“The Deep Sea King”
Mondays on Daisuki
The Deep Sea King and his army of fish-men invade, their power seemingly overwhelming. Can the heroes of the surface prevail?
The long-awaited Sea King arc! We’ve seen the show start rolling out the other heroes, as Bang and Metal Knight both showed up while the meteor was falling, but they don’t start getting any spotlight until around here. I’ve said it before, but these two episodes encapsulate the basic loop of One-Punch Man: all the other heroes get a shot at the new Big Villain, get their shit kicked in, and then Saitama arrives to do his one-punch thing. I don’t know that it’s ever quite more satisfying than this time, though I might be thinking that just because the manga has such a relatively slow release schedule. Rather than two weeks, this took place over at least several months.
Anyway, the heroes at least put up a halfway decent showing this time. Stinger gets to kill some mooks, and Pri-Pri Prisoner gets to, uh… strip naked…? He is perhaps the silliest character in the entire series, a muscular giant who’s serving a life sentence… for being a serial rapist. Let’s just say that Japan has some really bizarre ideas of what’s funny, and that most of the Glorio crew don’t find cultural gay stereotypes to fall under that umbrella. That said, he’s meant to be a heroic character, and the very short bit where he’s dejected at seeing his best efforts ridiculed by the media is effective at drawing sympathy.
The star of the show here, of course, is
Mumen Licenseless Rider. He’s been nothing but a punchline up until now, so it’s nice to see him taken seriously, even if that involves him being brutally beaten. Moreso than Saitama, Licenseless Rider is a true hero, willing to protect justice no matter what. It’s arguably a really cheap way to evoke emotion, but we all want to cheer for the underdog, and having the kid whose balloon Rider saved earlier be the first one to start cheering was a good touch. Still, in the end it all just serves to make it all the more satisfying when the Deep Sea King finally gets taken down.
Saitama’s insistence on not taking all of the credit for beating the Sea King has proven to be divisive among the Glorio crew (BATTLE LINES DRAWN). I watch this show with Marlin, Zigg, and Aquagaze, and we seem evenly split on whether it makes sense or not. On one hand, doing the right thing is more important than looking cool, and Saitama probably doesn’t want to make everyone else look bad by comparison. On the other, previous episodes have billed his main goal as getting more recognition for his heroism, so why not take the credit? It’s a bit inconsistent, and I’m convinced Marlin and I are fine with it because we read the manga; there are several omake chapters that boil down to Saitama doing heroic things on his spare time just because they’re the right thing to do, and at least one where he deliberately makes sure he doesn’t get credit.
- I should have said this a while ago (I noticed around the Carnage Kabuto fight), but I truly love how some of the effects just look like brush/marker strokes.
- I’m not a fan of Pri-Pri Prisoner’s shtick, but the Sailor Moon transformation was a stroke of genius.
- The lack of the Blizzard Bunch appearing in any meaningful manner so far removes a lot of context about B-Class being “cruel and callous”.
- Deep Sea King is voiced by Rikiya Koyama, known around here mostly for voicing Fate/Zero‘s Kiritsugu Emiya.