OnePunch Mans Garou finally surpassed the protagonist Saitama and his new powers are the perfect evolution of his character based on his past.
The protagonist of OnePunch Man Saitama has finally been surpassed by one of his opponents the Hero Hunter Garou. After his transformation into a halfmonster and a further power boost granted by the mysterious villain God Garou now holds a power that is much more spectacular than Saitamas and he achieved that in his own stubborn way.
Garou has been depicted over the course of the story as Saitamas opposite in many ways. While Saitama is calm and emotionless Garou is hotheaded and passionate about his goals. Saitamas strength means he has no real challenges in life while Garou has gotten stronger by surviving countless neardeath encounters. Garou believes that heroes are actually the enemies of justice while Saitama became a hero for hobby but deep inside he arbors a strong sense of justice. The clash between the two has been built up for years in the manga written by One and drawn by Yusuke Murata and when it finally happens it seems that this will be just another annoyance for Saitama but things turn out differently.
Garou breaks his limiter and halftransforms into a monster which gives him incredible power but not enough to put a scratch on Saitama. However in the moment of Garous defeat God reaches out to him and offers the strength he craved if he uses it to punish the fist that rebelled against God which hints at a connection between Saitama and the mysterious being.
Garou appears to accept Gods temptation but in truth he refuses and manages to gain his new incredible powers without becoming a puppet of the villain as it has happened to other characters in the past. Garou now has an understanding of the flow and essence of every energy in the universe which allows him to control and unleash the power of a nuclear explosion or of a gamma burst. Garous new abilities are potentially limitless making him one with the universe itself. Garou is even able to copy Saitamas own power making the two at least equally matched.
However what is most amazing is that Garou does not simply accept Gods deal. When the creature appears to Garou wearing his beloved master Bangs appearance the Hero Hunter doesnt fall for the trick. His pride as a martial artist will not allow him to win borrowing someones else strength but Garou still touches Gods hand so he gets his powers anyway. Garous stubbornness and strong personality however allow him to escape Gods control at least for now. This outcome is perfectly in line with the character who has followed his own path until now despite how difficult and dangerous it could get.
Garous new powers are actually the perfected form of Bangs martial arts teachings To feel the flow of energy and become one with that flow. However whats most important is that Garou is able to not turn into Gods puppet which is a testament to his own strength. Still God does say that Garou is now his avatar meaning that the Hero Hunter could still fall under the villains influence. This should make Garou more powerful than Saitama but the bald hero is set to make a comeback soon and when that happens their fight will get settled for good giving OnePunch Man fans the answer they want.