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You can now have your wedding aboard the Thousand Sunny. Don't tell Hancock!!!

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Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park

Who needs Vegas or conventions anymore of your wild themed weddings? We now have the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. For the past year they have had a special cruise attraction that allowed guests to ride a life sized, working recreation of the Straw Hat Pirates' ship, the Thousand Sunny. This ship reportedly has a working Gaon Cannon that it fires, a souvenir shop with exclusive merchandise, statues of the Straw Hats for photos, and an aquarium bar. Admission for adults is ¥1,000 and children under 4 are ¥600 yen. The cruise lasts for 20 minutes.

Thousand Sunny at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
Thousand Sunny at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park

The latest ONE PIECE Ch. 668 that was released this week included an announcement that starting June 1st people could now register to have their weddings aboard the Thousand Sunny cruise that Huis Ten Bosch holds. Since the advertisement talks about having your wedding "with the Straw Hats on the Thousand Sunny". It makes me wonder if there could be actors to officiate, or are they just talking about the aforementioned statues. Luffy is the captain. I guess he would have the authority to marry you. Just don't let him anywhere near the buffet table.

Since the ship's capacity is rated at 250 people (not sure if that includes staff), you could have quite the blow out for your wedding. No real word on the cost of this reservation. Would any of you like to have your wedding aboard this ship of dreams?

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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Attention!!

Just a little bit of information. I originally wrote this review on the Volume page of  One Piece Volume 46, but I forgot to give it any star rating. Normally, when I've forgotten that, it's reminded me before posting the review. For whatever reason. That didn't happen. So, I tried to delete the review I posted, so I could try again. Now, when I hit Write A Review, The only thing that appears is the o;d review I've written. I can't even seem to repost that review without the star rating. I tried and it wont show up.

One Piece Volume 46 Review

One Piece Vol 46 cover
One Piece Vol 46 cover
Publisher: VIZ Media
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: Teen
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
MSRP: $9.99 (USD)
Contents: 9 Chapters / 200pg.
 
Fresh off the Straw Hat's greatest victory against the Marines and the World Government's CP-9, Luffy and his friends are thrown into another adventure on their way to Fish-Man Island. First, they have to cross one of most mysterious sea in the Grand Line, the Florian Triangle, where ships have been disappearing by the hundreds every year. Through a dense fog, they cross paths with a ghost ship run by a talking skeleton named Brook with no shadow, and a giant floating island filled with wild zombies called Thriller Bark, home of the Shichibukai, Gecko Moria.
 
Elsewhere, Ace has finally found the traitor to the Whitebeard Pirates, Blackbeard; and his devil fruit powers are revealed. It's Fire versus to the incredible power of Darkness. The outcome will be the precursor to the events that will shake the world and could be the end of the Great Pirate Era.

The Good

I have to say that this Thriller Bark arc is one of my favorite parts of the One Piece story. I really wish FUNimation would hurry to this portion of the story, but we're here to talk about the manga version. This volume start is the beginning of the Thriller Bark arc, but the very first chapter was closing out the Enies Lobby arc (though VIZ calls it the Water Seven arc) with the closing chapter of Ace's fight with Blackbeard. It's exciting, but the context is missing. 
 
The story and art in this volume are great. So many funny moments. If you are a person who thinks zombies are over used in stories today, This volume really mixes up the theme in wild ways that only Oda could think of. Who else would have a patchwork Cerberus who's sensitive about being part fox, talking zombies who get offended when you attack them with fire, and ghosts that break your spirit if they pass through you?
 
The story starts off with the crew on the way to Fish-Man Island, but get detoured when they sail through the Florian Triangle. There, they come across a living skeleton who's been sailing adrift on a ghost ship for over fifty years. After that they are caught in a trap that leaves them no escape from the floating island called Thriller Bark (who's name is more than likely yet another little nod to Michael Jackson from Oda. The man loves his pop-culture parodies.). Nami, Usopp, and Chopper get separated from the rest of the crew and are washed ashore. This puts the rest of the crew into the position of having nothing better to do than head in to save them. It's funny, but Nami has a lot of Luffy-esque scenes this volume that got some laugh-out-loud moments from me. There is also a little bit of rare fanservice of Nami in the bath here. It's hilarious when later Usopp thinks she's trying to trick him into admitting he saw her so she can get him to pay. Included are some great scenes if you enjoy Luffy's innocent personality, that makes for one of the best zombie reveal scenes ever; or Zoro and Sanji's ongoing banter.
 
Something you might not realize is that Oda introduces a character into One Piece here that is from one of his earliest works, Wanted (1998), and the volume comes with a page-sized sticker of one of the Straw Hat Pirates. The one in the volume I have has a picture of Chopper. I'm not sure if it's the same for every volume.. Downside, it advertises the VIZ One Piece site on it. Why go there, when the Japanese Shonen Jump has an English site for users?

The Bad

There is something in the translation work that doesn't make much sense. In the Skypiea section of the story, VIZ went out of there way to avoid ever using the word "God" to describe the villain Eneru, despite the fact the name "God" was just a job title in that world. They replaced it with "Kami", but in this volume they use the word "God" when talking about that same character. In Chapter 442, Zoro says to Luffy, "Which one of us here beat up a 'God' on Skypiea?". Why is it alright to use "God" here, but never in the part of the story it was actually involved in? VIZ just seems to be incapable of any level on consistency to anything. They do something in one volume, then do another thing later to contradict it.
 
The first chapter feels a bit out of place when you are just reading this volume. It's pretty short but intense. If you were to start here, you wouldn't have even the slightest clue why they are fighting so intensely. It shows you the real difference between manga volumes and trades of comics. Trades are intended to be a completed story, but it's not uncommon for a manga volume to end in a cliffhanger to entice you to buy the next one to see how it all ends.

