I don’t even have to think about it. My most bad-ass scene from any anime character is Monkey D. Luffy punching the Tenryuubito right in his pathetic, sniveling face. I already wrote about this bad-ass scene in a previous post that I collaborated with fellow blogger M-Kay titled “Arria’s Top 15 Most Awe-Inspiring Scenes in ONE PIECE”. In that post, this scene is my #1.
I know, I know. It’s another post about my #1 favourite series ONE PIECE (ワンピース) by Oda Eiichiro-sensei (尾田 栄一郎). But so what? I have lots to say about it.
This is undoubtedly one of the most significant scenes in ONE PIECE. Luffy and the rest of the Mugiwara Pirates are now infamous throughout the world as the pirate crew that declared war against the World Government. All of them have bounties at this point. Luffy punching the Tenryuubito only serves to increase the Mugiwara Pirates’ fame, further cementing their position as enemies of the World Government.
Like what I said in my previous post “Arria’s Top 15 Most Awe-Inspiring Scenes in ONE PIECE”, this scene is not only significant to the series itself, but it also provides a powerful commentary about our “real world”. The Tenryuubito or the World Nobles represent the people who hold the highest authorities in the world; usually the richest and the most influential. They think that the world revolves around them and that the rest of the population are their servants whose only purpose in life is to do their bidding. They think that they are untouchable because of their “high status”. In other words, the Tenryuubito represents the big-headed assholes who abuse their power and view themselves superior to others.
On the other hand, I think that Luffy represents those who rebel against this status quo and fight against the corruption prevalent in authority. Although Luffy and his crew are outcasts and criminals, it’s very interesting that Oda-sensei portrays these criminals as the “good guys”, while the supposed allies of justice (the Marines and the World Government) are the “bad guys” in the world of ONE PIECE. Think about it.
Of course, I’m not saying that everyone who holds authority is corrupt. I believe that there are those rare people who truly use their power for the betterment of society and its citizens. But unfortunately, it seems that as long as an organization is made up of people, there would always be corruption somewhere in there.
What I’m saying is that it’s up to you whether you want to be submissive and ignore the exploitation of power of authority figures, like most people in ONE PIECE who kneel and bow down whenever a Tenryuubito walks by. Or you can stand up, resist, and fight back like Luffy and the Mugiwara Pirates in order to protect the victims of this exploitation. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you should punch every corrupt official in the face. You’ll land in jail if you do that, and you’ll just injure your fists because there would be no end to the faces you have to punch.
As you can see, there is a lot of depth in this scene. It’s not just your average bad-ass scene that looks only cool. You can learn a lot about our own societal issues if you just dig beneath those flashy action scenes. Now you know that Luffy punching the Tenryuubito in the face is my most bad-ass scene from any anime character. What’s yours?
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Weekly Shounen Jump’s ONE PIECE Manga Official Web Portal (Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Toei Animation (Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Funimation (English)
ONE PIECE on Viz Media (English)
ONE PIECE on Madman Entertainment (English)
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