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One Piece Movie (2003): Dead End Adventure
デッドエンドの冒険 (Deddo Endo no Bōken)

Synopsis

Desperate for cash, the Straw Hat Pirates enter a secret race between pirate crews known as the Dead End Competition. There, they must battle against powerful people, including the bounty hunter who wants to kill Gasparde and a climatic battle with Marine-turned-pirate Captain Gasparde.
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Overview

Dead End Adventure is the fourth animated feature film of the franchise and the first to additionally star Yuriko Yamaguchi as Nico Robin. It premiered in Japan on March 1, 2003.

Alternative title

– One Piece : L’aventure sans issue (French)
– One Piece IV Movie: Adventure of Dead End
– One Piece Movie 4
– One Piece – Das Dead End Rennen (German)
– One Piece: Dead End no Bōken (Japanese)
– One Piece: La aventura sin salida (Spanish)
– One Piece: Trappola Mortale (Italian)
– ワンピース デッドエンドの冒険 (Japanese)
– 航海王 死亡盡頭大冒險 (Chinese (Taiwan))

TL;DR Review

I would consider One Piece’s Dead End Adventure the first official film, as the first three movies were way too short. This time, the movie takes place after Nico Robin joined the crew. It seems with every new movie, an extra crew member is added. Surprisingly, the movie doesn’t focus on the Straw Hat’s crew as the others. A lot more backstory was given to the side characters of the movie.

I do enjoy Dead End Adventure and it has one of the more memorable villains that I can recall. This is the first One Piece movie I would say can be watched as a stand-alone, though being a fan of One Piece would give you more enjoyment.

One Piece contains strong graphic violence and moderate suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Featured Music

One Piece Movie (2003): Dead End Adventure
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Closing Theme

– “sailing day” by BUMP OF CHICKEN
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Destiny… fate… dreams… These unstoppable ideals are held deep in the heart of man. As long as there are people who seek freedom in this life, these things will not vanish from the earth."
Sanji
"Men who can't wipe away the tears from women's eyes aren't real men."
Monkey D. Luffy
"I don't care what you want, whether you want to live or to die!!! But whatever you decide, say it while you're with us!!!"
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"Inherited Will, The Destiny of the Age, and The Dreams of the People. As long as people continue to pursue the meaning of Freedom, these things will never cease to be!"
Jinbei
"You can't bring back what you've lost, think about what you have now!"
Dr. Hiluluk
"When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.”
Nico Robin
"Fools who don't respect the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Red Haired Shanks
"By experiencing both victory and defeat, running away and shedding tears, a man will become a man. It's okay to cry, but you have to move on.”
Usopp
"There comes a time when a man has to stand and fight. That time is when his friends or dreams are laughed at.”
Pirate King Gol D.Roger
"That which cannot be stopped: Inherited will, a man's dream, and the flow of time. As long as man continues to seek out the answer to freedom, these things shall never be stopped.”
Tony Chopper
"I'll become a doctor who can cure any disease! Because… because there's no disease in this world that can't be cured!”
"The Black Leg" Zeff
"No matter how many hundreds of weapons or armor one is equipped with, they are no match for that "one special spear" that comes from your guts.”
Nami
"What good is treasure if I'm alone? After sharing so much of our dreams instead of sacrificing them and leaving with you. I would rather have nothing at all!”
Monkey D.Luffy
"Hero? No! We're pirates! I love heroes but I don't wanna be one! Do you know what heroes are? Say there is a chunk of meat. Pirates will have a banquet and eat it but heroes will share it with other people. I want all the meat!”
Donquixote Doflamingo
Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course, it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!"
Eiichiro Oda
"Whether we wound or are wounded, the blood that flows is red.”
Zoro
"If I were to take even one step back right now, I get the feeling that I'd never be able to return back to where I'm standing right now.”
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