"Bink's no Sake wo,
Todoke ni yuku yo..."
As should be expected, an epic series like One Piece
deserves an epic soundtrack.
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- Nothing beats the original opening song, "We Are!", by Hiroshi Kitadani. While One Piece has many great opening and ending songs, this is the only one that sounds apart from mainstream J-music, and more like something specifically written for the show (it was composed by Kouhei Tanaka, after all). It's cheery, upbeat, and has a great singer, and the accompanying animation is impressive. And if you've been a fan of the series for so long and look back upon it, it's bound to strike a few chords in your heart.
- The intros to the English version of the second opening, "Believe" and the third opening "Toward the Light" are pretty inspirational.
- "Kokoro no Chizu", the fifth opening theme.
- Opening 6, "Brand New World" is possibly the best opening, as one of the few that shows exciting scenes from the current arc.
- Opening 8, "Crazy Rainbow Star", definitely needs acknowledgment.
- The Ten Year Anniversary remix of "We Are". Knowing that an anime has lasted for ten years and is still going strong is definitely a triumphant moment for fans.
- "Share The World" continues One Piece's legacy of having great openings.
- The 12th opening, "Kaze wo Sagashite" ("Search for the Wind") definitely upholds the standard for great One Piece music. In addition, the TV version is accompanied with epic animation to set up for the Marineford Arc.
- If we must speak of the new One Piece songs, we must not soon forget the 13th opening: "One Day" by The ROOTLESS. It fits the epic and tense feel of the Marineford saga perfectly, and also describes the brotherly relationship between Luffy and Ace quite nicely.
- The fourteenth opening, "Fight Together" by Namie Amuro, is absolutely epic, capturing the feel and tone of the series post time-skip perfectly. Also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment if you watch the animated opening it plays on.
- "We Go". It's a follow up to "We Are!", so you know that would be awesome before even listening to it. The English dub is worth listening to as well.
- "Wake Up", by AAA (the same artist as the 2013 remix of "We Are!") certainly deserves a mention. So gosh-darn happy!
- "Jungle P" by 5050 (the 9th opening) is an epic yet catchy song that fits the Thriller Bark Arc like a glove.
- All of the Straw Hats' themes are awesome, and fit them to a T. Chopper's, esepcially the second part. Sanji's is jazzy and suave, Robin's is sexy, classy and elegant, Usopp's is fast-paced and upbeat, Nami's is cute and mischievous, Zoro's is dark and serious, Franky's is triumphant and awesome (So awesome it was even used before Franky was introduced), Brook's starts off creepy, then becomes goofy and happy, mirroring people's reactions to him (At first they're scared, then realize that Brook is a Nice Guy), Luffy's is adventurous, and Chopper's is cute and happy, curious even.
- "Karakuri Castle, Transform" is arguably one of the most intense, fast-paced fight themes in any show, and especially by anime's standards. Played often through the series, KCT makes any scene that much more thrilling.
- "Overtaken" from One Piece.
- "Overtaken" makes any scene in which it's played instantly better, because it's usually when the Straw Hats have decided that, no matter how much punishment they've taken already, no matter how hopeless the situation has become, no matter how powerful the Big Bad is, these guys will not back down, they will not surrender, they will pull out all the stops and won't quit until they're dead or have put the villains in their place.
- If Overtaken has come on, you know the Mugiwara/Straw Hat Pirates have just officially declared that SOMEONE is about to get their shit DESTROYED.
- Zoro, GomuGomu Vs Goegoe, and Kihaku no Kenshi Zoro (Spirited Swordsman Zoro).
- May be Heartwarming/Tear-Jerking Music instead, but Bink's Sake definitely qualifies as awesome.
- "After Eating, Grand Line" does a good job of showing the Straw Hats going into ominous situations.
- For many One Piece fans, nothing can top the sheer Triumph of the end of the final Luffy/Crocodile fight done to the tune of the New World Symphony by Dvorak.
- It's not Dvorak, but the piece that plays during that scene's recreation in Movie 8 (and later on in the actual anime for Rob Lucci's defeat), "I Will Surpass You!", has a wonderful build-up of pain and sorrow before exploding in a triumphant and furious climax as Luffy puts everything he has into his last move to defeat the Big Bad.
- "Straw Hat Pirates Fight". It's just perfect when Luffy and all of his friends are working together and kicking ass.
- The triumphant "Luffy's Fierce Attack", or Three Towers (perfect for storming enemy bases) and its partner in crime, Straw Hat Pirates, Begin Counterattack. And to finish with some Crazy Awesome, Franky's Theme. It's actually a bit from a much earlier piece, but when someone has this as their leitmotif, you know something cool is about to happen.
- Fierce Battle! Zoro vs. Sanji is the tune that usually plays during an intense action scene.
- While it started out as a funny gag song, (warning, clip arguably has some spoiler material prior to Enies Lobby) "The Man from the Island of Snipers" becomes Awesome Music when Usopp gets dangerous. After all, this is a series about fulfilling one's dreams — so what is more badass in context than a song about one's dream self? Also comes in a dubbed version.
- The most terrifying combination of music when played to the presence of someone like Bartholomew Kuma has to be Desperate Situation and Difficult until 1:50. If either one of those pieces are playing, it's usually a sign that shit has hit the fan. Also, A Dangerous Storm!
