One Piece Anime Episode 652 in Season 17 (Dressrosa Arc)
Read Episode 652: Protect Her ’til the End! Rebecca and the Toy Soldier in English!
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The summary of Episode 651 is as follows:
Gatz gives the names of the 3 finalists who have won the right to fight the officers of the Don Quixote Family for the Mera Mera no Mi. He asks the spectators to wait 15 minutes while the arena is replaced. Behind the scenes, Luffy is intercepted by Cavendish and then by Don Chinjao, who wants to thank him for putting his head back “in place”. Bartolomeo becomes very emotional at the sight of his idol, which he follows since the events of Loguetown. Passing from Gang Leader to Captain Pirate by taking example on him. Rebecca arrives and takes Luffy away from the hustle and bustle of Burgess on the way and remembers the encounter he had with Blackbeard at Impel Down when he realizes that the latter is contacted by his subordinate via escargophone. He declares that he will not leave the fruit of his brother in their hands.
In the gladiator-prisoners’ quarters, Luffy is ambushed, but very easy to get rid of. The gladiators then reveal their history to them, however tragic …
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Luffy listens intently to Rebecca’s explanation, which reveals the truth about her relationship with the lead soldier Luffy met when he arrived at the Coliseum Corrida with Franky. This one-legged lead soldier was once his guardian when the young woman’s mother died. He raised her throughout her childhood. But an announcement from Gats brings the young woman back to reality by informing the participants of the Royal Block D Battle that the ring was operational again. Rebecca therefore leaves to fight by leaving Luffy with the imprisoned gladiators.
Rebecca remembers her past when she was very young as she joins the ring where other Block D fighters already are. When she was still a little girl, she helped her mother Scarlett to sell flowers to survive. When they learn that the soldiers of the Riku kingdom have plundered their own country, they decide to flee and are helped by Soldier Fury. Unfortunately, Scarlett lost his life trying to find food for Rebecca. This death causes a great pain to the Soldier Fury Lightning who swears to protect whatever happens the girl of the woman that he had not managed to save. It was at that moment that Doflamingo arrived to seize the throne and made Riku, the former sovereign, the most hated man of all Dressrosa. Over the years, the lead soldier has protected Rebecca to the best of her ability to the extent that a bonus for her capture was placed on her head after he released the girl from the clutches of two slave traders who wanted her sale. Behaving her like a father, Soldier Fury Light taught Rebecca how to fight to protect herself.
Back to the present: Rebecca is in the corridor of the Coliseum, facing the ring. She remembers the words she had with Soldier Fury Lightning, where she told him “You will always be by my side …” “You will always protect me …”. Gatz, the commentator of the tournament, presents the gladiator as the “beautiful swordsman of the Colosseum” and even qualifies her as “Princess-Phantom”. Rebecca advances, asking Toy Soldier not to die. Before fighting, she promises not to lose before a rabid audience at the sight of the young gladiator. To the surprise of Luffy, it is boosted, both by the gladiators and the public. Rebecca cries and the Straw Hat discovers how Rebecca is hated by the crowd of the Colosseum. He also realized how much Rebecca’s grandfather, former King Riku, was detested by all the inhabitants of this country …
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