One-Punch Man Season 2 premiere: Genos’ upgrades and Dr. Kuseno hides something

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Photo: One-Punch Man. Courtesy VIZ Media /
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The One-Punch Man Season 2 Premiere was jam-packed with exciting moments but one character stood out more than others: Genos. Find out more in our recap of Season 2, Episode 1 below.

In case you missed it, the Season 2 premiere of One-Punch Man was uploaded to Hulu this past Tuesday. The hit anime series had been on hiatus for some time but will now be available on Hulu’s streaming service. Each episode is scheduled to air on Tuesdays, assuming the anime will air on a weekly basis.

Scheduling aside, the One-Punch Man premiere is what has us intrigued. The episode touched on a number of subplots and expanded on a few of the characters introduced in the series’ freshman season. Though, one character stood out more than others: Genos.

Warning! Spoilers for One-Punch Man Season 2 follow. You’ve been warned.

Genos didn’t say much of interest throughout the first half of the episode, but when it came time for him to speak with Dr. Kuseno about more upgrades to his cybernetic body, he says some concerning things.

First off, Genos speaks sternly of upgrading his body with everything possible-he even pulls parts off a robot he defeated earlier in the episode-requesting that Kuseno transplant those foreign parts onto his body. He does so without regard for what these artificial parts may do to him but his goal of finding the cyborg who murdered his family has blinded Genos.

Photo: One-Punch Man. Courtesy VIZ Media
Photo: One-Punch Man. Courtesy VIZ Media /

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Secondly, Genos’ response to Dr. Kuseno is puzzling. Kuseno advises his protege not to confront the individual responsible for his family’s death and Genos agrees. What’s weird is that Dr. Kuseno appeared to press the situation more than necessary.

Genos obviously has his reasons for wanting to find the murderer so confrontation should be a no-brainer, especially when Genos is equipped with some state-of-the-art hardware. He showcased a few of his new abilities in episode thirteen which tell us that he’s ready.

Kuseno objecting has us curious because he’s never requested anything of Genos in the past. The doctor is clearly uncomfortable with Genos partnering with Saitama but hasn’t stopped his disciple from seeking Saitama out.

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Photo: One-Punch Man. Courtesy VIZ Media
Photo: One-Punch Man. Courtesy VIZ Media /

Because of that, commanding Genos to stay away from the cyborg he’s searching for is suspicious. So much so that we’re starting to think that Dr. Kuseno is hiding something. Could he be responsible for creating the villain Genos’ is searching for?

While Dr. Kuseno’s past as a scientist is somewhat vague, Genos probably isn’t the first cyborg he’s worked on. And with the level of expertise that he’s shown by upgrading Genos’ body, it seems like Kuseno has had quite a bit of practice. The question is: on who?

In our opinion, Dr. Kuseno likely performed similar experiments on another human but one who turned out to be a cold-blooded killer. That would explain how he became so skilled at performing cybernetic surgeries and why he doesn’t want Genos to confront the cyborg who murdered his family. He can’t risk being obliterated by his subject so Kuseno must do everything he can to prevent the truth from coming out. Of course, the truth is bound to be revealed at some point.

Do you think Dr. Kuseno is hiding something from Genos? Let us know in the comments section below.

One-Punch Man Season 2 is currently streaming on Hulu. Episodes are uploaded every Tuesday. For more on One-Punch Man, follow us on the Hulu Watcher Twitter Account @HuluWatcherFS or on the Hulu Watcher Facebook Page.