Friday, October 25, 2019

One Piece: Stampede Review: An astounding culmination of a series in one film!

The Hit:

This one is a little different because not too many of you- my readers follow Japanese animation, so I'll try to narrow this down the best I can. This is based on a Manga "Japanese comic book" that has been going on for 20 years, Yes TWENTY years and it is still going. If you wish to read it or watch the anime you'll understand why. It's a vast story that hits every subject in storytelling an author strives for. And it is why it is my utmost all-time favorite piece of media, beyond T.V shows, books, and movies. Nothing has come close to how great this series is. 

Cast: Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ohtani, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Kazuki Yao, Chô, Hiroshi Kamiya, Mahito Ōba, Junko Noda, Shigeru Chiba, Tsutomu Isobe and many more wonderful voice actors!

Pros: We get to see so many past characters from the span of 20 years, old faces make an appearance ranging from Pirates, Warlords, Navy, Cipher Pol, and Revolutionary army. This movie was pure fan service and I loved it! The animation was similar to an earlier anime movie this year, which was Dragon Ball Super: Broly, another very popular series that most of you have heard of. We get to see a new very powerful foe by the name of Douglas Bullet who is known for being a crew member of the previous King of the Pirates Gol D. Roger, known as the Roger Pirates. Because Bullet is said to be a monster, he gave our Protagonist a hard time, Straw Hat Luffy and also his allies and rivals, who are also shooting for the title of being the new king of the pirates. What made me grin from ear to ear is so many characters interacting with each other, it felt like a glimpse into the final arc of the series and that makes me excited!

Cons: In the current story arc Luffy is facing off against one of the four emperors of the sea and we don't get to see any of them and although that's a minor detail and from seeing so many headliners in this already, they could have squeezed them in somehow. There's not much of a story in only 2 hrs, just mostly fighting but with a flick like this, it's easily justified. 

This movie is only out in select theatres and also during a very limited time so don't miss your chance if you are a fan. If not, I'd highly recommend watching or reading but take your time, it's a very long and very well worth it of a series. If anime isn't your cup of tea because the main reason I always seem to hear is people think it's a cartoon you see on Disney channel or nickelodeon, then you are hugely mistaken. There are so many Genres to look into and of so many age groups, try looking at myanimelist.net for starters and maybe you'll fall in love with a series you never knew you would. 

Key Info: Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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