The story of the Hand Island no Bouken special is set a little before the events of One Piece Film Z and depicts a major "Hand Island" incident during the New World storyline. The story is set at "Cannon Town" where a parent and a child work as craftspeople. The incident revolves around them and a commodore of a marine base. The special will also have a flashback scene to the story in the first chapter of the manga, but with new animation.
First of all, I wanna thank rickylrico (http://myanimelist.net/profile/rickylrico) for reviewing episode of Luffy. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have created this review or watched the episode/movie in the first place.
So let's begin!
Story: It's great.. It's like a movie because it runs for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It begins when Usopp announces the "Strawhat Crew Fashion Show", it's basically just an intro, then they get blown to an Hand Shaped Island by a huge cannon ball. The Strawhat Crew help an old man get a special doll back to his son that is currently in the Navy and they stop an ugly,
evil man/woman/other/not specified from destroying the island with a huge cannon.
Art: A bit of the new style, it's like One Piece Movie 10: Strong World's art if you've seen the movie. If you haven't, then you'll be surprised.
Sound: Same soundtrack and amazing as usual.
Character: Everyone is funny and the same as always. I'm pretty sure you get the gist of it if you've watched One Piece before.
Enjoyment: You WILL definitely enjoy this movie/episode, considering you're into One Piece.
Story: The story is good, but a little basic. I don't want to give spoilers, but a town is being terrorized by marines, and in the story you get two flashbacks of the first episode of One Piece.
Art: The art is not as good as in the anime, it sometimes looks like the characters are flat. Also the faces look sometimes kind of weird.
Sound: The sound is just as good as always, especially at the end. At the end you here a song, that all of you know, and you will get really fired up.
Characters: The characters we also know from the anime are amazing.
There are a few useless characters in the special. But you will love to see the progress Coby has made in the timeskip.
Enjoyment: You will enjoy yourself with this anime. The most important thing in this special, are of course the flashbacks. The flashbacks are really enjoyable, because they are not the same as in the anime. You will also learn how Luffy got the scar on his cheek
Back at it again with another One Piece special, god I love these, and who wouldn't want expansions on the already existing adventures of the straw hat pirates?
- Story (8.0/10):
The straw hats, while sailing the new world, they stumbled across an oddly hand-shaped island known form its renowned artists of all sort of stuff, to only find out some trouble taking place there, an abusive Marine officer that forces the citizens to work for his selfish needs then gets them involved in his ambitious plans.
While roaming the island, Luffy gets to meet this guy, a wax artist that admires the pirate life and has a
collection of wax status for all sorts of great pirates that he met, and so it happens that one of them is red-haired Shanks.
Across this special spans multiple flashbacks concerning Luffy, seeing how the special is focused on him, as well as some other character that I don't want to reveal.
- Art (8.9/10):
Stunning, not breathtaking, but at least better than decent, the art style looks so crispt and not as lazy as the anime's, the animation was fantastic, almost movie-budget.
They weren't cheap with the vegetation where you'd mostly have them put some cheap oil-painted background, no, this was all very detailed and it's obvious how much time they production team have put into it.
- Sound (8.0/10):
I love the original soundtrack, believe me, I do, and we got a lot of it here, but the voice acting for a specific character was just a let down for me, he/she seemed so immature and childish for that voice, but because this is his/her first appearance after the time skip, they must not have put a lot of thoughts into it.
- Character (8.0/10):
As always, the straw hats are in the middle of the action, we get to see them interact more with each other, something that's rare to happen lately, the side characters were at least deserving my attention, their backstory (while not that complex) was relatable and touching.
And lets me not forget the start of the special, that character.
- Enjoyment (7.0/10):
In term of enjoyments, I must say I've seen better specials, this one while not having so many flaws, I didn't get so invested or too interested in the mini-story told, it felt more like just another decent filler, to be honest, a well-done filler.
- Overall (8.0/10):
I wouldn't normally recommend this right off the bat, probably if you're already caught up, and been a while since you last seen the early parts of the story, this can be a good refresher to the mind. Also, the atmosphere is a lot less serious than what we have lately if you're up to some giggles, there you go.
This episode really was just another enjoyable episode with the mugiwaras. Just like the Episode of Nami, this was a episode recapping on the back story of luffy. It was really a amusing plot from the beginning towards the very end. It set a reminder of how far Luffy has came and showing how much he has area of him.
With giving this a overall 10 for Story, Art, Sound, Character, and Enjoyment. Episode of Luffy is something i would watch again for the 3rd time