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Review: I Never Expected A Character Story From One Piece Film: Z | Kotaku

Toshi Nakamura:

If something is popular enough, you'll inevitably find a movie version or spinoff of it. More often than not, it's because some executive is trying to make a quick buck by using the name value to bring people in to see whatever movie they're selling. While every now and then you'll find a diamond in the rough or a true gem, most of the time the movies feel forced, rushed, or unfaithful to the original material and the quality tends to suffer as a consequence. Shueisha, the publishers of Weekly Shonen Jump have produced multitudes of movies based on their popular IP. If a manga is popular enough, you can almost be sure there'll be an animated or live action movie of it. Or two. Or three…

So, the 12th and latest One Piece movie, One Piece Film: Z came out this past weekend. The movie made over 750 million yen on its first day, proving once again the extreme popularity of the One Piece series. Even so, numbers can be deceiving and even terrible movies can pull in millions of viewers if they're marketed right. I went to the theater with a pretty skeptical mind; I'd been somewhat burned with the one of previous movies, One Piece Film: Strong World. I was skeptical, but at the same time, I hoped that the movie would be good. Something that was, at the very least, not a pile of dung. What I got was something I totally was not expecting.

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