Verdict 5/5

This is a great read if you love zombies and are sick and tired of how they are overused and do nothing new with them. It's a fantastic place to jump into One Piece if you've been curious and don't want to start at the beginning. Everyone in the crew gets some really good moments. Luffy trying to tame the Cerberus and the first time he sees a zombie are two of my favorite scenes of One Piece.
 
The SBS (Question Corner) section is replaced in this volume with a new feature. Where Oda normally answers questions from his fans. This volume gives you highly detailed sketches of the new Thousand Sunny ship of the Straw Hats. I love detail work, such as this. It's volumes like this that really make me regret how VIZ Media is the licenser in the U.S. for the series and not a better company. I'll admit that this volume seems to be done pretty well. It's just too bad they don't use this as an example of how the rest of the series should be done.
 
Due to my feelings against VIZ, I really wanted to reduce my score a bit, but that didn't seem all that fair when this particular volume was done pretty well. This is a great part of the story and you're going to find things in this volume that you'll never seen in any other series. That's the fun of One Piece. I'd rate this a solid 5 out of 5. I've read it five times since I got it.

Favorite Moment: CH. 447 - Luffy's first zombie sighting.

Least Favorite Moment: CH. 447 - Attack of the bear rug.

WTF Moment: CH. 447 - An old tree guy and a unicorn are having a drink.

Favorite Character This Volume: Luffy / Nami

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Nissan Joins the Straw Hat Crew!

  The Thousand Sunny
 The Thousand Sunny
Do you want to live the life of an adventuring pirate, but are sadly landlocked? No great sea to explore? Well, a rather peculiar corporate collaboration may help you explore the Grand Highway in a new mini van. The Nissan company has joined forces with One Piece's own Luffy to bring you a unique model for the redesigned Nissan Serena on November 29th. This vehicle was specially decorated to look similar to the Straw Hats' latest pirate ship, the Thousand Sunny.

Back on Nov. 19th on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo's bay, a costumed Luffy with announcer Mika Sugisaki revealed the car to be called the "Thousand Serena". It's decorated to mimic the Thousand Sunny with the lion-figurehead on the hood, the docking system ports on the side, and the Straw Hats' jolly roger adoring the roof, rear view mirrors, and hubcaps.
 
Reveal Ceremony on Odaiba Island

To further the promotion of this van, a 15 sec. anime commercial produced by Toei Animation was release on December 5th, and Nissan has a website currently live where you can watch the commercial (see links below). In the commercial, Franky, the Straw Hat Pirates' shipwright; reveals the Thousand Serena from the docking system of the Sunny. The whole crew is excited until Franky mentions how it seats for eight, but there are nine Straw Hat Pirates. A quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors decides the loser, and poor Usopp is left riding Nami's White Hobby Horse along side.
 
Commercialism is hardly a new concept in manga and anime, or anything for that matter. You can always find commercials starring anime characters for sodas, snacks, and other sorts of products. This just feels a little different. This is a car, a major investment. Though, I have seen the price of some figures that get pretty damn steep for something that sits around gathering dust.

Source: animeanime.jp / Car Watch / Nissan promo site
 

One Piece Restaurant

  One Piece Restaurant - Going Merry
 One Piece Restaurant - Going Merry
So, you have a nice van to take all your friends out. Now, you just need somewhere to go. Well, there is always the One Piece restaurant named after the Going Merry, the crew's first ship. Though it met it's fate in the Grand Line. It lives on in the streets of Tokyo at the Ginza Meza Marche complex and opened it's doors on December 11th. The restaurant was funded by Fuji TV, that airs One Piece in Japan. The interior is all suppose to be decorated as if you are inside the actual Going Merry.
 
The menu consists of a sixteen separate dishes that are all themed after members of the One Piece cast or are meals that have appears in the series made by Sanji. There is Luffy's favorite meat on the bone, a Nami mikan-yogurt parfait, and Zoro's three grilled beef skewers. Even down the the cherry pie that Blackbeard loved in Mocktown on Jaya Island. The price of each dish is shown on the website for the Going Merry Restaurant as shown in Berries (One Piece world currency).
 
Reservations will at first be by ticket holders, but will become available for walk-in customers on December 18th. Diners of this Going Merry will also be given a special prize "pop-up coaster" that you can dispplay on your computer through a webcam and see a the whole of the Straw Hat crew in 3D on the coaster due to the display software. This same design is also being used in greetings cards with year. Special events are planned for the diner's run that will include guest appearances by the voice actors from One Piece.
 
  Luffy's meat on bone / Nami's Parfait / Zoro's beef skewers
 Luffy's meat on bone / Nami's Parfait / Zoro's beef skewers

  Straw Hat  omelet / Sanji's soup / Going Merry dessert
 Straw Hat  omelet / Sanji's soup / Going Merry dessert

It's only opened for a limited time and will close on May 11th 2011. So, if you are craving some of Luffy's meat. You better get going. .......Wait a tick, that sounded weird.
 
We may not get a Straw Hat restaurant here in the U.S., by gang over at FUNimation found their own Straw Hat Pizza in Texas to celebrate the opening of the Going Merry restaurant and the release of the One Piece season 3 DVD. Check out this video of the people responsible for bringing One Piece to North America.
 
Their FUNimation youtube channel also recently hit 200,000 subscribers. Honestly, it's free-legit anime online. Why isn't that number a lot bigger?
  

Source: Inside Games / Going Merry Restaurant website / FUNimation Blogs

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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