The Straw Hat crew obtain an advertisement for a recreational island on the Grand Line run by the Baron Omatsuri. Luffy decides to take this opportunity to kick back and relax. Unfortunately, when they arrive at the island, they are asked to compete in contests through unity for access to relaxation. However, there seems to be a mysterious air on the island, as the Straw Hat Pirates begin to fight amongst themselves, while Robin, Chopper, and Luffy individually search for the secret behind Baron Omatsuri's island.
Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima (Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island) is the sixth One Piece movie and differs in many aspects to the series in terms of animation, sound and character. I have to say now – if you like One Piece for it’s fighting – look elsewhere, this film is all about adding depth to the emotional bonds of the crew, which is picked upon during major arcs in the series, and how important nakama are to everyone.
Whilst sailing the Grand Line the Mugiwara pirates come upon a message in a bottle, advertising Omatsuri Island (Festival Island), a pirate paradise. But when the crew reach the island eager to kick back and relax, they are propositioned to go through ‘Ordeals’ (much like the Skypiea arc) that are all based on Japanese festival games (goldfish catching etc). Luffy, forever positive, is happy to participate in the ‘games’ while the rest of the crew slowly start to fall apart. Compared to the series, this movie is much more mysterious and, at times, even unsettling, especially towards the end when everything becomes desperate. I’ll leave the Story at that, not wanting to spoil anything.
I noticed the art straight away and it first I thought it was just for the opening, but it stays throughout the whole anime and fits perfectly for the more serious tone. The characters are still drawn the same way, but there isn’t any cell-shading (y’know that band of light anime characters get across their hair? Yeah, there’s none of that), it gives a more ‘flat’ and simple look.
Computer animation is also used quite a lot (backgrounds, weapons, plants, goldfish..), especially when they first arrive in the island and are moving through the jungle. It jarred me at first, but eventually I started to like the 2-D characters against a computer animated 3-D background, it some ways it made up for the lack of colour the characters had.
There are also other things in this movie which you wouldn’t find in the series: a First Person Perspective – there are a lot of times where you hear dialogue but you don’t see our characters. Sanji also breaks the fourth wall a few times (turning to the viewer and speaking to them) early on.
Where do I begin? I think after the art, the sound is something easily noticed. I cannot express how much I adored how the sound was used in this film, rather the background music or lack thereof. During the opening, there’s some steel drums and very ‘Caribbean’ music – highlighting the fact that the Mugiwaras are heading to a paradisiacal island (this actually reminded me of a certain Disney movie ¬_¬).
I can’t really remember any distinct scores of music in the film, but that’s probably because there are massive gaps of silence in the music. I loved it. It’s common that during a film we’re subconsciously affected by the soundtrack, it’s even more common that we can’t remember things like background music unless it’s highlighted. In this film, the lack of music really works; it makes us focus our attention on the characters and their expressions, their emotions and conversations. Often, the camera would be fixed on a character for a number of seconds with no dialogue or music, and even no real animation. It can feel a bit strange at times because you end up thinking to yourself “It would be more interesting if they were actually doing something” but looking back it enhances the overall style and feel of the movie.
As usual, the seiyuus of One Piece are brilliant.
This is probably the most important aspect of the movie, as in most movies that are based off a series; you need to be able to introduce your characters effectively for the familiar and unfamiliar audience. Within the first five minutes, we are shown all of the main characters personalities and desires quickly, whether it be Sanji’s affection for beautiful women or Nami’s for luxuries, Usopp’s ‘cautiousness’ or Zoro’s aloofness. For an unfamiliar viewer it helps you understand who these characters are, and their motives, for the familiar viewer, it’s fun to see the characters basic urges being poked fun of.
I’d say through the film we see (without trying to spoil anything) a different side of the characters, or at least in their attitude towards each other. Misunderstandings occur, arguments happen, crew members go missing and suddenly everyone’s fighting with each other. If, like me, when you watch One Piece’s emotional scenes (the character’s pasts, Luffy and Usopps fight etc) you actually feel for the characters, you cheer Luffy on, and when your favourite is beaten, you feel beaten too, this movie will get to you. The sight of the main characters drifting apart is painful and you think “What are doing you idiots? You’re nakama!” – that is the key to this whole film.
To touch upon the new characters that are solely in this film, they all have their own charm – I found Brief endearing and funny, the Tearoom pirates, despite their smaller amount of screen time, managed to have their own story and a family dynamic. Finally, Baron Omatsuri and the rest of the Island’s inhabitants are probably the most difficult characters to talk about. Personally, I probably felt more pity for them than anything else, despite the Baron being the ‘villain’. Characters like Muchigoro and DJ had the strange ability to invoke fear and sympathy at the time, I found it hard to completely dislike them even though they were the enemy.
Briefly, everything I love about One Piece was in this movie – the characters, the humour and the usual emotional nakama-related plot. If you enjoy One Piece for the same reasons, I highly recommend you watch this. I would even perhaps recommend this to people who haven’t watched the series, but I doubt it would have the same impact as it would for fans.
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Hungry for some One Piece with a little twist? Look no further, because here it is.
On one hand I quite liked the story. The Strawhats, as always, are out on an adventure. It is wacky, funny with some slapstick and the good old jokes.
