Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monkey D Luffy

Monkey D. Luffy (モンキー・D・ルフィ, Monkī D. Rufi?) is a pirate and the main protagonist of One Piece. He is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates. He is the first member that makes up the crew. He is currently one of eleven pirates who have been referred to as "The Eleven Supernovas", having a bounty of 300,000,000. He has gathered up a reputation, even among the Three Great Powers, committing actions that were deemed dangerous by the World Government. Starting with the incident of Enies Lobby, Luffy has committed crimes against the World Government back to back in every major arc. This, in addition to his heritage, causes Sengoku to deem Luffy to be a "dangerous pirate".


Luffy is renowned for wearing his trademark Straw Hat (from which he gets his nickname "Straw Hat Luffy") which was lent to him when he was young by the legendary pirate captain Red-Haired Shanks. He promised to give it back next time they meet. His outfit somewhat mimics Shanks' own outfit in that he wears short trousers (although his are much shorter than Shanks' because they are rolled up) and sandals. Luffy also wears a red vest and has a scar underneath his left eye (he got it in Chapter 1, to prove his courage to Shanks and his pirates) and short black hair. He is very short and also a bit scrawny, but underneath his shirt he has a surprisingly good physique with protruding abdomen muscles.

Luffy, for some reason, has the same outfit over most of the series, as opposed to the rest of the crew. Luffy may wear a different outfit to suit the climate of an island (like a winter coat on Drum Island or desert robes in Arabasta), but will switch back to his trademark vest and shorts after the adventures on that island are over.

Notably, He will wear his usual outfit in diffrent colors. For example, in Enies Lobby he wears black shorts because they had pockets in which he could carry meat, on the Thriller Bark Island he wears an orange vest and red shorts, and on the Sabaody Archipelago he wears a blue vest and dark blue shorts, In the most recent part of the anime (prior to the separation) Luffy has been shown wearing a greenish blue vest with red shorts and after the fight between Magellan and Luffy, Inazuma gave to him a yellow vest with a new pair of red shorts. He does, however, no matter where he is, wear his straw hat through absolutely everything, though at the start the hat was prone to getting knocked off his head easily forcing Luffy to either put it aside or have someone hold onto it during battles. Since then he has gotten a string strap for it, allowing the hat to hang from his neck during fights.

Eiichiro Oda has mentioned that Luffy mostly resembles a monkey (he sometimes even makes a monkey face).[5] According to Oda, Luffy is represented by the color red, and smells like meat.[6]

At first glance, Luffy does not appear to be very intelligent; his apparent lack of intelligence is the source of his brave attitude towards life.[7] Luffy can easily be amazed by the simplest things, such as hermit crabs, and can be confused by concepts such as that by digging a hole right next to another he may be unintentionally filling the other hole. He also has no knowledge of medicine, when Nami had a high fever he told her to eat cold food and later tried to make Zoro better (after battling Kuma) by pouring Sake onto him because Zoro likes sake. When attempting to think up a plan to get off of Amazon Lily, while he managed to make some logical sense of where to look, he is seen to strain himself and notes that he is going to feel sick from too much thinking.[8] His simple mind actually saved himself against Hancock's powers because he mistook it for another beam, which brought out a fear of being slowed down though later it is shown he is simply immune to her powers, because of his pure heart.[9] If Luffy finds something he doesn't understand, even if someone explained in detail, he calls it a "mystery thing"; like calling dance powder a "mystery powder". Another running gag is Luffy's slow reaction time, especially to Snow and freezing temperatures. One running gag of Luffy's is asking "non-humans" such as Keimi and Brook if they can poop. In which case the answer is usually a yes.

Because he views the world in a straightforward and simple manner, he occasionally is the only person who can see past events that have taken place and realize the true goal, yet at other times he can fall into the simplest of traps. He is, however, a genius when it comes to fighting, such as when he figured out how to defeat Crocodile's Devil Fruit power on the verge of death, how to use Soru from sight, and developed a number of effective counters to Enel's "Mantra" ability. He does have a habit of holding a grudge even in dire situations (such as calling Franky a "bastard" in the middle of his fight with Rob Lucci causing Franky to retort "Now's not the time to be mad at me" and refusing to let Crocodile help him escape Impel Down even when there was no alternative). When drawing him, Oda has said he tries to make Luffy very straightforward about what he wants to be and how he feels. To compliment Luffys naivety and straightforward attitude, there is a running gag through the series where Luffy is capable of similarities that have little resemblance (like being able to see the resemblance between Sanji and his Wanted Poster, or being able to see Spoil as an old man with major wounds rather than a zombie), but is unable to see similarities with things with obvious connections (like being unable to tell that Sogeking is Usopp, or not seeing through Foxy's pathetic disguises).[10]

Luffy's simple attitude and naive comments during fights is often mistaken by his oppenent as poking fun at them. Due to this fact many of his opponents lose their cool and charge at him in anger. In many cases the opponents fail to understand whether luffy is serious or just playing during fights due to the bizarre actions like drinking too much water in his fight with Crocodile or punching out Arlong's teeth and using it as a weapon to bite him. Though Luffy has maintained that he is always serious during fights. In most cases once he starts to fight he maintains a serious attitude and is only seen laughing once he defeats the enemy or is certain the enemy will be defeated like in Buggy's case when he laughed before sending Buggy flying in the air. Though his comments and methods during the fights often lead his opponents to think that he is joking and not taking the fight seriously.

In battle, Luffy has shown signs of intelligence, high tactical and innovative skills. He can easily adapt to hindering situations such as Mr. 3's Candle Lock or Enel's Gloam Paddling into an attack. He also used a mirror to reflect Foxy's Noro Noro Beam attack. Recently in the "Ace Execution" arc, Mihawk mentions that Luffy seems unusually clear-headed by avoiding Mihawk's attacks. Additionally, during his battle against Mihawk, he uses Buggy as a scapegoat shield to help protect him and move forward towards Ace.

As a person with the middle initial D, Luffy shares the common trait of not fearing of death. He will often state that if he reaches his goal, that's fine, but if he dies on the way, that's fine too. He even smiled when he was nearly executed by Buggy the Clown in Loguetown , although he did have a look of shock and surprise in his eyes before this happened when Sanji and Zoro tried to rescue him. Luffy also has a habit of saying things with a lot more weight and (occasionally) wisdom than he realizes without even thinking or meaning to.[11]

Luffy also has an extreme thirst for adventure, which he has stated is the main reason he wants to become the Pirate King, having the belief that the Pirate King would be the one on the entire ocean with the most freedom for adventuring. This adventurous nature also makes him tend to avoid taking 'the easy way out' at times, such as when he destroyed the Eternal Pose to Arabasta given to him by Robin (Miss All-Sunday at the time), stating that he did not want an enemy to decide his destination. He also has no intention of trying to learn what or where One Piece actually is until he finds it himself, and once stated he would quit being a pirate if his crew tried to find out, not wanting to 'go on a boring adventure'.[12]
“ We are NOT asking him where the treasure is hidden!!! We're not even asking him whether there IS any treasure or not!! I'm not sure, but... ...everybody set out to sea, risking their lives to search for it!!! If you ask this old man anything about it here and now... Then I'll quit being a pirate! I don't want to go on a boring adventure like that!

— Luffy speaks out on learning what One Piece is from Rayleigh.

Luffy seems to have an unstoppable appetite which is another common "D" trait, as well as a strong belief in dreams.[13] Like other D's so far, he also is a glutton, despite his skinny appearance: he especially loves meat and can eat a fish whole - bones included[14] and because of this, a running gag is Luffy constantly stealing other peoples' food with his rubber powers, causing them to yell at him and sometimes hit him.

Another running gag is his habit of being amazed of various abilities of villains often yelling out "AMAZING" with stars in his eyes and around his head. Luffy believes that he is at his "coolest" when he is wearing armor. He also constantly insults his opponents by giving them degrading nicknames (such as calling Gecko Moria a "leek" or Enel "earlobes"). Luffy apparently has no skill with insulting people, usually taking either a physical aspect or unique ability and trying to make it degrading. Luffy also seems to have a slight obsession when it comes to outfitting himself with full-body armors, and has a knack of wearing himself one whenever he gets the chance, but every armor that he manages to find and outfit himself with usually ends up destroyed either in a battle or by some other comedic scenario.

Luffy never kills any of the villains (no matter how cold-hearted they are); instead, he frequently sends the villain flying, knocking them out or until the point that they are almost near death. Oda explains that it's not a question of morality so much as a matter of punishing the villains for their crimes - he feels that killing the villains lets them off too lightly, whereas he considers letting them live to see their dreams be ruined a far more fitting punishment.[15] Ironically though, some of the people he has defeated have become good after their defeat, most noticeably Wapol going to become a rich CEO of a toy factory.

Another dominant trait of Luffy is his humble nature: he doesn't brag about the powerful foes he's defeated in the past, though he's not above about claiming that no one has ever beaten him in the past, which is not true, having been defeated at least once by Ace, twice by Crocodile, once by Aokiji, once by Rob Lucci, once by Kuma, and once by Magellan in the past. Despite this, he remains humble despite having done outrageous acts like defeating Shichibukai-level pirates and issuing the order to burn down the World Government Flag back at Enies Lobby. When Franky pointed out the latter, Luffy only replied that it was nothing to get worked up over, for he and his crew were only there to take back a crew member who was taken from them. When Sengoku tries to figure out a way to cover up Gecko Moria's defeat (Ordering Bartholomew Kuma to kill the Strawhat Crew), Luffy's grandfather, Vice-Admiral Garp tells him, "Ah, don't worry yourself Sengoku! Luffy isn't the sort of guy who'd go around boasting about taking out Moria anyway!!" Despite his passion for fighting, Luffy also generally refuses to fight someone that he does not personally consider an enemy, preferring to either talk it over or run away from the confrontation. Over the series Luffy has become more mature and levelheaded, though he only shows this part of his personality when he and his friends are in dire situations or someone insults him, calling people like him and their beliefs foolish; other than that he still acts the same as he was at the start of the series.

