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  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.


    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

  • On the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf faced off against La Reina at the Olivas Links Golf Course. Maddie Wicks ‘26 tees it up with hopes of sticking it close to pin and hopefully having a birdie opportunity. Wicks finished hole six with a double bogey and finished the entire course with a 56.

    Girls' Golf

    Foothill Tech defeats La Reina in league match

  • Isabella De La Rosa 24 (number 3) and Charlis Swezy 27 (number 1) block from the net, while Malia Gray 24 (number 9) and Morgan Houston 25 (number 2) stay behind to cover any unexpected plays from the other team.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball spiked on by St. Bonaventure

  • Students hit the ground running as the 2023-2024 school year picks up its pace. With this years You Belong Week taking place Sept. 11-15, 2023, as well as Club Rush on Sept. 15, 2023, Dragons are busy keeping up with all the events.


    FDP-TV: Season 2, Episode 2

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“One Piece”: The live action that broke the curse

Netflix released the live action version of One Piece on Aug. 31, 2023. The story follows Luffy’s (Iñaki Godoy) adventure in the East Blue as he gathers the first members of his crew.

Every anime fan’s worst nightmare is having their favorite show get a live adaptation. Netflix’s announcement of the “One Piece” live-action series left many fans concerned, reminded of previous poorly executed anime adaptations with cheap budgets and D-list actors. However, so far in the series, the live-action adaptation of this cherished show has exceeded fans’ expectations and proved that Netflix could bring to life the bold color palette world and its exuberant characters.


Eiichiro Oda began writing the long-running and beloved series “One Piece” in 1997 with the anime starting shortly after in 1999. The fanbase since has been ever-increasing, and for good reason. The story follows Monkey D. Luffy (played by Iñaki Godoy in the live-action) and his adventure in becoming King of the Pirates. The live-action show tells the story of the “East Blue” arc and has condensed it to eight episodes, each ranging from 50 to 60 minutes. Once Netflix got its dreaded hands on the show many viewers were split, some were excited that a poorly executed show would turn new fans away from the animated series, while some were excited that it would make the show more appealing to those who do not watch anime. 

Oda’s hand in the adaptation of the anime certainly helped in making it the success that it became. Although many fans were previously concerned with the quality of the storytelling and actor choices, fans were satisfied that these decisions would be left to the creator as well.

Those that are already fans will be pleased with the different approach taken with the story with new moments excluded from the original series. Fan favorite characters that previously had little screen time such as Vice Admiral Garp (Vincent Regan) and Koby (Morgan Davies) have become a part of the main cast in the show. Also, Buggy the Clown (Jeff Ward) had more interactions with the main crew and brought comedic value to the story.

Netflix released promotional movie posters in anticipation of the “One Piece” premiere. These posters introduced fans to the live-action characters that will appear in the first season. (Netflix)

Although many  viewers of the show were already fans of the animated series, those who have never watched it can still be just as entertained. While it is not completely on script with the original series, it still has all the important messages and heartfelt moments that the original anime had at a faster pace. The only problem is that new watchers will be missing out on the long fight scenes and comedic moments provided in the manga. 

There were many things that this show did well but the computer-generated imagery (CGI) usage was far better than anticipated. Concerns that Luffy’s rubber abilities would not transfer well were put to rest within 15 minutes of the first episode. Not only that but other abilities, the fishmen and the sea monsters almost seemed real and were a clear example of CGI done right.

The only downside of  this show is how serious they made it. “One Piece” was created as a fun and enjoyable story but the Netflix remake has made it more of a drama than an adventure story. While the actors still did a good job at displaying their characters, the only real consistent comedic relief appears to come from Luffy. 

The show appeared to be setting up for a continuation of the series which would be wonderful to see if it takes the same approach that the first season has. In the end, it was a success, pulling in more viewers to enjoyably watch “One Piece.”

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