'One-Punch Man': Why Genos will always remain the sidekick who fails every single time
No matter how strong Genos becomes, he always hilariously loses his battles. Will season two of 'One-Punch Man' finally see a change of pace for this unlucky hero?
'One Punch-Man' is a very self-aware cartoon, and its creator, ONE, began his comic journey online in 2009 through a series of webcomics, which quickly reached over seven million followers in a span of three years. His popularity saw his creation come to life when he was approached by famed illustrator and manga-artist, Yusuke Murata, and if you've seen ONE's original drawings back in 2009 (which are hilarious in their own right), you'll know why ONE is one of the biggest names in manga history.
The anime version, spun as an adaptation from ONE's manga series, soon garnered worldwide fame about the superhero for fun, who is able to annihilate the numerous enemies he encounters with just one punch. A spoof on real superheroes in the manga universe at that time, OPM is easily one of the funniest and most entertaining pieces of work from the Japanese comic world.
While we still can't get over the humor-ridden storyline of season one, that aired in 2015, we can't contain our excitement when news of the upcoming season two made headlines. So, of course, it's time to jog our memories a bit. But this time, our focus is not on ONE, Yusuke Murata or even our protagonist, Saitama, but rather, let us remind you of the second-most important person on the show — the cyborg Genos. And we hope, his never-say-die attitude won't get him killed in season two.
Genos, who's also known as the Demon Cyborg, has been striving to be stronger ever since his family was mercilessly killed by a mentally challenged cyborg. Genos was the only human alive in his ghost town before the 15-year-old was picked up by Dr. Kuseno. To take revenge on the cyborg that destroyed his family and avenge their deaths, Genos begs Dr. Kuseno to transform him into a cyborg. Pretty ironic, isn't it?
That is essentially the main theme of 'One-Punch Man', to be the parody of parodies, to make light of all the super-serious, superheroes we are introduced to over our course here on Earth, and Genos is the most serious of them all.
We're not sure if it's part of his programming, but it seems that Genos has a deathwish of sorts, where we know that he's looking to be the strongest there is, but at what cost?
Throughout the first season, we see Genos try and try, but fail time and again when he's faced with almost any opponent, and he's lucky that he made the decision of becoming a cyborg. If he's failing so much now with insane endurance and a body harboring nearly countless powerful weapons, the human Genos would've most likely met his end in the first episode itself.
Every time Genos loses a battle, he either heads to his father figure, Dr. Kuseno, for an upgrade of armor or weapons, or is often found by Dr. Kuseno in pieces after losing his ensuing battle.
While there is something remarkably admirable about Genos' pursuit of power, he never will be anywhere near Saitama's level of power, and his fate is sealed as a side character/deuteragonist.
Despite the fact that he has the status of an 'S' level hero and is one of the top members of the Hero Association, it's almost always Saitama who comes to the rescue. And although he stays in the shadow of his master, Genos is most often placed in the league of heavyweights in the hero league, while the actual man who saves the day remains unknown or ignored. Yet, as viewers and fans, we know Genos is always bound to fail, and no matter how serious he is as a character, he can't be taken seriously, except when he shows genuine admiration for Saitama.
But it's not all downhill for the cyborg with a vengeance. With season two fast approaching, it may be a turn of events for him, at least in getting closer to avenging his family's death, if not anything else. But even there, we're certain he is still bound to need Saitama stepping in and blowing the bad guys away with his signature punch.
Season one of 'One-Punch Man' is available for streaming on Netflix, and don't forget to keep a lookout for OPM's season 2 set to release this April on Viz Media.