‘One Piece’: Ace almost had a different ending, reveals Oda

Behind the scenes of ‘One Piece‘ reveal an impressive story about the initial fate of Portgas D. Ace, Monkey D. Luffy’s brother.

In a landmark 2012 interview, Eiichiro Oda shared a pivotal decision that could have drastically changed the course of the series.

Ace’s fate and the character’s death

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Portgas D. Aceknown as ‘Fire Fists’, was more than just a skilled pirate captain.

He was the son of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, and Portgas D. Rouge, as well as being the big brother at heart of Luffy and Sabo. Ace was adopted by Monkey D. Garp, following Roger’s request before his execution.

The tragic confrontation with Blackbeard culminated in the defeat of Ace, who was later handed over to the World Government. His sentencing to death by the Navy triggered the intense Battle of Marineford.

Ace’s courageous attitude in protecting Luffy resulted in his own sacrifice before Admiral Akainu.

His death, although painful, became the catalyst for Luffy’s growth. O hero He embarked on intense training for two years, determined to become stronger to protect those he loves.

Ace’s Almost Different Fate

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Initially, Oda, creator of the anime, planned to end Ace’s journey a year after his introduction into the plot. However, the overwhelming reaction from fans made the creator rethink this idea.

Regarding this, he admitted:

“When Ace made his first appearance, the fan response was incredible. This made me question whether I should go through with his death. What was supposed to happen in a year ended up lasting a decade.”

This change of plans had a profound impact on the plot of ‘One Piece’. The loss of Ace was a pivotal moment for Luffy, leading him on a journey of self-discovery after a event traumatic.

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