Luffy and crew arrive at the harbour of Anabaru. The local casino is holding a competition in which the winner will obtain a huge monetary reward if he reaches the finishing line first. Nami is elated and decides to participate in the competition. However, there is a conspiracy going behind the competition and the mastermind is an ex-military commander, Gasparde. His plan is to lure all the pirates to the military base and send them to their deaths. Luffy and gang have to overcome the numerous tests and tribulations along the way to complete this dead-end adventure.
Well this is the 4th One Piece move that was made and IMO it is still the best.
story: The story follows the straw hats pirates while they are on a Island and in need of money, they soon find out that there is a great pirate race. That alone should be good enough to catch anyones interest. The whole movie is amazing and the enemy is one you can hate.
Art: The only reason that I didnt give this a 10 is because One Piece is art style is a little differnt to other animes but it is true to itself and is even better.
characters, if you follow the series I dont need to say anymore, if you dont then all I have to say is you will never see better characters than this group.
Enjoyment: I love this movie, it is the best out there and I have seen it many times and each time it still makes me smile.
STORY: As you probably are expecting since it's a One Piece movie, the story is original and whacky, revolving around a Pirate Race where everything goes. Besides all the issues you could expect from a movie story such as rushed presentation and such, the story does look interesting and even has a nice twist.
ART: It's One Piece with all it's might. On the other hand, it's One Piece with all it's might, which might not make you happy due to it's particular, peculiar and bizarre art style and design. Nontheless, the art is very refreshing and original, you can't deny that. It also features enhanced
animation in comparison to the anime, although it's not that great. One thing I could mention is the backgrounds and the sea, as well as the ship movements, all that is awesome.
SOUND: The sound qaulity itself it's nice, with a couple of nice new battle tunes and as always the brilliant voice acting of really great seyiuus like Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai and Kappei Yamaguchi.
CHARACTER: Though non-canon the movie provides some insight in the world of One Piece showing two more Giants, an old rival of Arlong and some other nice new characters. The two main movie-only characters would probably Shuraiya and Gasparde, the main villain. The first sport an awesome look, and the villain just looks like a couple more of other villains in One Piece: thinks dreams are for the weak and the crewmembers are just underlings. Though it has a pretty nice background and look.
ENJOYMENT: I only gave this 7, yeah. The first reason is that probably most people don't get the motivation they need to watch the movie since it's non-canon. So that pretty much lowers the enjoyment level of a movie, particularly, a non-canon anime movie. Secondly, although the three major fights in the movie are really good (Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde's crew, Needles vs Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde), there's not much importace to the rest of the Straw Hats, the simply don't have a final fight, which I think is also bad.
OVERALL: Although I have only watched the first 4 movies of One Piece, I think this is by far the best, with some pretty nice story, characters and all that you expect from One Piece. You should definitly watch it if you're a One Piece fan.
I thought the beginning plot for this movie was fine at first and they hype up this Dead End Adventure, the Pirate Ship Race (which gets interrupted and just felt bland) and the story of Shuraiya and his backstory and what not. I think with these three written on paper it sounds like it should be a good movie but I personally felt it fell short in the execution department as certain parts felt drawn out all of characters in the straw hat character didn't really do anything in this movie and I felt
the pacing was was off as there was a lot of boring dialogue scenes and had me dozing off honestly. Too much uninteresting things I felt was going on in this 4th movie of One Piece.
Art and Animation (6/10) Fine
Continuing with this annual repetition of release the 4th One Piece movie yearly at the point of this movie coming out of course. The only major difference I saw between this an the last movie is that during the beginning they tried to do this 3rd 1st person view of going through a town at night seeing all the people of the town until we eventually get to the Straw Hat Crew who is in a restaurant of some sort getting their grub on like always. I understand the idea of what this scene was trying to do and it probably looked good back in 2003 but I don't think it aged well at all because this is really slow frame rate 3D presentation honestly just hurt my eyes. The camera angles were cool but the fact that it felt like an introduction to a 1999 computer game before you hit the title screen just didn't sit well with me. Other than that everything else seem fine for a One Piece movie as far as the 4 that I've seem to this point. This one doesn't look any better than the 3 that came before it and it's not surprising since this (just like movie 2) came out almost exactly a year after the 3rd movie so advancements in the art style and animation category obviously made no improvements.
Sound (7/10) Good
Nothing to compliment but nothing to complain about. The BGM and voice actors were fine. Outro is fine also not bad not amazing it just exist so yeah..
Characters (6/10) Fair
Like I said in the story section majority of the characters in the Straw Hat Crew hit the back-burner hard in this movie. As we really only get to see mostly Luffy and not that much either. This movie tried to push the movie MC mostly and his introduction started off good. Shuraiya with Luffy in the like the first 15 or so minutes of the movie and they are about to throw down but the main antagonist comes in and interrupts their fight as they basically say "we'll fight later". To me that's Toei basically hyping up a fight we never saw and at this point who cares because the Movie MC Shuraiya get's his ass whooped around the end of this movie anyway so I didn't even want to see the fight between him and Luffy anymore. His backstory with him and his sister (who didn't even looked like she aged since her backstory) was boring and uninteresting and since the movie gave him so much screen time I personally think he's the reason why I was dozing off during this movie. The other characters like the straw hat crew when they were doing something was good but like I said we don't get to see them that much, I usually give this section a 8, 9 and sometimes a 10. But that's only because I enjoy seeing the Straw Hat crew do what they do, when they are taken out of the picture my score in the section will most likely dwindle if the characters they focus on can't suffice for replacement.
