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One Piece Z is the 12th film in the long running anime and manga franchise, ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Released on December 15th, 2012. It's the first One Piece movie to be set after the time skip.

As the title suggests, it focuses on Z, a former Marine Admiral who now leads his own version called the Neo Marines, with the intent of wiping out every pirate on the Grand Line. To do this, he has stolen one of the Marines' trump cards, the Dyna Stones (stones that create explosions with immense destructive power when exposed to air) for his own ends. The Straw Hats unwittingly get involved when Z attacks their ship while crossing their path, gaining Luffy's anger and leading up to a battle that will determine the fate of the Grand Line.

Oda has stated Z's the toughest challenge they'll have faced so far and added that Kizaru and Aokiji appear in the film as well. Surprisingly AvrilLavigne [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-10-17/u.s-singer-avril-lavigne-contributes-one-piece-film-z-themes does two of the movie's theme songs]] which are covers of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" and {{Nickelback}}'s "How You Remind Me".

See also ''[[Recap/OnePieceZsAmbitionArc Z's Ambition Arc]]'', a short mini arc of the anime that takes place before and leads into this movie.

The movie was released in France on May 15th, 2013 (Dubbed in French, of course), and in Germany on November 29th, 2013 (this time, in German). In April 2014, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/04/07-1/funimation-acquires-home-video-rights-for-one-piece-film-z Funimation announced they had gotten the rights to dub it and plan to release the movie sometime in the Fall]]. And yes, it has been confirmed the Avril Lavinge covers will be included. [[http://youtu.be/D3plVIITv2Q Here's a trailer for the English dub.]]

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''One Piece Z'' has the following tropes.

* ActionPrologue: The movie doesn't waste time beating around the bush to introduce the main villains, as it opens with a fight scene between them and the Marines.
* AllThereInTheManual: Z's backstory is revealed more in detail in the complementary book Volume Z, which was given as a present to the Japanese movie-goers.
* AntagonistTitle
* ArtificialLimbs: Z sports a gigantic robotic arm on his shoulder. It's a wonder he can even lift the thing, let alone attack with it.
** [[spoiler: Kuzan uses his ice powers as a prosthetic for the leg he lost in his fight against Akainu.]]
* {{Badass}}: Z. WordOfGod states he's the strongest villain the Straw Hats have ever faced up to that point.
** And he more than lives up to that title. That huge right arm of his deals a lot of damage, [[spoiler: he's able to go up against ''Kizaru'', and even after his arm is destroyed, he still gives Luffy a hard time. He's one of the only villains, if not the only villain, who Luffy doesn't even manage to knock out. He does knock him ''down'', but Z accepts his defeat, and instead uses the last of his strength to make an awesome BolivianArmyEnding]].
* BadassBeard / BadassMustache: Usopp's sporting a combo of them in the promo art and part of the movie.
* BadassLongcoat: Z and Ain on the villains' side, and several of the Straw Hats in their battle outfits on the heroes' side.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Bins makes a lot of weird facial expressions and sounds in battle but as proven in his first encounter with the Straw Hats, he is a force to be reckoned with.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Believe it or not, Aokiji saves the crew during their escape from a resort island as it's exploding.]]
** [[spoiler: Franky does one as well when Usopp, Nami, Chopper, Robin and Brook get cornered by the Neo-Pacifista. Using his General Franky to turn them into scrap, and finishing them off in proper fashion with a Radical Beam.]]
* [[spoiler:BolivianArmyEnding: Z's final fate as, after his battle with Luffy whom he came to respect, the group are beset by Kizaru and his troop of marines. Having nothing left to lose, Z goes to fight them and hold them off to allow the Straw Hats to escape, despite knowing it means certain death. Unlike most examples though, this one isn't ambiguous: Z doesn't make it. His death isn't shown, but Ain, Bins and Aokiji are seen mourning at his grave.]]
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The movie opens with a fight scene between the Marines and the Neo Marines, partially set to Ocean's Guide. The movie ends likewise, with a tearjerker of an awesome fight between Z and the Marines, once again set to Ocean's Guide.]]
* CanonDiscontinuity: Stated by Oda himself. He did want to make it canon to the series, but realized it would cause too many plot holes to cover.
