One Punch Man S02, E12 | The Wiping of the Disciple’s Butt (review)
I appreciate that this episode, The Wiping of the Disciple’s Butt, allowed Saitama to come full circle with appreciating his strength again. For an episode of two, he was feeling unmotivated and unchallenged. Granted he has no rival, but it’s nice to see him snap out of it. King also stepped into the role of hero in this episode as well. Good to see him heed Saitama’s advice.
Master Bang and Master Boom resume beating up Garou and he starts to black out. Bang attempts to strike the knock out blow, but Garou manages to escape his grasp using an unknown technique. Boom is able to cut Garou off to prevent him from getting away. However, that doesn’t stop Garou from plotting a way to take down Boom and Bang.
Genos is standing by as the fight takes place. Phoenix Man is also around. He’s watching the fight from the sky. The Monster Association sent him to recover Garou, but he is pinned down and there is no way to intervene because Genos, Master Bang and Master Boom are currently engaged.
As the fight continues, Garou begins to have flashbacks of his life. We see the very moment that he felt betrayed. As a child, he was bullied by his classmates and betrayed by his authority figures.
“I want to strike a blow for the little guy!” – Garou
A classmate of Garou’s named Tatchan managed to bully him so badly during a game of Heroes vs. Monsters. He had classmates hold Garou down so that he could kick him in the face. After the encounter, Tatchan convinced his teachers that Garou was the aggressor. When Garou finally did stick up for himself, he was reprimanded.
Another motive for Garou to hate hero figures.
Back in the fight, Garou manages to create enough space between himself and Bang that Phoenix Man is able to swoop down and scoop him up. At first, Garou fights for his freedom, but he settles down once Phoneix Man tells him that Centichoro (centipede monster) is going to help.
Garou is upset during this rescue because he wants to win on his own and become the symbol of fear to all heroes, but that day is not today.
Just then, Genos shoots a huge power blast at Phoenix Man and Garou. Phoenix Man screams just in time for Centichoro to burst from the ground to the sky and block Genos’ blast.
Now the fight focuses on Genos, Bang, and Boom verses Centichoro.
Bang and Boom complete a combo attack, but Centichoro shrugs it off. Genos goes in alone and manages to punch though Centichoros mouth to use the acid as lighter fluid for his self destruct attack. However, this only gives Centichoro a minor case of acid reflux.
Centichoro spits Genos out shattered, broken and unable to be of any use. Phoenix Man mentions as he and Garou fly away that Genos will never win because he is only as good as the sum of his parts.
Great observation because as awesome as Genos is, he fails to even hurt Centichoro.
Centichoro seems to be chasing Bang, Boom and the others toward the city. But, in an act of heroism, King yells to attract Centichoro’s attention. King exclaims that he’s brought the hero Blast to the fight. Blast is a past foe of Centichoro.
Do you recall when King and Saitama met for the first time the season? Saitama defeated a monster for him and gave an inspiring speech about King needing to embrace his courage and become the hero people think he is. Unless he doesn’t want to be a hero.
Well, good news! That talk worked!
“Blast the hero is here” – King
Actually, Saitama came to the rescue. Blasts’ name was just used as a diversion. Saitama jumps in front of King as Centichoro moves full speed towards him.
Centichoro is instantly obliterated by Saitama’s punch.
I’m assuming Master Boom and Bang saw Saitama step in because Genos was in the same area as them and he saw what happened. So, technically the Hero Association should recognize Saitama is super strong right?
This is the final episode of season 2 for One Punch Man. I’m really hoping we don’t have to wait 3 years to get the next season of One Punch Man. Some people were thrilled about this season, but it was still fun to watch.
Last episode: One Punch Man S02, E11 | The Varieties of Pride (review)