One Piece is a long running anime based on the serial in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine written by Eiichiro Oda and telling us of the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of his crew, the “Straw Hat Pirates”.
“Shut up, it’s not my fault! You don’t run into many snake shaped tidal waves in the kitchen!”
This collection comprises episodes 373 – 396. It concludes the Thriller Bark arc and takes us into the Sabaody Archipelago Arc. The usual spoiler alert applies here, we’re well into the story so don’t read on if you’re planning to watch the previous installments.
The desperate fight between Luffy (Colleen Clinkenbeard – Brothers Conflict), Oars and Gecko Moria (Christopher Guerrero – Divine Gate) is reaching it’s conclusion, but the Straw Hats soon realise that battered and bruised as they are, the fight is not over.
There is another warlord on Thriller Bark in the form of the terrifying Bartholomew Kuma (Joel McDonald – Yona of the Dawn), sent with orders to make sure that the Straw Hats don’t get to spread the word of Moria’s downfall.
As they leave Thriller Bark behind, our intrepid pirates turn to their log pose and set sail in the direction of Fishman Island, giving them a chance to get to know their newest crew member, the skeleton Brook (Ian Sinclair – Snow White with the Red Hair). Along the way they find time to relax (or so they hope) on Spa Island and then meet a mermaid, Camie (Megan Shipman – No-Rin), her starfish companion, Pappagu (Chris Cason – The Future Diary) and her protector Hatchan.
Together, they embark on more adventures, heading off to Sabaody Archipelago in order to prepare the Thousand Sunny for the trip to Fishman Island. As it turns out, all the high bounty pirates have made it to the archipelago at the same time, surely a recipe for some entertainment!
As always, this is a great story, full of colourful characters, with plenty of laughs meeting new and hilarious faces and occasional tears as we hear Brook’s story and say goodbye to old friends. A must own for any and all One Piece fans and if you haven’t seen any yet, why not?! An excellent instalment, can’t wait for Collection 17 and I just hope it will be on Blu-ray next time.
“Maybe I am a little snot. A nail that sticks out. But I’ll tell you this. No-one is ever going to hammer me down.”
One Piece (Uncut) Collection 16 is available to buy now on DVD.