This is currently one of my favourite animes. It has over 600 episodes and is still ongoing. At first, I was watching it with english dubbing. Then, I got to the point that there were no more dubbed episodes, yet. So I was wondering whether I should continue watching with eng. subtitles, or if I should wait. In the end, I got tired of waiting and started watching with subs. I did skip a few episodes. The part with the missing flags, I've got no idea what that's about. I also did skip parts of the battle with Moria.
Oh, and I did skip Ace's death. That was cruel! He was one of my favourite characters!
Moving on. The plotline is quite simple – Luffy, he wants to be the King of the Pirates. So he stes out on the sea and searches for a crew. First, Pirate Hunter Roronoa Zoro get's roped into joining. Thus becoming the first mate. Then, Luffy decides that a girl named Nami will be the navigator. And practically forces her to join. The next on the list is Usopp who they happen across by chance. He's a great sniper and has a good aim. He joins too.
And then, Luffy wants a cook. So they go to Baratie, a restaurant, where he ropes Sanji to join. And after spending some time at the restaurant, he does.
Next part would be defeating one of the shichibukai – Arlong. And after that, Nami joins the crew for real, having finally saved her village.
And so to the Grand Line they go. The Grand Line is the place where at the end, or so it seems, the One Piece is. And the only one, who conquered it all, was the former Pirate King Gol D. Roger.
On the grand line, many dangers are waiting for the Straw Hat Pirates. But also new friends and crewmates. One of them is the doctor Choper, who is in fact a raindeer who ate the human human devil fruit. Then Nico Robin, a former enemy joins them. Her being interested in ponyglyphs that have some secret message about some weapon or something like that.
Another member, who joins is a shipwright whose name is Franky. He wears speedo and likes to say the word super. Also, he's a cyborg.
And the last crew member, for now, is Brook. He's a living skeleton. And a musician. And has weird laugh. Not as weird as a girl named Perona, so that's good.
Then there are the Devil fruits. Those who eat them, gain unnatural abilities, but lose the ability to swim. Luffy ate one – the gum gum fruit, thus he's a rubber man. Others on the Straw Hat crew, who ate a devil fruit are Robin, the hana hana fruit, gaining the ability to reproduce parts of her body, such as arms and legs. Even eyes. Then Choper, like I mentioned before. And Brook. I think the one he ate was teh revival revival fruit or something like that.
Other prominent characters of this series are Ace, the brother of Luffy, who dies during the battle at Marineford. Then Sengoku, one of the leaders of the Marines, the shichibukai, also known as the seven warlords of the sea. And those are Dracul Mihawk, Boa Hanckoc, Doflamengo, Moria, Bartholomew Kuma, and some more.
Former warlords (shichibukai) are Crocodile, Jimbei and some more whose names I just don't remember. And the wikia doesn't make much sense.
Oh, and then there are the admirals, or whatever, Aokiji, Akainu and Kizaru. Mighty strong, but can probably be beaten with Haki, which is an ability, that allowes people to fight on higher level. Even against logia type devil fruits.
Oh, and we cannot forget the Akagami no Shanks. Or readhair Shanks. Former mentor of Luffy, now one of the four yonko (emperors). Rulers of the New world, which is the second part of the grand line.
Okay, enough with the details. And more about what I think about it. Well... Frankly, some of the adventures are boring. Like... the part with the stolen flags... I didn't like that. Also, I just hated when Ace died, but I learned to live with that.
Other than that, I really like the show and even more, I like the fact that it's so long. Many people would probably like it better if it had the usual 24 episodes, like most anime do, but I like the longer ones. The longer, the better. I hate it, when it only has a few episodes and it's the end... So kudos to One Piece. Still, I would like to know what exactly the One Piece is! I couldn't find any hints. So, if you have a theory, share it!