Where to start with this episode of One-Punch Man. Again the blend of comedy and action is to perfection. The episode, “Unparalleled Peril” is the first of a multi-part arc. It starts with the awakening of another great threat, the Ancient King of the Terror Lizard Clan. This monster resembles a certain “King of Monsters” and is a great homage to him. This time around the very bratty Terrible Tornado is sent in to handle it, but right as she enters the fight she gets a phone call to come back. This doesn’t stop her from having a few choice words with the Ancient King which is some fantastic banter between to extremely different beings of size.
This fight is only the first five minutes of the episode, the next part is spent with top Class S heroes being rounded up for a very important emergency meeting. Saitama and Genos are at Silverfang’s dojo where he has asked them to come for some training. It is here that a Hero Association messenger finds them and requests that the Class S heroes come to headquarters for the meeting. Genos asks Saitama to come along to the meeting in case they will need his help and so they head to the Hero Association headquarters.
Gathered at the headquarters are some of the most powerful heroes, the top 17 Class S heroes, that includes Puri-Puri Prisoner, Metal Bat, Tank-Top Master, Flashy Flash, Watchdog Man, Superalloy Blackluster, Pig God, Drive Knight, Zombieman, King, Child Emperor, Atomic Samurai and Terrible Tornado, along with Genos, Saitama and Silverfang. Absent from the meeting are the heroes known as Metal Knight and Blast. You really have to love the character naming on this show. It is so fitting to comic book style names. Like how some creators (*cough*Rob Liefeld*cough*) used to do it by putting two columns of “cool words” and combining them into character names, e.g. Deadpool, Youngblood, etc. But unlike those names which were actually trying to be cool, these are not to be taken serious at all.
Anyways, at this meeting we learn about the great seer, Madame Shibabawa. This person has supposedly predicted catastrophic events with a 100% accuracy, but couldn’t predict her own death, which is quite comical. Before she died she predicted that something very bad is going to happen to Earth in the next six months. This is when the heroes are asked to be on alert and ready for anything. But when Saitama interjects that even though it is a six months timeframe, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen tomorrow, or even today.
It is at this time that explosions occur outside the headquarters and we introduced to yet another monster clan with the Sky King and his followers. Comically though they are removed in an instance and the true threat is revealed. An invading alien force that is considered a “God Level” threat. This force immediately takes out City A leaving nothing but destruction below.
Now the heroes enter the fight.
Apprentice to Atomic Samurai, Iairon, is the first to encounter the invaders, but soon the others arrive. As the Class S heroes show up to fight the invaders, they quickly decide they can’t be much help from the ground as the spaceship hovers above, but they don’t realize (other than Genos) that Saitama has already boarded the ship and is fighting his way to the command center.
This is where the episode ends and will continue with next week’s. Unfortunately there are just two episodes left of the first season of One-Punch Man. It is not known of this story arc will carry through to the end or if the last episode of the season will be a standalone one.
Overall this episode of One-Punch Man was a lot of fun. As I mentioned earlier, it has the right blend of comedy and action to go with it. I found myself laughing quite a bit and can’t wait to see how this plays out.