Episodes 179-212

This week I managed to watch episodes 179-212. That’s only 33 episodes, which is far less than previous weeks, but I was at Kameha-Con this weekend so I wasn’t able to watch much anime. Kameha-Con was definitely worth it though and I can’t wait until the next one. A lot of the voice actors from Dragon Ball also play parts in One Piece. It was cool hearing the voices of our favorite characters coming from real people. I’ll try and get in more One Piece episodes next week but, the few I saw this week weren’t bad.

DBZ OP

The entire arc with the crew trapped in the marine base was actually really entertaining (196-206). I’m not sure if these episodes were just filler or not, but if they were, it was good filler. Seeing Commander Jonathan come up with plan after plan to catch the straw hats with his methodical mindset, like he was playing a game of chess, was fun. In the end, despite how well planned the commander’s attacks were, the Straw Hats unpredictability led them to victory in the end.

Marine Commander 206.png

I also started watching the episodes where the crew is on “Long Ring Long Island”. They end up entering a Davy Back with the Foxy Pirates. During this Davy Back, each crew takes part in these series of contests — kind of like the Olympics for Pirates — but the winner of each round gets to take a member of the others teams crew or something else if they want it. It’s a pretty crazy idea. I’ve finished watching the first of three rounds and the Straw Hats have already lost Chopper. I’m guessing the Straw Hats will have to win the next two rounds but, I’m curious what Luffy will ask for from the Foxy pirates when they win. Knowing Luffy, he might not actually ask for anything.

Davy Back Fight.png

Overall I’m pretty sure the journey will be more important than the destination. At the end of the last episode, I watched Zoro and Sanji actually agree to work together for 10 seconds, and I can’t wait to see what they can do if they actually do work together. It’ll probably make things way too easy.

Zoro Sanji Davy Back.png


The Otaku Couple

Advertisements

Episodes 136-206

Sky Island.

From the first mention of Sky Island, you can’t wait to get there. Instead, though, you end up spending several episodes on an island called Jaya. You might feel like you can rush through these episodes, but it’s actually very important, and not just because it’s where they learn how to get to Sky Island. Jaya’s connection to the sky island, Skypiea, was super cool and unexpected and eventually, the Straw Hats make up to the sky.

Knock up stream social

Luffy and the gang get branded as criminals shortly after making it up to Sky Island. I know this isn’t surprising, but this time it looks like it’s going to have some serious consequences. They have to face god’s judgment. They are supposed to do this through surviving various ordeals when going up against the god Eneru’s priest. They beat Satori the first of Eneru’s priest but then an all-out war breaks out between Eneru’s priest (plus his royal guards) and the Shandoraians.

Ordeals Social

BALLS

Satori.png

Through this war, we learn all about sky warfare. In sky warfare, dials of all different types are used in a variety of ways in order to battle opponents. When things first got started it seemed like the priest could use some weird type of magic but once Gan Fall (the former god) explained how the different dials were used in battle it all became clear. As we continued to see different battles creatively making use of dials, the episodes became more and more exciting.Sanji DialsEventually, we get to meet the god Eneru himself as he appears in a flash of lightning. We find out that he uses incredible lightning powers and his body itself is actually made of lightning so he can’t be harmed. Later we find out that he’s eaten a devil fruit and that’s what’s given him these incredible abilities. We find out that Eneru is actually from another sky island and that he dethroned Gan Fall six years prior and has developed an elaborate plan for Skypiea. Eneru treats the war on the upper yard sky island like a game. His big mistake though was involving the blue sea dwellers known to us as the Straw Hats.EneruAs anyone could’ve predicted, in the end, the lightning god Eneru had to face the rubber-man Monkey D. Luffy. It was an interesting fight since Luffy is impervious to lightning Eneru had to come up with some other crafty ways to keep Luffy away from him. In the end though, with the help of his friends, Luffy and his gang defeated Eneru and actually got away with the treasure.Luffy vs. Eneru SocialOverall I really enjoyed the Sky Island arc and I would definitely watch it again if I ever manage to get caught up on One Piece. What did you think about the Sky Island Arc? Leave comments down below.Bye Sky Island Social

 

 

 


Otaku Couple

So I just finished with the second arc of One Piece — Alabasta. It’s the first arc for the straw hats after they enter the Grand Line. It was quite the ride. They gained two new crew members, took down an advanced crime syndicate, saved a princess and a country, all while taking down one of the seven war lords of the sea.

