One Piece Ep. 381 Recap: “A New Crewmate! The Musician, Humming Brook”

Original Airdate: 12/14/2008

Toonami Airdate: 2/25/2017

This is it. The final episode of the Thriller Bark arc. Are you ready for it? Cause it sets us off into a whole new sets of arcs that will change the world of One Piece for good. Let’s say one last goodbye to this arc.

As the Rolling Pirates want another song, Brook tells of the last song he and the Rumbar Pirates sang. It was the only comfort he had for the 50 years he was alone for. This link to the others made him feel human. But now he will go on with new strength, as he puts the Tone Dial back in his skull, so it can fulfill its purpose later on in time. Hearing Laboon is well, getting his shadow back, getting out of the Devil’s Sea, and being with new friends, Brook is so glad to be alive still. He never thought this day would come. So he asks Luffy again: Is it all right to join his crew? Luffy quickly agrees to it, shocking the others for how fast he did, but making them all happy too. They toss Brook in the air, and he makes more Skull Jokes, and the crew looks more lively with him now. The Rolling Pirates have no idea what is happening, but they love him for his skull jokes and doing 45° angles and celebrate him being a new Straw Hat.

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Brook knows that he can go straightforward in his path to have his promise to Laboon happened. He tells him to wait a bit. Meanwhile, back where Laboon is, Crocus sees the big whale is being really cheerful, as he screeches with joy, knowing his friend is going to see him. Brook shows his old bounty to the crew. He is known as “Dead Bones” Brook, the Humming Swordsmen with a 33 Million Berry Bounty. He tells of his past of being with an old crew where he learn his swordsmanship, before joining the Rumbar Pirates. He will serve Captain Monkey D. Luffy from now on. The crew toast to him, as he is now a full-on Straw Hat Pirate.

2 days pass, and Brook is at a grave. It’s a grave to his former crew, which Usopp and Franky built (with Chopper putting the flowers on), as it is a beautiful memorial to his former crew. Since they came from the West Blue, along with Thriller Bark, they can now rest peacefully in their home land.

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Brook plays Bink’s Booze by himself, remembering his former mates. As he does, he is joined by another Straw Hat. It’s Zoro, as he has finally woken up from all that happened. Zoro is laying his dead sword he lost in Enies Lobby at the graveyard too. It flashes back to what Zoro did, which Brook tries to talk about since he saw it all, but he leaves it be. He mentions he joined the crew, to which Zoro says he might regret since the crew “is a handful.”

The Straw Hats are now ready to set sail for their next adventure. Franky fixed up Brook’s ship, so the Rolling Pirates can use on their own. Lola is thankful for him doing this, to which she asks Franky to marry him. He politely declines, for he is too Super for her to handle. They mention they’re off to Fishman Island, as Sanji mention the mermaids there. Brook hopes to see their panties, which, as one of the Risky Brothers mention, they not only wear any, but the mermaids there are as beautiful as “Pirate Empress Hancock”. This sends the two into imagination land, as Robin points out the obvious with mermaids. Lola knows of Fishman Island herself, since her mom is a pirate too. She then hands Nami a piece of paper, called a “Vivre Card”. Nami has no idea what it is, since she’s not from the New World, so Lola tells her. It’s a thing only found there, which is also called “Life Paper”. It follows the life force of a person, and won’t be wetted or burned down. It goes in the general direction a person’s name is written on, even if it doesn’t tell where they are.

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Nami remembers that Luffy got one just like it from Ace, and he sees the one he has. However, Ace’s Vivre Card is burning, shocking Lola and her crew. Because the Vivre Card reflects a person life force, she says that his life is in danger, shocking Luffy.

The crew fnally take off. They say bye to the Rolling Pirates, as they won’t ever forget what the Straw Hats did for them. As they thank Lola, she tells them if they meet her mom, tell them to say hi to her. The Straw Hats take off to a new adventure. As they see them off, Lola can see the fog coming back, so they say they will ship off tomorrow. The narrator tells of the mysteries, dangers and terrors that happen in the Florian Triangle. As such, the fog there hides some massive giants in the background that no one knows about.

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As the Straw Hats are off, they wonder if they should detour to where Ace is because of his Vivre Card. Brook thinks it’s a good idea, since he can wait a bit longer. But Luffy says Ace is fine for now. Besides that, Ace wouldn’t want Luffy to go and save his life, as he be mad at that. They’re rivals on the seas, and his Vivre Card will return to normal when he gets ok. Since Zoro was out for when they welcomed Brook to the crew, they have another toast as they welcome their newest crewmate to the Straw Hat Pirates. The Sunny uses Coup de Burst to take off in the air, shocking Brook as he didn’t know the ship could fly.

The overall episode was a good one, as we got to see Brook join, the crew party one last time with the Rolling Pirates, and see the whole crew as what it is now finally come together. Sure, the ending with Luffy lost a point or two, because Luffy being this stupid with a nearing gone Vivre Card. I know they’re brothers, and they still love each other and don’t want to interfere with what they do. But come on, Luffy. Just show some more remorse than that. Of course, we’ll get to this very soon in the upcoming arcs. Speaking of upcoming arcs, we got some important stuff. The Vivre Card for one is one of the most important items One Piece has made, and will be useful in later time. The name drop of Pirate Empress Hancock is another, since we will see her very soon. And boy, will she be something else altogether. And with Lola’s mom? She’s a pirate too. I’m sure we’ll meet her later too. It’s not like her mom is “big” or anything. Just a normal pirate. Yup.

To close this arc, I’ll give my quick thoughts on the whole arc. While not as good as Water 7/Enies Lobby, and not as good as the arcs after it, it’s still a very good arc altogether. We met Brook, saw some good fights, got some memorable moments and got some good stuff from it. The villains may not be the best villains (Kuma is great, as we will see more later, but Moria, in my opinion, is probably the weakest of the Warlords) and not that memorable, other than their laughs. But this was still a fun arc, and a good way to send us into what’s to come. For now, the next 3 weeks are gonna be filler to get us ready for the next one. And the next 2 episodes, we meet a familiar face from before. I’ll give ya a hint as to who it is: FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-FE FE FE FEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Yup, it’s gonna be annoying to some. For now, the Thriller Bark arc is done, and the Straw Hats have a new friend. So long Thriller Bark.

Episode Grade: 4/5.

Thriller Bark Grade: 3.75/5.

 

One Piece can be seen at 2:30 AM Saturday on Toonami

 

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