* ChristmasCake: Usopp accidentally implied this trope about Robin when [[spoiler:she was deaged and he complimented on her new body "having everything in the right place again"]]. His comment [[{{Understatement}} wasn't well received]].
* CoDragons: Two of Z's henchmen were introduced in the material, namely Ain (a shapely young woman with a Marine-like BadassLongcoat) and Bins (a large man dressed as a HighlyVisibleNinja). They're also Devil Fruit users: Ain's Modo Modo no Mi allows her to [[FountainOfYouth revert the age of whoever or whatever she touches]], and Bins' Mosa Mosa no Mi allows him to [[GreenThumb to make plants grow at a ludicrous speed]].
* ContemplateOurNavels: Aokiji does this while talking to Luffy group after coming from the hot springs. Wonderingif One Piece was responsible for the Pirate Age or just the actions of the pirates themselves.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: You really shouldn't be able to get so close to magma without some sort of Devil Fruit power, even if you're MadeOfIron.
* ContinuityNod: Robin and Aokiji's past is alluded to when they share a small non-speaking moment before the climax.
* CoolShades: Z again.
* CrazyPrepared: Don't think Z's mechanical arm is the only thing he has up his sleeve. He used to be an Admiral, long before he got that arm. Not only does Z have Haki, but [[spoiler: he's also got Kairoseki bullets in case someone {{No Sell}}s his regular bullets, and a regular-sized prosthetic arm to attack with in case his huge mechanical arm is destroyed or rendered useless]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Z. [[spoiler: He joined the Marines at a young age, wanting to become a hero, but soon realized that the Marines aren't exactly what they seem. He got married to a beautiful young woman and had a son, both of whom were killed by a pirate he had arrested some years later. This event led to him quitting his Admiral position to become a Marine trainer. However pirates had invaded his ship and killed all his trainees (save Ain and Bins) and he lost his arm to another pirate who would later become a Shichibukai during the timeskip. This was the last straw for Z, who left the Marines to form the Neo Marines]]. No wonder he hates pirates.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The final battle between Luffy and Z. [[spoiler:Instead of being decided through raw strength, the fight came to a stalemate with the two using their Haki-enhanced fists after exhausting each other after a PunchParry, with Luffy winning, not with a powerful technique, but only after just barely being able to hit Z in the torso at the climax. The whole thing is very brutal in that, unlike the other fights in OnePiece, the two combatants are on their last leg, and are equally getting injured throughout the whole fight.]]
** [[spoiler: Heck it could barely even be considered a win. It only ended due to Z admittance when he clearly was on his feet after the final hit. Dropping to the ground right after Luffy as it obvious both men are too tired to continue. Though Z does lampshade that he had gotten old and couldn't fight like he used to.]]
* TheDreaded: [[OverlyLongGag Z yet again]], as the Marines are terrified of him. [[spoiler:And with good reason, he trained a majority of the major players such as Aokiji and Kizaru when he was with them.]]
* DualWielding: Ain uses two knives for close-range attacks, and a pair of guns for long-range.
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: Z's death aided wonderfully by a orchestrated version of his {{Leitmotif}}, Ocean's Guide, as he goes to town on the Marines attacking him.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Downplayed, since the following characters have already been established, but this movie nonetheless marks the first post-TimeSkip appearances of Aokiji, Kizaru, [[spoiler: Sengoku, Garp, Coby and Helmeppo, among other Marines]].
** Especially true for the English Dub as the series has yet to reach the end of the first half, and it has been reported that the anime dub will be slowed due to work on this movie. Funimation plans to be release this simultaneously with the first half of the ''Thriller Bark arc''. So if you're following exclusively with the dub, prepare to be spoiled.
* [[spoiler: EmptyPilesOfClothing: Subverted: During the Straw Hats' first fight with the Neo Marines, this seemed to be all that remained of Nami and Chopper after Ain hit them with her power, until it was revealed they were merely deaged into kids - turning this into ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Zephyr]].
* {{Fanservice}}: A hot bath scene with the Monster Trio, Brook and Aokiji, for the female audience, boob shots of Nami and Robin (Especially Robin) for the male audience, and just for laughs, [[spoiler: a shot of Brook's ass as he returns to his proper age]].
