The 903rd chapter of One Piece, “The Fifth Emperor” focuses on the aftermath of the Strawhat’s battle with the Big Mom pirates. One Piece is one of if not the best action anime/manga out there and it’s often a pleasure to read those chapters. However, Oda does excel at telling a story that effective builds the One Piece universe, reminding the readers what’s at stake and how large the world actually is.
After a major arc many pirates receive different amounts in what’s called a bounty. For those who may not know, a “bounty is issued by a government official or by the Marines.” It’s amount is determined by the strength or the danger level the pirate presents.
Most pirates actually like bounties as it’s potentially high amount is a symbol of their strength to the world. The bounty is a tangible symbol of the stories progression. For example in the beginning of the series Luffy was excited to receive his first bounty, which after defeating several top pirates in East Blue was 30 million berry.
Watching his bounty and his crew-mates bounties increase represented their grow both in strength and experience. In this chapter Sanji’s bounty increases to 330 million berry, he’s joyful because it has surpassed Zoro’s 320 million berry bounty. However, he’s not so happy that his bounty seemed to increase due to his familial connections.
Another tool that Oda uses to expand the world and basically recap the recently ended arc is the newspapers. This chapter shows several major characters reading about the exploits of the Strawhat pirates, one of the first news items the paper reveals to the masses is that Luffy now “commands” a fleet of 5000 subordinates, called the “Straw Hat Grand Fleet.” This fleet is formed by seven organizations that have pledge to serve under Luffy.
The fleet’s membership includes, seven divisions, the Beautiful Pirates are First Division and are commanded by Cavendish. The Second Division is led by Bartolomeo and features his Barto Club, the Third Division features the pirate crew, the Happo Navy, the Fourth Division, the Ideo Pirates lead by Ideo, the Fifth Division is headed by the Tontatta Tribe, and their armed forces the Tonta Corps.
The New Giant Warrior Pirates are a five member pirate crew that make up the Sixth Division, lead by Hajrudin. Finally, the Yonta Maria Grand Fleet that features 56 ships, they’re the Seventh Division. We see that Dalton, Dr. Kureha, Crocodile, Cavendish, Bartolomeo, the Firetank Pirates, Blackbeard, Van Augur, Doc Q, Avalo Pizarro and Princess Vivi.
We get to see Koby and Helmeppo as they save the Riku family. I’ve been excited to see the progression of these two, the series obviously focuses on pirates not marines and only in conflict do we get a since of their strength. Helmeppo now possesses Kenbunshoku Haki, and Koby is strong enough to deflect torpedo’s underwater, he’s now a Captain.
The series now heads into the “Reverie Arc,” the 13th story arc of the series and will focus on the royalty gathering for Reverie. This chapter revealed so much and I would recommend reading it, some highlights included Sanji receiving a Raid Suit, Zeus abandoned Big Mom for Nami, Kaido is angered at Luffy for ruining his operations, Big Mom is angry that Morgan (the newspaper writer) suggested that Luffy had defeated her.
The World Economic Journal calls Luffy the fifth Emperor, placing him in the league with the Yonko, Shanks, Big Mom, Kaido and Blackbeard. Brook reveals that he made an error in reporting Luffy’s bounty earlier, and that it’s actual 1.5 Billion berry bounty, the largest known so far in the series.
MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (40 – 21)
40 – Luffy vs Musshuru
Luffy – the main protagonist in the One Piece Series.
Musshuru – the second antagonist in the 9th movie.
Location: One Piece Movie Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura
Luffy fights Musshuru, they are initially even. But Musshuru gains the advantage with his speed and poisoning him with his spores. Chopper attempts to defeat him but is easily dismissed. Musshuru is shot with a fire bullet by Usopp. Robin gives an antidote to Luffy. Luffy recovers a uses his Gear Second, using a powerful Jet Bazooka to defeat Musshuru.
39 – Sanji vs Scarlet
Sanji – the cook of the Straw Hat Crew.
Scarlet – is a giant red gorilla that’s a member Golden Lion Pirates.
Location: One Piece Movie 10
The was a rather short battle that was utterly dominated by Sanji. Scarlet kidnaps Robin and in a scene similar to King Kong takes her to the top of a tower. He plans on marring her, but Sanji has other plans. Using his quick feet to scale towards the top of the tower. Scarlet attacks but is defeated by Sanji’s “Diable Jambe”.
