An eyecatcher (アイキャッチ Aikyatchi?) or bumper is a segment used to segue a TV program into and out of its regular commercial breaks. They tend to be particularly elaborate for anime and tokusatsu shows, often being made with original footage and audio (unlike most Western counterparts, which reuse preexisting footage and audio from a network announcer).
Like most half-hour anime, One Piece is aired with one commercial break per episode, corresponding to two eyecatchers. Over time, many different eyecatchers have been aired, though nearly all of them spotlight an individual Straw Hat together with a unique leitmotif.
- 1 First Set of Eyecatchers
- 2 Second Set of Eyecatchers
- 3 Third Set of Eyecatchers
- 4 Fourth Set of Eyecatchers
- 5 Fifth Set of Eyecatchers
- 6 Other Eyecatchers
- 7 Number of Appearances
- 8 Translation and Dub Issues
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 Site Navigation
First Set of Eyecatchers
The first eyecatcher format spans from the Romance Dawn Arc to the G-8 Arc (Episode 1 to Episode 206): the Straw Hat Pirates stand on a beach watching the sunset beside the Going Merry, while wanted posters fly in the wind, until a particular Straw Hat's comes into view.
During the Arabasta Saga, Nefertari Vivi and Karoo received a joint eyecatcher, complete with their own leitmotif (though they were never depicted among the figures on the beach). This was discontinued after they fully parted ways with the crew in Episode 130.
First Appearance of Each Eyecatcher
|Monkey D. Luffy||Episode 1|
|Roronoa Zoro||Episode 3|
|Nefertari Vivi and Karoo||Episode 67|
|Tony Tony Chopper||Episode 90|
|Nico Robin||Episode 131|
The End of the First Set of Eyecatchers
In 2012, the series began re-airing from Episode 1, in a "Special Edition" remastering the original 4:3 (NTSC) resolution to 16:9 (HDTV). The eyecatchers were cropped accordingly, but otherwise unchanged.
(As this edition stopped at Episode 53, only the first five Straw Hats' eyecatchers were remastered.)
Second Set of Eyecatchers
The second eyecatcher format spans from the Long Ring Long Land Arc to the Post-War Arc (Episode 207 to Episode 516), closing out the pre-timeskip era as a whole: a particular Straw Hat is observed through a telescope, and eventually reacts, whereupon the telescope pans to some items representing them.
Activity, special items for each crewmember and first appearance of each eyecatcher
|Character||Action(s)||Special Items||First Appearance|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Gives the telescope a big grin.||His hat and vest.||Episode 207|
|Roronoa Zoro||Yawns, then gives the telescope a vaguely annoyed look.||Wado Ichimonji, Sandai Kitetsu, and Yubashiri (replaced by Shusui later on).||Episode 244; updated in Episode 381|
|Nami||Catches a falling 10,000 note, then gives the telescope a stingy look.||A pinwheel, some tangerines, and a map (with compass, set square, and pen).||Episode 244|
|Usopp||Snaps his goggles' lenses open, blinks, then takes the goggles off with a smile.||His sniper goggles and a rapidly-filling dartboard (both hanging from the tree outside Kaya's mansion).||Episode 246|
|Sanji||Wiggles his eyebrow, then draws on his cigarette, smiles, and covers the telescope with his left hand.||A cooked meal.||Episode 246|
|Tony Tony Chopper||Inspects the telescope, panics on realizing he is being watched, and runs to "hide" in his typical backwards style.||A sakura tree and his medical pack.||Episode 245|
|Nico Robin||Turns around, and gives a soft smile over her shoulder.||A set of books, one flipping by itself as her blooming arms wheel above.||Episode 243|
|Franky||Shakes his hair, grins, then jumps back to do his signature "Super" pose.||Two cola bottles among a set of gears and pipes labeled "BF"; after both bottles pop their caps, two of the pipes spring leaks.||Episode 330|
|Brook||Turns around with a fixed grin, while the telescope zooms out showing him running across water, doffing his hat as he does.||His violin, seated beside some music sheets and a table set for afternoon tea.||Episode 381|
The Straw Hats in the Second Set
The Items in the Second Set of Eyecatchers
Third Set of Eyecatchers
The third eyecatcher format, opening the post-timeskip era, spans from the Return to Sabaody Arc to the Dressrosa Arc (Episode 517 to Episode 746): something belonging to a specific Straw Hat is depicted on a counter (beside some coins), while all of the Straw Hats' shadows file past, until the last in line steps into view, picks up the item, and joins the others outside the Thousand Sunny. This format is notably more focused on the Straw Hats as a collective, retiring the previous eyecatchers' individualized leitmotifs in favor of a new melody for the entire crew.
