Mikey: So here we are. After so many long years, One Piece has finally seen it's first real time death. Some people may say that we have seen death in real time but really this is the first real time death of a character that we knew. A character where the overall objective was to save him and along the way we saw some development via flashbacks and appearances.
Kind of hard to put what I want to say in words. This was an amazing episode that had an ending that left me speechless. Just like the last few minutes where there was no music playing to create silence, so was everybody else who were watching this episode.
To join me in this post I have Neku and Sora. Say hi guys.
Superneku: Hi everyone.
Mikey: Also I guess the opening image for this post is a bit strange but I wanted to use the same scene that was used for the manga post which was done almost a year ago. Still for now sit down as we try to go over the events of this episode.
Whitebeard pirates retaliate against Akainu for defeating Ace.
Ace and Luffy share their last conversation and in the end Ace dies.
Aokiji who looks as if he disapprove over what Akainu did. I guess this is another thing to show us how different each admiral is. On one hand you have Kizaru who likes to 'play with his food' while you have Aokiji who is calm and collective and is respectful then you have Akainu...and this episode itself is a perfect example as in what kind of person Akainu is.
We can only wonder what is going though the minds of the people at Sabaody. Maybe some of them are happy and maybe some of them are sadden. It seems like a lot of them are shocked. Most likely they saw first hand when Akainu put his hand though Ace's chest and then slowly pulled it out. It is clear they they are wondering how far this war will be going.
Then we have the look of shock on Luffy's face. He looks terrified as Ace literally has a flaming hole in his chest that he isn't recovering from. Not everyday you get to see a lava fist in the chest of your brother. Still we get to that later.
Also the Whitebeard Pirates are not liking Akainu too much. Apparently the guy with the rocket launcher looking staff thing.
Akainu is a scary guy. His devil fruit power doesn't help in making him look any less scary.
Random Thought: I wonder what Marco did when it came to fighting before he got his Phoenix Devil Fruit power.
Then Garp really going out there to put his job on the line. He looks as if he is ready to tear Akainu's head off or at least try. If it wasn't for Sengoku then who knows what Garp would have done but surely old man Garp doesn't like the idea that his grandsons are in danger. It is nice to know that when the chips are on the table that Garp truly value his family over this job. We saw this a few episodes back when he let Luffy beat him and once again now.
"You promised that you'd never die..."That line really made me want to cry and maybe I did. I felt tears forming in my eyes as Luffy said that and it touched me. It is like everything just hit me as you have Ace and Luffy put their life on the line for each other. Ace literally just now sacrifice his life just to save his little brother's life. Then this promise is just icing on the cake as you realize that Luffy literally believed the promise that Ace made him. That Ace wasn't going to die and that he brother was never going to leave him. The trust and dedication to each other.
This here is the ultimate form of brotherly love. The bond that these two boys have for each other is something that literally rivals brothers that are blood related. It is really touching to see something like this even though Ace and Luffy are not blood related yet they are this close. It really warms my heart since as a bigger brother I feel like this is how my relationship with my own little brother should be. Willing to protect and help my little brother though the hard times, support him during his endeavors, enjoy the happy times and even the annoying times.
Superneku: I felt very emotional while watching this episode, despite the fact that since I myself had already read the manga chapter based off of this episode. I knew that I would feel sad and I did, but here are my thoughts on this event since I never shared them initially. When I first saw Akainu's fist go through Ace, I was in denial. After all, Ace is a main character and through every "rescue arc" before this, the victim has always managed to get rescued with no major problems while escaping to safety. But this time was different, this time the rescue mission is a complete failure and will cause a lot of events to happen not only to everyone in the war, but perhaps even the whole world. But my other reason is I thought that he got punched through the stomach at first, but at closer inspection as well as the fact that everyone around him is shocked proved me wrong. But even then, it didn't take until Ace was being clutched by Luffy that I realized he was about to die. I almost teared up but when Ace makes his final thanks of being loved thats when I realized that the character is even awesomer than usual and I salute him, even when he eventually died with a smile.