* FountainOfYouth: Ain's Devil Fruit power allows her to regress people and items to a younger age, even though it still doesn't provide MagicPants, oddly enough. [[spoiler: She used it [[http:/images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121118003242/onepiece/images/8/84/Nami_Transformed_into_Child_by_Modo_Modo_no_Mi.gif to transform Nami into a child]].]]
** [[spoiler: Nami's not her only victim, as Chopper, Robin and Brook also get hit. Robin only turns into a teenager though, and of course, [[DemBones it doesn't change anything visually in Brook's case]].]]
*** [[spoiler: TouchOfDeath: However if Ain continues touching you with said power, she can regress you into ''nothing''. It is only an InformedAbility, as she never does it on-screen, but the idea itself is still unpleasant.]]
* FreakOut: Luffy, Zoro, Sanji and Brook (who has to be told why they're freaking out as he wasn't with them at the time when they first met him) understandably have one when they run into Aokiji at a hot spring, though luckily by that point he's [[spoiler: resigned from the marines and]] isn't interested in fighting them anymore. Likewise later in the film, Ussop, Nami, Chopper and ''especially'' Robin aren't too thrilled to see him when he comes to see Luffy.
* FunnyAfro: Franky sports a pink one in one of his outfits.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Both Nami and Robin. Repeatedly. Especially Robin, [[spoiler: considering Nami [[FountainOfYouth doesn't actually keep her boobs for long]]]].
* GenreSavvy: The Straw Hats were cautious when they took in the unconscious Z. Chopper wasn't left alone with him and outside, Zoro and Sanji were on guard.
* AGoodWayToDie: Few men have the chance to die on their feet, foes before him, with tears of love and respect shed for him, even by his enemies. [[spoiler: Zephyr]] is a truly fortunate man to have had this honor.
* GreenThumb: Bins' Devil Fruit power, which allows him to make plants grow incredibly fast.
* TheGunslinger / GunsAkimbo: Ain, who uses two guns for long-ranged attacks.
* HeroicBSOD: Luffy suffers a minor one after his second battle with Z.
* [[spoiler: HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Double whammy for the heroes during their first fight with the Neo Marines. Thanks to Bins' Devil Fruit, which can control plants, their own lawn deck is used against them. And when Robin puts Ain in a submission hold, the latter manages to rejuvenate her by touching her duplicated limbs.]]
* ItsPersonal: As often, this is the reason why the Straw Hats want to beat the hell out of Z. [[spoiler: He attacked them after they healed him, his subordinate [[FountainOfYouth rejuvenated]] Nami, Chopper, Robin and Brook, and later, he even stole Luffy's straw hat.]]
* KillEmAll: Z's plan, which he calls Grand Reboot, is to exterminate all pirates by [[spoiler: destroying the three Endpoints, islands that seal a huge amount of subterranean magma. If all three Endpoints are destroyed, the magma is released, flooding the entire Grand Line, New World included. This will obviously kill all pirates, but also cause way too many civilian casualties and collateral damage for even [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] to approve]].
* KnightTemplar: Z and his crew. You know a villain is hardcore when [[spoiler: even [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Akainu]] disapproves of his plan to dispose of all pirates in the New World]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The movie expects you to be up to date with the manga, or at least to have read/watched the Fishman Island arc, as it spoils [[spoiler: Aokiji's duel with Akainu, and his subsequent resignation from the Marines]].
* [[spoiler: LittleMissBadass: Nami may have been turned into a little girl, but that doesn't mean she can't kick ass.]]
** [[spoiler: LittleMissConArtist: She also takes advantage of her cuteness to get some info about Z and his plan from a group of Marines on Secon Island.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage: When the crew head off to fight Z for the final time, they dress themselves in the equipment left behind by Z's previous victims.
* [[spoiler: MeaningfulName: Z, Zephyr's alias, turns out to be the name he used when playing superhero when he was a kid.]]
* [[spoiler: MechaMooks: Z's crew has their own models of Pacifista, named Shiro Kuma. True to Z's crew being Neo Marines, the Shiro Kumas wear white outfits, instead of the real deal's black outfit. They don't seem to be much different than regular pre-timeskip Pacifistas in terms of strength, though.]]
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A noncomedic example; there is a slow, somewhat haunting song about the sea that plays three times during the movie, each time acting as Z's {{Leitmotif}}. The second time around, it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: Aokiji]] is the one singing.
