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One Piece the Movie: Strong World

ANN reports that the new One Piece movie has broken the record for per-screen revenue over the weekend, beating out the Japanese opening weekends of both Ponyo and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The film earned over 1 billion yen (a little under $12 million US) in its first two days, which also beats out the entire take of the ninth One Piece movie.

This isn’t really that surprising given the amount of promotion that went into this movie, which is attached to a mind-bogglingly popular manga that sold over 14 million copies in 2009 alone. Between four episodes of the anime dedicated to ramping up to the movie, a chapter of the manga, and an original manga that was given to ticket holders of the movie, there’s no way that the One Piece-loving portion of the population, which is over two million strong, was going to miss this movie, which presents an all-new story penned by Oda Eiichirou himself.

All anime is made better by people biting other people's heads.

And now for something completely different: this week’s One Piece brings a new kind of “filler” that really isn’t. Penned by Oda himself, this week’s episode starts up an entirely new story meant to lead up to the 10th movie, Strong World. Based on what we have so far, it could be a fun ride!

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Boa Hancock. She's awesome. Magellan's pretty funny too, but...

I’m looking forward to the upcoming movie tie-in episodes of One Piece since they’re more than mere filler. At the same time, I’m sad that we won’t be watching more of the Impel Down arc for a while, because this episode reminds me of everything I like about One Piece.

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Here comes the weekend, and that means it’s time for a quick overview of what’s coming and what you should catch up on!

Tomorrow night, One Piece episode 425 airs, and it’ll get the latest story arc into full swing by introducing the villain of the arc, Magellan. The last few arcs of One Piece have been non-stop greatness, so I continue to recommend this show to anyone and everyone who will listen. You just… have to make sure to skip the anime filler, because it will make you angry.

Speaking of angry, Lisseromen, our resident Inuyasha: The Final Act reviewer at SideReel, hasn’t been very happy with the pace of the new Inuyasha. It’s been going too fast with the “ooh, I have a new special move” treadmill lately at the cost of its characters and story, so unless its shapes up fast, it’s probably not worth your time.

And on the “You should watch this” front, I am a recent convert to The Time of Eve. It’s 90 minutes of true science fiction, as a couple of young men are forced to come to terms with the age of androids and their own feelings about where they fit in society. The writing and direction are brilliant, and best of all, it’s available for free and perfectly legally via Crunchyroll. It’s only 90 minutes, and you’ll be a better person for watching it. I promise!

One Piece the Movie: Strong WorldThe Japanese version of Shonen Jump has revealed more details about the upcoming release of Eiichirou Oda’s One Piece Volume Zero, which will be attached to the already-hyped release of One Piece Strong World, the tenth movie in the series.

Strong World has been receiving more attention than usual for a movie based on the popular pirate series, as creator Eiichirou Oda himself wrote the story for the film. Other films were not written by him, though he did supply character designs and had the right to approve or veto stories.

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One Piece Silliness!

The whole series is like this, but without puppets.

Now is the perfect time to start following One Piece, and I’ll tell you why.

One Piece is one of the most popular manga in history, with over 170 million copies sold over the past 12 years of its existence. It embodies the Shonen Jump spirit and takes it to the next level, combining epic action with silly comedy and a sweeping storyline that draws you in with its many well-developed characters. The main problem is that One Piece is so freaking long,  it’s hard to jump into the series without being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it.

This year, though, VIZ Media and FUNimation are making it easy to be a One Piece fan, whether you’re a grizzled veteran or an interested newcomer.

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