Enjoyment (5/10) Mediocre
My enjoyment was not that high for this movie, I was honestly expecting more from it. And I like I said earlier I personally think they failed to capture my attention with this movie with the various things this movie tried to bring to the table. My interested raise just a tad at the very end when Luffy is fighting the Movie Villain and his Candy Syrup powers or what ever when he messes up Luffy's hat and the various signature moves Luffy was using against him. It was a good fight but I don't think it was enough for me to forgive the rest of my boredom I had for the other hour and like ten minutes I was watching the movie for.
Overall (5/10) Mediocre
More Specifically (5.80/10) Mediocre at best
Dead End no Bouken in my opinion is probably the most boring of One Piece movies yet. It's down there with the 2nd movie and I like I said earlier if they focus on the Straw Hat crew then we can have a more entertaining movie, hopefully the future ones don't follow this template of letting the movie MC have all the spot light just to get whooped and end the movie with a Luffy fight because I don't think that's a good formula.
It's been awhile since I watched One Piece: The movie back in January. At the time, I had only watched about 50 episodes and the series was still relatively unassuming. The Straw Hat Pirates still only had four members, they still hadn't reached the Grand Line and a simple, yet fun adventure seemed to be the right fit for a One Piece movie.
But by the time Dead End Adventure was released (146 episodes in,) quite a few things had happened. The Straw Hat Pirates had already been in the Grand Line for a while and discovered the waters there were a lot harder to navigate.
They had had their most complex and interesting adventure yet in Alabasta in which they were faced with a civil war where neither side was bad. The group had been joined by Sanji, Chopper and Nico Robin, making for a lot of characters to share the screentime. At this point, a lot more is and should be expected from One Piece. It has gone from a simple action shounen to having a huge organic world and interesting storylines.
Even the filler episodes were impressive and always took the opportunity to show us more of the world and characters. It's the first time I've thought that having extra episodes with stories not taken from the manga can not only be enjoyable in its own right, but can be a good thing and teach us more about the series itself.
All this to say that even though I've been lenient with the first three films, perhaps more than I should, it's great to finally see a One Piece film that feels like a real movie. It's the first feature-length film and the first one that's good enough that I would recommend it to any One Piece fan. When the movie started, the words "One Piece: The Movie" appeared again, and this it feels earned. If the film had a more interesting antagonist, and perhaps a more consistent story progression, it could have truly been great, but the way it is, it's bar none the best One Piece film so far.
I think I could recommend this film on the animation alone. Unlike previous films, the art style is very close to show, but the art is a little more detail and there is consistently a lot more motion. Characters and environment move around a lot more fluidly, which is certainly impressive considering how detailed the drawings are, and even in the scenes where people are just talking, you'll often see things going on in the background. The action is snappy and engaging, especially with the lack of the waiting around that the show is infamous for. (Plus, for an action franchise, it's about time one of the films had some proper action.) There are definitely shots that are better animated than others, but the ones that are well animated are a lot of fun to watch. I also want to give credit to the second shot after the title is shown where the camera moves around in a 3D modeled town inhabited by traditionally drawn characters. It's showing its age for sure, (mostly due to the horrendous framerate,) but the 3D modeling maintains the art style pretty well and it's well enough made that it doesn't feel out of place and is impressive to watch.
The story is once again an excuse for shenanigans, but with more thought put to it this time. The film takes advantage of its longer running time to flesh out the story and characters much more than previous films. Each character gets at least a little bit to do and they all have their moments. My favorite moment is Sanji cheering up an almost suicidal kid, then casually wondering why he's being so nice. Nothing more is ever said about the subject.
There is also better executed drama, mostly centered around another kid and adopted guardian. I don't know why every single One Piece film so far has felt like having a kid who the drama centers around, but I suppose it works fine as long as the kid's name isn't Mobambi. I wasn't too impressed by the plot twist towards the end, but the both characters take advantage of the longer runtime to develop decently well, and the kid interacts pretty well with the main characters, even if it reminds me a bit of Apis from the Warship Island arc. I think it's also an advantage that the main characters have some emotional weight to them as well, not just the side characters. In fact, the kid's emotional development kind of connects nicely to some of the other characters, especially Luffy, Nami and Sanji.
My one gripe with the story is that I think they could have taken better advantage of the concept of the ship race. I can't be the only one who thinks there were more possibilities with a race on the sea where the ships can openly sabotage each other. But after an admittedly pretty awesome start, the race ends up not mattering at all anymore with the direction the story takes. And even with the past of having been a marine before running off with a marine ship to become a pirate, the antagonist lacks any real characterization beyond causing problems just because he thinks it's fun. His personality does clash against Luffy decently well as he has a distaste for what Luffy enjoys about being a pirate, but it still feels a bit too simple as he doesn't have a proper goal. Say what you will about One Piece, it's not typically too subtle about character motivation. What I do like about the antagonist is that we're told early on that he has devil fruit power, but what exactly that ability is remains hidden until the climax. The fact that for most of the film we don't know exactly what he's capable of does help making him more intimidating.
What I said about filler episodes earlier had a purpose, because that way you'll know that when I say that even though the film isn't as good as the show's most interesting stories, (like the Alabasta arc), but is still on par with the filler episodes, that's a compliment even if it may not sound like one. The film does take the opportunity to develop the characters and the world that little bit more while telling a decent story, and I for one hope this will set a standard for the films to come.