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For anyone who hasn't seen the Arlong Park arc in One Piece, there are some Spoilers here. But not much.

I recently grew a deep connection to One Piece after one of the most memorable scenes of the early seasons. It's the scene in the Arlong Arc where after a decade of suffering under the rule of Arlong, Nami's friends and family all go off to sacrifice their lives to give Nami a chance at a new beginning.

The citizens realize how hopeless their situation is and how emotionally and mentally strained Nami has become after years of enslavement. Knowing full well they have no chance at victory, they finally march on Arlong's park in outrage. Nami collapses, having just lost everything and everyone in the blink of an eye. In her desperation she begins stabbing her arm with a knife, where her Arlong tattoo is. Suddenly Luffy appears and stops her. He doesn't say a word. Nami tells him to leave her and the town alone and that he has no idea what kind suffering the town has endured. He says she's right, he has no idea. Then she screams at him and tells him to just leave her alone. He continues to stand there. Nami then breaks down crying in front of him, and slowly turns around with a look of desperation on her face. "Luffy, help me..." she says. Luffy's eyes are not shown. He simply takes off his hat and places it on her head. Nami looks at him surprised. She knows virtually nothing about Luffy, but she remembers his hat is the only thing he holds most dear to him. He then basically tells her he's going to go defeat Arlong immediately. I say basically because in the dub he verbally agrees and tells her that's what friends are for. But in the original, he merely shouts "Of course I will." Then in one of my favorite film moments of all time, the battle music "Overtaken" plays as Luffy and the crew walk to Arlong Park. To which I quietly cheered and applauded at my tv in my room.

So after declaring that one of my favorite moments in not just anime, but movies in general. I realized that it was so powerful to me for two reasons:

1. Was the obvious at first, which is we've seen a detailed account of this woman's tireless struggle against a man who is bigger and stronger than her and her people. Then the strong stout hero finally agrees to defend them with his life.

2. The one I just realized. In my eyes, Nami represented me in my life, and Luffy represented anime. Specifically shonen action anime. Although not entirely consciously, when I'm at my lowest, and I feel like 'I give up...there's actually nothing I can do...I've done everything I can do, but now there's really no hope.' Then I watch Naruto or Fullmetal Alchemist or Gurrenn Lagan or of course One Piece. For a half an hour, as the episode is playing, they metaphorically put a Straw Hat on the audience and they help us with our problems. Life doesn't suck, but it is hard. And sometimes there just isn't an answer, there isn't a clear right or wrong choice. Sometimes we all just give up because it's hard and that's okay. Giving up doesn't make you a bad person or a weak person. For me personally, I give up all the time, but then I watch a little bit of anime or a movie. And then I get back at it.

I don't know about you but when I'm about to give up on something, I think of Naruto immediately. More Naruto than Luffy, since Luffy is more of an unstoppable force, Naruto is more human and relies solely on his spirit.

But all rambling aside, this scene just made me realize how magical an anime experience can be. And I can honestly say, I have no idea what kind of person I'd be if I hadn't seen some of my favorite animes.
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A real shame you just get some idiot spamming you... sorry. I loved that scene myself though, was what really hooked me on one piece and made it my favorite series... over time anyway lol. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got giddy and had to cheer during that scene.



Thanks man! Yeah, it's funny because I've been watching anime for years but I just started one piece about a month ago. So you could say I'm a bit of a late bloomer. I'm on episode 174 at the moment, and the show has not gone down for me at all. I'd even say I love the Alabasta arc just as much as Arlong Park arc. Both of which I heard were made into films I heard.
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A real shame you just get some idiot spamming you... sorry. I loved that scene myself though, was what really hooked me on one piece and made it my favorite series... over time anyway lol. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got giddy and had to cheer during that scene.
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Cube89 wrote:

A real shame you just get some idiot spamming you... sorry. I loved that scene myself though, was what really hooked me on one piece and made it my favorite series... over time anyway lol. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got giddy and had to cheer during that scene.



