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Review of One Piece - Strong World

+ posted by njt in Anime News on Dec 13, 2009 19:02
*Just a warning, this review may include some spoilers - so if you're sensitive to that, beware...*


With this movie making 4.5 Million Dollars on its FIRST DAY I thought I should write a quick review on how I felt about it. Before I start my review though, I want to make myself clear. I'm not the type that goes to anime movies that often, and I'm not completely sure I would have gone to this movie if it weren't for the bonus volume zero that you get out of it. But after the movie was over, I was glad I went.

Things that stand out from this movie are the outfits. I'm probably not the only one that thought so, seeing as Luffy is on the front cover of a men's fashion magazine in Japan. But, really, they did a great job with the characters and giving them a great look. My personal favorite was Chopper's look, and the way Robin looked (I'm a sucker for a girl in glasses - and man, Robin looks great o.o). Other honorable mentions are Brook with his 70s hippy look as well as Nami with her VERY short shorts and bathing suit <33333. You Nami fans are going to be VERY happy :).

You can really tell that Oda-sensei had his hand in this film. From the way the characters acted to the overall way it was presented, just really, top class work. The art looked great (as expected from a film), the fighting scenes were intense - though there was one part I found kinda laughable: Luffy jumps goes into Gear Second and it looks EXACTLY like Goku when he's doing his Kaioken power up. I really felt the "Shonen Jump" vibe on that scene. There were also a few other fighting scenes that I really liked, one reminded me a lot of the scene when Luffy punches the Tenryūbito in ep 396 - I just loved the way that was presented and a certain attack carried that kind of emotion in this movie as well. But my favorite is the scene when they all confront Shiki for the second time, in his own quarters. Everyone is pimped out in mafia-style clothing and they really do make a kickass entry.

I found myself laughing out loud the most because of Sanji. He really was on fire in this movie, but the other characters did play out their parts really well. Though, after watching it twice it felt like Robin and Franky didn't have as much screen time as everyone else. So if you're going in for them, don't expect too much. One thing it missed out on though is the "touching" moments you normally get from OP. The movie was 42% laughing, 43% action, and 15% everything else (which kind of has some soft parts but not much). Shiki and his henchmen are also a treat - with the way the three are introduced and their various "Slapstick" comedy routines - I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

This film really was done very, very well -- I managed to sit through two screenings and not fall asleep (I'm not the kind to watch a movie twice unless I really REALLY liked it.) So kudos to the entire crew working on it. At this point in time, who knows when we'll see it on DVD, but rest assured, they produced a film that really is for the fans. So look forward to its release - whenever that is!

Also I wrote up some facts about the movie and tried not to spoil it too much, you can find it here:

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#1. by OunknownO (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
Quote:
Things that stand out from this movie are the outfits. I'm probably not the only one that thought so, seeing as Luffy is on the front cover of a men's fashion magazine in Japan. But, really, they did a great job with the characters and giving them a great look. My personal favorite was Chopper's look, and the way Robin looked (I'm a sucker for a girl in glasses - and man, Robin looks great o.o). Other honorable mentions are Brook with his 70s hippy look as well as Nami with her VERY short shorts and bathing suit <33333. You Nami fans are going to be VERY happy :).

Not another bleach stunt

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Bleach
#2. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
That I didn't know about :o. Interesting :). Thanks!

(still not enough to get me to read Bleach though ._.) :p
#3. by ruggia (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
I usually never watch anime movies from stuff like this, but this one, I will be downloading once its out on the web XD
#4. by Mana (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
I never imagine that tite was a fashion desingner and bleach was just a way of merchadising that went particualary well xDD...

about the movie, great i wish i could see it rigth now, but thats not gonna happend... i want to see everyone in clothes TT-TT (not like they go naked on the series but u know what i mean xD)

wll looking forwad to someday seen the movie...
#5. by Skyrius (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
Now if you don't mind, I'm going to run around flailing like a crazy fan.

...And cry over the fact that it will be a while before a subbed version of the movie comes out. BUT, I will wait. Though I really can't wait XD Positive reviews only help to feed the obsession >_>
#6. by HikaruYami (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
What's the last 10%? Boring shit? That's unlikely, seeing as it's OP.
#7. by rukori (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
Sounds nice! You convinced me to dl it..
#8. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
ah, the last 10% was me neglecting to add a 1 before the 5 :p
#9. by lopata (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
we have at least to wait 6-7 months to appear on the net ^_^
#10. by op3l (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
I wanna see ths movie sob sob :cry
#11. by cloneofsnake (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
Wow, u saw it twice?! So did you get all 3 sets of trading cards? I went alone to watch it tonight, all the way to Toyosu, but it was totally worth it!!

To me, this feels like a mini arc out of the main story, they could've easily expanded it into a longer version for the manga!

The costumes were awesome, yes! I totally agree on the part where the crew faces Shiki the 2nd time, their entry was just too damn awesome!!! (I LOL'd at Usopp's kick.) Luffy looked a bit like Shanks in that scene... and I thought it actually would be cool if we get a little time lapse to see Luffy grown up a little, and way more powerful! I also like the duck... it made me laugh more than any of the straw hat crew actually :P

Speaking of LOL... this is my 2nd movie experience in Japan, and I wonder... do people LOL in the cinema here? Everyone was so quiet and polite! Also, if this was in the US, we'd see a lot of kids as this is an "animated" movie. Here, of course, it's all adults! I see a lot of couples actually!

Back to the movie, the story was a little too predictable, but who cares when you can enjoy the art, kick ass fight scenes, Oda's signature strange animals, all at a good pace. True, Robin has a total of what, 4 lines? and all Franky does is Coo-da-burst (?) Thousand Sunny, is that his only job now? To send the ship flying? Also, main 3 fighters - Luffy, Zoro and Sanji all just used their super moves against CP9... oh how I wish Oda would add a hint of Haki for them in this movie... :(

Best of all, at 1800 yen plus 100 online purchase fee, I feel like I've repaid my years of downloading on Mangahelpers, for free. LOL... I've done my part to support the franchise, when the Blu-ray comes out, I'll probably buy that too! Karma! LOL
#12. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Dec 14, 2009
in regards to the no laughing comment, yeah lol they're VERY quiet :p

But I don't mind and just laugh out loud when it's funny :p

Glad you liked it :3. Get a book? :D
#13. by cloneofsnake (Registered User)
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
Of course! I probably wouldn't have gone if they were out of the books. At least not by myself!

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