Salaryman Masculinity in One-Punch Man‘s Kynical Narrative
This article examines the world of One-Punch Man, a popular manga and anime series by ONE and Murata Yusuke. It focuses on the friction between the role of the individual superhero versus the system that values their efforts. I argue that One-Punch Man evaluates its heroes based upon their productivity. Thus, One-Punch Man’s heroes fall prey to a broader ideology of “Japan, Inc.” In One-Punch Man, this ideology shapes its heroes into workers rather than agents. More specifically, One-Punch Man envisions its heroes through the lens of salaryman masculinity.