One-Punch Man artist Yusuke Murata has directed and shared a new animated short featuring Saitama and his attempt to score meat at a discount.
A new Man with a fist animated short has made its way online.
The new animated short was directed and released by Yusuke Murata, artist of the Man with a fist manga. Murata posted the short film via his Twitter account to apologize for the recent delays in releasing the manga. A translated version of his tweet read: “Sorry for keeping you waiting… The latest One Punch Man story update has been delayed due to various circumstances. Please wait a little longer. Please watch these short animations that I made with my own hands. “
The new short film was produced by Murata’s team, Village Studio. It depicts Saitama casually defeating a monster to find out and advertise a 1 yen (about 1 cent USD) meat sale. Saitama then crosses town to get to the grocery store on time, but is held up by many obstacles and dangers. The silent short also features cameo appearances by some of the other characters in the series.
In addition to his work on Man with a fist, Murata is also known as the artist of popular football manga Eyeshield 21, which was written by Riichiro Inagaki. Murata has also worked on several occasions with the American comic book publisher Marvel and has previously been commissioned by the company to create variant covers for The Incredible Spider-Man, Spider island and Spider-Verse.
Man with a fist debuted in 2009 as a self-published webcomic by the artist known as One, who would also later create Mob Psycho 100. The series was remade into a printed manga in 2012 with Murata. The webcomic has now been viewed over 8 million times, while the manga remake has over 30 million copies in circulation. An animated adaptation of One’s work was released in 2015 and was produced by Death threat studio House of Fools. The series aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 2016 and received a second season in 2019. The series was also adapted into a video game which was released on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2020. Later that same year, Sony Pictures announced that it would be producing a live-action adaptation of the series which will be written by Jumanji: Welcome to the next level writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.
The series tells the story of Saitama, a bald superhero who has the ability to defeat any enemy with a single punch. Despite his incredible power, Saitama is given a lower rank by the Hero Association, a governing body that manages the world’s superheroes, due to his poor score on the organization’s written test.
The One-Punch Man anime is currently available to stream through Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. The manga is localized in English and distributed internationally by VIZ Media.
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