Luffy calls every mixed-appearance creature he finds by whichever creature is its secondary (non-dominant) part. On Gaimon's island, the dog/chicken was referred to as a chicken when it was mostly a dog, the snake/rabbit a rabbit even though it was mostly snake and the pig/lion a lion even though it was mostly pig.[16] This becomes a running gag: later when he meets Bananawani, he calls them bananas with crocodiles attached to them. Also, after seeing Pierre transform, he continued to refer to him as a "horse" instead of a bird. And related to this running gag, when on Longring Longland island, he called every animal by what he thought they resembled rather than the actual species they were.

Luffy is very loyal to his crewmates and other friends, and can lose his temper quickly if they are harmed in anyway. Luffy is willing to do drastic things to avenge and defend those dear to him, even if it means breaking a promise to his friends (such as striking Bellamy down for attacking Montblanc Cricket's crew and even though promising Nami he would not pick a fight, and punching Tenryuubito Saint Charloss in the face for shooting Hatchan, despite promising not to defy the World Nobles). Aside from his own loyalty, Luffy also believes that all people should be loyal to their nakama, and if Luffy sees anyone betraying their own comrades, he would stand up for the victims (even if they are enemies). Notable examples of this are Captain Kuro killing his own crew, Don Krieg attacking Gin, and Boa Hancock petrifying her fellow Kuja tribe members. Luffy's apparent selflessness often inspires others to side with him as a result, notable among these people are Boa Hancock and Emporio Ivankov, who wouldn't have helped him in anyway, given their individual beliefs. He also shows respect for things that a person is willing to die for, be it a treasure or a secret, to the point of even fighting to protect that which the person would throw their lives away over. The most noticeable action to this would be when he protected the Gorgon Sisters secret by using his own body to cover the mark on Sandersonia's back, even though they were trying to kill him.[17] However, despite all his peculiar traits and habits (with his trademark dimwitted behavior) Luffy's most defining part of his personality is his sheer ability to make allies out of absolutely anyone, (including former enemies, villains and even Whitebeard himself), which is said by Mihawk to be the most dangerous ability in the world.

Also, as a bit of a running gag, Luffy, when talking about money, tells his crewmates to budget their money, only for them to react in return that it all goes towards to feeding him. Recently, though, another running gag involves Luffy randomly telling someone a secret, such as the identity of his and Ace's fathers, only to casually ask to keep it as a secret afterwards. He shares this with his grandpa.

Even the Marines started to take him more seriously after he defeated the villainous Marine Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan and several known pirates such as Captain Buggy the Clown, "Pirate Admiral" Don Krieg, and Arlong the Fishman. A 30,000,000 bounty was placed on his head after he had beaten Arlong and the Marines were cautious about Arlong's defeat because it had brought to question the worth of their units. This reward eventually becomes100,000,000 after he defeated Crocodile, when the World Government deemed him a serious threat for beating one of their Shichibukai. After the invasion of Enies Lobby, where they declare war on the world government itself, the government raised the bounties of the entire crew; Luffy's was raised to 300,000,000.

His personality has left an imprint on a few of his rivals, with both Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid being left with respect for him after he boasted he will be the one to find One Piece. They departed on good terms and all three agreed to meet up again in the New World.[19] Other rivals among the Eleven Supernovas are not so happy with Luffy, with Bonney claiming that she will finish them off herself if she ever meets them in the New World, upset with Luffy causing trouble for her and the others by forcing Kizaru to arrive.[20]

During his voyage, Luffy has had a few meetings with the Marines, from the not too serious looking return of Ironfist Fullbody (whom Luffy met first by the Baratie) and Commodore Smoker of Loguetown, to Admiral Aokiji. While some are easy to defeat, Luffy has been unable to defeat Smoker or Aokiji due to their powerful Logia abilities, and has resorted to running away from Smoker when he encounters him.

Luffy has passed several islands on his way to and along The Grand Line, including Drum Island, Little Garden, Arabasta, and Skypiea. He has met many new allies, as well as making several powerful enemies, such as Crocodile, Enel, Rob Lucci, and Gecko Moria, often inadvertently becoming an obstacle to their schemes, befriending one of their enemies, or being targeted by them, and then proceeding to fight against and defeat them. Some of Luffy's enemies, such as Alvida and Buggy the Clown seek revenge on him for defeating them, though currently Buggy is helping (unwillingly) Luffy rescue Ace.

After being completely defeated in the Sabaody Archipelago and failing to save a single crewmate from Bartholomew Kuma's repelling abilities, Luffy has sworn to defeat him, Sentoumaru and Admiral Kizaru.

Luffy also has a friendly to enemy relationship with Marshall D. Teach. When they first met in the Wild Cherry, they were rivals over some petty things over favorite foods. Blackbeard then gave Luffy a friendly speech over not to forfeit on dreams, despite Blackbeard's later attempt to capture Luffy for his high bounty. However, during the mass breakout attempt in Impel Down, when Luffy learned that the man is Blackbeard, the one responsible for Ace's capture and impending execution, Luffy flew into a rage and attacked. Though this led to them becoming enemies, Blackbeard continued to encourage Luffy to follow dreams, and he tried to hold off Magellan (if only for his own reasons).
“ It's not some sort of special power, but he has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome ability on the high seas...

-Hawkeye Mihawk, commenting on Luffy at the Battle of Marineford

Luffy shares a strong relationship with Shanks, the pirate who saved his life ten years ago in his hometown, and looks up to him as his role model of an ideal pirate. Shanks and his crew are the ones Luffy proclaimed he would beat as they were leaving Luffy's hometown. Luffy will often defend his friend when others insult him and was relieved to hear from his grandfather that Shanks and his crew were okay.[18] Part of Luffy's dream is to return the hat Shanks gave him when he becomes a great pirate.

Luffy has since worked diligently on keeping that promise and is known famously as "Monkey D. Luffy", or simply "Straw Hat Luffy". Most people don't take his goal seriously, until they see his absurd strength. Mihawk, Blackbeard, and Kidd are the only ones who truly acknowledged his dream right at the start.

Luffy befriends most of the civilians he meets on his journey, who normally fear him for being a pirate but hold him in admiration by the time he moves on to the next adventure. He is especially quick to befriend people, often calling people whom he has known less then a day his friends and being willing to go as far as necessary for them.

While Coby, the first person Luffy met on his journey, acknowledges that as he is a Marine, they will inevitably have to fight, they consider each other friends, as Luffy helped Coby muster the courage necessary to become a Marine.

Luffy has made a friendly rival in the whale Laboon. And, after painting the Straw Hat's jolly roger on Laboon's forehead, promised the two will finish their fight with each other the next time they meet.

Luffy is good friends with Vivi, who was with them all throughout the Arabasta arc, and he even considers her an honorary nakama and Straw Hat crew member.

Luffy is also good friends with Bon Kurei (even to the extent of him asking if in the future he could join the Straw Hats) after Bon Kurei apologized for causing them trouble in Arabasta, and distracted the Marines so the Straw Hats could escape. Bon Kurei went as far as to give his life away to save Luffy and other prisoners by posing as Magellan and ordering the opening of the Gates of Justice during the Impel Down Arc.

As of recently, Luffy has also managed to befriend the Gorgon Sisters, despite their previous attempts to kill him for seeing the mark on Shichibukai Boa Hancock's back, which the other two sisters also have. The mark was of the Tenryuubito, proof that they were once a slave to them, and they would have rather die than show the mark to anyone. During a fight with Hancock's sisters, when Sandersonia's mark was about to be revealed, Luffy served in preventing everyone present from viewing it as a form of respect to his opponents, claiming that their secrets have nothing to do with their fight. This sparked up past memories in Hancock, and revoking her decision to eliminate him. Upon further testing his selflessness, she reveals their past to him, and Luffy forgives them, showing that he only hates the Tenryuubito who did all of them wrong, earning their friendship and (without his knowledge) Hancock's love. He has come to greatly appreciate Hancock in return, as she helped him in the two major instances of helping him break into Impel Down and giving him the key to Ace's seastone handcuffs.

He also has a very friendly relationship with the entire population of Amazon Lily, as it seems every single Kuja practically worships him, as they have never seen a man before, and for the fact that he is a friend of the empress. They even went as far as selling "touches and pokes" of Luffy for 20 gold pieces each. Most of them affectionately refer to him as "Luffy-sama".

In Impel Down he also befriended Ivankov and Inazuma the former of whom is currently helping Luffy to save Ace due to the fact that he is one of Dragon's closest nakama and feels that it is his duty to help Luffy. Before directly encountering him, however, Ivankov and all of his Okama followers were already aware of Luffy's status as not only a pirate but Impel Down's first-ever intruder through the Den Den Mushi surveillance systems within the Great Gaol, and he unintentionally achieved a celebrity status within New Kama Land as a result.

