Japan Agrees With Me That It’s All Right to Cry at One Piece


I’m a total sucker for shonen manga and anime series, which for those of you not in the know, means series aimed at young boys, circa 10-14, where the heroes fight and learn about friendship and get beaten and persevere. DBZ is a shonen series, as is Naruto. My favorite, tho’, is One Piece, which I find the most elaborately crafted and well-told of all the anime/manga series aimed at boys two decades younger than me. (Eiichiro Oda, One Piece’s creator, has been making the series for 10 years and it’s only half over; I genuinely stay awake some nights, worrying that he might die before One Piece is finished.)

Anyways, the fact that One Piece can make me sob like a little girl when Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates rescue their team members is no longer quite as embarrassing, as Japan has voted it the most moving manga in Japan, according to this poll. Interestingly, both boys and girls voted it #1, and the poll included a number of guys and gals in their 20s, 30s and 40s. I’d like to point out that neither Naruto nor DBZ have ever made me cry, which stands both as a testament to One Piece‘s storytelling and the fact that I’m a slightly discriminating if huge femme.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.