English: One Piece: The Curse of the Sacred Sword
Synonyms: One Piece Movie 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 6, 2004
1 hr. 35 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.531 (scored by 14812 users)
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action adventure comedy shounen
SynopsisLuffy and crew go to an island searching for a legendary sword, said to be the most expensive in the world. Soon attacking marines and beautiful maidens split the crew. Zoro betrays the crew to help an old friend, Luffy and Usopp wander through a cave, and the rest help a village fight marines. When Zoro defeats Sanji he takes the sacred pearls that are the only defense against the evil sword that will plunge the world into darkness.
Related AnimeParent story: One Piece
Characters & Voice Actors
I am a huge fan of One Piece, and I know for a fact that many people also love it! But something I really hate is when a bad movie is created using "One Piece" as the title. That's exactly what happened here with "One Piece: Norowareta Seiken".
If you know people that watched this movie and said "it was great!", they obviously aren't able to distinguish good from bad. This movie doesn't even compare to the awesomeness that One Piece offers. I'm guessing that whoever wrote the script for this didn't really have "One Piece" in mind. They very well could have just written a script and thrown the cast of One Piece into the roles.
It's necessary to be harsh with this movie because it is by far one of the worst One Piece movies, and anyone who loves the show shouldn't waste their time to watch this movie.
Story / Character: 5
Basically, the summary of this movie is that The Straw Hats go to some random island to look for a sword and then Zoro betrays his friends to go meet with his old companion and fights against the crew. Okay, already you know that this is ridiculous.
How many of you have seen One Piece? If you're willing to watch this movie, I'm guessing you have. And you should then realize that this is crazy because even though Zoro comes across as a scary, mean swordsman most of the time, he does care deeply for his 'Nakama' and would never betray them, even if it were to help an old friend.
That's mainly what made me angry while watching this. Seeing the characters personalities and values changed just for the convenience of the movie was a terrible idea.
Even Luffy seemed a bit off while he was on screen. Luffy may be reckless and doesn't think things through, but he's not a complete moron. The writer of this movie didn't seem to understand that fact.
Of course, in this movie we have a new character. That's right, Zoro's friend known as 'Saga'. Now how can I put this? Well first of all, I hate him. It doesn't matter how 'justified' his actions were; as an audience, I didn't feel any compassion for him.
Sometimes in shows we end up feeling sad for a bad guy because you realize that he was just trying to do the right thing! It makes us think to ourselves "wow, maybe he is really a nice guy that just went about doing what he thought was right", or something along those lines. Trust me, you won't feel any of that while watching this movie. It's really pretty impossible to be immersed into such a shallow character such as Saga.
Now, even though the story is horrific, the art is actually quite good! The characters have the same general 'One Piece' look to them, and then the backgrounds are quite beautifully detailed. It seems as though some computer animation was used throughout the movie as well, there are times when the camera shot moves around and looks almost 3D.
The fighting is also very well done. We see some pretty intense fighting shots, angles and colours during the movie. So in a way, the art reminded me of the original show, which is sad that the story couldn't be as good as the art was.
If you've seen One Piece, you know what the characters sound like. You will also know that the voice actors always give 110% no matter what! Their voices are part of what make the show amazing! The way they can sound so emotional, sarcastic or angry is just incredible.
As mentioned before, we have a new character in this movie. Saga. His voice actor, Nakamura Shidou, is not very well known, the only role he's done that is worth mentioning is Ryuk from Death Note. I think there may be a reason that he hasn't gotten a lot of voice acting roles, it's not that he's bad, but his voice only works for certain characters. And Saga isn't one of them. He sounds quite out of place and out of character.
Alright, so I'll be fair. I didn't love this movie obviously, but I didn't feel the need to fall asleep while watching it either. Being a Shounen anime movie, it focuses on fighting a lot, which is something most of us can enjoy even if the story is terrible. And since the fights were good, I was able to keep my eyes on the screen and watch the movie all the way through.
I also love Zoro, he's a great character, so it was nice to see him get the spotlight for a movie.
I certainly don't plan on watching it again. I've seen fanfics that have better story and character than this movie did (which is really saying something)!
If you like One Piece, feel free to watch this movie. But I'm warning you now that it isn't the One Piece that we all love dearly. It's an insult to One Piece and Oda himself to make a movie that messes with the original story and the original characters.
One Piece Norowareta Seiken (The Curse of the Sacred Sword) is definitely my least favorite One Piece movie. I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
This is the fifth One Piece movie, theoretically taking place after the Navarone arc and before they go to Water 7. Yes, exactly, it takes place around the same time as the previous movie because the anime started to slow down considerably. The formula so far was to make one movie taking place after a new crew member joins (the first after Usopp, the second after Sanji, the third after Chopper, and the fourth after Robin) In this case, the anime took hundreds of episodes until the next member (Franky) was added, so they went for a tiny gimmick. They though “hey you guys, we started the movies after Usopp but we had no movie dedicated to the earlier ones. So why not make one about Zoro?” And thus we get this movie. This was perceived very positively by most fans, who consider Zoro to be the coolest, most serious, and second stronger next to Luffy, yet had no movie.
Beyond all that, just like all the OP movies, it is a filler mission with a good budget and a simplistic plot. And it definitely has a weak plot. The story is just about the Strawhat Pirates going to an island where a cursed sword is said to be able to awaken its demonic powers in a few nights. Zoro meets an old friend turned rival there, who plans to awaken the sword for vengeance and possible world domination plans. In order to do that, he needs to activate it by finding seven spheres that contain its powers. And no, they are not the Dragonballs.
The whole thing plays out slowly and mostly anti-climactically. There is very little going on in it up until the last part where Zoro and Luffy start to kick ass. The problem is that there aren’t any interesting mini-bosses around to keep the rest of the crew occupied with doing something and outside of a few simple internal disputes, the entire crew besides the main two are completely worthless to the plot. I felt like the movie would fit better to be taking place chronologically even before the first one, where at least there weren’t so many in the crew to be in need to be doing something. And there would’n be a plot hole considering how his rival drifted from East Blue several years ago, all the way inside the Grand Line and to that island without being killed by the hundreds of perils that await in every corner.
Of course most of the fans of Zoro didn’t care about that and were pleased to see him doing his cool three sword fighting techniques. The whole film was made just for him; hell, he is the one to deal with the big boss in the end instead of Luffy. But seriously, outside some fancy visual effects the action wasn’t than exciting since it was mostly magic than actual swordsmanship. Plus there was no interesting build-up to that moment to make you feel like it’s worth waiting one hour just for a piss-poor excuse of a showdown. The main rival, Saga, is completely uninteresting and there is nothing else besides Zoro acting all mysterious and serious to keep you looking forward to. Not recommended if you don’t want some generic excuse for Zoro to do some magic energy blasting.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 9/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 2/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 0/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 1/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 0/4
VERDICT: 4/10 read more
Both involve evil swords that can possess, good fights. Don't forget how both swords are cursed and can bring the world into darkness forever. If you saw this movie or the one I'm suggesting you must see the movie attached to the suggestion!
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