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Welcome to this of what I hope becomes a regular series of anime blogs, my fellow AnimeVice members! Inspired by the recent blogs from JJOR64 and sickVisionz that highlights the anime that they have been watching, I have decided to try it out as well. I have been on a anime-watching spree over the past 5 days, completing 25 One Piece episodes as well as the first two Needless episodes. Below is my life in anime since Wednesday. 
 When the going gets tough, Luffy gets going.
 When the going gets tough, Luffy gets going.

One Piece (Grand Line Saga: Skypiea Arc)

The following list details the episodes that I have watched in the past five days:
  • One Piece: Episodes 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, and 165. 

Spotlight Episode: One Piece #163 (Mostly Spoiler-free)

At the moment in the story, the Straw Hat Pirates have been split in two groups and are now on the forbidden island of Upper Yard fighting to stay alive. Nami, Nico Robin, Roronoa Zoro, and Chopper were abducted and taken to the Sacrificial Alter deep in the thick forests aboard the Going Merry as a sacrifice to the God Enel. Meanwhile, Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp are enduring the challenging Ordeal of Balls, the trials of the powerful Priest Satori in the Lost Woods, and are engaged in a tough struggle against a crafty, mind-reading enemy. 
 Priest Satori of the Lost Woods (seen on and around Surprise Balls)
 Priest Satori of the Lost Woods (seen on and around Surprise Balls)
Pros: 
  • With the Straw Hats Pirates split up, the plight of Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp against the abilities and powers of Priest Satori and his thousands of "Surprise Balls" leads to a series of quick, painful losses against their enemy in combat. Watching them struggle on against towering odds makes the fight more interesting.
  • Nami, Robin, and Zoro go off exploring by using a vine to swing across the Skyshark-infested waters. Zoro channels his inner Tarzan by yelling "AAAaaaAAAaaaAAA!" as he swings to shore.
  • The plot thickens when Chopper gets involved in a life-threatening struggle with the Priest Shura and his winged mount Fuza. Chopper enlists the aid of the Knight of the Sky, but the end result leads into a cliffhanger for Episode 164.

Cons:
  • I noticed that the animation regarding the fight with the Knight of the Sky and Priest Shura was off compared to the animation quality of the rest of the episode. 
  • The annoying laugh of Satori really got on my nerves. I look forward to Luffy and company overcoming their Ordeal and taking down this strange character.
 Skypiea...the mysterous world of angels above the clouds
 Skypiea...the mysterous world of angels above the clouds

Needless

I watched the following episodes in the past 5 days:
  • Needless : Episode 1 and 2
 
Needless (Official Art)
Needless (Official Art)

Spotlight Episode: Needless #1 (Mostly Spoiler-free)

We are first introduced to the war-torn world of Needless with a surprise attack by hundreds of armed rebels as they seek to take out the wicked Adam Arclight, the leader of the Simeon Orginization. Using the combined efforts of his Elite Four, the four super-powered allies make quick work of the rag-tag rebels and leads to the brutal slaughter of hundreds of lives. Meanwhile, Cruz and Aruka Schild are fleeing for their lives from one of the massive robots that hunts down Needless, special individuals who have powerful abilities and are considered dangerous by society. After getting pinned in the sewers by the robot, Cruz encounters Adam Blade, who defends the hapless boy and in the process is badly injured. Now teamed with the ranks of Adam, Eve Neuschwanstein (who is a Needless), and their scientific ally Gido, Cruz begins his adventures to stop the powerful Adam Arclight, Simeon, and the Elite Four that threaten the world and who hunt them as part of their "Needless" hunt. 
Cruz becomes the hapless target of Eve's cruel humor to the disapproval of Adam Blade
Cruz becomes the hapless target of Eve's cruel humor to the disapproval of Adam Blade
 
Pros:
  • This show reminds me of the wonderful times I had with Gurren Lagann, from the humor and action down to the characters. Adam Blade could easily be related to Kamina for they share the same drive, pride, and make fights more epic. 
  • The fight at the end of the episode introduces to the powers and abilities of both Eve and Adam, who team up to take down the individual who hunts them.
  • The animation is of great quality, and the humor had me laughing at several points.
 
