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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Top 10 Books that Make Me Smile

Hello dear readers, this week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about books that make me smile for any reason.

As always, Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I had a bit of trouble with this week’s list because I don’t often smile when I read books? I have a few times that I can remember, but I’m going to count inside smiles as well.


Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. – Honestly there were a few times I was laughing from this book. It’s silly and fun, but serious and exciting. A classic book everyone should read.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – This book was a great ending to the trilogy, and the end for some character’s stories were really heartwarming.


The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox – After almost an entire book of the protagonist being ignored and not taken seriously, when she is proven to be right at the end brought a big smile to my face.


Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques – This one brings a smile to my face for nostalgia than anything else. I will have a copy of this book till the day I die probably, and I will forever claim it is the reason I love fantasy as much as I do.

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – I wouldn’t say this book is happy per se, but there were some character moments that were so perfectly developed I can’t help but smile when they happen.


Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – There is one specific moment in this book that I have actually re-read a few times and it still makes me giddy like a little school boy.


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – A lot of this book there is riffs between characters, but when they get mended in the end, it’s one of the best feelings.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This is one of the least happy books I have ever read, but you can’t help but smile at the end of it. The ending just leaves you feeling like smiling is all you can do.


Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto – There are so many sad and depressing moments in this series, but there are just as many, if not more, moments where you want to get up and cheer.


One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Like Naruto, there are so many small moments in this series where you feel so fulfilled and happy that you can’t help but smile.


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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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One Piece Quotes: Brook

Hello dear readers, since Brook is the main StrawHat in the Thriller Bark Arc in One Piece, and a character with a really emotional backstory, I thought it made sense to share some of his quotes with you today.

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“Yohohohoho!”

“No matter how deep the night, it always turns to day, eventually.”

“What do you know of death?! Have you ever died?! You think death will preserve your cause forever?! Ridiculous! Death leaves nothing behind!! Once a person passes on, nothing remains but dead bones! If there is one thing I can’t stand, it is a person with no respect for life!”


“What keeps me alive in this world is neither bodily organs, nor muscles – it’s my soul!”

“It’s over when you give up.”

“I’m the afro-hair guy.”

“Loneliness is no longer part of my vocabulary.”


“Death is never an apology.”

“Neither God nor the Devil can give aid to those without the will to fight.”

“All for one, one for all! There are times when a man has no choice but to act!”

Hope you enjoyed quotes from one of my favourite One Piece characters.

One Piece Arc Review: Thriller Bark

Hello dear manga readers, we have another One Piece Arc review today. We will be focusing on the Thriller Bark Arc.

Arc focuses on the Straw Hat Crew finding Gecko Moria, one of the Seven Warlords of the sea, and his crew on the Thriller Bark.

Though this arc came out over 10 years ago, and I won’t be ruining much, I guess I will give a SPOILER WARNING ⚠️!!!

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New Crew Member

More often than not, Luffy and his crew pick up a new crew member on almost every island. The ones they don’t seem to be the ones that hold a very important place in the story.

There are rumors floating around the internet about how many crew members Luffy will end up with, and who those crew members will be, but we won’t know for sure.

Brook, a shadowless revived skeleton of a pirate that died over 50 years before we meet him, is the next crew member in line to join the Straw Hat crew, and unsurprisingly, the reason he is a revived skeleton is half the reason Luffy wanted him on the crew; being a musician is the other half.

Obviously Luffy is a child at heart, and would want a skeleton on his crew any day, but being a musician was also a key factor, since that was one of the first positions he wanted filled.

Brook doesn’t bring much to the table now, other than the most emotional backstory of the crew in my opinion, but he keeps growing stronger and he has become one of my favourite crew members.

Brook can’t leave Thriller Bark (for story reasons) but I like the obstacles he had to try and overcome this arc. Though he isn’t entirely able to do that, the enemy pushes him to become stronger, and eventually to join the Straw Hats.


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Setting Up Future Events

Not a lot of future events are set up in the Thriller Bark Arc. Gecko Moria comes back a few times throughout the story, and Zorro’s sword plays a key part in the current arc in the manga, but otherwise Thriller Bark stands on its own.

Despite that, it fits nicely into the story. Thriller Bark isn’t really anyone’s favourite arc, but I don’t mind it. It’s a lot less stressful and almost calming than the two arcs it is sandwiched in between.


Another Warlord

There isn’t a multi-island set up for Moriah when the Straw Hats show up on Thriller Bark, but they quickly learn why he has earned the title of Warlord. He is a tough opponent, and actually requires the entire Crew, plus a bit of an enhanced Luffy, to defeat him.

It is a rare moment when we get the entire crew to fight just one member. A lot of the time we don’t even get two crew members teaming up to defeat one guy.

