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One Piece Grand Arena Tour

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/11 Entertainment, Pop Culture & OTAKU , , ,

Kaizokuou ni Ore wa Naru! (I’m going to be the pirate king!) is the battle cry of the protagonist of the manga/anime series, One Piece. Finding the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure out there for pirates, is what this series is about. But it does not mean the story is just all about pirates, cannons, marines, and out-of-this-world abilities. One Piece is about ambitions and dreams and what people can do in order to achieve them.

The Search for One Piece

Currently one, if not the top, of very popular manga/anime series, One Piece, has not only gained fans inside Japan and neighboring Asian countries but also in the Americas and Europe. To celebrate its popularity, One Piece Grand Arena Tour, a theme park dedicated to the series, was made and toured Japan starting 2012 through 2013. In the theme park, you can find life-sized character statues, original drawings, and dioramas. What’s unique about the theme park is that it’s like recalling Luffy (the protagonist) and his crew’s adventures from the beginning of the series and in life size because the dioramas and displays are arranged chronologically.

During our stay in Okayama in 2013, we’re lucky enough that it was also the time when the One Piece Grand Arena Tour made its stop in Okayama. Held at Convex Okayama last August 28, 2013, it was definitely worth the time for me as a One Piece fan.

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Inside Convex Okayama

At the entrance, event-made newspapers were given to visitors. The frontpage says “Mugiwara no Ichimi! Konbekksu Okayama ni Jouriku! – The Strawhat Pirates has landed on Convex Okayama! The newspaper has news regarding the anime and One Piece merchandise.

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As you go inside the hall, this will be the first exhibit that you will see. It was the episode where Luffy’s dream to become the Pirate King started.

Eiichiro Oda's message

Eiichiro Oda (One Piece’s author) has written his message with a drawing of Luffy.

Going Merry Funeral

Perhaps the most tear-dropping scenes in the whole series, the Viking Funeral of their first ship Going Merry. Because their ship seemed that it can’t travel further, it caused an argument within the crew: whether to leave it and find a new one or find some experts to fix it. After saving the crew for the last time, the ship was heavily damaged and made the crew to it’s decision: to leave the ship behind but properly “burying” it.

Smoker vs Law

The battle of Smoker and Law in Punk Hazard

Donquixote Doflamingo

Life-sized Donquixote Doflamingo. Cunning and scary as ever.

Chopper

A moving Chopper exhibit

Dioramas and life-sized figures are all around the place.

One Piece Toys

Gonna name them all! An toy exhibit of almost all introduced characters.

The theme park also exhibited toy figures of One Piece characters.

Strawhat Pirates

The Strawhat Pirates. Luffy, as he aim to be the Pirate King, met many people and invited those who he sees as a valuable addition to the crew. So far, the crew has a swordsman, a navigator, a sniper, a chef, a doctor, an historian, a shipwright, and a musician.

As of now, there’s still no news for the 2014 One Piece Grand Arena Tour but if the schedule comes out, we’ll surely post about it.

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