In order to pursue his childhood dream, the ordinary and unimpressive Saitama trained so hard that his hair fell out. However, his hard work paid off, now it only takes one punch to defeat most villains in the city. Unfortunately, beating opponents in one punch is boring. However, that all changes when a cyborg named Genos, wanting to be his disciple, suggests that they join the Hero Association together.
One Punch Man was an overnight success and one of those anime series that even non-anime fans could enjoy, as such, these anime recommendations are just more stepping stones,
For Fans of Super Heroes
Tiger and Bunny
In Stern Bild City, there exist those with NEXT powers who can use them for good or evil. A TV channel called Hero TV showcases heroes as they chase down evildoers and earn Hero Points. Enter, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, or “Wild Tiger,” a veteran hero, but his performance has been on the downswing. In order to do better, he pairs up with a new hero, Barnaby Brooks Jr., or “Bunny,” but they mix about as well as oil and water.
Not only are both series about super heroes, but they are about super hero-ing after it has been turned into a business. Public relations, popularity, attracting fan clubs – it is all there. However, unlike One Punch Man, Tiger and Bunny is less over the top and more realistic in its portrayal.
My Hero Academia
Humanity has gradually seen the appearance of “quirks,” or superpowers, appear lately. With 80 percent of humanity now displaying them, only a handful are still powerless. Part of that handful is Izuku Midoriya, a boy who still has the ambition to become a super hero.
Like One Punch Man, My Hero Academia features a hero system where the heroes support each other. However, these two anime series are the reverse of each other. Saitama is strong while Izuku is weak and needs to put in work to overcome his handicap.
Goku is living a peaceful life with his wife and son when an alien from the stars falls to Earth and claims to be his brother and member of an alien race called the Saiyans. From there, this leads Goku and his fellow martial artist friends on a non-stop fight to prevent the destruction of the world.
While different in plot, the similarities between One Punch Man and Dragonball Z are myriad. Both feature light-hearted heroes that are overly strong, lots of random humor, aliens, insane villains, and a huge amount of hype. However, Goku increases in power level while Saitama stays the same.
For Fans of Overpowered Main Characters
The Devil Is A Part-Timer
Right on the cusp of conquering his known world, the Demon Lord Satan was sucked through a dimensional portal to Tokyo. Powerless in this world without magic, Satan must find a way to make ends meet. This ends up being a part-time job at McRonald’s. Will he find his way back or is being a part-timer his fate?
In both One Punch Man and The Devil Is A Part-Timer, both main characters are incredibly strong (although the Devil is slightly neutered), but they both are extremely serious about normal things like being a good worker and paying rent.
Seven Deadly Sins
In the Middle Ages, each kingdom is defended by the Holy Knights. However, in the Kingdom of Liones, a group of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins tried to overthrow their ruler. While they escaped, the kingdom still hunts them ten years later, even after the leaders of the Knights took over the kingdom. Now it is up to these criminals to save the kingdom they once tried to take.
You like watching heroes that can literally beat anyone without really even trying? Well then, like One Punch Man, Seven Deadly Sins is like that. It isn’t until the end of the series that anyone has to really try.
Vash the Stampede is a heinous criminal with a huge bounty on his head. Known as the “Human Typhoon,” he brings destruction wherever he goes. However, when two insurance agents finally meet him, they find out that Vash is not quite the villain so much as he is a light-hearted buffoon.
Like Saitama, Vash is an incredibly skilled fighter (gunman, really), but he doesn’t have the personality to match it. They both genuinely want to save people, but they are both silly bastards at heart.
For Fans of Man Seeking Fitting Challenger
After a mysterious creature invades earth, the delinquents of class 3-E at Kunigigaoka Middle School find that the creature is now their teacher, and they are tasked with assassinating him before he destroys Earth. Unfortunately, not only is this creature unbelievably fast and strong, but he is the best teacher ever!
Kuro-Sensei, like Saitama, is looking for a strong opponent who can defeat him, but spends the majority of the series being disappointed. As both main characters are teachers, they also share a similar humor with their students and end up being thrown thick into the action of the series.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Sophisticated, suave, sublime, and perfect in every way – it’s Sakamoto. Even though it is only his first day in high school, every girl swoons for him, and every man wants to be him. However, some, even teachers, want to trip him up, but nothing works. While they can’t touch his perfection, they may be able to learn something from him.
I know, right? What does one have to do with the other? Well, Saitama is strong and can’t be beaten, but Sakamoto is so cool that he can’t be outdone. Essentially each main character is perfect in their fields, but wants someone to be on par with them.
Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?
Three extraordinary teenagers are blessed with psychic abilities, but are bored with their mundane lives. Unexpectedly, they are invited to go to a mysterious new place to participate in a high-stakes game using their abilities.
Bored kids looking for something interesting to do – that is the premise that these two series have in common. However, while Problem Children has some twists, the main characters in each series never forget their true purpose of helping people with their powers.
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