Having completed its longest arc, One-Punch Man is now giving fans a much needed chapter of rest. However, the tranquility of the events of Chapter 168 cannot hide the damage and chaos that the war between heroes and monsters has caused. Plus, it turns out the series has yet to meet its prophesied disaster.
In the early chapters of One-Punch Man, a famous seer predicted that Earth would soon face a great calamity. Unfortunately, the great seer Shibabawa choked on a cough drop and met her maker, making the grim warning her final prophecy – and the events of Chapter 168 make it clear that the foretold disaster is not the Hero Hunter. . In fact, Garoh might even be a huge asset in stopping this horrific event.
One-Punch Man Chapter 168 began by showing Garoh facing his criminal charges, although he is only seen answering questions about his traffic violation. Garoh had also accepted Bang’s guardianship once again, though he later explained that it was only because Bang was the only valid sparring partner for him. Bang didn’t seem to care; on the contrary, he finally seemed to take being Garoh’s master and guardian seriously, to the point of electing him as the second generation of Silverfang.
When Garoh expressed interest in fighting with other heroes, Bang reminded him that the former Hero Hunter must first defeat his master. He also warned Garoh of the hellish time the Prodigal Disciple would have to go through, though Garoh seemed eager to overcome it. Meanwhile, the members of the Hero Association were faced with a dilemma regarding Bang’s decision. They know that once Garoh’s new identity is revealed, it will cause an uproar among professional heroes, especially those he attacked during his Hero Hunter act. But they are also aware that the strength of Garoh will be necessary for the announced disaster.
One-Punch Man’s prophecy not involving Garoh comes as a surprise, especially since he literally killed almost everyone on the planet. There are therefore only two characters likely to fulfill the prophecy: the Gods or a character still unknown. Since there is not much to say about an unknown character, it is better to focus on the Gods. After all, they are strong enough to annihilate a character as powerful as Peak Garoh simply by gathering the divine powers they bestowed. Needless to say, they can easily cause massive destruction if they choose, which fits the prophecy perfectly.
There are at least three known Gods in One-Punch Man. The first is the one on the moon, who also killed the SDF Emperor. The second is the God that Saitama, Flashy Flash, and Oculette unearthed on their expedition. Finally, the third is the one who granted Garoh divine powers. While the upper limit of the power of the Gods remains unknown, it’s clear that only a handful of characters can oppose them – and Saitama’s copying of their divine power is a good excuse to make them move.