It’s Saturday morning, the rain exterior is relentless, the TV is on however the distant is nowhere to be seen – it’s doubtless down the again of the couch. You’re caught watching kids’s cartoons, sucked in by the intense colors and high-stakes, save-the-world narratives. One Piece Movie: Pink is on this nice custom: a sugar rush of beautiful animation, nice music and a robust central story with frequent stretches of utter nonsense.
The One Piece franchise centres on Monkey D Luffey and his crew of pirates; this one-off journey introduces us to Uta, a beloved, stadium-packing singer from Luffey’s previous who turns renegade and makes an attempt to make use of her particular powers to entice her followers in an alternate universe. The pirates work to take her down – after which much more occurs as a number of dozen new characters and new subplots sputter and zigzag with little concern for cohesion. Narrative self-discipline just isn’t the primary concern right here, however the core story about Uta and her motivations is emotionally resonant.
A feast for the eyes and ears, each body is decked with color and element. The ultimate showdown is a sensory assault and is akin to watching a fireworks show – colors swirl and issues go bang. There are musical numbers all through, every accompanied by eye-popping, rainbow-dripped visuals that reel you again in when the plot loses you. The songs themselves are marvellous: carried out by Japanese musician Ado, they stand their floor in opposition to present chart-toppers and justify the concept that Uta is the world’s hottest singer. When targeted, this movie actually sings, however it takes its time and checks your persistence to land on the precise notes.
One Piece Movie: Pink is launched on 4 November in cinemas.