"Apprentice Luffy!? The Man who Fought the Pirate King!" is the 498th episode of the One Piece anime.
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Ace, Sabo, and Luffy chase down a Danpa and succeeds to catch it, but a tiger steals it. To get revenge, the three brothers put fish on their back to lure the tiger, but a bear that can match the tiger appears. Ace attacks the bear, but it gets angry and chases the three brothers. It is then stopped by a former pirate captain named Naguri using Haki.
Sabo reveals that Ace is related to Pirate King Gol D. Roger. Luffy asks Ace about Roger, but Ace does not like his father being mentioned, so Sabo and Luffy and Ace say that they will break their relationship as "brothers". Meanwhile, Sabo's father goes to Bluejam and tells him that he wants Sabo back. The episode ends as Dadan discusses the visit of a certain world noble with Dogra and Magra.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- In the manga, it was never explained how Luffy found out that Ace was Roger's son or if whether or not Sabo was aware of said fact, however this filler episode shows that Sabo was fully aware of this fact and that he was the one who informed Luffy of it.
- When the brothers return home early in the episode, an animation error is seen when Sabo's chipped tooth disappears when he and Ace yawn and Luffy wakes up. However, it is present again in subsequent shots.
- Naguri, an anime-only character, is introduced. He uses Haki to force a bear to retreat and he mentions that he fought Gol D. Roger when he was a pirate captain.
- The preview for the next episode is shortened from its usual length.