"The Destination is Marine Headquarters - The Ship Sets Out to Rescue Ace!" is the 452nd episode of the One Piece anime. It is also the last episode of the Impel Down Arc.
Shiryu saves Blackbeard and his crew by giving them antidotes to Magellan's poison before taking the opportunity to join with them. The prisoners celebrate their escape, but some, such as Buggy, are upset to learn from a Marine officer calling on a Den Den Mushi that they are on their way to Marine Headquarters, and that the Gates of Justice to Marine Headquarters will not open for pirates. During the conversation, the officer reveals Buggy's past in the Roger Pirates and connections to Shanks, causing the prisoners to rally behind him. While some of the escapees are concerned that Buggy will start a mutiny, Buggy manages to convince the prisoners to go with them to Marine Headquarters in the hopes of defeating Whitebeard and standing on top of the pirate world. Meanwhile, the ship carrying Ace reaches Marine Headquarters.
The Impel Down escapees continue their journey aboard the stolen Marine ship. Buggy and the prisoners celebrate their escape while the Newkama patiently wait for Inazuma's recovery as advised by Ivankov. Meanwhile, Luffy and Mr. 3 look across the ocean while crying and talking about Mr. 2. A few other Newkama join their sentiment. Buggy approaches them and encourages them to celebrate their freedom. He tactlessly suggests that they could make it a funeral for Mr. 2 which earns him a punch from Luffy, the latter stating that they aren't sure if Mr. 2's had died. They banter before Luffy punches Buggy once more and climbs towards the helm where Jinbe is steering.
The fishman thanks Luffy for giving him a chance to save Ace. Buggy follows Luffy and they continue quarreling while Jinbe formally introduces himself to Luffy, mentioning that he is currently a Warlord of the Sea who is ready to resign from the position. He confidently announces that they should unleash Hell at the Marine headquarters and save Ace so Mr. 2's effort will not be wasted. Both Buggy and Luffy scream and fall from surprise upon hearing the statement. The prisoners and the Newkama approach upon hearing their exclamation. Luffy announces his surprise from the fact that Jinbe is a Warlord which prompts the said Warlord to apologize for the delayed introduction. Meanwhile, Buggy is mortified upon hearing that their destination is the Marine headquarters. Jinbe confirms this while Crocodile explains that the ship is currently riding the government-exclusive Tarai Current and their only possible destinations are Enies Lobby or the Marine Headquarters. He reveals that the only reason they escaped is to join the impending war. Both Buggy and Mr. 3 clutch Jinbe, asking him to stop the ship while the prisoners cry out in despair. An okama states that everyone from Newkama land knew about this. Out of nowhere, they hear the sound of a Den Den Mushi ringing which piques everyone's attention. They locate it inside the ship's mast and Luffy picks it up. The Marine officer on the line announces that they have identified the two main perpetrators for the break-out: Luffy and Buggy. The escapees are surprised that Buggy gets priority over the Warlord of the Sea. The Marine continues speaking, revealing Buggy's past as a crew member of the Roger Pirates as well as his connection to Shanks. The Marine officer states that they have yet to find a reason but concludes that he must have the same goal as Luffy: to save Ace. Trying to discourage the escapees from continuing, he adds that the Gates of Justice to Marine Headquarters will not open for pirates so there would be no escape. Luffy angrily declares that he will save Ace before slamming down the receiver.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- This is the last episode of the Impel Down Arc.
- Pandaman can be seen five times in this episode. First, once among a group of escapees panicking about the hijacked warship being taken to Marineford and the huge fighting about to break out there. Second, in the background on the upper deck of the warship when the escapees are praising Buggy. The third and fourth times are when Buggy is thinking to himself and Pandaman is busy chanting his name with the escapees. The fifth time is right after Buggy finishes thinking to himself and the escapees pledge to follow him wherever he goes.