There are over 1,000 episodes in the long-running Japanese anime series A play, and 14 other feature films from the franchise. So what makes One Piece Movie: Red stand out from the crowd? Well, for starters, it’s on a whole new level when it comes to its aesthetics, story, and everything in between. Still need to sell? Continue reading…
The essential: It’s the great age of pirates, and Monkey D. Luffy (Colleen Clinkenbeard) and his motley crew of Straw Hats (Roronoa Zoro (Christopher Sabat), Nami (Luci Christian), Usopp (Sonny Strait), Sanji (Eric Vale ) and Tony Tony Chopper (Brina Palencia) went to Elegia, the island of music.
There, they attend a concert given by Uta (Amanda Lee), a striking pop singer who rarely appears in person and tends to captivate her audience with her stunning visuals and singing voice. No one knows who she really is, and that’s on purpose.
The Straw Hats and hundreds of other fans are in attendance as Uta begins his concert. But as she thanks the crowd for their support, Luffy heads to the stage. He reveals to the screaming crowd that she is actually a childhood friend – the daughter of legendary pirate and Luffy’s idol, Shanks (Brandon Potter).
Uta is not a fan of pirates and just wants the world to get along, to create a world full of happiness and peace. Luffy and his team don’t like the idea of laying down their lives against pirates, and Uta responds with an attack – then traps fans in a dream world known as Sing-Sing World, a false reality that only she can control. It’s one thing to wish for love and peace, but to trap people in a false dream world to do so? Naturally, Luffy and his team have something to say about this.
The Straw Hats must band together to stop Uta from fulfilling her desire for a peaceful world in the wrong way, while dealing with additional threats that crop up here and there who also have a stake in what Uta does. It’s a hell of a chewing gum job, but at least there’s a light at the end of the rainbow – the potential reconciliation of father Shanks and adopted daughter Uta.
What movies will this remind you of? : Of course there are several A play Movies already available that would make sense to compare this one too, but it’s on a whole different level in terms of aesthetics, story and everything else. He channels the best vocal moments of the “pop phenomenon” of the recent The beauty and the Beast similar Beautiful while borrowing elements from thrilling shonen animated films like Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes. It’s your favorite fighting anime wrapped in shimmering sheen, like action heroes heading to a J-pop concert.
Performance to watch: The J-pop powerhouse Ado lends her vocal talents as Uta’s original Japanese singing voice to stunning effect. While some dubs usually add English translated songs depending on the production, it was better to keep Ado’s original Japanese songs instead of re-recording them. Ado has an incredible range and is able to convey hope and excitement in terms of bright, twinkling J-pop melodies as seen in the opening moments of the film, but she can also channel rage and anger. amazing when taking on enemies. The movie’s theme song “New Genesis” is made even more impactful by Ado’s effervescent vocals, and the entire production is enhanced by it as well.
Memorable dialogue: “Stop being pirates, you idiots,” Uta urges at the very beginning of the film. “Come on, drop all that nasty business and come join me. We create a better world without cruelty and violence. My music will set you free and we will all live happily together in peace. This is said kindly and in a friendly tone at first, but Uta quickly turns into a threatening tone as she repeats these things until it’s obvious she wants to trap Luffy and them. Straw Hats.
Sex and skin: None here, but there are a few occasional skimpy outfits – like the One Piece class, but nothing to get too excited about.
Our opinion : Whereas A play tends to rely on fights that sometimes span dozens of episodes, Red Film is more of a musical than a typical shonen animated movie. The action is punctuated by full songs that Uta uses to attack and the appearances and creations that his songs materialize. It’s all accompanied by stunning visual feasts, elaborate dance numbers, and colorful bursts of energy as Uta dances her way to subjugation.
At the same time, he introduces another fantastic character who A play fans can rally behind it and look for more as the manga and anime series continues. It’s a surreal dreamland of catchy pop melodies and people who want peace, but aren’t quite sure how to achieve it. Watching it all come together is nothing short of a treat, and a parade of some of the A playThe “greatest hits” of its hundreds of characters introduced over the years.
Our call: SPREAD IT. It’s the best movie ever A play franchise has seen from afar. Not only is it accessible to newcomers who may not have the time (or don’t want to) wade through 1000+ episodes to get to the meat of the series, but it’s also a long and engrossing journey that veterans will appreciate thanks to all the character appearances, series callbacks, and implications for the show’s future.
To achieve this after years of anime episodes and manga chapters is nothing short of impressive. And perhaps best of all, it means there’s still so much life left in A play before his last race. It’s the perfect time to be a fan, and if you weren’t already, you will be by the time you get to know Uta and her place in this long-running pirate saga.
One Piece Movie: Red is currently only streaming in theaters, but will soon be coming to Crunchyroll. Check fandango to see where it goes near you.
Brittany Vincent has covered video games and technology for over a decade for publications such as G4, Popular Science, Playboy, Variety, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, GameSpot, and more. When she’s not writing or gaming, she collects retro consoles and technology. Follow her on Twitter: @MolotovCupcake.