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This is where that shit goes down!!! Yeah! Finally.

All In One Piece!

A Whole BOATLOAD!!!

This summer my manga collection expanded with the whole series of DNAngel, I've been looking into finalize my DB collection, and just now I got my hands on 55 pieces of prime, translated, quality One Piece manga. So you know what I've been doing lately. ;)

Only 66 volumes were released in Swedish before Bonnier-Carlson had to cancel their deal over poor sales figures... which is a shame, since sales figures would surely have risen since with this most awesome of series! The market just wasn't ripe yet. But, apparently canceling a deal is not something that can easily be uncanceled later on, so there might not be any Swedish OP in a foreseeable future!

In the collection I attained there's just about a dozen volumes missing, but I hope to get a hold of those too. After that... English translations I suppose? The Swedish translation ends after the Mermaid saga, so it's not that far after the most recent releases.

The Grand LINE!!!

Just look at that line!

I'm on #10 so far, and starting to realize why people prefer the manga... even if some scenes aren't quite as pompous as they are in the series - without color, without soundtrack, without a camera panning slowly over the most somber scenes, letting us savor the savagery; shed a few tears before we turn a page.

On the other hand, there seems to be plenty of details in the manga that were never actually animated. Reading the manga now is like rediscovering the OP world once more, in its purest form. It's awesome, and the frequent Q&A columns with Oda are a much entertaining addition, albeit a bit distracting from the action content. Well, I'm moving onto the post-Arlong Park Saga. I'll keep you posted. (One) Peace.

One Piece Film: Z (2012)

One Piece Film: Z (2012)

The 12th One Piece movie was just as awesome as the 10th one, if not even more so. These two movies have one thing in common: the fact that they are called films rather than movies. Oh, and also that Eiichiro Oda himself (the creator of the series, *) wrote the scripts for them, and partially directed them, and with his total freedom in immersing the movies within the main storyline made them not only so much more awesome but also so much more relevant than the rest.

The movie deals with the Neo Navy, an unofficial fraction of the Navy led by one of its former admirals: "Black Arm" Zephyr, Z, who's recently stolen a set of doomsday devices from the Navy and plans to use them to end the reign of piracy once and for all! He runs into Luffy & Co by accident, and things quickly get interesting. All the higher-ups of the Navy get involved. And Avril Lavigne made the credit covers! I wasn't expecting that. I liked the first track, but not sure the latter fit the mood. Apparently Avril is one of Oda's favorite artists, which explains the choice, but it still feels so strange hearing her voice in a One Piece movie!

The animation's great, as is the plot, the battles, the bashing, the personalities, the emotion, the simple and yet so rich and compelling backstory. Oda really knows how to weave together something simple to a real coat of arms, and legs, and a flurry of limbs as the showdowns commence! Great watch.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

From ACD To VegaPunk To Yibis To Yonkou

Once upon a time there was a fansubbing group named ADC Fansubs. They subbed over a hundred episodes of One Piece. They started falling behind on their releases and at 4:40pm on April 9, 2007, EDT, this conversation took place between Don Capone (irc nick: Xeon, the ADC founder) and Doofus (ADC-Fansubs Timer)

[18:40] Don Capone i started one piece fansub same way
[18:40] Don Capone cause i loved one piece
[18:40] Don Capone en gerusama was too slow
[18:40] Don Capone but since vegapunk is doing a great job
[18:40] Don Capone there is no need for one piece subs anymore
[18:40] Don Capone :)
[18:40] Doofus aha, finally you're on board
[18:40] Don Capone so thats why im stalling it
[18:40] Don Capone if one day
[18:40] Don Capone vegapunk falls apart
[18:40] Don Capone we will continue subbing one piece
[18:40] Don Capone but for now
[18:40] Don Capone its closed

So there it ended. The ADC Heaven site went down. Vegapunk picked up the series when they started stalling, and subbed the series for almost a hundred episodes, with what started as a great pace. Somewhere around episode 340 they fell apart. The official message was:

Vegapunk Fansubs is officially shut down. We've lost our manager/leader, our website (the
URL now goes to a Swedish porn site, so be warned), our ftp server where all of our subbing
materials were stored, and our motivation. I finally heard from Hedi yesterday. He also
hasn't heard anything from Kuzan since May, and we have lost touch with most of the other
staff as well. Neither of us has the time/energy or desire to try to pick up the pieces and
continue without him. So this is it. There will be no more releases of any kind from
Vegapunk Fansubs, nor will the website return.

Yibis came into the picture soon after. So far they've subbed over a hundred episodes, and they're still going strong. At a time it seemed like they would give up, they started falling behind, but they've almost caught up. Yonkou Fansubs has a one episode lead.

But let's not forget about Kaizoku-Fansubs! Since the very dawn of One Piece Kaizoku-Fansubs have been working on this series. They're slowly nearing 300 episodes subbed, along with the majority of all One Piece movies and special episodes, and I hope they'll make it all the way to the finishing line. There's been a bunch of fansubs filling in the gaps when other groups have disappeared and missed a few episodes, of which Nakama-Fansubs is the only one I remember. That's the One Piece fansubbing history up-to-date. Sail on!

Naruto Went One Piece

In the new Naruto Shippuuden filler episode arc Naruto & Co are currently sailing from one island to the other. Along the way they meet all kinds of strange people, most of them villains. They stumble upon a ghost ship, an islands that looks like a battleship, a treasure cove of herbs, pirates, a flying ship, an island with giant animals on it... deja vu anyone?

Did the staff run completely dry on inspiration or is this all on purpose? An attempt at competing with One Piece? Or an experiment on how Naruto would function in the same scenario? Of course Naruto can't stretch his arms like Luffy can, but he does his best to prolong his punches when he does... punch. Since Luffy & Co went underwater maybe Naruto is taking over? I don't know what the fans think, but I for one look forward to the end of this arc.

The ocean is no place for ninjas.

One Piece All Over Again

The more I watch One Piece, and the more other anime I watch, the clearer it is. One Piece is in a completely different dimension, it's the island in the ocean of other anime, it's the mountain that spirals way higher than all of the surrounding peaks - it's really really special.

I recently started watching through the old episodes. From the very beginning. I wasn't planning on watching through the episodes in such a haste, but what can I say, I became addicted, just like the first time I watched them. I found myself watching through at least twenty in a day, going through a whole arc (episode episode, plotwise) in a day, with not much time to write reviews.

So the question was, should I go back now and write detailed summaries for all the episodes I miss? Nah, don't think so, instead I took a few screenshots for each one and posted a very very brief summary, that's all you get people, sorry, I promise I'll pick up the pace in textual informing once we hit 100! Better than reading the reviews though, watch the series, it's great!! I watch the series on an episode to episode basis, but I never caught up on watching through the old episodes. I made it to a point, and then I thought, oh hell I'll just wait this out. So I have. Until I have time on my hands.

Later.

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