One Punch Man: Road to Hero
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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, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ComedyComedy, ParodyParody, Super PowerSuper Power, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.771 (scored by 118327118,327 users)
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Ranked: #9042
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Popularity: #587
Members: 203,923
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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
Dec 6, 2015
iAmSayo (All reviews)
*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 read more
Apr 18, 2020
YoungVagabond (All reviews)
While nothing special nor relevant to the overall series plot, "Road to Hero" is a fun one-off story.

Featuring the same OP and ED as the first season of the show, the OVA follows Saitama in his early days, before he became the One Punch Man and went bald. Framed around his money troubles and ending with him receiving the iconic yellow jumpsuit, Saitama confronts several silly villains throughout. However, there is a scarcity of action, and the OVA relies primarily on its humor. This is a contrast to the regular series, where the mix of fights and laughs is far more balanced. Here, if read more

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moodie - Dec 4, 2015
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Mar 24, 5:21 PM
Should I watch this when I haven't started reading the manga?
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Dec 6, 2015 12:51 PM

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