One-Punch Man takes Saitama’s strength to a divine new level
One-Punch Man finally ended the fight between Saitama and Garou, and the new chapter in the series brought the hero to a new level of godlike strength he’s never been before. Yusuke Murata’s illustrated version of ONE’s original online comic series has been in the midst of the Human Monster saga for seven long years. Although the Monster Association focused on the arc for a while, the final chapters of the series came full circle with a full fight between Saitama and Garou that challenged the hero for the first time in the franchise.
As the human monster saga finally reaches its climax, Saitama and Garou’s fight has pushed the boundaries of space and literally time, as they both grow stronger. Because Garou’s god-level power made him easily adaptable to Saitama’s attacks, and Saitama easily picks up every technique he sees, the two have only gone from strength to strength as the fight escalates. continued. This was then taken to a huge new level as Saitama advanced one last time to become a god who could transcend time with his punches.
—Nick Valdez (@Valdezology) August 3, 2022
Chapter 166 of One-punch man saw Garou launch his final efforts against Saitama, only for the hero to return and counter each of them in a much stronger way. It was later explained that even though no one had recognized his strength before, fighting an opponent on equal footing stirred up Saitama’s emotions so much that he was growing at an exponential rate. Garou started noticing this, but Saitama was growing so fast that he was reaching a level of strength that no one else could even recognize the true range of his abilities.
Then, with Garou admitting his loss to Saitama, he then urges the hero to learn one last technique by copying his borrowed divine abilities. Saitama is then able to quickly despite the repelling evil god, and he and Garou form a new special technique that sends the hero back in time before his final fight with Garou begins and he collides with the past villain with his new strength. So he ends up winning with not a punch, but a “zero” punch that landed before he even threw it.
Now that he has defeated Garou, Saitama has truly become a god. What do you think of the new hero power level? What do you think this means for future fights to come? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!