English: One Piece
Japanese: ONE PIECE
Published: Jul 22, 1997 to ?
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SynopsisGol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy's reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.
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BackgroundOne Piece has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since January 2, 2003 and in 3-in-1 omnibus editions since December 1, 2009. VIZ Media released two boxed sets for the manga, one includes the first 23 volumes of the manga and was released on November 5, 2013 while the other set includes volumes 24-46 and was released on November 4, 2014.
One Piece is the most overrated piece of fiction I’ve ever read. It’s mostly about a roaming crew of do-gooder clichés that travel the high seas. Each character has a dream (which they will never achieve because this cash cow will never end) and of course a tragic backstory to go with it. One Piece is somehow popular while having the worst character designs in anime, includes countless scenes of characters sobbing like crybabies, and will drag on to the point no one will care anymore. Honestly, if you want a shonen that doesn’t insult your intelligence and make you feel like you’re reading something written by a smarter than average 10 year old, then don’t pick this up.
Story: While there are some decent dramatic moments here and there, they’re almost always forced as much as possible and accompanied by over the top water faucet tears or something else as corny that makes you want to punch a hole in the wall. Not only that, but it’s the same thing each time.
Straw Hat crew arrives at an island, the people are friendly but something is wrong. We then meet the villain who is doing stereotypical villain things. Luffy hotheadedly decides he is gonna save the day and starts yelling. Luffy takes on the boss and his crew mates take on the underlings. They are stronger than expected, but through the power of friendship and encouragement from the people of the island they will themselves to victory with their new attacks they just invented. With everything said and done, celebration is had, and the Straw Hats leave as the citizens thank them and promise to always remember their kindness. Repeat for hundreds of chapters. If that sounds boring to you, then good, it’s very lame.
Let me add that people harp on about how great the world building is, but the world is just a nonsensical LSD theme park with clouds you can stand on and other magical stuff that never gets a good explanation and you’re just expected to eat it up and suspend your disbelief. Again, that’s fine for a little kids book, but if you want a story with a fantasy world that’s well constructed then this is not it.
Art: Not much needs to be said here, One Piece’s art hardly looks like anime at all, but rather doodles from a 3rd grader’s math textbook. This makes sense as it’s drawn for young children, but if you’re not a young child there are shonen that don’t have crappy art you might want to check out.
Character: Characters are terribly developed and never really change. Usopp remains a cowardly person forever, Sanji remains a scrawny Johnny Bravo knock off that is impossible to take seriously, Luffy remains an unlikable annoying man child "who always stands up to the bad guy with no fear" (that's all his character amounts to though, lol and there is no originality), Zoro is your cookie cutter “badass” character, etc the characters are bad, have no actual depth, and are uninteresting.
Enjoyment: Clearly some people enjoy this, but I certainly didn’t. I read it in bursts, people kept trying to drill into my head how great it was so I kept going back, forced myself to read another 200 or so chapters, then got sick and put it back down. Now I write this review to tell you how lousy I think this comic is.
Overall: One Piece is poor. Yes, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, Death Note, and many others are great shonen stories that I encourage people to read and enjoy. read more
Frequently categorized with both Bleach and Naruto as one of the Shonen Big Three, One Piece is a romantic tale of pirates, treasures ...talking reindeer, panties, flying skeletons, Takoyaki selling Octopuses, and oceans roaming with Sea Monsters the size of which can take down fleets of ships. Crazy enough for you? This is the world of One Piece.
Being categorized with Bleach and Naruto, on the surface this might strike an unfamiliar reader as another generic uncreative Shonen series; but truthfully, comparing One Piece to Bleach and Naruto would be like comparing Disney World to an elementary school playground. If these three series are the big three, then One Piece would be the boss sitting on a lavish chair smoking a cigarette, while Bleach and Naruto would be the two henchmen standing side by side of the boss and nodding at everything he says.
Set during the Golden Age of Pirates, the story follows Monkey D Luffy as he sets sail with his crew to conquer the sea which is inhabited by formidable pirates who all aim to become the Pirate King, the Grand Line and claim the treasures of 'One Piece' left by the late Pirate King, Gol D Roger.
Of course the goal of being Pirate King really is just a loose objective set forward that eventually throws Luffy and his shipmates into a giant boiling pot full of problems and adventures. What's special about this story is that it takes the most run-of-the-mill concepts and turns it into something fantastic and exciting. The concept of traveling from drastically different locations after locations is filled with endlessly creative characters and creatures that sets it apart from ever being dull, as opposed to say, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle where traveling to new worlds is a borefest and you can only hope the next world is interesting, and well if it's not ...have fun reading an entire arc on that filled with recycled characters.
