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  • One Piece – Pre Time Skip – (Anime) Review

    One Piece (Pre-Time Skip) Anime Review

    “My treasure you say?
    If you want it you can have it!
    Go and seek it out
    I left everything in my life
    In that place”
    Hence the great era of freedom
    Was about to commence
    An age of pirates
    It’s time to sail now
    The route to our dreams awaits!

    One Piece Log Day 1

    This is the first day of I and my crew’s journey in this dangerous sea, writing down everything in this log. I am a pirate, pursuer of boundless fame and glory as the one who’ll become the next pirate king, the successor to Gold Roger, the one who found and hid the greatest treasure of all times only known as One Piece. Ever since the legendary pirate died, countless people sailed in search of the unknown legacy left by Roger, the man who incited the whole world as his last act of defiance. It won’t be an easy journey, many other pirates practising their right to be free are in search of the fabled One Piece as well…

    Prologue

    This is the adventerous review of the pre timeskip arcs of One Piece, the ongoing shounen anime series based on the award winning, Guinness breaking manga with the same name by Eichiro Oda. I am going to review the first 6 great arcs before episode 517 (Chapter 568) but with a notably more subjective take than my previous reviews. Will this deserve to be the king of shounen ? Then let us find this out !

    East Blue Arc

    Starts ep 1 and ends ep 61 (chapter 100). The arc is aimed at introducing us to the One Piece Universe and its basic characters. The most important parts being Romance Dawn, Syrup Village, Baratie Arc and Arlong Park arcs where Luffy, Zoro, Usop, Sanji and Nami are introduced. This arc is produced by Toei Animation during 1999 but the fully drawn animation is nice and colourful, character design and art is simple yet distinguished. East Blue reveals the earliest threats in the series for our crew, the cruelty and mercilessness of the world is shown, being a pirate is not a game, the sea is not a swimming pool

    • Bounty Score: 16.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Dracule Mihawk :japanese_goblin:

    Alabasta Arc

    Starts episode 61 and ends ep 135 (chapter 217). The arc is the first true fearsome challenge for the Strawhat Pirates, getting involved in a country plagued with civil war tension and the sinister plans of the criminal group Baroque Works and their mastermind leader. The sandy kingdom of Alabasta

    is wonderfully drawn, with a highlight to the middle eastern style of the arc. Animation improves, the story plot is thickened with the first mysteries and the first true major villain and themes in One Piece. The focus on the villain that passes himself off as the hero taking advantage of a population in despair to control everything is truely amazing

    • Bounty Score: 87.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Nico Robin :heart:

    Skypiea Arc

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    Starts ep 136 and ends ep 206 (chapter 302). The arc follows the exploits of our crew in an island that does not affect the course of the story as a whole but proves to be one of the most heart felt and flavourful of all arcs in One Piece. Following the legend of the sky island, Luffy and his crew eventually reaches Skypiea, a place isolated from the world

    and first reached by the navigator Noland, branded and killed as a foolish

    liar. The Strawhats will have to face the powerful god Enel that overthrew the previous one and bent the island to his thunderous will together with his priests. The Pre Columbian aspects of the arc make it overall one my favourites of all times, we are in the show’s golden age

    • Bounty Score: 143.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Enel :zap:

    Water 7 Arc

    Starts ep 207 and ends ep 325 (chapter 430). This arc is where the series starts to step up the whole game, reaching the greatest heights of the pre timeskip part of One Piece. Water 7 follows our crew in its visit to a majestic Venice like city built on water where different ship building companies compete with one another. When Nico Robin’s backstory starts to blast from her past, a secret government organization known as Cyber Pol 9 will try to take her away from the Strawhats Pirates. We can call this as one of the most iconic arcs of all times, boasting a new level in One Piece fights like we’ve never seen before, mystery and themes reach perfection, no fault whatsoever, only the best feels

    • Bounty Score: 300.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Rob Lucci :smiley_cat:

    Thriller Bark Arc

    Starts ep 326 and ends ep 384 (chapter 489). This is probably one of the shortest arcs in the whole series, located right after the colossal saga of Water 7/Enies Lobby and it rather pales in comparison. The Strawhats end up in the gigantic island ship of Thriller Bark, owned by one of the Shichibukai, the ghastly Gekko Moria that will stand in the way of our friends. Even though the arc the eccentric and quite particular skeleton Brook (whose backstory flashback is currently my favourite) and we have a nice halloween horror like setting this is however my least favourite of all One Piece Arcs, but it can be considered as a way to catch a fun break once in a while

    • Bounty Score: 10.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Brook :skull:

    Summit War Arc

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    Starts ep 385 and ends ep 516 (chapter 597). Here we go with the last arc of the pre timeskip era of One Piece, the most fast paced and (for many) mind blowing arc. For the first time we have a war in the pirate world against the sworn enemies the Marines trying to execute one of the legendary Whitebeard’s “children” Luffy’s brother Portgas D. Ace, while the Strawhats are scattered, Luffy tries to join the battle for his brother, an ant amidst the giants. The arc has amazing parts like Sabaody, Amazon Lily, Impel Down and Marine Ford. Animation direction changes, making it not as appealing for nostalgic fans like me. Many iconic characters from all sagas return to join the greatest battles in the series as of now.

