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I consider myself a fan of Japanese animation and the latest popular anime that I am into is called One Punch Man. It is about a man’s quest to become a hero for “fun”. His name is Saitama  He is a hero in his spare time and he turns out to be the strongest hero in the world. So much so that he becomes bored of being a hero. There is a lack luster of the fun that he initially searched for because he is too strong. He defeats almost all the enemies that he has faced in ONE punch. He has such an aloof personality and he is easy going. He barely cares about anything except his dinner and his has such a calm personality while all the other heroes around him are vibrant and prepared for any kind of issues.

Saitama is a bald ordinary looking man with a thin, but well-built physique and of average height and weight. He claims to have lost all of his hair suddenly and prematurely as a result of the toll taken on his body by his intense hero training.

Saitama is usually deliberately drawn in a simpler style than all the other characters, with an elliptical shaped head and only a simple mouth and eyes. When drawn in a more serious style with more detail.

He gained the attention of the public and got a follower, Genos, who is constantly reaching to become stronger and to be better. he follows Saitama’s every word even when Saitama tells him to “get lost”. Genos becomes Saitama’s apprentice and he asks Saitama “How did you get this strong” and the secret comes out. Saitama tells him “100 PUSH-UPS, 100 SIT-UPS, 100 SQUATS, 10 KM RUNNING” and said that he does it everyday.

I think that it is really impressive how the show goes against the grain in a kind of way. The strongest able body human in the show is drawn as a skinny bald man who is more comical and not as serious. He wants to do it for fun. The idea that people’s bodies are different and after all these exercise methods that he has done his body is still slim and slender. The show also show interesting views public opinion of bodies and praises all types of bodies. I was impressed with that alternative form of body representation in media.

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