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One Piece Season 1 Review
One Piece
ONE PIECE (ワンピース) (Wan Pīsu)

Synopsis

The first season depicts the exploits of the pirate captain Monkey D. Luffy and as he gathers his crew and heads to the Grand Line in search of the titular treasure, the "One Piece".

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Written by

Screenplay by

Music by

TV Rating

Country

episode(s)

Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Music
Plot
World building

Cons

Dialogs
Fetish
Filler

PROs CONS

Overview

One Piece (Japanese: ワンピース Hepburn: Wan Pīsu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997. The first season of the One Piece anime series was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Konosuke Uda. The season is adapted from the first twelve volumes of the manga by Eiichiro Oda and aired on Fuji Television from October 20, 1999, through March 21, 2001, totaling 62 episodes.

Alternative title

– All’arrembaggio! – One Piece
– One Piece – Tutti all’Arrembaggio
– Tutti All’arrembaggio
– Ван Пис
– ون بيس
– Wan Pīsu
– ONE PIECE (ワンピース)
– 航海王
– 원피스
– Lastik Çocuk
– Ντρέικ και το Κυνήγι του Θησαυρού
– וואן פיס
– วันพีซ
– Budak Getah
– Большой куш
– Великий куш
– وان پیس
– ওয়ান পিস্
– Tek parça
– Едно Цяло
– Одним куском
– Уан Пийс

TL;DR Review

I love the early seasons of One Piece when it was introducing us to the main Straw Hat crews.

The animation is ok for the time and an HD remake of this season was later released. The HD version is still considered sub-par compared to the anime of today. Women character design tend to be over-sexualized where they have no waste-line and giant boobs.

The stand out themes from the first season is “Believe” by Folder5, “Memories” and “Run! Run! Run!” both by Maki Otsuki.

This was a good start for the series, however, we are already starting to see the bane of anime, filler episodes. These are considered filler episodes in this season, and can likely be skipped. Episodes 50-51 and episodes 54-61.

In this season, we are introduced to Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji. They are all likable characters with their own goal for joining up with Luffy. I think Usopp may be my least favorite characters, as his flaws overpower his positives.

I highly recommend this season for consumption, minus the fillers. One Piece contains moderate graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

One Piece
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

Season 1 (eps 1-62)

  1. “We Are!” (ウィーアー! Wī Ā!) by Hiroshi Kitadani (eps 1-47)
  2. “Believe” by Folder5 (eps 48+)

Movie 1 (The Movie)

  1. “We Are!” by Hiroshi Kitadani

Season 2 (eps 63-77)

  1. “Believe” by Folder5

Season 3 (eps 78-92)

  1. “Believe” by Folder5

Season 4 (eps 93-130)

  1. “Believe” by Folder5 (eps 93-115)
  2. “Hikari e” (ヒカリヘ, lit. Toward the Light) by The Babystars (eps 116+)

Season 5 (eps 131-143)

  1. “Hikari e” (ヒカリヘ, lit. Toward the Light) by The Babystars

Season 6 (eps 144-195)

  1. “Hikari e” (ヒカリヘ, lit. Toward the Light) by The Babystars (eps 144-168)
  2. “Bon Voyage” by Bon-Bon Blanco (eps 169+)

Season 7 (eps 196-228)

  1. “Bon Voyage” by Bon-Bon Blanco (eps 196-206)
  2. “Kokoro no Chizu” (ココロのちず, lit. Map of the Heart) by Boystyle (eps 207+)

Season 8 (eps 229-263)

  1. “Kokoro no Chizu” (ココロのちず, lit. Map of the Heart) by Boystyle

Season 9 (eps 264-336)

  1. “Brand New World” by D-51 (eps 264-278)
  2. “We Are! (7 Straw Hat Pirates variant)” (ウィーアー!〜7人の麦わら海賊団篇〜 Wī Ā! Shichinin no Mugiwara Kaizokudan Hen) by the voice actors of the first seven Straw Hat Pirates (eps 279-283)
  3. “Crazy Rainbow” by Tackey & Tsubasa (eps 284-325)
  4. “Jungle P” by 5050 (eps 326+)

Movie 8 (The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta)

  1. “compass” by Ai Kawashima
  2. “Compass(English Version)” by Catlin Glass

Season 10 (eps 337-381)

  1. “Jungle P” by 5050 (eps 337-372)
  2. “We Are!” (ウィーアー!) cover by TVXQ (eps 373+)

Season 11 (eps 382-407)

  1. “We Are!” (ウィーアー!) cover by TVXQ (eps 382-394)
  2. “Share the World” by TVXQ (eps 395+)

Season 12 (eps 408-421)

  1. “Share the World” by TVXQ

Season 13 (eps 422-458)

  1. “Share the World” by TVXQ (eps 422-425)
  2. “Kaze o Sagashite” (風をさがして, lit. “Search for the Wind”) by Yaguchi Mari with Straw Hat (eps 426+)

Season 14 (eps 459-516)

  1. “Kaze o Sagashite” (風をさがして, lit. “Search for the Wind”) by Yaguchi Mari with Straw Hat (ep 459)
  2. “One Day” by The Rootless (eps 460-492)
  3. “Fight Together” by Namie Amuro (eps 493+)

Season 15 (eps 517-578)

  1. “We Go!” (ウィーゴー! Wī Gō!) by Hiroshi Kitadani

Season 16 (eps 579-628)

  1. “We Go!” (ウィーゴー! Wī Gō!) by Hiroshi Kitadani (eps 579-590)
  2. “Hands Up!” by Kōta Shinzato (新里 宏太 Shinzato Kōta) (eps 591+)

Season 17 (eps 629-746)

  1. “Wake up!” by AAA (eps 629-686)
  2. “Hard Knock Days” by Generations from Exile Tribe (eps 687+)

