One Piece: Stampede

One Piece: Stampede ★★★★½

Oh my god as a huge fan of this series this is just so delightful. It’s a 20th anniversary celebration and because of that it’s filled to the brim with fan service and call backs but it’s done with so much love that I can’t help but grin in excitement at everyone of them. The animation is stunning and the action sequences are some of the best I’ve seen. The plot seems to just be designed to facilitate these moments and to help reinforce the main themes of the series but why wouldn’t it be. This is a love letter through and through. I still slightly prefer the more focused movie entry Strong World or the more experimental and ambitious Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, but this is basically almost tied with both of them for different reasons.

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