38 – Dr. Indigo vs Zoro
Dr. Indigo – the mad scientist of Shiki’s crew
Zoro – is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a former Bounty Hunter.
Location: One Piece Movie 10
Zoro makes quick work of Dr. Indigo. Indigo uses his “Chemical Juggling” ability, firing chemical orbs at Zoro. Zoro slices through them, but is hit. He is unharmed and Dr. Indigo response by uses ” Mass Juggling”. Zoro uses his “Ashura: Ugui” and defeats Dr. Indigo with ease.
37 – Natsu and Gajeel vs Sting and Rogue
Natsu – is a Fire Dragon Slayer, a member of the Fairy Tail Guild, the main protagonist of the series.
Gajeel – is an “Iron Dragon Slayer”, a member of the Fairy Tail.
Sting – the Master of Sabertooth.
Rogue – is a Mage of Sabertooth.
Location: Fairy Tail Chapters (294 – 297)
The Battle between the Dragon Slayers begins with Natsu and Gajeel clearly Dominating. They appear to effortlessly thrash Sting and Rogue. However, they both activate their White Drive and Shadow Drive respectively. This turns the tide of the battle in their favor. Neither Natsu or Gajeel are afraid as they continue to surprise the audience with their strength. Sting uses his best move, Holy Nova. Natsu is completely unaffected by this technique.
Sting and Rogue activate ” Dragon Force”, and take over the battle. Natsu aims to prove that both he and Gajeel have been underestimated, by taking on both a the same time. Natsu dominates the two Dragon Slayers, they resolve to combine their attacks into ” Unison Raid: Holy Shadows Dragon Flash Bang”, Natsu counters with his “Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade”. Natsu is declared the victor.
36 – Straw Hat Crew vs Island Creatures
Straw Hat Pirates – the crew of Monkey D. Luffy
Island Creatures – animal species that inhabit Strong World.
Location: One Piece Movie 10
During the early scenes in the movie the Straw Hat Crew come in contact with hostile animals species in the Strong World. Luffy is being chased around an island by a flat crocodile like monster.The croc type monster is then attacked by a pink octopus like one. The octopus chases Luffy, then a Mantis attacks Luffy who dodges the attack. The Mantis proceeds to attack the Octopus and cuts its tentacles with it sharp pincers. The Mantis is then attacked by a large Bear type monster, and is defeat when the Bear uses a suplex move. The Bear charges at Luffy who response in kind, Luffy uses his “Gomu Gomu no Pistol” but the Bear dodges. Luffy then goes into his Gear Third and finishes it with a “Gigantic Pistol”.
The Straw Hats are separated around the Island Sanji is with Usopp, Zoro with Chopper, and Robin, Franky, and Brook are together . They all fight against odd monsters. Luffy at one point is being chased by Scorpions, but is saved by an electric Duck, called Billy. Sanji and Usopp encounter mini pink Bulls, that shoot themselves like bullets, as well as a six legged Tiger. Franky, Robin and Brooke fight tiny ant like creatures that have helmets and swords. And Zoro faces of kills a massive dinosaur type.
35 – Jiraiya, Tsunade vs Orochimaru
The Legendary Three – the Sannin from Konoha
Location: Naruto Chapters (164 – 171)
Jiraiya decided its finally time to kill Orochimaru. Having been previously drugged by Tsunade, Jiraiya had a difficult time molding chakra. Tsunade fought Kabuto as he was the only one able. Kabuto was completely out of his league, he slits his wrists taking advantage of Tsunade’s” hæmophobia” . Naruto was injured attempting to help her. Tsunade heals him vowing to protect him no matter what.
Orochimaru, attempts to kill him but Tsunade protects him with her body. Tsunade got over her blood fear and healed herself enough to summon Katsuya. Jiraiya is able to summon Gamabunta to fight off against Orochimaru’s Manda. Defeating two sannin was too difficult for Orochimaru to accomplish and he and Kabuto fled.
34 – Ash vs Paul
Ash – the main protagonist of Pokemon series.
Paul – one of Ash’s rival.
