This image includes an official screenshot of the beginning fight between Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard.  According to Funimation’s website under the video section “One Piece”, Funimation Global Group, LLC explains, “the rights of this franchise belong to Toei Animation Co., Ltd., Fuji TV, Eiichiro Oda, and Shueisha(4).  This image is on Crunchyroll Collection’s official YouTube under the video, Gol D Roger vs Whitebeard | One Piece at 1:19.   Crunchyroll Collection’s YouTube page contains clips directly from anime shown on Crunchyroll.

One Piece Has Become a Series Close to Many People’s Hearts

Within the anime industry, there are several animes that have to withstand the test of time.  Essentially, this means that there are animes that have been around for decades.  Some of which include Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and Case Closed for instance.  Another anime that has been around for so long is One Piece.  For anyone who isn’t familiar with the series, One Piece follows a pirate name Monkey Luffy as he sails with his crew to find the One Piece.  Originally, this series was an incredibly popular manga.  Then, One Piece made its way into the anime industry.  Where it would become well-known anime like Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, and Pokémon. 

With a series that has been going as long as One Piece, there are story elements that fans have been patiently waiting for.  Well, one of these moments finally happened for eager fans.  On March 7, 2021, fans finally got to witness the beginning of the fight between Gol D. Rogers and Whitebeard. Was this beginning fight everything everyone has been waiting for?  Does this scene bring incredible excitement for the next several episodes? Let’s find out together.  In this review, we’re going to analyze how One Piece excites fans with an incredible display of the fight between Gol D. Roger VS. Whitebeard within Episode 965.

Fans of One Piece Have Been Eagerly Awaiting the Inevitable Fight Between These Two Characters

Episode 965 has been the episode that fans have been waiting for.  Throughout this series, there have been so many questions yet to have answers.  Which is one of the reasons why this series is as popular as it is. While many people love the animation, the story is the true heart of One Piece.  With that, many fans of the series who have and haven’t read the manga. There are so many people who read this series.  In fact, One Piece is one of the more widely known manga series.  According to ScreenRant’s website under the article “The Best Selling Manga of All Time” ScreenRant writer Robert Keough explains “One Piece is so well known that it’s sold all over the world with several million distributions” (3).  Safe to say, One Piece has struck a chord with audiences.  While some audiences have read the manga, many haven’t.

In fact, many anime viewers don’t read the manga.  With the current status of the anime, many fans are just experiencing this unraveling story. According to ScreenRant’s website under the article, “One Piece: Volume 96 Reveals Gol D. Roger’s Journey”, ScreenRant writer Christian Markle states “for the first time, audiences will be able to gain long-awaited answers about one of the main characters of One Piece(4).   This main character being Gol D. Roger who had the title of “King of the Pirates” before he died.  At the same time, fans who’ve read the manga are waiting to see how this epic showdown is going to happen between Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard.  There’s a ton of excitement throughout the fandom as fans come together to watch these two characters finally meeting.  To which the animation shows the power of these two characters meeting loud and clear.

The Animation the Beginning Fight Foreshadows How Intense This Fight Will Be

One of the other things that makes this beginning fight so mesmerizing is the animation.  Without a doubt, this animation sets up this epic showdown.  Even before the two characters meet, Gol D. Roger faces another pirate name, Kozuki Oden.  This fight is the buildup to the meeting of Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard.  Within this scene, the audience can see Roger’s potential power. Especially when Roger sends Oden flying into several trees.  As Oden heads back to Roger, Whitebeard comes flying in.  Leading up to the initial point of contact, each fighter is powering up their own abilities.  As such, the audience sees everything, and I mean everything.  Which is where the animation truly shines.  There’s no dialogue but instead, the animation does all of the talking.  These two characters have met before and they have somethings to sort out.

Which is what fans are looking for.  They’ve been waiting so long to see these two characters fight on such a huge scale is incredible.  Almost like to the level of the first Naruto vs. Sasuke fight in Naruto.  Even as someone who isn’t a fan of this series, this fight sequence has to be one of the most jaw-dropping.  The animation within this sequence is outstanding.  Everything is in full detail.  The One Piece team didn’t cut any corners to make this scene.  They provide full-fledge animations for the whole scene.  Which makes this inevitable fight even more enjoyable.  Without a doubt, this scene from this episode of One Piece will be a discussion for fans as well as nonfans.

From What We Can See, One Piece is Ready to Give Fans One of the Fights of the Series

In this review, we’ve taken a look at the epic beginning fight of Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard.  Firstly, we took a look at how fans have been waiting for this fight.  Within the anime genre, many fans don’t read the manga.  So, this arc is the first-time fans get to learn about Gol D. Roger.  Then, we took a look at the fight itself with the animations.  Unquestionably, the animations speak for the sequence.  The audience can see every moment to the end of the episode.  To be honest, this animation has to be some of the highest quality this series has ever done.  This scene shows the inevitable fight between these two rivaling characters.  After this episode that One Piece fans receive, there’s no doubt extreme excitement for the next one.

As episode 965 was only the beginning of what is going to be one of the best fights within One Piece’s history.

Let’s Discuss More About One Piece

Thank you so much for reading this review.  Now, we want to hear from you guys.  Are you guys fans of One Piece? Is this one of the fights you’ve been waiting for? How do you think this fight will go? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Work Cited

Funimation Global Group, LLC. “One Piece.” Funimation, Sony Pictures.

Keough, Robert. “The Best Selling Manga Of All Time.” ScreenRant, 9 Nov. 2020.

Markle, Christian. “One Piece: Volume 96 Reveals Gol D. Roger’s Journey.” ScreenRant, 15 Jan. 2021.