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When One Punch Man artist Yusuke Murata draws fighting game characters...

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 17, 2022 at 10:26 a.m. PST • Comments: 21

One Punch Man is a relatively new manga, but shortly after its debut in 2009 it boomed in popularity and became one of the most recognizable mangas of modern times. Of course, a huge part of One Punch Man's success comes directly from its illustrator, Yusuke Murata, who has a special appreciation for fighting games if his Twitter posts are any indication.

Murata has a ton of beautiful content on his social media, but we were able to find a handful of nods to characters from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Marvel vs. Capcom, and even caught a particularly intriguing buff Beerus Dragon Ball FighterZ doodle.

You may or may not know that the One Punch Man series actually has a fighting game under its belt as One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows actually came out back in 2020. This title doesn't seem to have gotten a ton of attention, but it does look to allow fans of OPM to experience what pitting some of the manga's most prominent characters against one another feels like.

Of the images in the gallery we have here today, two stand out with a ton more general appreciation than the others: the ones featuring Marvel characters. Spider-Man and Iron Man are two of the hottest figures in all of the MCU right now, and both have popped up as regulars across the Marvel vs. Capcom fighting games.

We won't pretend that the MvC franchise was the most likely inspiration for Murata to draw these particular pieces, but hot damn are said pieces well made. That said, we might have to give the title of "our favorite of the bunch" to that Darkstalkers collection where most all of the franchise's characters are represented.

Also, Buff Beerus is simple, yet surprisingly effective. Please check out our selection via the gallery below and then share your thoughts and your favorites in the comments when you're done.

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