Something in OPM I want to bring up
First, Saitama and Genos, but mostly Saitama. They have the most adorable, funny, heartwarming relationship.
But let’s just go over a few points here:
- Saitama is light-years beyond what Genos will probably even hope to be. They both know this.
- Saitama’s ranked at the very bottom of the Hero Association as the lowest-ranking C-class, while Genos debuted as an S-class. This alone meant that the two were treated very differently by the Association, fellow registered heroes, and the general public.
- Saitama’s seen Genos get an instant fanclub, get welcomed by a fellow hero, and rack up a huge fan following within days of registering. What did Saitama get in the same amount of time? Three different people tried to basically haze him, he was mistaken for a villain, and the very people he saved ganged up on him and yelled at him.
What am I getting at here? Basically,
everything looks like a classic villain origin story for Saitama.
Between the lack of recognition, flat-out undeserved scorn and ridicule
he gets from almost everyone, and someone far less powerful than himself
getting far more praise and fanfare that he sees every day…he could
easily just end up resenting Genos and give up being a hero.
He’d get more recognition as a villain, because how do you ignore someone who could easily kick the crap out of even the top-ranking S-class heroes? How do you not fear and respect someone who can level a city, take on several of the best heroes and several monsters without breaking a sweat? If he wanted to, he could be an unstoppable supervillain. He could easily reduce Genos to scrap metal.
And it would all start with resenting Genos.
imagine that instead of secretly appreciating how much Genos adores
him, he just gets jealous that this little punk gets so much more
credit, all the fangirls, all this praise that he should be getting.
Imagine instead if the episode ended with Saitama killing Genos.
But here’s the catch: he doesn’t. He never even thinks of it.
Because you know what? He became a hero for fun, sure, but he’s still a hero at heart. He’s a good person not just because he can send villains flying with one punch, but because he looks out for people and cares about them. People hating on him after he saved their lives? Sure, he gets angry at that, but who wouldn’t? But that doesn’t change him for the worse.
Look at this:
Instead of being the person to drive him into jealousy, Genos is the person who motivates Saitama to keep on going.
It doesn’t matter that he has more fans - what matters to Saitama is that Genos will always be his biggest fan, because he knows what he’s really about.
So in that sense, Genos is important, but this episode (sad as it was) says a lot of Saitama’s character. Most heroes in his position would’ve gone to the dark side by this point. Not him.
tl;dr Saitama is the best hero.