Hunter x Hunter 1999Nippon Animation
The history of Gon Freecs, a boy who left home alone to become a Hunter. In the hard test, Gon meets Leorio, Kurapika and Killua.
Hunter x Hunter (HUNTER x HUNTER, ハンター×ハンター）1999 – 2001 anime streaming all full episodes for free in high-quality.
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Hunter × Hunter is an anime television series based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi which aired from 1999 to 2001. The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who one day discovers that the father he had always been told was dead is in fact alive and well.
Hunter × Hunter was produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. A total of 62 episodes were broadcast on Fuji Television from October 16, 1999, to March 31, 2001. The series has additionally aired on the satellite television station Animax. Marvelous Entertainment released all episodes of the series in Japan on DVD in 13 separate volumes between September 20, 2000, and September 19, 2001.
The background music for the Hunter × Hunter anime and the three OVA series was composed by Toshihiko Sahashi. The anime series features two opening themes, “Ohayō.” (おはよう。, lit. “Good Morning.”) [01-49] by Keno and “Taiyō Wa Yoru mo Kagayaku” (太陽は夜も輝く, lit. “The Sun Shines at Night”) [50-62] by Wino, and three closing themes: “Kaze no Uta” (風のうた, lit. “Wind Song”) [01-31] by Minako Honda, and “EJan-Do You Feel Like I Feel?” (Eじゃん-Do You Feel Like I Feel?), [32-49] and “Hotaru” (蛍, lit. “Firefly”), [50-62] both by Nagai Masato.
Background of Manga
Hunter x Hunter has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint since April 5, 2005; in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc since January 2008; in Spanish by Panini Comics since October 2012; and in Italian by Panini Comics. The series has been serialized irregularly since 2006 due to Yoshihiro Togashi’s health problems.
Hunter x Hunter Manga Synopsis:
“Secret treasure hoards, undiscovered wealth… mystical places, unexplored frontiers… ‘The mysterious unknown.’ There’s magic in such words for those captivated by its spell. They are called ‘Hunters’!”
Gon Freecss wants to become a Hunter so he can find his father, a man who abandoned him to pursue a life of adventure. But it’s not that simple: only one in one hundred thousand can pass the Hunter Exam, and that is just the first obstacle on his journey. During the Hunter Exam, Gon befriends many other potential Hunters, such as the mysterious Killua; the revenge-driven Kurapika; and Leorio, who aims to become a doctor. There’s a world of adventure and peril awaiting, and those who embrace it with open arms can become the greatest Hunters of them all!
Hunter x Hunter Anime Synopsis :
1.Hunter x Hunter Anime 1999 Synopsis
For some unknown reason, Gon Freecss’s father left him as a baby a long time ago. 12 years later Gon finds out that his father is a Hunter, a person that has a license to go almost anywhere in the world and do almost anything. Now, Gon will have to undergo many challenges to become a Hunter and to gather more information about his father.
2. Hunter x Hunter Anime 1999 Synopsis
Hunters are specialized in a wide variety of fields, ranging from treasure hunting to cooking. They have access to otherwise unavailable funds and information that allow them to pursue their dreams and interests. However, being a hunter is a special privilege, only attained by taking a deadly exam with an extremely low success rate.
Gon Freecss, a 12-year-old boy with the hope of finding his missing father sets out on a quest to take the Hunter Exam. Along the way, he picks up three companions who also aim to take the dangerous test: the revenge-seeking Kurapika, aspiring doctor Leorio Paladiknight, and a mischievous child the same age as Gon, Killua Zoldyck.
Hunter x Hunter is a classic shounen that follows the story of four aspiring hunters as they embark on a perilous adventure, fighting for their dreams while defying the odds.
