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:
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?!!
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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