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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


  • One Piece: Clima Tact

    Nami’s Clima Tact

    Some SPOILERS

    Nami uses one main weapon in the One Piece series, her staff. So what is so special about it? Not much until Usopp gets a hold of it really. He turns it into the Clima Tact, which is a great weapon that Nami uses a lot. It is a staff that can withstand hits from Miss Doublefinger’s attacks and has the ability to create weather features as well.

    When the Straw Hat team reached Alubarna, Usopp presented the weapon to Nami. He told her it had three pieces to it and had hollow blue steel segments. When Usopp first created the staff, he intended it to be used for party and parlor tricks. He later turned it into the weather weapon it is now. It was not until the fight with Miss Doublefinger’s that Nami showed the true power of the weapon.

    On each piece of the staff, there lies a button that creates a bubble of air with each a different property. When they are combined in different ways, different results occur. Each of these combinations are useful in battle.

    The Clima Tact Balls

    There are three different balls used to produce different types of bubbles. They are red, blue, and yellow. With Nami’s weather skills, she can create the perfect combination for an attack.

    The red ball creates a heat bubble. It is also known as the Heat Ball.

    The blue ball creates a cold bubble. It is also known as the Cool Ball.

    The yellow ball creates an electric bubble. It is also known as the Thunder Ball.

    Party ‘Attacks’

    Fine Tempo

    Cloudy Tempo

    Thunder Tempo

    Rain Tempo

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    Battle Attacks

    Cyclone Tempo

    Mirage Tempo

    Thunderbolt Tempo

    Tornado Tempo

    Fog Tempo

    Thunderstorm Tempo


  • Genre Talk: Adventure

    The Adventure Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10

    Commonly mixed with action, historical, or fantasy.

    “A life with no adventure in it is boring. The least a friend can do is stir up a little trouble in your heart.”

    – Gai Tsutsugam (Guilty Crown)

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    When it comes to this genre, the story is drawn out and very detailed. Of course, as the name suggests, the characters are often in search of something. The story line tends to be strong as well as character development, mostly due to the fact they are long stories. The long story can sometimes be tedious to get through and often people will pause watching the series (or reading) and move to something else for a while.

    Adventures are usually a genre in which the main character must risk their lives to reach the goal. The risks can be financial, psychological, or physical. Adventure anime’s can usually cause people to have motivation to get things done. This is because the character is often being given motivation to complete the task.

    Examples of Adventure

    One Piece

    The most well known adventure anime out there. Luffy is on the search for the ultimate pirate treasure, One Piece. With a crew, each member gained as a separate adventure, they sailed through the Grand Line. A series that focuses on its character and plot development.

    Digimon Adventure

    A group of kids are drawn to the Digital World to search for a way to save both that world and reality. They face many perils along the way as well as other small adventures.

    Samurai Champloo

    A pairing of three random people in search for a samurai that smells of sunflowers.


  • 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?

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    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?

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    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.

  • Look Alikes: Gildarts and Shanks

     Gildarts and Shanks: The Twins of Big Anime’s

    By Janni Rose

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    Shanks

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    Shanks is the pirate that inspired Luffy to go on his journey in the manga One Piece. He found the Gomu Gomu No mi that was accidentally eaten by Luffy.

     

     

    Gildarts

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    Gildarts is a S class Mage, and Ace of Fairy Tail. He has a special liking towards Natsu Dragneel. He is the fifth guild master, and is the father of Cana Alberona.


  • One Piece (Manga) Review: East Blue Saga: Volumes 1 – 12

    One Piece Manga Volumes 1-12 Review

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    I have always wanted to watch one of the ‘big three’ anime’s. After long debate and little time to watch anything, I decided to read One Piece. Since it is such a long series, and an ongoing series at that, I thought it best to review the series by saga’s. The first twelve volumes of One Piece is called the Blue Saga. It sets up the stage and introduces most of the main characters. At first I expected little out of One Piece mostly thinking the artwork would get on my nerves or the fact it was about pirates. I am so glad I did decide to read it though and the I wouldn’t have the artwork any other way.

