Garou, the Hero Hunter and the martial art prodigy has one of the best character arcs in the story.
Garou ended up turning into a monster through the process of “Monsterization” and by breaking his “Limiter.” However, he reverted back to being a human after losing to Saitama in a battle with his awakened form.
Keep reading to find out more about what actually happened.
1. How did Garou Turn into a Monster?
Garou ended up turning into a monster by the process of “monsterization,” a term used in the OPM world to refer to a situation where a human transforms into something that they obsesses over.
Like Crablante, who became a crab monster after gorging on crabs and obsessing over them.
In Garou’s case, ever since he was a child, he was obsessed with the bad guys and all the monsters for which he was bullied.
It happens after Tareo (the boy he saves again and again) gets Kidnapped by Royal Ripper and Bug God to the Monsters HQ.
At the Monsters HQ, Garou defeated Royal Ripper and other monsters he devoured. Though he devoured these monsters and the monster cells, Garou’s body had already been undergoing the monsterization process, accelerating it further.
In addition to the process of monsterization, after fighting with Overgrown Rover and Orochi, Garou kept getting stronger and broke his limiter.
Let me break it down for you if you’re wondering what a limiter is. It was a term coined by Dr Genus; it basically means a barrier to physical growth.
Once they break that barrier after fighting in countless near-death experiences, they break their limiters and lose their minds like monsters.
Monsterization, coupled with Garou smashing his limiter, turned him into a real monster.
I like how they added Tareo in the story, as it makes you question how bad the Hero Hunter is.
This sort of complexity gives depth to the character; it forces us to delve into Garou’s past and understand why he turned out the way he did.
2. How did Garou Revert back to a human?
I. Quick Answer
In short, Garou was reverted back into a human being by Saitama. Saitama had to travel back in time and launch a mighty Punch right into Garou to bring him back to his senses.
II. Long Answer
Here’s the Longer answer and recollection of the epic battle between Garou and Saitama.
In chapter 164 of the manga, we see Garou doing everything in his power to defeat our B-class hero, Saitama.
It’s not that Garou wasn’t strong enough in his monster form, it’s just that Saitama is way stronger, unfathomably stronger, to say the least.
Garou attacked Saitama with such force that the tectonic plates literally shifted, and people thought that a natural disaster like an earthquake was taking place.
All these efforts were futile against Saitama, and then when Garou finally succumbed, God appeared in a physical form rather than cubes, as he usually does, and bestowed Garou with some immense powers.
Turns out, even this “God” is Saitama’s opponent, as he refers to him as “The Fist That Turned Against God.”
Garou entered the “Cosmic Fear Mode,” in which Garou gained knowledge of the cosmos and the flow of energy.
He developed a new fighting style and used the “All Life Eradication Fist.” It was so powerful that it felt like Nuclear Fission.
They were fighting at such speed that they appeared like flashes for the other Heros watching the battle of the cosmos.
Even after this, Saitama, being the bald hero we all love, was more concerned about his outfit. He never fails to crack me up.
Garou hadn’t given up; he boasted about a secret martial art technique known as “Shakkei,” where the martial artist imitates the movement of living things and ultimately borrows its powers.
Garou called these “modes” to sound cooler and demonstrated by going into “Mode: Saitama,” where his blank visage turned into Saitama’s face, and he used Saitama’s Consecutive Normal Punches move on Saitama.
Saitama used his own Consecutive Normal Punches move on Garou. It’s like two cats fighting, and they both landed in the ocean.
Finally, Garou delivered the final blow: the Gamma Ray Burst with Satitama flying off somewhere.
Garou got ahead of himself and pondered if he had become the “Absolute Evil.” With this, he took on S-Class heroes like Child Emperor, Blast, etc.
He then killed Genos to lure Saitama out, and boy, was he right. Saitama was furious with Garou and launched a Serious Punch, and to keep up, Garou mimicked him with the mode: Saitama.
Before their epic punches could collide, blast formed a portal to save Earth from its destruction. Both of them end up landing on Lo, one of Jupiter’s moons. They have another battle here.
Finally, Saitama delivered the finishing blow and punched Garou in the face, which shattered Garou’s mode: Saitama.
After accepting defeat and realizing that Garou had accidentally killed Tareo, he asks Saitama for a favor.
That was to copy his time travel technique and return to the past to stop this outcome.
God intervened again, turning Garou’s body into Salt. Fortunately, Saitama was already on the move and Traveled back in time right up to the moment when Garou had received those divine powers and entered “Cosmic Fear Mode.”
Saitama launched a mighty punch into Garou’s face, defeating and turning him into a human being again. With this, even Saitama returned to his “past” self and forgot what actually happened.
3. Where to read One Punch Man Manga?
4. About One Punch Man
One-Punch Man is a Japanese superhero webcomic created by the artist One in early 2009. It has a manga adaptation illustrated by Yusuke Murata, as well as an anime adaptation. Following its publication, the webcomic quickly went viral, surpassing 7.9 million hits in June 2012.
On an unnamed Earth-like supercontinent planet, powerful monsters and villains have been wreaking havoc in the cities. To combat them, the world’s government created a Hero Association that employs superheroes to stop them. The heroes are ranked from Class C to Class S.
Saitama, an unassociated hero, hails from the metropolis of City-Z and performs heroic deeds for his own entertainment. He has trained himself to the point where he broke his “limit” and can effortlessly defeat any opponent with a single punch while slaying monsters the same way. But he is now bored with his omnipotence and frustrated by sensing he lacks a challenge.