In addition, a tenth "supplementary" eyecatcher closes each commercial break from Episode 535 on; this eyecatcher does not focus on any of the Straw Hats, but instead depicts the series logo assembling itself piece by piece.
(From Episode 579 on, the melody was adjusted to sound more "adventurous", with heavier emphasis on the brass instruments.)
Activity and First Appearance of Each Eyecatcher
|Character||Activity||Special Items||First Appearance|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Luffy's straw hat is on a table with some coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Robin and then Luffy passes while picking up his straw hat. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Luffy's straw hat||Episode 517|
|Roronoa Zoro||Zoro's Wado Ichimonji on a table with some coins. On the wall next to them there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Robin and then Zoro passes while picking up his sword. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Zoro's sword, Wado Ichimonji||Episode 533|
|Nami||Nami's Paradise Log Pose on a table with a map and some coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Robin and then Nami passes while picking up her old Log Pose. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Nami's Paradise Log Pose||Episode 539|
|Usopp||Usopp's Kuro Kabuto on a table with some pop green and some coins. On the wall next to them there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Robin and then Usopp passes while picking up his slingshot. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Usopp's Kuro Kabuto and some pop green||Episode 579|
|Sanji||Sanji's suit jacket is on a table with some coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Franky, Robin and then Sanji passes while picking up his jacket. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Sanji's suit jacket||Episode 551|
|Tony Tony Chopper||Chopper's medicine bag on a table with some purple flowers and coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Sanji, Franky, Robin and then Chopper passes while picking up his bag. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Chopper's medicine bag||Episode 533|
|Nico Robin||Robin's books on a table with some coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, and then Robin passes while picking up a book. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Robin's books||Episode 554|
|Franky||Franky's cola bottles on a table with some coins. On the wall next to them there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Brook, Chopper, Sanji, Robin and then Franky passes by while picking up a bottle. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Franky's cola bottles||Episode 534|
|Brook||Brook's violin on a table with some coins. On the wall next to it there is a map and the shadows of all the Straw Hat Pirates passing by in this order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Robin, and then Brook passes while picking up his violin. The eyecatcher then switches to an image of the Straw Hat Pirates on a shore next to the Thousand Sunny.||Brook's violin||Episode 538|
|One Piece Logo||Luffy's straw hat is flying in the wind while a figure of Luffy is trying to catch it. At the same time the One Piece logo is being built. Luffy's figure with the straw hat lands in the section in the word 'Piece' where the "i" should be, and then the background changes from a sky with clouds to a colorful map as the One Piece logo is completely built.||---||Episode 535|
The Special Items in the Third Set of Eyecatchers
The End of the Third Set of Eyecatchers
Fourth Set of Eyecatchers
From Episode 747 to Episode 891, and during the Cidre Guild Arc, the eyecatchers have changed. The eyecatchers have their own unique background depending on what character is being used, and each character has the same tune that was used in the first two sets of eyecatchers. Each eyecatcher starts with the News Coo flying over the ocean before transitioning to one of the Straw Hat Pirates' wanted posters. Currently Bartolomeo and Law also have their own eyecatcher and so far they are the only two non-Straw Hat members to get an eyecatcher in this set since Vivi.
This is the second time that the wanted posters are being used for the eyecatchers, although the bounties and pictures have been updated to the current wanted posters.
