One Punch Man (2015 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2016.

Categorization

Action comedy. Parody of the superhero genre, based on a free heta-uma amateur webcomic.

Commentary

Very engagingly directed and animated, but the parody is increasingly diluted by a sprawling plot, and a lot of threads are left dangling. This is par for the course, given the freewheeling source of the narrative as a take-off on Anpanman in a world dominated by a supercontinent shaped like the Saitama prefecture. The high point is when Mumen Raidaa throws his bicycle—Justice—at a supervillain, to no effect whatsoever.

Japanese production animation series