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler: Kuzan (Aokiji) had one with Sakazuki (Akainu) on Punk Hazard, which permanently altered the island's climate, and led to Sakazuki's ascendancy to Fleet Admiral and Kuzan's resignation from the Marines. Exactly what transpired is still unclear (as in the series itself at this point), but he's missing his left leg at the knee, and his body has a variety of new burns and scars.]]
* NukeEm: The Dyna Stones basically do this when exposed to oxygen.
* [[spoiler: OhCrap: Believe it or not, ''Kizaru himself'' has one just before Z unleashes one of the Dyna Stones right in his face, destroying the island they were fighting on. Though of course, being a Logia, he came out of it unscathed.]]
** [[spoiler: Both Ain and Bins have one during the respective final fights against Zoro and Sanji. The former when Zoro slices through her cannonballs, disarms her and rushes her with a finishing move. The latter when Sanji sets himself aflame and about to slam into him with a final kick.]]
** [[spoiler: Nami, Chopper, Robin, Brook and Usopp have one when the Shiro Kumas go after them.]]
* [[spoiler: PintsizedPowerhouse: Nami and Chopper as kids. They may be weaker than normal, but they're still strong enough to wipe the floor with the Neo Marine troops.]]
* TheOner: Yes, in an animation movie of all things. The climax battle scenes are surprisingly smooth and fast-paced, with barely any cuts in between them.
* {{Prequel}}: Two supplementary materials. The aforementioned ''Z's Ambition Arc'', which takes place before the movie, and the smartphone-exclusive (though later featured on the DVD) short ''Glorious Island'', which actually takes place ''in'' the movie up to a certain point (Around the same time [[spoiler: the Neo Marines invade Firs Island]], to be exact).
* SequelEscalation: You thought ''Strong World'' had a lot at stake? This film makes '''that''' look like ''child's play''.
** Two former admirals and a current one all in the ''same movie''? This goes ''beyond'' Strong World.
* [[spoiler: SingleTear: Doberman sheds one during Z's last stand.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: A beautiful rendition of Ocean's Guide, sung by Z, is heard in the beginning of the film as a fierce battle is taking place.
* SpitTake: Early on in the film, Nami and Usopp see that one of the Log Pose's needles is spinning wildly, which means that whatever island it used to point to is either destroyed or way too dangerous to go to, and decide not to show it to Luffy. You get exactly three guesses as to what happens next.
* StartMyOwn: Z's Neo Marines, which he started [[spoiler: after leaving the main ones in disgust when the pirate who massacred his trainees (save Ain and Bins) and cut off his arm was promoted to be a Shichibukai.]]
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Aokiji describe what'll happen if Z isn't stopped and blows up the final End Point. We get a brief visual of this as well.
* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler: Zephyr's]] magnificent and heroic end.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: Z's real name is Zephyr, but he changed it when he started his own army. When Kizaru calls him by his real name, he angrily states that he's no longer called that.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The last few trailers to the movie spoil [[spoiler: the final battles with Sanji fighting Bins and Zoro taking on and defeating Ain]]. At least they don't show [[spoiler: the actual finishing moves]].
* UndyingLoyalty: Similar to the Straw Hats, Ain and Bins are willing to go to great lengths to follow Z.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Yep, it happened [[Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld again]]. Just like ''Strong World'', this is how the crew meet Z in the first place. They fish him out of the ocean (where he landed after narrowly escaping Kizaru) and nurse him back to health. Of course, once Z realized they were pirates, he instantly attacked them.]]
** [[spoiler: Then again, considering his past, who can blame him ? The last time he showed mercy to a pirate, the asshole came back, cut his arm, and slaughtered his entire division. Note also that he was actually ''quite'' grateful for the save, until he learned they were pirates.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Zoro had no trouble fighting against Ain. [[spoiler: Though he did hold back by use the back of his blade in order to knock her out to release her power from the rejuvenated Straw Hats, she is later shown to be fine not long after.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Ain. Z's hair is purple, Franky's FunnyAfro is pink, and Brook has dyed his own afro pink, and later red.
* [[spoiler: YouShallNotPass: Z sacrifices himself to buy enough time for the Straw Hats, Ain and Bins to escape.]]