Activity and First Appearance of Each Eyecatcher
|Character||Activity||Special Backgrounds||First Appearance|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Luffy's hometown in the background. With Luffy's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Foosha Village||Episode 747|
|Roronoa Zoro||Zoro's village in the background. With Zoro's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Shimotsuki Village||Episode 749|
|Nami||Nojiko delivers tangerines to Genzo's office in the background. With Nami's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us her bounty picture.||Genzo's office in Cocoyasi Village||Episode 757|
|Usopp||On the road to Syrup Village, the former Usopp Pirates and Kaya are in the background. With Usopp's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Syrup Village||Episode 753|
|Sanji||Baratie and Nasugasira are shown in the background. With Sanji's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Baratie and Nasugasira||Episode 756|
|Tony Tony Chopper||The castle on the foot of the Drum Rockies, with the mountains behind it are shown in the background. With Chopper's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||The castle at the foot of the Drum Rockies.||Episode 756|
|Nico Robin||A Poneglyph and the Orrery that was in the Tree of Knowledge are shown in the background. With Robin's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us her bounty picture.||A Poneglyph and the Orrery in the Tree of Knowledge.||Episode 753|
|Franky||Mozu and Kiwi are in a bar. With Franky's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Mozu and Kiwi||Episode 760|
|Brook||Crocus empty chair on Twin Cape is shown. With Brook's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Twin Cape||Episode 763|
|Bartolomeo||Going Luffy-senpai docked; the setting is a recreation of the scene from the first eyecatchers. With Bartolomeo's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Going Luffy-senpai||Episode 747|
|Trafalgar Law||Polar Tang traveling with the current. With Law's current bounty traveling along the wind before hitting the screen showing us his bounty picture.||Polar Tang||Episode 749|
The Wanted Posters in the Fourth Set of Eyecatchers
The Special Backgrounds in the Fourth Set of Eyecatchers
Fifth Set of Eyecatchers
From Episode 892 onward the eyecatchers have changed. The eyecatchers have their own unique background depending on what character is being used, and each character has the same tune that was used in the first two sets of eyecatchers. Each eyecatcher starts with a close up and a character preparing for an attack. After a pause, the screen is attacked and disappear in a white flash following by an end card of the Straw Hat Pirates in Wano Country.
Activity and First Appearance of Each Eyecatcher
|Character||Activity||End card||First Appearance|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Luffy coats his fist in Haki and punches the screen.||The Straw Hat Pirates disguises in Wano.||Episode 892|
|Roronoa Zoro||Zoro takes out his swords and slashed the screen apart.||The Straw Hats with Kaido in the background.||Episode 892|
The Fifth Set of Eyecatchers
The End card in the Fifth Set of Eyecatchers
Aside from the regular sets of eyecatchers, there are a few special eyecatchers which appeared only once on special occasions.
Activity and First Appearance of Each Special Eyecatcher
|Chopper Man||Frangashan is chasing after Chopper Man until they exit the screen, then Frangashan comes back, but now he is running away from Giant Luffy Bomber, who tries to punch Frangashan, but he hits Namifia, who starts chasing after Frangashan and Giant Luffy Bomber. The eyecatcher ends with Chopper Man looking at the camera from very close, and with the phrase "Chopper Man" next to him.||Episode 336|
|Luffy and Toriko||A stand still image of Toriko and Luffy with a special logo of Toriko X One Piece Collaboration Special 2.||Episode 542|
|Luffy, Toriko, and Goku||Luffy, Toriko, and Goku are sitting together, laughing, and then the camera zooms in and we see them smiling.||Episode 590|
|Luffy, Toriko, and Goku||Luffy, Toriko, and Goku are smiling together, and then the camera zooms out and we see them laughing.||Episode 590|
|Germa 66's Commanders||Five lines flashes across the screen to form an asterisk, each line is in a different color that matches the Germa 66's Commanders. The word "Germa" is sang, as two white "6" figures rotate from opposite corners and meet in the middle and begin to rotate faster, until they flash white and they stop at the right side on the screen at the foreground with the shadowed commanders wearing their raid suits in the background, highlighted with each signature color.||Episode 839|
|Romance Dawn Characters||Six revolving panels are seen, with each having one out of the five main characters from the tale, and sixth showing the Gomu Gomu no Mi. on the other side of the panel there is a piece of an image of either Luffy or Ann. The panels rotate until the character's full image is visible, and then the screen flashes to a still image of Luffy and Ann or of Luffy, Ann, and Balloon at sea, with the Romance Dawn logo.||Episode 907|
|Episode 917 Characters||Six revolving panels are seen, with each having one out of the five characters from the episode, the second panel showing a Kumashi doll, on the other side of the panel there is a piece of an wanted poster image of Luffy. The panels rotate until Luffy's full wanted poster is visible with the ocean background.||Episode 917|
Great Battle of Shibuya
A special set of eyecatchers was used in the Japanese broadcast of episodes 927–931. The purpose of this set was to announce the winners of a lottery among the participants of an event known as the Shibuya "Wano Country" Plan. The eyecatchers consist of a general notice, then a list of winners, and conclude with a Wano-style wanted poster of one of the Straw Hat Pirates.
