One Piece Manga Review: Water 7 Arc


Hello dear readers, it’s that time of the month again where we review another manga arc in the One Piece series.

We’ve covered a lot of the story so far, with Skypeia being the last arc we reviewed.

We are going to skip over a few arcs, because if you’re a real One Piece fan, you know how awful they really are.

We are going to skip all arcs related to Foxy, because they are literally unbearable.

That leaves us with this month’s arc: Water 7.

Water 7 is one of the best arcs in the entire series in my opinion. It doesn’t add a whole lot to the overall plot of the story on its own, but tied together with Enies Lobby, the two are probably some of the most important arcs to date.

We get introduced to Franky, a ship building cyborg and future member of the Straw Hat Pirates.

What I like about Franky’s character is that we initially see him as a bad guy, and we almost believe that he will be the villain of the arc.

He starts off as bad, but the further the arc goes on, the more we realize he is actually a really good person.

I also like the design and the feel of Water 7 visually. It very obviously represents Venice, with a bit of a One Piece twist to it.

The story and the characters don’t mix in with the visual elements much, but I love how Oda can come up with such unique settings over and over and give them a bit of a One Piece feel to them all.

There are no big fights in this arc, well not in terms of big bad guy vs. Luffy.

We get some of the Straw Hats versus carpenters and some regular riff raf, but it’s not until Enies Lobbie we got some real fights.

There is one really important fight in this arc though, and I would say that it’s one of the most impactful fights in the entire story.

Luffy vs. Usopp.

If you’ve seen it, you know what it’s all about. You know the emotions behind it, you know why it’s happening, you know how powerful it really is.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.

Luffy vs. Usopp. Saddest fight ever.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.

Like I mentioned before, Water 7 isn’t an entire story on its own. Sure, it has its own characters and storylines, but none of it would be quite complete without Enies Lobby.

We lose one member of the crew; The Going Merry, but by the end of it we get the Thousand Sunny; a ship built by a Franky and his life-long friend Iceberg.

What did you think of the Water 7 Arc? It’s in my top 5 arcs, and if I thought about it, I’d probably put it in top 3.


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Movie Review: One Piece Stampede

Title: One Piece: Stampede
Rating: ★★★★☆
Director: Takashi Otsuka

Hello anime lovers, I really hope you’ve seen this movie, because I am going to have a good review for you today.

I’m not going to lie, I looked for months to try to find this movie online so I could watch it as soon as possible.

The trailers looked amazing, and I LOVE One Piece… so I wanted to be ahead of the game and watch it.

Japan kept the movie on lockdown, so I wasn’t able to see it until it came to a theatre in my town.

To put it simply…it was worth the wait!

There really wasn’t a chance to rest during the movie. There was always something happening, but in a good way.

We were thrown into the drama pretty quick, and from then on the movie was more or less one giant fight scene.

Douglas Bullet is the bad guy in this movie, and he is so powerful that only Roger was able to defeat him in the past.

He actually proves to be quite the threat in this movie, and is able to take on most of the Supernovas all at once.

I wasn’t worried per se, but I definitely knew this wouldn’t win for the good guys.

I’m just glad that this wasn’t a win that Luffy got all on his own, because that would have been too unbelievable. He finally needed others help, and it didn’t seem too out of place.

I don’t know if I liked that we got to see EVERY important character in One Piece.

It was cool seeing Sabo and Hancock and Smoker, and its a nice addition to the main story, but I think the film was just a bit too busy.

Story wise it all made sense, which is good, but I think I would have liked to have just followed either the Supernovas, or The Strawhats, the Marines, and maybe Law.

Overall, the movie was my favourite One Piece movie so far. It’s fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I was honestly never bored…and the “plot twist” at the end was really cool to see, especially how it affected our main characters.

If you liked One Piece: Stampede, lets talk about it! None of my friends like One Piece so I need people to talk to!
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Quote of the Day: One Piece

“I’m sorry. I never pray to god.” 
― Roronoa Zoro

“People don’t fear god, fear itself is god.”

