During a break between battles, Luffy is attacked by an angry rival, but a beautiful gladiator with mysterious motives offers him food - and a place to rest.
|Luffy and the Gladiator of Fate - Rebecca!|
|Romaji||Rufi to Shukumei no Kentōshi Rebekka|
|June 22, 2014|
|June 23, 2014|
Gyats goes over the winners of Block A, B, and C. While the crew repair the stadium ground, Luffy gets attacked by Cavendish. Bartholomew notices the commotion. When someone mocks Luffy, Bartholomew uses his barrier to crush the man against teh wall. He grabs the man's tongue and reminds the man that Luffy would be the next king of the pirates. He shares how he first met Luffy back in Loguetown, two years ago. On the scaffold, he is amazed at how a lightning bolt saved Luffy from being executed by Buggy. That miracle inspires Bartholomew to follow the Straw Hat's adventures through the newspaper. He collects all the bounty posters of the Straw Hat Crew and puts them on a shrine. After reminiscing the past, Bart beats the man in order to take back his insults on Luffy. Nearby, Luffy catches Cavendish's sword, and he manages to flip Cavenish. At the same time, Bart peeps on Luffy's fight with Cavendish and struggles to speak out against Cavendish. Then, Chinjao arrives with the help of Sai and Boo. He falls forward in an attempt to apologize and to thank Luffy, but he cracks the floor instead which causes Luffy to run away. Rebecca grabs Luffy, and the two make a run for it. Then, Luffy spots Burgess who was speaking to Teach. Teach speaks to Luffy and states that his man Burgess will win the Flare Flare fruit which will be like having Ace in his crew.
Afterwards, Rebecca buys a bento for Luffy who stops by an old friend's booth. Elsewhere in the coliseum, Rebecca sits by Luffy who happily eats his bento. When Luffy asks if Rebecca is hungry, Rebecca remembers as a little girl that she was hungry to her mother. Suddenly, Luffy gets grabbed by the gladiators in the cell behind Luffy. Rebecca hesitate before trying to take Luffy's life. She fails and gets pinned by Luffy's legs. When Rebecca tells Luffy she will pay the price, Luffy states that he won't hurt her since she bought him food earlier. The convict gladiators explain they are imprisoned and forced here to fight since they protested against the Don Quixote family. They can only be free after winning 1,000 matches. These gladiator fights turned into death matches during the Don Quixote reign. Rebecca vows to kill Doflamingo with the power of the Flare Flare Fruit. She mentions the Toy Soldier is raising an army to rebell against the Don Quixote kingdom. Rebecca cries that she will not be protected anymore and that she would protect the Toy Soldier.
Points of Interest
- Buggy only appears in a flashback and has no spoken lines in this episode.
- Marshall D. Teach doesn't appear physically in this episode, but his voice can be heard through his transponder snail when he is talking to Burgess and Luffy.
Manga & Anime Differences
- Buggy did not appear in the manga's flashback part while the execution scene of Luffy is extended in the anime.
- In the manga, Bartholomew tells his crew to dump the boss's pinky in the sea. In the anime, he told them to dump enemies instead.
- In the manga, Bartholomew stabs a man's tongue. In the anime, it did not occur. Bartholomew simply beats up the man.
- Rebecca's flashbacks occur early in the anime than the manga. These scenes were occurred after Luffy ask Rebecca if she's hungry and then after she cries out that she will protect Toy Soldier.
The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.
Rebecca: "I don't want to be just protected anymore! I want to protect Soldier-san this time!"
— Rebecca's Resolve