During the flashback telling Oden's story, a special set of eyecatchers was used. There are two variation of the eyecatchers with the first feature Luffy, Zoro, and Nami look towards the horizon, and the second Roger, Oden, and Shanks in the same pose. The camera then rotates around the captains as light flashes across the screen and a still image is shown. The image is different for each episode.
|Luffy, Ace, and Sabo||Luffy, Ace, and Sabo as children.||Episode 960|
|Oden||Oden trying to escape Wano Country.||Episode 960|
|Luffy, Zoro, Tama, and Tsuru||Luffy, Zoro, and Tama eating Oshiruko at Tsuru's shop.||Episode 961|
|Oden, Kin'emon, Denjiro, and Tsuru||Kin'emon and Denjiro admiring Oden eating at Tsuru's shop.||Episode 961|
|Oden||Oden in front of Oden Castle||Episode 962|
|Luffy||Luffy in front of the remains of Oden Castle||Episode 962|
|Luffy, Ace, Whitebeard, Marco, and Sakazuki||The Summit War of Marineford||Episode 963|
|Oden and Whitebeard||Oden embracing Whitebeard.||Episode 963|
|Luffy||Luffy setting sail from Foosha Village.||Episode 964|
|Oden||Oden onboard the Moby Dick.||Episode 964|
|Luffy, Ace, Dadan, Dogra||The Dadan Family having a meal.||Episode 965|
|Oden, Toki, Momonosuke||Oden's Family.||Episode 965|
|Buggy and Shanks||Buggy and Shanks sleeping.||Episode 966|
|Luffy and Marshall D. Teach||Luffy and Blackbeard eating pie in Mock Town.||Episode 966|
|Luffy and Franky||Luffy and Franky celebrating to joining of the shipwright to the crew.||Episode 967|
|Tom, Roger, Rayleigh, Oden, Shanks, and Buggy||Tom, Roger, Shanks, and Buggy are laughing. Behind them, Rayleigh and Oden restock the Oro Jackson.||Episode 967|
|Roger, Rayleigh, Oden, Momonosuke, Crocus, Shanks, and Buggy||Roger and Rayleigh celebrating.||Episode 968|
|Shanks and Luffy||Shanks passing down his Straw Hat to Luffy.||Episode 968|
|Luffy and Rayleigh||Rayleigh training Luffy.||Episode 969|
|Roger and Rayleigh||Roger and Rayleigh's first meeting.||Episode 969|
|Straw Hat Pirates and Toko||The Straw Hat Pirates and Toko in Amigasa Village.||Episode 970|
|Kozuki Family and Nine Red Scabbards||The Kozuki Family and the Nine Red Scabbards eating oden.||Episode 970|
Activity and First Appearance of Each Special Eyecatcher
|Monkey D. Luffy and Kulilin||Monkey D. Luffy and Kulilin (both voiced by Mayumi Tanaka) are seen standing next to each other in a fighting position, when Luffy says, "One Piece is coming!". Kulilin then tries to punch Luffy, who blocks it with his hand, while Kulilin says, "Trust in the Kienzan!". An alternate version, Kulilin says: "We count on you, Luffy". They both look at the camera as the eyecatcher ends. They seem to be at the entrance of Dragon Ball's Tenkaichi Battle Stage.||Dream 9|
|Roronoa Zoro and Piccolo||Roronoa Zoro and Piccolo (coincidentally both voiced by Christopher Sabat in the FUNimation dubs) are seen with their backs to the camera from far away. They are looking at a newspaper when Zoro says, "Is One Piece now?", and then Piccolo replies "It's very interesting". The camera then zooms to their faces as they turn around saying, "Watch it!". They seem to be located in Dragon Ball's Room of Spirit and Time.||Dream 9|
|Tony Tony Chopper and Son Gohan||Tony Tony Chopper and Son Gohan are seen riding on Kintoun. Gohan stares at the camera while saying "One Piece is coming". At the same time Chopper is seen hugging a part of Kintoun. Chopper then falls to the other side of Kintoun but still holding to it saying "Be patient!"||Dream 9|
Number of Appearances
|Character||First Set||Second Set||Third Set||Fourth Set|
|Vivi and Karoo||29||-||-||-||-||29|
|One Piece Logo||-||-||212||-||-||212|
|Monkey D. Luffy||23|
|Tony Tony Chopper||5|
|Monkey D. Garp||2|
|Marshall D. Teach||3|
|Portgas D. Ace||3|
|Gol D. Roger||12|
Translation and Dub Issues
The 4Kids-dubbed anime discarded Toei's eyecatchers, instead making its own bumpers; a separate set of bumpers were made for its Cartoon Network airings, particularly during its time on the Toonami block.