The main plot device used in One Piece are the Devil Fruits, which grant anyone that eats them inhuman powers though at the deadly price of sinking like an anchor in the water; here the strange irony being that this is a series about pirates constantly on water. What makes this concept actually interesting is that every fruit has a different power and no two powers are the same, and Oda's endless imagination to come up with strange and hilarious powers. Above that, what makes this concept better than say, Bankai's or Kekkei Genkai's, is that you never know how two powers match up, so the weakest Devil Fruit powers in the current arc could very well be the key factor to winning a battle in the next, in that way, none of the characters ever seem so overpowered that they can completely destroy the other characters and it certainly adds an air of suspension and excitement to the battles that you wouldn't find in something like Sasuke vs. Konohamaru.
The story of One Piece may be simple and often straight out silly at times, but if you read deep enough, you'll realize that oftentimes the stories are much deeper and well-crafted than you would think they are, from the spark of a rebellion through misunderstandings to the questioning of an unfair God, One Piece can often surprise you through the story. One of the great things about One Piece when it comes to the story is that it's unpredictable, you never know where a fight is going, what's going to happen to the characters, who's going to win and who's going to turn out to be a good guy and who's going to be a bad guy, it's this element that makes everything that happens so intriguing and an extremely fun read.
Another well-done part of the story is that the stories of the characters are all intertwined so that it doesn't seem like the only thing holding all these characters together is through the main protagonist, the main antagonist of one arc may very well know the supporting ally of the next, and that just contributes to a more interesting read. Another strong point of the story is that Oda isn't afraid to bring back old characters, be it enemies or comical side characters and villains, they aren't just cut out of the story once their arc is over, they come back, some as allies and friends, this, in a sense, really fleshes out the One Piece world and makes the reader feel that the world does not revolve around The Straw Hat Pirates, but instead, the pirates of the Grand Line, all in all, it adds a sense of dimension to the story and makes it feel not as linear as it could be in the hands of a less skilled mangaka.
But what ultimately makes the story of One Piece so grand and exciting is thanks to two major components: 1) the emotional depth, and 2), Oda's masterful storytelling. The emotional depth in this series is amazing and can oftentimes leave one speechless, from the simple departure of a character to join the Straw Hats to the rescue of a friend in need, it's not emotionally complex ...it's just plain raw emotion of wanting to be loved or the sadness of losing a friend yet it achieves such a level of pure emotion and excitement that the likes of Bleach and Naruto can only dream of achieving. Now the second component that makes One Piece great is how Oda tells the story, he can build up the story to the point where you can feel the urgency, the sense of despair, and the feeling of something great happening. He creates cliffhangers, yet never makes it irritatingly frustrating, he inserts flashbacks, yet they never feel out of place or annoying to read, and the way he builds up the fights is just, for the lack of better worlds, epic. People say Gurren Lagann is exciting, well I'd like to see those TTGL fans have a taste of what it feels as the Straw Hats infiltrate Enies Lobby or when The Eleven Supernovas gather at Sabaody Archipelago.
Combine this with the perfect blend of humor (this manga is absolutely hilarious) and the sheer creativity of Oda and you got yourself an adventure of unequaled proportions.
The bad thing with the art is that Oda's action sequences are so fast-paced and ambitious that it often times becomes muddled and a bit too messy; it gets hard to tell what's happening in these fight scenes and it takes a bit of imagination to understand what Oda is trying to do with these fight scenes, or else they come off rather cheesy at times, such as Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Gatling or Zoro's Kiki Kyūtōryū: Ashura.
The good on the other hand outweigh the bad of the art through the creative character designs that Oda just never seems to run out of, even if it's a character that appears in one panel and may never show up again, the utmost attention is given to his/her design so they never appear out of place compared to the other crazy designs he gives his characters. From the Okama Mr. 2 to the CP9 crew, the characters are all so different in appearance, size, and demeanor, it's hard to imagine how Oda keeps up. The sheer variability of the Straw Hat crew itself is a primary example of what a creative mangaka Oda is, as opposed to the recycled designs of his peers, Kishimoto and Kubo. Be it skeleton, reindeer, cyborg or witch, anyone and everyone is a likely candidate for the Straw Hat crew.
Aside from character designs, Oda really make the scenes feel cinematic and exciting, the tension and the sheer majestic and romantic quality of the adventure of the Straw Hats would never be fantastic without Oda's use of great art, from the crew getting ready to bombard Arlong Park to the storming of Enies Lobby, the examples go on. In short, Oda really knows how to pump you up through his art.
Lastly, the exaggerated expressions sometimes are just downright hilarious. I swear I laughed my ass off for at least five minutes when Enel made that huge WTF face after confronting Luffy.
This is where One Piece is particularly strong in, and where this series shine at its greatest. One Piece's cast is colorful, hilarious, and unpredictable. Currently, the Straw Hat crew consists of a rubber man, a pirate hunting pirate, a thief, a long nosed sniper, a womanizing cook, a transforming reindeer, a "witch", a cyborg that doesn't wear pants, and a walking skeleton.