It's notable as well that Luffy has connections to the some of the most powerful organizations or people, mostly through his extensive and famous family. His known family alone, has him connected to powerful members in the Revolutionary Army, Marines, and Whitebeard. Besides his family, he has Shanks, Rayleigh, Boa Hancock, Jinbei, Coby, and Helmeppo, who connect him to another Yonkou, the Shichibukai, and again the Marines. As The Kingdom of Arabasta is an affiliate Nation of the World Government, through Vivi (and by extension, Cobra) he may also possess some influence there. Therefore in the reigning World Powers, he only doesn't have connections in the Gourousei.

He has gained the assistance and admiration of all of the Whitebeard Pirates and allies, namely Whitebeard himself, in his quest to save Ace. After seeing the lengths to which Luffy would go to save Ace, Whitebeard even remarked that he wouldn't forgive Marco if he let Luffy die. Soon after, he assigned his crew and allies to back up Luffy after witnessing him unleash his Haki.

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (ツバサ-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, Tsubasa: Rezaboa Kuronikuru?) adalah sebuah manga oleh CLAMP. Tsubasa berarti sayap dalam bahasa Jepang. Inti cerita Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle adalah petualangan mencari memori berupa bulu sayap yang hilang.

Alkisah tersebutlah sebuah negeri padang pasir bernama Clow. Di negeri yang damai inilah Syaoran bermukim sambil meneruskan impian mendiang sang ayah; menggali peninggalan purbakala yang terpendam jauh di gurun pasir. Karena urusan penggalian mewajibkannya rajin mengunjungi istana [untuk mengurus izin dan melaporkan hasil], sejak kecil Syaoran telah mengenal dan bersahabat dekat dengan Sakura, Tuan Putri dari kerajaan Clow. Sang Raja yang juga merupakan kakak kandung Sakura, Tôya sebenarnya tidak terlalu menyukai hubungan mereka karena dia menyadari bahwa ada sesuatu yang aneh dalam diri Syaoran, dan kemungkinan besar akan berpengaruh besar ke masa depan kerajaan. Walaupun begitu, ia tidak melarang adiknya menyukai Syaoran yang sering disebutnya bocah tengik itu karena selalu mengingat pesan mendiang ayahnya untuk mempercayai masa depan.
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Suatu hari, Sakura ikut bersama Tôya mengunjungi tempat penggalian untuk menemui Syaoran, dan berniat untuk mengutarakan isi hatinya pada teman masa kecilnya itu. Tapi nasib berkata lain. Hari itu, segala ketenangan dan kedamaian Syaoran dan Sakura menghilang seiiring munculnya segerombolan orang aneh berbusana serba hitam, disusul menghilangnya sayap yang tiba-tiba muncul di punggung Sakura saat gadis itu berdiri di atas simbol aneh yang ditemukan Syaoran di dalam reruntuhan kuil yang ditelitinya. Keadaan bertambah buruk karena setelah sayapnya menghilang, Sakura tak kunjung sadar. Di lain pihak, Tôya yang menghalau serangan para orang berbaju hitam terluka dan sang pendeta tertinggi Yukito (seiyuu: Miyata Kôki) yang menyadari apa arti hilangnya sayap Sakura langsung mengambil keputusan untuk mengirim Syaoran dan Sakura ke tempat Penyihir Dimensi yaitu di dunia lain. Di dunia lain itu Syaoran bertemu dengan seorang wanita anggun yang mengaku bahwa dirinya adalah Penyihir Dimensi (yang bernama Ichihara Yuko tapi tidak disebutkan) yang dimaksud oleh Yukito serta dua orang yang juga berasal dari dunia yang berbeda-beda. Singkat cerita, sang penyihir kemudian memberikan makhluk aneh bernama Mokona Modoki dengan bayaran benda paling berharga dari ketiga orang di hadapannya. Kurogane menyerahkan pedang kesayangannya, Fye tato untuk menahan kekuatan sihirnya dan Syaoran dihadapkan pada pilihan sulit; harga yang dituntut darinya adalah ‘hubungan’ dengan Sakura. Artinya, sekalipun bulu sayap Sakura terkumpul semua, ingatan Sakura tentang dirinya tidak akan kembali, dan hubungan mereka tidak akan pernah sama lagi seperti dulu. Syaoran menerima, karena tidak mau jika Sakura harus mati begitu saja.

Dunia pertama yang mereka kunjungi adalah negeri Hanshin. Di sini mereka bertemu pasangan suami-istri Arisugawa Sorata dan Arashi. Di sini Syaoran berhasil mendapatkan dua helai bulu sayap Sakura. Kesadaran Sakura memang pulih, tetapi saat matanya terbuka, kata-kata yang pertama diucapkannya pada Syaoran adalah “Siapakah kamu?”. Dengan susah payah, Syaoran berhasil menahan perasaannya dan menjelaskan secara singkat pada Sakura siapa dirinya dan kenapa mereka bersama-sama. Setelah Fye mengambil alih pembicaraan, Syaoran diam-diam berjalan keluar dan menangis di tengah siraman hujan... Walaupun hatinya hancur, tekad Syaoran tak berubah. Ia tetap ingin mengumpulkan semua bulu sayap Sakura. Fye yang tertarik pada semangat anak itu berjanji akan membantu sebatas yang bisa dilakukannya. Sedangkan Kurogane, walau awalnya tidak berniat ikut-ikutan sama sekali dalam masalah pencarian bulu sayap Sakura, akhirnya toh turut membantu juga. Tapi perjalanan berpindah dunia yang mereka lakukan tidaklah semudah itu, karena tidak selamanya bulu sayap Sakura berada di tempat yang bisa segera dijangkau. Apalagi musuh sebenarnya selalu mengawasi mereka...


* Syaoran (pengisi suara: Miyu Irino): Saat dipungut oleh Fujitaka, Syaoran adalah seorang anak lusuh, penuh luka, tidak bisa mengingat masa lalunya sendiri dan sangat miskin emosi. Pertemuan dengan Sakura membuat dirinya menjadi makin manusiawi dan tidak butuh waktu lama baginya untuk mencintai gadis itu. Tapi Syaoran yang sadar akan perbedaan status mereka selalu berusaha menahan diri, yang biasanya berbalik diprotes keras oleh Sakura. Syaoran bertekad untuk mengumpulkan seluruh bulu sayap Sakura sekalipun menyadari bahwa orang yang disayanginya itu tak akan mengingat dirinya. Ia menguasai bela diri, terutama jurus tendangan yang dipelajarinya sejak kecil. Di dunia Ōto terungkap bahwa mata kanan Syaoran sebetulnya tak bisa melihat. Menyadari dirinya masih banyak kekurangan, ia memohon pada Kurogane untuk diajari ilmu pedang. Meskipun begitu, Syaoran masih menyimpan sebuah rahasia besar, yang mungkin dirinya sendiri tak menyadarinya.

* Sakura (pengisi suara: Yui Makino): Tuan Putri ini adalah segalanya bagi Syaoran. Bukan hanya karena ia adalah Tuan Putri di Clow, tetapi juga karena Sakura-lah yang mengajarkan pada Syaoran bahwa dunia ini indah, dan bahwa dirinya berarti. Sakura memiliki kemampuan aneh sejak kecil; mampu berkomunikasi dengan makhluk selain manusia atau orang yang sudah meninggal. Sikap lembut dan perhatian terhadap orang lain adalah daya tarik utama gadis manis ini. Sayap miliknya yang menjadi pangkal permasalahan adalah wujud dari ‘hati’ serta ‘ingatan’ dirinya, sehingga wajar ia kehilangan semua ingatannya saat sayapnya terpencar ke dunia lain. Walaupun tak mampu mengingat, tak bisa disangkal bahwa ia ‘tahu’ tentang Syaoran. Sayangnya, setiap kali ia berusaha mencari tahu tentang perasaannya pada Syaoran, ‘harga’ yang diambil Yuko akan langsung menghalanginya. Ia memanggil Syaoran dengan sebutan ‘Syaoran-kun’, padahal dulu ia sendiri yang memutuskan untuk memanggil teman kecilnya itu dengan nama saja karena melihat kakaknya dan Yukito saling memanggil nama sebagai bukti kedekatan mereka.

* Kurogane (pengisi suara: Tetsu Inada): Kasar, pemarah, suka sekali berkelahi, tapi setia kawan. Tadinya seorang ninja dari Nihon no Kuni [Negeri Jepang] yang di’buang’ ke dunia lain oleh tuan putrinya, Putri Tomoyo karena dianggap terlalu banyak membunuh sehingga melupakan apa itu ‘kekuatan’ yang sesungguhnya. Saat diusir, Kurogane bersumpah akan kembali ke dunianya sendiri untuk memaki-maki tuan putrinya itu sampai puas. Tidak sopan memang, tapi sebenarnya cowok ini sangat setia dan bersumpah tidak akan mengabdi pada majikan selain Tomoyo Hime seumur hidupnya. Terkesan tidak peduli sekitar, tapi sebenarnya dialah yang paling tajam pengamatannya. Ia dapat melihat bakat terpendam Syaoran dan menyadari bahwa Fye yang selalu tampak loyo serta tak serius itu sebenarnya tengah memburu kematiannya sendiri. Setelah pedang Gin Ryû miliknya diambil Yūko, Kurogane tak bersenjata selama beberapa lama. Baru kemudian di dunia Ōto dia mendapatkan sebuah pedang baru bernama Sōhi yang merupakan pasangan Hien milik Syaoran.

