One Piece of what? The Pirate King. That is the goal of the protagonist, Luffy, in the show, One Piece. In this show created by Eichiro Oda, it tells the story of a group of young people who embark on an adventure to complete their goals. The Pirate King is considered one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. In order to do so many had to give up on their normal life and join Luffy, who is in search of a treasure called the One Piece. It was named this after the former Pirate King, who said he had left all of his treasure in “”one piece” hidden in some far corner of the world. Gold Roger, (the former pirate king) announced on his execution stand that the next man to find it would be the new pirate king. Luffy started his adventure after making a promise to the man who was like a father to him. That man had also sacrificed his own arm to save Luffy. In order to repay him, he swore he would become the king and show his strength to the world. He has met 8 friends along his adventure; Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky, and Brook. Every time Luffy brings someone along on his crew, The Strawhat Pirates, he usually has done something life changing for them and many involved saving them from being killed or saving the things most precious to them. During their times together, they have gone on many adventures that even I haven’t caught up on. The sections of the story are called arcs. These are usually volumes in the book series or sets of episodes in the show. I have seen many of the arcs, but I still have more to go. My personal favorite, so far, is the Arabasta arc. The villain in this arc is probably one of the cruelest and most bloodthirsty. He nearly killed an entire country solely for his amusement, and love of the desert. I will not say much other than the fact that each one has its own unique story and some sort of trauma and overcoming for one or all of the characters. This is overall an amazing series and would highly recommend reading or watching it. I’ll admit that it does have some very weird aspects in it that may be considered offensive by some, but those are overcome easily. To explain the powers of the characters, are the powers of a Devil’s Fruit. They are cursed foods that when eaten, allow a demon to enter your soul, but in turn for allowing that demon to live there, two things are granted to you: A special power that will vary depending on the demon inside the fruit. The second is hatred from the sea. Due to the curses these hold, the price to pay is when engulfed in sea water or you touch sea-‐prism stone, you will become temporarily paralyzed and pass out. As you could guess, being a pirate sailing on the sea, this could end up being lethal. 4 of the 9 members on the Strawhat crew have these powers. I think that my personal favorite characters are Roronoa Zoro and Fire Fist Ace. They are each funny in their own way. Ace will fall asleep in mid-‐speech or while eating and people commonly think that he was poisoned. Instead he wakes up a few seconds later and resumes talking. He has Devil Fruit powers, hence the nickname, “Fire Fist” He can turn into fire and blast fire from his body. He even has his own little boat powered by the heat that he creates. Zoro is similar as well. He does not do things unless he wants to, is forced to or told by Nami to do something, of whom he is terrified. He has practiced and sworn to the
one person he could never beat, to be the greatest swordsman in the world. In order to do this, he has to kill Hawkeye Mihawk, the man who nearly killed him and is one of the Seven Shichibukai, which means the 7 Warlords of the Sea. This show is very inspirational because it shows how a turn can be taken from your life and things can actually go your way. This ties to something I like about the show: the uniqueness of the story and characters. Brook is an excellent example; he was killed along with the rest of his crew as they were sailing on the sea, in what is basically the Bermuda Triangle. He was resurrected 1 year later and was forced to live on his ship for 50 years. Imagine that. All of your best friends killed, leaving you behind to fend for yourself in the middle of nowhere. (Luckily he was turned into a skeleton, so he doesn’t have to eat or anything like that. That doesn’t mean he can’t or doesn’t enjoy doing so.) You couldn’t leave the ship or you’d be banished to hell by the ocean and the Devil’s Fruit. If this happened to me, I would have no idea what to do. He had to keep himself entertained until the day he met Luffy and the Strawhats. I don’t know if other people appreciate good characters like this as much as me, but I think it has excellent character development in its story. Nami is another good example. When she was a baby, the orphanage she had lived in had been destroyed and she was forced onto the sea with another young girl from the orphanage, named Nojiko. Soon after the event, a Marine Captain named Bellemere, found them floating near the shore of her home island. She took them in and retired as a Marine. 7 years later a Fishman named Arlong came to their island and brutally overwhelmed its inhabitants. A man named Genzo, who was basically Nami and Nojiko’s father, tried to protect them, but nearly died doing so. Arlong demanded 10,000 beri (Their currency) for every adult and 5,000 for every child. When he arrived at their house, they only had enough for 1 adult. In the end Bellemere used it to pay for Nami and Nojiko and was shot through the heart shouting, “I’d rather die than saying that I don’t have a family!” Right after, Nami was taken hostage and forced to work as a navigator for Arlong. Imagine that as well; your mother being killed right in front of you when you’re only 7 years old. This I think was one of the most brutal backstories. I mean in a lot of series out there have good backstories, but this one really stands out to me. I guess this series, coupled with a few more of my goals, helps me think about what I want to do with my life. I want to be an engineer of sorts and build machines to help people. This show makes me think that I really can do something like that and says that I should keep trying no matter the risk. I haven’t been watching it as much as I used to. I guess this is because the Arc I am on is not the greatest and the temporary characters in it are really weird. I just think that if you keep trying to do something you can eventually succeed in the field of work or goal you are trying to achieve.