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One Piece Film Red

To be completely honest, I’m not at all familiar with the TV series. To that end, I can’t comment with any great detail on how successful a theatrical adaptation of that specifically this is, but I can talk more generally about how theatrical it feels knowing that it is a TV adaption. I’m pleased to say that it does indeed feel like a piece of cinema rather than just a long episode of something.

Again, I’m not sure if this is anything out of the ordinary for One Piece, but it’s set up almost as if it’s a stage musical. Every plot point is accentuated by a big performance from a sort of pop star character. It’s almost reminiscent of Perfect Blue, except infinitely more hopeful, positive and bright. I’m even tempted to say that some of the songs and the visuals that accompanied them were outright magical. I’m not sure if it’s a subconscious triumph of the visual storytelling or whether it’s a subconscious failing of the dialogue, but part a certain point I stopped bothering with the subtitles. I don’t feel like I missed anything, but I suppose that can be taken either way too.

It’s fine for what it is, and in my case that was just a way to pass the time while I was waiting to do something else. I’m not sure I’d have paid to see it, but I’m glad I did in a way. If the opportunity to see it again in the future arises, I probably wouldn’t avoid it any more than I’d seek it out.

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