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TL;DR
One Piece Season 4
ONE PIECE (ワンピース) (Wan Pīsu)

Synopsis

Like the rest of the series, it follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. The first 17 episodes, dealing with Nefertari Vivi and the Straw Hats as they arrive in Alabasta to stop a civil war from happening, make up the Arabasta Jōriku (アラバスタ上陸, lit. “Arrival at Alabasta”) arc. The remaining episodes make up the “Arabasta Gekidō” (アラバスタ激闘 lit. “Alabasta Fierce Fighting”) arc, in which the protagonists defeat Baroque Works and Nico Robin joins the crew.
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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

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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

The fourth season of the One Piece anime series was directed by Konosuke Uda and produced by Toei Animation. This season adapts the 18th to 24th volumes of the manga by Eiichiro Oda. The fourth season originally ran from December 16, 2001, through October 27, 2002, on Fuji Television in Japan.

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

The fourth season has one of the better arcs for One Piece. This arc introduces us to Nico Robin and of her joining the Straw Hat crews. This season also introduced us to Luffy’s brother Ace, which will be revisited in the later seasons.

The animation is consistent with the previous season, maybe slightly better. The only new opening theme “Hikari e” (ヒカリヘ, lit. Toward the Light) by The Babystars will definitely make you shake your booties. The three new ending songs are “fish” by The Kaleidoscope, “Glory -Kimi ga Iru kara-” (Glory-君がいるから-, lit. Glory: Because You Are Here) by Takako Uehara, and “Shining Ray” by Janne Da Arc. The notable ending songs are “fish” and “Shining Day”.

As this season main antagonist is one of the seven warlords, it makes for a more compelling arc than some random enemies the crew has been facing so far (except the Nami’s Fishman arc). We are starting to see much stronger enemies.

The filler episodes are 93, 98-99, 101-102 and watching them are optional.

I highly recommend this season for any One Piece fan. One Piece contains moderate graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

One Piece Season 4
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

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

Closing Theme

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