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One Punch Man is awesome! Suggest me similar animes please

I should start by saying that I, generally, hate animes. However, for some reason, One Punch Man (OPM) is fucking awesome! I like everything about it. I find myself laughing while watching it, Saitama is hilarious.

Can you suggest me animes similar to OPM, or animes that you think I would enjoy watching?

21 comments

  1. [4]
    cfabbro (edited ) Link
    I suppose it really depends on what you mean by "similar". OPM is pretty dang unique in it being equal parts satire+parody+homage to your typical battle shōnen, but if you take away that part,...

    I suppose it really depends on what you mean by "similar". OPM is pretty dang unique in it being equal parts satire+parody+homage to your typical battle shōnen, but if you take away that part, pretty much any battle shōnen could probably be considered pretty similar... which is a lot of anime for you to choose from.

    My Hero Academia is often mentioned in the same breath as OPM, and is similarly superhero focused, so it might be a good place to start. Mob Psycho 100 isn't really "similar" to OPM but it was also created by ONE (creator of OPM). Naruto & Naruto: Shippuden might be something you would enjoy, since it has some similar-ish humour and epic battles, though the filler episodes can sometimes be painful. Avatar: The Last Airbender, while not technically an anime, might also be up your alley too.

    p.s. This topic from last month might also have some good suggestions for you too since it's filled with classics, although the OP there was looking for slightly more mature stuff, so your mileage may vary:
    https://tildes.net/~anime/bku/i_loved_saint_seiya_as_a_kid_what_should_i_watch_now

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      user2 Link Parent
      Thank you! I'll check these out.

      Thank you! I'll check these out.

      4 votes
      1. cfabbro Link Parent
        No problem. And if I could make another recommendation, it would be don't be afraid to drop a show after a few episodes if you aren't enjoying it. The great thing about anime is there is such a...

        No problem. And if I could make another recommendation, it would be don't be afraid to drop a show after a few episodes if you aren't enjoying it. The great thing about anime is there is such a massive amount and variety to choose from, so there is no point turning yourself off of the medium by forcing yourself to watch something that isn't to your taste. ;)

        4 votes
  2. [4]
    oryx Link
    You might enjoy FLCL.

    You might enjoy FLCL.

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      jenz Link Parent
      And FLCL is?

      And FLCL is?

      1 vote
      1. apoctr Link Parent
        If you google it, that's the name of the series in full: FLCL.

        If you google it, that's the name of the series in full: FLCL.

        1 vote
      2. oryx Link Parent
        That's the name. Sorry, I know it's not really clear, but it doesn't stand for anything.

        That's the name. Sorry, I know it's not really clear, but it doesn't stand for anything.

        1 vote
  3. guts Link
    Mob Psycho 100, from the same creator of One Punch Man.

    Mob Psycho 100, from the same creator of One Punch Man.

    8 votes
  4. [2]
    Hidegger Link
    Check out Konosuba it'll give you some laughs.

    Check out Konosuba it'll give you some laughs.

    6 votes
    1. SunSpotter Link Parent
      Seconding Konosuba. It has the same the same 'serious world, silly encounters' thing going for it, and likes to make fun of its own genre in a self-aware fashion, similar to OPM. Honestly I myself...

      Seconding Konosuba. It has the same the same 'serious world, silly encounters' thing going for it, and likes to make fun of its own genre in a self-aware fashion, similar to OPM.

      Honestly I myself would love to know of more shows that fall into this category.

      2 votes
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    Atvelonis Link
    I'm in a similar boat as you as far as anime is concerned; in my case I think I just don't enjoy Japanese humor, and I find their weird over-sexualization of female characters extremely...

    I'm in a similar boat as you as far as anime is concerned; in my case I think I just don't enjoy Japanese humor, and I find their weird over-sexualization of female characters extremely off-putting. Not that this doesn't happen in Western media, but it's often a focal point of many scenes in bad anime; a combination of incel-level pandering and comic relief in place of character development that ultimately comes across as extremely boring when done repetitiously. In the shows that I deign to watch (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Steins;Gate, etc.) it's generally not as much of an issue, but you still get hints of it with contextually inappropriate camera angles and other such things occasionally.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
      I suppose it depends on what exactly you mean by "over-sexualization" and "incel-level pandering"... but honestly, most of your complaints sound aimed specifically at shōnen... which are designed...