There were many battles in this arc but the ones against Baroque Works were definitely my favorite. Each member of the team developed and got stronger as they continued to fight. In the end though all of their opponents were stronger than them. They overcame their lack of strength by using their brains instead of their brawn. This was really a nice change of pace. The most impressive victories have to go to Nami, Zoro, and Luffy. Nami defeated a top tier member of Baroque Works by herself, even though she doesn’t have any devil fruit powers and isn’t freakishly strong like some of her teammates. It was impressive. It was nice to see her be useful in a fight instead of staying on the sidelines (like a substantial number of other female characters anime). Zoro’s battle was even more impressive though, he gained a new incredible skill as a swordsman and I can’t wait to see what he does with it next.

Finally, there was Luffy’s battle with Crocodile. Luffy finally came up against an opponent who he couldn’t beat. At this point we are used to Luffy displaying his passion for what he believes in and using that to drive him to overcome his obstacles. This time, that wasn’t enough and he actually had to use his head to win. I loved how this showed Luffy’s ability to think when he has to in order to get the job done.

Overall the stories in this arc of One Piece were cool and exciting. We got to meet Luffy’s brother Ace and hear a little about his captain, which I know has to lead to a future arc and definitely piqued my interest. Even the filler episodes seem to further develop the characters. I don’t regret watching any of the episodes but I’ll probably skip episodes 131-135 when I go back to re-watch the series. I’m looking forward to what happens on the Straw Hats next adventure and how the teams newest member will mesh with the others.

This week I managed to watch episodes 45-110. I know I said this last week but again, I watched way more episodes than I expected. Watching 65 episodes of a single show in a week is pretty intense. I could have watched 5 other shows as long as they had 12 episodes or less, but I feel One Piece was worth the time I spent on it. This show is enthralling.

The way Luffy and his crew interact with each other is so authentic, like a real family. They argue, fight each other and disrespect their captain but, when it comes down to it, they have this unwavering faith in each other. Luffy was getting eaten by a bird and Chopper (the newest member of the team — I’ll get to him later) was saying that they needed to help him. The exchange goes like this:

Zoro says, “Did he ask for help?”

Chopper says, “No.”

Zoro says, “He’s fine then.”

That’s completely crazy, and yet Zoro was absolutely right. I just thought that was crazy.

Not as crazy as two giants fighting each other on a prehistoric island for a hundred years. Yeah, that was totally a thing. It was pretty fun too, but unfortunately it led to Nami getting bitten by a prehistoric bug. While they were on the way to their next destination — Alabasta — Nami got really sick, so they had to stop and find a doctor. This led to a great mini arc on a winter island that only had one doctor. Of course she lived in a castle at the top of a very steep mountain. Oh and by steep I mean straight up. Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, Luffy ended up carrying both Sanji and Nami up the mountain in a blizzard. In order to climb up with both of them Luffy had Nami tied to his back and carried Sanji with his teeth. Yes, his teeth! This scene really showed how far Luffy was willing to go for his friends. When he made it to the top he was all bloody and freezing. When the doctor saw him, he wasn’t worried about himself at all and just asked the she save his friends. It was pretty emotional.

The doctor fixed all of them up, but her assistant was a most interesting character. He’s a blue nose reindeer named Chopper who apparently ate the human human devil fruit, so now he can walk and talk and transform. Naturally, he became the next member of Luffy’s crew. So now the crew has a doctor. The unique things that this show comes up with are amazing and the fights are super cool, especially when Luffy gets serious.

Crocodile is next on Luffy’s hit list — a man who has sand powers, so of course Luffy is going to fight him in the middle of the desert. Which means it’s going to be a very interesting fight. I can’t see how the rubber-man is going to overcome this one. I really want to go watch it now, so I’ll let you know how it goes next week.


