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.
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
stand alone is very good it looks just as good as the other episodes. The isn't anything high budget related taking place in this episode and barely any fights are even seen so barely anything high maintenance on the animation side of things where shown in the episode but like I said it looks identical to the other 12 episodes when nothing super crazy is happening so that fine by me.
Sound (8/10) Very Good
Same thing with this section everything sound very good, Opening and Ending are present no really differences between this and the 12 episodes everything is very good here too.
Characters (8/10) Very Good
This episode revolves around Saitama mostly and secondly his friend who creates the icon One Punch Man outfit for him. His character is very good as we see his struggles of keeping his store afloat good character development for the old geezer as he *SPOILER* ends up giving in to his age and the times for retirement.
Enjoyment (7/10) Good
Obviously the highest enjoyments when it comes to the series One Punch Man are the over the top and hype moments the series brings to the table, after that enjoyment lays on to the comedy aspect and then the actual story. So since this is based on Saitama before he went bald all the hype hype moments are really present for the episode. As for comedy there are a few funny moments in the episode but nothing that made me laugh my ass off like the other episodes. And so we are down to story and learning about what Saitama had to go through to get to where he his as far as his outfit and where he's living is interesting and enjoying enough to an extent for one episode.
Overall (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.50/10)
This was a good episode you can definitely consider this a flashback episodes which now these days aren't really liked around here but it was good for what it was. Nothing too crazy and amazing but more on the funny/informational side of things when it came to One Punch man this is a good watch if you want to just know more about Saitama.
"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,
but the comedic moments are still present and the overall atmosphere of the One-Punch Man universe is well intact. I know that at the time of this writing the series hasn't concluded, so this should be a nice treat to hold you (me) over until the next episode airs.
*This review was removed since I forgot to add the spoilers introduction, I will now re post it, but view it at your own discretion since it contains key info for this OVA*
One Punch Man is an anime that took it's popularity rising like a storm, and many fans claim it's literally saving anime. Here we have an OVA which has all the essence of the main series.
This OVA contains Saitama telling a story to Genos about the origins of his superhero suit and how important it is to him.
At the start we can see Saitama, who still has hair in a jogging outfit defeating
an evildoer on the streets, but slightly ripping his pants during the act, thus requiring the help of a sewer to fix them! This is where all the OVA unfolds, the sewer is in a pinch due to requesting money from Niya Niya Loans, and they will take his shop, but Saitama decides to intervene or who else would fix his ripped clothes?
Saitama is given the directions of Niya Niya Loans hideout, which is actually his own condominium, he then knocks on different doors and floors to seek out the boss of Niya Niya Loans, but only to find more and more evildoers, that's why the rent of the place was so cheap. He then finally locates him, and the boss transforms into a type of sado-maso fish who gets promptly defeated after ripping slightly Saitama's clothes.
Saitama get's kicked out of the condominium for ruining the landlord income, but he gets the superhero suit we see him use in the main series.
All in all, this OVA was decent, it has literally everything the main series has, except for the one punch KO, I got to point out that I somewhat disliked the fact that the OP and ED from the main series was added into the OVA, for the simple reason that I believe it doesn't fit there, if you enjoyed the current on-going main series, you will enjoy this as well.
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
samurai custome is just one joke. The story is actually about going to beat up a bad guy who's an asshole because he's an asshole.
If that sounds like every other One Punch Man episode, that's because it is. The difference between this OVA and the series is that Saitama has no characters to interact with. The series' strength was that it gave the characters other traits than being powerful. Saitama is entertaining also because of his casual view of things, how he doesn't pretend to be anything else than a hobbyist.
Without Genos to play off from, he doesn't do much but beat up people. Our antagonist is as boring as they get. You think a series that wants to be wild and crazy would have interesting visual ideas. The antagonist is a dude with a fish-head and a BDSM outfit. This is less exciting than you think.
The world of fiction is full of quirky villains who end up more popular than the heroes. One Punch Man always failed in that department, and this OVA relies on the eventual conflict. Aside from seeing Saitama with hair and one punchline, this OVA has no reason to exist.
While we all eagerly wait for Season 2, here's a look back at the strongest characters of Season 1, and boy was this was a tough one...There was such close competition between all the different fighters! You'll never guess who ended up in the #1 spot.