On the other hand the story is different from the usual One Piece we know, this is both good and bad as the story becomes interesting, but I will try to write them in a list.
- You do not know what exactly to expect to happen, so the plot twist is more satisfying
- The usual deal about a bad guy who needs to be beaten is not all this story is about
- The Straw Hats are seen in a desperate situation which test their relationship to one another
- the plot twist also makes the movie seem like another movie altogether. The tone, so to say, change drastically and magnificently.
- Plot holes. In the end this alternative story is indeed refreshing, but it does leave some things unexplained.
- After the first initial start of the movie I found the pace to be slow for a while. However I believe it is because of the mystery presented in the movie and the viewer is left question what direction the movie is going into
- The internal struggle which the Straw Hats goes through is not resolved. It simply disappears, which I find to be a huge letdown and it also reflect my Character score
The art is wholly different from the standard One Piece art, but this is not necessarily bad, I just find it to be bad in this case. Both the background and the characters, especially the expression on the crews faces is different.
Much of the story has buildings in its background, and those are amazing to look at. The things is though, that they are too different from the characters design, it just does not mix well together, at times it looks as if the characters has been plastered on.
The expressions and characters designs seen one the crew is refreshing. The expressions seem more cartoonish to me, a big plus.
The music used is a mix of the standard from the series and and some original mixed together, they mix okay together. The voice actors also do a pretty good job. In short I found the sound to be the most satisfying in the movie.
The characters could have shined in this movie, but ultimately failed to do so. The movie put the Straw Hats up against each other, but fail to do it trustworthily, as they act out of character and the conflict is never resolved, it simply disappears.
All in all this movie has it shortcomings, but it does not fully take my joy from watching this movie. It was pleasing to see a different story, even if it did not fully do its job.read more
One Piece Movie 6: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima Review
More Specifically (7.5/10)
The story for the 6th movie of One Piece is definitely different as the first half is probably the most light hearted environment you'll see in any of the One Piece movies and the second half is probably one of the IF NOT THE darkest environment/setting you'll see in all of One Piece (Anime/Manga/Movie). It's different which is interesting the first half was enjoying for a while and right around the time where you would start to feel this is getting old that's when it switches on you and shows you that this isn't what you think it is. I thought the story was good and nice change of things once and a while isn't a bad thing and I think this movie did it well.
Art and Animation (7/10)
More Specifically (7.5/10)
Now going into the movie you can tell that the art and animation is different, just like this movie's plot setting and twist it takes a different twist to this and brings in key animators Hiroyuki Imaishi and You Yoshinari which are known for there Kill La Kill, FLCL and Gurren Laggan Gainax art style and animation to the table. It's interesting to see how One Piece characters fit with their art style and animation slapped onto it. I'm not a huge fan of how their stuff looks and moves but I do appreciate it because it's definitely not bad I just don't think it's amazing. Not a huge fan of the semi-boney look that character have to their body structure which comes along with their art style on most characters but that's just an opinionated statement obviously. Like I said it isn't bad I'm just not a fan and I do think it's cool that they were allowed to influence this one because like I said earlier about this movie's story and plot setting it brings something different to the table so this on top of that assist that.
The BGM I thought fit a lot of scenes in this movie during both it's light hearted and creepy parts of the movie I thought it fit well, actually more than well and the outro music was quite good also.
More Specifically (7.5/10)
The Straw Hat crew in the start of the movie are all active and doing their thing which is what I like to see it's not really focusing on the movie MC that much but enough to know what he and his children where about and keeping them semi-relevant through out the movie without making them feel like they were wasting screen time which I thought were major issues in previous One Piece movies. Even though in the second half of the movie (the creepy side) all of the straw hat crew hit the backburner the movie MC stayed relevant helping Luffy make a comeback twice and wrapping up the movie quite well so I wasn't blown away but I am indeed pleased.
I enjoyed the first quarter of the movie, I felt a little bored during the second quarter because I felt the light hearted stuff got old a little quick there's only so much goofy scenes I can endure before I get bored (especially in movie format). The second half of the movie saved the movie for me bringing an atmosphere we've never seen before to One Piece and I was fairly interesting and paying full attention during the second half, like I said before nothing mind blowing but I am indeed satisfied for bring something somewhat unique to the table for this movie.
More Specifically (7.50/10)
The 6th movie brought it back because I was getting tired of seeing semi-boring One Piece movies this one was somewhat of a treat. read more
At first when I saw this I was suprised, mainly because the art style was so different, it was anyhting but original one piece style, it was really different, the animators mixed in CG and 2d together into this movie, and I felt they did a brilliant job,.
The story and the setting and even the personality of the characters really help to set in the art style. and it really does help to show how the characters reactions and feelings begin to shift in the story.
The story was weird at first, but it almost immediately begins to make sense.
the action in this movie was decent and very enjoyable, especially the finale, which I really enjoyed, that scene just engraved itself into my head.
OVerall the story was more of a ghost tale, but at the same time it also held a important message of freindship. which I also enjoyed. the voice acting was brilliantly done as usaul, and the character were well thought out.
Overall I enjoyed this movie, more then some of the other one piece movie releases mainly because of the difference in the style and maybe due to the story itself, either way I really enjoyed it and have found my self rewatching it for more then 7 times.read more
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