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Opening Theme Hunter x Hunter:
#2: “Taiyou wa Yoru mo Kagayaku (太陽は夜も輝く)” by Wino (eps 49-62)
Ending Theme Hunter x Hunter:
#2: “E-Jan – Do You Feel Like I Feel” by Masato Nagai (eps 32-50)
#3: “Hotaru” by Masato Nagai (eps 51-62)
Official site Hunter x Hunter:
Hunter x Hunter: Nippon Animation
Characters from Hunter x Hunter 1999:
Main Characters Hunter x Hunter:
Gon Freecss (ゴン゠フリークス, Gon Furīkusu)
Gon Freecss is a Rookie Hunter and the son of Ging Freecss. Finding his father is Gon’s motivation in becoming a Hunter. He has been the main protagonist for most of the series, having said role in the Hunter Exam, Zoldyck Family, Heavens Arena, Greed Island, and Chimera Ant arcs. He was also the deuteragonist of the Yorknew City arc.
Gon is a young boy with long spiky black green tipped hair and large, hazel brown eyes. His usual outfit is composed of a green jacket with reddish edges covering a black or white tank top underneath, green short shorts, and green, laced boots.
In some arcs such as the Greed Island and Chimera Ant arcs he takes off the jacket and wears only the tank top. In the Greed Island arc and at the beginning of the Chimera Ant arc he wears the Paladin’s Necklace, a Greed Island card with the ability to purge any external effects to a card the wearer is holding.
Gon is an athletic, rustic, and friendly boy who is searching for adventure. Also, he is not very good at math. However, having spent a lot of time in the woods as a child, he is very good with animals. Gon is an Enhancer, who is known for being simple-minded and determined. This determination and talent lead to both potential allies and potential enemies trusting in him and taking his side.
He has inhuman senses; Gon has a heightened sense of smell almost like a dog’s, he also has very good vision, as well as having a very keen taste. Gon wants to become a Hunter because he wishes to find out the depths of an occupation that would cause a father to choose the profession over being with his own son.
Killua Zoldyck (キルア゠ゾルディック, Kirua Zorudikku)
Killua Zoldyck is the third child of Silva and Kikyo Zoldyck and the heir of the Zoldyck Family until he runs away from home and becomes a Rookie Hunter. He is the best friend of Gon Freecss and is currently traveling with Alluka Zoldyck.
He has served as the deuteragonist for the series, having said role in the Heavens Arena, Greed Island, and Chimera Ant arcs. He was the main protagonist of the 13th Hunter Chairman Election arc. He also was the tritagonist of the Hunter Exam arc and the Yorknew City arc
Killua has spiky silver hair, very pale skin, and blue eyes. His eyes change shape depending on the mood that he’s in, narrowing and sharpening when he goes into assassination mode. Killua is fairly lean at the start of the series, due to the constant physical conditioning and torture training he received when he was young.
Killua is introduced as a character who appears similar to Gon: cheeky, cheerful, and full of mischievous ideas. However, contrasting Gon’s politeness, Killua can be quite rude to others, mostly strangers and older people.
He is most commonly known for having a sweet tooth; he loves everything sweet and spent almost 200 million (Jenny currency) on snacks when he was at Heaven’s Arena. His favorite snack is chocolate, specifically Chocolate Balls and Chocolate Robots.
Kurapika (クラピカ, Kurapika)
Kurapika is the last survivor of the Kurta Clan. He is a Blacklist Hunter and the current leader of the organization founded by Light Nostrade. He is a member of the Zodiacs with the codename “Rat” (子, Ne). His goal is to avenge his clan and recover the remaining Scarlet Eyes. He takes the role of the main protagonist in the Yorknew City and Succession Contest arcs. He was also the deuteragonist of the Hunter Exam arc.
Kurapika is a cool and intelligent individual, possessing vast knowledge. He is reticent; not one to open up to people easily and quite judgmental. His distance from others initially keeps him level-headed and moralistic, but his heart has been poisoned with sadness and hatred.
