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If You Build The Going Merry, We Will Come

One Piece’s Going Merry to be constructed in Karashima Park.


There are a couple good ways for a city to attract tourists. Now I’m not going to name them all, for that will be impossible, but probably the best way and easiest way to attract millions of people is to build something from One Piece, and that’s what Kumamoto City is going to do. On Thursday they had a meeting in which they decided to build the pirate ship Going Merry in the city park. They decided to build something from One Piece because it’s creator, Eiichiro Oda was born there.

The Governor is sure that this plan will stimulate the local economy by attracting tourists from around the country and around the world. However, by building Going Merry, they will now have to build Thousand Sunny, and then maybe Impel Down, Marine Ford, and the floating restaurant Baratie; it can’t stop with Going Merry. When I become a homeless man panhandling in Japan, guess where I’m going to call home?

[Via ANN]
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 12, 2010 at 12:11 p.m.
I'm pretty sure I've already seen pictures of a real Going Merry. It was a floating restaurant. Sort of a Merry and Baratie hybrid. I saw pictures of this last year.

GodLen staff on March 12, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: another place i really really want to go.
HawkofLighton March 12, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.

WOW that is badass!!
ThePsychoGameron March 12, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.
I wonder why they didn't call it the Coming Marry?
John_Martoneon March 18, 2010 at 4:49 p.m.
Shesh, that's not a statue of a giant robot! What's Japan thinking.
firecat1991on May 23, 2010 at 11:52 a.m.
Otakuness strikes again!

Dig Deeper into Going Merry

The first ship of the Straw Hat pirates. She sailed the greater first-half of the Grand Line. Gone, but reborn as part of the Thousand Sunny

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