One Piece is something special to me not just for the action, or the humour, or the deep and intricate plot. It’s special because of the drama, the emotions, the human aspect.
Luffy vs Usopp is, without a doubt, my favourite moment in the entire series. The argument, the fight and the break-up between Luffy and Usopp makes my heart quiver. I can feel the roiling emotions: Anger, pride, nostalgia, pain, sadness… Regret. I present to you, IMHO, the defining moment of One Piece.
I’ve cut short some of the fight and the brief moments of humour, to focus on the touching drama of this episode. I hope you can appreciate this turning point in the lives of the Straw Hat Pirates.
INTRODUCTION: The episode opens in the midst of a heated argument between Luffy (the captain and leader, who has great strength and the stretching/recoil powers of rubber) and Usopp (the ordinary-strength crewmember with a slingshot and penchant for unorthodox tactics) over the fate of their ship, the Going Merry.
Usopp wants them to keep on adventuring in the Merry no matter what, as he considers it one of their nakama (a comrade who is even closer than a friend), and is incensed over what he views as Luffy’s callous attitude towards Merry.
Egos and tempers collide, and soon more than just that will clash…
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The anime version of the epic clash is One Piece Episode 236.
The manga chapters corresponding to this event are 331, 332 and 333.