VIZ Media Announces the Premiere of the One-Punch Man Simulcast
Presented with English subtitles on the same day as its Japanese network broadcast premiere, Episode 1 introduces an action-packed story about an average-guy-turned-superhero who packs a knockout punch. New episodes of the series will debut each Sunday. One-Punch Man will be available to U.S. audiences on-demand on VIZ.com and Hulu.
One-Punch Man is based on the bestselling manga series created by writer ONE and artist Yusuke Murata. The anime series was animated by the Japanese studio, Madhouse, and helmed by anime director, Shingo Natsume, and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota.
In One-Punch Man, Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special” training, though, he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch, and it turns out that being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. With his passion for being a hero lost along with his hair, yet still faced with new enemies every day, how much longer can he keep it going?
“One-Punch Man is one of the most highly anticipated anime shows of 2015 and we are very excited to add the hard hitting new action adventure to our roster and launch the series to domestic as well as international fans on the same day as broadcast premiere in Japan,” says Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President Animation. “The bestselling manga series has established a fervent and fast growing fan base for One-Punch Man and we look forward to awareness spreading to legions of new fans with the launch of the anime series. Catch the butt-kicking first episode this weekend!”
Manga creator ONE began One-Punch Man as a web comic, which quickly went viral and garnered over 10 million hits. Japanese manga publisher Shueisha eventually secured the publishing rights to the series which has sold more than 4.5 million copies to-date.