One Punch Man: Road to Hero

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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
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Themes: ParodyParody, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.701 (scored by 185386185,386 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11972
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Popularity: #735
Members: 322,770
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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.

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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



Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


Dec 5, 2015
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
Dec 26, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Hard to review specials or OVAs if you ask me.
Story: 6
Road to Hero is basically a one episode OVA about a single event that happened before Saitama became the One Punch Man that he is in the original series. It contains a couple references and details that will fit in with the main story, but otherwise it's just another filler chapter that doesn't really have a particular impact or reason to exist. Just the story behind Saitama and how he got his suit.

Art: 9
Sound: 9
Same as the main show. No changes to art style, sound, or music. Even has the same opening and ending! Rated ...
Dec 26, 2015

We get to see Saitama with hair. The second best thing about this OVA. There's also a great punchline that reminds you of the series' highlights. Other than that, this OVA is closer to the worst episodes of One Punch Man

We don't have people running around, screaming and flexing their muscles. Praising a show for a lack of things doesn't get you anywhere though. That's like praising a show for not having plot holes, or for not being racist.

The story is pointless. We learn how Saitama gets his suit, and there's no satirical bite to how ridiculous heroes customes are. Saitama being appalled at a ...

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