"The Shocking Truth - The Man Who Protected the Sunny" is the 523rd episode of the One Piece anime.
Caribou is seen punishing the Fake Straw Hats for making him join them instead of the real Straw Hat Pirates. Silvers Rayleigh is seen retracing the first time he met Gol D. Roger. Meanwhile Franky reveals to the rest of the crew that Bartholomew Kuma had been protecting Thousand Sunny for the past two years, while the crew had been gone. The episode ends with the attack of the Caribou Pirates on Thousand Sunny.
The episode opens when the Caribou Pirates find the fake Straw Hats. Caribou attacks Drip (fake Sanji) and fake Sogeking subsequently tries to save him, but to no avail as Caribou has Logia-type Devil Fruit powers. Coribou, Caribou's brother, is digging graves with the rest of the Caribou Pirates.
Meanwhile, Sentomaru is seen reporting through a Den Den Mushi. He is seen saying that some of the Fake Straw Hat Pirates and the Caribou pirates managed to get away because Rayleigh was blocking their way. He adds that two Pacifistas were severely damaged by the real Straw Hats mentioning that one of the Pacifistas fought against the Straw Hats two years ago. He is seen saying that the power of the Pacifista did not change so he assumes that the Straw hats are back stronger than two years before.
Next, the Straw Hat Pirates are seen sailing under the sea. At one point, Luffy and Zoro saw fish and were amazed by them. Both plan to eat the fish, but Chopper and Usopp beat them up before they could break the coating bubble. While Chopper and Usopp were yelling at Luffy and Zoro for their bad behavior, Sanji asks Nami how Rayleigh's ship coating works. Nami happily tells him, saying that Rayleigh had given her notes. She turns around and reveals her boobs to Sanji, causing him to suffer a massive nosebleed and fly out of the ship's coating. Robin comments how the coating hasn't broken despite being pierced at such deep pressure. Luffy stretches his arm to grab Sanji back into the ship, combatting the effects of the water on since since he is a devil fruit user. Usopp comments on how Sanji was more more perverted while Brook comments that Sanji might have died, seeing the mermaids on Fish-Man Island as he dreamt to see. Nami later continues her explanation of the coating. The coating is able to handle one pierce but unable to handle multiple. Luffy and Zoro later resume to catching fish, the latter challenging to former on who could catch the most fish. Chopper and Usopp beat up the two again with Usopp scolding the two of not listening to what Nami said. Franky later tells his crew that upon his arrival he saw Bartholomew Kuma protecting the Thousand Sunny. He explains the reason why Hatchan was not there when they departed from the Sabaody to guide them to Fish-Man Island them saying that he was wounded while fighting against the marines so as to protect Thousand Sunny and that the Shichibukai had been protecting the ship for the past two years.
Meanwhile the Caribou Pirates' plan to kill the real Straw Hat Pirates is revealed as they are traveling through the water as well. Usopp spots their ship just as the Caribou Pirates' attack on the Thousand Sunny is launched.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- In the manga Rayleigh did not hold a hip flask while meeting Roger during his flashback.
- This is the first episode of the Fish-Man Island Arc.
- This is the first episode to introduce an opening narration which briefly describes the formidability of the New World and that the Straw Hat Pirates are challenging it, which becomes the standard narration for the post-timeskip episodes until the Zou Arc.
- The preview for the next episode is shortened from its usual length.
- The animation for the fight scene in the opening "We Go!" is refined to look cleaner and better shaded.