Location: Pokemon Sinnoh League 29 – 31
Ash leads with Pikachu and Paul use his Aggron. Aggron starts with Metal Claw, Pikachu counters with Iron Tail. Aggron uses Metal Sound, Ash tells Pikachu to use thunderbolt followed by Volt Tackle. Aggron stops Pikachu using Flash Cannon. Ash recalls Pikachu for Infernape. Aggron uses double edge, Infernape counters with Flare Blitz and they collide. Infernape is hit with recoil, Aggron is burned. Infernape uses Mach Punch knocking Aggron out of the battle.
Next up for Paul is Gastrodon. Ash recalls Infernape for Staraptor. Gastrodon begins with Muddy Water, Staraptor gets a direct hit with Quick Attack. Staraptor uses Aerial Ace and Gastrodon uses Body Slam. Gastrodon use Water Pulse but Staraptor uses Close Combat to escape from under Gastrodon. Gastrodon knocks Staraptor down with Ice Beam, Ash subs Staraptor with Buizel. Gastrodon uses Ice Beam, Ash uses it to his advantage in combination with Aqua Jet. Buizel KO’s Gastrodon with Ice Punch.
The poison Pokemon Drapion is Paul’s next battler. Drapion attacks with Pin Missile, Buizel uses Water Gun as a counter. Drapion uses Cross Poison but Buizel dodges and uses Sonic Boom. Its blocked by Drapion’s Tail and Drapion captures Buizel in his claws. Buizel “inflates his flotation sack” and uses Water Gun to escape. Drapion uses Toxic Spikes poisoning Buizel then KO’ing it with Pin Missile.
Ash sends Staraptor back out, and Paul quickly uses Pin Missile. Staraptor evades them and uses Ariel Ace, but Drapion captures it in it claws. Using Cross Poison followed by slamming Staraptor into the ground, Drapion wins. Torterra is sent out and is quickly poisoned buy Toxic Spikes, Drapion uses Cross Poison but is stopped by Energy Ball. Torterra uses Leaf Storm scoring a direct hit on Drapion. Drapion uses Pin Missile once again and Torterra uses Rock Climb which is blocked by Drapion. Drapion uses Poison Fang, but Torterra uses Synthesis but Drapion wins with Pin Missile.
Gliscor is used next, and Paul recalls Drapion for Ninjask. Ninjask uses its agility to increase its speed, and strike with Fury Swipes. Gliscor fails in its attempt to use Fire Fang and is knocked into the ground becoming poisoned. Ash recalls Gliscor and uses Infernape who is quickly poisoned. Ash plans to get rid of the Toxic Spikes, he has Infernape dig then use Flare Blitz burning the Toxic Spikes. Ninjask uses Giga Drain but its slower due to effects from Flare Blitz. Infernape knocks Ninjask out with Mach Punch.
Ash gives Infernape a rest and sends Pikachu out against Froslass, it uses Hail. Pikachu use his Thunder Bolt but its ineffective, he’s hit by Ice Shard. Volt Tackle is used but easily evaded, and Froslass uses Ice Shard. Pikachu gets a clean hit on Frosslass with Iron Tail. Pikachu is hit with an Ice Beam, and gets trapped but takes out Frosslass with Volt Tackle. Paul sends out Drapion and Ash calls Pikachu back and sends Gliscor out. Drapion starts with Pin Missile, Gliscor fly’s up and uses Stone Edge. Drapion counters with Cross Poison but Gliscor uses Giga Impact, Paul uses Pin Missile. Gliscor dodges the Pin Missile then fails to connect with X-Scissor. Cross Poison is uses but Gliscor quickly use Fire Fang that burns Drapion until it faints.
Paul is left with his final Pokemon, Electivire. Gliscor has taken a lot of damage, and Paul uses Thunder on the field resulting in Gliscor being hit by rocks. Gliscor tries to use Giga Impact but is caught an Knocked out with Brick Break. Pikachu is up and uses his speed. Pikachu uses Quick Attack and hits Electivire and Pikachu gets caught in Electivire’s tails. Pikachu frees itself with Iron Tail, Electivire uses Brick Break while Pikachu counters with Quick Attack. They seem to be even, Pikachu uses Volt Tackle increasing Electivire’s speed. Pikachu fails to counter Electivire’s Thunder Punch and is knocked out with Brick Break.
