I used to be a huge Naruto
fan. One Piece was that stupid show with the silly characters. As I got older I moved on from anime and got into manga. Majorly disappointed by the rest of Naruto, I needed a new series. A friend recommended One Piece and I reluctantly checked it out. Hooked from chapter one.
The plot: Monkey D Luffy sails the Grandline gathering True Companions
in order to become the Pirate King. Pretty standard Shonen
The characters: They're all great. Not a single unlikable one, and even the side characters can be developed. Luffy is stupid, silly and fun. Until he gets pissed. Then he's scary
. He's a very likable lead who never gets preachy on us. Zoro is the cool
lazy guy, Nami is a bitch with a heart of gold
, and Usopp... I could do a review on how well developed this "coward" is. Sanji is a womanizing kickass chef
, Chopper is the adorable heartwarmer, Robin's smart
and calm. Franky is boisterous, and Brooke is a fun walking skeleton. Villains are either cool (Crocodile) or so evil you want to kill them (World Nobles).
Pros: It's a straight up adventure story with epic fights and heartwrenching emotional moments. It stays silly but has deep undertones. The world feels round with every island having a different look and culture. The plot is well carried out with very few holes. It's VERY funny. While it starts with a typical The Good Guys Always Win
, there is a devastating change in the story, showing that Luffy is not all powerful. The morals are usually subtlety done and the neither the pirates nor the marines are totally evil. The story is kept fresh with mysteries such as the True History.
Cons: It may stretch reality too far for some people. I like the art style, but it's not for everyone. There can be Disney Deaths
or a lack of dying that subtracts from the drama. The fishman island arc literally throws the morals at you.