A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that One-Punch Man is a comedy anime series that features lots of gory fantasy violence. There’s some strong language including "ass," "crap," and "bastard" and some occasional bathroom humor. Occasionally a male villain doesn’t wear pants (revealing a naked backside), and female villains wear cleavage-revealing outfits.
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What's the story?
Based on a popular Japanese web comic, ONE-PUNCH MAN shows us how mundane life can be like for a powerful hero. Three years ago Saitama (Max Mittelman) was unusually strong, unemployed, and frustrated with his life when he rescued a little boy from an angry villain. He makes the decision to pursue hero work as a hobby, and trains in order to fight off the mightiest of opponents. Now unbeatable, he’s finding the work rather boring, and worries if having so much power is keeping him from the emotions that make him human.
Is it any good?
This entertaining anime series uses humor to tell the story of a hero whose existential crisis brings some depth to the battles and classic anime villains. Saitama is a likable character, and you can’t help but sympathize with him as he struggles to figure out his personal issues. Thanks to his powerful punches, the larger-than-life monsters he confronts seem unusually fragile, which leads to some hilarious moments. As a result, One-Punch Man offers some fun, lighthearted comedy amidst the gore, which anime fans will appreciate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why is Saitima bored with the work he is doing? Is it because he beats his opponents too easily? Why isn’t he satisfied with the fact that he’s helping people?
Many of the villains in One-Punch Man are created by irresponsible human behavior and environmental problems. What do you think the show is trying to say about those things?
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