One-Punch Man episode 14 “Human Monster” recap: Heroes reveal new powers

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

The latest episode of One-Punch Man primarily focused on Garou The Monster asserting himself as the world’s greatest villain but it also showcased a number of heroes and their new abilities. Read on for more details.

Warning! Spoilers for the latest episodes of One-Punch Man follow. 

Before season two of One-Punch Man debuted on Hulu, fans were eagerly awaiting to see what Garou would have to offer. But after seeing him slay a mass of villains and heroes using little effort, we’re starting to grow concerned for our favorite heroes on the show.

Immediately following his display of brutality, Garou announced that he’d return to destroy the Hero Association in six months. That doesn’t give them very much time to prepare but it looks like the city’s top heroes have been practicing in their spare time—Saitama more than others. He’s obviously the strongest character on the anime and will be instrumental in defeating Garou. Although, Saitama won’t be able to do so with “one punch” like he’s done with every past opponent.

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The good news is that Saitama is training himself to learn new abilities. He copied Speed O’ Sound Sonic’s new technique midway into their confrontation on the street and then accidentally beat him with it.

What Saitama did was he simplified Sonic’s afterimage technique down to a usable skill. All it required was a series of side jumps at an extremely fast pace. Unfortunately for Sonic, Saitama’s move created shockwaves throughout the street, dropping the speed demon in a matter of seconds. This show of power proves Saitama can adapt to new opponents on the fly—and even defeat them without trying to.

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Apart from Saitama, Genos’ showcased some of his new abilities as well. He hasn’t made a big deal out of them but the upgrades he received from Dr. Kuseno have given him a huge advantage over his foes, evidenced by his fight with Sonic.

During their fight, Genos revealed that he can now accelerate his body up to speeds faster than Sonic. The speedster prides himself on being faster than everyone else but was surprised to learn Genos surpassed him. Their bout eventually comes to a deciding moment—but with the fallout endangering nearby residences—Saitama prevents his protégé from executing his ultimate attack.

While we don’t get to see Genos unleash this powerful burst of flames, it’s bound to be massive in size. His previous set of cybernetic enhancements already gave him immense abilities, one can only imagine the scale of destructive abilities now at Genos’ disposal.

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What’s important about Genos and Saitama developing these abilities is they’re going to have to throw everything they have at Garou when he comes calling. The self-proclaimed monster is like a force of nature and will be a tough foe to put away, perhaps even creating more of a threat than Boros did.

Do you think Saitama and Genos will be instrumental in bringing down Garou? Let us know in the comments section below.

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