Label: Manga Entertainment
Release Date: 27th May 2013
Running Time: 650 minutes
Release Type: DVD
Monkey D. Luffy has been inspired by his childhood idol, the powerful and personality filled Red Haired Shanks. He vows to sail the East Blue Sea and become the Pirate King. To do this Luffy has to acquire a ship, a crew and a map to find the legendary treasure the previous Pirate King left behind, known as the One Piece.
Starting his journey alone, Luffy quickly finds his first shipmate, the legendary swordsman Roronoa Zoro and together they make their perilous journey to the Grand Line.
One Piece has been very much anticipated for years in the UK. It was released in America in 2004 and was first shown in Japan in 1999, so the anime has very much aged. This brings us to wonder if this release is a little too late, could the animation be too dated, the story be too plain, or even the voice acting be poor quality?
All of this does have to be taken with a pinch of salt but for a modern release with a hefty price tag (£25 on Amazon), we are still hoping for some great things.
One Piece‘s story is nothing new, we already have ninjas, alien races and characters with supernatural powers in the shonen line up so an extra one focusing on pirates wouldn’t go amis. Surprisingly there are not many anime series focusing on pirates so One Piece is unique in that sense, but in terms of plot it is not.
Our hero Luffy starts from the sea floor and works his way up, he is arrogant, playful and very stubborn – remind you of anyone? His personality is very similar to other shonen main characters but if the formula works, why change it?
The good thing is that the animation still looks colourful. It is discouraging that your screen is flanked with two big blocks of black space though – as the series has not been set for our modern TVs. As the series goes on we can be sure that the animation will pick up, but all in all it is not something to turn your nose up at.
One Piece throws itself at you, it is so blatantly shonen that if you like previous shonen series then you will likely enjoy it – though if that is the case, I am pretty sure you have already seen most of it. The voice acting is completely shocking at points, as the sound doesn’t seem to match the characters.
This is going to be a long-going series, much like the Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and Bleach releases – so if you think you can keep up, go out and buy it.