One Piece is about pirates going to the Grand Line (basically the sea) in search of the famous treasure: One Piece.
The series' main pirate crew is the Straw Hat Crew. The funny looking dude is Monkey D. Luffy. The swordsman is Zoro. The long nosed one is Usopp... and more!!!
The first seasons of One Piece is not all that great, but after around 20-40ish episodes, the show evolved O_o
And another thing, if you like epic fights (one on one or team battles) you'll LOVE One Piece.
To explain why some characters have these "powers" eg. Luffy can stretch his arms... *spoilers*
If someone or something consumes a 'Devil Fruit', he/she will gain a random power. Such as transforming into a leopard, controls fire, turn invisible, become a dinosaur, etc. You name it.
How to review One Piece... That's really hard, it has so many nice points (and some weak ones of course)...
When I first saw One Piece I was deeply disapointed, a lot of friends told me about this new anime that the main character was a pirate and would fight other pirates and stuff and I was really curious. Then it came the day I started watching, ok let me tell you this, if you start watching One Piece, don't really mind about the first 30 (more or less) episodes, as they are really weak in my opinion. The first time I started watching this I stopped after the fight against Captain Buggy the Clown (it was just way too childish).
Now after those 30+ episodes, it starts getting really interesting (more or less like bleach, first season was not that interesting), once it get's to the Nami Arc it starts getting more sentimental, it makes you want to watch more, it makes you feel something for the characters, it gives them a personality, and that for me is the most important in an anime.
This is the story about a boy named Luffy who wants to be the Pirate King (the pirate who rules over the seas or in Luffy's mind, the person that's most free in the world) and his quest to acomplish his goals. During this quest Luffy will find many nakama (something like friends, comrades, but with a stronger feeling of closeness) to help him. Now the fighting get's "awesomer" every freakin' arc, I never saw one anime getting the action bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger each following arc, it's absolutely amazing.
And one of the most important thing, it has to be the comedy part of the anime, you'll laugh your ass off most of the time, sometimes even in the heat of danger, you'll still laugh of how funny the character's are.
To sum up, this is absolutely a must see for anime fans, you'll have a lot of fun seeing this, believe me.
A boy named Monkey D. Luffy, inspired by his childhood hero "Red-Haired" Shanks, sets out on a journey to find the legendary One Piece, to become the new Pirate King. To accomplish this, he must reach the end of the most deadly and dangerous ocean: The Grand Line.
Luffy captains the Straw Hat Pirates first through the sea of East Blue and then through the Grand Line. He follows the path of the deceased Pirate King, Gold Roger, from island to island on his way to the great treasure One Piece. On his way his crew grows to have a swordsman, a navigator, a sniper, a cook, a doctor, an archaeologist, a shipwright, and a musician.
During the course of the story, the crew contend with both other less moral pirate crews and the Navy. The latter are the subordinates of the World Government, who apparently seek justice by ending the Golden Age of Pirates. Many background story elements involve the delicate balance of power between the World Government and the world's most powerful pirate crews.
One Piece is a great series with a wonderful set of unique characters. The show is blended perfectly with a fine set of emotion, action, and comedy. The series is very unique and not cliche at all. The farther you get in the story, the more you want to watch it. The fights, plot, and characters are all quite amazing and it always leaves you wanting more after the episode if over. Everything in this show is simply beautiful. I highly recommend this show for any poor anime watcher that hasn't seen this yet. You won't regret watching a series like this.
Considered by some to be the heir to the throne of Dragon Ball in terms of Japanese market penetration, One Piece is certainly a phenomenon. The manga's print run recently outpaced Dragon Ball and the series, at more than 130 episodes, is still going strong. It's easy to see why; One Piece follows a very simple and very successful shonen action formula. It worked in the past for Rurouni Kenshin and Dragon Ball and it's working wonderfully for One Piece. The premise is pretty basic. Luffy D. Monkey, an irrepressible youth, ate the Devil's Fruit, which gave his body extra-strength elasticity. He's searching for the One Piece, a legendary treasure that will make him the King of all Pirates and finally allow him to prove himself to his childhood idol, a selfless pirate by the name of Shanks. Along the way, he collects an army of somewhat freakish rogues, including a tough swordfighter named Zoro who fights with a sword in his mouth, and Nami, a spunky thief. Together they have wacky adventures, beat up the bad guys, and collect treasure. It all sounds pretty harmless, right?
Well, right, it is. One Piece is completely harmless entertainment. The battles can be surprisingly brutal at times, but overall, this is pure shonen action entertainment. It is entirely unpretentious and knows exactly what it wants to be, and excels at that. That having been said, One Piece is not a particularly deep show, although the characters are well developed. The focus seems to be on the crazy villains and the endless string of fights the main characters go through. Luffy and his crew of misfits go from town to town, saving the repressed masses and eliminating evil pirates who stand between them and the One Piece. In some ways, it's very reminiscent of Rurouni Kenshin. Kenshin and Luffy are both laid-back badasses with hearts of gold that surround themselves with surprisingly capable outcasts and defeat circus freak-style enemies in episode after episode. If you like that sort of thing, One Piece delivers. If you don't, One Piece is going to bore the faith out of you.
