One Punch Man goes on hiatus to 'redo the chapters'

One Punch Man goes on hiatus to 'redo the chapters'

In a statement shared through the Tonari no Young Jump service, artist Yusuke Murata reported that the "One Punch Man" manga will be put on hold due to the last eight chapters of the work being redone. Consequently, chapters 240 to 247 are no longer available for reading on the official platform, as Murata is remaking them. What changes will be included in this new edition?

The statement wrote:

  • Thank you so much for your love for the version of One Punch Man in the Tonari no Young Jump! Regarding the new chapter, we apologize for the inconvenience, but I would like to take a break to do a review of the chapters starting with chapter 240. From chapter 240 onwards, previously posted on this site, they are now temporarily removed until corrections are available. What will change after these changes? I hope you enjoy making some comparisons in the future. We are working very hard for this process, so please look forward to it.
One Punch Man goes on hiatus to 'redo the chapters'

ONE began publishing "One Punch Man" independently in 2009, and Yusuke Murata subsequently began publishing it as a manga on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump service in June 2012. The play inspired a twelve-episode anime adaptation produced by Madhouse Studios and released in Fall-2015 (October-December), followed by a twelve-episode second season produced by J.C.STAFF studios and premiered in Spring-2019 (April-June), plus a third season in production.

And of course, the announcement of this suspension did not go unnoticed:

  • "The fight between the ninjas was indisputably better in the webmanga version, so I understand why Murata wasn't satisfied."
  • "Imagine having to redo entire plot points twice, when you literally already have the source ONE material to draw on. Honestly, it doesn't look good to have such a messy work plan, especially when you're adapting something."
  • "At this point I have no idea what's true, but I've heard that the ONE is responsible for the story, so any changes Murata makes, or rather suggests, must have been discussed with ONE and approved by him."
  • "I don't know how this is getting downvotes, it's factually correct. I love this guy's art and his commitment to executing whatever vision he has. But he's a perfect example of the phrase 'it's faster to take your time to do it the right way once, rather than quickly do it twice.'"
  • "So to frequently go back and sometimes completely change the direction of the narrative as if you were forcibly using an undo button is just bad. I think it's fair to say that, regardless of who is responsible for that problem. It's a unique privilege that Murata has and one that is widely abused. No one else could even dream of going back months of work and delaying progress as often as he did. Imagine if that happened with a show, it would be seen as tedious and wasteful. Even if the final product justifies it as being good, it's a weird and bad precedent to set rather than getting it right the first time."
  • "If this were any other manga, except maybe Oda, they'd be eaten alive for doing something like this. Can you imagine what would be put together if Hiro Mashima or Nakaba said "I don't like the beginning of this arc, forget about the last 4 months of chapters, I'm going to start over"?"
  • "It's pretty clear that ONE doesn't want an exact copy of the webcomic, so he's changing things up now that he gets the chance."
  • "As a reminder, ch. 240 is when Saitama, Flashy Flash, and Manako/Oculette went to the Hero Association to visit Blast. Which means everything after that, including the Flash and Sonic reunion, will be redone."
  • "I'm not surprised. Honestly, the overall pacing and narrative cohesion of the story has sucked since the second half of the Monster Association arc. I wish they had stuck more to the story with minor additions like Mob Psycho 100, or even the original webcomic."
  • "I don't even remember which chapters are real or remade. What does the Emperor Child's mech look like? Did that monster lady die or not? Who knows!"
  • "I don't know which canon is destroyed the most. The one with Genos or the story of One Punch Man."
  • "And now I have one more reason to believe that One and Murata aren't planning anything at all and don't seem to know where the fuck they want to take the story. I know they've given up on the idea of faithfully following the webcomic right now, but really? Abandon a perfectly good, ready-made story so you don't know where to go? Isn't that a bit pathetic?"
  • "Both the art and the story weren't really the best, redrawing both the art and the story seems to be the norm for One Punch Man now, in fact I wonder if ONE and Murara really know where the fuck the story is going because at this point it doesn't seem like they're planning anything in advance."
  • "I understand why Murata may feel like he has to redo the chapters, but this makes it very difficult to feel involved in anything that gets published. How can I get excited about what's happening each week if there's a chance Murata will go back and change it completely? Part of the fun of serialized fiction is the ups and downs of following a weekly series and seeing how the author adapts over time."
  • "It's also annoying because Murata should be working from a roadmap. We know webcomics are good. The series will be good if it just adapts the webcomic. Instead, it goes for weird tangents that end up requiring these redrawings to fix problems."
  • "In the end, the comic is published in print. He does his job so that the end result is that paying customers receive the best story possible. The story basically goes through stages. The webcomic is the script, the manga is published bi-weekly, and occasionally redrawn. This allows the story to be really refined, well thought out, coherent and profitable."
  • "This manga is way ahead of the others. The fortnightly calendar is better for the author, because the weekly calendar is tortuous. It's better for the reader, because it's usually weekly or monthly and monthly mangas suck. Plus, the story is already well done when it's printed on paper and sold. For fans who don't spend money on supporting the artist, the writer, and the studio.... You have to put up with it, brother."
  • "Fantastic. I love it when my stories go on pause so that the author can go back and change things that have already been done (and most of the time the changes are small, meaningless), and that already have a base argument to follow anyway. I love it."

Source: Reddit