ONE PIECE: From First Impression to Undeniable Passion

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 2:  Favourite Anime You’ve Watched

I don’t even have to think about this one.  Without a doubt, my number 1 favourite anime of all time is ONE PIECE by Oda Eiichirosensei (尾田 栄一郎).

My passion for ONE PIECE is not what you would describe as love-at-first-sight.  In fact, I kind of took the neutral side when I first watched the anime.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t particularly love it either.  I didn’t really understand all the other die-hard fans of the series, who would often mimic Luffy’s Gomu-gomu and Zoro’s Santouryuu techniques.  Luffy’s simplistic and happy-go-lucky personality annoyed me.  His dream of becoming the Kaizoku Ou (Pirate King) baffled me.  But as the story progressed, I became attached to the characters and admired the strong bond between the Mugiwara Pirates.  With time, I saw beyond Luffy’s idiotic simplistic personality and realized that he really cares about his nakama.  He would do anything and everything for them.  For him, his nakama are his family.

My earlier impression that it’s a shallow series, heavily dependent upon flashy battle scenes and flamboyant fighting techniques, gradually disappeared.  The series is typical shounen with lots of action, adventure, and comedy and big, bouncy boobs (ahem!), but I’m surprised (in a good way) that the story arcs are taking on deeper and darker themes (e.g. slavery, exploitation of power, etc.).  Now I’m convinced that the mangaka Oda-sensei is a plot genius.  It always amazes me how he takes a character or an event from an earlier arc and turns it into a major plot element in later arcs.  I’m not sure if all of them are deliberate or by chance, but without a doubt, these twists and turns are AWE-SOOOOME!!!

Many first-time anime viewers are discouraged by the sheer amount of episodes in the series.  That’s understandable.  Well, if you’re one of them, I’m not going to force you to watch it.  Make your own decision.  And if you do watch it, I can’t guarantee that you’ll like it.  I’ve encountered many people on the web who watched the series, and concluded that they don’t like it.  Many of them haven’t gone past their initial impression that it’s a shallow series.  Perhaps they haven’t discovered the deeper and darker themes yet.  Too bad.

I have so many things to say about ONE PIECE and a single blog post like this is not enough for me.  I love ONE PIECE so much, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.  I want to know how Oda-sensei will wrap everything up.  But at the same time, I don’t want it to end.  Quite the contradiction, huh?  Oh well.  Typical feeling of an OP fan.

So now you know ONE PIECE is my number 1 favourite anime.  In fact, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I write quite a lot about this series.  Well, it’s just that there is a LOT to write about this series and. . .and. . .and–

–and I’ll shut up now.

Links:
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)


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11 thoughts on “ONE PIECE: From First Impression to Undeniable Passion”

  1. I actually started to watch the One Piece English dub (mostly because 4Chan has such a terrible rep for dubbing anime and I really wanted to see it). I may actually start watching it in Japanese mostly because my friend is always trying to get me to watch it haha…. Plus my favorite boyband did the OP (DBSK if you’re curious ^^)! I have to support them!

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    1. You said it! 4Kids indeed handled ONE PIECE terribly. All of the censorship & inaccurate translations. Funimation’s dub is better, so I think it’s better if you watch their version. I heard that Funimation’s voice actors are voted by the Japanese fans, so the dub is closer to how the actual Japanese voice actors
      sounded.

      Oh my gosh! I love DBSK’s version of “We Are!” I prefer the original version, but their version is so modern and more hip.

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  2. I totally agree! I read the comics in the American Shonen Jumps and it was fun but not my favorite (I preferred Naruto)… Then the story continued and it became more and more crazy, and the mythology of the world of One Piece grew and grew. Right up there with Tolkein and Star Wars, it’s awesome world-building. It is so creative, genius really, as well as being funny and entertaining.

    I think there is a lot of depth in One Piece as well. Basically, the pirates are the good guys and the navy/government are the bad guys. With lots of morally grey situations which makes one think. Children all over the world are learning to question the government and to be free spirits, it is amazing.

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    1. Oh my gosh! My thoughts exactly! High-five! Indeed. I think that the sheer amount of episodes/chapters in the series were used productively to develop the world of ONE PIECE in mythological dimensions. So awesome.

      Yes, you’re right. It’s quite the paradox, especially when you think about our “reality”. The navy are supposed to be the good guys, but they’re the a-holes in the series. Great observation. That’s why I always say that there’s a LOT of things that you can write about ONE PIECE. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. You might not believe this because I’ve only watched up to 48th episode, but I like One Piece. 🙂 Maybe it’ll turn to love as I decide to watch more episodes. Before I watched the Japanese dub, I watched OP in local TV and it was really fun. XD I’ve even watched the Eneru arc. Whew.

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      1. I didn’t mean to put pressure of you. 😀
        But have fun and enjoy watching when you get to it. I’m not sure if OP will be on your favourites list, but it’s on mine, so I can’t help recommending it.

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