     

    The Plot of One Piece

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    One Piece begins with Gol D Roger about to be executed. He yells to the crowd to go and find his treasure, the One Piece. It then flips to Luffy as a young child. He is wanting to join the crew of the pirate Shanks. Shanks had recently returned from a voyage bringing back a ‘devil fruit’ called Gomu Gomu. Shanks learns that Luffy ate the fruit and now has the ability to stretch his body like rubber. Luffy being to young, Shanks eventually denies his request and leaves again for the waters.From here on the Blue Saga arc is divided into six mini arcs.

    After the introduction of the main character and purpose, the first story arc, Romance Dawn, is ready to begin. Luffy is now at a reasonable age and has decided to go out on his own and become the Pirate King. He ends up in a barrel on the sea and is rescued by the pirate crew under the pirate Alvida. Of course Alvida immediately assumes the crew is trying to drink her alcohol. They blame it on a weak crew member named Coby. At this time Luffy and Coby get to know each other in private. Coby is wanting to be a marine, but is being held captive by Alvida and her crew. Alvida eventually finds the two and Luffy ends up saving Coby by knocking Alvida out and demands the crew to give Coby a dingy and the two escape. They head for the marine base and eventually arrive at Shells Town. Here Luffy hears of Roronoa Zoro and decides he will be a right fit for his pirate crew. Zoro is being held captive by the marine boss’ (Captain Morgan) son Helmeppo. Helmeppo has told Zoro that he will release him if he can survive a month with no food. Knowing this is unrealistic and hearing that Helmeppo intends to kill Zoro either way, Luffy saves Zoro by taking out Helmeppo and Captain Morgan. Zoro decides to join Luffy for the moment to escape. Leaving Coby behind, Luffy and Zoro take a ship and head to sea.

    The next arc of One Piece is the Orange Town arc. It begins with Luffy and Zoro starving at sea due to lack of navigation ability. Luffy spots a bird and attempts to catch it with his ability but the bird instead catches him and flies off leaving Zoro alone. Zoro comes across three other pirates in a similar, but worse predicament. They jump on and try to take the ship, but soon learn that they are against the great pirate hunter Roronoa Zoro. They apologize and explain their situation and ask for help back to their base. He takes them with him and the story flips to a town called Orange Town. A strange ship shaped like a carousel docks into town and Luffy and the bird are found aboard. At the same time a girl is running from pirates she had just stolen from. The pirates are yelling to give back the map to Grand Line. Suddenly Luffy is in the middle of the four surrounded by smoke. As he is wondering what shot him, the girl calls him her boss and to take care of the pirates. Of course Luffy does and meets Nami the pirate thief. She finds out he is a pirate and ties him to turn him into the head pirate of Orange Town, Buggy. This works against Nami, but Zoro shows up at the last minute to save the two. The three hide in town and the mayor pops up to explain the situation and help with physical damages. Mohji, a friend of Buggy’s, and his pet lion, Richie, shows up and begins attacking them. Luffy defeats the two easily and goes to confront Buggy. Here he finds out Buggy is another Devil Fruit eater. He has the ability to be sliced up and use his body parts separately. The two fight and eventually Luffy defeats Buggy the best he can. Nami joins the crew as their navigator, but adamantly says its only to get treasure. The three head off after saving the town.

    The third arc of East Blue Saga is called Syrup Town. Here another addition to the One Piece team is added. The first part starts out with the crew landing on a weird island and must pass a test to stay on said island. They meet a man stuck in a treasure box. He is there protecting treasure, but can not reach it due to his condition. Luffy decides to help only to find out the treasure is gone. The man decides to stay on the island and the crew leave. After that they arrive at Syrup Town. Here a man named Usopp is always making chaos and calling wolf too many times. Three boys follow him around religiously wanting to be ‘pirates’ like himself. He learns of the true pirates and rushes to meet them. Luffy learns he is the son of Ysopp, a crew member of Shanks. Kuro, the caretaker of Usopp’s friend Kaya, is also introduced as the head of the Black Cat Pirates to the reader. He intends to take over the town, but Usopp learns of this and tries to stop it. Since he cries wolf all the time, people do not believe him and it is left up to Luffy’s crew to stop them. Of course the crew members do so and save the town. Usopp ends up going with Luffy as a true pirate and the crew head out for more adventure.

