One Punch Man Chapter 172 Finally Sees Saitama Take A Major Milestone

The long awaited A punch Chapter 172 is finally out, bringing with it one of the biggest developments for Saitama’s character to date. The bald hero received no recognition for his fight against Garou, which greatly disappointed fans. Luckily, his finest hour has finally arrived, along with a major boost to the young hero’s reputation.

In the final chapter, Black Sperm and Rover found their way back to Saitama. The hero was looking for any possessions he could salvage from the destroyed city. One Punch Man Chapter 172 focused on Saitama’s reaction to Rover and Black Sperm after returning home, as well as his well-deserved rise in the hero rankings. Keep reading for more highlights from the chapter.

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for One Punch Man Chapter 172.


Saitama finally became an A-rank hero in One Punch Man Chapter 172

What happened in the last chapter?

Saitama, Genos and Rover (Image via Shueisha)
Saitama, Genos and Rover (Image via Shueisha)

A punch Chapter 171 started with Black Sperm hiding from Pig God, who was looking for monsters in the remains of Z-city. A new hero called Air appeared and was attacked by Evil Natural Water. The little monster took this as a chance to escape but ran into Saitama and Genos. A smaller version of Rover also approached the heroes, acting as if Saitama were its owner.


Back to home

Black Sperm imploring Saitama in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)
Black Sperm imploring Saitama in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)

A punch Chapter 172 started with Saitama yelling at Rover and Black Sperm to stop following him. The little monster begged Saitama to allow him to stay home. He promised that he would not cause any disturbance to the hero. Saitama complained that his new apartment didn’t allow strange animals to enter.

Black Sperm was relieved by the revelation that Saitama thought of him as an animal. The more the monster begged him, the more Saitama began to warm to the idea. He wondered if he could leave the dog outside his house to act as a guard animal. Black Sperm told the bald hero the dog’s name was Rover and promised that he would take care of the animal for Saitama.

The hero finally gave up and told the two monsters that they could stay, but they weren’t allowed into his room. The caped crusader could see his new building in the distance. Black Sperm climbed to the top of Rover to see a gigantic building shrouded in fog.


The ultimate defense

Crescent Eyebroll and Green in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)
Crescent Eyebroll and Green in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)

A punch Chapter 172 continues inside the new apartment complex built by the Hero Association. ISIS officials had a meeting with a small group of wealthy civilians. Crescent Eyebroll asked Green why they were called into the meeting. The latter replied that the Association was trying to sell the remaining apartments in the complex. Officials went on to tell potential buyers that they would be protected by A-rank heroes 24/7.

As proof, they brought in the aforementioned heroes to act as security guards during the meeting. While the civilians were interested in the idea of ​​always being protected, Crescent Eyebroll was shocked by the blatant misuse of his abilities. Green, on the other hand, wondered if the Association planned for this from the start by making the apartments free for heroes.

When one of the potential buyers complained about the unreliability of heroes, an official from the Hero Association told him that they had another line of defense. With the help of the S-rank Hero Metal Knight, the Association has created a high-end robotic army to take down any monster. Robots could kill more monsters than all A-rank heroes combined.


A new A-rank hero

Saitama destroying the robot in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)
Saitama destroying the robot in One Punch Man chapter 172 (Image via Shueisha)

A punch Chapter 172 then showed Saitama approaching the apartment complex with Black Sperm and Rover. The door in front of the hero was securely closed, making Saitama wonder if he had done something wrong. Black Sperm told him to throw away the devices he was using, as they were probably the source of the problem. Suddenly, a gigantic robot came out of the complex.

The robotic warrior was ready to kill Black Sperm and Rover and kicked them. Unfortunately, Saitama thought the robot was aiming at him and destroyed it with a slap. The bald hero has become the new target of the defense system. Level 4 robots appeared around Saitama, ready to take him down.

Despite their best attempts, the machines were unable to harm the hero, who destroyed them all with a single palm. Security guards at the facility woke up from their nap after hearing the explosions. They couldn’t see what was happening, as the area was completely covered in smoke. They called in all available heroes to help with the attack that was happening at the front door of the facility.

Moments later, Saitama could be seen entering the compound, with dozens of broken robots being destroyed behind him. The security guards arrived and asked him what had happened. The bald hero was about to come clean when one of the guards said each robot cost 9 million yen to produce. Saitama lied and said the robots exploded out of nowhere.

At first, the guards didn’t believe him and asked him to reveal what really happened. Fortunately, King arrived and corroborated Saitama’s story. The bald hero pulled out a game console King had borrowed from him, which was broken. King told Saitama he wanted to play a new game with him. A punch Chapter 172 ended with the revelation that Saitama was an A-rank hero.


Final Thoughts

What awaits Saitama in the next chapter?  (Image via Shueisha)
What awaits Saitama in the next chapter? (Image via Shueisha)

One Punch Man Chapter 172 has given fans something they’ve been waiting for years with Saitama being recognized as the incredible hero that he is. Even though we didn’t see the crossover cap being promoted, the reveal that he’s now an A-rank hero was truly emotional. The man has risked his life to keep people safe without being recognized since the start of the series.

As always, the chapter has the same hilarity and over-the-top action scenes that the fandom loves to read. Fans will be extremely happy after reading this new chapter. Not only is the plot incredibly entertaining, but the art is stunning, as usual. Globally, A punch Chapter 172 is an outstanding addition to the manga series.

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