Animation Production: Studio MADHOUSE ( BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Boogiepop Phantom, Aoi Bungaku, Barefoot Gen, Black Lagoon, Bio Hunter, Casshern SINS, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Chihayafuru, Gungrave, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Hajime no Ippo, Hellsing Ultimate, Highschool of the Dead, Hunter x Hunter 2011, Kaiba, Kurozuka, Denno Coil, Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, Death Note, Death Parade, Neo Tokyo, Ninja Scroll, Paradise Kiss, Paranoia Agent, Kiseijuu, Record of Lodoss War, Paprika, Prince of Stride: Alternative, Monster, Moryo no Hako, Summer Wars, The Tatami Galaxy, Tokyo Godfathers, Trigun, Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku, X, Wolf Children)
Director: Shingo Natsume ( Series Director on Space Dandy / Key Animator on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann episodes 1, 5, 10, 14, 22 and 27 / Key Animator on FullMetal Alchemist: BROTHERHOOD episode 23 / Episode Director, Storyboard and Key Animator on Space Dandy episodes 1, 13 and 26)
Series Composition: Tomohiro Suzuki ( Script Writer on Lupin The Third 2015 episodes 2, 4, 8 and 14)
Character Designer: Chikashi Kubota ( Key Animator on Monster episode 57 / Animation Supervisor on Shinsekai Yori episodes 1, 8 and 25 / Animation Supervisor and Key Animator on Space Dandy episodes 12, 8 and 10 / Key Animator on Ashita no Nadja‘s opening sequence / Animation Supervisor on Toki o Kakeru Shoujo / Key Animator on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann‘s first and second opening sequences / Key Animator on Shingeki no Kyojin‘s second opening sequence)
Music: Makoto Miyazaki ( Music Composer on Dragon Crisis! / Theme song composition on Hyoka‘s opening sequence / Music Composer on Triage X)
Episode 1 Production Details
Episode Director: Shingo Natsume
Storyboards: Shingo Natsume
Script: Tomohiro Suzuki
MADHOUSE this was amazing. This is one of their top productions of 2015. Saitama is a hero that trained in the simplest of ways to gain the title of “One Punch Man” and its the hilarity of his situation that breaks the mold and destroys every action series out there. Studio Pierrot should learn from these animators and bring back BLEACH.
Saitama lives a simple life in an apartment and lacks a strong personality. I like how the three years before he goes bald is a cliche backstory. He saves a kid from death and realizes he wants to become a hero. Giant crab monsters, Vaccine Man, the Giant brother and little evil doctor brother–everything about this anime screams cliche. It’s so ridiculous that it works because visually it’s one of the prettiest series I’ve ever seen and it molds together monster-of-the-week formula and packs it into an adrenaline rush of 24 minutes!
I’ve read the manga’s first volume and from what I can tell the jokes that were not as funny are portrayed hilariously in the anime. That’s when you know this is going to be a stellar series.
Director Shingo Natsume is perfect for this! He’s got a style that’s very loose and full of charisma. That’s the charm of this show–a visually stunning adaptation. Shingo Natsume learned how to bring life to ONE’s manga from his TV animation debut in Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei and this show looks freeform from anything that aired in Fall 2015! We’ve also got a handful of animators from Space Dandy on this–Saitama’s fight with Vaccine Man was impressive but the impressive part had to be his fight against the Subterraneans!
The Blu-ray volumes look stunning in 4K and its great to see retail company Emotion adding English subtitles to this release like what they did with GANGSTA and Space Dandy.
OP: “The Hero!! ~Ikareru Ken ni Honō o Tsukeru~” (THE HERO!! ～怒れる拳に火をつけろ～;The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist) by JAM Project
Directed by: Shingo Natsume
Storyboards: Shingo Natsume
Animation Supervisor: Chikashi Kubota
Jam Project. This band is a good pick for the action theme of this series. Tons of monsters show up in this and its great to see how heavily detailed they are. Fantastic illustrations and smooth animation provide a short but sweet look at Saitama’s abilities.
ED: “Hoshi Yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru” (星より先に見つけてあげる;I’ll Find It Before the Stars for You) by Hiroko Moriguchi
Directed by: Shinichiro Ushijima
Storyboards: Shinichiro Ushijima
Animation Supervisor: Chikabi Kubota
This reminds me of Kisejuu‘s ending in that it offers a glimpse of simplicity. Life far removed from the supernatural and downright strange monsters that appear in this show. I like how toned down it is compared to the rest of One-Punch Man and its opening. Vocals by Hiroko Moriguchi are beautiful.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 10/10
2 thoughts on “ONE-PUNCH MAN Episode 1 [Initial Impression]”
This was one of the highlights of 2015. Great animation, comedy, and characters and a fantastic OP/ED to bookend the action.
It really was.