Top 10 Manga Quotes

Top 10 Manga Quotes

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.”

Jiraiya (Naruto)

“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.”

Kagome (Inuyasha)

“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.”

Clare (Claymore)

“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.”

Sachi (Sword Art Online)

 

 

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One Piece Arc Review: Syrup Village

One Piece Arc Review: Syrup Village

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Quote of the Day: One Piece

Quote of the Day: One Piece

I always chuckle a little bit when I see this quote. It perfectly describes Luffy’s character.

“I love heroes, but I don’t want to be one. Do you even know what a hero is!? For example, you have some meat. Pirates will feast on the meat, but the hero will distribute it among the people! I want to eat the meat!” – Monkey D. Luffy

What’s your favourite One Piece Quote?

One Piece Arc Review: Orange Town

One Piece Arc Review: Orange Town

We are back again this week with another One Piece Arc Review. This week I’m gonna take a look at Orange Town, which is the second arc of the manga, and the second of the East Blue Saga.

This is a pretty important arc for the overall One Piece story because this is the first time we experience two important characters, Buggy and Nami, and we get to see our first devil fruit that doesn’t belong to Luffy.

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We also get to see a bit of Buggy’s story in a few flashbacks, and later realize that he was a crewmate of Shanks way back when, and that Silvers Ryleigh was a member of the crew as well, which solves a few puzzles later on in the story.

Despite all of the importance it has in character introductions, new devil fruits, and future plot points that are hinted at, this arc didn’t really leave any lasting memories for me.

It’s not really a bad arc. It follows the common pattern of Luffy and his friends coming to a certain island and freeing the civilians from their evil overlord.

It’s also one of the few times that Luffy gets help from a “crew mate” to beat the bad guy. Nami doesn’t do a lot, but she does enough to give Luffy an easier time of beating Buggy.

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It’s also a rather playful arc, since Buggy and his crew members all revolve around circus performances and use them to fight Zoro Nami and Luffy.

A big problem I have with the arc is that the Strawhat Pirates are at their awkward phase of members, where they don’t quite have enough yet.

If we want to get technical, the crew only consists of Luffy and Zoro at this time, though Nami does help them out a bit, especially when fighting Buggy. There’s only two true members who don’t even have a flag or a ship yet, but they’re going against quite a few of Buggy’s crew.

The numbers were okay in the first arc, because there was only one bad guy at a time that needed to be taken down, but the numbering feels sort of awkward in the Orange Town arc, and in the Syrup Village arc.

It’s not really the story’s fault since it’s right at the beginning, but it just doesn’t sit right for me having Luffy and Zoro fighting multiple bag guys at once and defeating them so easily.

I just find it’s a bit awkward, and Oda uses this arc and Syrup Village as a learning experience for the future arcs, and I think that the problem is solved come the Baratie arc.

I don’t think the earlty arcs are a bad thing. I think that there are quite a few moments in the East Blue Saga that are really iconic, but none of them are in the Orange Town arc unfortunately.

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Buggy is the comedic relief character in the series (basically when Usopp isn’t around) and it doesn’t really make for a good enemy.

The best part of the arc is Chouchou, the dog that doesn’t leave his master’s pet store until he comes back. It’s a sad story because Chouchou’s master is dead, but seeing Luffy’s interaction with the dog gives us a good insight in to Luffy’s beliefs which help us better understand our main character a bit more, also this is the first instance where we see Luffy able to conenct with an animal and understand their feelings and convictions.

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Overall, it’s not the worst arc in the series, and it’s not the best. It’s kind of just average. Even the new devil fruit we get to see isn’t anything that cool, it just lets Buggy break himself apart into different pieces, which Nami beats pretty easily on her own, and she is far from a good fighter at this time.

 

Quote of the Day: One Piece

Quote of the Day: One Piece

Since One Piece has been around for over 20 years, there are probably a few quotes kicking around that have some pretty good meaning behind them.

Here’s one that I really like.

“No matter what happens, don’t be sorry you were born. Even though nobody praises us, don’t forget to smile in any situation. As long as you’re alive there will be better things later … And there will be many.
– Bellmere.”
Eiichiro Oda

What’s your favourite One Piece Quote? Let me know in the comments.

Arc Review: One Piece Romance Dawn

Arc Review: One Piece Romance Dawn

Arc Rating: ★★★★☆

So if you don’t already know I have covered a few manga on here before, but in doing so I have found that I’m not happy with them.

I find it’s not enough to cover an entire manga series, which can be hundreds of chapters long, in roughly the same length as a regular book review. That’s why I’ve decided to cover them arc by arc.

This might not be a perfect equivalent, but I think this will better represent the manga as a whole, and allow me to go a little further in depth when looking at the entire picture.

I decided I would cover One Piece first because it’s currently my favourite on-going manga series, and never ceases to amaze me arc by arc.

