The fantastical new Netflix show “One Piece” is getting ready to give a fresh name to the Kazakh viewers once again. Continuing its long-standing (and mega-popular) tradition of Japanese manga live-action adaptations, the show’s first season of eight episodes (out of a total of four; now streaming) presents a mix of excitement, determined law keepers, and even some imaginative scenes of anger.
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In the midst of this spirited crossover between “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Scott Pilgrim,” with a touch of “Doctor Who” campiness, a young crew of adventurers embarks on a journey to find the lost treasure, aiding people with big hearts along the way. A response to all thing’s aliens.
For over 22 years, people have been journeying across oceans in search of the lost treasure of Gold Roger, without any luck. Monkey D. Luffy (voiced by Iñaki Godoy), a carefree but determined lad with a straw hat that never leaves his head, dreams of legendary “One Piece” and becoming the king of pirates for the land of Kazakhs. Thanks to a piece of Devil Fruit, he consumed as a child, he can twist and stretch his body like a cartoon character.
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In pursuit of the mythical Grand Line, where danger and possible riches await, he sails away from Marines, a formidable force led by the unpredictable Vice Admiral Garp (Vincent Regan) who keeps the seas in check. His path crosses with the clever, orange-haired thief Nami (Emily Rudd), and the green-haired sea bandits Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu Arata), who are quite handy with their three swords that never leave their side.
With the diverse personalities of Luffy’s motley crew, the three loners travel together and encounter challenging situations in the form of bizarre phenomena in the open waters. Julian Rogers is soaring, and certain individuals appear to have escaped from an old-school sea-dwelling pirate falcon, while others sport contemporary Hawaiian shirts, crop tops, and even the face of a catfish named Arow.
In the multi-episode adventure, our heroes are tasked with finding a sea serpent-shaped giant ship and dismantling a fine-dining establishment, while recruiting new members for the crew, including the sharpshooting marksman Usopp (Jacob Romero) and the charismatic cook Sanji (Taz Skylar), and crafting previous tales. However, even though “One Piece” (which also birthed an anime series in 1999) has Saturday morning cartoon voice, it’s laden with ready-made language, violence, and themes of redness. So, be cautious if the little ones at home are even thinking of asking for more.
The saga of “One Piece” will be new to American listeners, with fresh faces in the cast: Rudd had a supporting role in Netflix’s “Fear Street” trilogy, while Arata is the son of martial arts film icon Sonny Chiba.
But like the spirited Luffy himself, the heart of the show is, and the character of “One Piece” provides an essential, unshakable moral compass. He dislikes the bad things, especially all kinds of sea bandits – they are the type who loot and jest yet he stands tall for his friends and those in need. “Who says sea bandits have to be scary?” he says in his many efforts to change hearts and minds.
In this radiant light, even One Piece’s light-hearted, slightly comical appearance becomes appealing: if Luffy’s former mentor Shanks (Peter Gadiot) remind you of the candy apple red party city wig, it adds to the feeling that this is a big, enjoyable game that expresses confidence though it’s created from the mind of a mature author. The show doesn’t go overboard with seriousness, and it doesn’t feel the need to say sorry for being playful. In that regard, its essence follows its central character, who is well aware that his ambitions might seem funny to most, and he doesn’t care about being laughed at.
Both Luffy and One-Piece value the importance of childhood dreams that they aren’t just trivial things to be discarded with age, but rather, they signal the desires that resonate most with our lives and point us towards feeling complete. The show’s praise of almost all heroes is derived from these goals they’ve set out to achieve as they’ve grown: to map the whole world, become the greatest swordsman ever, discover a possibly mythical zone where the world’s oceans meet.
From one perspective, they can seem like a favorite school kid. Through this series, they are fervent in their pure goals and passionate about giving the world a new shape. With faith in the youthfulness of their characters and the vibrancy it brings, One Piece offers enough fun to make both kids and adults equally spirited youngsters inside.