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#1 Oct 19 2015 at 7:15 AM Rating: Good
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Just watched the first three episodes of the new anime adaptation of the popular web comic One Punch Man. I've got to say it's really... something. I have nothing to compare it with. It's just really typical hero cliche stuff mixed with a kind of crass, deadpan sense of humor. The whole time I'm thinking "this is completely stupid, but for some reason I'm enjoying it immensely and might even re-watch it a few dozen times." That's the point though. It is completely aware of how stupid it is, and uses that somehow. The intro song makes me immediately think of Jack Black and Tenacious D:



The protagonist reminds me of this guy I play D&D with every Friday. Just some really regular guy who's a hero for the **** of it, but it's like he trained so hard to be said hero that he somehow broke reality into putting him a couple of WoW expansions ahead of the rest of the world, allowing him to one-punch kill anything. Conventional knowledge might suggest this kind of story is self-defeating and pointless. You know he's always going to win, and it's always going to be one punch. It's very good at setting up all these ridiculous over the top monsters like they're all his kid brothers half his height threatening to beat him up for making them mad. Like "oh get ready for this world shattering attack that melts mountains and **** I've been saving it as a last resort" kind of thing and Saitama will just stand there with a blank look on his face like "ok." In the second episode they add an android side kick that works in parallel to Saitama's overpoweredness who tends to fight tooth and nail while Saitama sits back and watches as if it's saying "this is what it'd be like if it were any other anime/hero story what with all the melodrama and close fights and such." It raises some interesting thoughts that I can't quite put into words. Something along the lines of why I hate using cheats or easy mode in games because it takes all the fun out of it-- that's Saitama's problem with life. He became too strong, too fast and now there is no challenge. It's like when you grind levels too much in an RPG and now all those really cool bosses literally die in one hit, but it's more than that... it's...
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#2 Oct 19 2015 at 7:58 AM Rating: Good
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I've been reading the (redrawn) manga for a while, and my favorite part is the contrast in art styles. Everything is drawn with painstaking detail, and then there's Saitama who is basically two steps removed from a stick figure. I watched the first two episodes, and maybe it's my affinity towards capes and parodies in general but I'm enjoying the hell out of it. The fight between Genos and Mosquito Lady was exceptionally great. Well animated fight, lots of action, standard back-and-forth between the two and then here comes Saitama who just backhands her into a smear on the wall like it was nothing. Smiley: laugh
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#3 Oct 19 2015 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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Can't wait till "The Alien Overlord whose name escapes me" arrives. I want to see if they put the same effort into drawing the ship's interior as they did in the manga.
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#4 Oct 19 2015 at 3:21 PM Rating: Good
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Everything is drawn with painstaking detail, and then there's Saitama who is basically two steps removed from a stick figure. [/spoiler]


Yes yes and yes! And that right there is like the defining element for the whole manga/anime. It's like whoever made this stuff up is a genius.
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#5 Oct 19 2015 at 10:24 PM Rating: Good
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Actual manga pages.

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It's enjoyable. I stopped reading during the fight with the space dude, partly due to running out of chapters and partly because he didn't finish him in one punch. The draw for me was how does an author make a narrative traditionally focused on conflict entertaining with the conflict deterministically and instantly decided. When the fight isn't entirely one sided, I feel like there goes the unique aspect of the story.
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I felt it was a good representation of the "Goku Effective", when Saitama has started to unconsciously attract enemies that will start to pose a challenge to him.
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#7 Nov 30 2015 at 3:51 AM Rating: Good
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Yesterday's episode was pretty amazing. It's not often I watch things more than once. I saw it three times.
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#8 Feb 07 2016 at 4:06 AM Rating: Good
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Been reading a lot of threads elsewhere on the internet about people trying Saitama's strength training routine...

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100 push up
100 sit ups
100 squats
10 km
everyday no break for 3 years


I'm really tempted to try it for fun (and because I really badly need to get into better shape) but I already know it will be a death sentence for me after only about two days.

The "100 reps of each" part actually makes it sound really easy(and something even I can do), but the 10k run on top of that and the fact that it must be done every day for three years without a day off is what makes it pretty heinous. Most people seem to think it is very doable, just not for people who aren't already in really good shape.
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#9 Feb 07 2016 at 9:51 AM Rating: Good
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The "100 reps of each" part actually makes it sound really easy(and something even I can do), but the 10k run on top of that and the fact that it must be done every day for three years without a day off is what makes it pretty heinous. Most people seem to think it is very doable, just not for people who aren't already in really good shape.


Start off easier. Obviously going from nothing to everything is not going to work.

A coworker of mine runs every morning, rain, snow, shine, doesn't matter. Except for Thursdays (apparently that's his rest day). And he does something like 5 miles. When he first told me, I assumed he was running something like a few blocks, or a mile at most.

