REVIEW One Piece Film: Z offers a good mix of action, humor and adventure

by Nikko Tuazon
May 5, 2013

One of the biggest anime series is in the country. One Piece Film: Z is currently being screened in SM Cinemas as part of their SM CinExclusives for the month of May.

One Piece Film: Z is the 12th installment of One Piece Film directed by Tatsuya Nagamine. The film is based on the shōnen manga series One Piece.

The movie starts with the attack of Admiral Z on First Island — a volcanic island and one of the three End Points of the New World – to steal the “Dyna Stone” from the Marines. The “Dyna Stone” is an extremely valuable weapon for mass destruction of the Marine corps.

Former Marine Admiral Z or also known as Black Arm Zephyr plans to use these explosive devices to destroy all pirates in the world and their dream to become the King of Pirates by the destruction of all three End Points.

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Black Arm Zephyr succeeded in destroying First Island using the marine’s weapon technology. However, he was also blasted to the sea by the explosion of the Dyna Stone and the eruption of the volcano on the island.

As Luffy and the other Straw Hats Pirates continue their journey in the New World, they saw Admiral Z floating on the ocean. They eventually helped him heal his injuries.

Little they know that the Admiral wants them extinguished. It turns out that Admiral Z's minions are able to tap the Devil Fruit's powers. How will the group return their members back to normal?

Unlike most anime series translated into film, one need not to see the series to comprehend the film. This movie can stand alone as it does not include much character references from the series. The film makes it a point to refrain from using direct references from the series.

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Scenes for the main characters are fairly distributed. Fight scenes were directed superbly as the film captures everyone’s strength’s without overshadowing the other characters. You’ll experience an overload of cuteness from the young version of Nami and the reindeer-human hybrid Chopper.

One can also expect lots of humor from the characters of One Piece.

The story-telling of the movie is also better than most anime films. The character arc of Luffy and Admiral Z is inspired by current situations in the film supported by relevant back stories from the anime series without making the audience confused. There are some idle scenes but these do not really affect the whole movie that much.

The film’s overall animation is also great. The movie used computer-generated imagery (CGI) that translate well on 3D.

Overall, One Piece Film: Z is fun to watch with its noteworthy animation and astonishing action scenes.

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