Surely anime fans one pieceyou will know that the Arabasta Saga was something special, as it remains one of the most memorable and pivotal moments in anime history, and the producer behind the franchise recently revealed an unfortunate story behind the production of the anime arc, it became one of his favourites.
The original manga series of Eiichiro Oda currently celebrating the 25th anniversary since it was first published in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and during that time fans have seen Luffy and the Straw Hats on all sorts of adventures, and during that time they’ve recruited many. new members for their crew, but one got out of hand.
About this, Shimizu Shinjiproducer behind the upcoming film by One Piece: Redwhich will hit theaters in Japan later this summer, discussed the film and the anime’s production during a special panel at Anime Expo earlier this year, recalling that during the Arabasta arc, how sad it was when everyone had to say goodbye to Princess Vivi.
You see, when asked about his favorite memory while working on the One Piece anime over the years, Shimizu mentioned the arc of alabastaand said that Vivi in particular was already in her extended “nakama” that fans had associated with Luffy and the Straw Hats.
As live turning down the Straw Hats was a huge deal for the team back then because not only was he a genuine new offer for someone to join the crew, but he’s also the first (and only) person to refuse to join. Luffy and the others on their journey across the seas.
He added, that in particular, it was hard for the Vivi actress, Misa Watanabe, as Shimizu clearly remembered how Watanabe had felt about the situation knowing that he was going to be saying goodbye to the team (and his character) for quite some time, but thankfully, that’s not the only time we see Vivi as the rest of the story goes on. the series, although at the time, his farewell at the end of Alabasta is one of the most important moments.