Dear Friends by Triplane is the sixteenth ending theme song of my #1 favourite anime series, ONE PIECE. It’s used from episode 246 until episode 255. I daresay that it’s one of the most beautiful, and I also argue the most emotional song used in the entire OP anime.
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Dear Friends is a song the makes me cry because it was the song used as the background music when the Straw Hats gave their beloved first ship, Going Merry, a viking funeral; bidding her their final farewell as she sinks into the darkness of the sea.
In “Arria’s Top 10 Most Gut-Wrenching Scenes in ONE PIECE (Pre-Timeskip)”, I ranked Going Merry’s funeral as #2. I sobbed so hard while watching this scene. But it seems that we’re not the only ones deeply affected. It’s said that Oda-sensei cried while he was drawing this scene in the manga, and then cried again when he watched it in anime for the first time.
If you watched this scene and didn’t cry, or even just get misty-eyed, then you’re a heartless robot. Just remembering it is making my eyes watery. (sniff) What’re you looking at?! I’m not crying! (sniff)
Now you know that Dear Friends by TRIPLANE is a song that makes me cry. What’s yours?
TRIPLANE Official Website (Japanese)
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Weekly Shounen Jump’s ONE PIECE Manga Official Web Portal (Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Toei Animation (Japanese)
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