So, for fans of formulaic action shows, One Piece is a well-animated bit of fluff that sports decent music and some well-done action scenes. Unfortunately, the bizarre character designs are sure to turn a lot of folks off. One Piece is not done in a traditional anime style. It's very unique and it's bound to rub some people the wrong way. Otherwise, if you like your anime rife with fight scenes that last several episodes, declaratory statements ("Ore wa Kaizokuo ni naru da!" or "I will become the Pirate King!" is Luffy's favorite thing to say...), screwball humor and a touch of originality, One Piece will not fail to please.
The ORIGINAL One Piece Is So So So Awesome, but the thing that caught my eye was the unique fighting styles of the characters, like luffy has the power of a Mysterious fruit that was called the gomu gomu no mi, which lets him sretch any part of his body like rubber, next is, zoro who fights with 3 swords, also sanji who just fights with his legs, also theres nami who uses a unique weapon called the complete clima-tact which lets her fight wit heat and coldness and lightning, also there is usopp, who uses a giant slingshot which gives him better aim, theres also chopper who has the power of the human human fruit which lets him turn into different forms like human mode, animal mode, and hybrid mode, and he also created a ball called rumble ball which adds 5 more modes for chopper, theres robin who has the ability of the hana hana no mi which lets her bloom out any limb oh her body to another place, theres franky who is a cyborg, theres brook, who uses a cane that turns into a sword for brook, im just saying that one piece has very creative and interesting characters
Pirates battle each other on the harshest ocean in the world, The Grand Line. The main character, Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro start off and form a crew to achieve their respective dreams, picking up numerous new crew mates along the way.
This show starts off somewhat childish, however as the second major arc is introduced the story picks up and gets more serious and more entertaining. The story is well done and stays true to the manga.
As with most animes based on mangas fillers can be a huge downer, especially if you know in advance that a certain arc is not going to add anything to the final story. Also with a series of this length there are bound to be long stretches of boringness. Episodes which set up a major event but aren't as fun to watch as the event itself. However these episodes are usually important for the story even if they aren't all that entertaining.
The anime hardly ever overstretches manga chapter resulting in nothing-happening episodes which is a major problem with some animes.
The animation quality can be choppy at times especially in the first 200 episodes. However since the Enies Lobby arc I have hardly seen such moments. The openings can be annoying since they are usually pretty crappy, especially since theres a 4 minute introduction to each episode. Recently the length of the openings have been extended to twice the length of a regular anime opening, at around 2 and a half minutes.
The characters are diverse and fun to watch and its always emotional when someone new joins the crew. There are numerous tear jerking, laugh out loud and just overall WOW moments.
The awesomeness of this series can not be put into words as easily as its faults but it is without a doubt an amazing series despite minor issues.
Well it's been a while but the original Japanese One Piece has earned its own forum, and it's well deserving.
I'll start off with the epic romance that is "One Piece". Never before have I seen a story so intently and thoroughly made than One Piece by Oda-sama. Everything in One Piece has a meaning and sooner or later, it will probably have a great coincedence. A lot of research goes into One Piece, and there are countless references from the real world such as real Pirates, Mythology, and celebrities.
The characters in One Piece are of a strange variety to say the least. However some characters prove to be more than they appear to be, and they will always do the unexpected. The Straw Hat Crew is one of the most colorful combinations of people ever seen: A Strawhat wearing Rubberman, A pirate hunter wielding 3 swords, the navigator/thief/ money loving lady, the Sharpshooter dreaming to be a warrior, the incredible chef who fights only with kicks and seems to be immune to cancer, the half-reindeer, half-human doctor, the archaeologist with a dark past full of betrayal, the cyborg shipwright with a fascination with speedos, and the musician/swordsman who happens to be an afro bearing skeleton. All these characters contribute so much to the show, including comedic and heroic acts. Most of all, they all have their lovable nature.
The villains are all dynamic and well made characters. Each having their own story and reasons for their treachery. The villains are also a colorful bunch including a devilish clown, a self-righteous marine, a military assassin group, and practically the rest of the world. The villains all have their own incredible abilities and power. The greatest villain is the World Government, which is currently at war with the Strawhat Pirates.
Finising up I have one more point to make: the show is full of twists. You can make thousands of full-proof theories about what will happen next and chances are, you'll still be shocked at what happens. Odas storyline is full of twists and turns which draw you in and keep you on the edge of your chair (that is, if you haven't already fallen off). This unpredictable story has stayed strong for over a decade, and will surely continue for another.
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