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Anime / Dead End Adventure

One Piece's fourth movie that takes place some point between Alabasta and Jaya.

Desperate for cash, the Straw Hats enter a secret race only known to pirates called the Dead End Competition. There, they must face the ex-Marine-turned-pirate Captain Gasparde and a bounty hunter who's after his head. However, Gasparde has a deadly scheme planned. Are all of his opponents doomed from the start?

Notable for being the first full length One Piece movie after the first three were one hour movies paired together with another Anime film.

Tropes found in the movie:

  • Badass Normal: Shuraiya as shown in the Bar Brawl and his fight against Needles.
  • Bar Brawl: Luffy, Zoro and the bounty hunter Shuraiya gets involved in one against Gasparde's crew in the beginning of the movie.
  • Bad Boss: Gasparde, he has no reservations for his crew and would sooner sacrifice them for his own amusement.
  • Big Bad: Gasparde, a rogue marine.
  • Berserk Button: Nami gets upset when Anaguma was recklessly risking his life and given up on living.
  • Blob Monster: Gasparde ate the Candy Candy Fruit (Ame Ame no Mi), allowing him to turn himself into sticky candy syrup to nullify attacks and form solid spikes to impale his opponents.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Gasparde who not only rigged the race so that the Eternal Poses would lead the racers to a Marine fortress where they were promptly destroyed. But even betrayed the race coordinator, who was in on his plan (he handed out the Eternal Poses), by sending him directly into a typhoon.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Once Sanji gives Luffy the flour this happens to Gasparde.
  • Darker and Edgier: Began the trend continued with the two films following it of the One Piece films being generally darker, more atmospheric affairs than the general series proper.
  • Delayed Reaction: Shuraiya was so upset that Luffy stole his food that he barely realized that Luffy's arm can stretch.
  • Doomed Hometown: Shuraiya's
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Needles is one to Gasparde, following reluctantly his orders and stating that one day he'll go after him instead.
  • Epic Race
  • Expy: Gasparde is pretty much a Filler Villain version of Crocodile, with very similar appearance, background and powerset. Even their fight scenes play out mostly the same.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Subverted: there are two giants amongst the partecipants, and are among the firsts to be eliminated from the race.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Biera does this in the climax by blowing up the boiler on Gasperde's ship and sinking it He not only manages to survive but save Luffy and Shuraiya as well.
    • Exact Words: Then again he did tell Shuraiya he was going to "end it" but didn't necessarily mean he was going to kill himself.
  • Ill Guy: Biera, Anaguma's grandfather.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: The Grand Fall at the parade start of the race. Ships are required to sail up and off it if they want to continue.
  • Kick the Dog: During the final battle, Gasparde takes Luffy's hat and stabs it with his power, leaving a gaping hole.
  • Luke I Am Your Sister: Anaguma turns to be Shuraiya's little sister whom he thought was killed when Gasparde raided his hometown. Turns out when she got knocked into the river during the attack. Biera, who was watching from a distance, managed to save her. She's been with him ever since. Biera manages to piece their relation together when he hears Shuraiya's last name was the same as Anaguma's real name, Adelle Biscud.
  • Male Gaze: Early on, when Nami's talking to the bartender we get a couple of fanservicey shots of her cleavage and butt. They're the only istance though.
  • Mugging the Monster: Anaguma sneaks into the Straw Hats' ship, thinking they were the weakest and would kill a pirate as per the agreement with Gasparde to help his ill grandpa. He was wrong when Zoro found him first.
  • Nightmare Face: Zoro gets freaked out by an old man who he suddenly appeared right in front of him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Luffy really takes a beating in the climax due to Gasparde's Ame Ame no Mi (Syrup Syrup) Fruit.
  • Revenge: Shiuraiya's motivation toward Gasperde.
  • Sadistic Choice: Gasparde told Anaguma that he would help his ill grandpa if he kills a pirate first.
    • More like a Snipe Hunt as it's obvious he doesn't believe Anaguma will succeed.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Its revealed near the end that Anaguma is a girl after getting knocked out by Zoro. Chopper however knew thanks to his nose.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The pirate Bigalo "The Hanged Man", who boastfully challenges the Strawhats during the race only to be one-shotted by Usopp, of all people.
  • Tomboy: Anaguma / Adelle
  • Wacky Racing: Well somewhat, the participants are playing for keeps and many ships get destroyed during the starting leg. Still it's played somewhat jovial till they hit the open sea.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Gasparde turns out to be vulnerable to flour.
    • What makes this funny is that Sanji was the one that figured this out, being a cook and all.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zoro twice in this film, the first time he didn't realize it was a child just that there was a intruder onboard and Anaguma attacked first. Luckily for Anaguma, Zoro didn't draw his sword. The second time was intentional to quiet the hysterical kid who was begging to go back for his grandfather leading to the Samus Is a Girl moment.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The person in charge of signing up is Gonk but the woman with him was very pretty.