    • Bounty Score: 279.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Silvers Rayleigh :older_man:

    Overall One Piece is probably the father of the next generation of shounen. It may not be a perfect series but its narrative arcs will surely keep anyone entertained despite the animation for many people would not seem as mature as stuff like AoT and Tokyo Ghoul (sarcasm). If you can follow a long odissey that cares more about the journey rather than the destination then this is your series. It’s also one of the few shounen to deal with so many themes such as: slavery, tyranny, emancipation, brotherhood, war, human rights, discrimination, history, sacrifice, idealism, justice.

    Overall Score 8/10


  • The Pirate Code

    Themes of One Piece

    WARNING: Major Spoilers

    There are many themes through out the One Piece series. Most of them dealing with everyday emotional things such as death, romance, and friendship. This series seems to focus on the ideals of human relationships and how they deal with them. There are even religious themes that show up through the Skypiea arc. The idea of enlightenment and gods are really thorough through that arc.

     

    Deaths of One Piece

    One Piece is not a series with a lot of death. Most of the characters that die throughout the series, are characters shown in flashbacks. This means at the time of the story, they are already dead. Good examples are Gol D. Roger, Bellemere, and Kuina. The characters, instead, survive amazing feats and have good physical damage done to them that would kill most humans. A good example of this is Pell, who survived not only a bomb attack but a point bank shot as well. Oda says he would rather the ‘bad guys’ dreams die than the hero actually have to kill to them. The main characters of the Straw Hat crew have taken life, but it is never actually confirmed when or where they did.

    There are really no canon deaths until Ace and Whitebeard in the war with the Marines. This is possibly the hardest part for any One Piece since two of their beloved characters end up dying in almost heroic ways.

     

    Romance of One Piece

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    In many of the Shonen Jump series, mostly action and geared towards boys, there are still a fair amount of romantic relationships. One Piece is no different from the other Shonen Jump series. There are not really any romantic relationships developed in the One Peice series though between characters. This breaks the trends of most mangas. Oda says his characters do not develop love for one another, because they are in love with the adventure at hand.

    Though Sanji constantly expresses love for every female he meets, it is still not the type of romantic relationship in most mangas. He is just the play boy of the series. No woman seems to return feelings for him.

    Usopp is one of the only crew members to have an actual romantic interest with a friend, Kaya. Remember she is the one that gave him and the Straw Hat crew the Going Merry. She is actually still awaiting his return and is training to be a doctor to care for him when he returns. This is actually the same his parents relationship was as well.

    Another romance within the manga is Boa Hancock’s love for Luffy. Though again another love not reciprocated, it is still a romantic type relationship. She is often doing things for him in small gestures to prove her love. She often mistakes him saying things such as a simple thank you as I love you in Impel Down (Chapter 526). Alvida also has a love interest with Luffy, but not in a hardcore way as Boa. She sees Buggy trying to execute Luffy and does nothing.

     

    Teamwork of One Piece

    The Straw Hat crew have an opposite crew in the One Piece world, CP9. This crew is often shown battling against each other through the Water 7 arc. They act as the Straw Hat crew, but they have very different morals. They do not have any team ethics and rank themselves by power alone. The Straw Hats actually focus on working together and becoming a team. They work on their strengths and weaknesses. They do this to accomplish things together instead of barely getting things done separately.

    Luffy actually realizes in this arc that he is the most powerful of the members. He is the will of the group and the glue that keeps them together. Instead of fighting this he decides to focus on his strengths and what he can do and leave the rest in his friends. He trusted that they could do the things he could not and accepted he needed them to help him out along the way. He built their trust and has a mutual trust with them. Each of Luffy’s friends are more rounded out versions of his personality.

     

    Honor of One Piece

    As an honorable person, Luffy never kills his enemies. He kills their ideals instead of the person. The pirates of One Piece seem to stick to certain codes and act honorably towards one another. Even the Marines hold values and act honorably towards the pirates that are helping them. Honor seems to be a strong theme running in the series. This may be due to Luffy’s personality as the main character. He is so light hearted and fun loving, that adventure is all he seeks and he treats humans with respect along the way. There is a strict code in the One Piece world, the pirate code, and people stick to these ideals.

     

    Heaven of One Piece

    What would a series be without the representation of a religion or philosophy behind it? Skypiea is a good example of One Piece’s representation of religious themes. This arc is chalk full of Heaven themes and Angels. They even live in the sky on a clouded island. This is one of the first acts after they reach the Grand Line. This arc is suppose to show that anything is possible on the Grand Line. This arc deals mostly with enlightenment, imbalance, and dichotomy.

