One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン Wanpanman) is a Japanese webcomic and manga series created by ONE. The webcomic started in July 2009, with more than 10 million views and 20,000 hits per day. Shueisha's Young Jump Next picked up the series, as well as commissioned Yusuke Murata, (known for Eyeshield 21) to draw the series with the original writer, ONE.
The story follows the life of an average hero who manages to win all of his fights with just one punch! This ends up being the cause of a lot of frustration as he no longer feels the thrill and adrenaline rush of battle. After all, what's so good about having overwhelming power?
- Main Article: Original Webcomic
The webcomic is the original publication drawn by the artist ONE. It is also the direct source which Murata's own redraw of One-Punch Man faithfully follows.
- Main Article: One-Punch Man (manga)
The manga adaptation of One-Punch Man is illustrated by Yusuke Murata. While being almost exactly the same series in terms of content, the artwork is of much higher quality with small arcs and bonus content added by ONE's choice. The manga is published by Shueisha's Young Jump Next and has several volumes to its name.
- Main Article: One-Punch Man (anime)
The anime adaption of the manga starring Makoto Furukawa as Saitama is animated by the Japanese studio Madhouse and is directed by Shingo Natsume (Space Dandy, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota. VIZ Media manages the master license for distributing One-Punch Man in North America, Latin America and Oceania, as well as streaming of the series in the U.S.
In November 2013, it was announced that the manga adaptation of One-Punch Man has over 2.2 million copies in print. By May 2014, 3.4 million copies were in print. In November 2014, the manga had 4.5 million copies in circulation. In a publication of the August sale in 2015, One-Punch Man surpassed 5.8 million copies.
Once released in the United States, both the first and second volumes debuted on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list, at first and second place, respectively, and stayed there for two weeks. Volume one dropped to second place for the third week, while volume two fell off the list altogether. Volume one was still on the list for a fourth week. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2015
- The title of the series is based on Anpanman, a popular children's superhero in Japan.
- One-Punch Man is a parody of Western superhero comics and shonen manga.
- The manga was nominated for Manga Taishō in 2014.
- The super-continent of the One Punch-Man world is same shape as Japan's Saitama Prefecture.
- The webcomic's original site (Japanese)
- One-Punch Man on Wikipedia (Japanese)
- One-Punch Man on Young Jump Next (Japanese)