I'm making this post in honor of the new movie, which I saw yesterday and was absolutely beautiful! The animation was breathtaking, Uta was the coolest antagonist ever (all her songs are absolute bangers) and the ending made me cry!
Suffice to say, I've been obsessed with the anime ever since I was in high school. Monkey D. Luffy has long been a comfort character of mine and I celebrate May 5, his birthday every year. I've always had a sort of mama bear approach to him in which I wish he was real so I could give him a hug and feed him all the meat he could ever want and listen to his adventures on the grand line!
I used to have all the character songs on my playlist and my senior year of high school, I did an art project where I drew a stained glass window mural of all the straw hats
BUT I can't stand the way all the female characters are sexualized. They all have major cases of same-face syndrome, and their hourglass figures look almost grotesque with their three mm waists and massive boobs. Crewmembers like Brook and Sanji are constantly sexualizing Nami and literally no one on the crew tries to put a stop to it. Fortunately Nami usually beats their asses every time they get a little too pervy, but it never deters them for long, and Oda never bothers to explore the trauma/humiliation that comes with living in such close quarters with men who repeatedly make it clear that they think of her as only a sex object and would have no issue with violating her boundaries if she gave the chance.
Also, I'm not fully caught up, but in the Wano arc, I've heard that Oda wrote a TiF character who's apparently 'cast off the burden of her womanhood' as an attempt to mimic her male idol in every way, and it's treated as something badass rather than a tragic case of internalized mysogyny.
The worst part about all of this, is that I can't even raise a discussion of the inherent misogyny in the writing in any One Piece circles because I'll get dogpiled by legions of bearded woke-bros who'll proceed to mansplain sexism and shove copypasta after copypasta down my throat about how Oda is the best Male Feminist in the history of ever and I'm such a dumb and evil harpy for even daring to insinuate that his treatment of female characters makes me uncomfortable.