One Piece fans storm Twitter over Zoro's statue unveiling and Going Merry's birthday

Zoro's statue and Going Merry's birthday elated fans beyond measure (Image via Sportskeeda)
Zoro's statue and Going Merry's birthday elated fans beyond measure (Image via Sportskeeda)

This weekend shaped up to be near perfect for One Piece fans with many components coming together. With the Unveiling of Zoro’s statue, a day before Going Merry’s birthday, and Episode 1007 coming out today, fans could not have asked for more.

Unable to control their elation, One Piece fans have taken to Twitter with gusto, and One Piece has been trending with more than 28,000 tweets at the time of writing.

One Piece fans celebrate the perfect weekend on Going Merry’s birthday with the unveiling of Zoro’s statue

One Piece: WANO KUNI (892-Current) - Episode 1007 - Zoro’s Pursuit! Ice Oni Tag! just launched!

While viewers were looking forward to episode 1007, manga-readers had been a little miffed that there was no chapter this week. While they understood that Oda needed a break, and likely had something big planned for the next chapter, fans were at the edge of their seats. With all the hints about “that Devil Fruit” and Zunesha suddenly appearing in Wano, a break in their favorite manga made fans anxious.

Unveiling of Zoro's statue

However, fans were pleasantly surprised when the much-anticipated unveiling of Zoro’s statue happened on Saturday, January 22.

Manque plus que Jimbe et c’est au complet ! #ONEPIECE

As part of the Kumamoto Revival Project, in order to thank mangaka Eiichiro Oda for his financial, moral, and professional support after the 2016 earthquakes, the authorities had decided to build statues of all Straw Hat pirates across Kumamoto Prefecture.

[#Onepiece]📢 Pas de chapitre cette semaine ! Mais pour se consoler: la statue en bronze de Zoro a rejoint le reste des Mugiwaras dans la préfecture de Kumamoto.Il ne manquera qu'une statue pour que l'équipage soit au complet 🙌#ワンピース #eichirooda

On Saturday, Roronoa Zoro’s statue was unveiled in Ozu, Kumamoto. The statue, made of bronze, depicts Zoro in his signature fighting pose with his three swords.

In HQ.And the statue of Jinbei will be inaugurated in July 2022.#ONEPIECE…

With nine statues now unveiled, only Jinbei is left to complete the 10 members of the Straw Hat Pirates. According to the authorities, his statue will be unveiled on July, 2022.

Going Merry’s Birthday

#ONEPIECE Hoy cumple años la primera embarcación de los Mugiwaras. Esa carabela que les regaló Kaya y que con el tiempo llegó a convertirse en un Nakama más. ¡¡MUCHAS FELICIDADES Going Merry!!😃🎂🏴‍☠️⚓️

Speaking of members of the Mugiwara crew, January 22 is also the birthday of their first ship, the Going Merry.

A caravel! Happy completion day to the Straw Hats’ first true ship and honorary member, the GOING MERRY! ⚓️🏴‍☠️🎉 #OnePiece

Going Merry is an honorary member of the Straw Hats, having been the home and savior of the pirates throughout her life.

while this is my one of my favorite images from one piece ever, i cannot stand the renaming of Going Merry to Merry Go, because they DO call it the merry-go, with go being an honorific.. so they added the honorific to the english name? WHICH I HATE.…

However, this celebration is also bittersweet for fans, since Merry is no longer with the Straw Hats.

@ThatEricAlper The death of the Going Merry put us One Piece fans in a bad place😭

While many celebrate her completion day, some don't hesitate to remind everyone of the Viking farewell she received after rescuing her crew from Eines Lobby.

Episode 1007

Gosh, this Yamato moment is perfectly done 😭I still cried the way i did when I read the manga #ONEPIECE1007

Along with these two events, One Piece episode 1007 also came out today, and it fully delivered on the hype that had been building up for a week. While the episode, “Zoro’s Pursuit! Ice Oni Tag!” was impressive on its own, fans seem to have loved Yamato the most.

When it comes to Yamato the way she has pushed herself protecting Momonosuke, the way this scene got shown in the anime gave me goosebumps and teared up the voice actress for Yamato is just perfect, I would so like to Yamato in the Straw Hat Crew #ONEPIECE1007

Many people particularly loved her animation in this episode, while others liked her dynamic with Momonosuke.

In conclusion

With the manga returning next week and episode 1008 to look forward to, fans are in for a treat next week as well. According to the simultaneous release notice on Manga Plus, One Piece chapter 1038 will be out on Sunday, January 30, and can be read for free on Manga Plus and Viz.

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Edited by Danyal Arabi
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