One Piece has its fair share of emotional bouts, and with the fight between Sanji and Luffy during the current "Whole Cake Island" arc, fans have been thinking back to another one of the series' most iconic and heartbreaking moments.
Luffy and Usopp coming to blows over the Going Merry is one of the most memorable scenes in the entire series. Do you remember its impact?
In episode 236 of the series, and after the events of the "Skypiea" arc, the Going Merry was in great need of repair. Heading to Water 7, the Straw Hat crew suddenly discover that the ship was beyond repair as it had sustained damage throughout the crew's adventures to this point.
Luffy eventually comes to the difficult decision to buy a completely new ship, but Usopp strongly protested this as he's grown quite connected to the ship after repairing it so many times. Feeling like the Going Merry is just a part of the crew as he is, Usopp disagrees with Luffy's decision so much he challenges him to a fight.
But for this act of mutiny, Luffy declares that Usopp cannot return to his crew regardless of the battle's outcome but Usopp would be allowed to keep the Going Merry if he was successful.
Their fight was a tough one as Usopp had come up with many strategies to deal with Luffy after knowing him for so long, and had even gone as far as causing a large explosion with his Kaen Boshi. Usopp manages to keep his ground utilizing tricks such as an Impact Dial from Skypiea, but eventually runs out of tricks.
Luffy eventually beats him, solemnly puts his straw hat back on, and allows Usopp to keep the Going Merry anyway. As the crew leaves Usopp with tears in their eyes, this broke the hearts of man fans of the series.
Sanji and Luffy's fight carries this same emotional weight, as all fights between families should. Luffy and Usopp's fight may not be the best in the series, but fans can agree it is one of the more emotionally packed ones.
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has been collected into 87 volumes, with a few chapters yet to be included. It has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best selling manga series worldwide with 430 million copies sold worldwide.
One Piece is currently in the middle of the "Whole Cake Island" arc and is now streaming on Crunchyroll.
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