Anime / The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle

The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle is One Piece's seventh movie. Despite not being canon, it's probably set between the Davy Back Fight and the Water 7 arc.

The films open with the Straw Hat crew finding a mysterious treasure chest in a sinking ship in the middle of a storm. They bring it back to safety on their ship, only to find out a weird old woman inside it. Said lady asks the crew to bring her back home in exchange for a treasure which is apparently hid on her island. Enticed by the offer, the crew set sail for Karakuri Island.

Upon reaching the island, they learn of a special poem which contains a code leading to the famed Golden Crown, however they're also antagonized by Ratchet (Goro Inagaki of SMAP), the ruler of the island and son of the elderly lady, who send his henchmen to chase away the pirates. However, when Luffy accidentally solves part of the riddle, he decides to ally with them in order to find the treasure of the island.

After solving several, pun-related riddles the mystery is solved and the island is revealed to be a giant living turtle, who Ratchet binds with giant wires, as he wanted to use it as a giant weapon to take over the world, and so our heroes have to put an end to his plans.

Of all the movies, this one was notorious for the many instances of Fanservice, like Nami and Robin's "breast enhancement".

This movie contains examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Luffy manages to defeat Ratchet by unknowningly activating the Gear Second.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Nami and Robin for most of the movie.
  • Big Bad: Ratchet.
  • Blade Brake: Subverted: Turns out it's pretty pointless when your sword is an Absurdly Sharp Blade, as Zoro finds out. It does slow the fall a little at least.
  • Blow You Away: One of the defense systems installed by Ratchet against pirates is a colossal fan that can push ships away. However it ends up sucking the previous defense system (a row of mechanical archers) and shoot a volley of sharp fragments before exploding.
  • Clock Punk: The whole movie has this vibe.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sanji vs Honki and Zoro vs Maji.
  • The Dragon: Maji and Honki, especially the latter.
  • Death Glare: Nami gives one to Ratchett's mother in the beginning when she interrogates her about the treasure.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first minute does a good job establishing the seven Straw Hats.
    • Nami is excited about finding such a huge treasure chest.
    • Sanji gushes about how beautiful Nami is before arguing with Zoro.
    • Zoro snarks at Sanji and points out how are they going move the treasure chest.
    • Usopp is worried that if they don't stay focused, they'll die.
    • Chopper panics at Usopp's words.
    • Robin calms Chopper and assures him they'll make it.
    • Luffy cheerfully agrees and says things will work out. Before knocking the tent covering them from the rain.
  • Fanservice Pack: Ok, both Nami and Robin are fanservicey enough in the canon series, but this movie really takes this Up to Eleven, including:
  • Foreshadowing: While exploring the island Chopper, who can understand animals, hears a strange voice. Later is revealed that it was the Turtle Island they're on.
    • Another one is the unique compass used to find the island as a regular Log Pose won't locate it otherwise since it doesn't have a magnetic field. It's a small turtle.
    • In the beginning, Usop can be seen working on a new model of Nami's Climatact, the same that would appear later during the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Funny Afro: Honki.
  • Funny Background Event: Right in the beginning of the movie, while Nami and Sanji are questioning Luffy's actions to get them back on Going Merry, Zoro is seen in the background trying to put out Chopper who caught on fire.
  • Gainaxing: Another thing that made this film remarkable. In some sequences, Nami's boobs will randomly jiggle by themselves, even when she's still. Robin as well, but it's far more subtle and doesn't happen as much.
  • Humiliation Conga: Ratchet is defeated, has his mecha destroyed, his giant castle smashed, his dreams gone... and then he gets spanked by his mother for trying to take over the world.
  • Humongous Mecha: Ratchet's battle mecha.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The poem is rifled with japanese double entendres (not the sexual ones). For example, the first part mention the serpent's head ( a weird-looking rock) and the "two moons" (futatsu no tsuki). Tsuki can also mean "punch, strike", and the poem meant that.
  • Jerkass: Ratchet, seeing how he treats his own mother. Also Maji, who's incredibly loud, rude and obnoxious.
  • Lighter and Softer: Considerably after both fifth and ESPECIALLY the sixth provided very dark images to associate with One Piece; the latter having some of the most disturbing images so in the franchise. The villain was also very harmless and not nearly as threatening as the previous ones.
  • Lost in Translation: The rhymes about the treasure makes sense only in Japanese.
  • Meaningful Name: Meka Island. Read Backwards it becomes Shimagame, "Island Turtle".
  • My Beloved Smother: How Ratchet sees his mother.
  • Non-Indicative Name: There's a Karakuri Island, but no Giant Mechanical Soldier.
  • Not So Stoic: Played for laughs near the end: After escaping from a cave in, Luffy and Nami freaks out over the now freed Giant Turtle. Suddenly Zoro, unfazed burst out from the nearby rubble, coolly berates them with a stern look on his face... then freaks out over the Giant Turtle.
  • Oh Crap!: Everyone upon seeing Shimagame. Also Maji, as he noticed that Zoro has stopped his car with his swords alone and is about to attack.
  • Powered Armor: Honki has one with a suffocating, scary mask. Maji has one equipped with buzzsaws, though it's more like a vehicle.
  • Strange Bedfellows: Halfway through the movie, Ratchet allies himself with the Straw Hats to find the treasure.
  • Take Over the World: Ratchet plans to enslave the turtle island with giant black cables coming out of his castle and use it to take over the known world. Hilariously (and much to his dismay), none of the Strawhats take him seriously after hearing his plans.
  • This Is a Drill: Ratchet's various mecha are equipped with one.
  • Turtle Island: Turns out that Meka Island is one, aptly named Shimagame (Island Turtle).
  • Verbal Tic: Honki's "Ooos".
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: After revealing that she wrote down the poem on a piece of paper, Robin pulls said paper from her cleavage. Bounce included.