For many years, Ex-Marine Lieutenant Randolph and his troupe have put on a play aboard his ship. Having lost his family to pirates, Randolph wishes to put on plays that will give courage to those who have also lost their loved ones to pirates. Unfortunately, Randolph must retire soon, and he is now giving his last performance. Luffy and his crew come to see the play, and somehow manage to take part in it themselves. But from Randolph's past comes a vengeful subordinate with a diabolical plan who has finally become commander in order to capture Randolph. Luffy and his nakama now must prove to the people that not all pirates are scum, and protect Randolph's final farewell performance from the bitter commander. (aired after Episode 174)
This special was what most of the One Piece fans were looking for. A laid back special with tons of hilarious moments. This special is about an old man and how he hates pirates. His actors left before the last performance, and now he has to replace them and the Straw Hats come to the rescue. In this special you see awesome moments of the Straw Hats trying to act and other sides of people. It was amazing with tons of comedy.
The story itself is very nice, it reveals the indecency of the Marines and it relates to how the world is today. Definitely a must see for any One Piece fan! read more
This is my favorite one piece special so far. I wish they make five hour long one piece specials, because to me the longer one piece is, the less I'll be checking on the clock.
Compared to other one piece specials, this is simply funnier and more well told. Under 50 minutes, it felt like a complete movie. During the first part, you get to see luffy and his nakama on stage acting and toward the end you see them fighting the marines. One piece usually don't have light hearted stories where you can just sit back and enjoy the show without knowing something bad is going to happen soon or some annoying villain would pop up. Remember the rainbow arc on the spa island? That's what I mean. Even though this too has a pretty annoying villain, the atmosphere remained "friendly". I mean the kind where you don't want to throw a hack at the clamoring crowd or at the villain. The story has a good beginning and a good wrap up too, and nothing felt rushed or extraneous. It's not too boring either.
If you've watched other one piece specials and aren't a big fan of them, I suggest give this one a try. At least I liked it a lot better than the other ones. read more