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Manga Review: One Punch Man Vol 3

Hey all, Dani here.

Oh man, I’m already reviewing the third volume of this manga series, and I’ve only read a total of four volumes out of the 13 currently released in the US. I might need to read a few more of these soon.

Not that I mind that. I very much enjoy reading about Saitama. And with pretty much every manga I’ve read, they don’t take that much time to get through. Then again, I do also have some volumes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride to review as well, so I may have those up soon and then go back to this series. We’ll see. I still have a lot of Manga Monday reviews to write up.



A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! For three years, Saitama has defeated countless monsters, but no one knows about him… That’s because he isn’t in the Hero Association’s registry! Together with Genos, Saitama decides to take the Hero Association’s test! But can they pass?!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

So this volume is one of the ones I read at the very end of 2017–December 29th, according to Goodreads. Wow, I can’t believe I took an almost five month break from this series. There was no reason to, because I am still very much enjoying the story. It probably comes down to the fact that I got distracted with new novel releases.

Anyway, we continue with Saitama as he tries to mentor Genos to become more like him…and let’s be honest, most of the time Saitama has no idea what he is doing or how to actually teach or mentor someone to follow in his footsteps.

But in this volume we get to continue on with seeing Saitama as someone who is pretty much perpetually bored, but then panic when he discovers that the reason nobody knows about him or talks about him, despite the number of monsters he has defeated, is because he is not in the registry, which means that he is not officially a hero.

This leads Saitama and Genos to go and take the test to become official heroes, which also comes with a paycheck, so that’s always nice too.

Honestly, I wondered how Saitama managed to do all of his hero work for the past three years when it seemed like he didn’t have a job to earn an income.

What I loved about this was the actual testing process. Because looking at Saitama, nobody expects him to really amount to much, and to have him show just how strong he is–to where he is breaking pretty much all of the physical test records was entertaining.

And then he has to take the written test.

It just amuses me. I love how humorous this series is. And I know that it was started as a web-comic to parody those all-powerful characters from some manga/anime, but I think that One-Punch Man excels at bringing together some intriguing characters, a nice amount of action, and of course the humor balanced so well with the bored mentality of Saitama.

I am so glad that I got into this series. It is a good read when you need/want to finish a volume quickly, and you want some laughs and some entertainment. I look forward to actually catching up with the series…hopefully sometime soon.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of volume three from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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