This post is long overdue, but I’d like to mention that I have finally began watching the anime One Piece, highly regarded as one of the big three along with Naruto and Bleach, One Piece focuses on Luffy and the Straw Hats. I began watching One Piece at the start of this summer (for me, around June) and quickly climbed up to episode 420~, by the time you read this I will be past that episode.
I want to talk a little about One Piece and why it took me so long to begin, but I am 100% glad that I did begin this series. With over 700 anime episodes now, the series boasts a large number of stories focusing on a number of fantastic characters, not just the Straw Hats. I initially began watching One Piece a few years ago, I got to Usopp’s arc and quickly dismissed the anime, even thought I knew it would get better.
I began watching from ground zero, since I wanted to speed through them, I had to watch the English Dub episodes making it a little easier for me to get through them with a little less trouble, even if the Japanese version is the pristine and best version to watch. At around episode 350, I had to switch over to Sub as it seemed that most websites no longer had Dub’s available, I didn’t care a lot since I was finally hearing the original voices as they intended to be.
Currently, the Straw Hats have been dispersed into separate islands and places where the only thing keeping them together is the Vivra paper which is connected to Rayleigh (what a strong old man). Luffy meets with Boa Hancock, while the others are in their own islands with either tranny’s, large birds, flying islands and so on. And as Ace’s execution gets even closer, all the big players are also getting ready to fight against White Beard.
It really feels like Marine Ford will feature an intense and one hell of a battle (I may have spoiled it for myself, I look it up 😦 ). Nevertheless, I’d like to talk about One Piece in general, since I’m more than half way through the series, I now have an idea why a lot of anime fans rate One Piece so highly.
One Piece is truly a godly anime, it deserves the praise it’s getting and more. Scenes that involved the end of the Going Merry, or any other scene which queued emotions really did a grand job of it, if it was sadness or increasing fighting spirit, it did a fantastic job of it. The anime gave it it’s all to cover every bit of it and engulf the fan into the series as though they were there.
I still have a long way to go through the series. Since I’m skipping fillers episodes, I have even shorter of a journey to get to the current episodes. A friend of mine mentioned that the filler episodes are fantastic, even if they aren’t directly created by the author, they somewhat direct themselves towards the situation they’re in and pull in the viewers even more, which makes the series even better as I agree after watching a few filler episodes.
I have one worry when it comes to One Piece, it’s not the series or the story itself, it’s the way the anime progresses. Currently, I’m more than half way through the anime, so I’m drowning in episodes that I can watch without waiting a week or two for more One Piece. However, once I catch up and get to the current episodes, I think I will hate the fact that I love One Piece as much I think I will.
Waiting a week for another 20 minutes episode, which is sometimes wasted with recaps and long opening music videos will just piss me off to spoil it for myself and read the manga (which I’m planning on doing). Even so, I’ve heard that One Piece progresses really slowly, not on the level of Dragon Ball slow though, which I may have to just deal with when I get to it.
Nevertheless, that was a bit of a rant which I was planning on doing, I think once I’ve caught up, I’ll do another one to sum up my thoughts on the series and just trying to catch up from 0 to 700-something. Anyways, what do you think? Go ahead and comment down below telling me how you feel about the series.