An animation error that recently appeared in the One Piece anime created a humorous moment when Paulie in the “Water 7” arc placed his mouth on his stomach.
Reddit user u/EnnaOjala identified an animation error from One Piece Episode 238 in the story “Water 7”, due to an animation error, Paulie had a spare mouth on his stomach. Unsurprisingly, this error hasn’t been noticed by many fans for years since he also has a mouth on his face, but for about 5 seconds the character can be seen talking in belly. Errors can occur during dubbing replacement during production, where the mouth is synchronized to match the voice actor’s dialogue. This error spawned a number of memes in the comments section, with one person jokingly theorizing that this was some invisible ability of Paulie’s. With his proficiency in using ropes, they call it part of his non-existent ‘Rope Rope no Mi’.
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While Paulie’s case was clearly an accident, the saying ‘Stomach Mouth’ is very common in anime. TV Tropes details many examples from some of the most iconic anime, including Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist, Fraudrin from The Seven Deadly Sins and, as Jujutsu Kaisen manga readers will know, Ryomen Sukuna in his true form ta. Sukuna in this form confronts Uraume in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 238.
This particular animation error likely won’t appear again in the upcoming One Piece reboot, which was announced by Netflix and WIT Studio last month. However, given WIT’s ominous comment about the ‘advanced technology’ that will be used in the remake and the common pitfalls of the resulting AI, it’s possible that though Paulie won’t have a prone mouth like Sukuna , but he may only give birth to 20 fingers like him.
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The “Water 7” season airs on both Crunchyroll and Netflix. The previous section describes the One Piece anime: “Monkey. D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in his way of becoming king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line and beyond, this is the captain who will never give up until he claims the greatest treasure on Earth: the legendary One Piece!”
Source: u/EnnaOjala via Reddit