    The next story arc of One Piece is Baratie arc. Since Kaya gave them a ship to use, the crew is trying to figure everything out and come up with a logo for their name The Straw Hat Pirates. The two end up testing a canon and accidentally shoot at two pirate hunters on a rock formation. The hunters attack back and Zoro notices them to be his fellow hunters Johnny and Yosaku. They let the two board the ship and Nami ends up curing Yosaku’s scurvy. The crew then realize that having a cook is very important to keep healthy on the water. The two hunters tell them of a floating ship in the middle of the ocean called Baratie. They set sail and end up finding the restaurant. When they arrive they get into a fight with a marine called Fullbody. Luffy ends up shooting the roof of Baratie. While Luffy deals with the owner, Zeff, Sanji comes into the picture. Fullbody is insulted the food and Sanji ends up almost taking him out. Another pirate boards demanding food, but s thrown out. Sanji takes pity and feeds him. He happens to be part of Don Krieg’s pirate crew. Krieg shows up in ‘peace’, but attacks the ship anyways. The Straw Hat Pirates try to board their ship to get away, but Nami has stolen The Going Merry. Luffy and Zoro stay to help with the fight while the rest chase Nami. Another pirate ends up showing up called Dracule “Hawk-Eyes” Mihawk, a Shichibukai. A Shichibukai consist of seven pirates who have teamed up with the government. He is also the best swordsman on the planet. Since Zoro is wanting that title, he takes him on and fails. After the fights are over and the ‘good guys’ win, Sanji joins the Luffy’s crew and they head out yet again.

    The Arlong Park arc of One Piece happens to be a favorite of mine. The crew are still in pursuit of Nami and the Going Merry. Yosaku and Johnny suspected that she would be heading to Arlong Park after making a connection between the two. It cuts Nami arriving at Arlong Park and a boy comes up to her. He is sad about his fathers death and wants revenge. She slaps him and sends him on his way with some money. This is where it is discovered that Nami is part of the Arlong crew. Usopp, Zoro and Johnny arrive at the island and Zoro is left behind by he other two. Zoro is captured by the pirates while Usopp is knocked out by the boy from earlier. Johnny is the only one who escapes. At the same time Luffy, Sanji, and Yosuka are attacked by a sea cow. Luffy handles the situation and they use it to get to Arlong Park. Usopp awakens at Nojiko’s house, a villager of the area. He discovers it is Nami’s sister while at the same time Zoro discovers that Nami works for Arlong as a navigator. Nami’s past is also discussed in this area as well. How hard it was for her and her sister and why she works for Arlong. She wants to save the village and has to raise enough money to buy it from Arlong. The Straw Hat Pirates take on the Arlong Pirates and eventually win. As the village celebrates its freedom, Nami decides to rejoin the Straw Hat Pirates as their official navigator.

    The final arc of the Blue Saga in One Piece is called Loguetown. The crew discovers Luffy Beli 30,000’000 bounty. Luffy is overjoyed, but Nami points out the stress added by people attempting to capture him. They soon spot an island and Nami tells them it is Loguetown. They decide it is a good place to restock on supplies and grab a bite to eat. Zoro is in search of new swords since Mihawk destroyed his others. He runs into a familiar or so he thinks. A girl named Tashigi looks very similar to his childhood friend Kuina. She helps him pick out a few swords. Meanwhile Sanji, Usopp, and Nami are buying supplies for the Going Merry. Luffy goes to check out Gol D Rogers execution spot and runs into an awfully beautiful woman. She claims to be Alvida and reveals she ate a Devil Fruit to become beautiful. She also brought another old friend of Luffy’s, Buggy. Luffy is ambushed and placed on the execution block. Captain Smoker, a marine, is informed of the situation and decides to let them execute Luffy before getting involved. Nami detects s storm in the meantime and gets the ship ready for departure. Zoro and Sanji go to save Luffy while Usopp stays with Nami. Luffy is miraculous freed and the three try to escape to the Going Merry. They Smoker and his fellow marine Tashigi. Smoker is another Devil Fruit eater and Luffy and Sanji take him on while Zoro fights Tashigi. Luffy and Sanji are saved by a mysterious figure. Smoker and Tashigi follow Luffy while Buggy is freed and does the same. The Straw Hat Crew finally see their destination, the Grand Line. This closes the East Blue Saga.

     

    The Characters of One Piece

     

    One Piece
    The Characters

    Since One Piece has a vast character count, I will only go over the main characters and main bosses of the East Blue Saga. I feel that every character has their own personal change through out this saga alone, making this manga very good with character development. You come to love each character through their faults. Even if you do not like a character, they are crucial to the story line and at some point I guarantee you will like them for something.

