One-Punch Man Artist Shares Impressive Saitama Animation

The second season may have been controversially received, and a third season is currently nowhere in sight, but One-punch man remains one of the most popular action series of the past decade. Much of this is due to the release of Shonen Jump from the series which takes the original ONE webcomic and bolsters it with new artwork by illustrator Yusuke Murata. Murata often has an impeccable eye for still-image visuals, but it looks like the famed illustrator is starting to develop a good knack for animation as well.

Murata recently caught fans’ attention when he shared a special training animation he prepared for Saitama, and seeing the Caped Baldy in action again is sure to be a great way to ease the wait for the third season not to be released. confirmed. Check it out below:

Murata’s short animation is definitely a fun insight into the artist’s process, and certainly underscores the idea that Saitama is such a well-designed character that he’s great in almost any situation. Given Saitama’s deceptively simple design, this makes the character quite malleable and easy to fit into any situation. Many of the show’s best gags come from his wackiest faces, and the same can be said for the dramatic change in his gaze when he gets serious as well.

Saitama’s personality is certainly due to the creator of the original ONE series, but Murata’s art has given the hero a greater range of expression than anyone else would have guessed from reading the original webcomic. But luckily, Saitama isn’t gone forever as you can currently find more Saitama in Viz Media’s bi-weekly manga releases and the second season of the anime series!

Viz Media has licensed the second season of One-Punch Man for English release, and the series currently airs Saturdays as part of Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block. You can also find the original Japanese series of the two-season series streaming on Hulu. They describe One-punch man Season 2 as such:

“Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special training”, he has become so strong that he is practically invincible. In fact, he is too strong, even his opponents the most powerful are knocked out with a single punch.Today, the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction of Earth’s death seems to be coming true as the frequency of monster incidents escalates.Alongside Genos, his faithful follower, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou, a man utterly fascinated by monsters, makes an appearance.”

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