“One Punch Man 2” came to disappoint during episode 10 by presenting a dense and at times unnecessary narrative. This cast doubt on a season finale that looked not too good. Fortunately, the incredible recovery of previous chapter has been added a spectacular closure through episode 12 to remind us that, despite everything, this is still one of the best pure action anime that we can find on the market.
As always, the chapters can be easily divided by characters, and this time we will open the season with the great surprise of this second season: Garo. The ‘Human Monster’, so far, has managed to come out ‘unscathed’ from all the situations it has faced, going through an unbalanced battle against Watchdog Man to another in numerical inferiority and conditions before a group of class heroes A -and some of B-. This time, however, the situation is quickly closing in terms of departures for Garo, and his end seems to be closer than ever.
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One Punch Man Season 2 Episode 12 Plot:
It didn’t take long for us to drink from this perspective at the start of the episode with what would be the constant throughout its entirety: a bacchanal of hits, effects and high-level animation. On this occasion, however, it is Silver Fang who puts the magic, and it is that the difference in experience between master and apprentice is resolved as one of the enormous dimensions. To this, also, we must add the presence of his brother Bomb, and together they leave us with a perfect demonstration of the martial arts that Saitama had been looking for to get rid of boredom.
During this short period between blows received by Garo, the entirety of his story is revealed to us, which confirms the grey outline that draws the character. Even though society already values him as a monster, and that he declares that he wants to be the most feared of all, the reality is that Garo’s goal was initially only one: to eliminate the barriers between good and evil that both had harassed him small. Who represents the good? The one recognized by society even though their acts may be cruel? And the evil? Does it correspond only to the one who does evil deeds? Or is it an excuse sometimes to target the weakest?
OPM Episode 2×12 Spoilers:
In the middle of the debate, however, we cannot forget the figure of Genos, who has his own goal to pursue. While Garo’s path forces him to go through the stretch of force to prove his point, in the case of Genos, force itself is the point to prove. With Garo’s ‘flight’ at the hands of the Monster Association – who seem to have plans for him – the figure of the Elder Centipede suddenly appears, one of the greatest strongholds of the forces of evil that have been handpicked due to the configuration of S-class heroes who were taking on Garo.
This fact, that of having studied the heroes and consequently selected the Elder Centipede as the appropriate candidate to eliminate them, only continues to show the reflection of the equivalence of one Association and another. Also, it is inevitable to appreciate the relationship with the mentioned point of Garo, and that is that if the concepts of good and evil are left aside, sometimes the actions of both sides are nothing more than reflections on a different side of the coin -especially if we take into account the little seriousness that the organization of the Association of Heroes represents.
Returning to the plane that corresponds to us, Genos decides that it is time to prove to himself that he can fight monsters as fearsome as the Elder Cymppee or others of a similar category. In this intention – after the incredible combined attack of Silver Fang and Bomb – Genos sports an impressive display of skills and, above all, willpower. Indeed, together with Garo, we can consider Genos the two great faces of “One Punch Man 2“, because leaving aside certain exceptions such as the Silver fang mentioned above, these two have been in charge of raising the level of the action one and the other once during the season.
Thus, even though Genos puts all his heart and determination in the goal he seeks so much, the stark reality is that he is unable to measure up to the Elder Centipede. It is at this point that the figure of Saitama shines like few times this season, as a stress-laden punch leaves us with an impressive disintegration effect whereby the enemy is already unable to use his exceptional regenerative abilities. Consequently, it is shown that the Monster Association calculations, which seemed correct and with the Centipede close to eliminating some of the most famous heroes, have not been able to take into account the Saitama factor, a value that no study is capable of pick up.
Thus, “One Punch Man 2” manages to end its broadcast on an upward note that in these last two episodes has managed to erase practically all memory of the irregularity that has marked these previous weeks. We will see, then, how in the return of the anime -something not yet specified- both Genos and Garo arrive, which seem to be touching a small fraction of their power yet -especially the latter. Similarly, we will see if the third season keeps the JC Staff team or if on the contrary, a change of the license is made again.
Where to watch One Punch Man S2 Episode 12?
Release Date OPM Season 2 Episode 20
One Punch Man 2, chapter 12, is titled “The Wiping of the Disciple’s Butt.” It will be out on 2 July 2019.