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Day 28:  Favourite Quote From Any Anime Character

 As you may already know by now, I’m a huge fan of ONE PIECE by Oda Eiichiro (尾田栄一郎), so it just goes on to say that my favourite quote from any anime character comes from this series.  After the gut-wrenching death of Luffy’s brother, Portgas D. Ace, Luffy goes berserk in front of Jimbe at Amazon Lily.  You know that something’s gone terribly wrong when the usual happy-go-lucky Luffy cries out like someone tormented in hell.

Luffy even throws away his dream of becoming the Pirate King as he rampages, blaming his weakness for not being able to save Ace alive.  Now THAT is heart-breaking.  Oda-sensei makes this scene all the more powerful by showing us beforehand a flashback of Ace, Luffy, and Sabo’s childhood and how their bond as brothers developed.  Jimbe takes it upon himself to drag Luffy back to his feet.  His now iconic words are my most favourite quote from any anime that I’ve watched:

naimono wa nai-jimbei-one piece-anime


Ushinatta-mono bakari kazoeruna!!!
Naimono wa nai!!!
Omae ni mada nokotte-orumono wa nanja?!!

Don’t just count the things that you’ve lost!!!
What’s gone is gone!!!
What are the things that you still have left?!!

naimono wa nai-jimbei-one piece manga
Credit: Oda Eiichiro (尾田栄一郎)

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again and again.  Oda-sensei‘s talent for writing powerful lines is pure genius.  When I first heard Jimbe’s “Naimono wa nai” line, it felt like a bucket of ice water was poured over me.  It felt like an epiphany.  I’m not being melodramatic.  Jimbe’s line stuck with me, forcing me to shift how I view life.

Life is so damn hard.  We all know that.  If you disagree, well you’re not living your life enough.  We all know for a fact that life is capable of throwing all these shit at us from all directions when we least expect it.  We grieve over the people and things that we lose, becoming depressed and forsaking the universe for making us suffer so much.

Jimbe’s line won’t lessen the pain we feel from losing the people and things that we lose, but it certainly opens our eyes to the things that we still have.  Indeed, losing important people and things in our lives can be excruciating, but learning how to focus, appreciate, and treasure those that we still have gives us the power to move forward and live our lives to the fullest, despite the tragedies that befall us.

So if you’re one of those people who thinks that ONE PIECE is a shallow series, well, think again.  After being confronted with such an inspiring life lesson from Jimbe’s “Naimono wa nai” line, do you still think that OP is a shallow series?  If you still do, well, I’m not sorry to say that there’s something wrong with you.  Now you know that my favourite quote from any anime is Jimbe’s “Naimono wa nai” line from ONE PIECE.  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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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. I remember this scene, it really packed a punch in my heart. One Piece is one of those anime that can make you laugh till it hurts and then make your heart ache when something horrible occurs for the characters. One Piece for the world!

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    1. Yeah! ONE PIECE for the world. You’re absolutely right. It’s the kind of anime that doesn’t hold back when it comes to comedy and drama. And the depth of the story arcs just keeps on getting deeper and deeper as the anime goes on. I can’t wait how everything wraps up in the end, but at the same time, I don’t want it to end.

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  2. One Piece can be very powerful at times. I like the Enies Lobby arc, with Luffy and Ussop fighting and rescuing Robin.

    Just recently Sanji’s love of Violet in Dressrosa is both hilarious and kinda moving.

    Greatest manga ever!

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    1. Oh my gosh. Yes! Although I think that OP it’s powerful “most” times (says the huge OP maniac). Enies Lobby remains my favourite arc before the war.

      Well, regarding Sanji’s chivalry, I think it’s awesome. Makes me grin because it shows that chivalry may not be dead yet, albeit it’s in anime. On the other hand, I think it’s stupid and sometimes a bit insulting as a female. Nevertheless, I love ONE PIECE with all its flaws and all. Thanks for dropping by! I enjoy discussing OP with you. Cheers!


    1. Indeed. But even if we know this, it’s just difficult to actually act upon it. Oh well. That’s life. And of course, I love how ONE PIECE and many anime leave us with this kind of wisdom and life lessons. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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