One Piece’s Anime just enhanced Nico Robin’s best moments

One Piece’s Anime just enhanced Nico Robin’s best moments

The One Piece anime has finished adapting Robin’s fight with Black Maria, and for a number of reasons, the anime made it even better than the manga.


Warning: Contains spoilers for One Piece episode 1044.The One Piece anime just finished covering Nico Robin’s best moments from the manga and it managed to make it even better. During the Onigashima raid, Robin faced off against Black Maria from Tobi Roppo allowing Sanji to escape from her trap. The battle soon escalates to the point that Robin must use a new technique called Gigante Fleur, a giant version of her cloning technique that enhances both her strengths and weaknesses.

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Episode 1044 of One Piece anime ended Robin’s battle with Black Maria. When Gigante Fleur proved ineffective, Robin unveiled both a Fishman Karate technique Koala taught her during the time jump and an upgraded version of Gigante Fleur called Demonio Fleur which allowed her to eventually win the match. This moment was already widely regarded as Robin’s finest moment One Piece manga to be her first major fight in nearly twenty years, and the way the anime works to emphasize her strength makes it even better.

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One Piece’s Anime extended Robin’s best manga moments

Robin and Saul

The main reason why Robin’s victory against Black Maria was so much better i One Piece anime stems from how much the anime expanded on the fight. Not only was episode 1044 an episode that featured truly amazing animation, but the use of the Demonio Fleur was presented as something out of the uniquely animated Devilman Crybaby to emphasize how terrifying her new technique is supposed to be. That everyone, in addition to pulling off the final attack against Black Maria, did a good job of showing how powerful Robin was supposed to be.

More than that, though, is how the anime played into the emotional weight of it all. Recent episodes devoted time to reminding the audience of everything Robin went through One Piece, which works because it ties into her character arc. The emphasis on how far her friends would go to help her puts more emphasis on her wanting to do the same, and the emphasis on her being treated like a demon makes it poetic that she would wholeheartedly embrace it. It all comes together to make Robin’s moment a big one, not just for the spectacle, but for everything it does for her as a character.

One Piece’s Wano Arc fixed the series’ major Nico Robin problem

Nico Robin in episode 1020

The One Piece the anime did a lot to make Robin’s fight with Black Maria in the Wano arc even better than it was in the manga. Still, beyond that, the fight itself works so well because it solves the story’s biggest problem with Robin. Despite being one of the main characters, the only time One PieceNico Robin fought a major antagonist against Yama in the Skypiea arc, which was almost twenty years ago. Every fight she’s had since then has either been her support or fighting a relatively minor antagonist, and that’s nothing but a disservice to someone who’s supposed to be so crucial to the story.

Robin has often gotten the short end of the stick One Piece, but the Wano arc finally does something about it. For the first time in nearly twenty years, Robin finally had a fight with a major antagonist that was mostly on his own; that’s a big deal in itself, but the fact that the anime increased the acting and emotional weight from the manga does even more to highlight its importance. Robin finally having a chance to stand out is nothing but good for Eiichiro Oda One Pieceeand with the series heading into its final stages, hopefully it won’t be the last time it happens.

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