This is the seventh One Piece movie, theoretically taking place around the Water 7 arc. It is also the first movie that is not dedicated to a crew member, despite the fact it could have easily be about Franky with all the robot scenes. I guess he was still not added to the crew because of the anime being so unbearably slow. For the same reason, the movie is about nothing in specific. It has no theme, no tension, no message, it is as hollow as a Bleach villain. Seriously, you watch this thing and you wonder what’s the point.
So ok, it is a filler mission but it should still make you feel like the story matters enough for you to care about. Yet it doesn’t since you are given no reason to care. There is this treasure they are looking for, and this song that hints its place, and there is this king with weird contraptions and… that’s all of it. How incredibly boring! Where is the drama, the tension, the imposing villain, the soul crushing moment or realization?
To be honest, there is a reason for making this movie, and does not regard a character but rather a special ability. It’s there for showing for the first time in a featured film Luffy’s new Gear powers. So basically you have to tolerate 70 minutes of boredom before he magically gains a new super ability to beat the big boss. And it’s not like there was no other way to beat him with all the stuff he has managed to break or deflect in all the previous episodes or movies. Did he really need superhuman strength to beat a mook robot? So not even that is important plot wise and it’s just something they added to make Luffy look like he trained at Kaio’s place and learned Kaio Ken out of screen. BOORING!
There are other things bad in here as well. First of all for some reason Chopper’s voice actress was replaced by someone else. Not a big issue since everybody was completely useless to the plot but WHY the change? Couldn’t they wait for her to come back from whatever issues she had? And then there is Nami’s boobs. They kept getting bigger in the show but it is this movie that makes them bounce like they are sentient. Seriously, they bounce a lot to the point it is making he to look like a slut. Was that supposed to distract the viewer from the boring plot? How distasteful!
A completely boring movie I do not recommend to anyone. Watch the previous one instead; it was a blast.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 9/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 2/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 0/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 0/2, Backdrop 0/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 0/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 1/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 0/4
Story: Imagine a One Piece filler in the form of a movie. That basically explains this movie. One Piece fillers aren't that bad but they are definitely not something that I gravitate toward. However, this does have action and plently of comedy. You get some laughs but it pales in comparsion to Strong World film or real One Piece episodes. Also, this falls in right after Skypia but before Waters 7.
Animation: Similar to the regular series but with much more fanservice. MUCH more fanservice.
Sound: Hit or miss outrack. Some were disappointing like the opening and some were awesome like Luffy vs. Ratchet. Also, Chopper's seiyuu is different and makes watching the movie a little off for me.
Characters: Same as One Piece and the rest of the cast reminded me of One Piece filler characters. Their filler characters aren't too bad but you can't really take them seriously.
Overall: Not awful but I wouldn't want to watch it again or buy it. If you want to watch all things One Piece, then this movie won't waste your time. If you tend to skip fillers, I wouldn't watch this.