I really enjoyed seeing the StrawHats interacting with each other in a fight, and their dynamics with each other even though they don’t often see any of the others fight.


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The Fights

We get a few good fights, though I wouldn’t say any were overly memorable. Perona is probably the most memorable, only because of the comedy that comes with her fight vs. Ussopp. Otherwise, it is the Crew fighting against Moria and Oars that really stands out this arc.

At the end of the arc there is another big enemy that shows up, when the StrawHats are near death, and after only a few moments of fighting, the crew was able to survive and leave the island.


One of the Best Moments in One Piece

I don’t want to talk too much about this moment, because it will give it away, but if you’ve read this arc, then you know why it is so amazing. It is still one of the best moments in the whole show, and it is what made the crew member involved my favourite of the entire crew.


Final Thoughts

Many One Piece fans don’t have a lot of positive thoughts on Thriller Bark, but I honestly don’t mind it. It’s over quickly, and doesn’t drag on longer than it needs to. The arc sets up some future events, but not too many. It is a nice, small addition to the overall story that I think is put in the perfect spot in the story.

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One Piece Review: Enies Lobby Arc

Hello dear readers, it feels like it has been a long time since I reviewed a One Piece Arc. It is by far still my favourite manga, and there is still so much to cover!

The Enies Lobby Arc is one of the most popular arcs among One Piece fans, so I’ve been waiting at the edge of my seat to talk about it.

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Title: Enies Lobby Arc
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: ★★★★★

The Straw HatsSogeking, the Franky Family, and the shipwrights of the Galley-La Company arrive at Enies Lobby aboard Rocket Man to rescue Nico Robin and Franky. Standing in their way, however, are the forces of the World Government, including its deadly assassin organization, CP9. A massive battle ensues between the two sides when Luffy declares war against the World Government by having its flag shot down by Sogeking.


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The Fights Get More Intense

In Enies Lobby, the Strawhat crew, especially Luffy, have the most difficult fights to date. Their main enemies are the soldiers of CP-9, which is a secret Marine group that were discovered in Water 7.

Each arc introduces tougher and tougher enemies for the Strawhats and their allies, but they never really seemed like a real threat.

I would say that the only other instance where they faced any real threat was Alabasta, but the external forces of Enies Lobby made the threat much more real to me.

Each of the Strawhats get an exciting fight of their own, but what I really like is that we get development of everyone’s fighting abilities in this arc. We get to explore their capabilities a bit more, and we discover a few new interesting techniques from the crew.


Robin’s Story

Robin’s story is the driving force for the Enies Lobby arc. She has been taken in by Marines, and the Strawhats fight for their lives to save their crew member.

To me, Robin never quite felt like a crew member until Enies Lobby. I know she has been with the crew since after Alabasta, but she just joined on her own volition, she was never really asked.

She is accepted by them over time, and it seems that after Skypeia, the rest of the crew is perfectly fine with having her around, but Enies Lobby is when they fully accept her as a crew member.

Without giving anything away, she definitely has the saddest backstory of all the tragic backstories the crew has. That’s why the Enies Lobby arc is so heartbreaking and emotional, but powerful and uplifting at the same time.


Best Moments

Enies Lobby is full of amazing moments that make Top 10 Lists to this day. This section will likely contain spoilers for the arc, but seeing as this arc is basically 15 years old, its up to you to read it at this point.

There are three moments that really define this arc for me, but there are still plenty of others.

Robin’s “I Want to Live” moment is still in my top three One Piece moments to this day. It sends chills down my spine and it is the moment Robin chooses to be a Strawhat.

Sogeking shooting down the Enies Lobby flag is another brilliant moment. Not only does it look great visually, it is a defining moment for the Strawhats and their war against the World Government.

The last moment on this list is technically in Post-Enies Lobby, but it is when the Going Merry is destroyed. It actually causes a bit of a rift in the crew, but I never for a second thought I would have a strong emotional reaction to a ship being destroyed.


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Post-Enies Lobby Arc

With the post Enies Lobby arc, the Strawhats head off on their quest with a new crew member, and all seems right with the world again. They’ve conquered their enemies, saved their friends, and have a new adventure on the horizon.

PLUS, we get to see the new bounties for the Strawhats, which is something I really like every time it happens.


How the story is affected

Enies Lobby is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. It has a big impact on the future story of One Piece, and it sets up a lot of different story lines. There are things to this day that were introduced in Enies Lobby that we haven’t seen a conclusion for, and many other story lines were added to or completed.

Overall it is a fun read. I remember flying through this arc in only a few days. It was a tremendous amount of fun and if you do decide to pick up the One Piece manga, you’ll want to get to Enies Lobby as quick as you can.


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