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The 15 Biggest Differences Between The ‘One Piece’ Manga And Anime

Compared to some anime adaptationsOne Piece doesn't change much. Unlike, say, The Promised Neverland or Tokyo Ghoul, the plot stays more or less true to the manga. There are several filler arcs, but none of those change things dramatically. Of the changes that do occur, many are related to individual moments that get a little too intense for the anime's intended audience.

The anime adaptation contains quite a bit of censorship, especially early in the series. Zeff still loses his leg in both versions, but it's only in the manga that he cuts it off himself and eats it to survive. Other changes are not as drastic - for example, Vivi's top was considered a little too risque for the manga and was replaced with something else.

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    How Zeff Loses His Leg

    Losing a leg is always brutal, but the way Zeff loses his is a heck of a lot more upsetting in the manga than in the anime. In the manga, he cuts off his own leg using a rock and eats it to ensure his own survival. In the anime, he loses it in a shipwreck. While trying to rescue Sanji, his leg is caught in an anchor's chain and is ripped off when the waves knock the boat around and tighten the chain.

    Both are grisly, but there's something about a man being forced to consume his own flesh that just hits harder.

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    Whitebeard's Injuries

    Whitebeard's Injuries
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    The version of Whitebeard and Akainu's fight that appears in the anime is a bit toned-down from the one in the manga. In the manga, Akainu's magma-based attacks melt off some of Akainu's face. In the anime, they simply take off his mustache.

    However, the anime still depicts Whitebeard's nasty wound to the abdomen soon afterward.

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    Law's Vulgar Gestures

    Law's Vulgar Gestures
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    Whenever Trafalgar Law is less than pleased with someone in the manga, he lets them know by flipping them off. He does this to both Eustass Kid and Donquixote Doflamingo, but these gestures are cut from the anime.

    Too bad, because it really makes his attitude clear. 

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    Ace's Original Tattoo

    Ace's Original Tattoo
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    At the beginning of the manga, Ace's back tattoo was a manji combined with Whitebeard's jolly roger. Manji is the Japanese name for a religious symbol that's common in Asia. The symbol literally means 10,000-character, but is often used to mark Buddhist temples or as iconography for specific clans. In the anime, the manji was changed to a cross. The manga later changed to reflect the anime.

    Why the change? Well, the manji looks very similar to a swastika, a symbol which was appropriated by Nazi Germany. Most people in the Western world will immediately think of that cruel regime when they see a manji. One Piece is far from the only series to make that change - other series like Naruto and Tokyo Revengers have done the same. 

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    Luffy's Facial Scar

    Luffy's Facial Scar
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    How did Luffy get the cut under his eye? If you're anime-only, you won't find out until episode 878. In the manga, this upsetting scene happens early on. In order to prove to Shanks that he has what it takes to be a pirate, Luffy takes a knife to his own face.

    Because this was included in the anime, it's no longer a true example of a major change, but considering it took about 20 years to show something that would have otherwise appeared at the start of the series, it's worth mentioning. 

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    Luffy Vs. Kaido

    Luffy Vs. Kaido
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    The manga version of the fight between Luffy and Kaido is over quickly. Kaido takes no damage from anything that Luffy tries to do, and he knocks out Luffy with one strike.

    In the anime, there's a little bit of build-up before that happens. The two actually exchange blows for a bit, although Luffy still takes a huge loss in the end.