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The One Piece Movie I've been waiting for.
emasterslake6 May 2007
At the harbor of Anabura, the Straw Hat Pirates were in need for more money after spending it on Luffy's meals. Luckily Nami over hears the bar tender's conversation with a customer on a secret spot, where money is involved. So they all went to see what the secret spot is after paying 2 Belli coins. And they all discover that the secret spot is a paradise for pirates everywhere. And a big race is being held called the Dead End Race. Where pirate ships race to the next island to win the money reward. That reward will end the Straw Hat Pirates' need for money. But little do they know is the whole race is a fix by an ex-military commander named Gasparde.

The thing I like about this one is, it's longer, and the story spends more time on the character development. Which is pretty good to include in a One Piece movie. That and this film actually does feel like a full length feature rather than an expanded TV episode or TV special.

The animation is well done. And I have to say I can't get tired of the CG town beginning. The secondary characters are cool, specially the bounty hunter, Shuraiya. The story also balances out the amount of action and unexpected parts pretty well. Which makes this 4th installment very enjoyable to watch time after time.

Unlike the previous non-chronicle movie. This one takes place sometime after the Alabasta Arc. Since Robin is now part of the crew, this marks as her first movie appearance.

This is a must for all One Piece fans.
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One of the Best One Piece Movie
aryanthakura-0659126 November 2021
* Definitely the Best among the first 9 movies Great Storyline as usual .

Classic Comedy .

Main antagonist's introduction and his fights were nice.

Side Characters are very well written.

The only thing bad is we didn't get Zoro's solo fight.

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Among the best
zhyates18 December 2021
The best of the pre-Strong World One Piece films. Luffy and company are engaged in suspenseful race against a dangerous opponent. Another rogue with an agenda is also thrown into the mix, and while this character takes the narrative focus away from the Straw Hats, it provides an emotional core and provides stakes for the characters.

Two things really hold this film back: -As it should be pointed out, is the antagonist is far too similar to the similarly defeated Crocodile from the main story, and thus the conclusion to the film could be far too much of an homage and feels come across as more of a repeat.

-The Straw Hats themselves, while engaged and active, have little to do by the film's conclusion. Though they are the helpful force to the film newcomer they personally really don't have any stakes themselves at risk.
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