Both Ash and Paul have one Pokemon left, Electivire and Infernape. Thunder punch and Mach Punch clash as both Combatants are equal. Infernape uses Flamethrower and is countered by Protect. Electivire uses Thunder and Infernape uses Dig. Infernape uses Flamethrower, and Electivire uses Brick Break. The seem even but thing appear to change as Infernape is grabbed by Electivire. To everyone’s surprise when Infernape activates its Blaze ability. In his new state Infernape uses Flamethrower, then a powerful Flare Blitz knocking out Electivire for the win.
33 – Byakuka vs Zommari
Byakuka – Captain of the 6th Division.
Zommari – the 7th Espada of Aizen’s army.
Location: Bleach Chapter (297 – 302)
Byakuka prevents Zommari from killing Rukia. They exchange words then begin to show off their speed, with a series of techniques. Zommari challenges Byakuka’s arrogance claiming that they are about equal. Zommari uses his “Resurrección, Brujería”. Using his Amor he “steal sovereignty over anything it sees”. He takes control over various parts of Byakuka who then cuts the tendon’s of the controlled body parts. Even without the use of his arm and leg Byakuka still maintain’s that he’s superior. Zommari takes over Rukia’s entire body, but Byakuka counters this with Kido, prevent Rukia from moving.
He activates his Bankai, Senbonzakura Kageyoshi. Zommari attempts to take control over the blades, but is limited due to the fact that he only has 50 eyes. Byakuka’s Bankai has over a million little blades, Zommari uses a defensive sphere to protect himself. Zommari releasing his defeat begs for his life, but Byakuka has no sympathy for him.
32 – Gaara vs Kimimaro
Gaara – Kazekage of the sand village.
Kimimaro – the fifth member of the sound five.
Location: Naruto Chapters (213 – 217)
Kimimaro is hasty and attacks Gaara with ” finger bullets”, Gaara’s ultimate defense swiftly blocks them. Gaara goes offensive with his sand, but Kimimaro is too agile. He uses “Suna Shigure”, causing sand to rain to the ground. But it was a distraction designed to keep Kimimaro from noticing his feet. He grabs him with sand and covers Kimimaro with sand then uses ” Sabaku SouSou” crushing him. Kimimaro survives due to the strength of his bones.
Gaara uses “Desert Avalanche” covering most of the forest with sand, including Kimimaro. He then compacts the sand with ” Desert Requiem”. Kimimaro emerges unscathed and in his curse seal level 2 form. In this form Kimimaro isn’t being stopped by Gaara’s sand attacks. He manages to land a hit on Gaara breaking through Gaara’s sand shield. Kimimaro pulls out his own spine, and uses it to wrap around Gaara, who’s sand instantly protects him.
Kimimaro releases his strongest bone, Gaara counters with his ” Supreme Absolute Defense Shield of Shukaku “. Gaara’s shield trumps Kimimaro’s bone, and Gaara uses sand to trap him under ground. Kimimaro uses his final “dance” and a series of bones protruded from the ground. Gaara uses his sand to lift himself and Rock Lee into the air. Just when they appear safe Kimimaro appears behind them, but he died’s before he can strike.
31 – Grimmjow vs Ichigo
Grimmjow – the 6th Espada of Aizen’s army.
Ichigo – the main protagonist of the Bleach series.
Location: Bleach Chapters (279 – 287)
Ichigo and Grimmjow clash swords, with his spare hand Grimmjow use his cero. After trading threats with Ichigo, they begin to fight in mid-air. Looking to provoke Ichigo’s anger he uses his, Gran Ray Cero aiming it toward Orihime. Grimmjow finally activates his Resurrección, Pantera. They clash in mid-air once again, Grimmjow launches his ” Garra de la Pantera “. Ichigo initially dodges this but the projectiles are heading toward Orihime, he takes the hits. After being hit Ichigo’s mask begins to crack.
Ichigo removes the crack, and they continue to trade blows. Grimmjow gets slashed down the chest by Ichigo, leaving him to believe that he has won. Grimmjow is angry that Ichigo would conclude that he could be defeated. Grimmjow releases his technique ” Desgarron “, he claims its his strongest attack. Ichigo shatters this attack and stabs Grimmjow through the chest ending the battle.
My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (90 – 85)
90 – Naruto (Four tails) vs Oorochimaru
Naruto – is the title character of the of the Naruto series, and the bijuu with the Nine tails fox.
