Opening 10: We Are! (Remix) Last Time on One Piece: After Lina reveals that she has searched all over the ship, Luffy decides to destroy the ship in order to find Sayo. The Straw Hats manage to fight off Doran's men, but Doran unveils a large cannon and aims it at Sayo. Sayo tells Lina that their father truly cared for them and believed that his research would bear fruit, and left in order to protect them from his pursuers. The Straw Hats manage to rescue Sayo and destroy Spa Island, and notice that the X on Lina's father's map pointed to an X-shaped underwater volcano opening beneath the island. Several days later, Sayo and Lina complete the gem and send it to the Straw Hats, but as candy rain falls on the Sunny, Luffy accidentally loses it. And so, after nearly four years of almost completely uninterrupted broadcast, tonight marks One Piece's final night on Toonami (again). I'm sure many of you will be sad to see it go and I'm sure there are many of you who will be more than happy to see it go. But, regardless of how you feel, there's no denying that One Piece has earned its spot as part of the Toonami legacy. And while I do admit some episodes could be a chore to get through, and it will be nice to be able to get to bed a bit earlier on Saturday, I know I'll miss having the One Piece anime as part of my weekly routine. On a personal note, if it isn't obvious yet, One Piece really does mean a lot to me. I started reading it when I was in high school, which was more than a decade ago, and it quickly became my favorite manga series (notice I said "manga", not "anime"), a title that it still holds to this day. I'm not gonna say it's a perfect series, and it's far from being a perfect anime adaption, but beneath all the loud voices, the slow pacing, the sometimes choppy animation, the irritating filler scenes, and Oda's...questionable attitude towards women, I feel that One Piece has a real heart to it. Despite its missteps, it's a beautiful, colorful, whimsical story about freedom, adventure, friendship, and dreams that offers a ray of hope and optimism in an often bleak and cynical world. Yes, it is a bit frustrating that many of my fellow American viewers don't seem to enjoy or be able to make a connection with this series that I like so much and, as a result, the anime can't stay profitable enough to remain on the air. But, ultimately, my relationship with One Piece is my own, and as long as there outlets open to me that where I can watch, read, and buy One Piece, I'll be a happy camper. And I hope my fellow One Piece fans can keep a similar positive attitude. And I have nothing but gratitude for the Toonami staff for giving One Piece more than a fair chance and continuing to keep it on the air even when, ratings-wise, it probably didn't deserve it. As for the future, well...One Piece is still going strong in Japan, having become the best-selling manga of all time and recently setting a Guinness world record, and it shows no signs of stopping any time soon. And as long as the manga and anime continues to be released here in the U.S., you never know what the future may hold for One Piece. If you want to continue to watch and support One Piece, you can watch streaming episodes at the Funimation Site, OnePieceOfficial.com, and Crunchyroll. You can also purchases the DVDs, which are still being released by Funimation with the latest one set to release on June 20th. Also, don't forget that One Piece Film: Gold and the Heart of Gold TV special will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 2nd. And, of course, you can purchase the manga, which is being published by Viz, with volume 82 set to release also on May 2nd. So, as a sendoff to the show I thought I'd post a nice little AMV I recently discovered that I feel encapsulates the spirit of the series pretty well. Bon Voyage, One Piece. NOTES ________ -One Piece S8V5 is now available! -One Piece: Collection 18 is now available! -One Piece Collection: Box Three (containing episodes 206-299) is now available! -One Piece Film: Gold and the Heart of Gold TV Special will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 2nd! -One Piece S9V1 will be available on June 20th! -One Piece: Collection 19 will be available on May 23rd! -One Piece simulcasts every week on OnePieceOfficial.com and CrunchyRoll.com! (in HD!) -Volume 81 of the One Piece manga is now available!