Saitama (who just overwrote King's saved game), he investigates. It's Speed-o'-Sound Sonic, back for revenge from the -- ahem! -- crushing defeat he suffered at Saitama's fist in the first season. Genos attacks to save Saitama the trouble, but Speed-o'-Sound Sonic is really, really fast. Meanwhile, Hellish Blizzard Fubuki, younger sister to the legendary Terrible Tornado Tatsumaki, shows up and tries to bully Saitama into joining her posse. Will Genos be able to actually strike his opponent? Will Fubuki get anywhere trying to bully Saitama? And how will King react when he learns Saitama erased his saved games?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious. 

"Serious Sideways Jumps," huh? I'm beginning to think that in addition to raw power, Saitama's super power is ridiculousness! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Best Moment in the Show

We've seen again and again (this season and last!) how capable Genos is. He's truly an S-class hero. In this episode, we got a protracted view of his upgraded fighting capabilities, and he did quite well against Speed-o'-Sound Sonic (and I still have to fight the urge to cross my legs when I see him!). In fact, the villain had been practicing in anticipation of a rematch with Saitama, so he showed up ready to fight. After a furious battle, Genos decided that his opponent was so fast that there was only one path to victory: an area attack that would incinerate everything around him. But just as he was about to unleash a maelstrom, he fell, completely incapacitated (15:15). But it wasn't the villain who put him on the ground. It was Saitama! Turns out he was feeling protective of his neighborhood, and besides, as he said to Genos, "Were you built for petty fights like this?" The fact that Saitama went on to utterly destroy Speed-o'-Sound Sonic with a ridiculous move called "Serious Series... Serious Sideways Jumps" was just icing on the cake. It wasn't even an impact that defeated his opponent. It was the shock waves.

4 thoughts on “Review: One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 02 – Best in Show

  1. You know what would be hilarious? Garou tearing through all the heroes, and then Saitama turning him into an object lesson for Genos, Fubuki and King, dojo-style: they’ve got to team up to defeat him, and Saitama only interfers when he actually becomes a threat. Then Garou starts losing his cool, because Saitama ignores him, which is when Saitama points out that he’s becoming a weaker opponent when he gets too upset, and that won’t do, inadvertedly teaching him, too.

    Seriously, I’m not watching OPM for the story. I’m more into it this season, and I wonder if that’s because the show’s better, or because watching Mob Psycho 100 (2 seasons) inbetween has taught me what to pay attention to with this writer. I honestly can’t tell, since I remember season 1 very little.

    1. “You know what would be hilarious? Garou tearing through all the heroes, and then Saitama turning him into an object lesson for Genos, Fubuki and King, dojo-style: they’ve got to team up to defeat him, and Saitama only interfers when he actually becomes a threat. ”

      Given the self-awareness that Saitama showed in this episode, I think that’d be a great direction to go in! I hope they do something less expected than what happened at the end of last season (i.e., Saitama lets the big bad feel like he’s doing well before ending it).

  2. I think my fave moment was when King comes in and Fubuki loses it, thinking that maybe she could join their “faction”. Given everything we know at that point, this is such a convoluted situation. Fubuki has it all wrong, really, but world-views die hard. She’s so into a sense of hierarchy and being number one that discrediting the ratings system merely puts another into place. There is no faction to join, and that’s going to be a hard lesson to learn. (I’ve been enjoying these past two episodes more than anything the first season gave us past the first half, but I can’t say I have the least bit of an interest in Garou.)

    1. “I think my fave moment was when King comes in and Fubuki loses it, thinking that maybe she could join their “faction”.”

      I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of that moment! I got this tremendous sense of longing from her, but I think her pride is getting in her way — not only that, but you’re right when you point out that “world-views die hard.”

      I’m interested in Garou as much to see how the writers are using him for misdirection. He’s not as much as a threat as the big baddie at the end of last season; at least not yet. In fact, he’s more a threat to the hero status quo than anything else.

      I’m more interested in seeing Fubuki develop, though!

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