I keep getting random ideas on what I want to do on here (and on my tumblr) and one thing I thought I'd do is "Anime of the Week". Every week I'll post about an anime that I think is worthy of a recommendation. I'll also likely extend this to "Manga of the Week", "Character of the Week", and maybe even "Crapheap of the Week/Month/Whenever I feel Like Doing It". Anyway, here's my first pick, and for anyone that knows me, this doesn't come as any surprise; it's One Piece.
One of my absolute favourite anime series, One Piece follows Monkey D. Luffy as he gathers his own crew and embarks on his quest to become the King of the Pirates. Along the way he faces countless adventures, fantastical lands and bizarre acquaintances.
Ok, so I'll admit that I'm a rabid fangirl when it comes to this series In all seriousness though, why do I think this is worthy of my vote of Anime of the Week? Well to put it simply, it's incredibly fun! With a whole heap of humour and more kick-ass action than you could shake Usopp's nose at, it manages to keep you entertained for hours upon hours. The creativity and imagination behind each story arc is incredible, but amidst all the wackiness, Eiichiro Oda (the original creator) manages to inject genuine emotion into the proceedings. Not only does this series get you hyped up, but can then tug at the heartstrings and reduce you to a sobbing mess of tears.
Sure, it's a marathon series that's currently at 476 episodes, but despite it's length the plot to filler arc ratio is pretty low by comparitive standards. Yes, the anime drags out certain parts of the manga's plotline and does throw in some filler storylines from time to time, but the frequency of this is WAY lower than the likes of Shounen's worst offender, Bleach. So, if you like shounen then One Piece really is worth a look. Go on, give it a go, or Zoro will get you!
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