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This is a thread dedicated to the brainchild of famous mangaka Eichiro Oda. I know we have an anime and manga thread, but that seems too general for such a high profile anime you know? So without further ado... In a semi-colonial era, the world is going through a great turmoil as the seas are littered with pirates and other such riff-raff turning the world upside down. They are all in search of the prize of the former King of the Pirates, the legendary treasure known as the One Piece. It is said; whomever can find the One Piece would become the newest Pirate King with the seas as his throne for all time. But the journey to find the One Piece is a long and hard one, with many dangers at every step waiting to send any pirate to an early grave, such as ocean monsters the size of mountains, hazardous weather patterns that defy all common sense, and the every present shadow of the World Government, and their dogs, the Naval Marines. It's the journey of a lifetime; and for some, the final one. Thus we join the story of a young boy named, Monkey D. Luffy. At a young age, he was cursed with the powers of rubber, and is able to stretch his body to unbelievable lengths, at the cost of his ability to swim. Ever eager for adventure and fun, Luffy sets out to become the next King of the Pirates, along the way he is joined by his crew of misfits, such as the chef Sanji with his heart set on the ladies and his feet set on pounding you to the ground, or the monster racoon-dog reindeer Tony Tony Chopper, a doctor with an A for aid and assault. Join them on their journey as they travel a very fantastical world and meet strange friends and dangerous enemies, all on the journey to become, KING OF THE PIRATES! (I don't know why I go this far sometimes.) So yeah, hard to believe this manga has been running for almost 20 years huh? The anime is just celebrating it's 15th anniversary as well. With almost 20 years of material, and 11 movies, there's bound to be fun times had for a while. So come aboard and watch. Here is the preview of the next episode: Big rule in this thread: ALL MANGA SPOILERS MUST BE IN SPOILER TAGS! IF THE ANIME HASN'T GOTTEN TO THAT INFORMATION, IT MUST BE PUT IN SPOILERS! Oh and check out the anime on Crunchyroll: They update at 10 every week.
Redline____________________________________________________________ You know when people tell you there are certain films you must watch before you die? I'm talking about stuff like, Avatar, Titanic, Pearl Harbour, Saving private Ryan, Frozen etc. Those movies that have caused such a buzz in the viewers hearts that you've no doubt been told "how good" these movies are, and that you should just give it a chance and witness it yourself to see what the big commotion is all about? The following movie is exactly one of those cases, I'm not even just fanwanking either, this movie is simply THAT good that I honestly implore you to watch it when you've got the chance, because this movie is a huge mile stone in animation history, and no i'm not kidding, hear me out and I'll tell you exactly why, but right now let me tell you premise of the movie for a bit. Redline is a movie about racing in the future, it's an illegal and dangerous sport where there is only one rule, win no matter the circumstances. This means supping your vehicle up with weaponry is totally fine and even killing the competition is all good in this race, Redline is the final race in the entire sport where the galaxies best racers go head to head in one final race to be crowned fastest in the galaxy, but to qualify for Redline you must beat various other qualifying matches on lesser tracks, this is where the movie begins in the semi-final race of Yellowline. This is when the movie introduces Sweet JP, the movies protagonist and Sonoshee Mclaren, the female love interest of the protagonist, fast forward through the race and Sweet JP and Sonoshee are neck and neck on the final stretch to the goal, whilst elsewhere Frisbee, JP's mechanic is watching the race at gunpoint in the Mafia's headquarters holding a detonator in his hand, a few feet before the goal, Frisbee blows a bomb rigged on JP's car and makes him lose as Sonoshee takes the win for Yellowline. After the race JP is lying in a hospital bed watching the results of Yellowline on the TV before he's visited by his mechanic Frisbee who has a suitcase full of cash, after an awkward silence they both converse and you find out that JP and Frisbee had "fixed" the race for the Mafia to win big after the bets for JP sky rocketed when he went from 8th place to 1st in the final quarter stretch, Frisbee leaves JP's cut of the cash with him saying it'll free him from his bail bond and keep him in bandages for the rest of his life. JP throws the money back at Frisbee and says he doesn't need it, he'd rather just rot in prison, before Frisbee can say anything else, paparazzi burst through the door and interview JP from his hospital bed, demanding an answer if he'll be racing at Redline, confused JP and Frisbee switch the TV on to find out 2 qualifying racer's for REDLINE had dropped out of the race, leaving it up to the public to vote for their favourite racer's to compete instead, the reason the position opened for JP is because REDLINE's race would be taking place on "Roboworld" A world that had signed a peace treaty for the galaxy, but soon to JP and Frisbee's surprise REDLINE is not allowed to take place on Roboworld, or they'd risk being destroyed for trespassing on their world, Frisbee tells the Media it's not going to happen because Roboworld won't allow REDLINE to ever take place there, before he is silenced when a reporter says it's taking place there anyway without Roboworld's consent, basically confirming it's suicide to race there, JP agree's to take the place and tell's Frisbee to get his car running again for the final race. The story mainly focuses on a small cast of characters, mainly JP and Frisbee's friendship and hardship, and JP's love interest for Sonoshee, the story isn't incredibly deep or unique but for what it is, it does it well. The movie from beginning to end is a pure adrenaline rush, with a rocking soundtrack, lovable characters and a seriously dark undertone, it does have it's fair share of humour to boot but it's not really the strong point of WHY you should watch it. http://youtu.be/-MPe7E1YrY4?t=2m35s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4y8ph3cH54 The first 15 minutes of the movie is the first race but jesus fucking christ, just LOOK at this animation and art direction, it's all hand drawn, every last detail. 100,000 drawings and 7 years in production, you heard me 7 YEARS in Production everything was made and crafted as a middle finger to the current generation of CGI with anime and cartoons, it was a movie meant to be pushed to the absolute limit, and to think that the demo reel that was pitched for this movie, took 4 years to make on it's own, so in hindsight this movie has been in production for a whopping 11 years, yeah this movie is as old as Sonic Adventure itself, but true production on the movie didn't start till 2003, and completed in 2009 with a cinema release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doEwWzMz99A Redline's art direction is fluid and full of energy designed to pump you full of adrenaline and keep you on the edge of your seat, accompanied with it's rocking soundtrack (That was confirmed to have been composed alongside production almost hand in hand) The sound design was also made down to the very last detail, to the sounds of pistons and rev belts right down to footsteps and JP's leather squeaking with his movements, the attention to detail is honestly too much to take in on your first couple of watches and I'm honestly not doing this movie justice by waffling on, it honestly has to be seen to believe. This movie was created to break the boundaries and it does just that in every way imaginable, it's a must watch if you love fast paced anime/animation with polish and budget.