Having been traumatized from losing everyone he loved at the age of twelve, Kurapika closes his heart to new people and remains introverted to stay focused on his goal. However, Kurapika can be kind and affectionate, smiling when those friends are happy.
Though Kurapika outwardly states that he desires to become a Blacklist Hunter and his ultimate goal is to capture the band of thieves that massacred his family, he is willing to compromise his personal morality and delve into the squalid side of society in order to achieve his goal. He is prone to fits of uncontrollable anger should the memory of his clan be insulted in any way.
Leorio Paradinight (レオリオ゠パラディナｲﾄ, Reorio Paradinaito)
Leorio Paradinight is a Rookie Hunter and a member of the Zodiacs with the codename “Boar” (亥, I). He is currently a medical student, with a goal to become a doctor. Leorio is initially introduced as a very selfish narcissist who places great emphasis on material wealth. Despite his assertions that he is only after money, he eventually reveals to Kurapika that his dream is to one day become a doctor in order to help the poor.
He believes that all things in the world (lives, dreams, etc.) can be bought and that becoming a Hunter will provide him with the necessary funds for his medical education. Due to his first spat with Kurapika, as well as the test on the way to the navigator’s cabin, it seems that he has a sensitivity for those who do not take him seriously or treat him with disrespect. His real priorities seem to be friends first, then his dream of becoming a great doctor, with everything else afterward.
Side Characters Hunter x Hunter:
- Hisoka Morow (ヒソカ゠モロウ, Hisoka Morou)
- Chrollo Lucilfer (クロロ゠ルシルフル, Kuroro Rushirufuru)
- Isaac Netero (アイザック゠ネテロ, Aizakku Netero)
- Feitan Portor (フェイタン゠ポートオ, Feitan Pōtoo)
- Kite (カイト, Kaito)
- Illumi Zoldyck (イルミ゠ゾルディック, Irumi Zorudikku)
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Hunter x Hunter 1999 Reviews:
1.Review of Hunter x Hunter
Feb 22, 2009
62 of 62 episodes seen
The story is good, but not really anything mind-breaking. It´s about Gon, a 12 year old boy, trying to become a hunter so he can find his father who left him as a child. A hunter is basically a person with a hunters license, and the concept of hunting can be almost anything. As long as you complete the difficult and deadly Hunters exam and get your license you can do whatever you want with it, so naturally, there are all kinds of hunters, everything from hunters who hunt criminals, hunters who ARE criminals and hunters who try to master the art of cooking, for example.
So in the first part of the series Hunter x Hunter it´s about the exam and you follow Gon and his 3 companions as they try to survive the exam. What you´re going to notice is that the story involves very little fighting, and yet it´s really intense. In the third exam for example they have to fight against dangerous criminals, but instead of beating up all of them with super-lightning attacks they introduce different kinds of simple methods, like janken, and make it really interesting. This is executed very nicely and feels refreshing if you´ve watched other Shonen series.
The show Hunter x Hunter does not end after the exam though, it continues with the celestial tower arc and the yorkshin auction arc, and especially the latter is extremely entertaining.
Yes, it is quite old and some people might not like it. Personally, I didn´t mind though, both art and animation were smooth, and even if you don´t like older art you´ll probably find it acceptable.
The openings and endings were nothing special, but I personally loved the BGM! The songs really fit well in the atmosphere and I actually came back to some parts just because the music was so good and fit the whole show Hunter x Hunter so perfectly. The voice acting was also really good, and I didn´t really notice anything to complain about. Voices fit characters really well (I watched the subs).
Here is when the series really starts to shine! The characters are great, and unlike too many other shonen shows they are actually both memorable and they don´t feel forced in any way, this without 12 episodes from their pasts. They also get developed a lot in the show Hunter x Hunter and you find yourself just enjoying watching the characters together.
Even if the first 7 or so episodes are a bit slow, once you get into Hunter x Hunter it´s never boring. It´s not slow-paced and there´s always something new and interesting happening in every episode (there might be some exceptions, but I can´t think of any just like that). It´s actually one of the most enjoyable series I have ever seen.
