One Piece 3D2Y: Byrnndi World’s Futile Journey

Shonen movies and specials like One Piece's 3D2Y have a difficult challenge: tell a satisfying story without doing anything to change the status quo. Nothing that happens in them can have a noticeable impact on the plot, the characters, or even the world outside of the context of the film itself. One Piece has circumvented … Continue reading One Piece 3D2Y: Byrnndi World’s Futile Journey

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How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)

Warning: This editorial contains minor spoilers for Naruto and One Piece. Out of the many genres in anime, there's one that's undoubtedly the most popular: shounen. The term shounen means something like "young boy" and is used to refer to anime and manga directed at adolescent and teenage boys. Shounen series are primarily action based and outdo … Continue reading How to do Shounen Right (and Wrong)