It’s already time for another Arc Review. This time it’s Thriller Bark (EP 326 – 384). For the first time since I started watching One Piece I can’t say that this arc is better than the previous arcs. There are multiple reasons for that but by no means was this a bad arc.
This arc didn’t really get me hyped up like the previous arcs. I know one of the reasons was because of the whole creepy Halloween Vibe this arc had. I generally don’t care for the dark and creepy. I also didn’t care about most of the fights they didn’t grab me emotionally like the previous ones however I did still find them amusing.
The things I did like about this arc though were pretty much at the beginning and the end. In the beginning of the Arc we meet Brook. He’s a talking Skeleton that loves panties and is a musician. Sounds like Straw Hat material to me, and by the end of the arc he joins the crew. I liked how they tied in his story with someone the straw hats met 100s of episodes ago. It was quite a surprise. I think I’m really going to enjoy Brooks character.
Speaking of Character my favorite part has to be when Zoro shows his resolve. The way he put his life on the line to protect his entire crew was amazing. This moment invoked more emotion in me than any other anime I’ve ever seen. He took a burden that he knew should kill him and he did it voluntarily with great resolve. He didn’t tell anyone about what he did and said it was nothing. He didn’t do it for any recognition. He just did what needed to be done.
This arc as a whole might not have been the best arc in One Piece so far but it definitely contained the best moment so far. It did something that I feel like only a show like One Piece could do. All of the episodes allow characters to develop in ways that can’t be done within the normal length of anime. In the end this Arc was still satisfying and I can’t wait for the next adventure.