Bandai-Namco catapulted One-Punch Man back into the mind of many with the release of the trailer for Season 2. Airing in April of 2019, One-Punch Man will be the second series by creator ONE to receive a sequel in the year alongside Mob-Psycho 100. With the production being handed over to studio J.C. Staff with director Chikara Sakurai (Magimoji Rurumo), will the second season live up to the legacy set by the first?
Quite honestly this trailer doesn’t look promising in the slightest. Consisting mostly of still shots and character info of the main cast for the upcoming season, it doesn’t really do much to excite us. This comes of as considerably dull when compared to its counterpart in Mob Psycho 100’s new trailer, which blew fans out of the water and set the bar high for its second season. The contrast between these two trailers reinforced suspicions that One-Punch Man probably won’t be living up to what we have come to expect out of ONE adaptations.
The concern among fans originates from the changing in hands from studio Madhouse and director Shingo Natsume to J.C.Staff and Chikara Sakurai. The biggest cause of One-Punch Man’s success as an adaptation was perhaps to the incredible work of Natsume and the countless of talented freelancers he had access to through prior works on productions such as Space Dandy. It was through the passionate work of that team that really brought the beloved manga and web novel to life on screen. However due to it changing hands to what seems to be a rather mediocre team, fans are concerned that they won’t be seeing anywhere near the same standard of animation and direction coming out of the series they love.
That being said w really hope things end up taking a turn for the better, regardless of how unlikely that may seem at this point. If you would like to look more into the second season of One-Punch Man yourself, feel free to visit the official website.