One Punch Man: the art of no longer giving a sh*t Dec 1, 2015 8:08:42 GMT
Post by samt on Dec 1, 2015 8:08:42 GMT
It will save the anime genre by ... giving the exact same format as any anime focused on young boys with a slight cynical smirk fueled by pretentious fans that consider analyzing DBZ to be a deep philosophical quandary.
One Punch Man has graced many forums, talking about how great it is and honestly I can't even give a shit anymore. Once a long time ago I did enjoy reading the One Punch Man comics *old face*
But then I stopped and there was a simple reason why. No matter how good the art is on a piece of fiction, you can only do so much if idea and Characters are stagnant. "But One Punch Man is a parody of how overpowered superheroes in anime become, its brilliant," says the fan. So what if it parodies one aspect of superheroes in any media? That is only one aspect of a parody. To truly become a good parody it has to not only exaggerate the flaws in the original material but also subvert them to make it a few steps above as well. Take Dawn of the Dead 2004 and Shaun of the Dead or Cop movies and Hot Fuzz. The reason why these movies were great parodies was due to how they tied up hanging plot threads in the originals while also making other plot points much less convoluted resulting in a much more clean and easy running show compared to the original while at the same time making everything ridiculous in the extreme. Think about it, they did not parody merely one concept from the original, they parodied the entire thing faithfully and improved it overall as well.
Was a freaking great movie, even if it wasn't for everyone.
One punch man lacks the ability to do a good parody due to really one reason. The main freaking character. Sure in the story he is unmatched physically but he is also never really challenged beyond this. He. Has. No. Flaws. Thus making him not a truly relate able human and therefore a poor parody of a hero. You see every hero has his or her own limitations, even Superman was not infallible as innocents could get hurt under his watch and he suffered from anguish at his failure. But Saitama does not.
Basically the main character
Hell the main character of One Punch Man is basically never bothered by much of anything but he does put on the "cool" angry face just for those good close up shots. In other words One Punch Man tries to parody the main problem with other superhero series by making an even more generic, unrelateable, overpowered, douchebag. All power to the author he actually later tries to make enemies that are not so easily overpowered but at that point what separates this from any other superhero comic? More importantly how much does it come up short in comparison? (spoilers for the latter: quite a lot).