One Piece Film: Strong World
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One Piece Film: Strong World
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Piece Film: Strong World is a 2009 anime in which a ragtag gang of pirates must stop an evil pirate from kidnapping their navigator and conquering the world. Expect fighting with machine guns, guns, cannons, swords, spells, punches, kicks. Some monster imagery as giant crocodiles, praying mantises, skeletons, and ants armed with spears chase the heroes around. One of the good guys, the "musician" of the group, smokes joints. He also makes sexually suggestive comments to a server while he and his friends drink in a tavern, surrounded by others who drink and smoke cigarettes. While the female characters are as strong and capable as the men, they are also sexualized in skimpy and revealing outfits, and there's a gratuitous close-up of the lead female character's backside while she puts on short shorts over her bikini bottom. Occasional mild profanity throughout: "crap," "bastard," "asses," "damn," "hell."
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What's the Story?
In ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD, the infamous pirate Shiki the Golden Lion reemerges. He wants to destroy East Blue and conquer the world. To accomplish this, he kidnaps Nami (Luci Christian), the navigator for the Straw Hat Pirates, a ragtag group of fighters who are determined to stop Shiki. Shiki also seems to be in love with Nami and forces her to pretend to be on Shiki's side as she sends a message to the Straw Hat Pirates, telling them to surrender. Luffy (Colleen Clinkenbeard), Nico, Brook, and the rest don't believe Nami's words and will stop at nothing to find a way to rescue her, save East Blue, and stop Shiki once and for all.
Is It Any Good?
This is an anime with a story that manages to stay on track despite dozens of characters and occasional side stories. The best thing one can say about a movie like One Piece Film: Strong World is that you don't have to be versed in the One Piece series to understand what's going on. It essentially boils down to a good versus evil story, of a ragtag team of misfits taking on a villain determined to take over the world. While there are some bizarre attempts at humor and scenes of surreal imagery that may or may not have anything to do with the central story, the narrative manages to stay on the rails.
Also, for the uninitiated, there's a handy introduction to the many characters who comprise the Straw Hat Pirates, with their names and occupations. There is a "captain" and a "sniper" and a "fighter," but there's also a "musician" and a "cook" for when the team needs songs and food. Some of the content is a bit stronger and less emo than the average anime; tearjerking sensitivity is replaced with consumption of adult substances, some profanity, and sexual imagery and content. Nonetheless, for more mature audiences and for those who enjoy or are new to anime, this one is more accessible than many others.
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- In theaters: December 12, 2009
- On DVD or streaming: March 15, 2022
- Cast: Luci Christian, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher Bevins
- Director: Munehisa Sakai
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates
- Run time: 113 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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