Oorochimaru – is one of the main antagonist in the Naruto series, and a member of the legendary Sannin.
Naruto Chapters (290 – 296)
Naruto, consumed by his anger transforms into his four-tailed form, and attacks Orochimaru. His powers are destructive and he destroys the landscape. Most of Orochimaru’s attacks are useless against Naruto, but he is capable of remaining on even terms with Naruto. Orochimaru strikes Naruto with his “Sword of Kusanagi”, but the sword fails to do damage.
89 – Colonel Mustang vs Envy
Colonel Mustang – known as the “Flame Alchemist”, he’s also a state alchemist.
Envy – a Homunculus who can shape-shifting.
Full Metal Alchemist Chapter (93 -95)
Mustang encounters Envy, who reveals that he was Hughes killer. Seeking revenge for the killing of Hughes, Mustang goes berserk. He’s completely without mercy as he burns Envy’s tongue. Envy transforms into a grotesque monster, Mustang responses by setting Envy’s eye fluid aflame. Envy realizing Mustang could easily kill him, flees. Envy attempts to confuse Mustang by transforms into Hughes, however Mustang isn’t fooled. Envy fails to make any headway as Mustang is to good.
Mustang mercilessly burns Envy. Envy try’s to trick Riza , but Envy falls for a trap she sets. She is able to damage him with her guns, but Envy gets the advantage. When Envy is about to kill her, Mustang furiously attacks him. He burns Envy to the point where Envy reverts back to a smaller parasitic form. Riza and Edward manage to stop Mustang from killing Envy. Envy doesn’t comprehend humanity’s ability to have compassion, he starts crying and commits suicide.
88 – Monkey D. Luffy vs Blueno
Monkey D. Luffy – The main protagonist and Captain of the Strawhat pirates.
Blueno – was an assassin of CP9.
One Piece Chapter (383 – 385)
Unlike their previous fight, Luffy is more prepared to handle Blueno’s techniques. Luffy also reveals his new technique, “Gear Second”. Luffy basically demolishes Blueno after this, preventing him from getting any advantage. Luffy hits him with a devastating “Jet Bazooka”, which Blueno decides use his strongest “Tekkai Gou” to block it. Luffy is prepared to reveal his “Gear Third technique”, but it’s not necessary.
87 – Kamin, Simon vs Viral
Kamin – the founder of Team Gurren.
Simon – is the central protagonist of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Viral – one of the four “Beastman”, he’s a shark type.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Episode 3 (Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces)
Through out he beast war arc Kamina, Simon and Viral, battle many times. While hunting for food, he encounters Kamina. He attacks Kamina with a cleaver. Viral is in an advantage position in the beginning of the fight. He manages to get several shallow cuts on Kamina. Simon and Yoko interfere in the battle, forcing Viral to use his Gunman (Enki). He defeats Simon and Kamina, but retreats. He returns the following day, having a rematch with Kamina and Simon. This was the first time that Gurren-Lagann entered battle. Kamina and Simon succeed in defeating Viral, who vowed vengeance.
Kamina takes his newly formed “Team Dai-Gurren”, into battle against Thymilph. Kamina to capture the enemies moving fortresses. The mission was successful, however Kamina was injured. Thymilph stabbed him through the chest, then shoots him with a beam. Kamina and Simon form Gurren Lagann and defeats Thymilph with their new move “Giga Drill Break.” Sadly, Kamina dies telling Simon before doing so “Don’t believe in the Kamina who you believe in. Don’t believe in the Simon that I believe in. Believe in the Simon who believes in himself.”
85 – Mugen vs Sara
Mugen – one of the main characters of the Samurai Champloo series.
Sara – is a blind musician, and assassin.
Samurai Champloo Episode 20 (Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 1) & Episode 21 (Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 2)
Mugen and Sara fight twice in the series. They fight first by the river, she slashes Mugen across the chest. Before she can finish him off , Fuu intervenes. Sara meets Mugen again nearly defeating him a second time, however using advice from Jin he does better. She intentionally allows herself to be hit by Mugen, due to being distraught of her sons death. Sara’s fighting ability considering she is blind is impressive. She seems to be one of the strongest warriors in Samurai Champloo. She can sense her opponents attacks and respond accordingly.