Season 18 (eps 747-782)

  1. “We Can” (ウィーキャン! Wī Kyan!) by Kishidan and Hiroshi Kitadani

Season 19 (eps 782+)

  1. “We Can” (ウィーキャン! Wī Kyan!) by Kishidan and Hiroshi Kitadani (eps 782-806)
  2. “Hope” by Namie Amuro (eps 807+)

Closing Theme

Season 1 (eps 1-62)

  1. “Memories” by Maki Otsuki (eps 1-30)
  2. “Run! Run! Run!” by Maki Otsuki (ep 31+)

Movie 1 (The Movie)

  1. “Memories” by Maki Otsuki

Movie 2 (Clockwork Island Adventure)

  1. “Believe” by Folder5
  2. “Ready!” by Folder5

Season 2 (eps 63-77)

  1. “Run! Run! Run!” by Maki Otsuki (ep 63)
  2. “Watashi ga Iru Yo” (私がいるよ, lit. “I Am Right Here!”) by Tomato Cube (ep 63-73)
  3. “Shouchi no Suke” (しょうちのすけ, lit. “That’s a Fact!”) by Shōjo Suitei (eps 74+)

Season 3 (eps 78-92)

  1. “Shouchi no Suke” (しょうちのすけ, lit. “That’s a Fact!”) by Shōjo Suitei (eps 78-81)
  2. “Before Dawn” by Ai-Sachi (eps 82+)

Season 4 (eps 93-130)

  1. “Before Dawn” by Ai-Sachi (eps 93-94)
  2. “fish” by The Kaleidoscope (eps 95-106)
  3. “Glory -Kimi ga Iru kara-” (Glory-君がいるから-, lit. Glory: Because You Are Here) by Takako Uehara (eps 107-118)
  4. “Shining Ray” by Janne Da Arc (eps 119+)

Movie 3 (Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals)

  1. “Mabushikute” by DASEIN

Season 5 (eps 131-143)

  1. “Shining Ray” by Janne Da Arc (eps 131-132)
  2. “Free Will” by Ruppina (eps 133+)

Season 6 (eps 144-195)

  1. “Free Will” by Ruppina (eps 144-156)
  2. “Faith” by Ruppina (eps 157-168)
  3. “A to Z” by Z (eps 169-181)
  4. “Tsuki to Taiyō” (月と太陽, lit. The Moon and The Sun) by shela (eps 182+)

Movie 4 (Dead End Adventure)

  1. “sailing day” by BUMP OF CHICKEN

Movie 5 (The Cursed Holy Sword)

  1. “Ano Basho e” by Harebare

Season 7 (eps 196-228)

  1. “Tsuki to Taiyō” (月と太陽, lit. The Moon and The Sun) by shela (eps 196-206)
  2. “Mirai Koukai” (未来航海, lit. Future Voyage) by Tackey & Tsubasa (eps 207+)
    “Mirai Koukai” was replaced with “Eternal Pose” due to music licensing issues in English speaking territories.

Movie 6 (Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island)

  1. “Yume Miru Goro wo Sugitemo” by Kishidan

Season 8 (eps 229-263)

  1. “Mirai Koukai” (未来航海, lit. Future Voyage) by Tackey & Tsubasa (eps 229-230)
    “Mirai Koukai” was replaced with “Eternal Pose” due to music licensing issues in English speaking territories.
  2. “Eternal Pose” (エターナルポーズ) by Asia Engineer (eps 231-245)
  3. “Dear friends” by TRIPLANE (eps 246-255)
  4. “Asu wa kuru kara” (明日は来るから) by TVXQ (eps 256+)

Movie 7 (The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle)

  1. “Sayaendou” by NewS

Season 9 (eps 264-336)

  1. “Adventure World” by Delicatessen (eps 264-278)
  2. “Family” by the Straw Hats’ voice actors (eps 279-283)
  3. No ending theme (eps 326+)

Season 10+

  1. No ending theme
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Featured Video

One Piece

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Destiny… fate… dreams… These unstoppable ideals are held deep in the heart of man. As long as there are people who seek freedom in this life, these things will not vanish from the earth."
Sanji
"Men who can't wipe away the tears from women's eyes aren't real men."
Monkey D. Luffy
"I don't care what you want, whether you want to live or to die!!! But whatever you decide, say it while you're with us!!!"
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Inherited Will, The Destiny of the Age, and The Dreams of the People. As long as people continue to pursue the meaning of Freedom, these things will never cease to be!"
Jinbei
"You can't bring back what you've lost, think about what you have now!"
Dr. Hiluluk
"When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.”
Nico Robin
"Fools who don't respect the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Red Haired Shanks
"By experiencing both victory and defeat, running away and shedding tears, a man will become a man. It's okay to cry, but you have to move on.”
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"That which cannot be stopped: Inherited will, a man's dream, and the flow of time. As long as man continues to seek out the answer to freedom, these things shall never be stopped.”
Tony Chopper
"I'll become a doctor who can cure any disease! Because… because there's no disease in this world that can't be cured!”
"The Black Leg" Zeff
"No matter how many hundreds of weapons or armor one is equipped with, they are no match for that "one special spear" that comes from your guts.”
Nami
"What good is 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!”
Monkey D.Luffy
"Hero? No! We're pirates! I love heroes but I don't wanna be one! Do you know what heroes are? Say there is a chunk of meat. Pirates will have a banquet and eat it but heroes will share it with other people. I want all the meat!”
Donquixote Doflamingo
Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course, it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!"
Eiichiro Oda
"Whether we wound or are wounded, the blood that flows is red.”
Zoro
"If I were to take even one step back right now, I get the feeling that I'd never be able to return back to where I'm standing right now.”
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