How did Saitama get his powers in One Punch Man?

One Punch Man’s Saitama is one of the most popular characters known to almost anyone who reads manga or watches anime. His popularity is due to a multitude of reasons, but people mainly love him for his deadpan dialogue in extremely serious situations.

Humor aside, Saitama is also well known for his strength in the A punch series. He is so strong that it only takes one punch to defeat his enemies, hence the name of the series. How did the Caped Baldy become so strong that a mere human like him is compared to Goku from dragonball?


About Saitama and his powers in A punch

So far, Saitama is arguably one of the strongest characters in A punch. The manga featured strong characters and none of them seem to be stronger than him. That being said, there are a few characters whose powers have yet to be revealed and only time will tell if Saitama can finally find an opponent to turn him on.

When Saitama revealed the source of his powers, his peers thought he was bluffing. According to Saitama, he became strong through his rigorous training routine. It consisted of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10 miles of running. Saitama pushed and trained every day for about three years, which also resulted in hair loss. Apparently this endurance training was the reason for his strength.

Genos found that hard to believe, as a workout routine like this wouldn’t yield such results. It is simply an intermediate endurance workout, which only increases cardiovascular endurance and not overall strength. Even Mumen Rider’s daily activity is probably more rigorous than Saitama’s training routine.

The manga seems to have given an explanation but it is vague. In chapter 88, it is explained that Saitama is different from all the others since he managed to break his “limiter”. This “limiter” is what limits the growth of human beings in terms of power. But Saitama would have broken his “limiter”. by hard work alone. However, the manga does not elaborate on this explanation.

That being said, fans need to understand that A punch was deliberately written this way, as it is a gag anime. The charm of this series is that logic cannot be applied to most aspects of this show, especially when it comes to power scaling. Therefore, it is difficult to deduce the reason for Saitama’s strength from a logical point of view.


Edited by Mason J. Schneider

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