Parents' Guide to

One Piece

By Rachael Ward, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Close friends chase their dreams in high-seas adventure.

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age 11+

Based on 49 parent reviews

age 13+

Manga vs Anime

This review is in regards of both the manga and the anime. I see some kids and adults bringing up 4kids but they lost the rights back in 2006 so any English dub you find online is going to be the funimation versions. The Funimation dub and the Japanese with English subtitles are both uncut and unedited. There's less cursing in the manga than the anime. One of the early episodes in the anime Luffy is protecting a dogs treasure from a hairy man and his lion and because the hairy man and his lion destroyed the dogs treasure Luffy decided to kick their "a$$". In the manga, because they destroyed the dogs treasure he decided to "clobber" them instead. There is some cursing and violence. There's bloody scenes but nothing gory. In the anime the sexualization of female characters is extremely tamed at first. Starting in the 200's and later it gradually gets worse to the point where as an adult you're rolling your eyes. The manga, on the other hand keeps the sexualization tamed. There are moments but in comparison to the anime it's as if you're looking at two different genres of the same series. If you pay attention to who are the animators for which episodes then over time you'd be able to tell if the animation is going to focus on the sexualization of the female characters. As for unrealistic body proportions, I'd say this is true for both the male and female characters but it works due to the art style. Even though the viz translations early on are kind of meh due to them being similar to 4kids translations since they were both being done at the same time, I'd still recommend the manga over the anime and I'm saying this as someone that prefers animation over still drawings. The translations in the English version of the manga does get better as the series progresses, however, any mistakes in translations early on are kept to keep consistency within the series. Now, the manga is a lot less sexualized than the anime, but it's more graphic in terms of violence than the anime. The anime also cuts out characters flipping another character off while the manga shows it. There's also more blood and not more violence but the way the violence is carried out is a bit more extreme in the manga. So, in the manga and the anime the violence/sexualization is flipped when it comes to what is more prominent. Also, in the manga, you get Q&A from the author himself from readers at the time that the volumes were published in Japan. Since the questions are generally coming from young teenager boys or even pre-teen boys in Japan you'll get some sexual curiosity questions. Like, what are Nami's body proportions, or since Luffy can stretch due to being rubber does that mean that his privates can also stretch. Due to all of that,I'd have to say that this series is for 13+ for a general audience but ultimately you'd have to decide based on your knowledge of how mature your own children are if you want to let them watch it at a younger age. Lastly, for adults, there are a lot of themes and messages that will go over even teenagers heads and even if it doesn't go over their heads it will hit them differently as a teen than it does as an adult. What I've enjoyed out of this series as time progresses is that when I was a teenager it had things that garnered my attention that today as adult I couldn't care less about and themes and messages I didn't care about as a teen I am heavily invested into now. It brings up messages about human trafficking/slaves, corrupt government, racism, sexism, old money, poverty, the values of how both halves live and how there are good and bad from both. It really brings in positive messages about how it doesn't matter if your circumstances are good or bad as that doesn't define who you are as a person. It doesn't matter what sex you are, what race you are, what your sexual orientation is, what your gender identity is . . . the world is gray and what you are does not define who you are. For some people that may be a negative message but to me that is a positive message.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
3 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Good and child friendly

My kid who is 10 years old found this on crunchyroll and asked me if he could watch it and I watched the first episode and got ADDICTED sometimes the girls do wear bikinis but that’s not a big deal u go to the beach and there is plenty of people in bikinis they do swear but not a lot it also teaches ur kids that anyone can be friends even if they started out as a rival.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (49):
Kids say (166):

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.

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