One Piece: Stampede

One Piece: Stampede ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

"Avengers: Endgame is a mess of nothing but fan-service."

"One Piece: Stampede" is a film to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the anime series and, in order to commemorate the occasion, Toei Animation, director Takashi Otsuka, and "Creative Supervisor" Eiichiro Oda put out a film that is nonstop anime insanity. The plot is unbelievable nonsense of a giant pirate party island with a ship race for a legendary piece of treasure, with participants being a large cast of cameos. For reasons that I cannot explain, this pirate party turns out to be the greatest war since Marineford that nearly ends in genocide involving nearly every important character in the series's history (including Portgas D. Ace, who is dead) who then have to come together to fight a terrible CGI creature, who's of course the toughest and bestest pirate to ever sail. It is an absolute mess, I took a friend who had never touched "One Piece" and I gave up trying to catch him up to speed on who everyone was, but I loved every second of it. It is an insanely fun celebration of everything that makes "One Piece" great, from the juvenile sense of humor to the weaving relationships between insanely powerful characters. It is anime schlock in it's purest form and it makes "Avengers: Endgame" look tame.

This is like Christmas at Jackie Chan's house.

-Jason "Videogamedunkey" Gastrow

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