Each character is unique, and when you throw a bunch like them together, the chemistry and interaction between the Straw Hat crew is comedic gold. And while they are almost always fooling around, each Straw Hat member has their own back stories that truly make them much deeper than what they appear to be at first. Brook is not just a joke character for variety, Nami is not just there to act like the straight man, Luffy isn't always a senseless fool, and Robin isn't just there to act like a damsel in distress (okay maybe she is ...kidding). The thing that needs to be pointed out is that the Straw Hat crew is a complex cast that is often much deeper than meets the eye.
Outside the crew, both the friends the Straw Hat meet and the villains they confront are so freshly colorful and original, it never gets boring. The Shichibukai are just a perfect example of the variety of the One Piece cast, as well as CP9 and of course, Baroque Works. I would say it's pretty hard to find another cast so distinctive and creative as One Piece's. Of course the Devil Fruits certainly help in bringing the characters to life.
Like previously mentioned, a strong point of the characters is how connected they are. The connections between characters are complex and can get pretty surprising sometimes. Who may appear as an old man could very well be friends with the former Pirate King and that whale that you saw at that mountain? Oh he's related to a guy you'll meet up with in a couple of hundred chapters. Some authors pull this kind of stuff out of nowhere (see: Kishimoto), but Oda plans out these kind of relations so intricately and carefully, you can't help but be impressed.
Are there weak points to the characters? Certainly, there's a storyline that seems awfully repeated for the female crew-members of the Straw Hats, but the scale of the story is so big, that in the end, it doesn't matter that much and that one little slip-up never seemed like a big deal to begin with.
This is the most enjoyable manga I have ever read. It's an absolute pleasure to read. Are there dull parts? At the beginning of every arc, there is always some exposition to be done, but once things enter full swing (and that is rather fast), damn, the chapters fly by in the hundreds, this is crack in manga form. If you want to know, I have spent entire days reading One Piece, that is how addicting this stuff is. With One Piece breaking records in sales in Japan, I think it speaks for itself when it comes to enjoyment.
One Piece is my favorite manga. Period. The story is such a grand and epic adventure, with each arc topping the previous; the characters are so tear-inducingly hilarious, and the art is so cinematic and exciting, One Piece is without the doubt, the greatest Shonen manga I've ever had the pleasure of reading, and I doubt it will be topped anytime soon, if ever, as my favorite manga series. Cheers to Oda for creating this Shonen masterpiece, and may he continue to keep on going, One Piece is a manga that I love and hope to read for many many many years to come.
Yohohoho a pirate's life for me~ read more
The key of success for many shounen anime is usually how well the anime is adapted from the manga. So when people are disappointed with the results of the anime, they usually resort to simply just reading the manga and follow the storyline through that. One Piece is a result of one of the few rare cases out there where the anime adaptation has followed the manga almost tooth and nail, with pretty much nothing lost within the translation between the two. With the anime receiving high review results here on MAL, I decided to take a closer look at the manga, and as far as shounen stories go, see if One Piece lives up to the accepted truth that the manga is better than the anime. This is not going to be your standard review. Because of the popularity of One Piece, where most fans know what it is already about, I will delve into more of the concepts, ideals and symbolism that sets apart One Piece from its counterparts.
We begin with the story. At this point in the game, I'm sure everyone who's reading this review or simply have been a fan of anime, know the general gist of what the plot is behind One Piece. If you don't, I will be the first one to say that you're probably living under a rock. Either that, or you're living at the north or south pole, isolated away from the anime civilization itself. Without straying too much off topic here, One Piece is a story about Monkey D. Luffy and his ragtag group of pirates, all trying to accomplish their respective goals, enduring hardships, heartaches, laughs, sadness, happiness and everything in between. As you read from chapter one and all the way through the latest arcs, you'll be unveiled to so many creative story developments, places, people and idea. That is what makes One Piece so fun, the creativity of it all. Eiichiro Oda (the manga-ka) has created such an amazing and unique world that it is something that you will have a hard time finding in other anime, if at all. Though the story seems simple at heart, as you read deeper into One Piece, you'll be unveiled to secret plots and hidden agendas that will have you shaking your legs in anticipation to see how everything will mesh together in the end.
The big difference in regards with the story of One Piece as compared to other shounen is the fact that the story actually gets better as the series progresses longer, breaking the age-old cliche that shounen titles usually carry, where the story will start to suffer the longer the series goes on. Oda has managed to introduce a plethora of different sub-plots that he flawlessly weaves together with the overarching aim of the story about friendship, the sense of adventure and the joys and heartaches that come with the pursuit of your dream. It takes awhile for the sub-plots to start developing, as Oda will subtlety leave hints and clues early on in his story that will blow you out of the water when you encounter them much later. This clearly shows that Oda knows exactly where he wants to go with the story.
