Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail

One Piece and Fairy Tail are two of the most popular anime and manga series of all time. Both series are known for their long-running stories, large casts of characters, and exciting action sequences. But what else do these two series have in common? Let’s take a look at the top five similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail.

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail

5. Gear 2

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail
One Piece and Fairy Tail | Image via @CJDLuffy on X (previously Twitter)

Luffy’s initial position for Gear 2, in the anime, mirrors directly that of Natsu in Fairy Tail. It might not be much but fans were quick to point out that the events leading up to the Gear 2 cannon felt used in Fairy Tail too.

  • At first, Luffy could only use Gear 2 for a short period, because the accelerated speed at which nutrients are used up depleting his body rapidly.
  • Due to this, as also pointed out by Rob Lucci, Gear 2 hacks away at Luffy’s life force dramatically, increasing the chance of having a much shorter lifespan because he is starving his body, though Luffy rebukes it, saying that it does not matter as long as he saves his friends.
  • This is the same sacrificial mindset that Natsu possesses.

4. Walmart Shanks

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail

Both Gildarts and Shanks play similar roles in their respective shows. Both men are non-biological fathers to the main character and act as mentors and role models. Both men are now primarily absent from the protagonist’s life.

It does not help that they look like twin brothers too. Swap them in the two universes and no one would suspect a thing.

3. Similar character designs

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail
One Piece and Fairy Tail | Image via @CJDLuffy on X (previously Twitter)

Overall, the aesthetic character designs in One Piece and Fairy Tail are very similar. Both series feature characters with large, expressive eyes, colourful hair, exaggerated features, unique fashion styles, and dynamic and expressive body language.

Props or individualistic fashion of characters can easily be drawn in comparison and it soon becomes a spot-the-difference game.

2. Similar scenes and sequences

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail
One Piece and Fairy Tail | Image via @CJDLuffy on X (previously Twitter)

Both One Piece and Fairy Tail are known for their over-the-top action sequences. The characters in both series are incredibly powerful and can perform amazing feats of strength and agility. The action sequences in both series are also very visually appealing, with a lot of bright colours and flashy special effects. One thing to note is how similar some of the scenes get in terms of perspective and presentation.

1. The iconic farewell sign

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail
One Piece and Fairy Tail | Image via @CJDLuffy on X (previously Twitter)

The iconic “raising your one hand” farewell pose seen in One Piece also appears in Fairy Tail. This pose is used by many characters in both series to say goodbye to each other, and it is a symbol of friendship and camaraderie.

  • In One Piece, the pose is most often used by Luffy and his crewmates. They use it to say goodbye to each other when they are parting ways, and it is also a pose that they use to celebrate their victories.
  • In Fairy Tail, the pose is most often used by Natsu and his guildmates. They use it to say goodbye to each other when they are going on missions, and it is also a pose that they use to show their support for each other.

Conclusion

Top 5 similarities between One Piece and Fairy Tail
One Piece | Image via TMDB

While these similarities may or may not be intentional, there’s no denying that they are there and the audience cannot be fooled into believing otherwise. Mashima was always pretty upfront about being influenced by Oda and OP in particular, if you look at it from art perspectives rather than characters, you’ll notice how much more that is influenced by OP, especially facial expressions.

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