Yeah, I'm going to be reviewing each One Piece arc. It is really hard for me to review One Piece as a whole show and each individual episode, so I've decided to review each arc, starting with what I call the First Voyage Arc, but is really the "The Captain Morgan Arc". After few days, I will post a review on the next arc.
Review #1- The First Voyage Arc (Captain Morgan Arc) Episodes 1-3
The reason I call what most people know as the Captain Morgan Arc, the First Voyage Arc, is because I really don't think Captain Morgan is the focus here. The focus is on the first voyage Luffy has in his attempts to become Pirate King, while battling Alvida, taking on Captain Morgan, and recruiting Zoro. Captain Morgan doesn't even appear in the first episode, and is defeated early on in the third episode...so I don't think the arc should be based around him.
Hmm, well it is hard to review such a small arc, but...I liked it. However, I don't think it is as good as future One Piece arcs. Everything just seems different than the rest of One Piece here, such as how the world appears to be and the overall style. Compare these episodes (particularly the setting) to Water 7, CP9, Thriller Bark, and Skypiea, and this just seems...off.
Nonetheless, it is a good arc, however it wasn't the best starter. Most first arcs of shows need to hook the audience to continue watching further episodes and really get into this, but the Captain Morgan arc didn't really do it for me. I actually found the first episode to be quite uninteresting. However, I'm not saying it is bad or anything. It was good enough for me to continue watching.
What I did really like about this arc was Episodes 2 and 3. Luffy's encounter with Zoro and Helmeppo, and especially the battle against Captain Morgan and his marines were really captivating and entertaining. Zoro just appears awesome in these episodes. Although I do have to say, who here thought that Coby was a main One Piece character?? He's like the 2nd most important character in this arc and then he fades off besides the ocassional future appearances related to Garp and all.
So overall, I enjoyed the arc, but it wasn't the best. I give the First Voyage Arc a 7/10.
Guys, please tell me your opinions, and I'll review the Buggy Arc next!