- Facing 3 Admirals, quite possibly the best song from the tenth movie, if not the entire soundtrack. First plays when Luffy stands against the admirals.
- Both versions of Brook's Fight. Both fast-paced, heart pumping pieces.
- Debuting in the Thriller Bark Arc, The Eleven Supernova plays when the good guys are gaining the advantage, or kicking the bad guys' asses.
- Movie 10 introduces a whole brand new slew of awesome music. First there's Run Luffy! which fits the rough, wild nature of the movie's setting perfectly, as well as To East Blue?, which starts out majestically, befitting the Scenery Porn of Merveille's introduction before abruptly shifting gears along with the plot. Next we have Begin the Operation for when the Big Bad's plan goes into motion, and the sad Nami's Message. Then we get Baby Dance, Nami Escapes, Sanji and Usopp, and Sanji's Leg of Wind (the latter apparently having become Boa Hancock's Leitmotif), all catchy, jazz swing pieces. Rounding out the battle music are Zoro's Nine Blades (actually a rearrangement of the much earlier "Gomu Gomu vs. Goe Goe" piece mentioned above), and the appropriately climatic The Final Battle. Finally, there's Message of Faith, showing the return to normalcy for the Straw Hats as well as underscoring the Heartwarming Moment that the film ends on.
- Zoro vs General Maji and Sanji vs Captain Honki, both from the 7th movie.
- The music in the OVA Defeat the Pirate Ganzack is all kinds of awesome. A shame that none of those tracks were reused for the actual show when it came out.
- The moment you hear Uunan and the Stone Storage Room, expect a really serious scene to take place.
- The music at the end of the episode where Oars, dying, reaches out to Ace is the most amazing, heart-rending piece. It's called "Dokuro ga Shinnen no Shouchou", and is from the 9th Movie Soundtrack.
- I'm Becoming the King of Pirates! gives off the sense of joy and adventure the series loves.
- Going Merry rescues the Straw Hat Pirates
- Dokuro wa Shinnen no Shouchou from the 9th Movie. Notable moments when this song played during the anime includes the part in Impel Down where Luffy tells Iva that he's going to Marineford to rescue Ace and, more memorably, the scene where Whitebeard makes an epic Last Stand against the marines. Also featured in the clash between Luffy and Don Chinjao, the first battle where both fighters were confirmed to have Haoshoku Haki.
- Gomu Gomu no Bazooka! (2:00 is especially epic)
- "Can't Escape, Fight", the song that plays when Luffy is fighting Wyper, is nothing short of kick-ass.
- Whenever Luffy's Here starts playing, you can expect Luffy to either have an epic entrance or do something amazing.
- Whether or not it was released as part of the soundtrack, the track that plays when the fake Straw Hats are gathering at Grove 46 certainly qualifies.
- Shuraiya vs Needorusu is the song they play when shit goes down. Originally from Movie 4.
- This part from the song Shinkenshoubu, that plays during Sanji's badass moments.
- To the Grand Line.
- The second part from The World's Number One Oden Store is an amazingly beautiful track, and does a great job of getting across the great things that tend to happen in One Piece flashbacks (Saul's betrayal of the marines and Roger/Rayleigh's first meetings stand out).
- Karakuri Defense System, Deploy is the kind of theme that makes any dramatic scene twice as intense. Usually played whenever the bad guy has the upper hand in a fight, or when there's impending doom.
- The song that plays in various flashbacks (such as the barkeep's reminiscence of Gold Roger) is particularly great, providing a trailer-esque quality to the flashbacks, and sounding great on its own.
- Luffy versus Rachet Round 1 and Luffy versus Ratchet Round 2 from Movie 7. Mostly Round 2; when that plays, you KNOW something big is about to happen.
- Mother Sea is Tearjerker and Heartwarming put into musical form.
- Z adds a number of impressive action soundtracks to the series's music collection, such as "Z vs. the Straw Hat Pirates", "Fierce Battle" - a medley of battle music for the Monster Trio, and "A Grand Battle". It also contains the heroic "Now Onward to the Island of the Final Battle! and the melancholy sailors' hymn "Ocean Guide".
- The New Animal King. A triumphant-sounding tune, fitting for big moments (Vivi's introduction during her coming of age speech) and after big victories (Luffy vs Lucci).
- The Marine Swordsman's Battle Cry. A serious music for serious moments, perfect for setting up big events (like Shanks' meeting with Whitebeard).
- Luffy vs. Gecko Moria is intense and triumphant, usually played when there's a big finishing move.
- The Straw Hats Counterattack is lauded as one of the greatest tracks in the series by a lot of fans, mainly due to one key moment it's played: when Shanks appears to stop the Marineford War.
- "We're not acquaintances. We're not friends. We are a Family!"
- Sea Moon, Sea You, sung by a young Sanji, is a hauntingly beautiful tune.
- A Thousand Dreamers.
- The Chopper Man theme, probably the most adorable superhero song you'll ever hear.
- Franky! Guarantee!
- Un, Deux, Kura!
- At the count of Jango, you will listen to this beat. 1, 2, Jango!
- This character single has had many fangirls Squeeing, as it is sung by the Seiyuu of Zoro, Sanji and Usopp.