One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)


One Piece: Strong World is the tenth One Piece movie (made for the tenth anniversary of the show). It was directed by Munehisa Sakai and written by creator Eiichiro Oda.

The Straw Hat Pirates meet the evil pirate Shiki. When Nami can warn him about an oncoming storm nobody else sees, he decides that he has to have her as a navigator. So he kidnaps her and leaves the rest of the crew stranded on a few floating islands that boast the weirdest – and most aggressive – wildlife.

I have never watched or read One Piece before, and I have to say that this movie did not make me want to watch it. It was perfectly fine, even though a little ridiculous, and I had no problems following it, though I knew nothing about the show*, but it just didn’t float my boat.

Thinking about the same “experiment” I did at last year’s Anilogue with Gurren Lagann, I was a little hesitant with this one. But deadra insisted that I had to at least have seen one Once Piece thing, even if it was silyl and that it was going to be fun. She also promised me less boob shots than in Gurren Lagann.

Well. The fun, I didn’t have it (deadra did, though). And there were boob shots aplenty. Nami spends a fascinating amount of time in a bikini/something equally revealing. Even Nico gets her big entrance (no pun intended).

But at least I was prepared for the silliness.

It’s not all bad. There were some very funny moments. And the film actually had plot, which is kind of awesome. I think I would have enjoyed a show about Zoro on his own. And Nico was intriguing, even though we didn’t get to see much of her.

It looked very nice. And you could see that they had all kinds of fun with the strange animal hybrids on the islands. [Though the explanation of the IQ plant which made them magically evolve made me headdesk a little. You know, as if normally, animals don’t evolve at all.]

But in the end, it just left me cold.

Summarising: For fans of the show. Don’t expect to be converted to fandom.

*The only thing I didn’t understand was why Franky didn’t wear pants. Ever.

5 thoughts on “One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)

  1. Seriously…the whole boob-thingy had erased itself from my brain. Self-protection, probably.

    Just one little thing: In a universe with Gum-Gum fruit and Human-Human fruit and floating islands with bird-people and a guy with swords for prostetic legs, you object to IQ-fruit and the accelerated “evolution” it’s supposed to cause?! Srsly?

    • You know, I have no problem if it’s just plain “out there”. But if they try to make it scientific, it should really stick. [Especially with evolution, which is mangled in that regard anyway.]

      Maybe I draw the line in a weird place but there it is.

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