Seems like doing it when you wake up may be easier than doing it when you've already started your day and are doing things. Run in the morning, shower, get to work or what ever it is you do all day, then after work hit the gym for your 100 reps.

Doable, obviously will take some discipline and dedication. And you shouldn't expect to jump into the routine right away. Ease into it, by factors of ten (nice round number). 10/10/10/1 for a week or two until your body got used to doing something after nothing, then 20/20/20/2, etc.

You would definitely see results well before the 3 years. You'd probably see and feel results within the first month. And once you get results it makes it easier to keep going. And before you know it, a year would already have passed.

Edited, Feb 7th 2016 10:53am by TirithRR
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#10 Feb 07 2016 at 2:52 PM Rating: Good
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All I did today and yesterday was run. About half the distance, and I already feel results. I guess the main reason I'm doing it is for my anxiety, which in recent years has been completely off the charts. I can barely hold a cup of coffee without splashing it everywhere. Today is already so much better. I am planning on easing into all of it though, and possibly far beyond.
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#11 Feb 08 2016 at 8:26 AM Rating: Good
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Seven days a week? No, you want a day off to rest or you'll end up hurting yourself. Pretty much everything Tirith said, but add a lot of water and ibuprofen to help with aches pains and swelling. Routine is important, so whatever you choose make sure you keep at it.
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#12 Feb 08 2016 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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Seven days a week? No, you want a day off to rest or you'll end up hurting yourself. Pretty much everything Tirith said, but add a lot of water and ibuprofen to help with aches pains and swelling. Routine is important, so whatever you choose make sure you keep at it.

The lack of rest is how you achieve Nirvana like Saitama, though.
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But you also become a bored stick figure.
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But you also become a bored stick figure.

And go bald. On the other hand, you become the only being potentially capable of being able to defeat people like Ichigo Kurosaki, whose power is to be as powerful as the plot demands.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Seven days a week? No, you want a day off to rest or you'll end up hurting yourself. Pretty much everything Tirith said, but add a lot of water and ibuprofen to help with aches pains and swelling. Routine is important, so whatever you choose make sure you keep at it.


I'm enjoying the pain and swelling though. I must be one of those whatayacall 'ems. Masochists.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Seven days a week? No, you want a day off to rest or you'll end up hurting yourself. Pretty much everything Tirith said, but add a lot of water and ibuprofen to help with aches pains and swelling. Routine is important, so whatever you choose make sure you keep at it.


This. A thousand times this. You'll burn out and/or hurt yourself. What you do when you work out is basically cause minor harm to your body's muscles, and allow it to repair a bit stronger. Key phrase being "allow it to repair". The best approaches are generally to alternate exercise types, and targets, so you're continually making gains, but not overly working any one part of your body or set of muscles.

My workout routine runs 6 days a week, taking one day off (Sunday, as it happens). I do this all in the morning prior to showering. I do stretches first. Lounges, squats, toe touches, etc. Nothing too heavy. Basically, get the kinks out of the body before doing anything that might pull something. Then I do pushups, situps, various leg lifts, and plank type exercise. I don't do tons of reps on each (typically 20 reps only), but do like 10 different types of exercises. Total time for these two phases is typically 20-25 minutes, depending on how much I dawdle.

The last part I alternate over the 6 days between cardio and light weights. I run on an elliptical (which is plenty of leg strength and cardio, but without the impact of actually running on a street) on three days, and do a light weight workout on the other three (three sets of three different motions, 20 reps on each single arm, and 30 when using both). Total time on this is maybe 20 minutes as well. You might think that's somewhat short on the cardio, but the key point to realize is that what's important for cardio is to get your body into a high energy state. You only need to spend enough time to get your heart pumping, lungs breathing, sweat flowing, etc. Once in that state, your body goes into fat burning mode, and will continue in that mode for an hour or more after you stop. You can do more if you want, and you'll burn more calories doing so, but if you're like me and use a machine, you have to remember that the calorie count on the machine is just telling you what you burned directly via the exercise. You'll continue to burn more after you stop, even just walking around and cooling off. So there's a bang for the buck issue (and frankly, how much time you want to spend each morning doing this).

I'm not going to be Arnie bulked doing this, nor prepped for running a marathon or anything, but it does keep me fit, has kept the spare tire at bay (and I almost kinda sorta have a bit of a six pack), and my overall health has improved massively. I just don't get sick very often (I think like maybe one actual cold in the last 3 years, versus getting one or two bad colds every year prior to starting this routine). I have much more energy during the day doing this. Which seems counter intuitive, but is absolutely true. I follow this up with a medium sized breakfast and I'm good for the day. I have no clue if I've lost weight doing this and frankly don't care (I don't even own a scale). It's not about weight, it's about health. And the key to that is just doing it and sticking to it. Trying to do too much, just like trying to lose weight by crash dieting, will most likely result in your giving up before you can see any real, much less long term, benefits.
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