One Punch Man S02, E07 | Saitama vs. Suiryu (review)

The last two episodes of One Punch Man have been ramping up. I’m having a lot of fun this season even though Saitama has been a non-factor in the Monster Apocalypse that is happening for the entire season. But, things are about to change.

Spoiler’s ahead

The monster’s are overrunning the city, and while the Class S heroes are doing their best to hold on to the city and save its citizens, it is proving to be tough for a lot of them. The only Class S hero that seems to be consistently taking down monsters who are Threat Level Dragon is Tatsumaki aka Terrible Tornado.

Tatsumaki even tells one other Class S hero, Flashy Flash to start acting like his rank because he couldn’t take down a Kraken with ease.

Meanwhile, Saitama, still disguised as Charanko, is prepping for the semi-finals of the Martial Arts Tournament verses Choze, a self-proclaimed perfect specimen. After some boasting, Choze is taken out by Saitama with one punch in the middle of a yawn.

The Holy Order of the Sword is contemplating whether they should involve themselves in the hunt for Garou or let Master Bang and Master Boom take care of it.

During this conversation, Hagiri, a member of the Holy Order, decides to convince his fellow samurai to consume monster cells as he did and surpass their human limitations. However, Atomic Samurai and the others were not easily convinced like Hagiri. This resulted in Atomic Samurai slicing Hagiri’s head off with one swipe.

I noticed that just because you consume the monster cells, does not mean you are guarantee impossible strength. Maybe the person will get a power increase, but that doesn’t stop them from being easily defeated if they were weak before the transformation.

Saitama vs. Suiryu

Finally, Saitama (Charanko) and Suiryu are announced for the finals of the Martial Arts Tournament. Saitama is still being portrayed as the underdog despite convincingly beating all fo his appointment with one punch!

But okay.

Suiryu attacks Saitama with a barrage of kicks that cause his wig to fly in the air. They finally stop for a moment to discuss what they really want out of this tournament.

Suiryu brags about wanting fun and money. Saitama wants to experience Martial Arts and win the cash pot. So Suiryu offers to give Saitama an experience in exchange for a fun fight. It’s a deal until Suiryu starts to criticize Saitama for wanting to be a hero.

Honestly, Suiryu only pointed out what the story has shown thus far. Besides a select few Class S Heroes, a lot of the heroes we come across in One Punch Man are heroes in name only. They haven’t been able to be very effective. But, one could argue that these heroes have heart. For example, Mumen Rider has a lot of heart despite his ineffective fighting skills.

During this fighting match, Suiryu had been faking kicks and blowing Saitama’s wig up. Usually, Saitama could keep the wig on his head. But, he was so annoyed at Suiryu’s remarks that he left the wig come off.

“If all your after is fun, don’t get any stronger” – Saitama

Saitama throws a punch with an intentional miss at Suiryu. The wind from the punch rips Suiryu’s gear to pieces.

As a result of the wig coming off, Saitama is disqualified. The air punch terrified Suiryu and he began to attack Saitama to prove he was better but ended up being knocked out to a hip bump.

Saitama deduced that Martial Arts is, ” just moves that look cool” and ran away so that he wouldn’t be detained by the tournament security.

Though it wasn’t an official lost because of Saitama’s disqualification, Suiryu still acknowledged his own defeat and first loss while sitting in the crater his body created when it hit the wall.

Meanwhile, there’s a new Dragon Level Threat monster in the city. He destroyed Genos and is heading to the Martial Arts Tournament.

Review: One Punch Man S02, E06 | The Monster Uprising

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