"A Coward and a Crybaby! The Mermaid Princess in Hard-Shell Tower" is the 532nd episode of the One Piece anime.
On the sea floor, Vander Decken IX reveals that he plans to marry the princess, using his Mark-Mark Fruit curse to throw a giant axe at her. Meanwhile, at Ryugu Palace, the Minister of the Left accuses the Straw Hats for the conspiracy of destroying the Island and kidnapping the mermaids. Luffy saves the princess by stopping the axe. When the palace guards rush in, the princess hides Luffy and is told that the Straw Hat Pirates will be detained in the castle's dungeons, as Zoro has been captured. The princess apologizes for her rudeness and allows Luffy to eat her food, revealing that her name is Shirahoshi. She then reveals that she was in the tower for 10 years. After being accidentally insulted by Luffy, Shirahoshi reveals that she wants to see a lot of places and Luffy immediately orders her to leave with him. Meanwhile, Nami, Usopp and Brook confront the palace guards just as Zoro, who has escaped from the guards, arrives. On the Noah, Decken meets Hody, and the two fish-men form an alliance to plot the complete destruction of Fish-Man Island.
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- When Vander Decken IX threw the axe, it did not cut the mast of his ship like it did in the manga.
- An additional scene is added in which the Minister of the Left informs Nami, Usopp, and Brook of the situation before the royal guards attack them.
- Before the Minister of the Right leaves Shirahoshi's room, he is suspicious of Shirahoshi and Megalo's behavior.
- Zoro is shown drinking at the palace and passing out thus allowing himself to be captured by the palace guards. Also, him waking up in a cell is shown.
- The manga did not show Shirahoshi covering herself with a blanket right after Luffy said that he did not like her.
- The introduction returned from the short one to the long one.
- The preview from the next episode is shortened from its usual length.
- In the FUNimation dub, Shirahoshi clearly says that Decken got his power from eating a fruit.