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There once lived a pirate named Gol D. Roger. He obtained wealth, fame, and power to earn the title of Pirate King. When he was captured and about to be executed, he revealed that his treasure called One Piece was hidden somewhere at the Grand Line. This made all people set out to search and uncover the One Piece treasure, but no one ever found the location of Gol D. Roger's treasure, and the Grand Line was too dangerous a place to overcome. Twenty-two years after Gol D. Roger's death, a boy named Monkey D. Luffy decided to become a pirate and search for Gol D. Roger's treasure to become the next Pirate King. Written by
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An incredibly fun and entertaining anime that unfortunately had to be licensed by 4KIDS Entertainment. The end result is a mess that's missing it's soul; the original One Piece Manga was given a Teen Rating, but the 4KIDS dub is cut down to a Y7 - one of the lowest and most "family friendly" ratings currently available.
A lot of content was cut. Almost whole episodes are missing.
If you can look past that, and get your hands on some of the uncut footage, the show is very entertaining. Luffy's hopeless and never-ending optimism for pretty much any situation is extremely contagious and you can't help but smile right along with him, even when the chips are down. The character design and art style are extremely fresh when compared to most other anime (which all seem to look very similar), and the battle sequences are top notch. There is also a good helping of drama and back story for those of you who would rather have more substance to your anime. All in all, One Piece is an extremely well-rounded show that deserves to be seen by all.
It's great One Piece is becoming a world wide phenomenon, I just wish with all my heart it had been handled better for it's North American English Dub; I am a firm believer in "Do it right the first time or don't do it at all" - unfortunately for us 4KIDS has made every single dubbing mistake that's been written (and even a few they made up just for One Piece). Do not make a mistake and think that by getting up on a Saturday Morning you're seeing One Piece - because, if you will excuse the pun, you're only seeing one piece of One Piece. There is a whole different show 4KIDS cannot air because they gravely misjudged their demographic for the show.
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