    Luffy is the main character of One Piece. He is very childlike and has the ability to stretch his body like rubber. He ate the Gomu Gomu fruit when he was little, giving him great strength and a great advantage. He is very dedicated to his goal of becoming the Pirate King and even more dedicated to finding the right crew. Zoro is the next crew member you meet. He is at first reluctant to join Luffy since he is a renowned pirate hunter. His goal is to become the best swordsman and decides that going with Luffy he can accomplish this goal. He is very strong and very stubborn. Nami is the next crew member to join. She loves money and only has an interest in treasure and navigation. Her goal is to create the first world map and sees Luffy as means to doing so. She may not have strength, but she can detect when storms are coming and what the weather will be like. Usopp (my least liked character) is different from the rest of the crew. While he is great with creating weapons of any sort, he is a terrible fighter. He is very arrogant and constantly takes the title of Captain for the Going Merry. Sanji is the final main character to join the Straw Hat Pirates in this saga. He is a ladies man and constantly hitting on Nami and other various female characters. He is a great cook and wants to find the best fish to cook in the Grand Line. He is an easy going person and his legs have great strength.

    Alvida, the first head pirate you meet in One Piece. She is very fat and very ugly, but ends up eating a Devil Fruit making her beautiful. Her personality is just as ugly as she looks. She is trying to capture Luffy to get revenge for hitting her and calling her ugly. Helmeppo is the son of Captain Morgan and the second ‘bosses’ the crew run into. Helmeppo is a spoiled brat who looks as if he has never raised a finger to do anything for himself. Captain Morgan has an axe for a right hand. He is feared through out the village, but easily defeated by Luffy. Buggy happens to be one of my favorite dressed bad guys. He looks like a clown with a sick plan in mind. He is very hard to beat and quite funny at parts. Captain Kuro is educated looking. He has glasses and is very clean looking. He is methodical and very devious. I would have to say the most devious out of the East Blue Saga and yet such a short appearance. Krieg is another hard man to beat for Luffy. He is very strong and wears heavy armor. He has an excellent crew built up (what is remaining). Arlong is an excellent addition to the bosses of One Piece. He is the head of the Fishmen. He looks part swordfish and part human. At first you think he is a very understanding and possibly nice pirate, but soon you find out he is just as devious as the others. He is only out for himself. Smoker is the last ‘boss’ to appear in the East Blue Saga. He is a captain in the marines and ate a Devil Fruit giving him the ability to turn into smoke, thus the name. His character gets little development at this point, but later more is revealed. He is very patient though.

     

    Devil Fruits of One Piece

    One Piece
    Devil Fruit

    Devil Fruits hold special powers of the Sea Devil within them in One Piece. Each fruit has a different ability. Only one can be eaten by any person at a time. Once that person dies, the power of the fruit jumps into another fruit and cultivates its abilities. The truth of their powers are said to be held within the Grand Line somewhere. The can be sold for a high price and seldom eat them. If consumed, the user can no longer swim in water, making it a very dangerous thing to eat. The Devil Fruit is behind most of the powerful people of Grand Line.

    There are several Devil Fruits that show up in the East Blue Saga. The Gomu Gomu fruit gives Luffy the ability to be rubber. He can stretch to any length with any body part. The Bara Bara fruit gives Buggy the ability to seperate his body making it quite hard to attack him. The Moku Moku fruit gives Smoker the ability to turn into smoke making him another hard person to fight against. The final Devil Fruit to make an appearance is the Sube Sube. this gives Alvida the ability to absorb hits into her skin leaving her unharmed. Another side affect of it gave Alvida a slim and beautiful look.

     

    The East Blue Saga of One Piece is a great start into the manga. It introduces the characters slowly and gives a little back ground information on them. here were a few cultural references with in the manga as well making it easier to jump into the world. The artwork makes the manga. I would have it no other way. If you feel it is hard to get past, then just give it at least one volume, I promise you will not want to stop reading. The few things I do not like is Luffy’s god like ability. He is defeated a few times, yes, but at the same time always wins the battle as the main character should. I would recommend One Piece to any anime/manga fan. It is truly one of The Big Three.

     

    Overall Grade: 9/10