What other shows, such as Dragon Ball or Vicky the Viking, will One Piece viewers find interesting?
If you’ve never seen One Piece, you’re missing out on one of the most popular animes in the world. Few other anime have managed to convey the same sense of adventure, family, and limitless potential as One Piece. This is definitely for the best, but after viewing an anime, it’s easy to get lost in the abyss of not knowing what to do next.
The most likely scenario is that anime fans have spent weeks, months, or even years catching up, and once the latest “To Be Continued” hit, it was difficult to go back to watching anything else. It’s possible to transition back to being a typical otaku while still riding the wave of the Straw Hat Pirates’ success with the help of a few anime.
1. Dragon Ball
Even if you don’t watch the show, you can’t help but compare it to its inspiration, One Piece. However, despite Dragon Ball’s sci-fi premise and larger emphasis on combat, One Piece’s inventive characters and spirit of friendship work well with the pirate anime. Son Goku is a near-exact replica of Luffy’s entire personality.
Early Dragon Ball is also a great option for those looking for a strict adventure series, with Goku and Bulma traveling the world in search of the titular MacGuffins. Son Goku’s journey finally led to Luffy’s, and there is no doubt about it after experiencing all that he has.
2. Vicky The Viking
One Piece’s characters and shonen ideals may have been influenced by Dragon Ball, but that was not the primary source of inspiration for Eiichiro Oda’s work. After the legendary anime seriesVicky the Viking, Oda himself has attributed all that he envisioned his work to be. As a child of the chief of all Vikings, Vicky desires to become a brave warrior like his father (an oddly Usopp-esque aspiration).
There are a lot of stories about Vicky’s father getting into problems while Vicky has to come up with a method to save him and his team. Vicky the Viking, while not quite One Piece, is nonetheless worth a look for those who wish to learn more about the series’ origins.
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is one of the most massive and extravagant action anime ever made. Gurren Lagann is a terrific choice for fans of One Piece who enjoyed the story of two buddies on an adventure. Simon and Kamina, who come from the depths of a planet’s crust from the depths of a mine, use a large robot to begin exploring the greater world.
As they explore more of the world, meet new friends, and expand their fleet of robots, their journey only grows in scope. Studio Trigger’s unique brand of high-octane animation is on display throughout the story, which is full of surprises and conflicts of all kinds.
4. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
In terms of craftsmanship and attention to detail, Hunter x Hunter is the antithesis of One Piece. Because it isn’t a continuous series, Yoshihiro Togashi’s greatest work includes extensive gaps between serializations that allow for some of the most in-depth storytelling ever seen in manga or animation (though a lot of those gaps are due to health issues).
Togashi, like Oda, began with the goal of creating a vast, imaginative universe but soon became engrossed in the nuance and intensity of every character interaction and story arc he encountered. Despite the fact that One Piece’s imaginative universe still has plenty of original concepts and fascinating friendships, Hunter x Hunter is the only game in town for those who want their One Piece fights to be more rewarding.
Trigun is here to answer some of the hypothetical questions about what would have happened if One Piece had been a Western story from the start.
Some people may enjoy One Piece because of its big adventure, while others will enjoy it because of the colorful characters who are wanted criminals on the run.
All the bounty hunters and outlaws in Trigun are on a hunt for Vash the Stampede, who is the most wanted man in the planet. Unlike other people, Vash believes in nonviolence and is always looking out for the well-being of others. When he isn’t trying to flee, that is. What makes Trigun so attractive are its optimism and stoicism, which are both a part of the Straw Hats’ likability.
6. Cowboy Bebop
Even though Cowboy Bebop has a sci-fi background, it doesn’t focus on exploring fantasy lands or defeating warlords (for the most part). One Piece’s characters, on the other hand, are a lot more outlandish and vibrant. Their shared ability to create a detailed and lived-in environment is what connects them, however.
Nearly every chamber and planet in Cowboy Bebop tells volumes about the individuals who have lived there, and every kingdom in One Piece has a distinct sense of culture and history. Both of these series have very distinct personalities, but their art and storytelling make that style palpable. In addition, the run of the show is only one season long. This is a must-see classic that should not be missed.
7. The Seven Deadly Sins
When a crew of crooks tries to evade the law (at least initially), they’re lured to a charming but naive leader who has tremendous powers and captivating personalities of his own.
As with the other series, both are set in a magical world and feature an animal mascot (though that may not be saying much in anime as a whole). However, the series’ frequent conflicts and action set it apart. Magic here isn’t explained in great detail. There isn’t enough development in each character’s backstory to explain why they are capable of such feats.
8. Fairy Tail
As a result of an urban legend that Hiro Mashima worked under Oda and stole a few of his ideas, Fairy Tail is frequently regarded as an emulation of One Piece. These allegations are regrettable, as they’ve prevented some fans from fully immersing themselves in the magical world of Fairy Tail and its exhilarating adventures.
It may not be for everyone, but One Piece’s feeling of personality and camaraderie among its titular adventuring guild is there in this series, and each storyarc is a fantastic showcase for shonen essentials like friendliness speeches, power bursts, and a lot of tears.
9. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Since its inception in the late 1980s, Jojo’s Strange Adventure has been a shonen mainstay, showcasing the genre’s best and most bizarre bouts and adventures. Fans of One Piece’s inventive battles, bizarre antagonists, and outlandish setting need look no further.
Jojo’s early tales are about the struggle of a large family against vampires, but as the series progressed, it introduced the concept of “Stands,” a mysterious and fantastical power that allowed people to stop time, personify bubbles of sound effect, and even imprison others in an electric pylon.
For those who don’t care about One Piece’s whole “going around the world” bullshit, Gintama is the best series for a group of misfits who get into a lot of mischief. As a parody of the manga and animation business, Gintama has transported its core ensemble of characters to a wide variety of weird and fascinating locations.
Gintama examines the different ways its main characters might bung up a task while still being adorable when it comes to protecting their friends, focusing on the escapades of an odd jobs team made up of an ambitious dojo student, an ex-revolutionary rebel, and an alien fighter. The live-action film adaptation of the series is also quite nice.