One Piece has fallen under heavy scrutiny from all kinds of anime fans because of the different art style that Oda utilizes in his epic story. Honestly, it is a hit or miss. I have found that you will either love it or hate it and as a result, will either love One Piece or hate the anime. As unfortunate as that sounds, its the simple truth I have discovered about the art style. However, I do urge you to give it a shot because if there is anything that grows on you, it is this art style. As you read more and more and get used to seeing the art drawn "One Piece style," you'll - hopefully - grow to accept and love the style. The art style starts off not so great, but again, as the story develops, you can easily see how Oda and his assistants were able to refine the art to something that works, and looks, beautifully.
Going into other aspects of the drawings, everything is relatively easy to follow, especially the epic fights as compared to other shounen manga out there. It's a nice change of pace where you can actually understand what's going on. Backgrounds are given a nice amount of detail and character designs are original and fresh, with different arcs having characters with different clothes and such.
Arguably, the biggest strength of One Piece, that brings it over the top, is the characters and their developing relationships with one another. Luffy's crew has the most original and different mannerism characters you'll ever see in shounen anime and its a wonder how they all get along in the first place (then again, they all don't get along). Though Luffy is your typical shounen hero who is not bright, a black hole for a stomach (though in One Piece, his huge appetite has an actual reason behind it) and courageous when needed, what sets Luffy apart from other shounen heros is his hilarious personality. His comic relief is so funny that you'll be laughing out loud at some of the things he does. The same can be said about the other crew members, and really, every major character in One Piece itself. All characters have a defining trait or quality that you'll either love to pieces or hate with a passion. Watching as they interact with one another and often times their completely opposite personalities clashing with one another, it only provides great room for developing relationships between the many characters in One Piece.
And it is these great developments between characters in One Piece that leads to the biggest theme the encompasses One Piece - friendship...or as stated a seemingly infinite number of times - nakama. However, the word nakama, though commonly referred to as friend, comrade and such, has a deep-rooted meaning that cannot be described in words. More than friends, bonds running deeper than blood can tie people together, you get the picture. In order to understand the meaning, you really need to immerse yourself into One Piece and until you hear/read Luffy (who, by the way, is the only character who can say I will protect my nakama and look cool in doing so) say exactly that.
When you come right down to it, what sets apart One Piece from other long-running shounen is the plethora of genres that not only exist in One Piece, but really come alive and apparent. To begin with, an essential part of One Piece is it's comedy. While other shounen try to input comedy as much as possible, usually it doesn't live up to expectations or is very scarce within the story. One Piece is filled with comedy that, as I stated up above, will make you laugh out loud. And this is only accentuated by the great drawings of Oda himself.
However, as much as the humor is a big part of One Piece, there are also many stunning events that will draw a lot of passion out of you, whether it be a feeling of sadness, happiness, anger or simply have you staring in the page at awe, Again, I cannot stress this enough that One Piece is a story that has every single plot element you can wish for. Well, with the exception of a true romance, but because of the nature of the characters, it's kind of hard to see a budding romance evolve. And as a result, Oda wisely has left it out to date. You'll see a everything from mystery, suspense, drama, a little dash of horror, etc.
Overall, for roughly every two or three die-hard fans of One Piece, you'll probably find one person who can't stand the series. Which pretty much goes to show you that regardless of what rumors you may hear about how amazing or how ridiculous One Piece is, it is something you must experience for yourself and give it a fair chance. I will play devil's advocate and say that One Piece is slow to start off with, where the story really doesn't pick up until the Arlong Arc. Until Luffy recruits the first four or five crew members, then the hilarious character interactions start coming alive. And coincidentally, that is when the plot starts to hit its stride, with Oda starting to leave his hints of what's to come later. It does take some patience.
If anything, I urge you to read up to there and a little further so you can get a sense of what's to come. If you still can't understand why its so epic, its safe to say you may drop the series. However, when you compare One Piece to other shounen anime of its kind, and really, all anime and manga to date, there is no other story out there as epic, as emotional, as developing, as truly amazing as what Oda is telling in One Piece. read more
One Piece is the best of its kind. Unfortunately because of the way it was handled in its transfer to the west it did not get a large amount of popularity. But not only is it leading the pack in terms of acceptance in the west but it is the best-selling manga of all time. It may feel like a standard shonen at times but it is a fantastic journey that shouldn't be missed.