One of the best shows out there Hunter x Hunter, watch it now! Even if you normally don’t like shonen shows, this might still entertain you! It´s not slow-paced, there´s more focus on the plot than fighting and it actually ends (even if the ending is very open). I recommend this to everyone and especially if you like other shonen shows, then you will love this one, it is the best typical shonen adventure anime out there.
Generally, I approach shounen titles with care since many of them strike me as a bit shallow and vacuous. Hunter X Hunter, however, sounded quite interesting. On the strength of one solitary review, I gave it a watch.
I’ll begin with a brief summary: Hunter X Hunter revolves around a ten-ish-year-old boy named Gon who discovers that his permanently absentee father, Ging, is, in fact, one of the most famous and respected Hunters in the world. Hunters hunt various things, from criminals to recipe ingredients, depending on their individual talents and preferences.
After two or three episodes, it seemed pleasant enough but uninspiring. By episode seven or so, when the Hunter Exam starts in earnest, it begins to become more interesting.
One of the great things about Gon as a ‘hero’ in a shounen title is he isn’t the most powerful character, nor does he want to be. He wants to be good enough to qualify as a Hunter and find his father, but that’s all – and he often fails to triumph in difficult situations, whether in combat or a battle of wits or a game. He is surrounded by stronger, faster, cleverer characters; in particular, the mysterious and repellent Hisoka is leagues ahead of anyone else in the series in sheer power and skill.
Again, though, combat is not as prominent as one might expect in Hunter X Hunter. It does occur, but it slots smoothly and naturally into the flow of events rather than feeling crowbarred in, as is so often the case in anime of this type.
One of the strongest points of the whole thing is the interaction between the core characters. It’s hugely enjoyable simply watching them together, seeing their friendships develop, shift emphasis, come apart, and take on new dimensions. And every single one of the characters has more depth than I thought was possible in shounen.
Now to the negatives. They are few, but worth mentioning.
The first thing to mention is this series does take some time to get going. The first half a dozen episodes meander along quite sedately as though they’re little more than a travelogue. After that, everything is fine up until the Second Test of the Hunter Exam, which really irritated me. I’m not going to say why, since I want to avoid spoilers, but quite how none of the characters stabbed anyone in a fit of rage is a mystery.
The first major low point, though, arrives during the second arc, when some of the characters undertake a stupidly DBZ-like weight-training regime. I nearly took my head in my hands in despair. Fortunately, it was over fairly quickly.
The most sustained of the poorer points of the series is the aforementioned Celestial Tower arc. Fighting tournaments do little for me unless I’m participating (I mean Mortal Kombat etc, not actual, real fighting. Good grief, what do you take me for?). The major developments of this arc are pivotal to later events, but it was still a bit of a chore to sit through the duels – except the all-too-brief outings for Killua, who is always entertaining to watch in confrontations.
One of the things that unsettled me about Hunter X Hunter as I went along was the change in tech. The first plot arc is all sailing ships, bows, and occasional scraps of near-ruined modern technology (with the notable exception of a motorbike in Gon’s photo of Ging), but each arc increases the tech level until, by the time we reach the York Shin arc, cars, automatic weapons, and the internet are commonplace. This is somewhat jarring at first, but the more time is spent in York Shin, the less noticeable it becomes.
One more thing I’d like to mention is the music. The reviews I’ve read of the several Hunter X Hunter series all claim that the music improves as the series progress. While I concede that some of the music in G.I. Final is good, I actually preferred the early music. In particular, I rapidly grew to pine for the melody I think of as ‘Gon’s Theme’, which is rarely heard outside the first story arc.
I’ll end my poorly structured rambling there (listening to this month’s Terrorizer cover CD isn’t conducive to coherent writing) with a high recommendation. Hunter X Hunter is among my top three anime. Fans of harem anime or fan service may want to avoid; fans of good character, interesting plot, and colorful action with the odd touch of the strange and sinister should watch at the next opportune moment.
