One Punch Man: It’s not for everyone.
I’m sorry it disappoints you, Robyn. You have been so good to me when you recommend anime. I usually find them compelling and interesting.
I think the people who have watched Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, and Bleach will understand the nature of the character and the show a lot better than those who don’t watch what I call “power-up anime” where the primary objective of the main character is to grow more powerful to defeat more powerful enemies.
This series asks “What do you do when you are more powerful than everyone around you but can’t seem to garner their respect?”
Do you take the road that Saitama takes, which is very zen and accept the lot you are given, yet hope for something more or do you do what the final villain, Boros, in the first season does, and instead seek out and destroy anyone across the galaxy, who can’t do what you do until you meet someone who can?
The stories aren’t really about Saitama so much as they are about Genos and the other characters who, lacking ultimate power, are forced to decide where they draw the line for their own participation in their planet’s defense.
I think it is a subversion of the standard tropes and find the mental juxtaposition of this anime versus other “power-up animes” to be a fun perspective given my history and shameless love of Bleach, Naruto, and Dragon Ball Z. Yes, they are considered crap anime by most highly regarded anime viewers but I liked them.
Like everything else, there’s no accounting for taste. You’ve done well by me when you’ve picked anime for me, so I’m sorry this one falls flat for you.
Take care, RobynMcIntyre.