One Punch Man Episode 2: The Lone Cyborg
Finally, he’s here.
I’m totally not in love with Genos or anything, haha…nah. No. He’s just…cool.So in this episode, we get introduced to a new character named Genos. He’s a cyborg out to search for another cyborg that went on a rampage and killed his family and destroyed his home, and really I don’t need to explain him any further has he just dumped his entire backstory on Saitama. I’m surprised he didn’t cut him off sooner. Which was hilarious as this made fun of another shonen trope: extremely long backstories. And now we won’t have to waste time in the future going over this as Genos already spilled his heart out.
Right now we’ll enter the mini House of Evolution arc with our first villain being Mosquito Girl. Mosquito swarms have been spotted recently and they’ve been so bad that they’ve left dried up animal carcasses, doing the same to humans as we saw with the robber. People in the city are hiding to escape these until Genos arrives to defeat Mosquito Girl. Being a cyborg, he doesn’t have to worry about his blood getting drained as he doesn’t have any. And we enter a glorious battle between them, where Genos loses an arm and Mosquito Girl her legs. Meanwhile Saitama is busy watering his cactus and trying to kill a mosquito that snuck into his apartment but for some reason it keeps escaping him. So while he has no idea any of this fighting is going on, he chases the mosquito into the street with bug spray and that’s when he meets up with Genos. It’s then Saitama realizes what’s going on and that’s when Mosquito Girl calls up all her mosquitos and takes the blood they got and powered herself up. Genos set the whole city ablaze but that didn’t do anything except burn off Saitama’s clothes. Mosquito Girl became much more powerful and was about to kill Genos until Saitama stepped in and killed her with one slap.
Genos is amazed and asks to be Saitama’s disciple to which he says yes without even really paying attention to what he said, and Genos pays a visit to his apartment the following week.
We learn Mosquito Girl came from a lab called House of Evolution, and there’s a man at a desk interested in Saitama when finding out just how Mosquito Girl was defeated. So he sends his hit team to capture Saitama alive and bring him back to them. They attack after Genos gives his backstory. Of course, these guys are no match against Saitama and he takes them out easily, King of Beasts supposedly being one of the strongest. Genos fought against a cyborg, to which he thought was the one from his childhood but it wasn’t and it was actually just a gorilla talking like a robot because he just wanted to sound cool. So Genos spared his life just to get answers out of him. With a name like House of Evolution, it’s creative to have all the enemies be a type of animal or insect.
So the characters are going to be paying a visit to this place. I actually learned that One Punch Man is all drawn on computer, not hand drawn at all. So that makes the animation seem more dynamic, so this gives me a lot of assurance that the rest of the show is going to be animated just as incredibly as this and last week’s episode. So far I’m fine with the pacing and I believe we’re gonna get to the really good stuff soon.