Chapter #166 of OnePunch Man was full of surprises and exciting developments but it also trolled fans and readers of the webcomic in a great way. Chapter #166 of OnePunch Man was full of surprises and exciting developments but it also trolled fans and readers of the webcomic in a great way. Those familiar with the plot of the current Human Monster Saga were expecting a brutal showdown between the Hero Hunter Garou and the SClass heroes of the Hero Association and instead they got something completely different and unexpected.
The digital manga version of OnePunch Man is a remake of Ones original webcomic with art provided by Yusuke Murata. Until now the story remained mostly the same with minor adjustments and some new plot threads introduced. This is why fans who are already familiar with the webcomic were expecting one of their favorite moments the battle between Garou and the SClass heroes. This was a major turning point in the webcomic. Garou got to express all his hatred against what heroes represent by taking on their strongest members and showing how futile their efforts were. It also motivated Saitama to intervene and defeat Garou. However the manga took a completely different approach.
Chapter #165 ended on a cliffhanger showing Garou about to face the assembled SClass heroes after blasting Saitama away. However in chapter #166 the heroes who were already grievously wounded after a long and gruesome battle against the Monster Association simply collapsed due to the amount of poisonous radiation emitted by Garous body. This is when something unexpected happened and SClass rank 1 hero Blast appeared and fully showed his powers for the first time in the webcomic and the manga both. After a brief battle between Blas and Garou things got even more heated up as Garou killed Genos Saitamas best friend and selfproclaimed disciple only to provoke the bald hero into getting serious and showing his full strength.
The OnePunch Man manga managed to be hugely successful despite the fact that many readers already know where the story is going. Starting with chapter 164 however the digital manga totally stepped away from the webcomics story and it was the best thing that could ever happen to the series. While the fight between Garou and the SClass heroes was an epic moment in the webcomic it would have made little sense now. In the new story Garou received a huge upgrade from the mysterious villain God which makes him the strongest enemy to appear in the series perhaps even as strong as Saitama. One of the main reasons behind Garous original battle with the SClass heroes was to give Saitama a reason to fight him but the manga did something way better with the death of Genos.
One and Yusuke Murata decided to play a little trick on readers of the webcomic teasing a battle that did not actually happen and then giving them something much better instead. It is clear that OnePunch Man has stepped away from its origins and the manga has now its own unique story that is getting more exciting with each new chapter. Any disappointment fans may have felt for not seeing the battle between Garou and the SClass heroes surely melted away after reading chapter #166 of OnePunch Man perhaps the best in the series history.