I couldn’t agree more with Arria Cross when she recently named the Straw Hat’s declaration of war against the World Government as the most epic anime scene. This scene is the crux of the entire arc and it plays such a pivotal role in the Straw Hat’s story. It’s where Luffy and the crew show the world that they aren’t just kids playing around, they are serious. After all, declaring war on the World Government is nothing to the Pirate King. It’s where the crew show each other how dedicated they are to Luffy’s dream, to their own dreams, and to each other. For Robin, it’s the moment when she learns that she has much right to live as herself as everyone else has; she can finally stop running from the tragedy of Ohara. At no point in this scene do any of the Straw Hat’s hesitate against the World Government; they’re there and they’re committed. Such an epic scene; goosebumps every time.