One Piece - Season 1 - Review : Get Ready To Set Sail Across The East Blue

Please don’t proceed studying should you haven’t watched the entire first season but and you aren’t okay with being spoiled.

Introduction :

The present relies on the favored long-running Japanese One Piece manga collection by Eiichiro Oda ( who’s working as a artistic guide on the collection ) , the manga holds the title as the most effective promoting manga on the earth. The present follows the adventures of the Straw Hats pirate crew as they discover the oceans and seek for the legendary fabled treasure One Piece.

The Characters :

The present stars Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy Captain of the Straw Hats pirate crew , Emily Rudd as Nami a enigmatic thief and map maker , Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro a grasp swordsman and bounty hunter , Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp a boisterous marksman and Taz Skylar as Sanji, a girl loving grasp chef and a practitioner of a martial arts kind the place he solely makes use of his legs. The remainder of the primary forged for the primary season is crammed out by Vincent Regan as Garp , Jeff Ward as Buggy the Clown and Morgan Davies as Koby.

As somebody who tried to look at the anime and fell off from watching it as a result of it had a variety of episodes, at present the present has over a thousand episodes. This reside motion adaptation is superb even for non followers of the manga and anime. The actors are all nicely forged as their characters which provides to the staff dynamic of the Straw Hats Crew. Inaki Godoy is nice at portraying Luffy innocence, Luffy’s coronary heart beats for the goals of others which endears him to the viewers fairly rapidly. Luffy might need some innocence however by no means comes throughout asnstupid which is a really tough factor to do. Watching the collection it is fairly clear why the present has lasted this lengthy. Luffy could be very likeable and the Straw Hats Crew are all additionally attention-grabbing characters with particular person goals and motivations which might be completely different from Luffys which makes all of them nicely developed, nicely rounded characters.

Emily Rudd holds her personal as Nami , with a very emotional story that bookends the season. Mackenyu and Taz are glorious as Zoro and Sanji who’re offered because the Straw Hats Crew’s finest “sword” to “leg” fighters and take part in some nice stunt work but additionally have wealthy emotional backstories. Jacob will get to do a variety of comedic heavy lifting as Usopp. I can safely say I beloved the entire Straw Hats Crew by the tip. Even the villains are very nicely developed with Jeff Ward ( Marvel’s Brokers Of Defend alumni) giving a masterclass efficiency as Bugsy the clown , Jeff is a good actor and it is nice watching him actually blossom in such an attention-grabbing function.

Plot :

I lastly get why One Piece as a franchise has related with individuals and grow to be the most effective promoting manga of all time, One Piece is about goals at it’s core and conjures up individuals to comply with their goals no matter they may be and never quit on them. Each single individual on the earth has a dream and that very common thread is seen most prominently in Luffy, the lead character’s perception in following his goals it doesn’t matter what individuals round him say. It is a very optimistic present that the world wants proper now. I believe the present will push individuals in direction of trying out the manga and anime in the event that they have not achieved so already. The reside motion adaptation is an achievement for reside motion variations of manga which have actually been hit and miss through the years , I can foresee Netflix making extra variations for manga’s if this present is the colossal hit I anticipate it to be from the manga/anime followers and audiences reception.The writers of this present actually should be counseled for having the ability to obtain what a variety of variations through the years have didn’t do.

VFX and Cinematography :

The particular results of the present look completely beautiful , the digicam work works very well hand in hand with it. The satan fruit powers are nicely realised , this was one of many issues I frightened would look very low cost in reside motion however Luffy utilizing his Mr Improbable stretching powers by no means felt misplaced visually within the context of the world created within the present, it matches fantastically. Props additionally need to be given for a way vibrant this present seems to be , the color grading is completely glorious. I additionally beloved how the colorful hair actually made it straightforward to right away inform which character we had been seeing as a toddler in flashbacks. Props additionally need to be given to all of the little one actors who portrayed the younger variations of the Straw Hats Crew.

Music :

The present’s rating was composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli. Nami’s theme and music My Sails Are Set sung by Aurora is a tremendous pop ballad. The rating could be very cinematic , one thing that has grow to be extra frequent with the rise of streaming, closing the hole between conventional tv and theatrical films. The rating notably makes the stunt work throughout battle scenes look much more magnificent.

Stunt work :

The present makes use of a variety of lengthy takes and huge photographs throughout battle scenes which permits the viewers to see the detailed battle choreography which provides to the present’s enjoyable. All the battle scenes on the present are all actually nice however I might need to say I like the group fights essentially the most when the entire characters are preventing collectively as a staff.

Manufacturing Design and Costuming :

The present’s set designs felt very detailed, nicely used and lived in. Richard Bridgland was the present’s manufacturing designer for it’s first season and he was chargeable for creating quite a few set items such because the Baratie restaurant , Arlong Park , Kaya’s mansion in Syrup village , the Going Merry e.t.c. I can’t wait to see what stuff from the sensible thoughts of Eiichiro Oda he brings to life within the present’s second season.

The costume work is nice and actually works hand in hand with the actors’ superb performances. Even one thing as small however essential as Luffy’s distinctive Straw Hat performs its half visually in including to the present’s visible attraction. It’s clear this present was made by followers of the supply materials. The particular results make-up on characters just like the Fishmen, notably Arlong, can be glorious and jogs my memory simply how a lot this component is lacking from a variety of fashionable tv. 90’s exhibits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer had terrific monster make up and this present is a worthy successor in that regard. The terrific make-up works hand in hand with McKinley Belcher III’s charismatic and terrifying efficiency as Arlong.

Verdict :

I can safely say I am a One Piece fan now. The primary season may be loved on it’s personal as a self-contained story with a starting , center and conclusion ,with some arrange for a possible season 2 , so the present feels very satisfying although I might have most well-liked extra episodes as a result of I loved it a lot.


1. Story: 10/10

2. Visuals: 10/10

3. Sound: 10/10

4. Performances: 10/10

5. General: 10/10

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