Hunting the Hero Hunter
Surprisingly, the third episode of One Punch Man was actually pretty solid in establishing the threat to the rest of the heroes from Garou. I’ll get to that in a minute but it was more compelling to watch than I expected.
Genos and Saitama are absent from a large part of the episode, though it doesn’t necessarily feel that way. Saitama and Genos are approached by a former disciple of Silverfang who is worried about him and they connect that to Garou. Midway through the episode, Saitama visits the disciple and some other heroes in the hospital after they’ve had an encounter with Garou. And at the end Saitama has a brief and inglorious (but fairly amusing) encounter with the self-declared monster.
For all that Saitama’s screen time is limited this week he leaves quite the impression. There’s also an after credits sequence that drops yet another bald joke into the mix even while establishing Saitama’s next move.
If I were to level any complaint at all of these antics by the main cast it would be that unless something drastic happens we still have literally no threat for Saitama to face because his encounter with Garou more or less confirmed that Garou isn’t even going to be a vague match for Saitama in his current state.
However, let’s get back to Garou.
As a villain, he’s so far been more interesting than any of the monsters from last season or even a lot of the actual villains. He’s got a clear immediate goal of gaining strength and destroying heroes, he’s motivated, and so far he’s been pretty effective. It is all much more meaningful than the usual stomp-city kinds of oversized beasts that have turned up.
The one thing he lacks is an end-game. Even if we assume he’s going to get strong enough to face Saitama, what then? Though it isn’t clear yet if he is going to end up being the big threat. For all we know, One Punch Man may yet decide just to throw Garou under the bus and introduce a bigger threat.
Whichever way, episode three was pretty solidly entertaining. There was lots going on. None of the jokes lingered too long. The action sequences were varied and a large number of characters came and went. There’s very little to complain about.
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