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 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
has better animation in general.
Here's a quick summary:
A man wants Saitama's help so he doesn't have to close his shop.
He closes the shop anyway. (Which makes most of the OVA literally pointless)
He makes a suit of Saitama.
There, now you don't need to waste your time on this terrible OVA.
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
today, concluding with the present with him and Genos sitting and eating.
While admittedly there isn't much action in this particular episode, that is made up with decent humor. I found it to be strongly fandom related, and in that sense my review may turn out to be biased. In my defense, SAO, AoT, and Naruto have biased reviews and have an equally shitty and narrow minded fanboy base, so I'm entitled to my opinion much the same way they are titled to their crappy choice of anime.
The story, art, and sound certainly fitted the characteristic aspects of the One Punch Man anime series, which is why this particular episode is more of an additional episode to be seen alongside the original anime series rather than as a beginning episode. That is why I give it a high rating - and hence give this recommendation: Watch this episode after you have finished the anime series. Its a decent padding and background story for Saitama-san.
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.