One-Punch Man Volume 3 Review.

Details:

  • Story: ONE.
  • Art: Yusuke Murata.
  • Released: November 3, 2015.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 216.

Saitama has conquered dozens of monsters, and saved countless lives, yet he still doesn’t receive recognition. Then his disciple Genos explains to him the Hero Association’s Hero Registry, and talks him into registering. With nothing to lose Saitama, and Genos go to register with the Hero Registry to gain the recognition they deserve. Now that Saitama is a registered hero things are looking up for him, or so he thinks. Things are suspiciously quiet around City Z as of late. Trouble could be brewing for Saitama and Genos.


It seems that Saitama’s abilities run far deeper than his strength. He is overpowered in every sense of the word. With breaking all the records during his Hero Registry exam, it would surely appear that there is nothing that he cannot do. From super speed, and fast reflexes, to amazing jumping abilities, Saitama can do it all. While not exactly a bad thing, he just does not seem to have a single flaw. I feel this is problematic for the main character of this series because this makes him difficult to relate to. 

As of now the only relatable characteristic of Saitama is the fact that he’s human, though at this point he seems to transcend humanity as a whole. Sooner or later, we will need a villain to come around, and give Saitama a fight for his life. I don’t want to see Saitama lose his life, but seeing him lose a fight would be great character development as he would be able to grow as a character. It would also give Saitama a rival and someone he could potentially grow with. Only time will tell if Saitama will continue his journey with no real opposition.

The story is now picking up its stride, Saitama now has a new goal alongside his longtime goal. As he is now a registered Class C hero, he hopes to climb the rankings, and attain a higher Class, and Rank. Though fame, and fortune is not exactly his motive, he can make a living from being a professional hero.  The dialogue between Genos, and Saitama never disappoints as it is normally filled with jokes, or humorous conversations. It is always funny to see their interactions, because Genos is expecting to be trained by Saitama, and Saitama has no idea what he’s doing. 

This volume has the proper elements to bring an amazing story together. With the added direction for Saitama, and Genos a new more attainable goal is found. Pair that with the art, and satire, and you have a great story, in my opinion. At times, I wouldn’t mind the story taking a more serious tone, but I enjoy the story nonetheless. As I stated before, a villain will need to come around that presents a challenge to Saitama, so that he finally meets his match. I cannot wait to see the monsters and foes Saitama will face in coming chapters, and long to see the day when a single punch is no longer enough.