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5 Old One Piece Episodes That Still Hold Up

Here are 5 old One Piece episodes that still hold up.

Episode 151 (April 20, 2003)Episode 151 (April 20, 2003)

Episode 151 has plenty of moments worth revisiting for casual and hardcore One Piece Fans. The episode not only marks the first appearance of Blackbeard, one of the series’ most formidable foes, but it also gives Luffy the chance to defeat Bellamy in a classic showdown.

While in Mock Town, Luffy is challenged by Bellamy once again, who makes fun of the young pirate for being unable to throw a punch. In a test of perseverance, Luffy summons the strength to knock Bellamy out with a vicious punch. It’s a great proving ground episode for Luffy, leading to Blackbeard’s onscreen menace.

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Episode 278 (September 24, 2006)Episode 278 (September 24, 2006)

The episode entails Nico Robin bearing her soul and explaining her troubled past to the Straw Hat Pirates. When she appears at her lowest, Luffy consoles her by encouraging her to remain with the crew at sea and to “Say you want to live! We are friends!”

Once Nico explains why she can’t go on with the Straw Hats, Luffy responds by torching the flag of the World Government, one of Nico’s most reviled enemies. If that wasn’t heartening enough to hold up, the way the awesome female anime assassin tearfully requests Luffy to “Take me with you” is one of the most emotionally powerful moments in the entire series.

Episode 309 (May 13, 2007)Episode 309 (May 13, 2007)

Episode 309 pits Luffy versus Rob Lucci in one of the most exhilarating fights in series history. Due to his role in the Water 7 and Ennies Lobby arcs, Lucci is often considered among One Piece’s most brutal villains, and the way Luffy handles him after being overpowered at first does not disappoint.

After being pulverized by Lucci time and again, Usopp inspires Luffy to get off the mat and fight for his friends. Luffy uses the motivational words to trade a slew of punches with Lucci before breaking out a Jet Gatling. Just when it seemed like Luffy was on his final leg, he remembers Usopp’s advice and swiftly outmuscles Lucci.

Episode 312 (June 3, 2007)Episode 312 (June 3, 2007)

Three episodes after Luffy finally defeated Lucci, a powerfully emotional farewell occurred between the Straw Hats and their trusty pirate ship, The Going Merry. For the first 300 episodes of the still-popular long-running anime, the Straw Hats sailed the world over in The Going Merry, the only ship they ever knew.

Alas, after sustaining too much damage over the years, the sun finally set on The Going Merry in Episode 312. As such, the pirates held a touching Viking funeral ceremony at sea for their beloved barge, marking one of the show’s most tender and heartfelt goodbyes. The classic episode is a stark reminder of how far the Straw Hats have come and how much The Merry Going meant to them.

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Episode 316 (July 1, 2007)Episode 316 (July 1, 2007)

In the Post-Ennies Lobby Arc, The Marines and the World Government fail to prevent the strong swordsman Shanks and Whitebeard from clashing in one of the most epic rights on record. Shanks asks Whitebeard to stop Ace from pursuing Blackbeard, leading to a riveting showdown that fans have never forgotten.

Thanks to his Conqueror’s Haki, Shanks overpowers most of Whitebeard’s men and sends them flying across the ship’s deck. After damaging the ship, the all-time great One Piece fight culminates with Shanks and Whitebeard combining their weapons and ripping a scar across the sky, which still ranks as one of the most visually arresting moments in an early episode.

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