A subtle change in the English dub of One Piece’s Dressrosa Arc makes the emotional moment even better. The voice-over adds depth to the character of Admiral Fujitora, showing his admiration and respect for Luffy. This scene highlights Fujitora’s sense of justice and separates him from other Admirals such as Akainu.
A pieceits dub succeeds in making it one of its kind the best moments in the Dressrosa Arc are more emotional than the filler and even the manga has only a subtle change. Second only to the launch of Gear Fourth, Dressrosa’s ending is easily one of the best moments of the season, and what makes it so memorable is a scene in particular involving the powerful Admiral Fujitora, which the dub is even better with a subtle change.
Admiral Fujitora’s most memorable moment in One Piece occurred in Episode #744 when he wished he could see Luffy’s face and regretted blinding himself. It was at this point that Fujitora uttered his most iconic lines in the series, which in the Japanese subtitles can be translated as “I wish I hadn’t made myself blind. I want to see your face, I bet you look really nice.” The English dub makes this scene more emotional with a slight change in Fujitora’s dialogue, swapping it to,
“What a pity, I wish I could use these eyes one last time to see the face… of a man like you. I bet it’s filled with kindness.”
Although this change is very small, the difference in emotional impact between the subtitled and dubbed versions is too great to ignore. The dub not only enhances the overall scene, but also adds a whole new world of meaning to Fujitora’s perspective on Luffy.
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The One Piece dub elevates Fujitora’s farewell scene
What makes this scene notable is that it clearly shows Fujitora’s newfound admiration for Luffy. Although the basic meaning remains the same in both versions, Fujitora’s dialogue in the dub conveys even greater respect than in the sub., goes beyond simple regret for blinding oneself. The dub version implies that Fujitora considers Luffy to be a truly special individual, so much so that if given the ability to look back, he would like to take that opportunity to see what a kind and wonderful man he was. What does Luffy look like?
More importantly, this scene is important in shaping Fujitora’s character by establishing his nuanced sense of justice and distinguishes him from other Admirals, especially Akainu. Scenes that reinforce Fujitora’s positive image are gradually staged throughout the Dressrosa Arc, demonstrating his ability to see beyond Luffy’s criminal status and recognize the good in him.
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Overall, though A piece Dubs are often met with mixed reactions, Dressrosa’s ending is a prime example of a dub that not only excels, but even surpasses the source material. More than anything, this proves that perhaps fans should give the dub a chance more often.
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Created by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece is a multimedia franchise that began as a manga series and follows the adventures of the Straw Hat pirates led by Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy, an enthusiastic pirate with a thirst for adventure, is afflicted by a mysterious curse that gives him many powers that he uses to protect himself and his friends. The manga eventually gave way to the anime series, both of which are the longest running anime and manga series in history. With more than 50 video games in the works over the years, the series entered the live-action world with Netflix’s 2023 adaptation.
Created by Eiichiro Oda
First movie One Piece: The Movie
First TV show chapter A piece
Cast Kazuya Nakai,Akemi Okamura,Kappei Yamaguchi,Hiroaki Hirata,Ikue Ôtani,Yuriko Yamaguchi Figure) Monkey D. Luffy , Roronora Zoro , Nami (One Piece) , Nico Robin , Usopp (One Piece) , Vinsmoke Sanji , Tony Tony Chopper , Franky (One Piece) , Jimbei (One Piece)