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1st ‘One-Punch Man’ Anime Season Gets Funimation Streaming

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Saitama looks like an average guy, but his problem is anything but average.
© ONE / Yusuke Murata / Shueisha / Hero Association Headquarters

The first season of One-Punch Man is getting a new lease on life when it comes to streaming as Viz Media has now brought the show to Funimation. Viz Media has had the show for several years now and has had it in a few locations but this marks the first time that it’s streaming on Funimation. It’s being made available in both subbed and dubbed forms and is available to viewers in the US and Canada where Viz Media holds the rights to it.

The anime adaptation was produced by Madhouse for the animation with Shingo Natsume set to direct based on the overall scripts by Tomohiro Suzuki. Chikashi Kubota is on board to handle the character designs for it. A second season is set to debut in 2019.

The cast for the TV series includes Makoto Furukawa on board to play Saitama, Kaito Ishikawa will be playing Genos, Yuuki Kaji as Speed of Sound Sonic, and Aoi Yuki as Tornado of Terror. The supporting cast includes Yūichi Nakamura as License-less Rider, Kazuhiro Yamaji as Silver Fang, Hiroki Yasumoto as King, Takahiro Sakurai as Zombieman, Katsuyuki Konishi as Tanktop Master, Saori Hayami as Blizzard of Hell, Mamori Miyano as Sweet Mask, Kenjiro Tsuda as Atomic Samurai, Minami Takayama as Child Emperor, Tesshô Genda as Metal Knight, Youji Ueda as Drive Knight, Daisuke Namikawa as Pig God, Satoshi Hino as Superalloy Blackluster, Yuji Ueda as Watchdog Man, Kousuke Toriumi as Flashy Flash, Wataru Hatano as Metal Bat and Masaya Onosaka as Puri-puri Prisoner.

The manga comes from ONE and Yusuke Murata, which began in 2012 in Tonari no Young Jump online after it was originally started back in 2009 by Murata online. The manga has seventeen volumes released so far in Japan. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America in both print and digital form.

Plot concept: In this new action-comedy, everything about a young man named Saitama screams “AVERAGE,” from his lifeless expression to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge!

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