Wednesday, April 18, 2012
One Piece Season 1 (FUNimation Dub)
“Wealth, fame, power. Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, obtained this and everything else the world had to offer. And his dying words drove countless souls to the seas.
‘You want my treasure? You can have it! I left everything I gathered together in one place. Now, you just have to find it.’
These words lured men to the Grand Line, in pursuit of dreams greater than they ever dared to imagine. This is the time known as the Great Pirate Era!”
One Piece is an Action/Comedy based on the ongoing manga (64 volumes and counting) by Eiichiro Oda back in 1997. The anime is from Toei Animation and began running in Japan in October of 1999. 4Kids held the rights to the series from 2004 to 2007, with FUNimation taking them shortly afterward and is currently holding them today. Season one of One Piece (out of 14 seasons and counting) holds 62 episodes and ran from 1999 to 2001.
Alright, I said I was never going to review anime with over 50 episodes, but this one cannot be helped. Considering I looked at Monster for a review later on this year, and that was 74 episodes long..... Although One Piece has over 500..... And still counting..... This one is an anime I really wanted to do since I watched it as a kid, so I decided to spare you and I the trouble of going through ALL the episodes for one review and just review by season. Since, as the years go by, things end up changing anyway, production wise.... Another thing to note while reading this review, and the many more to come, I decided to strictly watch the FUNimation dub. I’ll make some comparisons to 4Kids every now again, but that’s it. With all that said, let’s set sail for season one!
trying to make a running gag stop. One Piece could be a parody of the shonen genre, but only really could be if it wanted to.
Once you get through 62 episodes, One Piece is the beginning of a fun adventure that you want to just keep watching. Granted people have their choice in shonen and may not enjoy One Piece, but there must be some reason it’s been creating more episodes than Bleach and Naruto right? It’s fun, colorful, hilarious, and is completely fearless in it’s own regard. If you’re not afraid of a fun adventure with a lot of Jackass moments, give it a shot. If you make if through season one, then I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy more of it. I know I will. However, if you're looking for something else in the Shonen genre: Yu Yu Hakusho and Bleach would be my first suggestions. If you're not into Shonen, I heard there's a new series called Bodacious Space Pirates that's been airing in Japan recently. I know that's something I'm going to check out...
Until next time, otaku on my friends.