Since we are taking a look at One Piece, where else can we start than with the Romance Dawn Arc.

This arc makes up chapters 1-7 of the manga, and will always be the most important arc of the entire series.

There are three main events in this arc.

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The first is we find out about Gol. D. Roger and how he inspired a generation of people to become pirates and chase their dreams–which in turn became Shanks inspiring Luffy to become King of the Pirates. This is where Luffy gets his Devil Fruit Powers, and where Shanks gives him the iconic Straw Hat that Roger had given him.

The second important moment in this arc is Koby from Alvida, and the third and final event in this arc is Zoro joining with Luffy and defeating Ax Hand Morgan.

Now each of these events seem pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things, except the Shanks incident.

We all know Shanks gave up an arm to save Luffy from the Sea King, which seems like a big deal at the time, but as the story progresses we realize that it was a way bigger deal than we had thought!

In terms of where we are now in the story, Shanks has become one of the strongest men in the entire world, even after losing his arm to a creature he could have beaten in one punch, but as he tells Whitebeard “I bet it on the next generation.”

Again, we don’t find any of this out till much later in the story, but what we do know is that this moment, when Shanks loses an arm, and when he gives Luffy the iconic Straw Hat, are hands down the two most important moments in the show. These are what inspired Luffy to become the next King of the Pirates.

Shanks tells Luffy all about his stories and adventures he has gone on, which is the greatest thing in the world to a child like Luffy, but it is losing the arm that really inspires him, because witnessing this happen tells Luffy that Shanks protects the ones he cares about and Luffy grows up to do the same.

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PLUS Shanks gives Luffy the ultimate quest for returning the Straw Hat. 

The next little bit of this arc focuses on Luffy saving Koby. In my opinion this hasn’t done much for the overall story, and at the time it was pretty much the same. Koby does become Luffy’s first real friend once he takes off to sea, but he was set up right away to be a sort of counter to Luffy, because his dream was to become a Marine Admiral, which is sort of the opposite of what Luffy wanted.

Now Alvida hasn’t had much to do with the story since she was defeated, so she’s basically unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

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Even Koby has become somewhat pointless. As the story develops I thought Koby might become a rival to Luffy, pushing him to become stronger but still being friends at the end of the day, but Koby is more or less useless. We learn that Gol. D. Roger had a marine rival–Garp, so I thought that this might be Koby’s job in the story, but that doesn’t seem to be the case since he is so weak. If anything I’d give this job to Smoker at the moment, and I really doubt Koby will change much as the story wraps up.

He has his moment on Marineford, but Luffy takes him down in just a punch.

I’m not really sure what the point of Koby is. I mean he isn’t a threat to Luffy, he isn’t even that important in the Marines, he hasn’t done much other than help stop the Whitebeard War, but I still don’t like him.

Don’t get me wrong he’s strong in his own right, but I don’t think he’s strong enough yet to give Luffy any sort of threat, and at this rate I don’t think it would make much sense for him to be anywhere near as strong as he needs to be to defeat Luffy, but I think there is a reason he’s here…we just don’t know what it is yet.

Finally the Axe Hand Morgan section of the arc. This is another pretty unimportant part of the story in the grand scheme of things, other than the fact that we get introduced to the first, and coolest, Straw Hat crew member Zoro.

Luffy saves him from prison and the two of them work together to beat Morgan and saving the town he was ruling over.

Again, Morgan is pretty small key villain, and even his son Helmeppo, who becomes good friends with Koby as they join the marines together, is pretty useless since we’ve met him.

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There are two key moments in this part of the arc though. The first is when the Marines thank Luffy and Zoro, who are considered criminals, for helping defeat Morgan. This is very important because this is where we get the idea that the Marines, who are essentially the bad guys, have their own sense of what justice is.

They could have tried to arrest Luffy and Zoro after they defeated Morgan, but realized that it was only because of them that they were able to stop Morgan in the first place. This sense of justice doesn’t mean much at the time, but it becomes more and more important as the story goes on.

The second important event is the moment when Luffy and Zoro team up to fight Morgan. This is when we really find out that they are good people, despite being what readers normally consider the bad guys in society–pirates.

This is the first real moment of being a ‘bad guy’ because of society looking down on pirates but being a ‘good person’ because Luffy, and by extension Zoro always do the good thing despite being labelled as a bad guy.

So that’s it for my review of the Romance Dawn arc. What did you think? I liked writing this arc review much more than the manga review as a whole, so I’ll likely continue with it in the future, but I’d love some feedback in the comments section.

Weekly Recap

In case you happened to miss one of my posts this week here they are:

Manga Review: Bleach

Type it Out Tuesdays

Wednesday News: January 23

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

Quote of the Day: January 25

As always I hope you guys enjoy.

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