One Piece: 15 years since the moment that made us all cry

Let’s face it, we cried a lot (but a lot) with One Piece. From I want to live! from Robin to Ace’s trauma. But if there’s a tearful moment we haven’t seen in any other series, it’s the death of the Going Merry. Who would have told us that we would mourn the loss of a ship. From a boat! But to call it that would be wrong. The Going Merry was for many years another nakama of the Straw Hats.

These days are the 15th anniversary of Merry’s goodbyes, of “I wish I had taken you a little further” and “I was very happy thanks to all of you”. Because it was June 3, 2007 when One Piece Episode 312 aired. Titled “Snowfall in the Sea of ​​Farewells,” this chapter ended the Enies Lobby arc and left us with a scar on our hearts that will never fully heal.

One Piece: over 1000 chapters later, the best is yet to come

Although 15 years have passed since that moment and the series has already exceeded 1000 episodes, One Piece continues to thrill us as it did then. Since the start of the Wano arc, the animation has had the biggest leap in quality in its history, with the 1000th episode being considered one of the best in the entire series and the current rooftop battle against the yonkos who earn their living is one. of the most spectacular in the series.

The anime had never been so visually ambitious and careful in its more than twenty years of running. With the help of Tatsuya Nagamine (responsible for the One Piece Z and Dragon Ball Super: Broly films), Toei Animation reinvigorated the work and banished any signs of fatigue. Between technical advancements and the drawing and design of what is set in the land of Wano, a continuous homage to Hokusai and Japanese ukiyo-e painting, One Piece animation shines like never before and is able to watch from you to anyone.

But if visually we enjoy it more than ever, in terms of the plot it’s even better. We are facing one of the strong points of the anime. Wano seems set to wrap up storylines that have been dragging on for years and will likely lay the groundwork for what will be One Piece’s home stretch. The long-awaited battle against Kaido and Kinemon’s revenge, prepared for years (Punk Hazard —2013—, Dressrosa —2014—, Zou —2016—); the resolution of the pirate alliance with the law and the worst generation (in precarious balance since 2012); the final misunderstanding with Big Mom and the final incorporation of Jinbe (recurring themes since the 2011 Fishman Island arc).

Wano is the conclusion of over a decade of storylines, something we’ve been craving to see since the time jump in Chapter 516. Luffy vs. the New World.