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One-Punch Man and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse come together in a hilarious crossover

Published: 1/Apr/2019 18:11

by Alan Bernal

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a new standard of animation excellence since it was released and subsequently won Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, making this One-Punch Man crossover all the more fitting.

Crossover Animations

Among many aspects, One-Punch Man fans have loved the fluid animations in the anime that really bring the explosive action to life. But a new fan creation reenvisions Saitama in a larger than life body.

The latest web-slinging film featured a hulking Wilson ‘Kingpin’ Fisk with a disproportionate frame in relation to his head as well as limbs, so naturally artist ‘cminglap’ drew what the Caped Baldy would look like in the villain’s body.

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures AnimationThe latest film went all out with Kingpin’s design, giving him a larger-than-life form.

New Body, Same Saitama

As fans know, Saitama gained extraordinary strength by sticking to a strict workout which resulted in a lean body and bald head.

Cminglap’s creation, however, is more in tune with how the superhero would look after going more than a year of doing 100 daily push-ups, sit-ups, and squats with a 10 km daily run.

The crossover brings the best of both characters’ design since the artist stuck with Kingpins broad shoulders, stump legs and small head fit into a suit with Saitama’s shiny head peering just under his back.

The image is a bit jarring since Into the Spider-Verse gave Kingpin a towering, menacing body, which is definitely what the creators were going for. But most of that menace is drained away with Saitama’s head fixed in between the shoulders.

Though both Saitama and Kingpin are bald and have few distinct features on their faces, cminglap did an excellent job in capturing the hero’s expression and design, even adding a shimmering head for full effect.

Fans of the series will appreciate the single grocery bag the concept design features. One would assume that a hero with such an imposing body and rigorous workout schedule would need more than that for their daily intake but cminglap chose to display the concept with Saitama’s modest approach to stocking his kitchen.

The concept design comes at a great time since One-Punch Man is gearing up for its second season which will premiere on April 2 in Japan and April 9 on Hulu.

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Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
Wit Studio / Funimation
The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.