This is just a honest review from a regular anime watcher so if your looking a detailed one its not the right place. To begin with if you're looking for action, like in the main story, it's not the right place to search. I agree That these special series are worth watching and are funny, but its definitely lacks the entertainment which the main story was packed with.
Would I recommend to watch it ? Definitely.
Will you have fun while watching it ? It depends on your expectations, but I'll say that it's worth spending your time.
OPM specials don't fall short on comedy compared to the main series. I dare to say the specials have even better comedy and humour than OPM itself.
In the specials we follow the people around Saitama. Genos, Sonic, Bang (later on the whole S class). As 6/6 episodes have aired, we have gotten some quality comedy with especially Genos. I loved episode 3's parody on Ginga Densetsu Weed (the huntsman and Akakabuto, the one-eyed king of the mountains).
As the specials main focus is more on comedy we only get to see the people around Saitama in all kinds of conflicts less than fighting monsters.
The animation quality is great and super as in the main series also.
I love how the people around Saitama always over-analyze things, especially Genos and Sonic. They are the best comedians of the show and bring so much to the series. Especially in last episode the whole (well, almost) S class was given screen time. Oh boy was that a treat!
As OPM had great, absolutely awesome music, the specials don't fall too short with it's catchy ending song. The OPM march song is super since it has the specials lyrics sung by, for example in ep 3, Sonic. We also get glimpses of other side characters who have yet to be on screen in the specials (Tornado & Mumen Rider[lol Mumen Rider only played part in the ending song but what evs]).
I thoroughly enjoy these specials. These are a great follow-up to the main series. These specials might yet to be the best ones I've seen so far.
The OPM specials are worth watching, don't let my low score fool you. I don't know if it's just a product of the sometimes awkwardly translated subs these are coming out with, but I found the humour overall in these to be a bit drab.
OPM specials feel like an episodic slice-of-life comedy. Let me clarify by saying that's about as far from my genre of choice as it gets, but I also feel it's far from the appeal of what OPM's mainline series was too.
While the art stays true to the original series, there's rarely a chance for Madhouse to really shiny when
there's little to no action in the specials at all, and when there is it's nothing nearly as bombastic as the mainline series. It's above average at best, unmemorable at worst. It does give you some interesting insight into the lives of all the main characters, and that's the main reason I find it worth watching.
If you're a fan of OPM because of its unique blend of comedy, action, interesting characters, and occasional tug at your heart strings, then the specials simply don't have every ingredient. It's cake without the icing, but at 12 minutes an episode it at least doesn't overstay its welcome.
These special episodes were quite interesting for not only focused on comedy (it's funny), and the comedy scenes, there is very interesting stories involved why are developing the characters, telling their past or simply focusing on a particular character.
These specials were well thought out as if they all were inserted in flashbacks or in the middle of anime could drop quality.
(Analysis ended here) There's not much to talk about since it is special episodes, I'm writing this just to fill out the question of writing a longer review. Soundtrack of this specials are so funny and relaxing, animation and very good fluidity as ever
The One Punch Man Specials are exactly what one expects, but doesn't always get from a series' extras. Each is an amusing side story not interesting or relevant enough for the main series. That might sound like an indictment, but the dozen One Punch Man episodes were of very high quality and heavily storyline-driven.
The specials aren't up to that level, but are they still exciting and funny? Damn straight they are!
Each episode focuses on a different character with the exception of the final one, which follows a gathering of the Hero Association and Kid Emperor's attempts to solve
a murder mystery. There aren't any big fights between two powerful combatants in these specials, but there is still plenty of fast-paced action. Impressively, the humor is as good as anything in the main series.
As an additional bonus, the ending theme is usually sung by the character the episode is focused on. Thus, the first episode's ending is a song by Saitama, the second by Genos, and the third by Sonic. Sadly, the lone exception is episode four, which focuses on Bang, but is a repeat of the first episode's theme. I guess the elderly voice actor didn't feel like singing against the aspiring pop stars and idols that make up One Punch Man's younger voice cast!
Some of the other elements of the main series are present here. The last episode's murder mystery is an excellent parody of Detective Conan. And there is even a poignancy to the story of Fubuki in episode 5, constantly overshadowed by her far more powerful older sister Tatsumaki.