    Skypiea often shows the depiction of the faithful and doubtful fighting against one another. This is shown through the Enel and the people of Skypiea along with the original natives. This arc shows Luffy as being mocked often and even belittled at Sky Island. The native Wiper is obsessed with taking Enel out and returning to the Golden City, their original home island that has become part of Sky Island. He also learns to not trust anyone as well. This is an example of resources versus token values. Enel was caught up in the idea he was God and played the role for the people of Skypiea. He was almost invincible until Luffy arrived. Luffy never actually takes a side on either of these issues, he just simply defeats the bad guy. Oda chose it to be this way, making Luffy as middle grounded as possible.

     

    What Should We Learn?

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    There are many things to take from One Piece. They may not have fancy themes imbedded into the series, but the focus is friendship and working together as a team. The relationships of One Piece is very important to take from the series. The love of your friends and being on an adventure with them can change the life of a person.


  • One Piece (General) Review

    One Piece: The Greatest Adventure

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    What is the meaning of this Shogo?

    One Piece

    If you know me by now, then you should know that I’m a huge, and I mean huge fan of One Piece. It’s as the title says. This however doesn’t mean it’s my favorite – since it’s so freaking hard to rank. Thus I leave out One Piece when it comes to lists – goes for other ‘bigger’ series as well. You can say that this blog is a ‘fanboy blog’ if you want, but I think I’ve earned to let some love out.

    But yes, you can say that One Piece is kinda my favorite.

    The Best Series Ever?

    One Piece

    The ‘big 4 or 5’ whatever comes up often – which I really couldn’t care less about. Aye this be true.

    One piece can and will make you shed tears of joy and sadness. When you watch one piece you get a sense of adventure that no other manga/anime delivers quite as well. You will always find yourself wanting more (This Jikan would back me up on with joy).

     

    One Piece Overall

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    The amazing thing about one piece is that its writer found a way to tell a HUGE story that got twist plots and so much glamor while giving the audience a feeling of adventure that will never make you lose interest in the characters or the story. You will be sad when the characters are sad you, will laugh when they laugh and you will cry you eyeballs out when something happen to them.

    The animation seems to bug a lot of people. Why is debatable but as most of the cases – the manga is better. The anime is of course in my eyes still amazing.

    Inspired by Caitlin, devoted to Jikan.


  • Otaku Theory Time: Will Luffy Die in the Future of One Piece?

    Will Luffy Die?

    Hey guys, Flint here. If you watch One Piece, then you know that the main character Monkey D. Luffy is “a little reckless”. But could you imagine him eventually dying? I know it seems highly unlikely to happen but I’ve done my research and I actually found some interesting facts that could lead to Luffy’s death.

    Theory 1: Gear Two

    If some of you don’t know, every time Luffy uses Gear Two he shortens his lifespan slightly. If you don’t know what Gear Two is, it’s basically an upgrade Luffy discovered from his Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit, which gives him to ability to move at extreme speed. Now think about this. Oda, the creator of One Piece has conformed that the series will continue on for another ten years! Now within those ten more years, Luffy will constantly be using Gear Two to fight enemies. Plus, Oda may add another time-skip which could increase that amount of times Luffy is using it. Couldn’t this severely damage his health a.k.a causing him to die? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

     

    Theory 2: Ivankov’s Emporio Chiyu Hormone ability

    Ivankov is a high ranking member in the Revolutionary Army and is quite a strange character indeed. He ate the Horu Horu no Mi Devil Fruit which gives him powers to control hormones in his and other people’s bodies. Now one of his abilities is to heal people who are in critical condition.

    When Luffy was extremely hurt from his escape from Imperial Down, Ivankov injected Luffy with his Emporio Chiyu Hormon ability (literally meaning “Emporio Healing Hormone). He made a full recovery although this cause ten years from his life to be taken away! (Hint Hint, One Piece is ending in 10 years!)

    Not to mention, Ivankov injected Luffy twice with this ability, the second time at Marineford. This has shortened Luffy’s lifespan greatly, which may lead to his death in the future.

    Anyways that’s all for today. I honesty don’t want to see Luffy die as he is probably my favourite anime character.

    But if Oda makes the decision to kill him at the end, I will not complain. The One Piece story is incredible and as long as I can see each crew member of the Straw Hats achieving there dreams, I will be happy with the ending.

    Thank you for reading and I’ll see you guys next time!

     

    – Flint the Theorist


  • Anime of the Week: One Piece

    One Piece

    One Piece

    Main characters: Monkey D. Luffy, Tony Tony Chopper, Nami, Sanji, Brook, Nico Robin, Zoro, Usopp, and Franky
    Release date: October 20th 1999
    Episode count: 669 (still ongoing)

    Volume count: 75 (still ongoing)

    Plot : the story follows a boy called Monkey D. Luffy on his quest to find the one piece so that he can become the pirate king. His quest begins with him eating a devil fruit, giving him a superhuman ability, but taking away his ability to be in the sea. After eating the fruit he sets off to build up a crew and become the pirate king.
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    Why I chose this: I like one piece because it’s very fun and entertaining. It may have a lot of episodes but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The story is adventurous and at the same time teaches you life lessons.