Long ago the infamous Gol D. Roger was the strongest and most powerful pirate on the seas. As he was about to be executed he revealed that he hid all of his wealth, including the legendary treasure known as One Piece, on an island at the end of the Grand Line - a treacherous and truly unpredictable sea. Monkey D. Luffy is a spirited, energetic and somewhat dim-witted young man with a very big dream: to find One Piece and become the Pirate King! However Luffy is no ordinary boy, as when he was younger he ate one of the Devil's Fruits and gained its power to become a Rubber Man. Now in this grand age of pirates Luffy sets out to gather a crew and sail to the most dangerous sea in the world so that he can fulfill his dream... and maybe even his appetite!
Gene Starwind and Jim Hawkins make a living on various jobs and bounties. While waiting for their ticket to hit it big time, a mysterious woman named Hilda leaves them with a key to the puzzle of finding a starship of great power, known only as the Outlaw Star. What are these long lost spaceships and what is the Galactic Leyline?
Both series have an excellent atmosphere of freedom from oppression, being chased by law enforcers, criminals or glorious escapes from jail.
They travel over the world with their best friends searching for treasures and adventures having a lot of fun.
Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.
Well, Samurai Champloo is both alike thanks to the characters. Mugen is like Luffy who has a big appetite. Zoro and Mugen are also alike because they're both 19 years old, they have escaped from execution, they both wield a sword, and they have the same voice actor!
The time has come for the next Shaman King to be crowned in the great Shaman Fight. Yoh Asakura is one such hopeful, a kind-hearted boy with a hidden power... and a terrible secret. Now, the fate of all mankinds rests in the hands of Yoh and his companions as they must battle the most powerful shaman who ever lived!
Even though both One Piece and Shaman King are shounen anime, this recommendation is mostly for the other things around that. The humour, the characters and the atmosphere reminded me a lot of each other.
In a world where humans are enslaved by beast men, there is one person who wishes to destroy it all: Morute, the leader of the World Destruction Committee. She sets out on a journey with an ancient artifact known as the "Destruct Code," a device rumored to have the power to destroy the world and turn everything back into sand. Along the way she finds two companions: the kind-hearted human Kyrie, and aspiring hero and beast man Toppi. Together the trio travels the world, always staying out of reach of the World Salvation Committee. Will they discover the secrets of the Destruct Code, and more importantly, succeed at destroying the world?
Its not just the action. Its not just the bonding of the friends involved. Its the good old fashioned adventure type series that drew me to both of these shows.
Both set in a world very different from our own, One Piece and World Destruction feature some fascinating characters that are met along the way. not always human, and with a pinch of fantasy, these series will appeal to someone with an active imagination.
If you enjoy seeing a closely knit group of desperados exploring the world around them, fighting aversity, you will enjoy both of these shows.