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Pirates Vs Ninjas

This year, in my cube, I have up a Naruto Shippuuden, a Bleach and a One Piece calendar. Looking at them, I was struck by how much fun the pirates were having in comparison to the ninjas and the Shinigami. This makes sense. Being a pirate is a selfish profession while nin and shinigami supposedly serve the greater good.

Anyways, I think this is why I like OP so much. Sure, it's not all sake and skittles but mostly the Straw Hat Pirates are having fun. They went to Skypeia, for instance, not on some great quest but because Luffy thought an island in the sky would be nifty cool.

I'm not entirely sure that the leaf nin really enjoy their work; they're usually pretty serious. And that goes double for Ichigo.

Mood: tiredtired

I haven't watched OP in forever. I wonder if they still play it on Adult Swim.

I wouldn't know. I've been buying the unedited DVDs as they come out but mostly, as the latest set only goes to ep 53 while the series is closing on ep 400, am relegated to torrents.


It looks like Saturday is the only anime night and that's Bleach, Big O, Deathnote and Inuyasha.


Right back at ya.

Ichigo's charm is his perpetual frown. Kind of like InuYasha, actually (without cute ears). Naruto had a lot more fun when he was younger, methinks. I haven't seen his idiot smile for a while, and I don't think I will if people keep dying.

Luffy, now.... Luffy is worth watching just because. OP is the one anime/manga that I can always count on to bring a smile to my face, no matter where they are in a given arc. And, too, even when the crew is in danger, they don't really feel like they're in danger. OP is pure fantasy fluff of the best kind.

I guess that means I agree with you? *shrug* I can't resist an OP topic.

P and I watch the current episodes. meanwhile for lack of anything new to watch, we started over at the beginning and are at about episode 100.

We really, really like One Piece.

And, too, even when the crew is in danger, they don't really feel like they're in danger.

P claims that no one ever dies on OP which may be why they never really seem like they are in danger. Or did you mean that the characters don't think of themselves as being in danger?

I have a particular fondness for the manga, so I usually read that until the anime has a few episodes for me to marathon through. Though, Luffy's voice actor (and of course, Kappei) really does a lot to add to his character. I don't know if you read the manga, but I really, totally dug the whole Shabondy Archipelago arc, and I'm really excited that I finally get to see the other "worthy newbies" and their crews animated--not to mention Luffy right-hooking the heck out of that Tennryuubito guy which made me want to have his babies. I really can't wait to see that particular scene.

As for P's opinion: I think it's a really interesting question. I think he's right, that part of it is that no one ever dies, so we don't have to worry so much about losing them. But I think there's more to it. The characters themselves don't seem to take it as--well, as seriously. They acknowledge the danger, and the probability of death, but it still never feels quite as harsh, even through their own actions.

Consider the Thriller's Bark arc, when Zoro took on Luffy's pain. Even though there was the acknowledgment of the seriousness of the situation (that Zoro would probably die), it never really got the near-melodramatic heaviness of say, Naruto when the situation involves Sasuke. I think heavy is the word I want to use, too. OP isn't nearly as heavy as Naruto, and to some smaller extent, Bleach. The characters and the storytelling have a carefree attitude that bleeds over into everything, and yet somehow manages to be that way without skimping on the good storytelling and the character depth.

And that's what I love about OP.

Forgive me. I'm long-winded.