a.k.a. One Piece Movie III
a.k.a. Chinjyu-tou no Chopper Oukoku
As Tony Tony Chopper gets used to his new life as a pirate, Nami tells the crew of the Going Merry that they are approaching Crown Island. Little is known about the island, but rumor speaks of a vast treasure that can be found within its depths. As Luffy and the others get excited at the prospect of a new adventure, Chopper is a little reluctant to get into dangerous situations so quickly. Is Chopper strong enough to be a member of the Straw Hat Pirates? And just what is the treasure of Crown Island?
summary by Madoka
Highs: Chopper in the spotlight; great action
Lows: Throwaway villains
A hidden treasure on a strange island with never-before-seen villains… you guessed it, it’s another One Piece movie. As the title suggests, One Piece: Chopper’s Kingdom on Strange Animal Island (quite the mouthful) focuses on Chopper, one of the most endearing characters to grace the anime screen. Even though there are some impressive action scenes in this film, the throwaway villains and pointless story make this just another One Piece movie.
Chopper, the half-human and half-reindeer member of the Merry pirate crew, takes center stage in this go-around. This movie places him in the spotlight in front of Luffy and the others for a change, and he shines. A character that is both terrified and terrifying, Chopper shows an extraordinary intensity in his emotions and motivations thanks to his seiyuu, Ohtani Ikue. Although this movie amounts to little more than an action-filled romp for the gang, Chopper’s scenes are a welcome breather.
Don’t get me wrong, though; although there is a lot of action, it is done well. Luffy, Sanji and Zoro move fluidly in a whirlwind of combat. Swords and body parts fly (and stretch) as the crew takes on another wily treasure hunter and his dastardly cohorts. These villains serve the only purpose of being punching bags for the main characters; I’ve already forgotten their names. Dim-witted and unmemorable, these bad guys are merely another chance for the Straw Hat Pirates to show off their moves on the big screen, which seems to be the only point of the entire movie.
Though full of action, laughs, colorful and smooth animation, and even some new clothes for our favorite pirate crew, this film has no real place in the One Piece timeline, so it seems as if Chopper’s trials and tribulations are for naught. This is still worth an hour of a One Piece fan’s time, and it is certainly not the worst film to come out of the series.
Chopper’s Kingdom can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.