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The 21 Best Episodes Of ‘One Piece,’ Ranked

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Vote up your favorite 'One Piece' episodes.

Now that One Piece has finally reached its 1,000th episode, let's take a look back and admire how far the anime has come. Ever since 1999, the shonen behemoth has been serving up great episodes. Which ones are the very best is a matter of personal preference, but there are some that really stand out above the rest.

From epic fights to tragic moments, these 20 episodes are among the very best the series has to offer. If you don't see a personal favorite on here, that doesn't mean it's not incredible or deserving of recognition. Let's celebrate the greatness of One Piece by looking back at a handful of its greatest moments.

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  • 1
    2,846 VOTES

    Episode 278 - 'Say You Want to Live! We Are Your Friends!'

    There are a lot of episodes that demonstrate friendship and loyalty, but few do it better than this one. After Robin tells her life story, she explains that while she likes the Straw Hats, she believes that they will ultimately betray her.

    They prove otherwise by declaring war on the World Government for her sake. Robin is finally able to fully trust other people, and express a sincere desire to survive. 

    2,846 votes
  • 2
    2,454 VOTES

    Episode 396 - 'The Exploding Fist! Destroy the Auction'

    Even though the consquences that follow are major, watching Luffy knock out a World Noble is one of the most satisfying moments of the series.

    After watching the human auction and the terrible way that Charlos treats the Fish-Men, that moment was a well-deserved and dramatic retaliation. 

    2,454 votes
  • 3
    2,508 VOTES

    Episode 483 - 'Looking for the Answer - Fire Fist Ace Dies On the Battlefield'

    If you want to be emotionally gutted, watch this episode. After taking a hit from Akainu's magma fist, Ace passes away, but not before looking back on his past and saying a few touching last words.

    Luffy's devastated reaction at the end really brings home the painful intensity of the episode, and the seriousness of the loss. 

    2,508 votes
  • 4
    2,650 VOTES

    Episode 312 - 'Thank You, Merry! Snow Falls Over the Parting Sea!'

    The Going Merry has been an integral part of the Straw Hat crew since the start of the series. When she finally stops functioning, they give her a Viking funeral and say their emotional goodbyes.

    Though she's a ship, the Going Merry is able to communicate her love for the rest of the crew. It's a powerful episode that will get you right in the feels. 

    2,650 votes
  • 5
    2,221 VOTES

    Episode 405 - 'Disappearing Crew - The Final Day of the Straw Hat Crew'

    It's rare to see the Straw Hats endure a total defeat, so when it does happen, it's noteworthy. In this episode, Kuma is able to send them blasting off to different locations, separating the formerly inseparable crew.

    It's a major turning point for the series that pushes the characters out of their comfort zones.

    2,221 votes
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    2,605 VOTES

    Episode 377 - 'The Pain of My Crewmates Is My Pain! Zoro's Desperate Fight!'

    Luffy is immobile and unconcious from pain and fatigue. At first, Zoro fights instead of him, but he gets another opportunity to address the situation. Kuma says that he can use his Devil Fruit to extract Luffy's pain, but only if Zoro can take it on himself.

    Zoro agrees without hesitation despite knowing that the intensity of it could end his life. Zoro's bravery and dedication to his friend really shine through in this episode. 

    2,605 votes