Opening narration is a short monologue at the beginning of a series that briefly explains the series premise. Narrations have been used since the beginning and have been seen in a number of anime. Starting with Episode 284, One Piece began using opening narrations following each opening song.
From One Piece: The Movie
A fleet of pirate ships with the same Jolly Roger are shown along with a man sporting said flag, Woonan. Next a night scene where piles of gold treasure are seen bright at sea with a silhouette of Woonan. Then an island is shown while gold rains down as it fades out ending with a shot of a treasure map.
Gold Roger's Legacy
A newsreel of Roger's execution starting with a pan of the execution platform followed by a pan of Roger about to be executed ending with a closeup of Roger's face. Then a fleet of ships set out to sea ending with a shot of a ship's helm.
From One Piece: The Movie
Episode of Luffy
From Episode of Luffy
Starts with the scroll part of We Are! narration reanimated followed by a shot of Jolly Rogers. Then a shot of Luffy setting out to sea ending with a shot of Sea Kings next to a sailing Thousand Sunny.
Romance Dawn Story
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Episode of Chopper
A newsreel of a battle with pirate ships followed by a closeup of a Jolly Roger. Next a newsreel of the Blackbeard Pirates attack on Drum Island with a map of the Grand Line and Red Line. Then a stack of wanted posters flips away while Devil Fruits float up from the sea before dagger strikes Luffy's poster. Ending with a pan of the Straw Hat Pirates with their Jolly Roger in the background followed a newsreel of the Thousand Sunny and medical supplies.
The Great Pirate Era
A lantern is lit on top a map surrounded by treasure, a pistol, a dagger and a compass. Next to it are wanted posters of the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy then stretched across the sea on to the deck of the Thousand Sunny with the other Straw Hats. The Sunny then fades into the map when the lantern goes out.
Opens to a shot of the helm of a sunken ship followed by a group of fish around a Log Pose where one is chased by a big fish only to be eaten by a bigger fish itself ending with a zoom out to reveal sunken pirate ships. Luffy is then seen by the other Straw Hats swinging from the Thousand Sunny.
A pan over the world with images Laugh Tale, Poneglyph writings and Gol D. Roger. Next a shot over a stormy sea with flashes of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Revolutionary Army, Marines, Worst Generation and Four Emperors. Ending with the Straw Hats introduced one by one on the Thousand Sunny where Luffy is on the figurehead.
A shot of an eclipse over a fleet of pirate ships followed by a flashes of the Four Emperors, Seven Warlords of the Sea, Revolutionary Army and the Worst Generation. Then a shot of Luffy and the Straw Hats followed by shots of New Marineford, Pangaea Castle and a fade in of the Levely meeting room. Ending with shots of the Levely representatives from Arabasta, Ryugu, Sakura and Dressrosa kingdoms on their to Mary Geoise as the dawn breaks over the sea.
- The early openings of the Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga and the The Final Sea: The New World Saga start with their own opening narration.
- The Gold Roger's Legacy narration has been used more than any other.