In One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 12 (a.k.a., episode 24), "The Wiping of the Disciple's Butt," we rejoin the action after Bang and his brother Bomb arrived to finish the fight with Garou -- a fight that Genos had started. Garou was already wounded; now, what possible hope does he have against the S-Class Bang and Bomb? Will the Monster Association stand on the sidelines, or will be get involved? And is Saitama finished playing video games yet?
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Best Moment in the Show
Well, he is the title character! Of course my last favorite moment of the season will be his punch! Capture from the Hulu stream.
It was bound to happen, you know. I mean, the show's named after Saitama's move. Sooner or later (later in this case!), we were going to get treated to a magnificent example what he does so well. In this episode, they did a nearly perfect job of setting it up.
I remembered Centichoro (The Elder Centipede) from back in episode 4 (a.k.a. 16). He was insanely powerful then; he's insanely powerful now. It was cool seeing Bang and Bomb's twin-powers combine to take the monster head on. It was also cool to see how astonished they were when their move didn't work. Genos rescued them, and humiliated that he couldn't defeat the monster either, he tried something desparate: he flew into the monster and detonated a weapon inside. For a moment, it looked like he may have triumphed. But no -- the monster was just too powerful.
Well, he was too powerful for most of them. But not for Saitama. Remember how at the end of the previous episode, he said he should probably go check on his disciple? Now he did. He and King came up with a plan to get Centichoro to attack at a specific place -- a place where Saitama planned to leap out at the last second as the monster tried to kill King.
In terms of raw power, these two practically qualify as "monsters." But they couldn't stop Centichoro. Capture from the Hulu stream.
What made this instant so amazing was the build up. All season, we had seen Garou's power; Bang pretty much defeated him. Genos also put Garou in a world of hurt. Bomb? He's pretty much legendary. Seeing the three of them utterly fail to stop Centichoro demonstrated the threat this monster represented.
Saitama leapt out at the last instant. He was utterly focused on winding up and landing the punch. When he connected, Centichoro disintegrated.
It was the punch I waited all season for, and it was worth it.
King gets honorable mention for how much faith he showed in Saitama. He just stood there waiting for Centichoro's attack. Sure, he started to panic at the end, but he's King! Of course he's going to panic!