NARUTO, BLEACH, AND ONE PIECE – THE BIG 3 IS BACK BITCHES. For the uncultured heathens reading this, the 3 biggest manga/anime series of the 00’s have recently spiked in popularity with One Piece still peaking after 25 years and the new film coming out, the final season of Bleach being animated and aired this season (after like a decade of hiatus), and with Naruto’s 20th year anime anniversary providing a re-animated special – the big 3 is back. And as a 27 year old man child, this is amazing because when I was aged 12-19 – I was literally reading this shit on regular rotation. Granted, was it always good? Hell no, but nostalgia is OP and it will always make me feel some type of way. Currently I’m an adult and I’ll be dressing as as chunin for Halloween this year. When I was 12, I was a shinigami, and I rep One Piece everywhere I go by annoying people who haven’t read One Piece to fucking read One Piece. Again, this is not important to normies, but this is BIG in the community.
Let me put it in perspective for you. Imagine an NBA playoff series where Lebron, Kobe’s Lakers, and the big 3 Celtics were playing. In NFL, imagine a stacked AFC with the Steelers, Colts, and Patriots circa 2006. Imagine, you’re 13 years old and Blink 182, Sum 41, and Green Day all released albums in the same year. This is what it means for Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece to be relevant again. And the weabs out there fucking love it. Fuck your Spy Family, fuck your Attack on Titan, your Demon Slayer – do you even know that without the Big 3, none of those series would even exist? That’s like saying that you love The Weeknd but then denying Beyonce and doubling down, and denying Michael Jackson – are you freaking dumb?
This is a big deal, you should read One Piece, you should watch the reanimated Naruto special, and you should watch the last season of Bleach. It’s going to be a banger. And the great thing is that these are pretty much beginner level anime. If you like action, coming of age stories, and stuff to watch and shut off your mind – these stories are great for you. For the first time in your life, be hip and with the kids. Understand that what the kids have in their cultural lexicons is quite superior to your new Taylor Swift album. I promise you that these characters are more than just Fortnite skins.