Nowadays, the traditional shonen formula of simple intense action tends
steal the limelight, and some eventually turned out to be a massive hit
Japan and worldwide (ever heard of this little series called Dragon
Ball Z?) . And even with a decidedly average animation, One Piece has become
successful due to its straightforward fights, excellent character
an overall appealing premise. Not to mention that the Anime now has
than 170 episodes up its sleeves.
Story: It was the age of the pirates. The legendary pirate king Gold
left all his fortunes somewhere along the waters of the Grand Line, and
inspires the people far and wide to become pirates and search for it.
ultimate treasure, the One Piece, has yet to be found in those
waters, said to be a place where just about anything can happen. And
pirates never returned after entering the Grand Line; some did but were
And then there’s the story of a simple boy (as in ‘crazy and and
hilarious’) called Luffy who wanted to be the King of Pirates. He sets
to gather a crew and eventually did, and with each of them having
goals to achieve, they teamed up to sail for the Grand Line, facing a
lot of adversaries along the journey. And another thing, Luffy ate a
fruit’ which gives him a rubber-like body, although now he’s cursed by
sea and will never be able to swim in the water. His companion includes
navigator Nami, swordsperson Zoro, cook Sanji and, uh, whatever role
supposed to take, apart from being a liar all the time.
One thing for sure, this Anime is very long. Most of the main
could last up to ten episodes, which sometimes can be a bit tedious. It
takes thirty episodes for Luffy to gather all of his mainstay crew
but thankfully, right after that is where the really good stuff comes
If you can stand the first two lengthy arcs (the Kuroneko and Baratie
stories), you’ll definitely be up for the next, say, seventy episodes.
of the time everything is filled with action-packed sequences and
but there will be occasional emotional moments (especially the
All in all, One Piece offers everything a casual shonen fan craves for.
Although it’s always hard to keep things interesting after more than a
hundred episodes, the series have so far done decently to make fans
coming for more, aside from the fact that it’s already highly
fights are way cool, enemies and friendly characters alike are weird
wonderfully designed, and it’s also packed with a good dose of humor.
for all the sane reasons, the premise is focused on pirates. So what
heck are you waiting for?