One-Punch Man Volume 5 Review.


  • Story: ONE.
  • Art: Yusuke Murata.
  • Released: March 1, 2016.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 216.

The Deep Sea King rises to claim City J as his own, many heroes stand before him and fall. Even the mighty S Class hero Puri-Puri Prisoner and his Angel Style were no match for the Deep Sea King. As Sonic fights the Deep Sea King with all of his might even he notices how futile it is. Genos is even having difficulty. Will Saitama be able to rise to the challenge and kill the king? Also, a seer in City G has a startling premonition. What could this mean for Saitama?

This volume is filled to the brim with action and fighting, as expected this made for one action packed volume, with not a lot of low points. It’s always nice to see the other heroes fight and show what they can do, though it is a little disheartening to see them just crumble under the strength of the Deep Sea King or other foes. As such many heroes stood up to the Deep Sea King and not a single one could even harm him. The great Puri-Puri could not even put a dent in the king. It was kind of hard to watch Mumen Rider stand up the Deep Sea King and just get pummeled. Then when all seems lost, here comes Saitama and lands a single blow to defeat the king.

It is difficult to take issue with this as he is “One-Punch Man” but a “boss fight” scene would have been nice. There is still plenty of time for Saitama to be tested to his fullest potential, so we will eventually see what he’s capable of. More so it would be wrong to not expect every fight to end like this as this is a more or less a gag manga. But even still I am hoping to see a monster or villain that can withstand more than a single punch. We’ll just have to stay tuned and see what happens.

The monsters and fights keep getting bigger and better. My favorite part of this series would have to be the monsters and how they are portrayed and dealt with. Most every monster has a backstory which adds more to the story itself. With all the monsters that we have seen, I can’t imagine them being any bigger or stronger. Especially after seeing the true form of the Deep Sea King. I look forward to what ONE has in store in this regard. As always, the art is flawless, detail is superb and the action leaps from the page.

Saitama once again proves that he is the strongest of them all. In this volume, we caught a glimpse of a few more heroes and what they are capable of. However, in the presence of Saitama they all pale in comparison. They aren’t useless heroes, they just aren’t Saitama’s caliber. It would be nice to see a Demon-level monster that could be handled by the heroes without Saitama, perhaps in further volumes. All in all, a great addition to the series.

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