This arc was really short so I don’t have much to say about it. It’s a pretty standard One Piece (though standard One Piece is still miles above most shonen). Luffy arrives a new island meets a bunch of quirky people, gets in some fights, and learns someone’s tragic backstory.
Boa Hancock, the Snake Princess, is an okay character. The idea of woman so beautiful that she can compel everyone to do what she wants and Luffy being completely oblivious is a good gag, as is having her fall in love with Luffy, though her habit of kicking kittens, puppies and baby seals makes her less than likable.
There’s a lot of set-up for future arcs. Luffy learns of Ace’s impeding execution and sets out to rescue him, and we see Luffy’s use of Haki in full force for the first time (after him briefly using it in his battle against Duval).
It’s all very enjoyable and doesn’t overstay its welcome, but “Amazon Lily” is one of the more unmemorable arcs in One Piece‘s history.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5