Fans of One Punch Man will absolutely enjoy this bonus, which is ultimately the point.
The One Punch Man Specials embrace One Punch in a new light that made me feel more enjoyment in a smaller amount of time. How you ask?, lets find out!
(Shorter review for shorter series)
The snippets of the universe that we see in these vignettes are slightly better with plot in each than of the original. Between observing more in-depth studies of side characters, as well as accepting more comedy as a whole, the story of these short stories of the One Punch world come together to form something great. Including side tales of Sonic, Tornado, and even more of the top S-class, these nice
stories culminate into a neat, tight package for any fan.
A little smaller on the innovative side of the spectrum, The Specials don't include much of the manga influence- mostly caused by fewer action scenes- and stays with the refined cg. This does not hinder on the quality of the show at all, as we still enjoy the nice shots of these characters and the smooth feel of the animation.
Opting out of including the opener was an alright adjustment for these stories, and I got used to it fairly quickly. However this also means the show was lacking it's usual death metal/slayer music feel for more quiet somber melodramatic tones. The closer did improve though, and I enjoyed the "One Punch Marching Song" very highly.
Character: 8/very good
Some how with less time, these narrations gave me more about each side character than the original show had. I learned more about my favorites like Sonic and Genos slightly. I even grew warmer to Saitama with his little spar against Sliver Fang a.k.a Bang. We got more laughs out of them as well, and I enjoyed there charm even more. The only thing lacking was more time to elaborate on these changes!
These specials not only made me appreciate them over the original, but completed my love of the principal presentation. Without these leaflets, I may not have grown to love the anime's quirkiness as much as I do now. It was very entertaining and every fan should watch to gain more knowledge on the fantastic world are beloved heroes inhabit.
The OPM Specials, something that I greatly looked forward to after watching OPM, and they did not disappoint.
Story: The stories in these were interesting, I enjoyed the furthering of some of the heroes that we didn't spend much time with in the actual show. Some I felt start to drag and overstay their welcome (although that may have been for some in-show reasons ;p). Giving this an 8/10.
Art: I believe that art was of similar quality to that of the show's, giving it an 8/10.
Sound: I couldn't pick up too many faults with sound. 7/10.
Character: I enjoyed the furthered character development, and none of the
characters I cared about were missing. I also enjoyed seeing some sides of the characters that I liked in different settings. Glad there were no personality clashes that I could detect, 9/10.
Enjoyment: Averaging out all of my other scores, and giving an assessment of my enjoyment whilst watching, 8/10.
Overall: In total, I believe that these specials deserve an 8/10 rating, they weren't anything outstanding, but they were definitely good, and I enjoyed them.
A series of OVAs released with the OPM Blu-Rays/DVDs, these specials are light/short fun that OPM fans, both casual and hardcore, can enjoy thanks to consistent art/sound quality (like the 'Road to Hero' OVA) and engaging characters.
The stories aren't actually anything rather noteworthy - just side stories that take place in between or after certain episodes to showcase a character (such as Speed O' Sound Sonic or Genos). Nonetheless, they serve as nice little bites of character developments for the characters featured besides the two protagonists of OPM. I'd discuss each story, but I feel like that would be too much for such a
review, so I'll just say that they're each fun in their own way.
[Art - 8]
The art is up to par with the original series' artwork, and even manages to reach the epic heights of battle in one of the stories. I don't really have any complaints here honestly.
[Sound - 8]
The soundtrack here is composed of the softer pieces featured in the show, with the occasional hard/loud pieces appearing at the right times. What's most noteworthy, however, is the cute outro - it's the same song, but sung by a different character/seiyuu each time. Honestly loved it, so again - no complaints here.
[Character - 8]
The characters each showcased here are good choices, as they were interesting enough in the original show so that fans would naturally want to see more of them. My personal favourite character in this series is Sonic, as he shows considerable development here despite his typical antics in the main series. Not much to complain about besides a case of 'extensive cast', which is remedied by the overall situation.
[Enjoyment/Overall - 8]
While not /as/ developed as the main show, I still had a good time watching these specials. I definitely recommend it to any type of fan of OPM, as I'm sure you'll find a way to enjoy it.