An introduction arc with the sole purpose of building a main cast sounds very boring, especially since it takes up just over eleven volumes. Surprisingly, it is quite the contrary. What amazed me most was the superb way the introduction was executed and how deep the main characters are. Every single one of them have some sort of dramatic part of their backstory that trigger them to fight to achieve one goal, each of which being very different from one another. The whole cast also have fun personalities and fit together well. I was also impressed at the room for development Oda left his characters with. On the other side the world building was something I was looking forward to and wholly it didn’t disappoint. There were a number of cool structures, epic landscapes and battlefields that were as creative as they get. The villains are very creative too, but many aren’t fleshed out very well. Another one of the problems is the repetitiveness. The structure is very strict and all the fights are easy to predict because of this. The Arlong Park Arc did spice it up but in the end it played out like all the other arcs. For this part there was very nice ascendance in power, with the earlier antagonists being much weaker than the ones towards and near the end to keep it interesting. If you can accept the epic adventure One Piece is and the variance in everything that’s going on, then you should find it entertaining. East Blue does a good job at making it broad for the reader, appealing to those who want action, drama, adventure, comedy and, above all, a large degree of coolness.
While East Blue may’ve focused on fighting various organizations, Alabasta is set up to where the main cast battles only organization, Baroque Works. Despite this, the villains are even better than the previous arc, and are greater in numbers, personality and overall magnitude – plus, the fights feel as if much more is at stake. A dramatic backstory is included, making the motives for battling all the stronger. This arc seems to have improved/fixed a lot of previous things, for one the world building. Not only does the Grand Line set up some even larger, more creative landscapes and scenery, but it also has a good grasp on weather and the climate. The cast is thankfully still fun and didn’t lose their energy. Alabasta also brought two new members to the crew, one of which joining at the very end. I didn’t know whether this should be a drawback or not, because while I liked the simple crew and their simple goals, some new members was a cool addition.
This saga is rather interesting for it takes place in a completely new world that is completely isolated to the point that it can be skipped in general. Like Alabasta Sky Island focuses on defeating only one villain group – or in this case, mainly one villain. I loved the world building in this saga, and how it completely spiced up the environment when comparing to what it did previously. It was nice to see how much higher the stakes were, even if Luffy’s bounty won’t be raised and nothing here matters in the actual sea. There was another good flashback illustrating the hardships the people in this world faced and what their goal is, leading to Luffy and his crew to carry out a plan and defeating the antagonists. The characters are still fun and I eventually got used to Nico, the newest member, even if she is rather shallow at this point. No matter if this arc will be continued in the future, the incomplete ending is still very annoying. This saga is still interesting and fun to watch, disregarding the ending and how it was dragged on.
Water Seven is a different species among the other sagas. This feels very similar to Alabasta to the point it seems repetitive at first. The Davy Back Fight arc in the beginning doesn’t do it justice as an introduction, lacks purpose or value and has rather silly fights. However, the rest of saga is very interesting. Like the rest of the series, it is very deep and there is a well-illustrated flashback and an amount of depth given to Nico and Franky. Towards the end, there is also a large amount of foreshadowing and a lot of the future villains are glimpsed effectively. Most of the world building is very creative and puts quality over quantity instead of supplying a large amount of islands like in East Blue. The fighting is simply amazing and it is very enjoyable to watch the characters slowly reach Enies Lobby as the villains get stronger. The villains were great and were fleshed out well. This was also a tad more serious than before and it was nice to see how Oda has stepped it up without going over-the-top. I found the fights and progression of fights here to be very exciting, and it was a step up from what Oda was having his characters do previously. It was very similar to Alabasta but still very good at the same time.
After all I went through previously Thriller Bark was a bit of a disappointment. It’s far from bad and has enough merits to be a readable arc, though was a stretch away in quality compared to Enies Lobby and Alabasta. I loved the themes of Halloween and concept of zombies, though the world building was average. Most of the fights were boring and the villains were basic. I also didn’t like was the lack of side characters to give the saga support. Brook was introduced and given a decent flashback (despite not really having a goal), though there was no real expanse on any of the characters. There was nothing important that happened until the very end and in many ways Thriller Bark can be skipped entirely. And, once again, the characters are still far away from their goals.
Just when I thought the series was starting to decline Oda has stepped it up with this saga. Everything here is completely different from before and at a much higher magnitude. Before Sabaody One Piece was following a certain structure with each arc that did a splendid job of covering itself up with creativity and energy. But here everything is unpredictable - with some outcomes being happy and others being terribly depressing. The level of epic in the scenes has been kicked up a notch and most of the lines of dialogue feel a lot more solid than before. Some of the best world building was shown off here and some of the most creative battlefields and landscapes were used. The plot has a great balance of elements and weaves in even better comedy, action, drama and the likes. Even the characters were spectacular, with their own level of depth, distinct personalities and motives I could find interesting. Any of the characters that weren’t explored will likely be later on. I was also shocked at the level of depth in the villains. There are a lot of deep themes that aren’t described with a cheesy flashback or backdrop and instead with beautifully crafted scenes that are stunning to read. The use of two-page panels was something I loved and it brought an even more groundbreaking tone to the Marineford arc. I was brought through a lot during this arc and it is nothing short of a amazing, disregarding the massive amount of characters.
