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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.  

One Piece of What? By Jack  

And amazing and unique show that can be appealing to anyone of any age.

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