Hunter x Hunter starts of with skilled individuals trying to become professional hunters for their own individual reasons. The story follows a young boy (Gon Freaks) on his quest to become a hunter, in order to find his hunter dad. The beginning is just about candidates undergoing treacherous tasks and challenges, whilst forming bonds during the long hunter exam.
The characters of Hunter x Hunter are the usual batch of protagonists and antagonists found in shounen anime and each of them manages to fit the bill. They all are interesting and unique in their own way. They develop so much throughout the show Hunter x Hunter, even though most of the time it revolves around Gon.
The first thing that may come to your mind with the animation, is how dated it looks however when you put that aside you can easily take the animation for its merits. The art style is great and there are plenty of fluid fights but they can be a little fast-paced. The music is pretty good, as it can help build up the tension and can just as easily release the tension with some upbeat tunes. Nonetheless, the music itself feels more dated than the animation.
Overall Hunter x Hunter is a very entertaining Shounen, Action, Adventure but with an intricate plot and concept, which develops as the story goes on. There´s plenty of stupid comedy to enjoy, plus a lot of major developments and intense combat. Hunter x Hunter may not focus entirely on fighting but the methods of fighting actually evolve later on in the series Hunter x Hunter, into something more diverse and complex (Nen). It´s a shame that the TV series doesn´t resolve anything and the OVAs don´t provide any resolutions either. Other than that this is definitely a shounen anime series Hunter x Hunter is worth watching if you’re in this kind of thing.
Interesting Facts about Hunter x Hunter:
- Gon’s surname, Freecss (フリークス, Furīkusu), is very likely based on the English word “freaks” (フリークズ, furīkuzu), as patently suggested by the phonetic and graphic similarity between the two words.
- Killua’s name is probably derived from the English verb “to kill”.
- His last name most likely is a combination of two types of a warrior, an amalgamation of the words “paladin” and “knight”.
- Kurapika has never been shown with a full name. However, “Kurapika Kurta” is the name given by the fans. Among the four main characters, Kurapika is the only one whose last name has not been mentioned yet.
- Gon finds solving mathematical and logical problems difficult. This is rendered by smoke coming out of his ears, and occasionally by his head exploding.
- Kurapika wears two earrings, although only one is seen throughout the series Hunter x Hunter.
- Gon typically speaks in an informal manner about Ging, tending to call his father his “old man” (and then by his first name, “Ging”) in the manga and 2011 series Hunter x Hunter. The 1999 anime adaptation opts for a more formal approach, with Gon referring to Ging as his “father”.
- Kurapika is the only character who falls under two different Nen categories.
- Despite being one of the four main characters of the series Hunter x Hunter, Leorio has yet to face an opponent in an actual fight.
- Out of the four main protagonists, Killua is the youngest; during the First Phase of the Hunter Exam, he confirms that his age is almost 12, just like Gon. Gon’s birthday is May 5, while Killua’s birthday is July 7, making Killua younger than Gon.
- Gon’s Nen abilities are an explicit reference to the game of rock-paper-scissors. The technique “Round 2” is also named after this game, as the exclamation, he uses – “Aiko de” – is part of the exclamation “Aiko desho!” (あいこでしょ！), which is chanted in the event of a tie.
- Kurapika wears two earrings, although only one is seen throughout the series Hunter x Hunter.
- Killua is nicknamed “Kil” or “Killu” by his family. However, neither Zoldyck’s employees nor Gon and his friends uses this name.
- Of the four main protagonists, Killua is the only one to have failed a Hunter Exam.
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The first chapter of the One Piece manga hit store shelves on Aug. 24, 1997, in the weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. It took less than two years for One Piece to become a full-fledged anime series, with the first episode airing on Oct. 20, 1999. Since then, One Piece has grown to be the most popular manga series in Japan, with over 280 million volumes sold as of 2012.
