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One Punch Man: Road to Hero

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: One Punch Man OVA, One Punch-Man OVA, One-Punch Man OVA
Japanese: ワンパンマン OVA「ロード・トゥ・ヒーロー」


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 4, 2015
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Web manga
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.831 (scored by 100,790 users)
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Ranked: #8582
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Popularity: #568
Members: 170,405
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Before Saitama became the man he is today, he trained and fought endlessly to become a hero. While every scuffle leaves his tracksuit uniform in tatters, he always has it mended for free thanks to his local tailor. One day, however, the tailor informs him that he must close up shop due to pressure from a local gang. Saitama decides to help him out—and gains something irreplaceable in the process.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


One Punch Man: Road to Hero is an anime-exclusive story written by original creator ONE and set before the events of the main story and was bundled with the tenth volume of One Punch-Man manga.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Furukawa, Makoto
Ishikawa, Kaito
Deliquent B
Hamazoe, Shinya
Mayama, Ako
Shady Goldfish
Shimoyama, Yoshimitsu
Deliquent A
Gotou, Hiroki


Yamaoka, Minoru
Episode Director
Suzuki, Tomohiro
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
JAM Project
Theme Song Performance

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"THE HERO !! ~Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~ (THE HERO !! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~)" by JAM Project

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"Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru (星より先に見つけてあげる)" by Hiroko Moriguchi

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Dec 5, 2015
Rikuson1 (All reviews)
One Punch Man: Road to Hero Review

Story (6/10) Fine
More Specifically (6.5/10)

The story for Road to Hero is simple and fine it's basically showing the struggles Saitama had to go through back when we assuming he's doing his Training through out the years he said he did to became the beast we all know him as and with the fact that he still has his hair this entire episode you can come to this conclusion fairly quickly. It also shows how he got his outfit and a couple of other interesting things.

Art and Animation (8/10) Very Good

The Art and Animation for this read more
Dec 6, 2015
nickwantadonut (All reviews)
"Road to Hero" depicts Saitama in, what I assume, is his very early tenure of being a part-time hero. The story takes place in Z-City, where a group of thugs calling themselves Niya Niya Loans are forcing local businesses to close their doors when they can no longer afford "insurance" that Niya is offering them. Saitama becomes involved whenever his tailor, located in the now nearly abandoned shopping district in Z-City, informs him of the situation.

This is a standalone arc that offers some brief insight into Saitama and his humble beginnings. There isn't nearly as much action in this OVA compared to the actual series, read more
Jan 8, 2016
OracionScruffy (All reviews)
This OVA Shouldn't exist. It's pointless and could've been summarised in 30 seconds in an episode of the anime.

The plot of the OVA is pointless, even the OVA itself says it's pointless.
It's basically 20 minutes of immense boredom, just so you can see the one thing that matters at the very end, which is Saitama getting his outfit. Which as I previously stated, could've been summarised within 30 seconds.

None of the characters are entertaining or memorable. The only good thing about this OVA is the animation. Which while it looks nice, it just isn't worth watching it for the animation alone. Especially when the anime read more
Mar 13, 2016
shehrozeameen (All reviews)
I fail to see why people will give One Punch Man's "Road to Hero" a low rating, but will have apprehensions with Sword Art Online, Attack on Titans, and Naruto - three shit anime in my honest opinion.

This is actually a really good episode: It gives a decent introduction to the origins of the suit which Saitama-san wears, and has fairly intriguing plot twists which are used to show that Saitama-san isn't just a simple run of the mill block of wood. In essence, this is an origin story which provides a certain perspective of Saitama-san and how he transformed into the hero he is read more


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