A lot of people shit on One Piece for “having and ugly art style” but almost all panels have such an easy grace and cool composition/perspective that most people don’t even notice it anymore.
Look how this cool this pose is:
There’s a lot of swordfighting in manga, but when was the last time you saw a perspective like this? It’s very unusual, with spottyhat’s hand pretty much in our face, pulled back, but pointing forward.
Just look at these perspecitves!
A beautiful low angle, showing the moment when the guy forward cut the other in the back. It’s 2 moves in 1, one when the forward guy stops and puts his katana away and two when the other falls to his knees.
But even if he wasn’t, the angle and the composition, hell, their size itself would tell us who’s victorious.
Or this! Guy finds a cursed sword, and decides he likes it, despite the long list of its previous dead owners.
The way the sword looks large from this angle, they are almost the same size! It’s basically in our face, we can see the pattern on the blade. It feels dangerous.
And the way we see the guy looking upwards! It could mean a power imbalance, if not for the grin, since this angle usually makes the subject more “innocent and puppy eyed” (remember the emo trend?) but it’s this way it’s a challage.
Who is the stronger, the man or the sword?
Or look at this:
It’s no less than 3 moves in 1 panel, which is insane, but it’s so natural that you dont even notice it.
1) the two marines swinging their swords to cut Luffy, 2) Ace jumping in to push him down, + Luffy crouching down as a result 3) and the sword going through Ace (because he made of fire, but that’s not relevant here.)
Sometimes the panels can feel a bit overcrowded, but they make the conversation’s flow feel more easy and more like as if you were really there in the room with them:
(read everything right to left)
Now look at the version where I put in some extra panel dividers:
It just doesn’t feel the same, does it?
Or, on of my current favourites. Let’s break down this (pre-)fight scene:
It’s sunglasses guy trying to stomp on the spotty pants, mainly because he is an asshole, but it’s mostly past grudges. Here he is, lifting his leg, spotty pants desperate and doesn’t want to die.
The cavalry is here! HOLY HELL!
Stunned silence. Snot guy is shocked. Bird guy and strawhat guy are motionless, lookin at each other standing over the saved man; the tension in the air is tangible between them.
Spotty pants is pretty fucking unhappy that he has failed and had to be saved, but being alive is still better than dead, so.
You felt the tension of the other panel right!
It’s a close-up of that one; they are still motionless and in the same position, but now we see their eyes and faces, confirming what we thought was going on. (Also this is where the anime adaptation failed - they showed stawhat guy looking up only now, instead of keeping the scene motionless. It’s a shame.)
Even if I didn’t know a thing about them, I’d sill be hyped for what happens next after this, but one thing is for sure.
An ass is about to be kicked, the question is whose it will be.
It’s pretty fucking awesome, have a look at it in whole:
(Also, this is where one page ends, and you gotta spend those extra seconds before finding out wheather he’d live.)
Oda is really brilliant when it comes to doing the panels and layout. Look at this character introduction, which is arguably one of the best in the whole series.
First, out of nowhere, there is a huge-ass explotion on an island. It’s a pirate’s base that we know but we haven’t heard of him for hundresd of chapters. We don’t know if he’s dead or alive.
The next is a narration bubble:
Pretty cold, isn’t it?
Then again, it’s a manga about pirates. The weak fail all the time.
We are also shown that the impact came from a man-shaped hole in the ground.
W-what? Who is that? Isn’t it the weak that die? Will he jump?
It’s still the same moment frozen in time, but from a different angle while we are told more about this man.
Who the hell is still alive after all of these, and more importantly, why would he want to throw away the life he miracoulasly managed to keep so far?
Why is no one stopping him?
So he’s jumping down from the island in the sky. That seems definitely too extra for a suicide.
You really feel like you’re too falling while reading a long panel like this.
Also, it’s divided 3 times at the top, breaking the continuity. It’s not a sudden, quick drop; it takes a long time to fall through 10 km of clouds.
We “jump in time” with these, the exact same mechanism as in the group panel, where the divders broke the flow.
And the end is the long panel of the impact, the one we started out with.
Yet all of these panels the same, lagre picture, not seperate ones, so it’s still nice to look at.
It’s also the same moment from two angles, the first from the point of view of other(as all the other ones before), but then, we are suddenly see the world as this mystery (dead) madman who’s just jumped from the sky.
Also, what the fuck is the narrator saying? Has the writer gone mad? How is this possible?
We see a huge shockwave again, probably coming from the hole, with the other man scattering and voicing the readers’ thoughts aloud.
But we also see what the narrator is saying.
And it can’t be, right?
No one can survive that. And yet, we start to wonder…
And fuck, we’re right. The man who’s just fallen 10kms from the sky is not only pulling himself up from the hole but has already took out som others.
The original quistion still stands, as in who the fuck this might possibly be??
He knew he woud not die, just hurled himself down from the sky for fun?? And all he got is a headache??
IT’S THE GUY WE’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT FOR HUNDREADS OF CHAPTERS!!!
AND HE DEFINITELY LIVES UP TO THE HYPE.
Remember, we started at “the weak die” and we progressed to “this guy is trying to die so he must be weak” to “he’s definitely dead” to “this guy can’t even kill himself he’s so strong”.
What a ride. And all of this, only in a few pages.
Or my other favourite, chapter 896, the end of the Katakuri fight (which is basically just one huge fantastic ticking bomb, but that’s a different, brilliant matter), or more precisely this few panels:
Not a word exchanged, yet it show us so much about the quiet, but all-encompassing, deep kindness Luffy has. He’s standing above an unconsicous enemy who spent the better half of the day trying to put an end to Luffy’s attemt to join with his crew again, and what does he do?
He puts a hat to his face, to hide his fanged face he’d been trygin to hide from the world for decades.
And leaves without a word.
We don’t see his expression, but actions speak louder that that.
Anyway, I just wanted to say how I liked the first Law-Hawkins panel, but you know what? Let’s show some appreciation to the insane skills that made One Piece the brilliant manga that it is today.
surrender surrender surrender surrender! its not as bad once you let go! these things that you are clinging onto are only doing you more harm than good! they no longer resonate with you! they no longer serve you! please let them go!
strong, enriching platonic relationships are like …… the best thing ever honestly. i cant even describe it. but i just get this…. EUPHORIA! when i build these relationships!!!!! there arent any expectations! just pure understanding and growth!
some of yall really need to calm down. that article isn’t saying “your child’s art is pointless just get rid of it”, it’s basically advice for any moms who have emotional hangups about getting rid of their children’s art when their kids don’t have any attachment to it. like it’s about enjoying your child’s growth as a human and not getting hung up on their things for ultimately selfish reasons. it literally SAYS IN THE ARTICLE to not throw away your kid’s drawings if your kid wants to keep them. it’s not that big of a deal holy hell