What anime recommendation have you tried this year? Towards the end of last year, I opened an account with Funimation. It was primarily to rewatch Akira for my podcast. Then I got sucked into all these other shows. Fast forward to the beginning of this year. This one show kept popping up in my recommendations. It was one I knew about but had never seen, and I’d always put it off because of the number of episodes. That show is One Piece!
What made you try it? If you know me at all, you’ll know that I like a good challenge. One Piece has over 800 episodes. Now, that’s a challenge. I originally challenged myself to watch one episode a day. There have been a couple days where I’ve watched more than one, but I decided that if I’m going to watch anything else, I need to limit it to one a day.
So far, I have watched 315 episodes and on the whole, I am really enjoying the series. There are lots that I can take away as a fan and a writer. I’ll openly admit that I find the recap episodes to be incredibly frustrating. One Piece has quite a bit of filler that wasn’t in the manga, but I’m fine with that as I haven’t read past book five yet.
Obviously, this is going to be a very long challenge, but it has been good fun so far, especially interacting with the existing One Piece fans on Twitter, who seem to be getting a kick out of watching someone experience it for the first time.
Would you do a similar challenge again? Funny you say that. The final season of Fairy Tale is airing and that’s another show that I’d be interested in getting through. Sure, it’s not as long as One Piece, so maybe, I’ll just try and squeeze it in too.
Anything else you’d like to say? Don’t be afraid to try new shows. Sure, it’s great to have your favourites that you can return to time and time again, but it’s also a lot of fun venturing into new worlds and adventures, even if they’re over 800 episodes long. You can do it!