One Piece Review - One WILD RIDE

Published: 24th September 2023, by Andrew Radbourne.

My brief, spoiler free musings about Netflix show One Piece

Greetings everyone,

net flix advertisement for the live action manga One Piece featuting a pirate ship and silhouettes of the cast
Netflix poster for One Piece
I recently indulged in a One Piece marathon over the weekend and felt the urge to share my thoughts, devoid of spoilers.
At its roots, One Piece is an adventurous tale set in a maritime universe. Our protagonist, a youthful enthusiast endowed with peculiar capacities, announces himself a pirate. He embarks on a journey to locate the legendary treasure known as “One Piece” to become the king of all pirates; a spontaneous crew tags along in this pulsating journey.

Before we delve any deeper, I want to confess that I am not familiar with the vast world of the One Piece Manga, nor had I watched the Anime series before this. My exposure to this fabulous show was driven purely by the faith invested in the recommendations of a few trusted associates, and I am grateful for their insistence.

My encounter with One Piece was refreshing. Although it doesn't lay claim to radically changing viewers' perspectives, it surely does offer a delightful escapade. One Piece is amusing, entertaining, and peculiarly offbeat, but at the same time carries an undeniable emotional resonance.

Netflix add featuring Monkey D Luffeys crew, Emily Rudd as Nami Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro Jacob Romero as Usopp Taz Skylar as Sanji abourd their pirate ship Luffy is played by Iñaki Godoy
Netflix One Piece crew
Our protagonist, Monkey D Luffy, along with a bunch of exquisitely detailed characters, makes their presence felt from the onset. Their pasts and paths to their current identities unroll steadily as the series progresses. Each character emanates a distinct charm and carries an element of relatability, despite living in this fantastical universe. The writing does justice to their interactions and motivations - eccentric yet comprehensible.

As for the action scenes, they provide a fun yet tension-filled spectacle, strewn with innovative fight choreography. The narrative, however, does not always favour our heroes, presenting shocks and surprises at unanticipated turns.

The creators deserve applause for bringing this world alive with vivid graphics. Though I suspect some nuances from the original manga might have been compromised, the visuals do not fall short in presenting imaginatively engineered designs and characters. While noticeably different from our world, it carries enough similarities to evoke a sense of familiarity.

Exposition scenes are seamlessly introduced in the script, gradually revealing the universe as the protagonists explore it themselves. This smartly prevents an overload of information right off the bat.

Admittedly, it took me some time to warm up to Luffey. His character initially gave off a cartoon-like air which took some getting used to but Iñaki Godoy's pure charm playing the character quickly won me over. Though slightly distracting, the fish-eye lens effect, most prominent in later episodes, did not substantially diminish my viewing experience.

In conclusion, One Piece captured my attention from the start, resulting in a one-day binge. It wasn't just the standalone episodes but the promise of what each character's journey holds that left me yearning for more. If a spellbinding mix of laughter, emotion, and intrigue is what you seek, I strongly recommend One Piece.

I am keen to know your thoughts and recommendations related to this series. If you found this write-up beneficial, please like, subscribe and thank you for reading. Until next time, peace out!
I'm giving this a score of 9
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