* Fay D. Flourite (pengisi suara: Daisuke Namikawa): Berasal dari negeri Celes dan merupakan wizard terhebat di sana. Fye tidak pernah menyinggung sebab musabab dirinya melarikan diri dari Selece, tapi yang pasti ia menghindari Raja Ashura, rajanya sendiri. Diantara kawan-kawannya, Fye-lah yang paling tertutup tentang dirinya sendiri. Kalau melihat perkataan Kurogane, sepertinya ia memburu kematiannya sendiri, dan besar kemungkinan berhubungan dengan raja yang selalu dihindarinya. Saat-saat langka dimana Fye berwajah serius adalah jika ia sedang membicarakan Raja Ashura.

* Mokona-Modoki (pengisi suara: Mika Kikuchi): Mokona berperan sebagai ‘mesin penerjemah’, dan juga mentransfer berbagai benda dari Yūko yang beragam, mulai dari benda untuk meneruskan perjalanan, sampai kue coklat untuk hadiah Valentine. Ia juga mampu mendeteksi keberadaan bulu sayap Sakura yang ditandai dengan terbukanya kedua matanya. Akrab sekali dengan Sakura dan Fye, tapi sering diamuk Kurogane yang memang selalu jadi sasaran keisengannya.

* Yūko Ichihara (pengisi suara: Sayaka Ohara): Dikenal juga sebagai Penyihir Dimensi. Kekuatan sihirnya dikatakan sebagai yang terkuat di dunia manapun setelah kematian Clow Reed. Yūko dikenal mampu mengabulkan permintaan macam apapun, tetapi ia menuntut ‘harga’ berupa ‘benda paling berharga’ untuk mengabulkan permohonan orang yang bersangkutan. Bukan karena mata duitan, tapi memang itulah konsekuensi dari kekuatan serta aturan dunia penyihir yang mengikatnya. Jika sedang tidak ‘dinas’ sebagai Penyihir, Yūko sangat santai dan terkesan tidak serius menghadapi apapun juga (singkatnya; sableng). Sehari-hari, Yūko berdiam di tokonya yang berada di ‘Jepang’ bersama dua pelayan yang imut-imut; Maru Dashi dan Moro Dashi, serta seorang pegawai part time yang sering jadi korban kesablengannya, Watanuki Kimihiro. Lebih banyak tentang Yūko dan Watanuki serta tokonya yang misterius diceritakan dalam komik xxxHOLiC.

* Seishirō (pengisi suara: Hiroki Touchi)

* Subaru (pengisi suara: Hiro Shimono)

* Kamui (pengisi suara: Mamoru Miyano)

* Fūma (pengisi suara: Yuji Kishi)

* Puteri Tomoyo (pengisi suara: Maaya Sakamoto)

* Fei Wong Reed (pengisi suara: Kazuhiro Nakata): Seorang lelaki misterius yang selalu mengawasi perjalanan Syaoran cs. Dialah yang mengakibatkan berpencarnya bulu sayap Sakura demi memenuhi 'harapannya'. Kemungkinan besar kengininannya adalah menghidupkan kembali yang sudah mati. Sepertinya dialah yang mengatur negri yang akan dikunjungi Syaoran dan kawan-kawan.

* Xing Huo (pengisi suara: Sanae Kobayashi)

* Kyle Rondart (pengisi suara: Mitsuru Miyamoto)

* Real Syaoran: Dia terlihat tertidur di dalam istana Fei Wong Reed. Anehnya, wajah sama dengan Syaoran yang melakukan perjalanan. Dia juga mengamati perjalanan Syaoran dan kawan-kawan melalui mata kanannya yang dimiliki oleh Syaoran.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Next Saturday Tour date rescheduled to February 20, 2010!!!


Pssst! Go ahead guys! A brand new Dutch radio show in English language for 80's music lovers will be launched tomorrow on 17. february, 20:00 pm CET Europe.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Saturday Tour is cancelled!

Lucky Star New Anime

Konata Izumi

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Aya Hirano (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Wendee Lee (English)

Konata Izumi (泉 こなた, Izumi Konata?) is, more by default than anything else, the "leader" and the shortest of the main characters. Nicknamed "Kona-chan" (こなちゃん?) by Tsukasa, she is an eccentric but friendly and outgoing girl, with a mischievous yet good-natured sense of humor. She can be smart, but she hates studying[1], thus her grades are a bit uneasy.[2] However, she is an expert in pulling an "all-nighter".[3] In contrast to her studying habits, she loves video games,[4] to the extent that she can compete against Kagami Hiiragi on trivia-based games.[5] In addition, she loves anime, which is also due to her father, Sōjirō Izumi's influence,[6] along with the games. Her father buys adult games for himself, so she is able to play and enjoy them.[7] In fact, when she became eighteen, Konata was overjoyed, since she could now go buy and play ero-games legally. In the anime, Konata constantly refers to or parodies several popular games, anime, and manga (much to the annoyance of Kagami). Both of her voice actresses for the animated version, Aya Hirano for the Japanese version and Wendee Lee for the English version, are in fact the same people who voiced Haruhi Suzumiya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime; other voice actors from the same series make guest appearances during the course of Lucky Star.

In order to fund her interests, Konata had a part-time job at a cosplay cafe in Akihabara.[3][1] In online gaming, she played a male fighter type character, that gets married to a female fighting character that is actually a guy.[8] She often plays late into the night, hence why she tends to fall asleep in class, which makes her a frequent victim to her homeroom teacher, Nanako Kuroi.[6] Ironically, Ms. Kuroi was also part of Konata's team in the same game.[8] Konata rarely eats a "normal" Japanese lunch, as she frequently eats only a chocolate cornet.

Her physique is smaller than average when compared to her peers, which she claims hasn't changed since she was in the sixth grade.[9] She is ambidextrous, in contrast to the mostly left-handed main cast. She has long, blue hair which comes down to her calves with a large ahoge, sleepy eyes, a catlike smile and a beauty mark under her left eye, just like her father. Her mother, Kanata Izumi, died when she was an infant, and she has lived alone with her father since.[6] In her third year of high school, however, her cousin, Yutaka Kobayakawa, came to live at her house,[10] giving a total of three people in the Izumi residence. Although Konata spends most of her time playing games in her room, she has a darker skin tone, like her father's. Konata placed seventh in 2channel's SaiMoe 2007 contest, came in second place in the category of "Best Female Character" in the thirtieth Anime Grand Prix, and ranked third in Newtype's "Top 10 Female Characters of 2007" poll.
Kagami Hiiragi

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Emiri Katō (Anime, Radio, PS2 Video Game), Kari Wahlgren (English)

Kagami Hiiragi (柊 かがみ, Hiiragi Kagami?) is the older fraternal twin sister of Tsukasa Hiiragi. In school, her grades are excellent, as she studies very hard,[11] and she was elected class president in her first year. She is in a different class than Konata Izumi and Tsukasa, but she frequently comes to their class during lunch time to eat with them. Additionally, Kagami chose the humanities stream in her second year, so that she could be with her friends,[12] but she was the only one separated into a different classroom; the same occurred in her third year. Kagami, occasionally referred to as "Kagamin" (かがみん?) by Konata, is a bit egotistical, and not as good a cook as Tsukasa.[12] Konata loves to irritate her, and their arguments act as one of the main factors of comic relief throughout the series. Kagami is usually annoyed by Konata's constant references to her otaku interests, but usually has an idea on what she is saying.

Kagami's physique is average. However, she is usually concerned about her weight, counting every kilogram she gains or loses. Kagami likes to eat sweet food and she is often seen eating sweet food at night, such as chocolate Pocky sticks. Despite her concern about her weight, she has no willpower controlling her eating habit, resulting in an "eat now, fret later" attitude.[6] She has long, purple hair with a ribbon tied into bunches,[13] and unlike Tsukasa, has sharp eyes. Kagami is the stereotypical "tsundere"[13]; she on one side can be the straight and intolerant type however, she is prone to become shy and lonely at times. Kagami is constantly attempting to hide the fact that she has a deep sense of attachment to her friends, especially Konata.[13] She also seems to take a twisted delight in mocking Konata's smaller-than-average physique, her lack of motivation and her tendency to be a troublemaker, which usually results in Konata becoming very defensive. In spite of all this, she really does care about Konata, and is almost always willing to go places or do favors for her.

Similarly to Konata, Kagami likes video games, but plays a different genre than Konata: side-scrolling shooters.[7] She loves to read light novels, but is lonely, as no one around her has the same interests as her (though she is implied to have a knack for anime, since a stuffed Bonta-kun doll from Full Metal Panic! can be seen in her room). Both Kagami and Tsukasa are left-handed. Kagami shares the name of her creator, Kagami Yoshimizu, and according to the creator, Kagami was his pen name in his school days, and had her personality thought out long ago.

Kagami became the 2008 Anime Saimoe Tournament's champion with her sister Tsukasa being runner-up.
Tsukasa Hiiragi

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Kaori Fukuhara (Anime, Radio, PS2 Video Game), Michelle Ruff (English)

Tsukasa Hiiragi (柊 つかさ, Hiiragi Tsukasa?) is the younger fraternal twin sister of Kagami Hiiragi and lives in a six-member family household.[14] She is in the same class as Konata Izumi. She isn't good at studying or at sports, but excels in cooking. Tsukasa often depends on Kagami for help on her homework, like Konata, but their reasons are different: Tsukasa easily forgets her assignments, while Konata is just too lazy or preoccupied with her hobbies to do them herself.[3] Unlike some of the other characters in the series, Tsukasa has not shown any particular interests in video games and anime, but she does like the Sgt. Frog series.[12]

Tsukasa's physique is a little smaller than average. She has short, purple hair with a ribbon like a head band in it. Her eyes are droopy and she is portrayed as a stereotypical klutz. Tsukasa once received a mobile phone for her birthday, but didn't have much luck with it, as the phone was taken away by using it in class and later mistakenly ruined by putting it in the laundry, along with her skirt.[12] Once, she left instant yakisoba alone after pouring hot water in it, only to come back later discovering there was no water left to drain.[15] Unlike most of the cast of Lucky Star, Tsukasa is a heavy sleeper, and cannot wake up at a set time, even when someone is present to do so.[3] Like her sister, Tsukasa is left-handed.

