One Piece

TV review by
Rachael Ward, Common Sense Media
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Close friends chase their dreams in high-seas adventure.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 99 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's main themes are the pursuit of dreams and the importance of friendship. The Straw Hat crew always put others before themselves and will go out of their way to help people in need -- but only if they demonstrate their honest passion about what they hold dear.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As a pirate, Monkey D. Luffy knows he's not a saint -- but despite his career choice, he's very kind and courageous and has unbridled determination when it comes to protecting his crew and becoming the new pirate king. The rest of the main crew are fairly worthwhile role models in how, despite their very different backgrounds, they behave very much like a close family.

Violence

A wide range of violence, from slapstick comedy antics to brutal fights between rival pirates. During the action scenes, weapons such as swords, knives, martial arts, guns, and even various superpowers are used. Though characters can be grievously injured almost to the point of death, death isn't all that common and is rarely shown on screen. The main cast, while pirates, only resort to violence if there's no other alternative, and there are moments when the more aggressive characters are shown that violence will only make matters worse.

 

Sex

One of the main characters, Sanji, constantly flirts with the two female crew members, but only for the purpose of humor.

 

Language

Much like its Japanese counterpart, some swearing – including "s--t," "damn," and "bastard" -- is used in the Funimation dub.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

During some of their lighter moments, some characters are shown drinking alcohol to the point of intoxication, but they don't do anything too outrageous. A few characters -- such as Sanji and Captain Smoker -- also smoke cigarettes and cigars, respectively.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Piece, while cartoonish in its animation and humor, has many very serious and dramatic moments. As pirates, the Straw Hat crew are willing to put their lives on the line in order to achieve their goals. This leads to a lot of serious conflicts in which characters die or come close to death. There are currently two English dubs of this anime, one by 4Kids Entertainment (which has been discontinued) and another by Funimation Studios. The Funimation dub includes more mature language (including "s--t" and "bastard"), and some of the fight sequences include large amounts of blood (especially during the sword fights). There can also be a bit of sexual humor, but it's very mild.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written byxXcoolcatXx July 7, 2013

I approve! Great for pre-teens, teens, and adults!

This is a very good show especially for teens and pre teens, because it really drives home messages such as morality, standing for what you believe in, believin... Continue reading
Adult Written byCraeis May 23, 2012

Sexual Insinuations

There are a lot of sexual remarks made in this cartoon, especially in the later episodes where the female characters dress more skimpy and revealing clothes eac... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byschuym1 December 26, 2010

Best anime ever

This review is for the subbed Japanese version. The show is has a great mix of comedy and action. The straw hat pirates' back stories make me sad and like... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 19, 2010

It rocks if you are a mature kid

(NOT the 4kids dub) This show does have lots of violence, some of it really scary, but that's what the viewers usually like. One of the main characters doe... Continue reading

What's the story?

A 17-year-old boy named Monkey D. Luffy (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard) dreams of becoming the next pirate king. He sets off to the open ocean to find a ship, gather a crew, and follow the clues to find the lost treasure of the previous pirate king, Gold Rodger. With an entire ocean full of rival pirates -- not to mention the Marines trying to capture them -- the journey won't be an easy one. But with their unbreakable bond, the newly formed Straw Hat crew is willing to take on all this and more in order to make their life-long dreams come true.

Is it any good?

Even though One Piece is animated and has very cartoon-like humor, it's a very well-rounded adventure show with as many serious bits as funny ones. While to some that might be a turn off, it does make the crew's journey and struggles all the more realistic.

The characters are unique to the point of quirkiness and really bounce off each other well. It's hard not to smile at some of the crew's antics -- and even harder not to cry for them when they go through a tough time. While One Piece is anything but a children's show, older tweens and up can have a fun romp while watching this gem of a Japanese anime.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what separates Luffy and the Straw Hat crew from the other pirates seen in the show. Does this make them good or bad? Can you think of other rascally characters on TV or in the movies that you root for?

  • How far are you willing to go to achieve your dreams?

  • How does the violence compare to other anime shows? Does it make the show more realistic or cartoonish?

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