One Piece Arc Review: Amazon Lily

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.


Final Thoughts

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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Quotes from Dice: The Cube that Changes Everything

Hello dear readers, I have collected a few quotes from Dice: The Cube that Changes Everything for you today.

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Haven’t you ever thought that life would be better if it was a game?
Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything

Game!? Is life a game to you?…Life is not a game!!
Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything

Huh? DO whatever you want without DICE? As if someone like you could understand. What’s so bad about wanting to reach higher than yourself? After all, you’re already up there. The place where I’ve always longed to be. If anything, isn’t this world at fault? There’s plenty of proof this world was created unfairly. The Crime rate’s higher than ever. Wealth is the determining factor in life, and so when the most prestigious universities held an experiment, “Does appearance affect the outcome in a trail?” When comparing the results of the beautiful and the plain, the beautiful ones were declared innocent more often. Looks decide your worth. LOOKS, SEX, AGE, ETHNICITY, EDUCATION, JOB, once you realize that there will always be a ‘High’ and ‘Low”, the goal is clear. Higher… and Higher! I’m sure that looking down from the highest place will be beautiful sight, so I must reach higher!
–Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything)

Just because you look a little better, everyone comes running at you screaming and pretending to be friendly… Just because you look a little worse, everyone ignores you and uses you as a plaything or a slave… Isn’t life so unfair?
Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything

The world is very boring. Everyone tries to live like a normal person without a second thought.
Dice: The Cube That Changes Everything

Manga Review: Dice: The Cube that Changes Everything

Hello dear readers, I hope things are going well for you. Some may forget, but the world is weird and wacky right now, but it is important to stay safe.

Since a lot of us are stuck indoors now, we have more than enough time to read and discover new things!

I found this manhwa (Korean form of manga to put it simply) over a year ago and caught up to it pretty quickly.

It is still ongoing, but it is nearing the finale. My guess would be by the end of the year.

It does have a rather sporadic posting schedule, but you can usually expect a new chapter once a week.

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Neon Artwork

Manhwas’ artwork differs a lot from a manga’s. Usually a manga is very detailed and every panel is covered with an image. With a manhwa, the artwork is generally more simplistic, with minimal background detail, but you get color on every page, which a manga typically does not have.

The color for Dice is very bright and vibrant. At times it feels like a neon light show. It’s easy to find what your eyes are drawn to on the page, and the colors really help to put you into the feel of the story.

It’s colorful like a video game, and working along side the story, it helps you immerse yourself with that understanding.


Feels like a Videogame

The basic premise of this manhwa is that these magical dice can boost a real persons’ stats; strength, beauty, intelligence, etc.

The whole premise is set up to be an open-world video game, with quests and missions.

There is a lot of tension between different characters when quests pop up, but what I really enjoyed was that each of the main characters approached the world in a different way.

It is a lot like a video game in that sense; different play styles, different focuses on stats, different quests.


Put Yourself in the World

What I liked most about Dice is that it really made me think about how I would react in this world. What would I do if I was given a magical dice that could make me taller, smarter, better looking, or basically whatever I wanted.

I felt a strong connection with the main protagonist. Not in every sense, but in a way that we didn’t fit in our environments.

Seeing the protagonist change himself outwardly, but staying true to himself on the inside is a great way to write a character.


Have you read Dice: The Cube that Changes Everything? What did you think? If you haven’t read it yet and are looking for a fun, fast-paced fantasy manhwa this should be on your list.

One Piece Quotes: The Worst Generation

“Compared to the “righteous” greed of the rulers, the criminals of the world seem much more honorable. When scum rules the world, only more scum is born.”

– Eustass “Captain” Kid

You know on the path we’ve been traveling up until now ….. Saying a thing like that would just get you laughed at. Although ….. I slaughtered anyone and everyone who had the nerve to laugh at me ….!! But from here on out… we’re gonna be sailing the sea where anyone without the nerve to say something like that is as good as dead….!!.

–Eustass “Captain” Kid

“Maybe nothing in this world happens by accident. As everything happens for a reason, our destiny slowly takes form.”

– Rayleigh Silvers


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“There are things you can’t see unless you change your standing.”

– Trafalgar Law

“You can’t see the whole picture until you look at it from the outside.”

– Trafalgar Law


One Piece Arc Review: Sabaody Archipelago

Hello dear readers, today we continue our adventure with the Straw Hat Pirates in the last arc before the time-skip: the Sabaody Archipelago arc.

I have covered every manga arc up until Sabaody, but here are are some of the more recent if you’re interested.
Water 7 —– Enies Lobby —– Thriller Bark

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Reality Kicks In

There is one main reason that this arc stands highly in my overall rankings. It’s the fact that the Straw Hats don’t have it easy like they do in every other arc.

In every other arc up until now, I would argue that it was clear the Straw Hats would make it out with no problem. Yes, they might struggle with their fights and have a hard time winning, but at the end of the day there really isn’t an issue.

Enies Lobby is the one different arc from the rest, but I would say that it seemed like there was too much despair that it was obvious the Straw Hats would survive.

Sabaody shows the crew the reality they face in the New World. It is a whole new ballgame, and it won’t be easy for them on the road ahead.

There is so much desperation and fear present in the arc, but it shows the reader the reality of the world, and that the crew just isn’t ready for it yet.


Exploring the World

For this arc, we are stuck on one “island” the Sabaody Archipelago, but we learn more about the outside world than almost all of the other arcs combined.

