When One created One Punch Man as an online manga in 2009, he didn’t know that it would eventually become one of the most popular anime shows on Netflix. The series follows the story of Saitama, a hero from the metropolis of City-Z that performs heroic acts for fun.
Saitama trained himself to have the strongest punch on the planet, and he can easily defeat any opponent with a single punch. He becomes bored and depressed by his immense power, and he decides to seek a greater challenge. The series follows Saitama’s quest for a challenge as he encounters various superheroes, villains, monsters, and he becomes a mentor to cyborg, Genos.
One created the original online manga to portray a different side of the superhero story. He wanted to portray a superhero with immense power but beset with normal problems such as lack of money. The narrative appealed to audiences all around the world, and One Punch Man became a hit even before One finished creating the fifth chapter.
The anime adaptation of the manga was directed by Madhouse and written by Tomohiro Suzuki. The first season aired in Japan between 5th October and 21st December 2015. It streamed on Niconico, Hulu, Daisuki, and Neon Alley.
Season 1 of the series arrived on Netflix in the USA and Canada in March 2017. The 1st season was available for UK viewers on Netflix in April 2018. The series was a huge hit on Netflix to the point that the streaming service accepted to pay for a license renewal to keep the series on the platform.
Will One Punch Man Season 2 come to Netflix?
Viz Media released season 2 of One Punch Man on 9th April 2019 on Hulu. The series is available for Japanese viewers on Crunchyroll. However, it’s uncertain when the English dub will be available on Netflix.
Viz Media has exclusive rights to all One Punch Man content. It is for them to decide whether they will license Netflix to stream the 2nd series.
Given the popularity of the anime series, the 2nd season will likely come to Netflix eventually. However, it might take some time before that happens. It took two years for the first season to appear on Netflix for US and Canada viewers. UK viewers had to wait three years to watch Saitama on Netflix.
At the moment, only season 1 is available on Netflix. Hopefully, Netflix and Viz media will conclude a deal to have the 2nd season on Netflix.
Similar Shows on Netflix
These are shows that are on Netflix at this current time that are available to watch. These shows share similarities, in terms of it’s general interest from the mass audience, and that they were based of Manga:
- Death Note
- Attack on Titan
- The Dangerous Life of Saiki K
- Soul Eater
- Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood