- Story: ONE.
- Art: Yusuke Murata.
- Released: March 7, 2017.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 216.
Threat-level Demon monsters are appearing in nearly all of the cities, the cause is unknown. While Metal Bat desperately fights the threat-level Dragon monster Centichoro, Garo approaches Metal Bat and demands a fight. Metal Bat fights Garo with all of his might, before being cornered by Garo. Luckily, at the last second Metal Bat’s sister intervenes in the fight, saving Metal Bat’s life. During all of these monster attacks Saitama is participating in the martial arts tournament, unaware of the current events transpiring. With Saitama away, who will protect the cities from the growing monster threat?
This volume was really fun to read. There was a lot of action from start to finish. It was really nice to see Metal Bat take charge and defend the city the way that he did. I also liked how ONE transitioned the fight from Centichoro to Garo. The transition felt natural and organic, not forced at all. Metal Bat also handled himself really well against Centichoro and Garo. Metal Bat lasted a lot longer than I thought he would. I am relieved that his sister was there to stop the fight and save his life. Metal Bat is definitely one of the cooler characters in the series. He seems to have a strong sense of justice and a great moral compass.
In terms of character developments we may have seen one in Garo. Though, it is true that Metal Bat’s sister stopped the fight, it was Garo that actually walked away. Perhaps this is a display of some humanity that still lives in Garo. Also, another monster was going to attack Metal and his sister, but Garo stopped it before it could proceed. The monster then offered a card to Garo, inviting him to join the Monster Association. Garo naturally declines and moves on.
The story as of now is at a bit of a stand still, except for a few small points that drive the story along. A few new questions have arisen, like what is the Monster Association, how big is it, what is their goal? I’m certain that in the next few volumes those questions will be answered, so right now it’s nice to enjoy the mystery. There were also a few bonus manga chapters added, that helped add a bit to the story as well. We were able to get a closer look at Saitama operating in a team environment and Metal Bat receiving his indestructible bat.
It was refreshing to see that this volume really wasn’t all about Saitama. It was also nice to see Saitama in a different environment, with him being at the martial arts tournament. It goes without saying that Saitama is most likely going to win the tournament, because of what he is capable of, but it is still interesting nonetheless. It was also cool to see a variety of different heroes and monsters. Granted nearly all of the heroes were defeated by the monsters, that does add more to the mystery of where these monsters had come from, or if they are all part of the Monster Association. I do look forward to finding more out about the Monster Association.
One-Punch Man volume 11 was an action packed joyride. I enjoyed every page and was not disappointed a single time. I’m now more hopeful than ever to continue this series and get down to what the Monster Association truly is, and hopefully find that one monster that can give Saitama the real fight he’s looking for. One-Punch Man volume 11 was an amazing read. I highly recommend that you pick it up.