10 Most Action-Packed Episodes Of One Piece, Ranked
One Piece has many great episodes, but which are the most action-packed of them all?
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The One Piece anime has a hard history with its fans. While it certainly has its moments, ongoing production and Toei’s special brand of recycled, shonen sound effects has put a hamper on certain parts of everybody’s favorite pirate series (that isn’t The Pirates of the Caribbean).
This is unfortunate given that this stigma has kept plenty of manga fans from experiencing some of the series’ most iconic, action-packed moments in motion, something that Toei (for the most part) can get right. As the anime fans know, there are some incredible episodes that, at the right moment in the story, perfectly balance the plot, pacing, and animation to really get the fans’ blood pumping.
10 Episode 42 – Explosion! Fishman Arlong’s Fierce Assault From The Sea!
While many fans may not look back on the early episodes often, it does have its fair share of memorable, action-packed moments. This includes Luffy’s first fight with Buggy, Captain Kuro’s super-fast, berserker mode, and Zoro’s iconic first clash with Hawkeye Mihawk.
However, if there’s any episode from East Blue to really get fans off their seats, it would be the near climax of Luffy’s battle with Captain Arlong. Luffy’s on a desperate bid to get his navigator back, and he’s against a superhuman race of fishmen. In Episode 42, Luffy barely gets his footing but is in a narrow bid against Arlong’s sharp claws. Things heat to a proper boil once Luffy fully realizes what Arlong has been doing to his navigator.
9 Episode 399 – Break Through The Encirclement! Marines vs. The Three Captains
The Sabaody Archipelago Arc had already given the Supernovas a decent introduction; but at this point, it didn’t give enough information as to what these captains can do. Besides Luffy and Zoro, these were just some bright personalities with big numbers attached to their names. The rest of the Supernovas wouldn’t truly get a chance to prove their stuff until Episode 399.
As the Marines swarm the archipelago after Luffy’s slight disagreement with a Celestial Dragon, the Supernovas get ready for the fight of their lives. None get a better showcase than Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid who had the honor of fighting beside/competing against Monkey D. Luffy.
8 Episode 521 – The Battle Begins! Show Them The Fruits Of Training
Like any good time skip arc in anime does, it has to tease some of the big changes early on. Fans want to have a good reason as to why the aesthetic element of their favorite series has changed dramatically, and it’s up to the story to reward them.
One Piece’s time skip had some humble beginnings, as it simply showed each of the Straw Hats landing on Sabaody Archipelago, slightly hinting at what each of the Straw Hats did during their sabbatical. It took the Marines flooding the town once again for the Straw Hats to dust off their weapons and fists for another dazzling tussle. Seeing Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji in action, anime fans were immediately ready for the next chapter.
7 Episode 309 – Feelings Put Into Fists! Luffy’s Full-Power Gatling
The Enies Lobby Arc was jam-packed with great action and fight scenes. There was the initial invasion of the island that saw the Galley Law company swarm Marines and Luffy control one soldier like a wind-up toy. As the story went on, each of the Straw Hats’ had epic encounters with CP9 which saw Tony Tony Chopper go on full beast mode and Zoro fight a giraffe.
However, if there was one episode to get people’s blood boiling (especially and literally Luffy’s), it would be Episode 309. This saw the climax of his famous battle with Rob Lucci which saw him summon the last bits of his energy for one, cathartic barrage.
6 Episode 325 – The Most Evil Ability! Blackbeard’s Darkness Attacks Ace
In an odd twist of fate, Episode 325 sees an important, plot-relevant battle not take several episodes to accomplish. Here, Portgas D. Ace has nearly accomplished his mission for Whitebeard, as he has just found the traitor Marshall D. Teach, aka Blackbeard. Blackbeard had just been ransacking a town, but he seems all too eager to find Ace.
The two meet on the dirt road straight out of a Western and have a clash between two, very experienced pirates. Here, Ace pulls out a quick and flashy arsenal of flame moves, while Blackbeard shows the destructive power of his new, Darkness-Darkness Fruit.
5 Episode 555 – Explosive Move! Zoro And Sanji Sally Forth!
While Episode 521 gave fans a slight taste of the Straw Hats’ growth, the anime wouldn’t paint a full picture for their new abilities until the battle with the New Fishman Pirates was underway. Hody Jones has just attempted to overthrow Neptune and his family and has his entire forces armed to the gills.
The Straw Hats arrive just at the nick of time to save the royal family and now provide backup. While Luffy is preoccupied with Hody Jones, the rest of the Straw Hats take on Hody’s strongest forces, with Zoro and Sanji taking strong liberties to show the fruits of their hard training.
4 Episode 402 – Overwhelming! The Marine Combat Weapon Pacifista
While the Straw Hats do often fight alongside one another, they don’t actually team up a lot to fight a single enemy. It’s only in the rare and unfortunate cases that they have to put their best together to be able to just survive the onslaught of a new and overwhelmingly powerful enemy. One of the best showcases of this was during Thriller Bark where they struggled against Gecko Moriah’s Oars zombie.
This effort wouldn’t be seen again (and in such efficient, hyped, fashion) until Episode 402, where they are confronted by a Pacifista for the first time. Each of them has to pull out their best moves, with Zoro even fighting injured!
3 Episode 726 – Fourth Gear! The Phenomenal Bounce-Man!
While Luffy has developed some cool, powerful moves throughout the story, he hasn’t really had any battle, shonen type transformations until as of late. Gear Second kind of counted but acted more like a pink version of Son Goku’s Kaioken. Luffy wouldn’t get the full, transformation experience that has dazzled Goku’s hair, Ichigo’s masks, and Naruto’s costumes until Episode 726.
With some incredible animation to match it, Luffy magically transforms into Bounce-Man, a super-powerful form that is essentially just a large, dodgeball with muscles. Just seeing it was an experience, but it doesn’t truly prepare the viewer for Luffy’s incredible, new repertoire of moves.
2 Episode 462 – The Force That Could Destroy The World! The Power Of The Tremor-Tremor Fruit!
The entire Summit War Saga is just filled with non-stop action. It’s the introduction to the greater world of Marines, pirates, and strength outside Luffy’s personal circle, and everyone is putting out their prime performance. If there’s one episode to really define the experience, it would be the one where Whitebeard gets to fire the first shot.
Here, the Whitebeard Pirates and friends just arrive at Marineford, with Whitebeard greeting the door with two, encompassing tsunamis. This immediately calls for some action from the Admirals, but Whitebeard’s top commanders are already hitting the pavement. With Hawkeye Mihawk punctuating the episode with a failing attack on Whitebeard, this episode was way more explosive than it needed to be.
1 Episode 646 – The Legendary Pirate – Don Chinjao
Things rarely get more action-packed in anime than in tournament arcs; and while One Piece has yet to have a formal one, the battle royals at the Corrida Colosseum definitely come close and come with plenty of action to spare. This includes Jesus Burgess wiping the floor in Block A, the King Punch and Bartolomeo in Block B, and Rebecca being the ultimate underdog in Block D.
However, Block C easily includes the best episode of the tournament and one of the best formulated, action episodes in recent memory. Things just increasingly boil as Luffy gets chased by Jean Ango and Don Chinjao, and Ideo and Sai show off their power and talent. As dazzling as those two’s performance was, it immediately gets overshadowed in the climax when Luffy and Don Chinjao finally clash.
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