'One-Punch Man' Season 2 update: The show's set of downright quirky characters is what keeps fans coming back
While most anime fans fall for an anime because of its main character, One-Punch Man stands out from the rest with its set of extremely unique, funny, and weird characters.
One-Punch Man began as a webcomic and has since gained fame as one of the best anime series in recent memory. The anime tells the story of Saitama, who looks to be a hero for fun, and Saitama trains his body so diligently that he becomes strong enough to defeat any enemy with just one punch, hence the title. Saitama's willfully boring approach to life and his quest to find his true purpose is exactly the kind of story that pulls millennials out of their hiding holes, and into the weird world of parody anime.
Although One-Punch Man is not a show to be taken seriously, the show uses some really cutting-edge animation in their fight sequences, which forces the viewer to sit up and take notice. The show's action scenes are simply out of this world, and surprisingly also help balance out the humor of the show, which is another reason why you must watch it, apart from their many weird, but lovable characters. In fact, here's a list of the characters who really tickled our funny bones and can offer you a good laugh.
The Split-Chinned Kid: The split-chinned kid appears in the first episode of One Punch Man and sets the humorous tone for the rest of the anime, solely based on character design. The split-chinned kid (as shown in the picture) is the first person Saitama saves before realizing that he wants to be a hero, and Saitama must protect this child (who he doesn't really want to save on the account of the kid being ugly) from the mutant, Crabrante.
Hukegao: Hukegao is a mad scientist that created the biceps steroid and used it on his brother, turning him into a hulking giant, with Hukegao riding shotgun on his shoulder terrorizing the masses. Although it made his brother, Beefcake, bigger and stronger, it didn't make him any smarter. In what would be one of the funniest moments on the show, Saitama lands on Beefcake's shoulder, and while aiming for Saitama, Beefcake accidentally swats the wrong shoulder, squishing his own brother instead.
Speed of Sound Sonic: Proclaiming himself as Saitama's rival, it's such a joy to see Sonic try and fail in his endeavor to prove that he's the fastest fighter/athlete. Sonic's intensity is always overshadowed by Saitama's disinterest in fighting him. One memorable moment in the show was when Sonic attempts to show off his extreme speed during the fight with Saitama but instead lands groin first onto Saitama's fist.
Puri-puri Prisoner: He's a pretty formidable fighter in his own right, but with his moniker being The Booty Warrior, Puri-puri Prisoner is always there for a few good laughs. Where all the heroes tend to be a little too self-entitled, he's actually one of the more serious heroes in One-Punch Man, but his penchant for justice often gets overlooked with Puri-puri losing his clothes half the time during serious battles.
One-Punch Man season 2 may not have a fixed date, but the series is set to release in April of this year on Viz Media, but fans can catch up with Season one which is available on Netflix.