This is the arc where we learn of a lot of other characters that are involved in the One Piece world, both pirate and Marine.

With the brief stories we get from the new characters in the past, we learn how big the world really is, and how narrow the story of the Straw Hat’s really is.

There is a lot of story happening in the background of the One Piece world that we don’t learn about. There is something happening behind the scenes that I am certain will one day impact the main events, but we only catch glimpses of it here and there, and usually only big moments. We don’t get the little things that could change the course of the story completely.


Impact on the story

Sabaody has the most impact on the story of all the arcs so far. Not only does it give a form of a “finale” to every arc that we have seen so far, but also tears our worldview apart and sets the story on a different path.

If we put it in sports terms, it is like the Straw Hats, were playing in an amateur league against other rookies. Then when they get to Sabaody, they are thrown into the Professional league with almost no training and little idea of what to expect.

The storytelling is well done, and it sets up a two-year time skip in the story, which is common among Shonen manga.

The doors are thrown wide open for new adventures, and the story of the Straw Hats gets more exciting after Sabaody.


Final Thoughts

I would rank the Sabaody Archipelago arc in my top three One Piece arcs, Enies Lobby being the first and an arc that hasn’t been reviewed yet, but is the current manga arc as the second.

It sets up a great story and is a great ending for others, but the best reason is because it shows us the 75 per cent of the One Piece world that we don’t get to see from the Straw Hat’s perspective.


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Best Quotes from Akame Ga Kill

“There is no way to train your heart to be invulnerable.”
– Lubbock

“I had a friend who was very kind to me. No matter what happened or how badly I messed up, she never once made fun of me. The time I spent with her was the only ray of happiness in my entire life.”
– Sheele

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“No matter how many good deeds you perform, your past sins cannot be erased.”
– Sheele


“As the living it is our responsibility to carry out the wishes of the ones who are gone.”
– Akame

“No one would help me. And that’s when I understood… That only I could help myself.”
– Mine

“Everyone has their own reasons to fight! Sometimes, you have to settle it yourself or there’s no way forward!”
– Tatsumi


“The reason doesn’t matter. As long as a tiny bit of hope exists, that’s all that matters.”
– Tatsumi

“If we quit now, then all the dead would have died for nothing.”
– Leone

Manga Review: Akame Ga Kill

Hello my dear manga readers, I feel sadness in my heart when I think back on this manga and anime.

I will be honest and admit that I did watch the anime of Akame Ga Kill before I read the manga, but I like them both for different reasons.

Akame Ga Kill is not a long manga at all, only 78 chapters long. That might seem long to some, but when I’m used to reading One Piece and Naruto that is in the hundreds, 78 is relatively short.

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Title: Akame Ga Kill
Author: Takahiro
Rating: ★★★★☆

The story focuses on Tatsumi, a young villager who travels to the Capital to raise money for his home only to discover strong corruption in the area. The assassin group known as Night Raid recruits the young man to help them in their fight against the corrupt Empire.


World-building is Key

I’m a sucker for a well-developed world that you can immerse yourself in. A lot of my favourite series are ones that build an entire world around the reading experience.

Akame Ga Kill does not do a lot of world-building, but it creates a wonderful world around it. We get an understanding of the way the world works in a narrow lens of it all. There is almost no mention of what goes on outside of our characters’ lives yet we know how the world works and the atrocities in it.

Our main focus is on a group of assassins trying to make this world a better place by killing the corrupt men and women of the capital.

We get a bit of history and lore as we discover new characters and new areas, but its shallow and only enough for the next little arc to make sense.

And that’s all we need. The story isn’t world focused, its character focused, and they drive the plot forward with their actions.


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Characters Make the Story

When a story is driven forward by its characters, there is a lot more emotional investment in what happens next. If we don’t fall in love with the characters, then we don’t get the emotional attachment to their actions and any potential conflicts they might need to face.

Akame Ga Kill does a brilliant job of making me fall in love with a group of characters, each so unique and lovable in their own way.

It doesn’t take long for you to love each of the main characters, and people all have a different favourite. No matter who their favourite is, it doesn’t take you long to feel like one of the team.

I wouldn’t say I have one favourite character, because it is often their interactions with others that make me like them so much. If I had to choose, I think I would pick Akame. There is a lot more to her than we get to see outright in the story. If we don’t pick up on subtle cues here and there, her character is a lot different.


Hits you in the Feels

I never thought I would be so emotionally involved in such a short time. You read the first few chapters, and before you know it, you’re already 10-15 chapters in and the story is really rolling. We get connected to these recent strangers with a brilliant plot of assassinating threats to a free world.

Since we mainly follow a new recruit named Tatsumi, we get to interact with each member of the team as they teach Tatsumi something new.

When each character has their important moments, you feel like you’re connected with them on a deeper level since you just went on a mission with them.

Though I didn’t cry at any point, I think a lot of readers will. My emotions were all over the place when I was reading this, so prepare yourself of you’re prone to tears.



Final Thoughts

If you enjoy action-based manga, Akame Ga Kill is a must read for you. It’s short, has some of the best manga fight scenes I have seen, and is character driven, giving the reader a real emotional connection as the story progresses.

Honestly the only reason that it didn’t get a 5 out of 5 star rating was because it did feel a bit repetitive at times, and the writer had a hard time coming up with ways to advance the plot forward smoothly.


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