Even after a decade since it premiered, One Punch Man is as fresh and appealing as it was in 2012. The ultimate Shonen parody manga that has been successfully rendered into a monumental anime with the same name is about to get its newest chapter: One Punch Man Chapter 171. Fans around the world have been anxiously waiting for the release of the new chapter, but in a recent update, the mangaka, Murata, confirmed that the manga is on a month-long hiatus.
The exact reason for this break has not been confirmed, though sources suggest that there could be issues while fleshing out the story and the character arcs, while others speculate that it could be because of distribution rights after the announcement of the One Punch Man Season 3 earlier that day. While this transition is going on, let us fill you in on what has happened so far in the world where Heroes and colossal monsters clash daily. A spoiler alert for chapter 170 has been given, so strap in, and let’s get right into it!
The Story So Far
After an epic showdown that transcended all the fight sequences so far, Garo was defeated with the combined efforts of the heroes at HQ. The faceoff happened in the 169th and 170th chapters of the manga, and Saitama is shown to possess time-traveling abilities. After the confrontation, Genos, who was badly wounded, was given a core from another timeline, confirming that Caped Baldy indeed time traveled. However, none of the other heroes (including Saitama, of course) seem to comprehend what he had accomplished.
Whilst standing in the aftermath of the carnage that happened in chapter 170, Amai Mask shows all intentions to end Garo for good, but thankfully, Tareo came to Garo’s rescue. The Hero Hunter later fled the scene, disgraced. Chapter 170 dropped worldwide on 18th August, and early sources suggest that Garo would be returning in the upcoming installment of the ongoing manga, in chapter 171.
The manga was first released in June 2012 and, since its inception, has received a massive cult following. The series has been praised for its outstanding storylines and originality while not compromising on the character arcs or coherency. Unsurprisingly, it is also one of the bestselling manga series of all time and has been adapted into two seasons already.
Though Season 2 of One Punch Man received mediocre reviews, Season 01 was critically acclaimed. One Punch Man Season 3 was confirmed on 18th August 2022, prompting a renewed interest in the series. However, no details regarding the cast, crew, or studio undertaking the production have been released yet. The expected release date of the One Punch Man Season 3 is Summer 2024.
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One Punch Man Chapter 171 Release Date
Shortly after the announcement of One Punch Man Season 3, the mangaka of the renowned series Murata said that he would be taking a month-long break. That means the ongoing chapter 171 would be put on hold, and the release date would be pushed back. Murata had earlier taken to Twitter with an ambiguous message saying that there would be “a big announcement to make!” Though there hasn’t been an update as to when chapter 171 would be released, all sources seem to point out that it’d be around late September or early October. Die-hard fans of the One Punch Man took to social platforms like Reddit and Instagram to share their views, with most people coming out in support of the artist who deserves a break.
How To Watch One Punch Man
Ever since its inception, the series has got excellent responses worldwide, with season one of the show praised for its animation style, uniqueness, humor, and well-developed characters. The anime is certainly one of the best to come out in recent years and has a collective fandom of more than 30 million worldwide. The entire One Punch Man series is available for streaming on Netflix. The manga can equally be accessed on VIZ.
If you’ve finished an anime series and would like to catch up on One Punch Man, now would be a perfect time; not only has the manga been pushed to October, but with the announcement of One Punch Man Season 3, the internet would be filling with memes of this popular show again. Besides, with such unique source material, this quirky show is absolutely worth your time.