One Piece follows the story of a pirate named Monkey D. Luffy and his rag-tag Straw Hat pirate crew as they set out to help Luffy become The King of the Pirates by finding a legendary treasure called One Piece that the last Pirate King Gold Roger hid at the end of the Grand Line, a series of islands separated from the rest of the world by windless oceans that cannot be sailed.
While sometimes bloody, One Piece is generally good for the whole family and has such a compelling story that you’ll likely want to start reading the manga once you’ve seen any of the anime series or movies.
One Piece – (2000)
Wan Pīsu (ワンピース)
Director of One Piece: Atsuji Shimizu
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 16
The first One Piece feature film is a good one, but its animation hasn’t aged very well over the last decade or so. The Straw Hat pirate crew for this movie consists only of Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Nami.
The movie’s plot involves the Straw Hat pirates, starving for their lack of Sanji, being shanghaied by the El Drago pirates who are on their way to an island to search for the legendary treasure of the Great Gold Pirate Woonan and then getting tangled up in the search for the treasure.
Fairly light as far as One Piece movies go, this is a good one to see if only to understand just how greatly One Piece has evolved over the years and enjoy a little side-story with the early Straw Hat crew.
Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)
Nejimaki-jima no Bōken (ねじまき島の冒険)
Director of One Piece : Atsuji Shimizu
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 60
Sanji makes his first film appearance as a Straw Hat crew member in Clockwork Island Adventure. One Piece’s animation quality improved significantly in just a year, but today’s standards still date this movie’s visuals, just not grossly so. The narrative follows the Straw Hat pirates as they are once again set upon by thieves and chase after their stolen pirate ship ending up at a “floating” island whose inhabitants are being oppressed by a pirate crew called the Trump Siblings.
The steaks are high throughout the movie, and it’s cool to see the Straw Hats in all-out battles against their various powerful and well-matched foes. This is a fine One Piece movie and definitely a recommended watch.
Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)
Chinjū-tō no Choppā-ōkoku (珍獣島のチョッパー王国)
Director of One Piece: Atsuji Shimizu
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 102
Adding Chopper (and specifically not Nico Robin) to the Straw Hat crew, Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals is essentially both the least canonical and one of the least beloved of the One Piece 1999 movies (I still enjoy it because Chopper is my favourite character, but that’s neither here nor there).
The story has the Straw Hat pirates arriving at the Island of Strange Animals to have their ship thrown into the air and have Chopper fall overboard.
Chopper has then crowned the king of the strange animals, and both he and the rest of the Straw Hat crew help defend the island’s inhabitants from a treasure hunter named Count Butler and his henchmen. At the same time, less involved than pretty much all of the other One Piece movies, as the so-called “worst” of the bunch, this movie is still better than some of the more common anime rabble these days.
Not a bad time, but there are certainly better anime movies to watch.
Dead End Adventure (2003)
Dead End no Bōken (デッドエンドの冒険)
Director of One Piece: Kōnosuke Uda
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 146
This is one of the better One Piece movies. With Nico Robin joining the Straw Hat pirates, solid animation, a good storyline, and cool movie-exclusive characters, Dead End Adventure has a lot going for it.
Directed by the same person who directs the anime series, the canonical Dead End Adventure feels more like an extended and epic episode than some other One Piece movies.
The plot follows the Straw Hat pirates who are hard-up for cash as they discover and then participate in a high-stakes ship race, but the race and some of their competitors are not quite what they seem. A great jaunt with the Straw Hat crew, Dead End Adventure is certainly one of the finest One Piece movies.
The Cursed Holy Sword (2004)
Norowareta Seiken (呪われた聖剣)
Director of One Piece: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 183
The Cursed Holy Sword uses one of the popular tropes of anime series movies, going rogue for seemingly no reason.
