Since I covered the Arlong Park arc this week in my book review, I figured it would make the most sense to throw in some Nami quotes for this week.
Hope you enjoy.
“Hopes for the future..? Yes. However, getting there with you…is not much different than being alone..! What good is the treasure if I’m alone? After sharing so much of our dreams. Instead of sacrificing them and leaving with you I would rather… HAVE NOTHING AT ALL!” ― Nami
“Life is like a pencil that will surely run out, but will leave the beautiful writing of life.”
Hey everyone, I am back after a self proclaimed hiatus and am excited to give you the next installment in the One Piece Arc Review saga.
The manga just released the first episode of the Wano arc, and so I thought it was a good time to give another arc review, and it’s one of my favourite ones.
We get to see the original Straw Hats at their best in this arc, and some of the most unforgettable moments in the entire series too.
Arlong, the leader of a Fishman pirate crew, has been ruling over Nami’s home town and has been nothing short of a dictator the entire time.
When he first came to Nami’s village, he basically made everyone pay money in order to be able to live in the village. This led to Nami’s adoptive mother being killed and Nami joining Arlong’s crew, stealing money from other pirates to buy the village from Arlong’s crew.
Luffy of course comes in with his crew, and decides to help Nami and the villagers defeat Arlong. Nami, wanting to defuse the situation herself because she has always relied on herself, tells Luffy to go away…until Arlong and a marine captian steal her gold, that she had been saving since she was a child.
This devestates Nami and finally, in a fit of weakness and tears, asks Luffy for help in defeating Arlong and his crew.
This is where one of the best moments happens. Luffy puts his iconic Straw Hat, the item that nobody has ever been able to wear, on Nami’s head, and vows to defeat the Arlong Pirates.
Behind Luffy; Sanji, Zoro and Usopp are in their heroic poses and are ready to take the fight to Arlong.
Now of course Luffy et. al. win the day and they bring Nami along with them as they start to enter the Grand Line, but a lot happens in this arc that tells you a lot about Luffy, and the other Straw Hat members.
This is the biggest moment where we see Zoro in his classic “fighting against the enemy with a handicap” situation. He rarely has a fight against an enemy where he has some sort of handicap against him. We’ve seen it before, but this is one of the worst moments of it in the series.
Zoro is known to be of the toughest Straw Hats, physically and endurance wise, and surviving the cut from Mihawk, and then taking down most of Arlong’s crew is the epitome of Zoro’s physical capabilities. (Potential spoiler theory: I think he is some sort of demon)
Luffy kind of just does Luffy stuff. He fights for the weak, and defends them and the dreams they hope to achieve one day. This arc sort of just solidifies it and gives us a few more examples of his intelligence for battle, that isn’t highlighted ever in the show.
Arlong Park is also where we get to see Sanji in full swing. We see how tough he actually is and how quick thinking too. We see his capabilities as a fighter but we also discover his personality and everything too.
Usopp shows typical Usopp characteristics at first–running from danger and getting others to save him, but eventually he pulls through. He knows he is needed to stop an enemy, and he steps up to the plate, defeating one of the pirates and showing he might turn out to be a brave warrior of the sea after all.
We’ve seen Nami’s fighting abilities to a degree before this arc, but we get to see that she isn’t the cold, manipulative, trickster thief that we thought she was. We get to see that she is so much more than that.
Overall, this is probably in my Top 3 favourite Arcs. It was in a simpler time of One Piece, but it told a great story that had connections much later on after the time skip, and there were some very good fanboy moments that I love.
This week I covered the Naruto manga as a whole, and so I’ve thrown together some of my favorite quotes from it for you. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you know who says each one.
“Those who break the rules are scum, that’s true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.”
“We both want the same thing. We both want the peace Jiraiya spoke of. You and I are no different. We’re both working for our own justice. The justice I have meted out against Konoha, is exactly the same as what you’re trying to mete out against me. Everyone feels the pain of loss the same. We both know that pain. You are working for your justice, and I for mine. We are just ordinary people driven to revenge in the name of justice. But if revenge is called justice, then that justice breeds yet more revenge. And becomes a chain of hatred. Living within it, aware of the past, predicting the future. That is what it means to know history. We cannot help but know that people cannot understand each other. The world of ninjas is ruled by hatred.”
“When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.”
“A genius, huh? What does that mean? Genius? So I was not born with a whole lot of natural talent, not gifted like Neji … but I work hard and I never give up! That is my gift…that is my ninja way”
Naruto was one of the first anime I ever got into, and was the first manga that I started reading. I enjoyed it way more than the anime, because it wasn’t filled with months upon months of filler episodes, it was just the main story.
I am still on the fence about my final rating for Naruto though.
The biggest reason I am not doing an arc review for Naruto like I am with One Piece, is because it has been a few years since Naruto finished, and so I don’t really think people would be interested in arc reviews.
I may do one of Boruto one day, but I’m not sure.
Naruto has its moments. One aspect that really made me enjoy the series was the overall story being told. The first half of Naruto was discovering his powers and abilities, and becoming a ninja, but it was still supplemented by the overall world building and character development that helped the series springboard into the second half…which is where the most important events take place.
Part of me wants to say Naruto was this amazing manga that had no issues in it because it was the first manga I started to read. I mean it does have a great story, in typical Shonen fashion. It has a great world building aspect to it as well, and we know that there is more to the world than just what we see on the pages.
