Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 17

One-Punch Man Volume 17 has some heroes battling a major monster, and we also see some behind-the-scenes action for both the Hero Association and the Monster Association.

One-Punch Man Volume 17
Written by: ONE
Publisher: Shueisha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 6, 2019

The volume opens with some backstory for Garo to help explain why he hates heroes and is going after them. I have a feeling that this backstory is intended to help “humanize” him, especially since early in the volume, he is taken and treated by the Monster Association. I think ONE wants to make sure that it’s clear that Garo himself is not a monster, and my guess is that later in the story, Garo will play an important role in the eventual defeat of the Monster Association. But only time will tell if I’m right on that or not.

A major monster comes onto the scene, and there’s impressive battle scenes with Genos, Bang, and Bang’s older brother taking on the monster. But they are unable to take him down themselves. Just as things look bleak, Saitama appears on the scene and uses just one punch to take down the monster.

We see some behind-the-scenes events going on with the Hero Association, as they try to locate the hideout of the Monster Association so they can try to rescue a hostage (the son of a politician). The politician, however, is unhappy with how the situation is going, so he hires some vigilantes and gives them suits that power them up to attempt to make them as strong as the heroes, if not a little stronger. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work out well, and the vigilantes are captured. It’s this scene where the reader, along with Garo, sees the behind-the-scenes portion with the Monster Association. The Monster Association wants to make Garo an assistant leader of the group, but under one condition: he must kill a hero and bring their head to the Monster Association. Like I said earlier, I think ONE wanted to make it clear to the reader that while Garo is a hero hunter, he isn’t intent on killing them… which separates him from the Monster Association.

We also get a scene of Genos, Bang, Bang’s brother, and King tending to injuries or just hanging out at Saitama’s place. Fubuki, the leader of the Blizzard Bunch, comes by and tries to talk strategy in the hopes of getting these guys to join her group. Of course, no one’s really paying any attention to her, and basically shut her down when she tries to lead a strategy session. Fubuki is trying too hard to raise her profile as a hero, but so far, her efforts to recruit Saitama and the others keep failing. But I’m sure she’ll keep trying.

In my review for Volume 16, I had thought that perhaps Garo’s arc was going to be ending in this one. I’m happy to see that it isn’t, and that there’s still more story to tell with Garo. It’ll be interesting to see how this arc continues to evolve.

English Cast Announced for the One-Punch Man Season 2 Anime

VIZ Media announced the new English dub cast for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime at its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con.

The new cast members include:

  • Greg Chun is Garou
  • Alan Lee is Suiryu
  • Bill Millsap is Gyoro-Gyoro
  • Jason Marnocha is Orochi

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block will premiere the anime with the English dub on October 12, 2019.

The schedule for the Toonami block will be the following as of October 12, 2019:

  • 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super
  • 11:30 p.m. – One-Punch Man (Season 2 Premiere)
  • 12:00 a.m. – Dr. Stone
  • 12:30 a.m. – Fire Force
  • 1:00 a.m. – Food Wars!
  • 1:30 a.m. – Demon Slayer (Series Premiere)
  • 2:00 a.m. – Black Clover
  • 2:30 a.m. – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • 3:00 a.m. – Naruto Shippūden
  • 3:30 a.m. – Lupin the 3rd Part 5
  • 4:00 a.m. – My Hero Academia

Source: ANN

Toonami to Premiere One-Punch Man Season 2 on October 12, 2019

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced that the second season of the One-Punch Man anime will premiere on Toonami on October 12, 2019.

The new season began with a television special on April 2, 2019, then the first episode premiered in Japan on April 9, 2019. VIZ Media acquired the master license to the second anime season, which includes digital streaming, TV broadcast, electronic sell-through, home media, and merchandising rights for North America, Latin America and Oceania. The company simulcast the series with English subtitles as a Hulu exclusive.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is Best-Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for August 2019

The BookScan Top 20 selling adult graphic novels list for August 2019 includes 13 manga titles:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 17 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 2 by Tomohito Oda (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki (#10)
  • One Piece Volume 91 by Eiichiro Oda (#11)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 28 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 11 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#14)
  • My Hero Academia: Smash!! Volume 1 by Hirofumi Neda (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 19 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda (#20)

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia is #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for June 2019

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for June 2019 included 13 manga titles:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 19 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#2)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • Splatoon Volume 6 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 18 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 10 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#12)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 16 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#13)
  • Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito (#14)
  • Berserk Deluxe Volume 1 by Kentarou Miura (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 17 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)

Source: ANN

Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 16

One-Punch Man Volume 16 primarily features characters other than the protagonist, Saitama (the title character who can take out an enemy with just one punch because he’s so strong).

One-Punch Man Volume 16
Written by: ONE
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 7, 2019

Even though Saitama is the main character of the series, this volume primarily focuses on Garo, the hero hunter. He starts out in hiding with a kid he met in an earlier volume, who is a big fan of heroes and has a “Hero Guide” book. With this, Garo can learn some facts about the heroes who have gathered and are waiting for him to come out of the shed he’s hiding in.

Even though these are Class A heroes he’s up against, the descriptions for some of them that appear in the Hero Guide are very amusing. My favorite is the description for Chain Toad.

Since Garo does battle with these Class A heroes, there are plenty of action panels with little to no dialogue included. Because of this, there are several chapters that are very quick to read. Garo may not be in top shape, but he’s still able to put up a good fight. But it turns out the Hero Association aren’t the only ones interested in Garo, because representatives from the Monster Association come by to scout him out.

Near the end of the volume, Genos, Bang, and his older brother appear to take on both Garo and members of the Monster Association who are trying to back up the hero hunter. The action and fight sequences get even more intense when these three heroes enter the scene.

In this entire volume, we only get one scene that features Saitama. In this scene, he’s having another video game battle with King, and once again, Saitama is losing. King gives him some advice about how to better play the game, but it’s advice that could also work for Saitama in his life as well. I find it so interesting how Saitama and King are paired up now as friends, since they have directly opposite problems. King always happens to be near when a monster is defeated, so people think he’s the hero who defeated it (but he really didn’t), and he is now a high-ranking hero because of this misconception. Meanwhile, Saitama is able to take down enemies with one punch, but because a lot of his deeds go unseen, he’s much lower in the hero rankings than he really should be. I just find that contrast to be interesting.

But from how Volume 16 ends, it appears that this arc featuring Garo may be over sooner rather than later. I’m curious to see how the story will continue from here.

Top 20 Selling Manga for May 2019

NPD BookScan has announced the top 20 selling manga for May 2019:

  1. One-Punch Man Volume 16 by ONE and Yusuke Murata
  2. Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Kentaro Miura
  3. Dragon Ball Super Volume 5 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kohei Horikoshi
  6. My Hero Academia Volume 18 by Kohei Horikoshi
  7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 1 by Araki Hirohiko
  8. One Piece Volume 90 by Eiichiro Oda
  9. Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
  10. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kohei Horikoshi
  11. Black Clover Volume 15 bu Yuki Tabata
  12. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikoshi
  13. My Hero Academia Volume 17 by Kohei Horikoshi
  14. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kohei Horikoshi
  15. My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kohei Horikoshi
  16. Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 1 by Sorata Akiduki
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kohei Horikoshi
  18. Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 4 by Naoko Takeuchi
  19. Uzumaki by Junji Ito
  20. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

Source: The Fandom Post