BroTyphoon here and I’m back with more One Piece!
|Music By:||Kohei Tanaka, Shiro Hamaguchi|
|Licensed:||Funimation(NA), Madman Entertainment(AUS), Odex(SG), Manga Entertainmanet(UK)|
|Original Run:||October 1999 - March 2001|
Now many of you may not know, but One Piece is 17 seasons long and still going strong. These seasons can also be split by using the different story arcs to determine where to end a season and where to start a new one. This review will be on season 1, or the East Blue arc.
Season 1 of One Piece is one of the longer seasons, having a total of 62 episodes. Now based on today’s way of having 12 episodes a season, Season 1 is equivalent to 5 seasons of other shows. The reason for it being this long is because of the many characters that are introduced and their back stories that needed to be explained. The story follows Luffy, the man aiming to be the next King of the Pirates, and the creation of his Pirate crew. New friends are introduced, crew members are recruited and multiple enemies defeated.
- In depth character backstories
- Deep Character development
- Gets you Emotionally attached to the characters
- Music fits their scenes perfectly
- Story progresses slower than other shows
- Each character comes with a minor enemy
- Fillers are placed in to help character development
- Ends with 8 or so episodes of filler with minor story elements
Story   -   9.3 / 10
The story of East Blue, although long is quite well written. It takes you on an adventure with Luffy, a new startup pirate aiming to be the Pirate King. You follow him as he starts recruiting people to join him, resulting in a ragtag crew of pirates. There are a few ups and downs along the way but the story is solid and keeps you hooked. Many things that you may find as minor details end up being referenced hundreds of episodes down the line. The only downside to the story is the fillers that are thrown in.
Music   -   9.7 / 10
The music of One Piece is amazing, and it all began here. Much of the music of the East Blue arc carries on throughout much of the rest of the series. Each major character has their own theme, and there are many for different themes to suit the different emotions portrayed.
Characters   -   10 / 10
The most important part of One Piece are the unique characters. The East Blue arc does an amazing job at introducing each of them. This arc is where 5 of the main crew members of the Straw Hat crew are introduced. Each of these characters are introduced, then they have their backstories explained at a later episode. All of the crew members in this arc are under the age of 18 which adds to how recent some of their stories happened.
Every major character has a very in depth background. The crew members all have very deep back stories, but Nami (the Navigator) has the most in depth background story which is fully revealed.
Enjoyment   -   9.8 / 10
The East Blue arc is in my opinion very enjoyable. The reason for this is because this is the season that started it all. All the characters introduced, their personalities and their behaviors. There is also the events in the future that reference back to this arc. The only thing that made this arc less enjoyable was the fillers, although the fillers of One Piece aren’t too bad.
- Character Development
- Slow Progression
- Minor Enemies
- More Fillers