Amazon Lily is one of the last One Piece arcs before the time skip takes place, and it is one of the smallest cannon arcs in the story.
It stands as a unique role in the story, because it isn’t an island that is used for a main story. Instead it is used as a jumping off point for upcoming arcs.
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Was humor the intent?
Amazon Lily is an island entirely of women. Men are not allowed, and often killed whenever they step foot on the island.
Luffy lands on the island when is sent there by Kuma, and the women have no idea what he is (a man).
Their naivety leads to a lot of child-like humor, mainly focused on Luffy and his rubber penis.
It’s innocent and there are a few jokes that are a bit funny, but after an entire island population being entirely captivated by Luffy, I was a bit bored of it by the end. It was no longer funny, and it hasn’t aged too well.
An Island of Women
Being an island of women, Amazon Lily introduced another Warlord: Boa Hancock. She is an interesting character that adds more depth to the world.
If you can ignore her creepy level of love for Luffy, her slavery background makes the One Piece world that much more interesting.
Her and her sisters were kidnapped and sold into slavery to the Celestial Dragons. This makes Boa more interesting than her lovestruck story that is forced down our throats. The slavery adds a continuation to the Sabaody Archipelago story with the Celestial Dragons, and makes us hate them even more than we already did the more we fall in love with Boa.
Slingshot into the future
Amazon Lily is used as a home base for Luffy for the next arc, so the introduction makes a lot of sense in this part of the story.
If it had been introduced any later than this, we wouldn’t have been able to get as rich of a story, and Luffy’s story would feel a lot more like he was getting plot armor benefits and not actually telling a story.
There isn’t a lot that happens on this island, but we do get to explore the idea of Haki more, building up on the past few arcs.
There isn’t a lot that happens in Amazon Lily. It does what it was designed to do, and keeps the story going. It does slow the intensity of the last arc a bit, but it sets up the next arc nicely.
I wouldn’t consider this one of my favourite arcs in the One Piece story, but I don’t really have any negative comments about it.
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