On 25th March I used to be invited to a press screening of One Piece Movie: Pink because of Fetch Publicity, who created a comfortable ambiance for all their visitors at London’s Soho Screening Rooms.
In One Piece Movie: Pink we discover all our favorite pirates (when you don’t know who I’m referring to, learn this publish and run to observe or learn the sequence) attending the live performance of Uta-chan, the most effective singers on the earth. It’s her first time performing dwell, and the Straw Hat crew, led by Luffy, couldn’t miss it. Are you able to think about Sanji passing up the possibility to see a ravishing girl?
Nicely, shock, shock, Luffy is aware of Uta. In actual fact, they have been childhood mates, and prepare… Uta is Shank’s daughter. Luffy, being Luffy, publicizes it to the world, and now the pirates, the Navy and the World Authorities need to get their arms on her, whether or not to blackmail Shanks or use her energy of the Sing-Sing satan’s fruit.
Every little thing appears to go effectively, and the spectators completely benefit from the live performance, each in-person and thru the transponder snail screens (sure, readers new to One Piece, this manga/anime has snails to switch telephones and TVs), however issues flip darkish fairly shortly. Uta shouldn’t be the singing-loving lady that Luffy used to recollect. Rising up alone, with no family and friends round her, has twisted her and her ideology of justice.
When issues spiral uncontrolled with the arrival of Tot Musica, a.ok.a. the Demon King, it’s as much as Luffy and the Straw Hat crew to save lots of Uta and all the world (sure, that features saving the Navy too).
Let’s begin by saying that I come from a rustic the place each film, sequence and anime will get dubbed, regardless of the place it’s from. So, watching the film within the unique language however with English subtitles was a pleasant change. It made me focus utterly on the film, as my thoughts couldn’t wander, in any other case complete chunks of dialogue can be missed.
The film has a variety of acquainted faces from the pirates, the Navy and even the Celestial Dragons, however the latest character is Uta. My opinion of her modified fairly shortly. At first I couldn’t assist however examine her to Musa from Winx Membership, however the extra the story progressed, the extra that comparability fell by means of. Uta and Musa could be comparable characters, however Uta’s persona is far more advanced. We get an summary of her childhood, and though at instances she seems like a spoiled brat, there’s a motive why she behaves the best way she does. She believes she is doing the correct factor, and though it’s twisted, it’s the one factor she has ever identified.
Fortunately, she has two crews of pirates to take care of her: Shanks’ and the Straw Hat’s. When it looks like all hope is misplaced, Luffy and Shanks, two of the emperors of the ocean, struggle facet by facet albeit with out assembly. And I’m so wanting ahead to that assembly. After over a thousand episodes, 18 motion pictures and greater than a thousand chapters, Eiichiro Oda, the sequence unique creator, shouldn’t be bored with enjoying together with his readers’ hopes. However on the identical time, having the 2 characters meet would imply that Luffy has turn into the King of the Pirates, and that will deliver the sequence to an finish. I’m undoubtedly not able to say goodbye to him and his crew.
A lot of the display screen time is devoted to Luffy and Uta, with the Straw Hat crew making only a few appearances, however under no circumstances meaningless ones. Robin’s information is crucial in combating in opposition to Tot Musica, and Usopp discovers a neat little trick whereas combating him. I ponder how that will likely be represented within the anime sequence, or if will probably be represented in any respect.
The music performs an enormous half on this film, making it one of many key features. With out it, there can be no film as Uta’s energy relies on sounds and lyrics. It’s fairly cool seeing how her songs are primarily based on her feelings and the way that impacts her followers and whoever is listening to her, like making them keen to miss her twisted ideology. Uta sings rock, pop and even candy and melancholic songs, so there’s a music style for everybody.
Though voiced by Kaori Nazuka, Uta’s singing voice comes from new powerhouse Ado. And that’s not all… the composer is award-winning Yasutaka Nakata. Nakata collaborated with totally different artists, together with Hiroyuki Sawano, Motohiro Hata, Vaundy and Mrs. Inexperienced Apple, for every track to deliver Uta’s emotions to the film’s viewers.
The ending is bittersweet. This sequence exhibits us that regardless of how a lot we love a personality, there’s an ending for them too (keep in mind what occurred to Ace?). Nevertheless, I’m not dropping my hopes. One Piece is not any stranger to plot twists, so who is aware of who would possibly come again, or what journey will await Luffy and his crew of pirates. And as standard, Eiichiro Oda doesn’t pull punches in displaying the divide between who’s alleged to be good and who’s alleged to be evil. Traditionally, pirates have all the time been those on the fallacious facet of the legislation, and though the Straw Hat crew shouldn’t be main a lawful life, they go above and past in defending everybody, regardless of who they’re. I want I might say the identical for the Navy, who is meant to guard its residents…
One Piece Movie: Pink premieres on 4th November on the Vue Cinema London (West Finish) – Leicester Sq., and tickets are already accessible for pre-order.
It’s not solely Japan’s highest grossing movie of the 12 months, however it was additionally overseen by the one and solely Eiichiro Oda, who labored carefully along with different One Piece veterans: director Goro Taniguchi (One Piece: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack!) who will even be current on the UK premier, and screenplay author Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Movie: Gold).
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