You know, it’s been a too long since I’ve listened to a good “Sabat vs. Sabat” dialog in one of these dubs…
Like I’ve always made clear, I don’t have any strong allegiances in the Sub vs. Dub war. Honestly, I think a lot of it comes down to whichever “channel” you’re more used to; and hearing this show in English definitely puts the whole thing in a completely different context for me.
The theme song, in particular, sounds so much like a jingle for a Mom & Pop water park I grew up going to that it’s prompting all sorts of visions of rusty (likely-unlicensed) ONE PIECE-themed amusement park rides in my mind’s eye. Suddenly, this seems less like some exotic, contemporary anime juggernaut and more like some old American toon like… say… ROCKY & BULLWINKLE or POPEYE.
Obviously, a lot of this pop culture synesthesia has to do with how significantly the show has evolved over the years. While it’s kind of… novel to be seeing a one-man Straw Hat crew while Nami and Zoro are the only other crew members in view, it is still amusing to see how ONE PIECE has been able to collect sympathy points from the beginning as it were a science.
See, it’s not enough that Luffy and Zoro are fun characters; or that they’re appealing designed, or that they do cool super-moves. No, the plot’s gone out of its way - - and twice in so many episodes - - to show these two heroes making legitimate sacrifices to stand up for the weak. Granted, this is something the show continues all the way up into the recent episodes (Nami coming back for the giant kids being the most recent example, of course) but, given the continued success of the show, it does really go to show that there’s some sense to having “Save the Cat” moments right away.