A few months ago Manga Entertainment started to release the phenomenon that is One Piece in the UK. Based on DVD sales the series is proving to be a smash hit in the British Isles, much like it has been in the States and its native Japan. I however cannot see why it gets so much attention over other better-crafted animes.
Years ago I gave the series a chance as my pals were constantly raving about it. It got to the stage that I would get embarrassed to be seen with them as they could not resist the urge to mimic the goofy catchphrases and character poses the series is renowned for. In my defence I have to say that I gave the show a fair crack. I watched one hundred and fifty episodes before calling it a day. That’s more episodes than any of my favourite animes of all time!
When the show is good it is really good. I especially liked the battles with Arlong and Crocodile, but in order to get to the good stuff you have to wade through a lot of boring or just plain silly story arcs. It’s a similar case with the show’s cast of characters. Zoro is a badass, Sanji’s womanizing is hilarious and even Usopp grew on me. Yes he’s obnoxious, but when crunch time comes he does overcome his fears and uses his ingenuity to win the day, which is a redeemable trait. Shame then that the show is fronted by a hyperactive buffoon I cannot stand. Why anyone would want to serve under Luffy is beyond me.
As you would expect from a series that has run for hundreds of episodes the artwork isn’t great. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but certainly a strike against it. I especially despise how a lot of the women look like the same person apart from them sporting a different outfit and hairstyle.
So am I alone on this one? Does anyone else share my misgivings on one of animes hottest properties? What about you fans of the show? Can you enlighten me as to what you find so appealing about it? As usual leave your thoughts on the comments section below.