Sunday, 17 May 2015

Kawaii Special - One Piece!!

One of the biggest manga/anime phenomenon of recent years is One Piece! The series follows a band of pirates, known as the Mugiwara Pirates or Straw Hat Pirates, on their crazy adventures.  The Mugiwara Pirates are made up of the captain Monkey D. Luffy who has special powers from eating a magical fruit, Roronoa Zoro the swordsman, Nami the navigator, Usopp the sharpshooter, Sanji the chef, Tony Tony Chopper the doctor, Nico Robin the archaeologist, Franky the shipwright and Brook the musician.

The manga started in 1997 and so far has 77 volumes! We have quite a few and they look super colourful on our bookshelf!  Here's some of our collection:


Of course, it didn't take long for an anime adaptation to be made; this started in 1999.  They've not aired this on the TV here in the UK ><; but you can get it on DVD! We've only got the first volume so far, and it came with a cool slipcase featuring the iconic main hero, Monkey D. Luffy!


It's a really funny (and sometimes emotional) story with action and lots of crazy, cool and Kawaii characters, so I recommend you check it out! ^^

Of course, with it being so popular, there's lots of merchandise available, which is great if, like us, you are a fan of Luffy and his nakama!

As Mr is such a big fan, I've bought him a few things for special occasions like Christmas.  To help decora up Mr's always-present backpack, I got him some keychains featuring some of the iconic pirate ships (and marines - the navy/police who are some of the bad guys!).  Mr especially likes the Going Merry (the ship on the far left) ^^


The ships are so detailed and are really cute!

I also got him a set of these Mugiwara Pirate charms:


From left to right these are: Roronoa Zoro, Tony Tony Chopper, Monkey D. Luffy, Nami, Sanji and the Thousand Sunny.  But there's a special feature about these charms... they light up!!


Each of the charms has a little button hidden on the chest/barrel (or underneath in the case of the Thousand Sunny) which you use to light up part of the charm! ^^

One Piece is so popular it is also used in collaborations with various brands, including the Tokyo Skytree!  Here's a special One Piece x Skytree charm we picked up from a gachapon on the way from Asakusa station to the Skytree:


There have been a lot of different One Piece gachapon available.  Here's some of our collection:


It's a chibi Sanji the chef, doing one of his special attacks!


These two charms are part of a food/bento related collection! The sausage is styled to look like Luffy and the soy sauce bottle is the Shark Submerge III (one of the Mugiwaras' vehicles).


Here's Luffy and Chopper ready to go trick or treating! These Halloween charms are super Kawaii!!

Of course, UFO Catchers have had all sorts of One Piece items (figures, towels, all sorts!) - when we first visited Japan Mr wasn't very good at UFO Catchers, but he persevered to win this messenger bag in Akiba!


When we returned to Japan Mr was a bit better at winning items and got us this large tote bag featuring the Kawaii Chopper from a UFO Catcher in Shinjuku:


The bag is a really good size for taking shopping or to cons! It's really well made and the print is super Kawaii!

There's lots more One Piece merchandise out there - and lots of it is Kawaii, so check it out!

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^

2 comments:

Dannie - Famous in Japan said...

I really liked the Hello Kitty x One Piece collection, there's something so cute about Kitty in Chopper's hat!

Dannie x
www.famousinjapan.co.uk

Pinkuiro Pixie said...

She looked super Kawaii in Chopper's hat! I'll have to track some down when I go to Tokyo! Gashapon Treasure Hunt!

Pinkuiro Pixie X

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