Thanks man! Yeah, it's funny because I've been watching anime for years but I just started one piece about a month ago. So you could say I'm a bit of a late bloomer. I'm on episode 174 at the moment, and the show has not gone down for me at all. I'd even say I love the Alabasta arc just as much as Arlong Park arc. Both of which I heard were made into films I heard.


Just wait till you get to Water 7, its on Crunchyroll right now, but u gotta charge through Skypeia first, I pretty good arc at best lol

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Cube89 wrote:

A real shame you just get some idiot spamming you... sorry. I loved that scene myself though, was what really hooked me on one piece and made it my favorite series... over time anyway lol. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got giddy and had to cheer during that scene.



Thanks man! Yeah, it's funny because I've been watching anime for years but I just started one piece about a month ago. So you could say I'm a bit of a late bloomer. I'm on episode 174 at the moment, and the show has not gone down for me at all. I'd even say I love the Alabasta arc just as much as Arlong Park arc. Both of which I heard were made into films I heard.


Yea and don't feel bad, One Piece has been around for 15 years but the US has been shtting on this series since the 4kids dub era, but there slowly starting to realize Naruto won't last forever lol and the Japanese success is becoming alot more apparent to them, so Crunchyroll finallly caved and got the license for One Piece 15 years later lol, better late than never, I'm also glad we got it back on Tv again on Toonami
Posted 5/13/14


i'm not sure what this has to do with otakus.

as for the scene itself, I thought it was pretty clichéd, cheesy standard Japanese friendship kinda thing, which can be found in literally every friendship anime. it's not unique to one piece.


What interest me about One Piece are the World Govt conspiracy and the 400 year missing history...
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Oh yea?? Haha seems like forever ago for me... I think I started and caught up to One Piece in the 400's and have been watching it weekly ever since. One Piece is what finally got me watching subs too and now I prefer them to dubs. back when I started I could only watch the funimaion dub to like 24... took me a few months after to finally cave in and start watching subbed lol. My god did that broaden my horizons though =D
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Based on your profile, and your username... I'm going to guess we have a lot of differing opinions other than just that.


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i'm not sure what this has to do with otakus.

as for the scene itself, I thought it was pretty clichéd, cheesy standard Japanese friendship kinda thing, which can be found in literally every friendship anime. it's not unique to one piece.


What interest me about One Piece are the World Govt conspiracy and the 400 year missing history...


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Deadstarwebseries wrote:


Cube89 wrote:

A real shame you just get some idiot spamming you... sorry. I loved that scene myself though, was what really hooked me on one piece and made it my favorite series... over time anyway lol. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got giddy and had to cheer during that scene.



Thanks man! Yeah, it's funny because I've been watching anime for years but I just started one piece about a month ago. So you could say I'm a bit of a late bloomer. I'm on episode 174 at the moment, and the show has not gone down for me at all. I'd even say I love the Alabasta arc just as much as Arlong Park arc. Both of which I heard were made into films I heard.


Yea and don't feel bad, One Piece has been around for 15 years but the US has been shtting on this series since the 4kids dub era, but there slowly starting to realize Naruto won't last forever lol and the Japanese success is becoming alot more apparent to them, so Crunchyroll finallly caved and got the license for One Piece 15 years later lol, better late than never, I'm also glad we got it back on Tv again on Toonami


Yeah I think it's great, despite what people think about dubs, at the end of the day they broadcast great shows to a larger audience. Which in the case of One Piece is a great thing, even though it took them long enough haha
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For anyone who hasn't seen the Arlong Park arc in One Piece, there are some Spoilers here. But not much.

I recently grew a deep connection to One Piece after one of the most memorable scenes of the early seasons. It's the scene in the Arlong Arc where after a decade of suffering under the rule of Arlong, Nami's friends and family all go off to sacrifice their lives to give Nami a chance at a new beginning.

