2 Comments
Mar 22Liked by Spencer Irwin, Mikhail Skoptsov

I did enjoy One Piece even though I haven't watched the original animated series.

Expand full comment

Love this piece, Spencer. My relationship to One Piece is that I have been stuck in the Syrup Village arc for about a decade. Each year, I get maybe one or two episodes deeper, and then give up again (I think I'm currently on episode 17). One of the main reasons for me is that I found, in the manga, the character motivations to be somewhat inscrutable (especially compared to contemporary characters like Naruto). Luffy just seemed like a sociopath more than anything. But transforming the characters into live action people, I could actually understand their emotions meaningfully and it has given me renewed excitement to return to, if not the the show, then the manga.

I also have, for years, sought out feminist analyses or accounts of anime - and it wasn't until maybe 2017 that I found anime feminist (https://www.animefeminist.com/about/). They had an article about My Hero Academia (a 2010s shonen) and how it still fails women, but, specifically, the female characters are given more agency - and a chance to fight! I really don't love 'fanservice' and it has also been a barrier to getting father in One Piece, but at least I know the Live Action has been doing a great job. Thanks for exploring women in One Piece!

Expand full comment