The Summit War. In my personal opinion, this is the best war I’ve ever seen in anime. It far better than the Great ninja war from Naruto Shippuden. Ironically it’s actually fewer episodes than the Great Ninja War. This war had everything you could want, a strong reason for starting, great characters with awesome fights, and an ending that was both surprising and epic.
Let’s start from the beginning, Black Beard Captured Portgas D. Ace the second division commander of the White-Beard Pirates. Black Beard proceeds to give Ace to the World Government, in exchange the World Government names Black Beard one of the 7 Warlords of the Sea. The World Government announces that they’ve captured Ace and they are going to publicly execute him. Ace belongs to White Beards crew. White Beard is the Strongest Pirate in the World and he treats each member of his crew like his own son so needless to say he’s coming to save Ace along with the rest of the White Beard Pirates. White Beard is also one of the 4 Emperors so there are many other pirates crews that are allied with White Beard and they also come to fight. Luffy is Ace’s brother so he also comes to save him. Even though Luffy is separated from his crew at this point he comes to the war with an army of his own. All of the prisoners he broke out with him from Impel Down including a bunch of former enemies and a few powerful new allies.
When the battle begins we get to see so many great fights. I couldn’t even begin to detail even half of the great fights here, so I’ll just highlight some of the coolest charters and their abilities.
- Marco the “Phoenix” the first division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates is totally awesome. He ate a Mythical Zoan type devil fruit that allows him to turn into a phoenix. He’s super strong, can fly, and he has regeneration abilities.
- The Admirals all the admirals are Logia types so they can turn into their respective elements and all of them can do unbelievable things with their powers.
- Aokiji he ate the Ice-Ice Fruit and can freeze anything
- Kizaru who ate the Glint-Glint fruit and can shoot lasers.
- Akainu he ate the Magma-Magma Fruit which is pretty self-explanatory.
- BOA Hancock the “Pirate Empress” one of the seven warlords of the sea. She’s in love with Luffy even though she hates all men in general. She was often seen attacking both sides in the war. She ate the Love-Love fruit and has the ability to petrify anyone except Luffy. Her most impressive ability though is probably her ability to tell others what to do the usually listen because she’s beautiful.
- White Beard (Edward Newgate) “The Strongest Man in the World” and leader of the White Beard pirates. He’s also one of the four emperors. The devil fruit he ate is the Tremor-Tremor Fruit which allows him to literally shake the earth and cause massive earthquakes. His power is totally unreal I could write an entire post on White Beard and I’m sure I will in the future.
Eventually with the help of countless others despite the insurmountable odds Luffy frees his brother from his shackles and get him off of the execution platform. Then the two brothers start to fight their way away from Marine Headquarters. Ace takes a moment during the midst of battle to thank Whitebeard for all he’s done for him and then he starts to leave with Luffy until he hears Akainu disrespecting White Beard. Ace didn’t take kindly to the disrespectful words towards the man who was like a father to him. He became determined to make Akainu take those words back.
So, of course, a fight broke out between Fire Fist Ace and Admiral Akainu. Unfortunately, the heat from Akainu’s Magma was so hot that it was able to burn Ace even though he had the powers of the flame-flame fruit. For some reason even though Akainu had Ace on the ropes he decided it would be a better idea to go after Luffy. Ace steps in to save his brother and …
Akainu melts straight through Ace’s internal organs and after a few words Ace dies in Luffy’s arms. The entire army fighting this war to save Ace mourns. Luffy goes comatose. Jinbei gets Luffy to safety and the rest of the White Beard Pirates help as they were ordered to by there Captain as his final request.
While the others were trying to get away White Beard take down Akainu. However, we later find out that he doesn’t die. Blackbeard all of a sudden shows up with new crew members from Impel Down and they take on a weakened White Beard and eventually kill him. White Beard was such a warrior that he died on his feet without a single scar on his back.
After Whitebeard’s death, Blackbeard uses his devil fruit powers to steal White Beard’s devil fruit powers and the war continues until… Red Hair Shanks shows up with his crew. He uses his words to stop the fighting. By offering anyone who still wants to fight the opportunity to fight him. In the end, the War comes to a close and the craziness dies down.
This arc was definitely the best war I’ve ever seen in anime and it was totally epic. It’s definitely the best arc of One Piece so far. What do you guys think of the Summit War Arc? Leave your comments down below.