"Luffy's Training Commences - 2 Years From Now at the Promised Place" is the 516th episode of the One Piece anime.
Jinbe leaves Luffy with Rayleigh, telling him that he will see him at Fish-Man Island in two years. Rayleigh tells Luffy where he will train him for the next two years, but Hancock disapproves at first. However, Rayleigh assures Hancock that it's best for Luffy to train there. Rayleigh takes Luffy to an abandoned island called Rusukaina to begin his training. While Rayleigh and Luffy are going into the Jungle of the island he shows Luffy the only safe spot there, afterwards they go a bit further and are attacked by a huge elephant. Rayleigh introduces Luffy to the concept of Haki and then demonstrates the three different types of Haki. Luffy sets down his strawhat in the only safe area on the island and begins his training with Rayleigh.
The scene switches to a deserted island north west of the Amazon Lily called Rusukaina, which will be Luffy's training spot for the next two years. Rayleigh mentions it is a great spot for training because the island has forty-eight seasons in a year and the season changes weekly. Hancock tells Luffy that she will bring him food everyday from Amazon Lily. Rayleigh interrupts her and says that while Luffy is training, women are not allowed on the island. Hancock gets mad about this, but Rayleigh tells her that it is good for Luffy, so Hancock and the Kuja Pirates leave.
The scene changes to Rayleigh and Luffy taking a look around the island. Rayleigh is saying there was a country long ago on Rusukaina, but the people lost their will to survive. Luffy is surprised by the vast wilderness and Rayleigh tells him that there are about five hundred wild beasts that surpass Luffy's strength. Rayleigh mentions there is a power that concerns Luffy and that power is called Haki.
Then out of nowhere an elephant that is five times bigger than a normal elephant (as Luffy describes it) comes out of nowhere while Rayleigh is explaining what Haki is. Luffy panics and uses his Second Gear to try and defeat the elephant, but it does not affect the elephant as it was still standing and knocked Luffy aside. Luffy is about to try again but Rayleigh tells Luffy to watch him, explaining the first two basic types of Haki. Luffy remembers that a lot of his friends and enemies have used them before and it could work on his enemies if he learns it. Then Rayleigh explains there is one more Haki and Luffy, having a flashback, remembers that he used it before but Rayleigh warns Luffy that if this Haki is not used and managed properly it could hurt innocent people.
The scene switches to night with Luffy and Rayleigh having dinner and Rayleigh saying he will teach all of these Haki to Luffy the best he could in two years and Rayleigh adds that as a trainer he is not going to go easy on Luffy. Then Rayleigh says they will start training now but Luffy says he needs to do something first. Luffy goes to the only safe spot on the island and leaves his straw hat on a rock along with Rayleigh's Vivre Card and thinks about his crew and Ace and Sabo and about their promise and then starts his training with Rayleigh.
The episode ends with a scene of all of the crew and Luffy's pledge to become stronger.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- In the manga, Rayleigh is the only one who fights the elephant. In the anime, Luffy does a quick attempt with Gear 2, but fails.
- In the anime, Luffy runs with Rayleigh and promises to his crew, Ace, and Sabo that he will get stronger.
- The beginning of all the Straw Hats' meeting with Luffy is shown in the anime with We Are! playing as background music.
- The ending card usually says "To Be Continued", but in this episode, the ending card says "Go To New World", signalling the end of the first half of the series.
- This episode is notable for being the last episode in the following things.
- The last episode of the Post-War Arc, the Summit War Saga and the first half of the series.
- The use of the second set of Eyecatchers.
- The use of Fight Together as the opening theme.
- The last one to play an excerpt of "We Are!" during the preview for the next episode.
- The last one to use the opening narration which shows the wanted posters of the Straw Hat Pirates and mentions how they have become noticed by the World Government.
- The TV special 3D2Y bridges the gap between this episode and the next.
- The way each of the Straw Hats looked in the recap at the end of the episode was similar to how they looked in the cover of Chapter 516.