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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

One Punch Man S02, E06 | The Monster Uprising (review)

Spoilers ahead

Not a lot happened in this weeks episode of One Punch Man season 2, episode 6: The Monster Uprising. We didn’t see Garou in the main story though he did make a quick appearance after the end credits.

As someone who is enjoying the anime and not relying on the manga content to compare events, I am still waiting for Garou to actually be an ally to the heroes. I’m only convinced because of the way Saitama is.

So far all season, every time someone meets Saitama and witnesses his massive strength, it makes them turn over a new leaf. I’m seeing a recurring theme (King, Blizzard even Sonic if you think about). It could be possible that Garou won’t end up being Saitama’s nemesis, but a great ally.

Back to the main story of this episode.

The Martial Arts Tournament is still going and Saitama’s opponent is Bakuzan. At this point, Bakuzan is painted as a super strong and intimidated character. He convinced the tournament holders to keep the matches going after they found out about the monster uprising outside the walls.

Mind you, the entire reason for Saitama joining the tournament was to experience Martial Arts and earn the money pot at the end. So Saitama tells Bakuzan to show him Martial Arts. But after Bakuzan almost takes off Saitama’s wig, he gets an uppercut to the face and ends up in the ground outside the ring.

Meanwhile, Genos is outside the walls of the tournament being the awesome character he’s turned out to be. He’s once again answered the call of the Heroe’s Association and is saving civilans while destroying monsters.

Fubuki aka Blizzard’s fight continues with Do-s. At this point in the fight, all of Blizzard’s team is under Do-s’ mind control and Blizzard is trying to fend off her attacks. Do-s wants Hurricane aka Tatsumaki (Fubuki’s sister) to come and fight her. But, Do-s wasn’t strong enough and Hurricane’s attacks forced her and the other monsters to fall back.

Back at the tournament, we find out that Suiryu is actually kind of a jerk. During his fight with Sneck he taunts him and pretty much tells him that despite his efforts, he sucks. He also admits that he doesn’t practice and he’s only interested in money. This is the complete opposite of Sneck who works really hard at being a hero and is still subpar. Sneck still tries his hardest and gets knocked down with one shot from Suiryu.

Shame.

However, because of his cockiness this episode, I am really looking forward to his match up with Saitaima!

Last weeks episode: Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce

One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce (review)

Spoilers ahead!

One Punch Man season 2 episode 5, The Martial Arts Tournament”, continues with the fight between Metal Bat and Garou (The Hero Hunter). They actually have a really good exchange and Garou expresses that Metal Bat stronger but he’s beaten down. Garou takes advantage of Metal Bats exhausted state and knocks him out.

Metal Bat does get one last shot at Garou but his little sister stops the fight. If she hadn’t Garou’s head would have been bashed in. But in order to save her brother, she tells Garou that his family has a rule about violence in front of her. Garou backs off.

I’m beginning to think he has a moral code after all. The only time we’ve seen him pull back during this series is when there is a child present.

Meanwhile, the cities monster threat level has raised from Dragon to Demon. All classes of monsters and heroes are fighting in the street. The Blizzard group does show up but we don’t see Blizzard or her group fight anyone yet.

The Monster Association wants to recruit Garou but he says no. This is weird because his main focus is to be classified as a monster and when he gets the invite, he rips it up and says, “No Thanks”.

He could have been because the monsters inviting him looked terrible and he could clearly beat them. Plus his goal to beat the Class S heroes seems more important to solidify his status versus just getting invited to a group.

My only question is about the Martial Arts Tournament. I’m sure the news of a level Demon threat in the city would travel fast. But, no one in the stadium seems worried about the chaos in the streets.

There are several heroes in or around the tournament that could be useful in the fight against the monsters (including Suiryu, Genos, Snakebite Snek, Bakuzan, and Saitama disguised as Charanko) but they are fighting for honor or watching the fight.

Why aren’t there any rumblings in the stadium that suggest the participants will fight out about the carnage in the city? Shouldn’t the Hero Association be pulling all resources?

Centichrono is still suffocating the city and neurotoxins are spreading. It seems like something they would do.

We do find out the Master Boom and Bang are still hunting Garou and helping out in the field. As a result, they pulled out of the tournament as judges.

But we still find Saitama ready to fight against Zakkos. Both Charanko and Zakkos are classified as weak so they will fight against each other. But because Saitama is actually disguised as Charanko, he beats Zakkos with less than a chop.

The best part of this episode was the tournament announcers excitement when Zakkos went down. They tried to explain it away and then the announcer basically said, “Zakkos is some weak sauce!”

Best moment of the show.

Next week I assume that the crowd favorite Suiryu will meet up with Saitama. After seeing his chop to Zakkos he identified that Saitama as the strongest competitor. However, he is overlooking Bakuzan who is specifically gunning for him.

Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Metal Bat (episode 4)

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