Saitama unleashes his greatest moves against Garo
Garo’s latest transformation turns him into the perfect punching bag, allowing One-Punch Man’s own Saitama to perform two more Killer Moves.
The following contains spoilers for One-Punch Man Chapter 165, “1.0”, by One, Yusuke Murata, John Werry and James Gaubatz, available in English via Viz Media.
Although he is the strongest character in One-punch man, there are very few occasions when Saitama can actually unleash his techniques, as most villains in the series die before the bald hero can use his full strength. However, recent manga developments ultimately pit Saitama against an opponent he can do anything with. In fact, he’s already used one of his Killer Moves – and two more come out in Chapter 165.
Garo is undeniably one of the toughest and most enduring characters in One-punch man. He has survived many battles of life and death and always comes out stronger. His latest transformation grants him godlike power, making him a sturdier punching bag and a better imitator. Garo’s Cosmic Fear Mode made his body strong enough to withstand Saitama’s serious Killer Move punches while allowing him to replicate the technique.
The clash between the two Killer Move Serious Punches was so strong that even Blast couldn’t deflect it. His companions had to intervene and blast the two Earthlings towards one of Jupiter’s moons. Realizing that they were transported away from Earth, Saitama finally got his wish to fight at full strength, though he wasn’t particularly excited about it. He was more concerned with Genos’ core and was giving Garo a serious beating. As such, he held the core in one hand and attacked with the other.
Garo didn’t take the hits from prone Saitama, of course, using techniques he copied from Blast in tandem with his nuke attacks. Interestingly, it turns out that Saitama can grab the slipspace gates, allowing the bald hero to move them wherever he pleases. This prompted Garo to take his attacks to the three-dimensional level, but Saitama also released a suit to the same level. The first of these attacks was the Killer Move: Serious Series, Serious Table Flip – an attack Saitama performed by inserting his hand into the ground and flipping it over.
Saitama’s Serious Table Flip destroyed the lunar crust and sent the debris into the lunar atmosphere, after which he used the floating debris as a foothold to increase speed and momentum. It also served as the basis for the bald hero’s next Killer Move – Omnidirectional Serious Punch. As Saitama produced numerous afterimages that attacked from all directions, Garo tried to escape through a jump gate – but the bald cape caught up with him and sent him freaking out through the debris of outer space. -atmospheric.
Garo’s latest transformation exponentially increased his fighting ability, but it also transformed him into the perfect punching bag. He was able to confront and survive Saitama’s Killer Move Serious Punch, allowing the latter to show off his techniques. Since One-punch man only revealed three of Saitama’s Killer Move: Serious Streaks, it begs the question of how many other serious streak techniques he’s keeping secret – and if there are more Killer Move streaks.