Kaisokuou ni Ore wa Naru
2000 / 51m - Japan
Action, Adventure - Animation
One Piece poster


December 05, 2022


One Piece is one of the biggest and most recognizable anime franchises of the past two decades, and yet, I never watched a single episode or film. Somehow this made-for-TV pirate adventure never really appealed to me, but seeing how the first film was only less than an hour long I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. It was slightly better than expected, but only by a small margin.

Luffy is a pirate who wants to sail the seas and discover hidden and/or forgotten treasures. He is after the treasure of the infamous Gold Pirate, but so are quite a few other pirate clans. Luffy gets lucky when he runs into an old acquaintance of the Gold Pirate, who directs Luffy to the island where the treasure is buried. Finding his precise hideout won't be easy though.

The art style is rather bland and the animation is quite primitive, it's clear this is a derivative of a TV show. The story isn't all that interesting either, but there's a level of exaggeration that is quite funny and kept me interested throughout. Clearly not a franchise that made it big because of its extraordinary quality, but it works as passable entertainment.