Zoro mysteriously disappears while the Straw Hat crew, who have not gained any additional members since the last movie, restocks their ship on an island. Their search for Zoro leads them to a village on the island where Zoro, in the company of some Marines, fights Sanji and steals some powerful orbs from the village.
It’s up to the Straw Hats crew to discover why Zoro has seemingly gone crazy, but it must have something to do with a Holy Sword that is possibly Cursed, right? Not the most involved One Piece movie, but with some rockin’ sword fights and some ancient curses, it’s a good time nonetheless.
Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)
Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima (オマツリ男爵と秘密の島)
Director of One Piece : Mamoru Hosoda
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 223
Directed by the incomparable Mamoru Hosoda (of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time fame), this is by far the darkest and creepiest single piece of One Piece media. This was my favourite One Piece movie until Strong World came out in 2009.
The movie has the Straw Hat crew find a message in a bottle advertising a resort called Omatsuri Island, where there is all manner of relaxing and fulfilling activities tailored especially for powerful Grand Line pirates. Figuring they could use a vacation, they travel to the island, not knowing that it harbours one of the greatest challenges they may ever face.
The highly stylized and “simplified” animation in this movie is a huge departure from its counterpart in the anime series, and it adds greatly to the depiction of the tribulations that the Straw Hat crew faces on the Secret Island. The dark story and graphic violence make this an anime movie that’s definitely not for kids but provides a unique and extremely enjoyable ride for the rest of us.
This movie is not to be missed, even if you’re unfamiliar with One Piece.
The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (2006)
Karakuri-jō no Meka Kyohei (カラクリ城のメカ巨兵)
Director: Kōnosuke Uda
Last Episode Before Release: Episode 257 (set before Episode 229)
Kōnosuke Uda’s second turn at the helm of a One Piece movie is largely a forgettable outing. The movie has a couple of mildly interesting twists but really stands at the back of the pack of One Piece movies and Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals.
The plot follows the Straw Hat Crew as they hear the legend of a priceless Golden Crown hidden on Mecha Island, covered with myriad mechanical marvels. I don’t want to give away the plot twists, but the Crew solves riddles across the island along with some of the island’s residents to uncover a secret that most of them weren’t expecting.
Not a completely terrible anime movie by most turns. This is just not one to hold one’s breath over in anticipation of watching. It’s also a good deal lighter in tone than its numerical predecessor, so no more worries for family viewing than with any other standard One Piece fare.
The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007)
Episōdo obu Arabasuta: Sabaku no Ōjo to Kaizoku-tachi
(lit. “Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates”)
Director: Takahiro Imamura
Episodes Summarized: 92-130
This movie serves to summarise the events during the Alabasta Arc of the One Piece anime with improved animation. In the Alabasta Arc, the Straw Hat Pirates land on the desert island of Alabasta to find the Kingdom of Sand embroiled in civil war due to Crocodile’s meddling Shichibukai (a powerful pirate working for the World Government) and leader of the criminal organization Baroque Works.
Luffy and the crew then try to help their new friend Vivi, the kingdom’s princess, save the island from its turmoil. Fairly minor details were either omitted or tweaked to make the story flow better in its condensed form, but nothing major enough to cause concern was changed.
Unlike many anime series summary movies, though, Adventures in Alabasta‘s limited exposition makes this movie only truly enjoyable for people already acquainted with the One Piece series. With events occurring thick and fast, much of the movie’s value is lost on people who know nothing or very little about the series’ characters.
Inexplicably the most widely available One Piece movie in North American stores, Adventures in Alabasta, is a pleasant trip down memory lane for One Piece fans but is certainly the wrong place to start if you’re a newcomer to the series.
The episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura (2008)
Episōdo Obu Choppā Purasu: Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura
Playing on the episode summary concept from the previous year’s movie, Episode of Chopper Plus is rather an anachronistic non-canonical retelling of the Drum Island Arc from the anime series/manga wherein Tony Tony Chopper’s back story of having eaten the Human-Human devil fruit is told, and he eventually joins the Straw Hat crew.