The citizens realize how hopeless their situation is and how emotionally and mentally strained Nami has become after years of enslavement. Knowing full well they have no chance at victory, they finally march on Arlong's park in outrage. Nami collapses, having just lost everything and everyone in the blink of an eye. In her desperation she begins stabbing her arm with a knife, where her Arlong tattoo is. Suddenly Luffy appears and stops her. He doesn't say a word. Nami tells him to leave her and the town alone and that he has no idea what kind suffering the town has endured. He says she's right, he has no idea. Then she screams at him and tells him to just leave her alone. He continues to stand there. Nami then breaks down crying in front of him, and slowly turns around with a look of desperation on her face. "Luffy, help me..." she says. Luffy's eyes are not shown. He simply takes off his hat and places it on her head. Nami looks at him surprised. She knows virtually nothing about Luffy, but she remembers his hat is the only thing he holds most dear to him. He then basically tells her he's going to go defeat Arlong immediately. I say basically because in the dub he verbally agrees and tells her that's what friends are for. But in the original, he merely shouts "Of course I will." Then in one of my favorite film moments of all time, the battle music "Overtaken" plays as Luffy and the crew walk to Arlong Park. To which I quietly cheered and applauded at my tv in my room.

So after declaring that one of my favorite moments in not just anime, but movies in general. I realized that it was so powerful to me for two reasons:

1. Was the obvious at first, which is we've seen a detailed account of this woman's tireless struggle against a man who is bigger and stronger than her and her people. Then the strong stout hero finally agrees to defend them with his life.

2. The one I just realized. In my eyes, Nami represented me in my life, and Luffy represented anime. Specifically shonen action anime. Although not entirely consciously, when I'm at my lowest, and I feel like 'I give up...there's actually nothing I can do...I've done everything I can do, but now there's really no hope.' Then I watch Naruto or Fullmetal Alchemist or Gurrenn Lagan or of course One Piece. For a half an hour, as the episode is playing, they metaphorically put a Straw Hat on the audience and they help us with our problems. Life doesn't suck, but it is hard. And sometimes there just isn't an answer, there isn't a clear right or wrong choice. Sometimes we all just give up because it's hard and that's okay. Giving up doesn't make you a bad person or a weak person. For me personally, I give up all the time, but then I watch a little bit of anime or a movie. And then I get back at it.

I don't know about you but when I'm about to give up on something, I think of Naruto immediately. More Naruto than Luffy, since Luffy is more of an unstoppable force, Naruto is more human and relies solely on his spirit.

But all rambling aside, this scene just made me realize how magical an anime experience can be. And I can honestly say, I have no idea what kind of person I'd be if I hadn't seen some of my favorite animes.


Dude I just gotta say: beautiful post man. Seriously, that is probably one of my most favorite scenes in all of anime. Before that one scene I was almost done watching One Piece. It just didn't hold my attention and then add in the dated animation I was about to call it quits. After that scene though, I feel like the 'true' One Piece - the one that is the king of animes - finally emerged. Ever since then One Piece hasn't let up and I am excited to get back to watching it soon, considering I left off at the end of Fishman Island Arc. Beautiful post man. I relate and support every word of this post. Anime saved me as well.
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For anyone who hasn't seen the Arlong Park arc in One Piece, there are some Spoilers here. But not much.

I recently grew a deep connection to One Piece after one of the most memorable scenes of the early seasons. It's the scene in the Arlong Arc where after a decade of suffering under the rule of Arlong, Nami's friends and family all go off to sacrifice their lives to give Nami a chance at a new beginning.