The world building here was good and there was a great flashback with the fishmen (that should’ve been done during Arlong Park). There were also a couple decent moments of comedy, but other than that this saga is a waste of time. The villains are stupid and have nonsensical goals. All of the characters didn’t development over the time skip and only gained cool power-ups and tricks. The whole feel of the saga is very immature and never really gets to show a serious side. None of the side characters were easy to sympathize with and the main cast still have the same personalities since the beginning. This is not One Piece. This is an immature shounen stuffed to the brim with fan service and comedy.
It is still ongoing...
The adventure aspect is One Piece is fantastic and it always brings new things to the table to keep it exciting. There are a few dragged on parts but the pacing is generally very swift. A lot of parts also feel too convenient with some parts in particular (such as Marineford) being wildly unpredictable. The series has its drawbacks but also has its strengths in storytelling.
One of the major weak points in One Piece is the character development. After hundreds of chapters the characters still behave very immature and haven't gotten closer to reaching their goals. They started out fine but then declined. There are lots of characters who're deep and then there're those that aren't. Franky and Brooke and very boring and lack motives and many of the characters that appear in only one arc are equally as dull. Some of them are rather complex but others aren't.
I love the art in One Piece. It keeps a degree of detail for hundreds of chapters and very rarely dips in quality. The character designs are distinctive and look very creative to the point of being ridiculous. At times the action feels very choppy but it has cool perspectives and angles to look cool, especially with the two-page panels in Marineford.
One Piece is the most memorable of the long-running series. It has dipped down a bit but still holds value for its massive popularity and acceptance. I encourage everyone to try it as there should be something anyone can find from it. read more
Both have a similar character art style and talk big about friendship or "nakama." And both main leads are general idiots most of the time, both are great.
Similarities between these two shounen serialisations include: characters with unique abilitites which they oftentimes use for combat; the emphasis placed on comradery; and a vast world for exploration. Moreover, both share very similar art and narrative styles.
They are drawn the same way. There is a strong emphasis on friendship,the characters are enjoyable, and there is alot of humor. The fights are great and they do not drag on. all and all an enjoyable series that you should check out if you like shouen.
they both share similar themes of friendship and bonds. the also the art work is pretty similar as well.
Same Kind of Drawing - Same kind of main Character - Different Mangaka.
A pretty common recc.
But it's true, although the story line is a bit different, almost every character in both series share a resemblence with each other, not only that, there are fights which can me compared with each other, and several scenes almost look the same. The art style does look a lot the same too, after Mashima's earlier work, Rave Master, his art style got more devoted (and improved) towards Oda's style/work.
Very similar in art, humor, plot and everything goes around "nakama"
The art work is similar as well as the humor, bonds between characters and fighting. ^^ I'm sure that if you enjoy Fairy Tail you'll enjoy One Piece and vice versa.
the relationship between the characters, the humor, the unique world and the depth of the world and the characters.
Both series have similar art styles and similar senses of humor.
Both have a lot of action and fun, however the action in One Piece is more engaging than Fairy Tail.
One Piece carries a lot of human emotion as well, something Fairy Tail has yet to do.
Both have their own world (pirates and mages)and drawn about the same. Both have crazy power and action and both are looking for something. Both are pretty popular. They are both great reads.
For those of you who are fans of One Piece, I highly recommend reading Fairy Tail. The author of Fairy Tail used to be an assitant to Oda(Author of One Piece) thus they share many characteristics, especially artwork. Both series have great fights with equally great character designs. All the great fundamentals of an epic Manga like One Piece, with a different plot and set-up, are all the ingredients you need for a good read!
It's simmilar humor, so if you think One Piece is funny you will think that Fairy Tail is too. The main characters in these two mangas are alot alike, they are both rash, violent, loud and not so smart. This makes the manga very funny.
Similar lead characters and art but there's magic in Fairy Tail while there's pirates in One Piece :D
Like in One piece, Natsu is a very powerful guy and very funny.
Either in One Piece and Fairy Tail, there are some guys (and Luffy and Natsu too) who have powers very cool.
If you like One piece, you surely love Fairy Tail.
These too go hand in hand, they even look the same. All to do with Nakama and all equally hilarious. One Piece is a bit better in terms of plot, but Fairy Tail have more badass characters
When I read Fairy Tail it seems to make me think of one piece. They are both similar in some way or another. Main character never gives up on his nakama and doesn't realize when to quit... you know.
both manga's have plots that have the main characters going on different adventures while aiming for a singular goal.
they both have similar themes of friendship and very simillar art work
The most similar mangas ever. The artwork is so alike, they have the same kind of epic battles, the main characters have the same attitudes and they will defend their bonds above any other thing.
similarities between the two
-the characters are alike
Fairy Tail is One Piece with magic, bigger breasts, more fan service, and also not quite as good.
