One Piece – Episodes 78 through 91 – The Chopper Arc

Much like a snowball rolling down a mountain, my outright love of One Piece is now out of control, ready to smash anything that dares stand in its way. I’d seen images of Chopper before this arc, but never did I expect his history to be so frightfully tear jerking, so utterly heart breaking and magical. This is no doubt a big reason why I so enjoy anime like One Piece; every character, even a talking reindeer with a blue nose like Chopper, is fleshed out as a brilliant, larger than life personality, dogged with tragedy yet still content, nay determined, to move on with life, to achieve his own personal dreams.

No doubt this will go down as my favourite story arc of One Piece (so far). When an endearing character like Doctor Hiruluk dies out to a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria, it’s hard not to get swept up in the moment, overcome with the tragedy Chopper’s loss yet filled with admiration for the deceased final words, a speech filled with the kind of optimistic philosophy that fills your heart with a such reassuring warmth and hope for life.

The idea that someone never dies if you inherit their memories and their will is a message that lies at the heart of One Piece. Gold Roger’s greatest achievement was in his final words, echoed at the beginning of every episode, the words that gave birth to a thousand dreams. Similarly, Doctor Hiruluk’s limitless passion and impossible ambition lives on through Chopper. This was anime at its best, at its most powerful and I love it (to pieces, one might say!).

Author: bateszi

A huge bloody nerd. I apologise in advance. I live in Cambridge, England. That's not an excuse, by the way.

5 thoughts on “One Piece – Episodes 78 through 91 – The Chopper Arc”

  1. This arc was pretty painfull to watch at times, so much so that I had to force myself to keep watching it it was that sad :'(

  2. Yeah, I know the feeling; it was just one tradegy after the other. And Chopper is just so innocent too, despite everything that happens to him, he never hates humans- rather he just wants to make friends (or nakama).

  3. yea heartbreakin tragity a poor creature such as chopper sufferin with fear and confusion and tormented by others he lived a painstakin life of much pain and misery

  4. u guys are fags what is so sad and depressing about a cartoon?!? u guys must be fat poeple with no lives!

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