The citizens realize how hopeless their situation is and how emotionally and mentally strained Nami has become after years of enslavement. Knowing full well they have no chance at victory, they finally march on Arlong's park in outrage. Nami collapses, having just lost everything and everyone in the blink of an eye. In her desperation she begins stabbing her arm with a knife, where her Arlong tattoo is. Suddenly Luffy appears and stops her. He doesn't say a word. Nami tells him to leave her and the town alone and that he has no idea what kind suffering the town has endured. He says she's right, he has no idea. Then she screams at him and tells him to just leave her alone. He continues to stand there. Nami then breaks down crying in front of him, and slowly turns around with a look of desperation on her face. "Luffy, help me..." she says. Luffy's eyes are not shown. He simply takes off his hat and places it on her head. Nami looks at him surprised. She knows virtually nothing about Luffy, but she remembers his hat is the only thing he holds most dear to him. He then basically tells her he's going to go defeat Arlong immediately. I say basically because in the dub he verbally agrees and tells her that's what friends are for. But in the original, he merely shouts "Of course I will." Then in one of my favorite film moments of all time, the battle music "Overtaken" plays as Luffy and the crew walk to Arlong Park. To which I quietly cheered and applauded at my tv in my room.

So after declaring that one of my favorite moments in not just anime, but movies in general. I realized that it was so powerful to me for two reasons:

1. Was the obvious at first, which is we've seen a detailed account of this woman's tireless struggle against a man who is bigger and stronger than her and her people. Then the strong stout hero finally agrees to defend them with his life.

2. The one I just realized. In my eyes, Nami represented me in my life, and Luffy represented anime. Specifically shonen action anime. Although not entirely consciously, when I'm at my lowest, and I feel like 'I give up...there's actually nothing I can do...I've done everything I can do, but now there's really no hope.' Then I watch Naruto or Fullmetal Alchemist or Gurrenn Lagan or of course One Piece. For a half an hour, as the episode is playing, they metaphorically put a Straw Hat on the audience and they help us with our problems. Life doesn't suck, but it is hard. And sometimes there just isn't an answer, there isn't a clear right or wrong choice. Sometimes we all just give up because it's hard and that's okay. Giving up doesn't make you a bad person or a weak person. For me personally, I give up all the time, but then I watch a little bit of anime or a movie. And then I get back at it.

I don't know about you but when I'm about to give up on something, I think of Naruto immediately. More Naruto than Luffy, since Luffy is more of an unstoppable force, Naruto is more human and relies solely on his spirit.

But all rambling aside, this scene just made me realize how magical an anime experience can be. And I can honestly say, I have no idea what kind of person I'd be if I hadn't seen some of my favorite animes.


Dude I just gotta say: beautiful post man. Seriously, that is probably one of my most favorite scenes in all of anime. Before that one scene I was almost done watching One Piece. It just didn't hold my attention and then add in the dated animation I was about to call it quits. After that scene though, I feel like the 'true' One Piece - the one that is the king of animes - finally emerged. Ever since then One Piece hasn't let up and I am excited to get back to watching it soon, considering I left off at the end of Fishman Island Arc. Beautiful post man. I relate and support every word of this post. Anime saved me as well.


The Dressrosa arc is the new Alabasta of New World, thats when everything starts getting very good again, a big reveal is coming up in the anime so stay tuned
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To which I quietly cheered and applauded at my tv in my room.



QUIETLY? I was jumping in joy! Even the 4Kids version, in which the stabbing and enslaving was cut, had an emotional impact upon me. It is my favourite moment in One Piece, one that is repeated, but scarcely.

I was having a strong thought moments before i read this as well.

Trust. Its part of what makes great characters. It makes them real. People arent aleayd logical, we do some stupid things.

Luffy was given a chance to understand Nami's past, but he ognored it. He trusts Nami and needs no other information. That is spke strong ass shit.

Shounen in general like to use this, but all anime benefits from it. The central plot of Berserk is built upon such irrational trust.

Strong scenes need strong character, and that is one strong moment...


It tool you this long to see it?
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Is this a differing opinion thread?

btw, <--- doesn't watch One Piece.
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For anyone who hasn't seen the Arlong Park arc in One Piece, there are some Spoilers here. But not much.

I recently grew a deep connection to One Piece after one of the most memorable scenes of the early seasons. It's the scene in the Arlong Arc where after a decade of suffering under the rule of Arlong, Nami's friends and family all go off to sacrifice their lives to give Nami a chance at a new beginning.