In contrast, the Funimation anime retains Toei's eyecatchers; during its television airings, it often used them and the Toonami bumpers together (as American television typically mandates two commercial breaks for half-hour programs).
- None of the posters use the portraits from the Straw Hats' in-story wanted posters (indeed, during this eyecatcher's entire run, only Luffy, Zoro, and Robin carried bounties at all).
- Apart from Luffy's, each Straw Hat's eyecatcher was introduced in either the episode they join Luffy, or the episode immediately after; the exception is Sanji, whose eyecatcher was introduced with his debut episode (ten episodes before his official joining).
- Throughout the series, the eyecatchers' wanted poster occasionally did not match its theme music.
- In Episode 1, Luffy's poster came up twice, but Zoro's theme played in the first time.
- In Episode 3, Luffy's theme played when Zoro's poster came up.
- In Episode 6, Luffy's and Zoro's themes are reversed.
- In Episode 8, Nami's theme played when Zoro's poster came up.
- In Episode 9, Luffy and Nami's posters are seen, but Zoro's theme is playing.
- In Episodes 13 to 15, Zoro's theme played when Luffy's poster came up.
- In Episodes 139 and 143, Robin's theme played when Zoro's poster came up.
- Episode 24 is the first episode to not have Luffy's eyecatcher in it.
- In Episode 151, Dracule Mihawk is seen observing Luffy and Zoro's bounties and his theme plays continuously and while it is playing the screen cuts to the commercial break eyecatchers and Zoro's comes up while Mihawk's theme is still playing.
- Episodes 207-242 showed only Luffy's eyecatcher, but during Episode 207 both Chopper's and Sanji's themes were playing. The eyecatchers did not update to feature the other Straw Hat Pirates until Episode 243.
- Nami and Sanji are portrayed with the outfits they wore during the Water 7 Arc (for Nami, her second outfit), and the eyecatchers keep them in these outfits for the remainder of their use.
- Franky's eyecatcher shows a bottle cap fly off one of the cola bottles as it fizzes over. Then, a glass pipe full of cola cracks, causing a leak to spurt out. It is difficult to observe what happened to the pipe at first glance, but one can make out that the bottle cap ricochets off the pipe, fracturing it.
- In Zoro's eyecatcher, when his three swords were shown, his sword Yubashiri was one of them. Later on, when Yubashiri was destroyed and he got his next sword, Shusui, the swords were changed in the eyecatcher to fit the story.
- Brook's eyecatcher is the only one where it shows a different sky background and the telescope moves upward to show his special items.
- Episodes 517-532 showed only Luffy's new eyecatcher as well.
- In Brook's eyecatcher, Brook picks up a violin, but in the series he is holding a guitar. Brook is still associated with his violin, but is now more commonly seen as a guitarist after gaining his rock star image as the "Soul King".
- The beginning of the 4th set of eyecatchers resemble the first volume of the From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc cover story which show the News Coo deliver the news, however the anime does not show Surume in the background.
- Episode 747 is the first time a new set of eyecatchers is introduced with Luffy's eyecatcher only appearing once, excluding special eyecatchers.
- Bartolomeo's eyecatcher shows the same scene as the first eyecatchers in the series (Episodes 1 - 206), except with the Going Luffy-senpai docked instead of the Going Merry, and without his crew members.
- Episodes 807 and 808 are the only regular episodes so far with more than two eyecatchers, both having six each.
- As both episodes aired in a one hour special, this was meant to use all the Straw Hats' eyecatchers at least once.
- Starting from Episode 879, Luffy's wanted poster was updated to his new bounty, revealed later on the same episode.
- Despite Sanji's bounty (and poster) undergoing changes on the previous episode, the set finished airing before Sanji's eyecatcher could be updated as well.
- During the Cidre Guild Arc, this set appeared again, making this the first time a set has been reused after being changed.
- The Straw Hats poses in Luffy's end card are the same as those from the cover of Volume 91, though Franky's slightly altered.