February 02, 2023
Film 3 in the One Piece franchise. Three films in, it's pretty clear what to expect from them. They are basically just expanded episodes, with Luffy and his friends taking on a slightly bigger mission. I'm not complaining mind, 60 minutes is more than enough for this type of material, stretching it to 90 would probably just make it more grating.
Luffy and his pals arrive at a new island. His friend Chopper gets separated from the rest of the bunch and is found by a small animal population, who immediately bombard him as their new king. While Chopper enjoys the attention, he's also tasked with protecting the animals from a gang of malicious hunters. Luckily, Chopper has Luffy to help him out.
One Piece is pretty loud, which is both a blessing and a curse. It makes things a bit more dynamic and helps to set it apart from other franchises, but it can also be a little annoying. But once you're familiar with this series, you know what to expect from it, which is pretty decent entertainment. It's hardly my favorite anime franchise out there, but I don't mind giving these films a whirl.