Saitama and Genos finally come together in an epic color page
In One Punch-Man Chapter #155, Saitama finally shows his friendship and respect for Genos, and the moment is celebrated in color.
Warning: Contains spoilers for A punch Chapter #155!
After three and a half years of separation, the protagonist of A punch, Saitama, and his best (and only) disciple Genos are finally reunited, and series artist Yusuke Murata celebrated the touching moment with a beautiful two-page color split in the hit manga’s final chapter.
One punch man, with a story by One and illustrations by Yusuke Murata, follows the adventures of Saitama, a professional hero so strong his fights end with a single punch. Constantly bored by the lack of challenges, Saitama has lost the motivation that drove him to become a hero in the first place, until he meets the cyborg Genos, a promising hero rising through the ranks of the Hero Association. Genos wants to get stronger to get revenge on the cyborg who killed his family and left him for dead, so after witnessing Saitama’s incredible power, he asks to become his disciple. The bald hero only agrees because he finds it convenient to have Genos around to do his housework, Saitama slowly develops a true friendship and affection towards the young cyborg. In the manga, Genos often acts as a comic counterpart to Saitama’s antics. He’s an intense person, unyielding in his quest for strength and justice, but Saitama was a restraining influence, helping him relax and take a more measured approach to his goals.
The last time Genos and Saitama were shown together was in manga chapter 91, released in March 2018. A group of heroes were spending the night at Saitama’s house, after which the protagonist went out for a walk. Unbeknownst to him, his house is built above the headquarters of the underground Monster Association, and he has wandered into the lair of the mighty group, accidentally getting involved in the battle between heroes and monsters, which is the main event depicted in the ongoing “Monster Association” arc. Soon after, Genos also joins the fight, heading for the Monster Association base, but the two heroes fought on different battlegrounds, never crossing paths, until the newly released chapter #155. Finally emerging from hiding, Saitama finds Genos in pieces (but still alive) after a fierce battle against the Monster Association’s top leadership. Completely ignoring the remaining enemies, Saitama rushes to his friend’s side. It’s a beautiful moment and a rare show of emotions for Saitama, perfectly captured by artist Yusuke Murata.
Genos almost dismantled is a recurring trope in the manga. He always trains to get stronger and upgrades with new parts, until he encounters a monster too powerful to defeat and is forced to watch Saitama show up and defeat the enemy. in one shot. It’s an act that plays on Genos’ desire to learn the secret of Saitama’s strength, something even the titular hero is oblivious to. After the fight with Elder Centipede, Genos, in a crisis of confidence, asked Saitama what he was missing, to which the bald hero simply replied “To be able to“, a naive answer that Genos however considered hiding a deeper meaning. For this reason, it was really unusual to see Saitama complimenting his young disciple in chapter 155. When Genos regrets not being able to self-destruct to defeat his enemies, Saitama puts a hand on his chest saying “This part here got stronger too“, touching on the energy core of the cyborg but obviously referring to its spirit and its will to survive.
The relation between Genos and Saitama is one of the most entertaining aspects of A punch. Seeing the usually cold and oblivious master finally warm up to his disciple and friend was a great reward for fans of the manga. It created a unique moment that was beautifully rendered by Murata’s art, and given its due prominence with the use of color.
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