Arc Review: Logue Town & Reverse Mountain

Arc Review: Logue Town & Reverse Mountain

I figured it would be best to review both of these arcs at the same time. Not because they are that heavily related, but more so because they are both really short and there wouldn’t be much to say about just one of them.

This is the point of the story where the Straw Hats are going to this “Grand Line”. This terrifying part of the world where the strongest pirates sail free. The part of the ocean where storms can hit in an instant, and be gone the next. The part of the world that the Pirate King, the worlds strongest swordsman, and a brave warrior of the sea need to conquer.

This was the real start of the Straw Hat’s journey, and this ocean would be the place where many of their dreams would come true, or be crushed.

Logue Town is the last city before the Grand Line, so the Straw Hats decide to stop there and get some supplies. Zoro is in need of a few swords since Mihawk destroyed his, Sanji needs some food for the ship, and Luffy wants to see the town where Gol D. Roger, the king of the pirates was born and was executed.

Not much happens for Usopp and Nami other than regular shenanigans, and Sanji just gets some food for the Going Merry.

Zoro and Luffy have the interesting moments in this arc, and they’re pretty interesting because of what they show for those characters.

Luffy wants to see the spot where Gol D. Roger was killed, and eventually gets nearly killed by Buggy. The moment before his death, Luffy smiles and a lightning bolt saves him from getting his head chopped off.

This was the first instance where we got to experience the Will of D. Not much is known about it, but one thing we do know is that everyone with the name D. dies with a smile on their face. Luffy was smiling the moment before his death, and Smoker (a captain in the Marines chasing Luffy) notices this and notices the similarities of Roger and Luffy.

We know Luffy is destined to do great things because he is the main character, but this was the first chance we got to notice Luffy’s connection to Roger.

On the other hand there is Zoro. He’s going sword shopping, and is rather poor. Luckily he comes across Tashigi, a near-blind Marine when she doesn’t have her glasses on, who helps him find a rather good and rare sword basically for pennies.

The other sword he is looking for he gets by throwing it in the air, and betting the sword salesman that if it cuts his hand off, then he doesn’t get it, but if the sword spins over his arm and doesn’t cut him, then Zoro gets it for free…and guess what happens.

Yes, the sword spins over Zoro’s arm and doesn’t hurt him, and the swordsman, believing that the cursed blade belongs in Zoro’s lucky hands, gives him the sword for free. As it turned out, this sword was even more rare than the sword he got for cheap.

Another big part of this arc is the occurrence of Smoker and Dragon. Smoker, who ate a logia devil fruit, gives Luffy some trouble because nobody can actually hit him. Thanks to Dragon, who we discover is Luffy’s dad later on, stops Smoker and helps Luffy et. al. escape.

This sort of sets up Smoker as the “rival” of Luffy in the Marines. Coby is supposed to be I think, but I like the idea of Smoker being the rival like Gard was for Roger.

Reverse Mountain Arc doesn’t offer much in terms of story. Basically the only thing that happens is that the Straw Hats make it over Reverse Mountain and into the Grand Line, where they meet a man named Crocus, who they learn worked on Roger’s ship.

They also meet Laboon, which becomes a pretty important whale later on in the story.

There is a brief moment of camaraderie when they all pledge to achieve their dreams and conquer this ocean.

In terms of the overall story, these two arcs don’t offer much. I think together they take up less than 10 chapters, but their impacts are huge for the rest of the story.

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Quote of the Day: Nami (One Piece)

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.”

“Everyone’s weak when they hesitate.”

One Piece Arc Review: Arlong Park

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.

Manga Review: Naruto

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…

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