Here’s my review of Little Garden, a small arc in One Piece with a big heart between Whisky Peak and Drum Island.
Nothing gives the sensation of entering a grand adventure quite like One Piece. Just the mere premise of the story has allowed Oda to create such imaginative and wondrous locations. Enter Little Garden, an island stuck in the prehistoric ages and in my opinion, one of the most creative and imaginative locations in the world of One Piece.
Themes in Little Garden
Honor, pride and dreams are always prevalent in One Piece, however this is the arc where the themes were solidified.
Usopp’s dream is to be a “brave warrior of the sea” but I don’t believe he ever truly understood what this signified until he met the two giants from Elbaf, Dorry and Brogy. Dorry and Brogy believe that when there’s a dispute and neither side will yield, the god of Elbaf decides who’s right and wrong. The two have been fighting for over a century. So long that they don’t even remember what they were fighting about.
You see, in the grand scheme of things, Dorry and Brogy don’t care about what’s right and wrong. Hell, they don’t even care who wins or loses. What they want, is to live and die being proud of everything they do. In the words of Usopp,
Even if someday… I lose everything… and face death alone on a deserted isle… I’ll die proud of the way I lived, and I’ll say, I AM USOPP, A BRAVE WARRIOR OF THE SEA!Usopp
If these two are truly happy and proud of the way they live, who’s to say they’re stupid and judge them? Dorry and Brogy are the symbol everyone should strive to live by, even in the real world.
Usopp’s Character Development
How many time have you regretted not doing something or wished you hadn’t given up on something? Life’s tough and full of regrets and no one in the world of One Piece relates to this more than Usopp, which is why it’s so admirable for him wanting to be like the giants. It’s also why he’s so relatable to us, he’s a normal human being in a world full of monsters.
This is also the arc where Usopp managed to save the crew single handedly. Zoro, Nami and Vivi got deceived and captured by Mr. 3, Sanji didn’t have a clue about what everyone was up to, and Luffy was trapped inside Miss Golden Week’s devil fruit ability. Usopp’s quick thinking allowed Luffy to escape and rescue them from turning into wax art. Really, without him, the crew wouldn’t have escaped alive.
moments that made me chuckle
- The island’s called Little Garden despite holding the largest inhabitants in the world.
- Usopp and Nami calling each other useless.
- Usopp outrunning Nami because he’s so scared and thinks a dinosaur ate her.
- Nami and Usopp believe Brogy’s going to eat them.
- Sanji and Zoro compete over who caught the largest hunt.
- Zoro saying he now understands how it feels to be a candle on a cake and,
- Zoro holds a cool pose incase he dies.
- The crew reacting to Sanji finding the eternal pose.
moments that were epic
- Zoro and Brogy about to cut their legs off to fight the enemy.
- Usopp saves Luffy and takes a massive attack head on.
- Dorry and Brogy combined air attack that kills the giant sea monster and,
- Luffy and co puts full trust into Dorry and Brogy and head straight ahead.
- Sanji’s talks to Mr 0, the leader of Baroque Works and finds the eternal pose.
Although most believe that this arc and many other short arcs like this are quite irrelevant and boring, it’s important to realise what it means for the story as a whole. Just imagining the world of One Piece without this little island seems a lot less interesting and unique.
The arc introduced an entire race of beings we’ve never seen before and reminds us that other islands the Straw Hats visit, may very well be as interesting as this one. Not to mention, it informs us that there’s an entire country full of giants like Dorry and Brogy. It makes the world a lot more vibrant and adventurous, which most fans take for granted.