Wanpanman is clearly the new Attack on Titan: a manga-animated phenomenon that set the Japanese ablaze, then quickly contaminated the Internet 📶!
However, the license started in 2009 on the manga blog of the artist ONE, which still remains anonymous. Despite a more than rough, almost childish line, the sauce quickly took with the otaku then the general public (a bit like Georges Clooney in our latitudes). In 2012, a manga adaptation saw the light of day at Shueisha with Yusuke Murata in pencil, following a simple discussion on Twitter!
The end of 2015 was a turning point for One Punch Man since:
on the one hand, Kurokawa signed the French localization of the manga which starts on January 14, 2016;
while on the other hand, Madhouse took care of the anime adaptation.
It is the latter that interests us more particularly here, since the studio has delivered a delicious one-shot of twelve episodes broadcast on TV Tokyo and streaming subtitled on DNA, soon joined by six OAVs on Blu-Ray.
In Wanpanman, Saitama is a young worker who goes through unsuccessful job interviews. After defending a little boy from a man-crab monster, he decides to train for three years to become a hero. Become the strongest in the world (and bald), he now defeats all his enemies with a single punch and is bored stiff when no one notices him.
What appeals above all in One Punch Man is the humor that the series demonstrates at all levels. Absurd as we like it and stuffed with puns and references, often recalling the atmosphere of Yusha Yoshihiko, the finished product kneads the codes of the shonen until tenderly mocking it and seducing fans with its well-felt retreat.
We never have time to be bored and the episodes like the chapters are linked very quickly one after the other. The scenario shows a foolproof creativity, without never indulging or dragging on like so many (yet excellent) lazy people in this market. In many ways, Wanpanman turns out to be eminently refreshing.
The farce extends to the real one, where fans on Twitter had fun and managed to find their way to Saitama’s apartment!
But the real click is undoubtedly played in this incredible adaptation to the screen. The animation of the fights turns out to be quite simply remarkable, at the edge of the animated film, in any case of a level very clearly superior to anything that one can generally see in japanimation TV. It is imperative, as such, to salute the superb work of Madhouse and director Shingo Natsume.
If no second season is planned to date, the first ten volumes of the manga have already sold more than six million copies in Japan (update: thirteen million as of July 2017). A long serialization can therefore be seen if we follow the usual codes in Japan. Hopefully the author knows how to stop it in time to keep the exceptional success of his hair-raising One Punch Man.