You know, it’s a funny story but I was actually planning to write a positive article about One Piece for once, hoping to balance out how I’ve been towards One Piece fans since this blog began… then they pissed me off. You see, over the past few weeks in comment sections and clickbait articles and even chapter releases of Fairy Tail on manga websites, I have noticed that no fan can admit to any flaws of this series, yet will also shit on Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail and many others from their self-appointed throne. So because of this, the “Top 10 One Piece Villains” I had planned to release has been delayed… time for another nitpicking article instead! This one has been a long time coming and I am glad to share it today! Finally actually because I’ve been considering this one for months…
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Well, Zoro is…
He’s just so…
Fine, Zoro is perfect. Moving on.
A Crew of Characters
The majority of the crew of One Piece are actually quite fantastic, despite what some of you may think I feel about characters by reading my past articles. There is Brook the gentleman skeleton. There is also Franky the emotional cyborg, nd Sanji the ladykiller cook and then of course, Zoro the perfect badass. They all work well off each other and provide some good laughs and action. However, this is a double-edged sword and the series immediately wrote itself into a corner once the crew was fulled packed.
|Oh and there is a fleet now too! Apparently “bigger always means better”! I’m losing count…|
You see, there are 9 members in this crew. That means 9 big characters constantly need to be on stage, giving a performance and staying busy. The characters need to keep moving and fighting, unable to rest for even a second or they will seem lazily written out of the plot for conveniences’ sake, which still happens sometimes anyway. In every arc, they are temporarily separated from each other into small groups because too much in one place would cause chaos, and it is never just these 9 characters that we focus on. Every arc introduces a roster of brand new characters that we are forced to connect to and who have to help or fight the Straw Hats as well, which means 9 is the bare minimum we can get nowadays and is very unlikely to ever be the number we have to deal with, thanks to rabbit girls or princesses or soldiers or toys or dwarves or pirates or whatever else.
Bad Captain! Bad!
Naruto Uzumaki wants to become Hokage because he was all alone during his childhood and wanted to be accepted by the village.
Natsu Dragneel wants to protect the Guild because they are his family who have cared for him since the loss of Igneel.
Ichigo Kurosaki wants to protect his friends because he’s boring and has no original ideas.
Light Yagami wants to kill all criminals because he is sick of corruption and seeks to become an almighty “God”.
Monkey D. Luffy wants to become the Pirate King because…. it looks fun?
Yes, this is where the entire reason behind the character starts to deteriorate, isn’t it? The main protagonist’s goal is to become the Pirate King, often repeated several times in one arc because, much like Naruto, a goal isn’t a goal unless you say it over and over until we’re groaning. Luffy has been poisoned, stabbed, burned, betrayed by his friends, and even attacked his own crew members all because he wants to be Pirate King.
|Oh and Fourth Gear is just ugly. Look at that thing… that is hideous.|
The best reason I have seen for Luffy’s motivation is “freedom”. He wants to become the Pirate King because he thinks that would give him the most freedom in the world. Actually, that’s not a bad idea… but Luffy has never been oppressed. In the very first chapter, he was an average kid who got to run around with Shanks and other pirates when they visited, and has never been the victim of slavery or captivity. If he had experienced any hardships in his life, then this motivation would carry a lot more weight. In fact, it could even be brilliant! As it stands, it is weak.