Wearing an incongruous Afro wig, Luffy dukes it out with the captain of the Foxy Pirates as this collection of One Piece
begins. His victory frees Robin and Chopper from the Foxies--along with 497 crew members who had been shanghaied onto their ship. Technically, they're members of the Straw Hats now, but Luffy dismisses them. The Going Merry
makes landfall on a tiny island where a mysterious seahorse-like creature steals everyone's memories except Robin's. The rest of the crew retain only souvenirs from early childhood, and a series of mini-flashbacks shows the familiar characters as children. No sooner does Luffy use his Gum-Gum powers to resolve this crisis then the Foxies reappear, as annoying as ever. But Luffy and his friends come up against a much more formidable foe in Admiral Aokiji, one of the three most powerful Marines in the world. Aokiji knows Robin from earlier times and warns Luffy that she's far more dangerous than he realizes. The Admiral's ability to freeze anything he touches makes him impossible to defeat--only his sense of honor keeps him from eliminating Robin, Luffy, and the rest of the Straw Hats. Obviously viewers will see more of him as this storyline develops. The Going Merry
is badly in need of repairs, so it's fortunate that the Straw Hats find their way to Water Seven, a.k.a. Water City, the home of the world's greatest shipwrights. In Japan, the beginning of this new adventure marked the start of season eight of One Piece
. The designers clearly had fun creating Water City, a fantastic metropolis that suggests a combination of Renaissance Venice, a waterslide park, and a giant fountain. (Rated TV 14: cartoon violence, violence against women, minor risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(218. Full Throttle Noro Noro Beam vs. The Invulnerable Luffy, 219. Fierce Fighting Combat! The Decisive Ending! 220. You Lost Your Memory? It Was Taken Away? Who Are You? 221. The Mysterious Boy with the Whistle and Robin's Guess! 222. Get Back the Memories! Landing on the Island of Pirates, 223. Zoro Sharpens His Fangs! A Fight with a Wild Animal! 224. The Memory Thief's Final Counterattack Shows His True Nature! 225. The Man of Incredible Pride! Foxy the Silver Fox! 226. The Unbeatable Power Draws Near? A Very Dangerous Man! 227. Marine High Admiral Aokiji! The Threat of the Greatest Battle Power, 228. Rubber and Ice One-on-One Fight! Luffy vs. Aokiji! 229. The Running Sea Train and the Water Capital, Water Seven)
Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew - and a boat. Along the way he'll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who'll never drop anchor until he's claimed the greatest treasure on Earth - the Legendary One Piece!