Saitama & [SPOILER] Finally, find yourself in the healthiest way
Warning: This article contains spoilers for One-Punch Man Chapter 155, “Results,” One, Yusuke Murata, John Werry, and James Gaubatz, available in English on Viz Media and Manga Plus.
One-punch manThe “Monster Association” arc featured the series’ biggest war to date. Both the Hero Association and the Monster Association have brought out every character at their disposal to finally rid themselves of each other’s existence. As an S-rank hero, the fan-favorite Cyborg demon has answered the call of duty. Meanwhile, his master was also busy. The peculiar pair eventually ended up in Chapter 155.
The chapter started with Saitama, Flashy Flash and Oculette finally coming to the surface after their little adventure. King spared no time and ran towards Saitama with joy and great fervor. Saitama, however, went to see his subordinate after noticing his condition, ignoring all other lingering threats. The first thing he asked Genos was if he was okay or not, then he went on to ask who had done this to him.
This exchange was only the beginning of their meeting, literally. Genos gave Saitama a brief rundown on what happened, specifically how King wiped out the other high level monsters. Like the right time, King also arrived and told the bald cape about his student’s contributions, especially how he defended Terrible Tornado. Saitama praised Genos for his efforts, but the Cyborg Demon expressed doubts about strengthening him to Saitama given that he failed in his attempt to self-destruct. Like a primitive and proper master, Saitama touched Genos’ heart and said, “Doesn’t that mean you’ve gotten stronger here?”
The last time Saitama and Genos were together was when the whole gang had a hotpot at Saitama’s, that was literally years ago. Since then, Genos has joined the fight against the Monster Association’s top brass. He has helped and saved many heroes on various occasions and also teamed up with the other S-class heroes to take down Psychos. Saitama, on the other hand, infiltrated the monsters’ lair after hearing constant rumblings underground. He went lower and lower and encountered Flashy Flash and Oculette along the way. It is only when Bang finds them that they manage to be transported to the surface.
Fans might not have noticed how long the two main characters had been together since the two still had frequent appearances. Consecutive Garo level ups also contribute a lot to this. However, Murata is clearly aware of this fact. The master-disciple reunion was commemorated with a glorious colorful double cast, accented by a colorful constellation of the three-way fight between Flashy Flash, Garo, and Platinum Spermatozoon.
Saitama is not necessarily renowned for being an intimate character. He only accepted Genos and allowed him to live with him after the latter offered to pay a good portion of his rent. However, this recent interaction between the two served as proof that Saitama has slowly warmed up to his student. Even though Saitama told Genos that a certain part (his core) had become stronger was done pragmatically, there’s no denying that he rushed to his student after seeing his condition. He even insured Genos’ condition and was ready to repay whoever did this to him.
The relationship between Saitama and Genos is bound by mutualism, at least initially. The long-awaited reunion – depicted in two glorious full-color pages – proves that their dynamic has changed. Saitama has warmed up to Genos and now holds his student in high esteem.
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