Cons:
  • Not much to complain about. Other than Cruz suffering a "sister complex" (as Eve tells the poor lad as he cries over what became of his sister), this episode was enjoyable.
  • Oh...the end credits were full of what I deem to be Loli content...young girls doing some things that are questionable in my opinion and was perhaps the one thing that stopped me from saying that the episode was the best 1st episode of any anime series that I had watched in recent memory.
 Meet Adam Arclight, the wicked leader of Simeon, his Elite Four, and obsessed with gaining more power
 Meet Adam Arclight, the wicked leader of Simeon, his Elite Four, and obsessed with gaining more power
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Why remove "GOD" from One Piece?


" You shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. " 
Exodus 20:7

It was a month or so ago that I heard a rather odd rumor about an alteration that was made in the VIZ publication of One Piece during the Skypiea Arc of the manga, Volumes 26-32.  I had heard that the main villain of this over all story had been given a slight name alteration. Nothing detrimental, but just....odd.
 
I think a bit of primer is in order for anyone not well initiated into the One Piece story. The "Skypiea" Arc is the story that pretty much takes place after the Straw Hat Crew left Alabasta. Their Log Pose, a special compass used to navigate the Grand Line, was pointing straight up. There next destination was to what was thought to be the mythical Sky Islands and the White Sea. These were actually quite real. The whole theme of this land seemed to have a very angelic and stereotypical feel of what heaven is suppose to be like. The entrance to the island of Skypiea is even called "Heaven's Gate". The people born in these lands also are born with these small sets of white wings. To match this theme, the rulers of these Sky Islands are called God. There are more then one Sky Island and all the rulers are called God.
 Conis, citizen of Skypiea
 Conis, citizen of Skypiea
They aren't actual gods. It's a job title.
 
The ruler of Skypiea during the story is called God Eneru, God Enel in most fan subs. He had come from one of the other Sky Islands, Bilkan, to overthrow the current God, Gan Fall. Eneru is a devil fruit user who's body is made up of lightening. His actual design seems to mimic the Japanese god of thunder and lightening, Raijin. The early story seems to imply that he may have god-like abilities. He can tell when someone is speaking against him and smite them down with great bolts of lightening. Though, this is eventually explained due to an ability he and others have called Mantra. It allows a person to be able to hear the voices of others at great distances.
 
 I can&squot;t say "God"?!
 I can't say "God"?!
It would seem that in the US every localizing company seems to be afraid of using the word "God". I first noticed the alteration in the FUNimation dubs of One Piece when they aired on Cartoon Netowrk. At no point they called him God Eneru, but called him King Eneru. This change actually greatly contradicts many of the themes that go on in the story, such as Nami praying while being bathed in a mock holy light after Zoro would say something blasphemous.
I was quite curious about what VIZ would do when they got to this point. Someone in the comments on Anime Vice had mentioned that VIZ didn't call Eneru, "God"; but called him "Kami", the Japanese word for God. I wasn't quite sure whether to believe this without confirming it for myself. Last weekend I was at my local book store picking up the latest Negima! volume. I saw the One Piece there and I flipped through the pages and checked out a few select scenes. At no point in this entire arc did I find a point where they even used the word "god". Every place where the word "god" would be used it was replaced with "kami". Even in Eneru's name, as I had heard.
 
Technically, this is still partially accurate. In the Japanese version of the manga, whenever people are talking about the god in a general sense, such as "the land of god", the word "kami" is used. The difference comes in when people are addressing him directly. The Japanese version literally says "Goddo Eneru", which is the Japanese pronunciation for the English word "God". They never say "Kami Eneru".
 What did you call me?
 What did you call me?

This is in no way near some devastating alteration, such as what they did with Detective Conan in the US. Making it so the majority of the heroes in the series are no longer Japanese, and despite altering no names in the Bleach manga. It just seems extraordinarily silly. VIZ has always seemed to of gone to great lengths to remove as much Japanese phrasing from most of it's mangas. Such examples are calling the teachers in Naruto "master" in place of "sensei" and altering the names of many of the justu in that series to an English form. All in what is claimed to be an attempt to make English readers more 'comfortable'.
 
Just think of it this way. While VIZ was preparing this for publication in the US. They took a word that was being said in English in the Japanese publication and changed it to a Japanese word for an English reading audience. It's just so silly. Why were they so worried about just using the word God in this story? One Piece is based in an entirely fictional world where there are only two massive bodies of water separated by one giant land mass that circles the globe completely on the vertical.
 
This strikes me as quite the "Divine Comedy". Abandon all hope, Ye who purchase VIZ.
 
-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek-
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