The Otaku Couple

So, I’ve just finished the first Arc of One Piece. The East Blue: these first 61 episodes were amazing. Seeing Luffy find the members for his ship was actually very satisfying. Most teams that form in anime form over quick one episode arcs, or the show just starts out with the team already together, but not One Piece.

Luffy takes his time in recruiting each new member of his crew. As each story progresses you learn more about the characters back story. Something I really appreciate is the fact that each character’s back story was well thought out; down to the little details, like each one of them was the star of the show. This really made me feel more connected to all the members of Luffy’s Crew and not just Luffy.

Ironically though, we’ve gotten the least amount of back story for Luffy. But that just leaves me intrigued and wanting to know more. Despite not seeing much of the main character’s back story in the first 61 episodes, I do feel Luffy’s character is strong. Luffy’s character is mostly defined by his actions. This becomes obvious as you look at the type of people he is choosing for his crew and what he is fighting for. Luffy is generally pretty carefree, but if you hurt anyone he see as a friend, you’re going to have a really bad day. Just like Captain Morgan, Buggy, Kuro, Don Krieg, Arlong, and Commodore Nelson. Luffy had great fights with all these guys.

Luffy wasn’t the only one having great fights though, which is really refreshing. It’s not like all the members of Luffy’s team are pretty much worthless without him like some other anime. You know the ones I’m talking about. These first 61 episodes included greatness from Zoro, Sanji and even Usopp. This show really makes you care about the characters.

Most anime are finished long before they get to 61 episodes but this one feels like it’s just getting started. I’m starting to see how this show managed to get over 830 episodes and is still going. The only episodes I’d skip so far would be 18 and 46. Out of 61 episodes, that’s not bad at all. Now that Luffy has all the beginning members of his crew and has made a name for himself, along with procuring a nice 30,000,000 berry bounty on his head, I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures await them at the Grand Line.


 

The Otaku Couple

It’s been one week since I started One Piece and I managed to watch way more episodes than I thought I would. It’s kind of (REALLY, REALLY, REALLY) addictive. I managed to watch the first 44 episodes this week and they were awesome! I really enjoyed seeing Luffy gathering, recruiting, and forcing the members of his crew to join him. Each person Luffy recruits has a great back story.

If you haven’t watched the first 44 episodes and don’t want to be spoiled, you should probably jump ship now.

(more…)

I started One Piece.

I know you read the title but I have to say it again: I started One Piece! After hearing so much about One Piece, I already know that it’s a great anime. How else do you get over 800 episodes? No, that wasn’t a typo. One Piece has 831 episodes as of the day I’m writing this (4/8/18) and the show is still going strong.

If you’re wondering why I’m just now starting One Piece, I’ll be honest with you. It’s the episode count. With so many episodes, it just felt like an insurmountable task. Even now, having another 830 episodes to watch before catching up seems like something that will take forever, but I know I’ll catch up eventually. I’ve heard too many good things about it and I really don’t like being out of the loop. Even my wife, Mrs. Otaku, has watched well over 500 episodes. So, today I decided to finally press play on One Piece.

I’m only one episode in and I don’t have any negatives about the show yet. There are several things I like already, but from the first episode they can all be summed up by one word, Luffy. Monkey D. Luffy is fearless, speaks his mind, and is willing to truly die for what he believes in. I’m really not sure how to describe it, but Luffy’s attitude towards his goal had a real seriousness to it. That was much appreciated. The other thing I really liked from this first episode was the fact that Luffy was able to inspire Coby to follow his own dreams by the end of the episode. I know Luffy ends up becoming a great pirate and with the way he managed to show his ability to encourage and inspire others in this first episode, I can see why.

I look forward to watching the rest of One Piece and I’ll be sure to write more posts about my journey as I attempt to catch up with it. Have you started One Piece? If not, start watching it with me; I’m sure it’ll be a fun journey. Comment down below if you’ve watched One Piece and have any tips for getting through it or if you’re going to start watching One Piece on your own.


The Otaku Couple