      I suppose it depends on what exactly you mean by "over-sexualization" and "incel-level pandering"... but honestly, most of your complaints sound aimed specifically at shōnen... which are designed to appeal to teenage boys, and so often mirror their level of maturity, i.e. focusing on melodrama, using juvenile humour as a crutch and objectifying women. However, there is a whole world of much more mature and deadly serious anime out there that doesn't do any of that, and has actual character development, more subtle and dry humour, and explores complex existential themes.

      p.s. If you're particularly sensitive to those issues you listed (which is not a bad thing or all that uncommon, BTW), then I would highly recommend checking out animefeminist's reviews; They do a remarkably good job of pointing out any potential issues like that.

      2 votes
      1. Atvelonis Link Parent
        Thank you for the suggestion! I'll have to check them out.

        Thank you for the suggestion! I'll have to check them out.

        1 vote
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    knocklessmonster Link
    I'm not big on anime, most of what I watch is recommended by a couple friends who go "you'll dig this!" and I try it. If you haven't watched it yet, give Dragonball a shot. If you watch anime at...

    I'm not big on anime, most of what I watch is recommended by a couple friends who go "you'll dig this!" and I try it.

    If you haven't watched it yet, give Dragonball a shot. If you watch anime at all, or even if you don't, it's a rite of passage. It gets a little fillery, but even with big fights taking three episodes or more, they do good job with pacing and humor, especially with regards to the vulnerabilities of its largely super-human characters, and the animation is great, especially in later seasons (it's only four seasons, but like 160 episodes, you don't have to do it all at once, lol).

    Also, My Hero Academia, which comes up a lot, is great. If you like One Punch Man, you'll definitely like it, but the inverse isn't necessarily true. More of a peak behind superheros than directly lampooning them, and it explores what it is to be a hear in a similar way to OPM, but in different directions.

    2 votes
    1. Atvelonis Link Parent
      I think this depends on specifically why one would like One Punch Man. The main reason I enjoy it is because it makes fun of common superhero tropes in anime and comics; it's a comedic critique of...

      I think this depends on specifically why one would like One Punch Man. The main reason I enjoy it is because it makes fun of common superhero tropes in anime and comics; it's a comedic critique of what I consider to be an incredibly stupid genre (I struggle to find an appropriate adjective; they often just take themselves too seriously for their subject matter). I found that My Hero Academia had its moments—I like the entire idea behind All Might's weakness very humanizing, and more than appropriate—but, as with many other shows, it suffers from an awful case of "people literally do not talk to each other like this" syndrome. Character archetypes are obviously going to be exaggerated in any work, but the dynamic between the main figures in the show always felt off to me. I think this is related to my inability to watch most television, but others might feel similarly as well.

      5 votes
    2. babypuncher Link Parent
      Understatement of the century right there

      It gets a little fillery

      Understatement of the century right there

      3 votes
    3. [2]
      user2 Link Parent
      I have already watched Dragonball. I liked it, but it was not "wow, this is awesome". I watched 2 or 3 episodes of My Hero Academia after /u/cfabbro suggested and I didn't like it. Thanks for the...

      I have already watched Dragonball. I liked it, but it was not "wow, this is awesome".

      I watched 2 or 3 episodes of My Hero Academia after /u/cfabbro suggested and I didn't like it. Thanks for the suggestions though!

      1 vote
      1. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
        Heh, to be perfectly honest, I don't like My Hero Academia either... but I only mentioned it because it's very commonly recommended when new people express interest in anime and say they enjoyed...

        Heh, to be perfectly honest, I don't like My Hero Academia either... but I only mentioned it because it's very commonly recommended when new people express interest in anime and say they enjoyed OPM or Attack on Titan. ;) I prefer significantly more mature anime that explores existential themes, E.g. Ghost in the Shell / GITS: Stand Alone Complex

        1 vote
  7. Apos (edited ) Link
    Do you like OPM because it's funny? Or because he is the most overpowered character ever? I can recommend animes base on the two, or either of them. Edit: Here are some suggestions anyway: The...

    Do you like OPM because it's funny? Or because he is the most overpowered character ever? I can recommend animes base on the two, or either of them.

    Edit: Here are some suggestions anyway:

    Hope I didn't swarm you too much. :D

    2 votes
  8. zigzagzig Link
    Zombieland Saga is a very hilarious anime from this year. Only 8-10 episodes. Episode 4 and 5 were possibly the funniest episodes of any anime I've ever seen. Give it a shot :) Don't want to spoil...

    Zombieland Saga is a very hilarious anime from this year. Only 8-10 episodes. Episode 4 and 5 were possibly the funniest episodes of any anime I've ever seen. Give it a shot :) Don't want to spoil anything about it.