She can be mistaken for cosplaying as Akari Kamigishi from To Heart when she wears her autumn school uniform, which is pointed out twice in the anime: once, when Konata gave her the actual uniform used in the To Heart anime for her birthday (while giving Kagami the "Brigade Chief" armband usually worn by Haruhi Suzumiya),[6] and the second, when two people stopped her at Akihabara to take her picture, much to her embarrassment.[1]
Miyuki Takara

Voiced by: Erina Nakayama (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Aya Endō (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Karen Strassman (English)

Miyuki Takara (高良 みゆき, Takara Miyuki?) is a young lady from a wealthy family who is beautiful, smart, and well-mannered. She always uses extremely polite Japanese, even when talking with her closest friends. She was the class president for her grade level in her first year,[16] at the same time that she became good friends with Kagami. Now Miyuki is in the same class as Konata and Tsukasa, and is nicknamed "Yuki-chan" (ゆきちゃん?) by Tsukasa. Miyuki's classmates often rely on her for help with their studies, and she is often shown giving impromptu but highly-detailed, encyclopedic definitions or explanations on diverse and obscure matters. She is shown being one of the top three best students in her grade for the semester.[17][18]

She is described as a stereotypically friendly meganekko, or glasses-wearing girl. She is scared of contacts, and of putting them in her eyes, thus why she wears glasses.[18] Her vision is less than 0.1 (20/200), though it had been good until elementary school, when she began reading books in the dark after her mother dozed off while reading to her in bed.[1] She likes to read books, but does not read light novels. Miyuki loves to sleep, and she always goes to bed fairly early.[16] She hates visits to the dentist,[3] but frequently has to go to fix a loose crown or because of tooth decay. Due to her embodying such a large number of moe archetypes, Miyuki is the frequent-victim of Konata's playful bouts of verbal sexual-harassment.[19] She is seen less often than the other three main characters.
Yutaka Kobayakawa

Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Shizuka Hasegawa (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Hynden Walch (English)

Yutaka Kobayakawa (小早川 ゆたか, Kobayakawa Yutaka?) is Konata's cousin and Yui's younger sister.[20] She first appeared in episode fourteen in the anime when she was admitted into Ryōō High School and moves to live with Konata to help with the commute.[21] She has been known to be quite sickly which has impacted her school life,[22] but she remains cheerful nonetheless. She befriends Minami Iwasaki,[23] Hiyori Tamura[24] and Patricia Martin at school.[1]
Minami Iwasaki

Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Minori Chihara (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Michelle Ruff (English)

Minami Iwasaki (岩崎 みなみ, Iwasaki Minami?) comes from a wealthy family, and she lives across the street from Miyuki Takara.[25] She owns a very large white dog and has a parasol in her yard.[16] Her hobbies include reading books, playing the piano, and playing with her dog, Cherry. A very quiet girl (usually speaking in as few words as possible) who does not show much emotion, Minami is often mistaken for being cold, but she is very kind at heart.[16] However, many jokes arise when her seemingly "perfect and sleek" appearance is contradicted, such as when Miyuki's mother notices Minami teaching Cherry how to stand on his hind legs by mimicking the position herself; Minami often blushes heavily and stares at the floor in response to such teasing. Like Konata, Minami has a flat chest as well, but she is ashamed of it. She was admitted to Ryōō Gakuen High School, along with Yutaka Kobayakawa, whom she met during the admissions exam; afterwards, she helped Yutaka go to the nurse's office when she became sick. Once there, she gave Yutaka her handkerchief, which started their friendship.[10] She and Yutaka are in the same class, and Minami is the class health officer.[16] She's the 'mysterious' and 'emotionless' one out of the group according to her friends.

Minami has short, mint-green hair and her eyes are slightly slanted upward, giving them a 'sharp' appearance similar to that of Kagami's. She is very slender and quite tall for her age.[1] Due to her short hair and lean body structure, Minami has a tendency to look more androgynous than the other Lucky Star characters (a reason that Hiyori Tamura often pairs her and Yutaka as yuri models). She gets along with Miyuki, since they have similar tastes and are from the same neighborhood; Minami has often been compared to being Miyuki's "little sister" due to Minami's clingy attraction to her neighbor from when they were younger.
Patricia Martin

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Nozomi Sasaki (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Patricia Ja Lee (English)

Patricia Martin (パトリシア・マーティン, Patorishia Mātin?), nicknamed "Patty" (パティ, Patti?), is a first-year transfer student from the United States. She is in the same class as Yutaka Kobayakawa and Minami Iwasaki. Patricia loves anime and manga and has learned all her Japanese through them,[26] leading to her having a very unusual Japanese vocabulary. She tends to make quite a few generalizations of Japan and Japanese culture based on otaku culture, even more so than her senior, Konata Izumi. She claims to enjoy a wide range of Japanese music, however the only artists she listens to are those who have performed anime theme songs, and only those songs alone. She is extremely energetic and lively. Aside from Miyuki Takara, she has the second biggest chest size, which she is often ashamed about. Patricia works with Konata at the same cosplay café.[1]
Hiyori Tamura

Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Kaori Shimizu (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Philece Sampler (English)

Hiyori Tamura (田村 ひより, Tamura Hiyori?) is an amateur dōjin artist, who is also the first-year classmate of Yutaka Kobayakawa and Minami Iwasaki. Additionally, she is an otaku who creates her own dōjinshi; her genres are broad, stretching from boys love to yuri.[27] Hiyori is always searching for a good plot to use in her dōjinshi, and tends to imagine Yutaka and Minami in romantic moments, only to grow embarrassed over the idea and break into an emotional outburst, which leaves Yutaka and Minami clueless. Even if she has a moment of enlightenment, she fails to jot down notes about it, which causes her to forget what her great idea was about. Called "Hiyorin" (ひよりん?) by Konata and Kō (also Konata called "Hiyo-hiyo" (ひよひよ?) and Kō called "Hiyori"), she tends to be a kind person, but has unfortunate luck. Hiyori has a friendly personality, but is prone to becoming bashful, leading to simple mistakes during a decisive moment. Throughout the series it is implied that Hiyori has a hard time with animals. This is often portrayed by her interactions with Minami's dog, Cherry. For example, in the OVA, Cherry beats Hiyori with its paws and frightens her. Hiyori has long black hair, a wide forehead, and is a meganekko. She is a member of the Animation Research Club, and is Kō's junior.
Ayano Minegishi

Voiced by: Yūko Gotō (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Mai Aizawa (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Peggy O'Neal (English)

Ayano Minegishi (峰岸 あやの, Minegishi Ayano?) is Kagami Hiiragi's classmate and has been in the same class with Kagami for the past five years, since middle school;[16] she is a childhood friend of Misao. She is passive and likes to take care of people, hence she is portrayed as a character that looks after Misao.[28] However, according to Misao, when Ayano does get angry, she is much more intimidating. Ayano holds back her long orange hair with a headband, but since her front hair is pulled back, she is looked at as having a large forehead. Also, she can make excellent cookies. She is the only Lucky Star girl who has a boyfriend (her boyfriend is actually Misao's elder brother, according to volume 7). At one point, Kagami compared Ayano and Misao to Tsukasa and Konata respectively, saying that she apparently tends to attract the same kinds of friends.[1] She worries much with Tsukasa.
Misao Kusakabe

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Kaoru Mizuhara (Radio, Anime, PS2 Video Game), Lara Jill Miller (English)

Misao Kusakabe (日下部 みさお, Kusakabe Misao?) is a childhood friend of Ayano since middle school, along with Kagami, her fellow classmate.[16] Misao tends to be quite lazy, simple-minded and an outdoor type of person. She is in the track and field club, hates studying,[1] and harbors a love for video games, despite not being particularly talented at them. She has tanned skin, dark hair slightly slanted eyes, and a small fang in the side of her mouth.[29]

Misao does not seem to be skilled at playing video games, yet plays them for purely for fun; she notes on having borrowed many games from various people. In fact, her concept of "play for fun" is so strong that she does not mind losing to Kagami, instead marveling at how well her friend plays and making a loud, congratulatory spectacle. This leaves Kagami with a sense of guilt and bewilderment. At one point, Kagami compared Ayano and Misao to Tsukasa and Konata respectively, saying that she apparently tends to attract the same kinds of friends.[1] Misao dislikes Konata for "stealing" Kagami away from her group, and often rants about Kagami leaving her group for Konata who she knew for only one to two years. She calls Konata by the name "Chibikko" (ちびっ子?) which is literally used as an equivalent for "midget" and can be literally translated to "a very tiny child", and she is nicknamed "Misakichi" (みさきち?) by Konata in Manga.
Kō Yasaka

Voiced by: Rika Morinaga (PS2 Video Game)

