One Piece is well known for its intense battles and over-the-top Devil Fruit fueled action, but what keeps fans ravenous for the next episode is one thing: heart.
Stronger than any fist or bullet from a marine’s rifle will always be the bond between friends, and the allegiance of a crew who functions more like a family than a pirate ship.
Here we take a look back at the seven moments that had us drying our eyes more times than we like to admit to our friends.
1. Robin says, “I want to live.”
Episode #278 – Say You Want to Live! We Are Your Friends!
After a heartbreaking flashback to her tragic childhood, Robin is faced with an agonizing decision.
Will she give up on life and bid her friends a final farewell? Or will she summon the courage needed to fight for her life?
2. The Going Merry’s Funeral.
Episode #312 – Thank You, Merry! Snow Falls over the Parting Sea
The Straw Hats bid a tearful farewell to the brave little ship that was their home for so very many adventures. Rest in peace, Merry!
3. Nami asking for Luffy’s help.
Episode #37 – Luffy Rises! Result of the Broken Promise!
Enraged by Arlong’s cruel treatment of his friend, Luffy is determined to take action.
When he sees Nami sobbing violently in the street, the Straw Hat captain makes a simple, staggering gesture to let the navigator know that she will never be alone again!
4. Luffy vs. Usopp
Episode #236 – Luffy vs. Usopp! Collision of Two Men’s Pride!
Luffy and Usopp battle to a brutal standstill in a heartbreaking duel between men who once called each other family.
Can the Straw Hats find the strength to carry on without their sniper?
5. The Straw Hats get separated.
Episode #405 – Eliminated Friends—The Final Day of the Straw Hat Crew
One by one, the mighty paw-print of Bartholomew Kuma makes the Straw Hats disappear until only Luffy remains.
To where did his mates vanish? And will he ever see them again?
6. Brook sings Bink’s Booze
Episode #380 – Binks’ Booze! The Song that Connects the Past with the Present!
Brook remembers the painful loss of his beloved captain, the tragic end to his musical pirate crew, and his lonely days as a skeleton adrift in the shadows.
7. The Death of Ace.
Episode #483 – Looking for the Answer! Fire Fist Ace Dies on the Battlefield!
An eerie silence falls over the battlefield as Luffy and Ace share a heartbreaking final moment together.
With his dying breath, Ace begs his brother to convey a message to his fellow pirates.
Apparrently that’s only a little bit part. Among the hundred emotional moments in One Piece, which is the most heart-breaking in your mind?