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One Piece Strong World Review


This has definitely been a movie that’s been on the backburner for quite a while. Strong World is known as one of the better One Piece films or at least when it came out it was known as such. After that we got some heavy hitters like Z and Gold which have also forged a name for themselves. Strong World is definitely a fun film but definitely a step under Gold and I get the feeling that Z will win. It’s a good all around adventure, but does have some issues.

The film starts off with the Strawhats scattered once again amidst a bunch of flying islands. We then see that Nami has been captured by the pirate known as Shiki, the strongest man in the world. Luffy and friends will have to hurry if they want to save her and after this we also learn how she was captured in the first place. Shiki has amassed a large pirate army and many other crews have also gathered to help him wipe out the East Blue. The stakes are high and continue to escalate as the terror approaches the home of the Strawhats.

Shiki is definitely established as a powerful villain here since he is untouchable for most of the heroes and even Luffy has to play defense for most of their encounters. The film makes it very clear that Shiki is stronger than Luffy. In a straight fight the hero just has no shot to win here. While not unheard of, it is still rare to see Luffy losing like this. He takes quite a lot of hits throughout the film. Shiki’s ability is to manipulate gravity and that helps him enhance his speed and power as well. Shiki is definitely a powerful enemy, but I can’t say that I cared for him.

He’s super quirky to the point where it is hard to keep thinking of him as a threat. He panics with his subordinates quite a bit after all and has a very short memory span. Nami manages to escape from him several times as well so you do have to doubt his security measures. Being good in a fight is not enough to make you a great enemy. His two lieutenants also aren’t all that good. One is basically King Kong and the other one is decent with a sword, but too busy trying to keep up charades to actually remain as a threat.

As expected the animation is quite good. Surprisingly the film doesn’t lead off with the big high budget scene. Typically the films love to show the environment and the animation in the first shots like in all of the Pokemon films. For the One Piece film it starts off with a Shiki scene first and then cuts away to Luffy which is where the animation goes way up. The visuals for the jungles are definitely quite solid and the whole thing is very smooth. This is one area where it can definitely hold its own against the newer titles.

I also really liked the soundtrack. The tunes are a lot more fun than what is in the actual show. It’s going for a very “nature-esque” array of themes which makes sense since Luffy is in the jungle the whole time. It’s all very fast paced and high energy. The film definitely went all in on a technical level.

So where does the film falter? Well, it does have a fanservice issue. To an extent we can always expect that with One Piece with Nami around, but Gold for example did a good job of restraining itself. Maybe a tiny moment here and there, but Strong World just keeps it coming for quite a bit. It’s enough where it is noticeable. As mentioned, the villains are also a little on the weak side. The ones in Gold had a lot more character. Brook also still exists and so naturally most of his dialogue is terrible.

It is also a bit iffy to see Luffy and the others get wrecked so badly, but that I can roll with since you can’t ask for the strongest villain to fight and then be upset when he clobbers the heroes. At least Luffy and the others put up a fight although Luffy should have gone into Gear 2 as soon as Shiki went after Nami. There’s no real reason to hold back when lives are at stake right? Zoro and Sanji are definitely shown to be out of their league this time, but they do get to contribute a little at least. The scene of the whole team trying to fight Shiki was cool because they almost never get to fight an enemy like that. The only time I can think of off the top of my head is when they all fought Aokji. I love group fights like that and for One Piece I feel like that may never happen again, but the series has a ways to go so hopefully they do get to do that. In the meanwhile the movies help with this since it’s a lot easier to have the whole group assemble here.

A standout character was actually a thunder bird named Billy. At first you expect he’ll just be a fun animal mascot to aid Nami, but the guy can fight. He takes out a ton of giant monsters and without him Luffy wouldn’t have stood a chance against Shiki. Billy’s the kind of movie character you want to have. He doesn’t steal moments from the main cast, but does assist a lot so he doesn’t feel like a filler character either. The guy just wants to help his friends out and you can’t go wrong there.

One key part that the film does right is keeping the adventure very fast paced like all good fantasy films should. There’s rarely a time where the film really slows down so there is a lot of replay value. I may not call this film great, but I did have a fun time and there’s a lot to like here. It’s just a good popcorn fun adventure where you get to see all of the characters unleash their signature abilities and take down some villains. It’s a little contrived that both Sanji and Zoro’s opponents escaped only to have to fight them again though. I’m thinking they wanted to include their second intros, but you do have to wonder how the villains would have escaped in the first place.