“Kill a man during a time of war and you’re a hero. Kill the same man during a time of peace and you’re prosecuted.”
Gan Fall

“Whether it’s the City of Gold, or Sky Island, there’s never been a person who’s proven they don’t exist! Sure, people might laugh, calling it an absurd fantasy, but so what?! Isn’t that fantasy, precisely what makes it romantic?!”
Montblanc Cricket

One Piece Arc Review: Skypeia

Hello my manga lovers, it feels like its been too long.

I know I’ve done a manga review for Pygmalion last month, but I feel like its been years since a One Piece Arc Review.

This month’s manga arc review is all about Skypeia, which is a little controversial for some One Piece fans. Some like it, some don’t.

I think for the most part people like it, and I tend to agree for the most part, so let’s get into it!


The Skypeia Arc is important for a few reasons. It gives us a better understanding of what Haki is, or will become once we hear about it, and it gives us an understanding of the Poneglyphs, which will definitely become important the more the story progresses.

Though it’s not called Haki yet, we see Enel and his Priests use Mantra as they battle the Straw Hats.

It’s the same idea as Observation Haki, and it shows how devastating it can be in battle.

We also get to see the Poneglyphs. They’re not wholly important yet, but as each arc comes into play they become more and more important because they hold the truth to a lot of questions that have been popping up as the story continues.

Skypeia is often seen as a microcosm to the entire One Piece World. It’s a sea on its own in the sky, and the Straw Hats travel to it, fight the bad guy, save the oppressed, and leave.

It wholly represents what the Straw Hats go through when they come to each island.

The arc has some good history to it, that I have a feeling might come into play later, but I am not entirely convinced.

There is one thing that really stands out about this arc though, and thats we get to see Robin actually fight one on one against someone.

Every other time she fights she is either the one to take out all the lackeys, or she is supporting someone else. She never fights someone on her own.

I think that it is an important part of the arc, but that same ideal gets lost as we continue with the story.

It gets harder and harder for Oda to write a fight scene for each of the Straw Hats. There are just too many of them, and not enough bad guys. It gets to the point that the crew needs to split up because the enemy numbers just aren’t living up to the Straw Hat’s.

Overall, the arc was good in my opinion. I enjoyed it, even if it had a little too much backstory to it.


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One Piece Arc Review: Jaya

Hello again StrawHat Crew members, and welcome back to another Arc Review for One Piece.

Today we are taking a look at the Jaya arc. It’s a relatively short arc…but an important arc none the less.

I thought about covering Jaya and Skypeia together, but I think they are important enough on their own that they deserve their own coverage.

Overall, though this arc is short, it has some very important moments in it.

Up until this point, we had the idea of dreams coming true shoved down our throats.

Luffy dreams of being the Pirate King.
Zoro wants to be the world’s greatest swordsman.
Nami dreams of drawing a map of the entire world….etc. etc. etc.

We don’t get to see anyone fight against these dreams, because that is what the story has been about until this point.

Sure, we have a few people trying to contest a StrawHat’s dreams, but not with any serious effort…until Jaya.

In the Jaya arc we get to meet Bellamy…and if you’ve read through the arc, then you know what I am talking about.

Bellamy crushes Luffy’s dreams in an instant, or he tries to at least. Luffy of course doesn’t fall for this way of thinking, and after letting Bellamy’s crew throw drinks over himself and Zoro without raising a hand to fight them, Luffy knocks Bellamy out with just one punch, giving him the ultimate revenge for messing with Luffy’s friends.

After letting Bellamy’s crew embarrass them, Luffy, Zoro and Nami meat the man that is later known as Blackbeard.

He gives Luffy an inspiring speech about dreams, and how you should fight for them to become true, because they won’t just happen on their own.

It’s funny, looking at it from a future perspective, because we know now that Luffy got inspiring advice from one of the bad guys, who has the same dream as him.

To become the Pirate King and rule the seas as the most free man in the world.

We get a little look into the 7 Warlords of the Sea, when they meet about who their next member will be since Crocodile was defeated.

It doesn’t add much to the story, other than giving the audience a good look at some of the strongest pirates in the world, and some future enemies and allies of Luffy and his crew.

Other than that, Jaya doesn’t contain much for the overall story as of now, except setting up Skypeia.

It is a unique arc because it ties in with another, but stands separately on its own.

