One Piece's tenth movie, written by Eiichiro Oda himself and the first movie to be considered part of the canon. As the movie was made in celebration of the franchise's tenth anniversary, Toei personally asked Oda to write the script. The film is set between the Thriller Bark and Saboody Archipelago arcs.The Straw Hats receive news that their hometowns in East Blue are in trouble and decide to put off adventuring to go help out, only to meet a mysterious flying pirate ship, led by the infamous pirate Golden Lion Shiki, the same pirate who managed to escape the inescapable undersea prison Impel Down and stands among Gold Roger and Whitebeard. After abducting Nami for her navigational skills, Shiki sends Luffy and the rest of the crew hurling down to his personal flying islands. There, the separated Straw Hats find themselves in a battle for survival with terrifying beasts.The film received an English dub from Funimation in November 2013. As the dub of the TV series has yet to reach the Thriller Bark arc by the time of this movie's release, the dub of this film marks Brook's English-speaking debut.See also Little East Blue Arc, a somewhat related mini-arc of the anime that takes place before and leads into this movie.
Tropes present in this film:
Action Prologue/In Medias Res: The movie begins with Luffy being chased by a variety of bizarre and powerful creatures on a bunch of floating islands, with the crew split up and Nami being held captive. Later on the film goes back to a week earlier to explain how everyone got there.
Animal Motifs: Lions for Shiki the Golden Lion, as well as lions being the "king of beasts" so it is symbolic that Shiki commands an army of beasts to do his bidding.
Big Damn Heroes: A particularly strong example occurs when the Straw Hats march into Shiki's headquarters, carrying cannons and using them against Shiki's large force of allies as a way of saying "hello" before really beginning to fight.
Luffy: You idiot. Nami didn't sacrifice herself. She came here as a vanguard!
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Shiki, Indigo, and Scarlet engage in this. The trope is pretty common in One Piece, but uniquely, the trio seem to be doing it deliberately.
Book Ends: Chronologically, the Straw Hats' adventure began when they received a tone dial from Shiki. At the end of the film, there are some silly antics by Luffy, Usopp and Nami regarding the same tone dial.
Chekhov's Gun: Viewers are reminded earlier on in the movie that Luffy is immune to electricity. His final attack that defeats Shiki incorporates lightning.
Cue the Sun: After Shiki's defeat at the hands of Luffy, the sun rises.
Damsel out of Distress: Nami. When Shiki kidnaps her, she defiantly turns down his offer to join him and manages to escape on her own. She would later set up bombs to blow up the plant Daft Green, despite exposure to the plants poisoning her. She would also give his men false information so their ship would get caught up in a giant storm which would destabilize things further.
Deer in the Headlights: Shiki's reaction to Luffy's final attack. Granted, he isn't completely frozen in place (he does send a few rocks flying towards Luffy as a last-ditch effort), but, well, seeing that he was floating in mid-air and Luffy's Gigant Thor Axe was a pretty slow-moving attack, this would be the most logical explanation for why he didn't just, y'know, fly out of the way.
Disproportionate Retribution/Fantastic Racism/Irrational Hatred: Shiki has a particular dislike towards East Blue, being the weakest of all the seas and having been the place of his old rival Gold Roger's execution, which Shiki considers to be a disgrace to Roger. In fact, he wants to destroy the entire area with his army of beasts as a warning to the World Government. It's also the reason why he antagonizes the Straw Hats when he finds out half of the members are from there.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Luffy and Nami decide to warn Shiki of a cyclone coming his way. He thanks them by kidnapping Nami, scattering the Straw Hats, and nearly killing several of them by crushing them in a stone pillar. The one upside out of helping him was that it eventually lead to them foiling his plans and saving East Blue (their original intention).
OOC Is Serious Business: Towards the climax, Shiki calmly forgoes his running gag with Dr. Indigo and simply moves on to meet with the pirate leaders.
Plot Parallel: This is twice now that Shiki's plans for world domination had been stopped by a man from East Blue.
Power Floats: Thanks to his Devil Fruit, Shiki can cause inanimate objects to levitate, including entire islands.
Prequel: Two supplementary materials: Episode 0, which explains some of Shiki's backstory and actually gives some sight into the One Piece world shortly after Gold Roger's death; and the Little East Blue Arc, which takes place before the movie.
Psycho Serum: SIQ, which causes mutations in animals and turns them vicious.
Punny Name: Luffy names Nami's electric bird friend "Billy". Biribiri is a Japanese onomatopoeia for electrical tingling. Also, he's a duck.
Red Sky, Take Warning: When Shiki arrives to get back Nami and later thoroughly trashes the Straw Hats, the sky is particularly red due to the sun setting.
Rotoscoping: For Shiki, Indigo, and Scarlet's dance at the beginning of the film.
Rule of Cool: Oda admitted the whole "Dressed up Straw Hats march" was entirely for this reason.
Underestimating Badassery: Shiki is a guy who really doesn't check his headlines or if his opponent is down for good. Luffy recovers from his "final" attacks twice in the film and he still treats him like a nuisance rather than a full on threat. Big mistake.
Ungrateful Bastard: After the Straw Hats go out of their way to warn him of an incoming typhoon, Shiki decides to kidnap Nami to be his new navigator and nearly kills the rest of the crew by sending them hurling down several stories from the air to his floating islands as prey for his army of beasts.
Unstoppable Rage: Shiki managed to get Luffy the angriest he's been in a long time.
Luffy: You think after everything you've done to my friend, and my sea, that I'm going to let you get away with all of this?!!
Winged Humanoid: The inhabitants of Merveille have feathers growing out of their forearms, without knowing why or how. After Shiki's defeat and the return of their island to the sea, they discover they can indeed fly.