Emiko Watanabe (25, Media Arts Graduate at UCLA, Serious Cosplayer) has watched ALL the Anime. Well, almost all of them.
She’s cleared Dragonball Z (twice during school), Naruto, Death Note, Fruits Basket, Bleach, Slam Dunk, Fairytail, Tokyo Ghoul, My Hero Academia, and Attack on Titan.
But one Anime has remained undefeated, haunting her dreams.
Emiko didn’t get to watch ‘The Poormans Naruto’, best known as One Piece, during her higher school certificate exams.
Since then, the epic pirate saga has showed no signs of slowing down, building up to an epic number of 924 episodes over 20 years.
One Piece (Japanese: ワンピース, Hepburn: Wan Pīsu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” in order to become the next King of the Pirates.
Since COVID19 has sent the country into lockdown, Emiko has been relieved of her part-time job at Kinokuniya and has time to kill.
Browsing the Crunchyroll home page, Emiko curiously clicked on the One Piece graphic.
She then calculated how long it would take her to finish all 924 episodes, if she only slept 4 hours a day.
“During those 19.8 hours, I can eat Shin Ramyun and shower with the episodes on.”
“If I cut out the annoying beginning credits, that’s only 15 minutes per episode.”
Jimmy Casino, Senior Culture Enthusiast The Native, called Emiko over Zoom to check whether she was still alive.
“I’m so glad I did it, feels like I conquered the Goliath of Anime”
More spice to come.