There are villains we get to learn about, these great historical figures that shaped the world that are mentioned over and over, but aren’t really brought up, and there are is even great world building within the Leaf Village due to all of the other characters we know about.
It does have a lot of pros going for it. I think any manga reader that has read Naruto would agree with me there, but I think they’d also agree that there are plenty of flaws as well.
The main character Naruto is super annoying in the first half of the manga, and even in the second half his habit of sticking to his ideals and trying to convince his enemies he is right gets annoying, because it works time and time again.
Aside from the main character, the biggest issue I have with the manga is the characters and their power scaling. Some of the characters, mainly the females, are essentially useless throughout the entire series, but because they are considered main characters, they keep coming back over and over.
That is another issue. Basically every female in the series is useless when it comes to fighting. There are some that are extremely powerful, and they’re usually pretty interesting characters, but for the most part it’s just the guys that are doing all the work and I’m not okay with that.
There are several female characters we know of that are very powerful, more powerful than some males, but they get less time. It is also a surprise that this is the case because you’d think guys, who are the main audience for the manga, would want to see women more often.
The power scaling is also annoying, like I mentioned. I won’t dive into it too much because I could talk about it for hours, and I understand it’s not a perfect system, but all I am going to say is that there are several times where a character goes from being wayyyyy too weak to becoming an overpowered bad ass master of some ability in basically an instant.
It becomes an issue when characters do it two or three times in basically a week…Naruto.
So yeah…like I said I am conflicted on how I would rank it. It’s good. I definitely recommend the read, but I don’t want to say it’s the perfect manga ever, because it’s not, by a long shot…
Since I covered a One Piece arc this week, I thought I’d give you some of the best manga quotes out there. These are just some of the ones that popped up on multiple lists I found, but they’re all good in my opinion.
I hope you enjoy them!
“Weaklings will stay weak forever. But weakness is not evil, since human beings are weak creatures to begin with. Alone, you feel nothing but insecurity; that’s why we form guilds, that’s why we have friends. We walk together in order to live a strong life. The clumsy ones will walk into more walls than the others, and it may also take them longer to get there. If you believe in tomorrow and put yourself out there, you can naturally obtain your strength. That’s how you will be able to smile and live strong.”
Makarov Dreyar (Fairy Tail)
“The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives but how he dies. It’s not what they do in life but what they did before dying that proves their worth.”
“I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.”
“I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think that the guy with the most freedom in this ocean is the Pirate King!”
Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
“I want…to change things. I want to believe that anything can be changed. The moment I met you, a new world opened up for me. You see, after wandering in the darkness for so long, a light brought me happiness. It’s all thanks to you.”
Chrono (Chrono Crusade)
“If you only face forward, there is something you will miss seeing.”
Vash the Stampede (Trigun)
“We are all like fireworks. We climb, shine, and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even if that time comes, let’s not disappear like a firework, and continue to shine forever.”
Hitsugaya Toushiro (Bleach)
“Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.”
“The world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”
Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
“Even if I die, you keep living okay? Live to see the end of this world, and to see why it was born. Live to see why a weak girl like me ended up here… And the reason you and I met.”
The Syrup Village Arc is one of my least favourite arcs in the entire manga, and it introduces my least favourite Straw Hat member… Usopp.
Now this isn’t a discussion about how useless Usopp is, or how much of a coward, or even how he is only around to foreshadow future events in the story, it is a review of the arc itself, so let’s break it down.
At the beginning of the arc we meet Klahador, Kaya, Usopp and the Usopp Pirates. Klahador, or Kuro, is by far the only interesting person in this group, and he’s as stale as a cracker. The only thing interesting about him is how smart he is.
I mean the guy is a genius, and the only reason his plan failed was because of Luffy, Nami, and Zoro who happened to show up as his plan was being put into action.
There wasn’t a lot of fighting in the arc. Luffy fights Kuro, obviously, and Zoro takes on some cat brothers who give him a bit of a hard time, but he can handle it.
Nami is pre Alabasta, so she isn’t useful in a fight just yet, and we don’t have any other crew members. I think that’s the weakest part of One Piece, is that the early arcs don’t have a lot of quality villains, and there isn’t a lot of crew members to interact with the world around them.
Overall, I’d probably give this arc a 2.5/5. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great. The best part about it is that it’s short, its got a few funny scenes with Jango, and we get to see Kuro absolutely destroy some of his own crew members, because he can’t control his powers at the time.
This is also where we get to meet the Going Merry for the first time. It’s Kaya’s ship, but she loans it to the Straw Hats to sail it around the world, and we all know what happens there. I kind of hope there’s a scene in the future where all the Straw Hats go back to their towns or whatever, and talk with the people, sharing their stories, before heading off to save Luffy from the marines or something. I just think it could be cool to see Usopp cry at Kaya’s feet because he tried to keep the Merry safe, but couldn’t do that. Plus he could tell her all about how the Merry “came to life” and saved them from Enies Lobby.
Before I forget, this is technically where we meet Gaimon too! He comes before the Syrup Village portion itself, but he’s a nice little part of the story at the time. I hope we get to see him again in the future, maybe he has finally broken out of the chest he was stuck in.
Luffy also tells us that Usopp’s dad Yassop is a great pirate, and a member of the Red-Haired Pirates, which gives the audience a nice connection between Shank’s crew and Luffy’s, which im sure can lead to some cool moments in the future, though I kind of hope Shanks and Luffy never meet up, until Blackbeard kills Shanks, and Luffy rests the hat at his grave or something, but that’s just predictions.