It's got an awesome main character somewhat similar to luffy. It has a unique story arcs that will surely entertain you. It's very entertaining and will most likely keep you guessing. It can be random and odd at times (which is what keeps you guessing), but it has decent and relatable humor. The characters are all just as unique and interesting.It's a very creative and original anime that won't fail your expectations. It can be emotional and intense but that's what makes it so interesting.
This is one of the top manga out there for a good reason. don't be hesitant to go and check it out, you may even like it a lot more than you thought at first.
Both have really similar art styles for one. The initial main characters are really similar in personality and appearance. They also both have a lot of adventure and are about standing up for ones friends. The biggest difference is that one is about mages and one is about pirates.
Friendship and epic battles between different groups of people. That's wath these manga are al about. The main characters both belong to one of the strongest groups in the world. They embark on an epic journey with exciting battles and powers that will leave you shocked. They also contain a lot of (similar) humour.
Both series involve the bonds of friendship, with One Piece having the relationships between the Strawhat crew while Fairy Tail involving the relationships between the Fairy Tail guild.
Both have a vast amount of characters that have interesting and unique backgrounds and different environments for the characters to explore.
Both main characters (Luffy and Natsu) are extremely similar as they have the ambition to protect their friends.
Both series have a large amount of action and use of supernatural powers.
Imaginative characters, locales, and animals are highlights of these two series. Both are fun to read due to the creativity of the authors.
Similar fantasy world with a lot of creativity. Also, the two main chars are gluttonous XD
When you get into depth of both series, they're very similar. Both have setting with fantastic people, animals and landscapes, both have legendary figures, evil organizations and both the protangonists are after something very rare and valuable.
Toriko is adventure with unique looking character with wierd powers like in one piece.
both stories play in an interesting world with lots of adventorous places.
funny characters with unique powers, main characters eat tons of food.
A vast world that seem to have no end to it, incredibly cool and original powers and last but not least very stunning and exciting battles. Both of the main characters in these manga belong to a select group of people with a very special power. They both embark on an epic journey that will take them to every corner of the world they live in. If you like action packed shonen stories, then these manga are perfect for you!
Big, beautiful worlds with lots of crazy things in the worlds. Both series have protagonists who eat a lot and are very strong.
A Big, beautiful worlds with lots of crazy things in the worlds. Both series have protagonists who eat a lot and are very strong Oh Yeah !
always hungry main hero, adventures, fights + alot of chill out moments
One Piece and Toriko both have great world building, delve into the history of their world... Heck, the authors are even close friends. If you're a One Piece fan, you'll like Toriko.
Both are dialogue focused adventure manga with crazy imaginative worlds.
the world building of toriko is very similar to one piece's .
toriko has some of the best fights i've seen in manga.
In my opinion,it is one of the best shounen manga
Two people both struggling to become stronger. They each go through trials and tribulations to get to their "goals". Action, martial arts, each are action packed with both.
both have very stupid, funny and strong main characters, both have a very strong story line that had good twists along the way and both get very good groups of friends and both manga are very action packed.
Another popular manga, but with more emphasis on humor and character development. Like Naruto, One Piece is written in the style of a grand adventure with many subplots and interesting characters.
I'll start by saying that fans of these series go back and forth arguing which is better. They are both different in that Naruto is about Ninjas and One Piece is about Pirates. They both have a main character that is kind of an idiot, gets stronger as the story goes on, defeats many opponents he has no business even fighting and so much more. Both are heavily themed about comradery and how important it is to have "nakama" you care for and take care of.
Naruto was my gateway anime/manga, and in my search for something to fill my time between my obsession of Naruto I eventually came upon One Piece. Though it starts out as a fun little adventure story (not quite as strong in the beginning as Naruto), it becomes an amazingly epic adventure that surpasses Naruto in many many ways. Most importantly, the delivery week to week is far superior. The overall story is greater imo. However, these 2 are at the top of my Wednesday reading schedule. These 2 are the ones I am collecting volumes on before all others. Don't compare these 2, just read and enjoy. They are different yet the same and they are both amazing in their own ways.
Top-notch (at least best-selling) shounen jump manga that epitomizes the concept of friendship, love, self-sacrifice, coming-of-age, amidst action-packed volumes.
Naruto is about ninja, while One Piece is about pirates.
Badass fights, a very big world, friendship and very cool powers. That is what both of these series are all about. The main characters have both lost their parents and are on a quest to become stronger. But they realise that they cannot do it alone, that's why they need all of their friends to accomplish their goals. If you like action packed shonen manga, then these stories are perfect for you!
