“Saitameow and Genyos have their grocery run interrupted by a persistent Speed-of-Pounce Sonic! It’s time to welcome One Punch Cat to the Katsu Cats universe!”
For those of you who are wondering who the heck these characters are, it is safe to say you have been living under a rock and have been missing one of the best superhero animations on television today.
Pause the SCIFI.radio player before watching. You’ll find it at the upper left of the screen, or at the bottom if you’re on a mobile device.
This beautiful homage — yes, I am going to call it an homage — a work of love based on another character who is technically a parody of the superhero genre, Saitama, is a well-structured, tactically-brilliant, depiction of the fantastic anime called One Punch Man.
One Punch Man is an manga/anime of the strongest superhero in the world, a world filled with metahuman potential so great, the government pays individuals to use their powers to protect society. However, Saitama, who is the strongest hero in the world, bar none, is unfortunately a person of both low self-esteem and low charisma.
Worse, he is hampered by his incredible powers which appear to have no physical limits because he also has no imagination. He is the metaphorical superman without significant morality, conscience or intellectual capacity.
The series, while it is named after his annoying propensity for destroying his opponents with a single punch, makes a great deal of the other superheroes in the world, who are far more interesting because they are forced to contend with threats greater than themselves, while we watch helplessly as Saitama shops for lunch, or plays video games, or is in one way or another unaware of the world-shattering threats around him.
We even begin to feel something for him because we recognize his frustration with having a capacity for greatness he cannot seem to use, and is never recognized for his work. Ironically, he finds himself in the role of a mentor teaching the incredible Genos, a cyborg whose power is never in doubt, but who always finds himself in over his head. After taking one such terrible beating he apprentices himself to Saitama hoping to learn the secrets of Saitama’s power – secrets Saitama does not have an answer to. Thus he accepts Genos as a student, because Genos can help him pay for his groceries and provides him company as the two of them navigate the Hero Association which currently ranks Genos as one of the most powerful heroes on Earth and Saitama as one of the least.
Why is this my Video of the Day? Because it replaces everyone in the series with animals and parodizes the hell out of this particular work, yet shows such love of the action scenes, recreating them with style and highlighting one of the things which makes One Punch Man so good to watch.
I don’t know the animator but I am now subscribing to his feed to get more of “Saitameow” and “Genyos” as the two of them kick ass, take names and make really bad animal puns.
Yes, this works better if you know the One Punch Man stories, but you can enjoy this just for the mastery of the animation presented in this series.
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