I like the idea of dreams that is present though, and how they relate to the One Piece world as a whole.

In Jaya we get to experience the other side of dreams.

We get bombarded with characters that dream of being X, or doing Y, or seeing Z, but we don’t get to see many characters that have truly given up on those dreams, or have no dreams at all.

It makes the characters a little more believable, because not everyone would need to have a dream like Luffy, some people could just enjoy whatever it is they are doing.

It’s a nice analogy to real life. Some people go their entire lives pursuing a dream, whether to succeed or fail in the end, and others go their whole lives without a dream in the world. They are happy living in the moment, and living the way they want to.

What did you think of the Jaya arc? Where would you rank it overall in the One Piece story overall? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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One Piece Arc Review: Alabasta

Hello again dear readers, I am back for another One Piece Arc Review. This week I will be talking about the Alabasta Arc (I’ll be throwing in Post-Alabasta arc too since short.

Overall, I would put Alabasta in the better half of the series. It’s still early on in the show, so we are missing quite a few crew members, but it’s the start of the more serious storytelling in the manga.

Alabasta has been a long time in the making when it finally appears. Basically since the moment the Straw Hats arrived on the Grand Line.

Vivi has joined their crew, and after a few roadblocks, they have arrived in Alabasta in hopes of stopping a rebellion from happening, and Crocodile taking over control of the country….and an Ancient Weapon as we further discover.

My favourite part of Alabasta is the fighting match-ups.

As there are more and more crew members, there are less one-on-one duels between Strawhat members and the enemy. We still get it in the future, but it is a rare instance.

In Alabasta, each member of the Strawhats gets to fight against someone on their own, except Usopp and Chopper who do a 2v2.

We get to see each of them grow as characters through these fights, both in character and strength.

I like those moments in the series, because they are a good way to end the arc with a bit of character growth, and we know that the characters are getting stronger.

It’s not often we get a Nami one-on-one battle because she’s usually fighting the regular soldiers instead of one of the heavier hitters on the enemy’s side.

This is also the first instance we see Nami fight in her modern style, using the Climatact, instead of her regular

On that same note though, the Crocodile and Luffy fights bother me, because they don’t really make sense.

Crocodile is probably the smartest person we have met in the story at this point, and he lets Luffy live, twice!

That makes no sense, especially since Luffy poses more of a threat in each fight against Crocodile. Why would you let the pirate that might be able to beat you, live and continue fighting?

It’s not the biggest detail, and I guess you could excuse the confidence that Crocodile has, but it is a little too much convenience for my liking.

The arc itself isn’t great per se. It is a bit long, and it falls prey to being a politically oriented arc, but we get a lot of plot points for a further part of the story, which is a big redemption for the arc.

We get Nico Robin joining the crew, who becomes one of my favourite members of the crew.

One of the Ancient Weapons is introduced, which still has yet to fully come into play, but has been hinted at since.

Crocodile is one the Seven Warlords, which we have seen before, but this adds to the mystery of them, and Haki is mentined, (but we don’t know that yet).

Overall, I would give the arc a 7/10. It has some amazing fight scenes, story moments, and story endings for some characters.

The only things against the arc is the length, and its lack of guts.

Some of the story could be cut out. It takes a little too long for Vivi to deal with the rebels, though it makes sense for the story.

The lack of guts is just because it doesn’t kill of some characters that should have died. They go through some unbelievable injuries (for One Piece standards even) but doesn’t have them die because the story wasn’t there yet.

At this point in the story, we hadn’t really seen any death, so it makes sense that they would save it for more impactful moments in the story.

What did you think of the Alabasta arc? Good, bad? Where would you rank it overall in the story? Let me know in the comments!

Quote of the Day: Tony Tony Chopper

I was a bit disappointed when I was looking for Chopper Quotes through the manga, but he still has some decent ones. Hope you enjoy!

“I realized that back then, the reason I wanted to become human, was that I really just wanted to have friends. Now, I just want to be a monster that can help Luffy.”

“I’m gonna try even harder and be helpful to everyone!”

“I want to be the sort of man people can rely on!”

“Robin is a part of our crew! I’m going to give it to anyone who hurts my crew!”

“There’s no way I’ll let them have it! I’m going to protect it!”