Can Saitama break the fourth wall?

Saitama, the protagonist of A punch series, gave fans many memorable moments. He’s a fan favorite as his carefree and nonchalant attitude towards life has also resulted in some hilarious interactions with other characters. Saitama has done some of the most impressive things any character has done on the show.

Those who have read the last chapters of A punch will know how strong he was during the fight against Garou. However, now the fan base wants to know if the Caped Baldy did something that other characters like Saiki from The disastrous life of Saiki K did on their respective shows. Can the series’ protagonist break the fourth wall, and if so, has he ever done so in the course of A punch.

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Understand the concept of the fourth wall and see whether or not Saitama can break it

Before we get into the subject, it’s very important for fans to understand what the fourth wall is in the first place. The fourth wall is a term often used in film and theater. In a theatrical setting, three walls surround the actors on a stage, but the fourth wall essentially acts as an imaginary wall or barrier, separating reality and the audience from the story. This fourth wall is conceptualized so that viewers can see and recognize the actors, but the actors will not be able to do the same because they are unaware of the audience viewing them.

Breaking the fourth wall essentially means that the characters present in the story are aware of present reality outside the realm of their own story. Breaking it can be a bit of a shock as it interrupts the flow of the story. However, if we examine A punchone can justify how the series can be considered an example of surreal humor.

There are many examples of irrational behavior and A punch puts a lot of emphasis on humor. In a series like this, it’s easy for fans to part with the story, making it the perfect setting for the characters to break the fourth wall. Saitama, being the protagonist of the series, is able to break the fourth wall, much like any other character in any anime series, if the creator so chooses.

Did Saitama break the fourth wall?

Saitama breaks the fourth wall (Image via Yusuke Murata/ONE, Shurisha)
Saitama breaks the fourth wall (Image via Yusuke Murata/ONE, Shurisha)

There was one instance where the Caped Baldy broke the fourth wall. It was during the first season of A punch when all the S-class heroes were summoned to the Hero Association headquarters, and Silver Fang decided to ask Saitama to go with him. While each hero had a serious look on his face, Saitama decided to look in the upper left corner of the screen and stare directly at the camera. This instance can be seen in Chapter 30, which was part of the source material for Season One Episode 10. Thus, it proves that Saitama can and has broken the fourth wall in this series.

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