Overall, Strong World is definitely a fun film that I’d recommend. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not you’ll definitely enjoy it. There are enough recap nods and such to ensure that even people unfamiliar with the series can get into it. I thought the opening showing off all the members of the crew was handled really well. They all get the name bumpers and a quick scene so you can see what they can do. Nami is the last to be shown, but I think you’ll still be able to tell that Luffy is the main character since his segment is the longest and he just feels like your classic Shonen lead. I’ve always loved character intros like this so One Piece really nailed it here. I look forward to seeing what the next film is like.

Overall 7/10

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Condiment King vs Nami


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Suggested by Adrogoz The Condiment King may be treated as a bit of a joke in most of the comics that he is in, but this guy doesn’t play around. He has some powerful nerve gas at his disposal and ketchup for days. It won’t be enough to overcome Nami’s lightning blasts though. Her staff can produce many different weather abilities and they are all trouble for this King. Nami wins.

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Dario Brando vs Nami


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Suggested by Adrogoz Dario Brando is a new fighter who is ready for some action, but I’m afraid that there aren’t many fighters that he can beat. The guy is effectively just an old man who might have a gun at best. Nami could easily beat him in close quarters combat or she can just zap him with a lightning bolt. As Dario isn’t exactly a quality character I don’t expect that he will go very far in his future fights either. Meanwhile Nami continues her winning streak. Nami wins.

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Arm-Fall-Off Boy vs Nami


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Suggested by Adrogoz It’s time for the Arm-Fall-Off Boy to make his big return to the arena! His abilities have never really looked all that promising to be honest and Nami will easily be able to take him down. One quick zap and that’s it for this guy. Hopefully he won’t fall to pieces after this! Nami wins.

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Chief Wiggum vs Nami



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Suggested by Adrogoz Chief Wiggum is one of those police chiefs who doesn’t do a lot of work, but will still show up in time for the donuts. If anything it is rather admirable, but that won’t be enough for him to win this round. Nami can easily zap him with a thunder bolt and then that will be the end of him. The Chief just isn’t much of a fighter so he can hardly be expected to react in time to an attack like that. Nami wins.

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Nami vs Arthur



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Suggested by Adrogoz Arthur is usually a nice kid but he actually seems to work out as seen with his big punch against DW. That could deliver some damage to his own ego at least but I don’t think the punch would actually hurt Nami. Meanwhile she is skilled enough in combat to take him down without actually hurting the kid. Nami wins.

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Nami vs Fred



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Suggested by Adrogoz Fred is an expert at trapping ghosts so trapping people should be similar right? Well I don’t think it will be quite as easy as all that since Nami’s weather rod can easily break any old net that is thrown over her. Fred has some decent fighting moves but it’s nothing that Nami can’t handle. It will be a fairly easy win for her. Nami wins.

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Mr Majestic vs Nami



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Suggested by iKnowledge It’s time for a new character to take center stage. Mr Majestic is an immensely powerful being who has tangled with many strong foes. He is the complete package as Mr Majestic has super strength, flight, and speed. Nami has her weather staff, but he could quickly take it away from her before Nami could react. Without that she has no way of even hurting him so there is no way that she can possibly come out on top in this fight. Mr Majestic wins.

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Nami vs Jeroen Thorndike



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Suggested by iKnowledge Jeroen is one of the beings gifted with the abilities of The Doctor. He was the second man to take up the mantle and this allows him to rewrite reality as he sees fit. That is, when he’s not too busy taking drugs and playing video games. Altering reality is great, but it’s not as practical as having a bolt of lightning up one’s sleeve. Nami has mastered the elements and is also a good hand to hand fighter. Jeroen will have no defense against her abilities. Nami wins.

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The Doctor vs Nami




Suggested by iKnowledge It’s time for a battle of geniuses. Both of these combatants prefer to use tools to fight instead of their fists. The Doctor has more sophisticated tech and would be able to clear just about any challenge ahead of Nami. However in a 1 on 1 fight I believe Nami would have the edge. She has more experience in such combat and her illusions will make it difficult for the Doctor to tag her. Nami’s lightning bolts continue to get a boost every arc as well and she has even gained the ultimate lightning cloud in the latest arc. The Doctor’s shields will only be able to keep it together for a short while. Granted, there may be some Doctor gadgets that I am unaware of so this is a match that could easily be changed if he ever gets something to tip the scales. Nami wins.