Saitama ;~;

No but seriously Saitama is so good
I didn’t really take full note of it on my first watch becuase I was still not sure how seriously I was supposed to take what and was wary of investing emotionally because you know, comedies

but he’s so so good

it’s the low key good that’s more the absence of bad but like. when you are literally the most powerful peson in existence and you are so low key about it literally nobody knows your name

imagine all the tiny daily frustrations: traffic, grocery lines, rude people
apparently, never even once was Saitama tempted to use his overwhelming might to assert himself as someone you don’t want to fuck with

like really… he just wants to be known as a hero, and at no point does he want to be dangerous in any other way in the eyes of people. He holds back, always, unless he absolutely has to. Sonic tried to kill him, and Saitama apologized for accidentally punching him in the groin (which is to say, putting his fist where Sonic’s groin went -_- because, you know, Sonic was attacking him)

Saitama doesn’t have a burning passion for justice like many heroes do. He doesn’t want to remake the world to look like what he wants it to, and while he kind of cares about being known and thanked, he’s willing to give it up if that seems the right thing to do at the moment.

All the pettiness he might or might not have he absolutely refuses to channel in a physical way. Verbal only, and he’s kinda terrible at that. He asks Genos to tell off Tornado for him, and when she punches him, it’s just kinda it. Conversation over. Saitama lost.

Superheroes in this world are not shy of using their abilities to assert themselves, to show they are not to be trifled with. They show off, they abuse their power in small ways. It’s tolerated, accepted, even encouraged: that’s how you build popularity.

Saitama just… doesn’t. It doesn’t fit in his worldview and view of self. The only way he can see himself showing off is squaring against a formiddable opponent, and even then, it’s the fight itself that’s the display, not anything additional he does to highlight it.

He’s… yeah, he’s ridiculously low key, and the thing about it, when you have this amount of power, not abusing it even in the tiniest way ever, is beyond incredible.

Genos chose his teacher well.

so im rewatching one punch man (OF ALL THE THINGS I COULD BE REWATCHING… but really its v great)

Saitama SUCKS at killing mosquitoes
neener neener i do it better
(coz we used to go hiking in the mountains every spring and mosquitoes would get into tents and if you want peaceful sleep you NEED to kill them all. THE HUNT IS ON BABY)

crackpotcomics:

One of my favorite things about One Punch Man is that it’s 90% goofy superhero action story with ridiculous dialogue and breathtaking fight scenes, but then every so often it hits you with “By the way, Saitama has been struggling with depression his whole life and also some dude whose ‘superpower’ is just ‘he owns a bicycle’ will make you cry like a baby”

steel-samurai-maya-smelting:

Can I talk for a moment about visual storytelling, cause, I feel like it’s something that a lot of adaptations forget about in lieu of trying to replicate their source material.

It’s a problem you see most often in anime derived from manga or light novels, but it’s also present in movies based on YA novels, and you gotta know what I’m talking about, start on black, opening narration, fade in as the main character explains the world and environment. This works in a book since the reader can’t see anything, they need the specifics of the world explained, but it feels like the movies are just like “well it worked for the book, it’ll work for us right?

I’d say it’s worse in anime, where characters will go on long internal soliloquies trying to explain their thought processes and complex emotions, which again, works for the manga, in a manga movement is very expensive, every single motion requires it’s own panel, which takes up the artist’s time, printed space, and a moment in the narrative, so it’s important to only show what absolutely needs to be shown. But animation is different, it’s all movement and the details are what sells it more than the dialogue.

The reason I wanted to make this post is because of one scene in One Punch Man that perfectly exemplifies how to translate a written thought process into visual storytelling. After getting punched to the moon (err, spoilers), Saitama has this thought process

and it’d be easy to translate that entirely literally in the anime, Saitama crouches, has an internal monologue as he tries to figure out how much force he needs to put into his jump, and then he launches. Instead though, the scene is done completely silently, to sell the fact that he’s in space, but the thought process isn’t removed, it’s just show visually.

He throws a bit of moon rock to gauge the moon’s gravity, then launches, it’s a much more thoughtful approach to the scene and the audience’s ability to interpret visual information.

I just, really wish more adaptations realized the inherent strength of the visual medium instead of relying entirely on the source material’s structure and reliance on its own medium.