The citizens realize how hopeless their situation is and how emotionally and mentally strained Nami has become after years of enslavement. Knowing full well they have no chance at victory, they finally march on Arlong's park in outrage. Nami collapses, having just lost everything and everyone in the blink of an eye. In her desperation she begins stabbing her arm with a knife, where her Arlong tattoo is. Suddenly Luffy appears and stops her. He doesn't say a word. Nami tells him to leave her and the town alone and that he has no idea what kind suffering the town has endured. He says she's right, he has no idea. Then she screams at him and tells him to just leave her alone. He continues to stand there. Nami then breaks down crying in front of him, and slowly turns around with a look of desperation on her face. "Luffy, help me..." she says. Luffy's eyes are not shown. He simply takes off his hat and places it on her head. Nami looks at him surprised. She knows virtually nothing about Luffy, but she remembers his hat is the only thing he holds most dear to him. He then basically tells her he's going to go defeat Arlong immediately. I say basically because in the dub he verbally agrees and tells her that's what friends are for. But in the original, he merely shouts "Of course I will." Then in one of my favorite film moments of all time, the battle music "Overtaken" plays as Luffy and the crew walk to Arlong Park. To which I quietly cheered and applauded at my tv in my room.

So after declaring that one of my favorite moments in not just anime, but movies in general. I realized that it was so powerful to me for two reasons:

1. Was the obvious at first, which is we've seen a detailed account of this woman's tireless struggle against a man who is bigger and stronger than her and her people. Then the strong stout hero finally agrees to defend them with his life.

2. The one I just realized. In my eyes, Nami represented me in my life, and Luffy represented anime. Specifically shonen action anime. Although not entirely consciously, when I'm at my lowest, and I feel like 'I give up...there's actually nothing I can do...I've done everything I can do, but now there's really no hope.' Then I watch Naruto or Fullmetal Alchemist or Gurrenn Lagan or of course One Piece. For a half an hour, as the episode is playing, they metaphorically put a Straw Hat on the audience and they help us with our problems. Life doesn't suck, but it is hard. And sometimes there just isn't an answer, there isn't a clear right or wrong choice. Sometimes we all just give up because it's hard and that's okay. Giving up doesn't make you a bad person or a weak person. For me personally, I give up all the time, but then I watch a little bit of anime or a movie. And then I get back at it.

I don't know about you but when I'm about to give up on something, I think of Naruto immediately. More Naruto than Luffy, since Luffy is more of an unstoppable force, Naruto is more human and relies solely on his spirit.

But all rambling aside, this scene just made me realize how magical an anime experience can be. And I can honestly say, I have no idea what kind of person I'd be if I hadn't seen some of my favorite animes.


Dude I just gotta say: beautiful post man. Seriously, that is probably one of my most favorite scenes in all of anime. Before that one scene I was almost done watching One Piece. It just didn't hold my attention and then add in the dated animation I was about to call it quits. After that scene though, I feel like the 'true' One Piece - the one that is the king of animes - finally emerged. Ever since then One Piece hasn't let up and I am excited to get back to watching it soon, considering I left off at the end of Fishman Island Arc. Beautiful post man. I relate and support every word of this post. Anime saved me as well.


I've gotta quote Chocobo here...Hear, hear OP. That part had a lot in for it for Myself also, and what You said Chocobo...Anime saved Me as well. This Forum in a way has saved Me. Though I've only been here since January, I already have several more People in My life that, looking back, I can't see how I lived without them. I love that Scene, I love One Piece, I love Your Post, and I love this Website. You are ALL My Friends..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vGeFZHr1ls "NAMI... OMOE WA ORE NO NAKAMA DA!"

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Can't wait! I was kinda nervous on restarting again. A lot of episodes have released since the end of Fishman island where I stopped and last I heard the manga was still on the Punk Hazzard arc. Since the anime was just about to start Punk Hazzard at that time, I thought a lot of the episodes would be filler until the manga got far ahead again. Is there a lot of canon material present after Fishman?
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