Deciding the most epic scene ever is quite difficult as I’ve watched a lot of epic scenes from many different anime. But since I just can’t get enough of ONE PIECE (ワンピース) by Oda Eiichiro-sensei (尾田 栄一郎), I’ll choose the burning of the World Government flag at Enies Lobby by the Mugiwara Pirates as my most epic scene ever.
The Enies Lobby Arc is one of my most favourite in the series. That’s why I’m just amazed every time I watch the flag-burning in this arc. So what makes this scene epic? Well, for me, a scene is not made epic by itself but from the series of events that trigger it, alongside the events that result from it.
Nico Robin is taken by Cipher Pol #9 or CP9, which is consisted of World Government-approved assassins. Although Robin repeatedly discourages the Straw Hats from rescuing her, they nevertheless do so, risking their lives to break into the famed Island of Justice, Enies Lobby. And when they finally get to see her. . . .
The six of them look so cool, standing all lined-up like that. And then the big moment finally comes when Luffy orders Sogeking (Usopp) to burn the World Government Flag after being taunted by the idiotic CP9 Chief Spandam about the grandiosity of the World Government. Oh, man. I just freaking LOVE this scene.
This is the first time when I really thought to myself that Usopp is actually cool. He’s usually a coward, but with his Sogeking mask on, he becomes this ultra-cool sniper who doesn’t hesitate in burning the most important flag in the world, thereby declaring war against the World Government. カッコイイよ！
The next scene is Robin’s iconic “I Want to Live” line, which cements her bond with the crew as one of their true nakama. It’s emotional and exhilarating at the same time.
Of course, as you may well know, the events from Enies Lobby gave everyone bounties, carving the Straw Hats with their own place in history as the pirate crew that declared war against the World Government. The effects of the Enies Lobby events still resonate throughout the whole series.
So this is why the “burning flag” scene is the most epic scene ever. What’s yours?
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