The Straw Hat Pirates enter the rough seas of the New World in search of the hidden treasures of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger－One Piece. On their voyage, the pirates come across a terrifying, powerful man, former Marine Admiral Z.
Z is accused of having stolen the "Dyna Stones", weapons believed to have the power to shake up the New World. The Marine Headquarters believes Z is about to use it to end the pirate era, and with it, the lives of many innocent people. In fear of such a phenomenal event, marines start to take action against the former admiral.
Even if it means stumbling upon marines and the navy, the Straw Hat Pirates decided to chase after Z and stop him from causing havoc. As they continue to embark on their ventures, the pirates bump into new and familiar acquaintances.
A limited dual edition ticket for both One Piece Film: Z and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods sold for the screenings of both movies at ¥2,600 the year they premiered, which contained special art by the mangaka of both series.
Regular editions of the DVD/BD in Japan included one of nine different holographic stickers, while the deluxe edition included all nine stickers as well as other bonus material.
Goda strikes again. I can't express in words of how amazing this movie is. All I have to say is go watch it for yourself.
For this review it will be broken down into four parts: Music, Animation, Characters and Story.
If you watched the trailers, you know that two tracks of Avril Lavigne would be played in the movie but you won't hear that until the credit rolls. First half was "How You Remind Me" and then "Bad Reputation" played after that. The original soundtrack was brilliant. It was different while at the same time maintaining that One Piece feel we all love; high tension
to melancholy themes that played throughout different scenes.
There was a lot of CGI just like Strong World. The action scenes were animated far better than anything I've ever seen in previous One Piece movies or the anime. The angles and camera movements following every scene was done fluidly.
The title of the movie is quite self-explanatory. The movie focused on Z, at times even more than the Straw Hat gang. Character Z, also known as Zephyr had such deep story to him and if you love backstories of various characters in One Piece, you'll definitely love Z's. As for our lovable characters, the Straw Hats each got their turns to shine in this movie, however the stronger and prominent fighters such as the Monster Trio(Luffy, Zoro and Sanji) had their own individual opponent to fight. Franky was the next in line after the Monster Trio. Usopp also had good action scenes, but not quite on the same level. Nami and Robin at times were used for fan-service until the climactic battle at the end. Chopper was funnier than ever before, but not entirely important to the story. Brook didn't do a lot in terms of getting into battles, but he had his comedic moments just like Chopper.
This movie as an entirety was built around the Marine lore and back story. This will have it's drawbacks for some though. The story had lots of explanation regarding the principle themes of the Marines and some characters were basically used strictly just for the sole purpose of providing exposition. To fit the plot in a movie length time span, it was surprisingly well done. This was one huge gripes that I had with Oda's previous project, Strong World was a bit of a let down. With Film Z, I feel that he understood what it took to make a movie that retains the breathtaking aura of One Piece series, and he delivered it.
I would love to talk about just about every scenes in the movie but I want to keep it spoiler-free. If this movie doesn't win major awards in Japan, I will be very surprised. It surely deserves to be nominated in Japanese Academy Awards and win Best Animated Japanese Film Awards or even Best Picture of the Year Awards.
I'm a pretty huge fan of One Piece. Usually I can forgive anything that I find hard to swallow because it'll be followed up by something that's 100 times more awesome and kickass. Hell, part of why it's probably shounen series.
That being said, let's talk about this movie. I was excited when I first heard of it. They were projecting it to be better than Strong World, and Oda was going to have a hand in it (which meant the possibility of something canon) I couldn't contain myself the first couple months it was in theaters in Japan.
Then life kind of got in the
way, and I forgot about it until it came out on blurray and I was finally able to see it subbed. When it started, I quickly felt the excitement I felt months ago, but that was quickly dashed as the movie progressed.
Now, if you're a One Piece fan, you have to watch it. Same as with Strong World. Regardless of what I think, of either movie, One Piece fans need to probably judge for themselves. Which probably makes you wonder what the point of this review is.
Well, as much as I wanted it to be true, this film is not better than Strong World. I know many people complain about Strong World basically being Arlong Park arc, but it at least had pacing. This film doesn't really. It has a lot of nice animation and some humorous moments (along with a few kind of overly suggestive scenes) but not much else.
