One-Punch Man

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Funny anime superhero series is violent, has some language.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Good versus evil, being dissatisfied with life, seeking vengeance, and other common "hero's journey" anime themes are present. Environmental issues like pollution are addressed as well. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Saitima is committed to his superhero hobby, but isn’t having a lot of fun doing it. Villains justify their actions by pointing to human-created problems, disrespecting the planet, and other issues. 

Violence

Endless explosions, collapsing buildings, weapon fire, etc.  Fantasy gore ranges from blood-spattering fights to people being crushed into bloody heaps.

Sex

Some monstrous beings don’t wear pants; bare buttocks are visible. There are some occasional crude bathroom references. 

Language

Words like "ass," "crap," and "bastard" are frequently used. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynoshow March 11, 2020

funny anime, but violent, mild swearing, and some partial nudity.

Well this is a really good show, the humor is funny and well appreciated, but some characters wear revealing outfits. and since it is an anime, some female char... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 11, 2020

Comical superhero anime

Very amusing characters. Not your typical superhero though. It has a fair amount of crude humor and violent content. Some characters in the show might be seen a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byOtakuJay January 24, 2021

The Anime is pretty cool, but very gory

I don’t think this show was made for youngsters, but you don’t have to be too old to watch it at the same time. Swearing is common, but there’s no major swearin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJID January 11, 2021

Impressive Animation, Great Show Overall

I was really impressed with all of the aspects in the show. There are brief images of partially naked men but nothing that would make me suggest a higher age or... Continue reading

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 ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in One-Punch Man. Does the fact that this series is geared towards older viewers make the violence less impactful? Does anime have to be violent to be good?

  • 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? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 4, 2015
  • Cast: Max Mittelman
  • Network: Hulu
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: October 31, 2020

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