One Piece fans around the world were thrilled to see a huge Monkey D. Luffy float floating around the skies of New York City, as Luffy made his official debut in the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, held on Nov 24, 2023, joining Son Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise.
The balloon stands 50 feet tall, with a length of 43 feet, and a width of 39 feet, making Luffy the widest balloon in the Parade. Twenty different hues were used to give life to the Luffy balloon.
However, a slight accident took place, causing Luffy’s hat to defloat. A gust of wind tore the brim off of Luffy’s straw hat during the actual procession, while he was at the beginning of the route. Also, his right hand was about to burst as the balloon rocked against a lamppost.
The remainder of the parade passed without further trouble for the balloon, though.
One Piece Fans! Luffy’s straw hat wasn’t able to bounce back after a tree tore a hole in it at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 😱 pic.twitter.com/Ooy0QSRtZI
— ANN Events (@ann_events) November 23, 2023
Maybe this is a foreshadowing of Luffy not able to fulfill the promise he made to Shanks of becoming the King of the Pirates. HOLY SHIT, ODA IS A GOD!
Fans on Twitter poke fun at Luffy’s hat losing air in the Parade, and to be honest, It’s funny, considering Luffy’s body is made of rubber, so any small blow he takes doesn’t work on him, and even bullets are unable to penetrate his skin.
Needs more filler. https://t.co/LtKbkdGXEv
— Moist Esports (@MoistEsports) November 23, 2023
About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series by author Eiichiro Oda.
Eiichiro Oda started the serialization of the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine on July 19, 1997.
On March 3, 2023, the latest volume, Volume 105, was published, and the next volume will be published on July 6. One Piece has also received an anime adaptation. The TV anime has released 1064 episodes.
The latest entry in the franchise, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022. It is the 8th highest-earning film of all time in Japan and also topped Japan’s box office for the year 2022 in terms of both yen earned and tickets sold.
One Piece Anime Synopsis:
The tale of One Piece takes place on a parallel Earth when the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’ is in full swing.
The seas are ruled by ruthless pirates, and only the strongest can claim the legendary ‘One Piece’ fortune left behind by the greatest pirate of them, Gol D. Roger.
Years after Gol D. Roger’s death, Monkey D. Luffy dreams of establishing his own crew, locating One Piece, and becoming the Pirate King.
Luffy has incredible strength and agility after eating a devil’s fruit that turns his body into rubber.
He leaves Foosha Village in East Blue on his epic expedition to become the next Pirate King.