Both series involve the bonds of friendship, with One Piece involving the relationships between the Strawhat crew while Naruto involving the bonds between the different ninjas of the Hidden Leaf village.
Both have a vast amount of characters that have interesting and unique backgrounds and different environments for the characters to explore.
Both main characters (Luffy and Naruto) are extremely similar as they have the ambition to protect their friends. Also, both protagonists have the ambition to rise to the very top with Luffy desiring to become the Pirate King and Naruto desiring to become the Hokage.
Both series have a large amount of action and use of supernatural powers.
Both has a main character who is trying to become stronger and has a dream. They have a team and friends and they are trying to protect them. Both stories are inspired by Dragon Ball.
If u like Naruto,you will like One Piece even more.One Piece offers much much more.Both MC are funny and awesome at the same time! The world in One Piece is much bigger and there is much more everything :)
The main character Gon and Luffy are very similar. They'd do anything for their friends and they arn't the smartest people in the world. Also they are both searching for something.
An adventurous tale about a cast of characters. Hunter x Hunter and One Piece have wonderful creativity when it comes to its settings, story, and development. There is depth in the characters with the relationships they develop. Background stories are cleverly depicted and conveys what a classic adventure series should be.
( Sorry english isn't my first language (; 3 ;) )
The Creativity and imagination of both manga are really awesome,
- Both have amazing adventure story
- Both have their own concept of world
- The main character of both manga are really similiar (Gon & Luffy)
- The friendship between both main character and their friend
- The amazing action scene
If you like one, you must like another....
This starts off rather slow and boring but get's better as you go through it. It's very creative and original and has all sort of great and individual characters that you will like. It has just as much adventure and action as one piece or Fairy Tail. Thogh it may be a little different, it's still worth checking out.
Though it goes on hiatus every so often, it's still worth reading and keeping up with. It was successful in it's prime a good decade ago and is still going strong.
The main characters may not be the smartest people on earth, but that makes these series very funny to read. Apart from that they both contain a lot a action, epic battle scenes and very original and exciting powers. Both of the main characters have a strong determination to reach their goals.
Main leads have very similar traits and personalities and they are both very good shows
Both Gon and Luffy are funny, not so smart and naturally strong. They are in search for something and they would do anything for their friends. Both series have an amazing protagonists and antagonists.
Both manga have a lot of funny characters and a very interesting storyline
Both mangas just keep getting better and better, both authors dedicates everything they have into the manga.
In Kubera the mood is more tragedy-like while in One piece it's easy-going but both of them can and will make u shiver from excitement.
The advanture in both mangas is tremendous and amazing, the world is interesting and never-ending, you can never get enough of it, the storyline is always at it's best, the sad moments will make u shed tears and the happy moments will bring a huge smile up ur face.
Kubera and One piece are very similar and both mangas are a masterpiece in every way possible, I highly recommend you read both.
Both series have a lot in common, both are adventure like, really fun to read, very enjoyable, both creators put a lot of effort in making them, if you had time to read 730+ chapters of one piece you should try kubera as well!
Both mangas focus on fantasy and adventure
Both will sweep you into the story with a very detailed universe and a unique storyline.
Both are getting better and better with each chapter.
Also,both will make you sad to tears or happy to the point of non-stop laughter.
Great characters and similar vibe of adventure. if you read one of them- you really should try the other.
Both Kubera and One Piece have a long-running storyline that only gets better as time goes by.
Mixes humour with fantastical action-adventure storyline. Unlike a lot of shounen, not every character is a teenager; you have a mix of ages and backgrounds (so again, not everyone is at school or some form of ninja school...) which adds a richness to the setting and a feeling that it's more than just generic wish-fulfilment crap like Bleach and Naruto.
As shown in the cross-over between these series, almost all the main characters deal some similarities, so do the villians, the major fights and most of the dialogue's and characteristics of people in the series. The storyline and the art are the things that are the things that are different for the most part, but for the rest, they are pretty similar.
They have almost the same huge pack of originalty, adventure, emotion, epicness and an uniquie style that makes One Piece the successor of the best anime/manga title. One Piece is destined to be as famous as Dragon Ball if it ever gets a decent dub.
One Piece is commonly accepted as being the Dragon Ball of the modern day. Both series start out as lighthearted adventures but then get into some serious battles with a lot at stake. The main characters are similar and both series take place in unique and developed universes.
Extremely long, highly popular battle shounen series that tells of a tale of epic adventure of our protagonists, Luffy and Goku. There are a lot of action scenes, as well as featuring heart-warming moments of friendship and family.
The protagonist of the series are pretty similliar.
Both show the value of friendship
Dragon Ball is the favorite manga of One Piece Author,and it was the one that inspired him to be a mangaka
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