Kō Yasaka (八坂 こう, Yasaka Kō?) is the president of the Animation Research Club, and is also the treasurer of the Student Council. She is called "Kō-chan-senpai" (こーちゃん先輩?) by her juniors, including Hiyori, who is a member of the Animation Research Club. She is studying at Ryōō High School in class 2-F and is the only second year among the Lucky Star girls at the time of her appearance (the rest being either first or third year students). She enjoys playing anime-themed fighting games, and also likes to check on new and trendy things, never failing to miss one. She has played fighting games with Konata before, and does not notice that Konata is her senior. She has tanned skin, likes dōjinshi, manga, observing people, chatting, and gambling. In Lucky Star: Ryōō Gakuen Ōtōsai, she is a good friend of Yamato Nagamori.
Yamato Nagamori

Voiced by: Shion Hirota (PS2 Video Game)

Yamato Nagamori (永森 やまと, Nagamori Yamato?) is the central character of Lucky Star: Ryōō Gakuen Ōtōsai, the PlayStation 2 game of Lucky Star. A mysterious transfer student who transfer along with the protagonist in the game, her former school is Saint Fiorina All-Girls High School, and was in class 2-3 before she transferred to 3-B, the same class as Konata. She acts emotionless, spoiled and mysterious, giving her a typical tsuntsun personality. She was Kō's close friend when she was still a junior-high student. In the game, Yamato had a fatal collision with a star-shaped survey spaceship which crashed because of a mysterious event at Ryōō school festival. To prevent the accident from happening, the alien resurrects and fuses with Yamato who transfers to Ryōō High on a mission to reverse time several days before the festival to track down the accident's cause, and after telling the game's protagonist the reason behind the time loop and time reversals, Yamato hopes for the protagonist's trial-and-error déjà-vu to find ways to erase possible events in the school festival that would lead to the accident. After the puzzle is solved, Yamato reveals herself as an alien which leaves Yamato's body and erases everyone's memory about the whole incident and Yamato returns to Saint Fiorina All-Girls High School. In the manga, Yamato retains some alien powers such as ESP and projecting thought, though she's clueless why she can. Her hobby is karaoke and cycling. She likes soft azuki bean jelly, Yukimi Daifuku, and summer. She dislikes shellfish, and winter.
Lucky Channel

At the end of each anime episode of Lucky Star, there is a short omake segment called "Lucky Channel". One of the recurring jokes of this segment is the strained partnership between Akira Kogami and Minoru Shiraishi. While tenuous at best, Akira does show some affection for Minoru. Although most of the time the show discusses certain characters in Lucky Star, events in the actual anime or other things relating to the hosts of the show, Lucky Channel also has its own chain of events which have tie-ins to Lucky Star, making it a side-story.
Akira Kogami

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Hiromi Konno (Radio, Anime, PS2 Video Game), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Akira Kogami (小神 あきら, Kogami Akira?) is a fourteen-year-old junior high school student, who is also the captain of the Lucky Star informational ad section called "Lucky Channel" in the Comptiq magazine. Akira has short salmon pink hair and has an ahoge towards the right side of her head, and has golden yellow eyes. Her arms are so short that the sleeves of her winter school uniform easily cover her hands.[30] Akira tends to be very energetic, and her chief form of greeting is "Hi ya Luckies!", and frequently ends each episode with "Bye-ni!". Ni (二?), as in the Japanese number two, and can be written as "Bye2", resulting in a shorter and cuter form of Bye-Bye. The cute persona, however, is a cover-up; in reality, whenever she is annoyed or feels that her career or popularity is threatened (usually both by her assistant, Minoru Shiraishi), Akira's bright persona is instantaneously shed to reveal a deep voiced, violent, chain-smoking, selfish-cynic of a burnt out entertainer on the brink of becoming a has-been. However, her talents are undeniable; she has been in the entertainment business since the age of three. She can be quite cruel towards Minoru, both physically and emotionally. She has been known to throw all sorts of objects (such as her overflowing ashtray) into his face, particularly whenever he mentions that a girl in the Lucky Star cast is cute. Akira's disturbing and menacing persona may be a tongue in cheek and satirical look at the insecurities of Japanese idol singers, whose popularity is constantly threatened by the "next cutest thing on the block". She is the main character of the manga Akira's Ambition, which is still being serialized in magazine Comp Ace published by Kadokawa Shoten.
Minoru Shiraishi

Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Radio, Anime, PS2 Video Game), Sam Riegel (English)

Minoru Shiraishi (白石 みのる, Shiraishi Minoru?) appears in the "Lucky Channel" segment at the end of each Lucky Star episode, but is also a minor recurring character, as a member of Konata Izumi's class. He is the animated version of his voice actor, Minoru Shiraishi, although it is likely that the animated version is only around eighteen years old, due to his being in class 3-B. In the karaoke end credits theme sequence after episode two of the anime, it was revealed that Minoru has a part-time position, working at the karaoke bar Konata and her friends sing at. In the "Lucky Channel" segment, Minoru is Akira Kogami's assistant, who repeatedly gets yelled at (and physically abused) by Akira, if he does or says something not to her liking. Usually, just when he attains enough confidence to speak out and enjoy himself, Akira stops in his tracks, usually insulting him for,"being full of himself." Minoru was nicknamed "Sebastian" by Konata one day, because of his likeness to a butler. Since then, the Lucky Star cast and Akira herself has called him this. After a trip to the forests around Mt. Fuji to get spring water for Akira, Minoru comes back a dirty and torn-up mess, and was more than likely mauled by a bear during his quest judging from the claw-marks on his back. Akira dubbed the water as too warm, spat it on the camera lens and then threw the rest in his face. This, after her cocktail of constant physical and mental abuse (not to mention being mauled by a bear for nothing), was the straw that broke the camel's back, causing Minoru to go berserk and destroy the set for "Lucky Channel". During their confrontation in episode twenty-one of the anime, it seems that he has lost his fear of Akira, yelling right back at her and thwarting her desire to perform. In the final episode, with the stage wrecked, they do their last show, only to have yet another argument—she starts singing her song, but he, claiming this is merely a microphone check, cuts her off after only a few seconds. He appears briefly in Lucky Star: Ryōō Gakuen Ōtōsai, the PlayStation 2 game of Lucky Star in a secret scene, where he is shown to trying to find the spring water in Mt. Fuji before being mauled.
Nanako Kuroi

Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Konomi Maeda (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Kate Higgins (English)

Nanako Kuroi (黒井 ななこ, Kuroi Nanako?) is the homeroom teacher for Konata Izumi's class and her primary subject is world history. She is more like a friend than their teacher, as she has a lax personality. Consequently, she frequently borrows and exchanges video games with Konata, and is in Konata's guild in the same online game, where she plays as a wizard. It is mentioned on multiple occasions that Konata is a tanker while Kuroi is a wizard who only does AOE skills.[8] Still single,[15] she is constantly online, even on Christmas[15] and New Year's Day. Nanako has very long, blonde hair, which she ties at the back of her neck, and green eyes. When writing on the chalkboard, Nanako is able to become ambidextrous. She loves to watch baseball, and is a big fan of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Also, Nanako speaks in a fake Kansai accent. A running gag within the series is whenever Konata and Nanako are both online together, Nanako tells her to stop slacking off. She is also completely oblivious to Yui Narumi's marital status, often using Yui as a source of understanding regarding the life of being single. Nanako, as another running gag, frequently experiences realistic and humorously tragic computer troubles such as winding herself up for an online game only to be stopped by routine maintenance on the gaming server or writing a very long online blog only to lose it to a brief Internet interruption during submission. Such incidents usually end with her going to bed and sniffing sadly in a pitiful fashion.
Hikaru Sakuraba

Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Miki Inoue (Anime, PS2 Video Game)

Hikaru Sakuraba (桜庭 ひかる, Sakuraba Hikaru?) is the biology teacher at Ryōō High School, and is the homeroom teacher of Kagami's class 3-C. She is also the captain of the Lucky Star informational ad section, which was renamed "Lucky Paradise". She is feared by Akira, but Akira later calls Hikaru a betrayer. She likes CalorieMate and sleeping, dislikes vegetables, and people who quickly misunderstand things. She is Fuyuki's good friend, who works as a school nurse. She appears briefly in episode twenty-four of the anime, making sure that Akira and Minoru will do things right, who are in bad terms after the event of episode twenty-one of "Lucky Channel".
Fuyuki Amahara

Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (PS2 Video Game)

Fuyuki Amahara (天原 ふゆき, Amahara Fuyuki?) is the school nurse of Ryōō High School, and the advisor of the Tea Ceremony club. She first appeared in the omake part of volume four of the manga, but later appears regularly starting from volume five. Hikaru is her childhood friend and her guardian. She has a high popularity with the male students. Her hobbies are jogging and reading. She likes black tea, antique art, the occult, and horror, but dislikes riding on boats and cannot swim. She, Yamato Nagamori and Kō Yasaka, are the only characters who never made appearances in the anime, though the nurse's office is frequently referenced.
Izumi family
Sōjirō Izumi

Voiced by: Hirokazu Hiramatsu (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Tony Oliver (English)

Sōjirō Izumi (泉 そうじろう, Izumi Sōjirō?) is Konata Izumi's father, an author who works at home.[7] He always wears loose, traditional Japanese clothing as his work clothes. He loves watching anime and playing video games,[6] which influenced his daughter's interests. Sōjirō is "also a lolicon". This appreciation for neoteny may be one factor that caused him to fall in love with Kanata, whom he eventually married. He describes that he likes girls as some men do, but that he also appreciates younger ones. This means that this attraction is equal or possibly secondary, meaning he does not have a preference for them, so despite being a 'lolicon' (person with a lolita complex) he would not be a pedophile. Throughout the show news reports and conversations indicate that young girls in the area are being approached by a strange man, and a running joke in the show involves hints that Sōjirō is in fact the one doing it. The best example of this is the opening, part of which involves Sōjirō spying on two schoolgirls from behind a lamppost.