The movie adds in Franky, Nico Robin and the Thousand Sunny ship, none of whom were yet part of the Straw Hat crew when the events originally took place in the series, as well as changing several details about the story and characters to fit its new chronological placement after the Enies Lobby Arc which ended with Episode 312.
Different enough from the original arc for fans of the series (especially of Chopper) and compelling enough to stand on its own, Episode of Chopper Plus was an interesting experiment in retelling an arc from the series but stood as one of the weaker overall One Piece movies due to its familiarity and slightly lower budget animation.
One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)
Wan Pīsu Firumu: Sutorongu Wārudo
While still non-canonical, Strong World was the first One Piece movie to be written and supervised by the series creator Eiichiro Oda — this was such a large departure from the preceding One Piece movies that there was a huge buzz around its release.
Strong World also marks several other firsts for One Piece movies, including the first film appearance of Brook, the use of “One Piece Film” in the movie titles, and the tradition of having several very distinct and unique costumes changes for each character throughout the movie.
The plot follows the Straw Hat crew as Nami is kidnapped by a famous pirate named Golden Lion Shiki and the rest of the crew have to navigate his islands filled with huge, dangerous creatures to gear up and try to get her back. A fun, unique, and oftentimes hilarious One Piece movie, Strong World represents a sort of renaissance for the quality of One Piece’s theatrical films and is certainly one that is not to be missed.
One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase (2011)
Wan Pīsu Surī-Dī Mugiwara Cheisu (One Piece 3D 麦わらチェイス)
A fun, relatively light and short movie, One Piece 3D was double-billed with a 3D Toriko movie when it hit theatres in 2011, so it weighs in at a mere 30 minutes long. The cel-shaded 3D animation is more reminiscent of modern video games than it is of theatrical productions, but it manages to resemble the series’ traditional animation enough that it’s not overly distracting during the film’s short run time.
The plot follows the Straw Hat crew as they try to get Luffy’s stolen hat back while battling their way through Marines and Sea Kings. There is not a whole lot to One Piece 3D, but it’s fine if a short foray into the third dimension for the Straw Hat crew.
One Piece Film: Z (2012)
Wan Pīsu Firumu: Zetto (ワンピースフィルム ゼット)
The second One Piece film to be executive produced by Eiichiro Oda himself, One Piece Film: Z is a favourite among many One Piece fans due to its interesting and well developed new characters, heavy use of the Marine Admiralty, exceedingly high stakes, and good balance between humour and excellent battle scenes.
The film’s story follows the Straw Hat crew as they happen upon an insanely strong purple-haired ex-Marine named Z, who has formed his own Neo Marines and is bent on the destruction of all pirates. The crew get some of their best-ever cinematic battles, some fun costume changes, and many Marines get their first post-time-jump anime appearances — One Piece Film: Z is a great time and a must-see for fans Piece 1999 and action anime alike.
One Piece Film Gold (2016)
Wan Pīsu Firumu Gōrudo (ワンピースフィルムゴールド)
The latest One Piece film, graciously still produced by Eiichiro Oda, is just as flashy and full of spectacle as the name One Piece Film Gold would suggest.
Featuring some of the very best animations that One Piece has ever had (second only in my mind to Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island), One Piece Film Gold follows the Straw Hat crew as they visit an enormous casino/resort ship called the Gran Tesoro which is run as an independent country by megalomaniac and devil fruit user Gild Tesoro. The crew is welcomed on the ship to compete in numerous challenges of skill and chance to rack up enough bellies/berries to give Nami heart palpitations.
At a full 120 minutes, this is the longest One Piece movie yet, and while you can feel its length as the pacing lulls in a couple of places, One Piece Film Gold is ultimately very much worth the ride and is a dazzling spectacle of an anime movie whether you’re a One Piece novice or (gold) card-carrying expert.
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