Mikey: It is really hard to believe that Ace has died. At first I couldn't believe it and when I first saw this a year ago I was in shocked. I had to check to make sure that he actually died but when I saw the vivrecard burn up into nothing then that was when I knew for sure that Ace had died. After so many years of being part of this adventure. We witness the death of the main character's brother. So many things must be going though Luffy's mind as we registrar the death of Ace.
So many things for a person to feel for but one that really got me was Ace's last words to Luffy:
"...my desire to see you fulfill your dream. But I am sure you can do it! Because your my brother!"This moment was asking for tears. In the end it Ace was was still supporting his little brother in his dream. In the past he stated that he was going to make Whitebeard the King of the Pirates but here he shows his believe in Luffy's dream. He does what any big brother does and shows his support of his little brother's dream. It is a crazy dream to have but Ace really does believe that Luffy will become Pirate King. Ace's sole reason to believe this? Because he is his little brother. That is the only reason he needs and that is really touching. In the end Ace really does believe in Luffy to fulfill his dream. Then he dies with a smile. A big brother to the very end.
This...well, this is almost as bad as having one of his own crew members killed. Of course, since Ace isn't a total main character and all it isn't as huge as someone like Nami or Chopper dying (horrible thoughts yes, but Zoro, Sanji, even Usopp would die if they were achieving their dream or protecting someone. They are just strong enough to be considered 'possibilities'), and he wasn't previously touched upon as much, the impact of his passing shouldn't be such a huge hit as it stands right now.
Because of how close the two brothers were revealed to be, Ace is going to be a huge impact in Luffy's up-and-coming development, his attitude, and especially his determination. This is where the 'Official Rules of One Piece', stating 'a main character can never die' are broken into little pieces, burnt, the scarred remains frozen, then thawed and let sit in a blazing desert for three months, then run over by a steamroller and electrocuted by a thunderbolt by the great God Eneru.
The game has changed. It is no longer a fun, free, 'pirate adventure'. Now it is a struggle to remain on top and to make sure that the people you love do not die. Only the strong survive now, you literally have to grow up now. No more fairy tales about determination and hope. (Luckily, Luffy actually has this power, he just needs to grow and refine it!)
"You had better hold me back Sengoku, because if you are not there I will Kill Sakazuki!"This was AMAZING. In any case, this could be one of the highlights of the episode for me. Actually, there was not one moment of this episode I really have to comment negatively upon, even Buggy or Mr. San's roles. Buggy actually got live footage of some of the fire and carnage at the battle (still live and running as we speak), and Mr. San has proved a very useful commodity to the Whitebeard pirates. Each detail was refined to superb quality, and the presentation of this most infamous chapter was gorgeous. I know for a fact that this will surely become just as well remembered (if not surpassing) as the burial of the Merry Go. The end of the "Eternal Flame".
Mikey: Now lets take a look at some of the responses to this episode from people on Twitter.
"Definitiely one 4 the Anime Hall 'o Fame. And there was probably a lotta eyes that teared up on both sides of the Pacific."That is true. I know my eyes were tearing up at least twice during this episode. It is hard to take in but something like this can hit the hearts on both sides of the ocean.
"Beautifully done had me crying the entire ep & for quite a while after it. The ch was great & the ep only made it better."That is so true. The episode was beautifully done and this episode the the chapter justice if not executed the death of Ace better.
"Since the start of The Whitebeard war in July, I knew we were in for a emotional ride, as it the thrills kept going higher until the climax that was Ace's death. Things can only get worse from the point forward."Ace's death does seems to be the climax of this arc. This whole arc has only been building up to this moment with the conflicted Garp to all the mini-flashbacks of Ace's life. This moment on we can only guess that things are going to go down a slippery slope downward.
It seems like the thoughts of the people from Twitter all agree that this episode was great. This episode pulled at the heartstrings and just really made you feel for what was going on the screen. Now we can only wait to see how Funimation will handle this. Hopefully they will do this moment with as much justice as they can just like they have done so far.
I couldn't come up with anything when the ending screen appeared and my mind was blank. It finally happen and at the end of the episode Ace was dead. Laying before Luffy was Ace's dead body with a smile on his face. Now we just sit here and wait till the next episode to see how everything else will play out.
Next Episode: Marine Headquarters Crumbles! Whitebeard's Silent Rage!
Stay tune because things can only get worse from here on out.