Sōjirō is very thin, and has unshaven facial hair, he has a mole under his left eye which his daughter inherited and has thick eyebrows. Additionally, he is allergic to pollen and when he decided to wear goggles and masks as protection from it, Konata sighed that, "Now you look weirder as well".[16] She also frequently reminds him, "Please don't do anything as to be taken away by the cops".[16] Also, he often forgets to lock the door when he is using the toilet, which leaves Yutaka in tremendous shock.[10]

Sōjirō holds a deep love for his wife, Kanata Izumi, who passed away many years before. When Konata asks why Kanata chose to be with Sōjirō (largely as a joke at his erotic personality's expense), Sōjirō points out that he and his wife simply looked past outwards appearances: Kanata loved Sōjirō despite his otaku tendencies, and Sōjirō obviously did not mind that Kanata had an unusual physique and did not share his hobbies.
Kanata Izumi

Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Rebecca Forstadt (English, credited as Rebecca Olkowski)

Kanata Izumi (泉 かなた, Izumi Kanata?) was Konata Izumi's mother, who was also very short and bore a striking resemblance to Konata (minus Konata's ahoge, the catlike smile and the beauty mark under her left eye).[7] She is described by Konata and Sōjirō Izumi as having a personality straight out of a bishōjo game. She died when Konata was an infant of unspecified causes and her only appearances in the manga are through a single photograph and through Sōjirō's memory. Since she was Sōjirō's childhood friend, Konata has wondered if that was one of the main reasons why her mother married Sōjirō. In the animated version, Kanata returns to the Izumi residence as a spirit, and walks in on a conversation both Konata and Sōjirō were having about her. She is touched by Sōjirō's kind words that he was the only one who truly loved her as much as he did (she later realized that she too, loved him deeply), and even took a picture with him and Konata together. However, when Sōjirō and Konata look at the photo image in the camera, they are spooked at what appears to be a shadow standing behind them. Konata wants to delete the image, while Sōjirō wants to burn it, thinking that the family will end up cursed if they let it be, but Kanata pleads with them not to delete the picture to no avail, as no one can see or hear her.

Kanata's spirit seems pleased with how Konata was raised, despite being a bit unsure of Sōjirō exposing their daughter to erotic games, claiming that it could damage her "moral growth." However, she easily recognizes that Konata takes after her father, in both the good and bad ways, which leaves Kanata with a deep sense of relief. Sōjirō also states that Kanata died a peaceful death without any regrets, and that she left them both with a smile.
Yui Narumi

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Old Drama CD, NDS Video Game), Saori Nishihara (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Julie Ann Taylor (English)

Yui Narumi (成実 ゆい, Narumi Yui?) is Konata Izumi's cousin and Yutaka Kobayakawa's older sister. She is a very easy going female police officer for the Saitama Prefectural Police Department who acts before thinking. She is a bit of a klutz and is a meganekko. However, she has a tendency to exhibit road rage when she is behind the wheel (but, incidentally, shows incredible skill, as a street racer, much in the same vein of Initial D's Takumi Fujiwara).[9] Yui has a well-rounded face, a large forehead, a catlike smile similar to Konata's and straight, short hair. She isn't into fashion that much, and after getting married, Yui left behind her maiden name, Kobayakawa. However, her husband is out of town most of the time during the series, so she frequently visits Konata's house, mainly as a distraction, seeking to play her video games and read her manga. Usually, Yui will come over to Konata's home very late at night while drunk. A running gag in the series is that Nanako Kuroi is oblivious to the fact that Yui is married. She drives a blue Subaru Vivio in the anime.
Kiyotaka Narumi

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Kobushi (Anime)

Kiyotaka Narumi (成実 きよたか, Narumi Kiyotaka?) is Yui Narumi's husband and Konata Izumi's cousin, by family. He is currently away and his only appearances throughout the series was through a phone conversation with his wife. His name, the fact that he is away working, and the fact that Yui is a cop could be a Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna homage since in Spiral, the main's character's older brother shares the same name and left his wife for work.
Hiiragi family
Tadao Hiiragi

Voiced by: Tōru Furusawa (Anime), Richard Epcar (English)

Tadao Hiiragi (柊 ただお, Hiiragi Tadao?) is the father of the Hiiragi family and has short black hair. He works as the priest of the Takanomiya Shrine (Washinomiya Shrine). As a parent, he often makes sure that his daughters are doing their school work,[3] and checks on their progress.[7] He is the only one in the Hiiragi family who is right-handed.
Hiiragi family members (from left to right): Kagami, Matsuri, Tadao, Inori, Miki, and Tsukasa.
Miki Hiiragi

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Anime), Peggy O'Neal (English)

Miki Hiiragi (柊 みき, Hiiragi Miki?) has long blue violet hair and is the mother of the Hiiragi family. She is able to maintain a trim, young-and-beautiful appearance, despite having given birth to four daughters.
Inori Hiiragi

Voiced by: Nozomi Masu (Anime), Bridget Hoffman (English)

Inori Hiiragi (柊 いのり, Hiiragi Inori?) has short dark plum-purple hair and is the eldest sister of the Hiiragi sisters. She is a miko at the Takanomiya Shrine.[3][31]
Matsuri Hiiragi

Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka (Anime), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)

Matsuri Hiiragi (柊 まつり, Hiiragi Matsuri?) has short light brown hair and is the second eldest sister of the Hiiragi sisters, after Inori Hiiragi. She is a college student[3] and a miko at the Takanomiya Shrine.[31] She tends to be less dependable than Inori when helping their younger twin sisters with school work.
Takara Family
Yukari Takara

Voiced by: Mami Kosuge (Anime, PS2 Video Game), Bridget Hoffman (English)

Yukari Takara (高良 ゆかり, Takara Yukari?) is Miyuki Takara's mother, who tends to be very well-mannered, but can be a bit of a klutz. She is warm and friendly, once talking with a telemarketer for over an hour,[10] and has a mischievous sense of humor. Yukari's hair is short and unlike her daughter, she does not wear eyeglasses. She doesn't like to do household chores,[1] which explains why she isn't very skilled with household items. On one occasion, she thought that a colored candle was a popsicle. Yukari is often mistaken for Miyuki's "big sister", rather than mother proper,[1] due to her youthfully cuddly appearance, which, combined with her adorably cheerful personality and endearing clumsiness, has resulted in her being regarded as moe, a trait not common for women in anime in their thirties.
Other characters

Nyamō (にゃもー, Nyamō?) is a mysterious creature that looks like a cat head with a tail. He is handled as a self-portrait of the creator, Kagami Yoshimizu.
Hinata Miyakawa

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Yukiko Takaguchi (Anime, PS2 Video Game)

Hinata Miyakawa (宮河 ひなた, Miyakawa Hinata?) is a young girl with long salmon pink hair, which she ties just a bit to the left of her forehead with a rabbit clip; she has pink droopy eyes and is a meganekko. She makes a living through a job at a local dōjin shop. However, she remains poor, as all her money is spent on manga and dōjinshi.
Hikage Miyakawa

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (NDS Video Game and Extra Drama CD), Yui Kano (Anime, PS2 Video Game)

Hikage Miyakawa (宮河 ひかげ, Miyakawa Hikage?) is the younger sister of Hinata Miyakawa and is in the fourth grade; she is the youngest character in Lucky Star. She attends the Sakura-en Public Elementary School, and is in class 4-1. She is not an otaku like her older sister, and as such carries the typical tsundere personality. Hikage lives in poverty because of her older sister and wants to grow up so she can get a job on her own; ironically, though, her dream is to eat meat. It is also because of her poverty caused by her sister that she starts to have distaste over otaku. Hikage likes to play gachapon, shopping, and travelling. Hikage's appearance in the game has her with long light-purple hair; her hairstyle is distinctive, as she thinly braids her hair to the right, and uses that as a ribbon to tie her remaining hair. Her eyes are light blue and are slanted upward. Her appearance is a little different in the anime and manga, as she has short, blue hair instead of long, purple hair.
Meito Anizawa

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Anime, Radio, PS2 Video Game), Lex Lang (English)

Meito Anizawa (兄沢 命斗, Anizawa Meito?), also known as Anime Tenchō, is the manager of the Animate Ikebukuro shop (However, he appeared in the (old) Ōmiya shop and the comic market booth in the Anime and appeared in the Akihabara shop in the PS2 Video Game), he was originally the mascot of Animate and Hero of Anime Tenchō.