One minute you're on one island and the next you're on another island resolving the main conflict. They try to make you empathize with Z a bit, but because of the vagueness in Garp's story about Z and the sort of unexplained randomness of Z's flashbacks, you never really get a chance to know that character. Which is unfortunate, because this is the type of thing One Piece usually excels at
In the end the fight between Z and Luffy isn't especially memorable. He gets beat in his first fight with Z, and wins by overpowering him in the second (despite nothing really changing in his strategy) Similar thing happens with Z's henchmen. In Strong World you at least had a pretty epic fight in the air, and there was more tension with whether they would get the antidote for Nami in time. Here the stakes were supposed to be raised, but you never quite felt any of the danger.
This was probably the best one piece movie (I haven't seen them all though I stopped after movie 6). But even though it was really good in comparison with it's uninteresting predecessors it still had some flows. The story was interesting as a plot but it had some minor problems with the development (some scenes could been cut off like the second batle between Luffy and Z). The good thing is that it had some points of the original anime that we are not seeing now and I at least had miss like the appearance of the admirals especially Kizaru's or the sea
train. The animation was good old Toei and the fights especially the last one were animated pretty good, The sound well the ending is consisted of two demos from Avrile Lavigne who to tell the truth I'm not a big fan of her. Still I believe they could have just keep the first one as a whole and skip the second because it was out of the anime's atmosphere. The OST's were pretty good but the one who really stood out was the song that Z sings right when the movie starts. Later on Daisuke Ono (the voice actor of Kizaru) also sings it and the result is a real eargasm. Really one of the reasons that I would recommend you to see this movie is only to hear his version of the song XD.The voice actors were almost all pretty good but I didn't like a lot those who were voicing Z's underlings. The new important characters that this movie introduces us is Z and his two underlings. Z was a very well built character I sympathized with him a lot but I can't say the same for his two companions who had very little screen time unfortunately. As for the enjoyment I pretty much enjoyed this film it was way better from the previews one piece films but I believe that if the writers tried a little bit more the movie would be even more awesome. Overall it was a really nice try. I would recommend you to watch this movie in your spare time if you like one piece. It's not something extremely wow but it's not something really bad either.
Film Z's story was great as it is the first movie set in the Shinsekai and it bring a good original story. Due to the similarities shared with One Piece Film: Strong World, this film's canonicity was often subject of discussion. However, Eiichiro Oda himself and, later, Chapter 700 of the manga confirmed that it is not canon. With that being said this can be looked at as the highest tier of non-canon.
Art and Animation (9/10) Great
Some scene were a little iffy and I do think that Strong World is probably still the best
looking One Piece movie to be animated but this is definitely second. Movie quality is definitely shown during the final fight scenes that Luffy, Zoro and Sanji have.
Sound (10/10) Outstanding
The music and voice acting (English Dub) were both outstanding. But the one thing that stood out the most to me were the sound effects going off during high combat scenes especially the sound that Zed's arm makes right before he hits something with it. It all sounded outstanding to me.
Characters (10/10) Masterpiece
The straw hat is lively and authentic in this movie. It's funny how the first scene with Nami goes straight to her tits and then they make it giggle for you then they introduce Nami. I thought "oh great year another movie where they throw Nami's tits in our face". I was actually surprised and glad when Nami got turned into a young child because she's less annoying in that form and the only fan service they have left is the girl we barely get to see it from Robin! Anyway I also like the fact that we get to see the post-time skipped Straw Hat Crew (at least some of them) show case some of the new stuff they've learnt over the time skip like Franky and his huge robot going in, Chopper in one of his new forms the tiny chubby one, Sanji pulling off his fire move set and so on.
Enjoyment (8/10) Very Good
The movie kept my interest and enjoyment for the most part but I do think that with Luffy and Zed basically having 3 battles (Luffy loosing the first 2) that when the third and final battle happened I would get to see something climatic as fuck (Kind of like the Giant Foot in the Thunder Cloud ending that I got for Movie 10) but I was just a little disappointed that with a post time skipped Luffy with armament haki, I would get to see any Elephant Gun move or Red Hawk the least. Instead we just get armament and a boring fist fight I felt it was a bit anticlimactic. I felt both Strong World and even 3DY2 had more of a satisfying ending to their fights but overall I still enjoyed myself even though I didn't get the ending I wanted.
Overall (9/10) Great
More Specifically (9.20/10) Great
I thought I would be one of those people that would side that Film Z is the best One Piece movie to be made but I'm surprised to say that I on the Team Strong World and understand why it's rated just a little bit higher than Film Z. I have my own reasons one why I feel Strong World is just a bit better but I do wonder why other people think that also, hopefully it's not because Oda wrote it and that's why hopefully there's more than that. But yeah Film Z is still a great movie nonetheless
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