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 Eiichiro–sensei (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.
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
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