When we first started watching One Piece back in 1999 little did we know that we will become as hooked as we are and stay for 700 episodes. Let’s face it; an anime must be pretty awesome to stick to it. One Piece is one of the longest running anime out there and the manga is quite popular as well. When people start to talk about Bleach, Naruto Shippuden, and Dragon Ball, One Piece seems to slip into conversations as well.
Yes there are One Piece haters, we respect them of course because everyone has likes and dislikes and there is always something else you might like that they like as well, but have you seen a One Piece enthusiast? Foamy mouthed and starry eyed, like Ookami from AnimeFanatika when he starts talking about the anime. Those who love the anime love it fiercely and are extremely loyal to it.
So, to a new comer that does not know about One Piece and ask what it is all about here is a little breakdown of the anime. One Piece is an action-packed tale of the Straw Hat Pirates and their adventures on the high seas. It takes place in a fictional universe where vast numbers of pirates, marines, vagabonds, and others fight each other, using various superpowers as well as supernatural abilities.
The series’ storyline follows a group of pirates called The Straw Hat Pirates, as they search for the One Piece, a rare treasure the infamous pirate Gol D. Roger spoke about before his death. Our hero, Monkey D. Luffy, is a teenager determined to find the legendary treasure and become the King of Pirates. Having eaten one of the Devil’s Fruit, Luffy has the awesome power of rubber, and like Mr. Fantastic from the Fantastic Four comic. It gives Luffy the ability to stretch his limbs and skin beyond what is normal and uses it in creative ways to fight (for instance blowing his body up to a gigantic size to ward off cannonballs which cannot hurt him, and other wonderful tricks). Unfortunately, especially for a pirate, all of those that have eaten the Devil’s Fruit become weak in seawater.
With his eccentric crew, which include the direction-impaired swordsman Roronoa Zoro, singing skeleton Brooke, the cola-powered cyborg Frankie, and money-obsessed navigator Nami, Monkey goes off looking for the Grand Line, an ocean where this treasure is supposedly hidden.
One Piece is all about pirates, complete with the swashbuckling swordsmen and cannon-studded galleons that we’ve grown used to in the ‘pirate’ genre. But there’s always an accompanying weirdness, such as the floating Oden bar (Oden is a traditional Japanese dish, made with boiled eggs, radish, fishcakes and broth), and Zoro’s bizarre skills with a katana, that gives it a Japanese touch. It’s all very bizarre and overblown, but that’s what makes it so much fun to watch. It takes you on a journey to new unique worlds where mermaids are not quite the Disney cuties you are used to, where telephones are snail-like creatures called Den-Den Mushi and the pirates are not the usual stereotypes.
Beware new comers, spoiler alert from here on!
One Piece fanatiks often reminisce about storylines as well as events that happened in the show. One that personally comes to mind is when Vivi, the princess of Alabasta said goodbye to the Straw Pirates in front of the Navy after being part of the crew for quite some time. Luffy and the crew did not want the Navy to find out she was part of the crew so they turned their backs on her, but raised their arms, exposing a mark on their arms as proof that she is still part of them. It is a tearful silent goodbye, and even if she is not an active member of the crew anymore, all the Straw Hat Pirate members still see her as part of their crew.
The anime has it weepy moments, yes but there are lots of action-scenes as well like the one where Zoro fought Bartholomew Kuma using his Lion Song attack or when the Straw Hats fought the Navy to save Nico Robin, the Straw Hats’ archeologist.
If we should continue writing about One Piece it will fill a volume of books, 700 episodes is quite a lot to cover. If you have not tried the anime, go have a look. You have worlds to discover, adventures to embark on and weird and wonderful people to meet!
Here is a video of the very first opening song that played back in 1999. Please follow the link: http://bit.ly/One-Piece_Opening_1
One Piece also did crossovers with other anime like in Episode 492 it crossed over with the anime Toriko. Here is the episode Opening, Have a Look! http://bit.ly/One-Piece_Toriko_Crossover