Were it not for the protagonist, Saitama, the One-Punch Man series would probably not be such a major hit. And while Saitama is certainly a gag character, he is nevertheless powerful enough for us to consider him an important factor and actually discuss him and his powers/abilities. Better known as the superhero One-Punch Man, Saitama, bored with his life, decided to become the strongest person in the whole world, and currently, it seems that he is exactly that. Saitama seems invincible, and the theory that he is invincible certainly has some merit. But how fast is Saitama, actually? We know that his strength seems to be limitless, but what about his speed? This article will provide you with an answer to that question.
The exact numbers related to Saitama’s speed are unknown, but it is known that he is incredibly fast, certainly among the fastest characters in the series, if not the fastest. He was able to complete a 1.5-kilometer dash in a second, and he was able to keep up with Garou, whose speed was able to create a structure out of light in mere 0.0013 seconds (1.3 milliseconds). He also managed to travel Io in a matter of moments.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we will tell you about Saitama’s powers and abilities in more detail, focusing primarily on his speed and his speed-related techniques and feats. We will give you a complete list of Saitama’s speed-related powers and elaborate on what the limits of these powers and abilities are if there are any. This article might contain spoilers if you know nothing about One-Punch Man, so we advise you to be careful how you approach it if you don’t want to ruin the experience for yourselves.
Saitama is incredibly fast, but the exact numbers have never been revealed
Saitama is an inactive young person who’s lost interest in life and frequently fights mysterious beings to become a powerful hero. His main attack is the famous “One Punch,” a simple punch that can defeat very powerful enemies like the King of the Seas, Ashura Rhino, the King of the Underworld, a gigantic meteorite, and many more.
His exceptional abilities made him into a gag character, but despite that, he has become very famous even outside his own universe and is an often-discussed character in the otaku community, as it is always fun to compare his skills and abilities with those of other characters. But this article is going to focus on his speed, so let us first tell you what we know about his speed.
Thanks to the enormous strength possessed in the legs, Saitama is actually enormously fast, much faster than he looks. A ninja-like Thundering Sonic looks slow next to him. He can complete a 1,500-meter course instantly; even Genos’ computerized targeting systems have a hard time tracking him. He can use his speed to run vertically along a building to save a piece of salmon he intended to eat for lunch. Even Boros in Meteoric Boost is slower than him.
His basic speed is already sufficient to avoid the saber attacks of the famous ninja Flashy Flash. Saitama can take all kinds of impacts or flames without taking a single bruise. When Genos created a huge explosion by his Incineration to kill Mousmétique’s mosquitoes, Saitama stood beside him completely unscathed and unperturbed despite the heat of the flames. Another more numerical aspect is related to one of his fights, where even the manga confirmed that he was incredibly fast.
Namely, when Saitama engaged the evolved, monstrous form of Garou, the hero was able to follow him easily and without almost any effort, proving his superiority in this fight, all of that despite the fact that the Hero Hunter was previously able to produce a giant structure made purely out of light alongside Platinum Sperm in just 0.0013 seconds (1.3 milliseconds) using nothing more than his amazing speed. And Saitama was not only able to match that, he was able to surpass it.
The guy has jumped from the Earth to the Moon in mere seconds and was also able to travel Io in a very short period of time, and the moon in question is bigger than Earth’s Moon, so you can get an idea of just how fast he is. His speed has often been compared to that of light, but it is highly possible that Saitama is faster than light.
His speed is so enormous that it has given him some additional abilities, aside from the logical increase in his reflexes and agility. His supernatural agility and dexterity are so high that it is basically impossible to hit him, i.e., it requires an equally supernaturally gifted individual to surpass these abilities of his and to actually land a blow on him, as Saitama will probably evade you before you even launch an attack on him. He is just that fast.
Also, his speed is such that it allows him to walk on water. We know that walking on water is only possible by interfering with the surface of the water, which is something that certain insects can do, or by walking on water so fast that the liquid surface simulates a solid one; this is what basilisks are able to do.
In Saitama’s case, his speed actually allows him to move so fast that the liquid surface of the water he is walking on becomes like solid matter to him, and he is, ultimately, able to walk on water effortlessly, which is yet another demonstration of his superior speed.
Another effect of his speed is his ability to produce afterimages. When Sonic’s fight with Genos nearly destroyed his apartment, he becomes annoyed and uses a “serious” move against Sonic, creating, also by Sonic infinite afterimages by doing serious side-flips.
This is a technique that has often been seen in manga and anime (just remember old Dragon Ball episodes or some episodes of Naruto and Bleach), but Saitama has taken it to a completely different level, as he is so fast that his afterimages are exceptionally realistic, which is, as the ability to walk on water, yet another demonstration of Saitama’s superior speed.
After saying all of this, we can really just say that when it comes to Saitama’s speed, it is actually unquantifiable because whenever an enemy demonstrates superior capabilities, in terms of speed, compared to all the previously appeared enemies, Saitama succeeds without any effort.
He is nearly as fast as light, as we’ve said, leaping from the Moon to Earth in seconds. Having such speed, he must also have the reflexes to control it. This was seen when he managed to bite into the blade of Sonic’s sword, which he attacked without any warning. Still, ironically, he can’t swat a mosquito, which simply reflects the fact that he is a gimmick character. And there you have it; with this, we can actually conclude the story of Saitama’s speed.
We have told you about his abilities when speed is concerned, and we hope that we’ve helped you understand that his speed cannot be quantified, especially in light of his basically infinite growth potential, which means that he’ll probably become even faster in the future.
Sure, you can make some basic calculations, but a lot of them would be incorrect, as they either don’t take the basic laws of physics into account or they disregard the toon physics that we’ve seen in One-Punch Man, so we hope you understand the whole situation now that we’ve properly explained it to you.