He and his staff consider Konata their most valued customer, known as "Legendary Girl A" (伝説の少女A, Densetsu no Shōjo A?),[15] and go to great lengths to sell their merchandise to her, often to the point of using espionage and military-style strategies, and at one point, Meito himself uses "Geass" on Konata to persuade her to buy a DVD from him; however when she tries to pay it, she fell short only three yen.[32] Their attempts usually fail miserably.[15][32] His appearance is heavily stylized, compared to the other characters, and he is known for his passionate yelling and highly energetic movements and poses. He appeared as a special guest during the Lucky Channel segment in episode seventeen, during which he and Minoru parody Mobile Fighter G Gundam's Domon Kasshu, referencing the fact that Meito's voice actor also played the character. He also appeared in episode twelve, fighting against another sales manager (about how valuable "so-called leftovers" can be after they ran out of rare and limited edition "thingies") in a dramatic way. Meito's colleagues at Animate are all similarly enthusiastic about selling their merchandise. In 2002, Gainax produced a single original video animation, where Meito Anisawa and his fellow employees are the focus.[33]
Lamica Hoshii

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Anime)

Lamica Hoshii (星井 ラミカ, Hoshii Ramika?) is the clerk (Laminate card and Boys Love commodity charge) of the Animate Ikebukuro shop (However, she appeared in the (old) Omiya shop in the anime[15]). She is the heroine of Anime Tenchō.

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Portgas D. Ace (born Gol D. Ace) was the adopted older brother of Monkey D. Luffy and son of the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger and his lover, Portgas D. Rouge. He was adopted by Garp by request of Gol D. Roger before his birth. He was the Second Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and onetime captain of the Spade Pirates. The plots of the Impel Down and Marineford arcs revolved around rescuing Ace from execution by the World Government, which ended in his death by the hand of Admiral Akainu.


Although they were not blood related, Ace looked remarkably like his foster brother, Luffy. However, Ace was more serious looking than Luffy's lighthearted design, and was also slightly taller and more muscular. He also sported rather childish freckles. Interestingly, his facial features was almost akin to his biological father Gold Roger in his youth (without the mustache, of course). One of the most obvious features on Ace were his tattoos. Ace had a tattoo on his back of the Whitebeard symbol — purple bones formed in a cross behind a purple skull with a white mustache. Ace had another tattoo on his upper left bicep that spells "ASCE" vertically with the "S" (apparently a mistake on the part of the tattoo artist) crossed out.

Ace wore an open-front shirt until he received Whitebeard's tattoo - afterwards, he stopped wearing anything over his upper body (except when on winter islands). He wore black boots, black knee-length shorts with an eyelet-studded orange belt, and a blue pouch belted around his left leg. He also wore a short second belt with a large "A" on the buckle over his right hip, but leaves it unbuckled and lets the free end hang from the back. A dagger in a green sheath hung at his left hip. On his left arm, he wore a Log Pose and a red and white striped bracelet around his wrist, an orange elbow guard, and his "ASCE" tattoo. He wore a red beaded necklace and an orange hat with two blue smileys, one frowning and one smiling, and a string of red beads sitting above the rim. Two long orange side straps hung down from the hat and meet at a large medallion of a bull's skull with orange tassels hanging down from it.

During the ending credits to the second movie, Clockwork Island Adventure, previews of upcoming characters from the Baroque Works Saga were featured. Ace was also included amongst the many characters but he boasted a very different color scheme to the one he was given in his official appearance in the anime (which led much more to the manga).

Spade Pirates

Ace was extremely loyal to the Spade Pirates, the crew that he formed himself. When he knew that they have no chance against Whitebeard, he formed a firewall to allow them to escape, leaving himself behind to hold Whitebeard back. The Spade Pirates also share this loyalty, and challenged the Whitebeard Pirates in the hopes of retrieving their captain.
Whitebeard Pirates

Ace initially intended to take Whitebeard's head, but was defeated. Whitebeard invited him to be one of his sons, which Ace vehemently refused. Despite this, Whitebeard abducted the entire Spade Pirates onto his crew. After trying to kill Whitebeard many times, Ace was eventually drawn in by Marco's description of the love the Whitebeard pirates bore for their father and decided to become his son. Ace holded great respect for his captain, Whitebeard. As far as Ace was concerned, his captain is the greatest pirate alive, and even went so far as to describe Whitebeard as a type of father figure.

Ace was a loyal crewman and commanded the Second Division of the Whitebeard Pirates. It is revealed that Thatch was one of the first of Whitebeard's crew to interact with him and they appear to have been good friends. Ace and Marco also seemed to have a close friendship due to Marco explaining the bond between Whitebeard and his crew. Marshall D. Teach, who later became Blackbeard, once served as a member of the Second Division under Ace and they are shown eating together in flashback with Blackbeard encouraging Ace to become Second Commander. The Whitebeard Pirates were revealed to be very fond of Ace and unhesitatingly vow to rescue him from his execution as seen when they shout out that they will not forgive anyone who hurts him.

Whitebeard seemed unconcerned about Ace's hunt for Blackbeard, and remained grounded that it is Ace's duty to kill the traitor, regardless of the heavy warnings he's received from Shanks. It is revealed however that Ace was not ordered to go after Blackbeard and Whitebeard himself was hesitant about Ace facing Blackbeard. Even so, Whitebeard took responsibility for Ace's decision and says that it was under his orders that Ace went after Blackbeard.

Whitebeard immediately mobilized his crew and his allies after hearing about Ace's imminent execution. The crew has landed around Marineford, along with many allied powerful pirate crews, and prepares for the ultimate war against the World Government.

Ace's main enemy was Marshall D. Teach, also known as "Blackbeard", whom he was sent to kill for killing Thatch. However, as Shanks stated, Ace was strong and young but the fact he was appointed as Whitebeard's 2nd commander worried Shanks due to "that trust and reputation" getting in the way. Shanks concluded that now was not the time to pitch the two against each other. This suggests that Ace wasn't ready to face Blackbeard yet.

Ace also fought evenly with Smoker, who even Luffy has yet to beat. The elements of their Logia Devil Fruits canceled each other out, and neither of them were able to gain the upper hand.

Though once enemies with Shichibukai member Jinbei, they now respected each other deeply. As with Jinbei, among the many Pirate crew allied with Whitebeard appears to have been enemies with Ace in the past (notably Doma), but were willing to disregard it in favor of Whitebeard's summoning. It seemed that some of them had been defeated in battle by Ace, which led to them counting themselves as allies to Whitebeard's crew

The World Government, after discovering that Ace was the son of Gol D. Roger, made destroying him their top priority. It appeared that Ace shared a similar fate with Nico Robin - his sole existence was a sin to the World Government, being the child of the "world's greatest evil."
Monkey D. Luffy
Luffy and Ace fighting together at Marineford.

Ace and his brother, Luffy, were very close. As a child, Ace was protective of Luffy particularly from Garp, even insulting Garp in an attempt to stop Garp's abusive behavior towards Luffy. This protective streak continued in the current storyline. Ace first intervened to protect Luffy from Smoker in Nanohana. Later, when Ace discovered that Blackbeard meant to kill Luffy and hand him over to the World Government, he immediately warned him that he wouldn't let him lay a finger on his little brother. Apparently, Ace had been known to frequently share stories about Luffy with the other ranks of the Whitebeard Pirates (including the Shichibukai, Jinbei). He was quite overjoyed when he learned that Luffy gained his first bounty and wasted no time showing the wanted poster to Whitebeard himself. Despite their closeness, Luffy often made Ace angry and frequently worries him by doing reckless things. Even near his death, Ace grew angry with Luffy's reckless infiltration of Impel Down.

Ace tended to portray a typical good-big-brother behavior, such as asking the crew to keep an eye on his little brother. He also ensured Luffy had a way of meeting up with him by giving him a Biblicard. They respected each other's choices despite how different they are and understand that the other is very strong, so they can usually take care of themselves. Luffy believed that if he grew worried about Ace and rushed to help, Ace's ego wouldn't allow it, so he initially left him alone even after discovering that Ace was hurt via the Biblicard. However, when he learned that Ace had been captured and was due for execution and saw that Ace's Biblicard had burnt down to a tenth of its original size, Luffy decided take a side trip and save Ace instead of sailing directly from Amazon Lily to the Sabaody Archipelago to reunite with his nakama.

It was revealed at Ace's execution that Ace is actually Gol D. Roger's son, not Monkey D. Dragon's as previously assumed, and that he was taken in by Garp. This makes Ace and Luffy brothers only through adoption, but brothers nonetheless. A flashback shows Luffy and Ace first meeting as young children, which means that Luffy is aware of this fact. It also shows Luffy having his trademark strawhat and scar under the eye, indicating that Ace first met Luffy after Shanks left Luffy's home island. A later flashback shows them officially declaring one another as their brother by drinking sake from each other's cup. In a conversation with Iva, Luffy reveals he is also aware that Ace's father is Gol D. Roger.
Portgas D. Rouge

Rouge was Ace's mother, who carried him in her womb for 20 months in order to protect the innocent child from the clutches of the World Government. Ace was born one year and three months after Roger's death, therefore Rouge was five months pregnant when she resorted to some unknown method (assumed by Marines to be sheer willpower) to postpone birth.
Gol D. Roger

It has been revealed that Ace's father was the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, contrary to the previous belief that his father was Monkey D. Dragon.

Because Roger died before he was even born, Ace felt that he didn't owe him anything, which is why he preferred the name of his mother, who died protecting him. Strangely, although Ace seemed to dislike his father, flashbacks from Ace's childhood reveals that he brutally beated up anyone who spoke ill of him.

In another flashback, it shows Luffy and Ace meeting as young children, revealing that Luffy is aware of the fact Ace was not his blood-related brother, and that Luffy is aware of the identity of Ace's father. According to Luffy, Ace did not like talking about it.

To this date, Ace was the one of the few pirates to speak ill of Gol D. Roger, along with Squad.
Monkey D. Garp

Vice Admiral Garp adopted Ace as a favor to Roger to give Ace a life free of prejudice of being born from a family of pirates.

Though he did come to see Garp as family he did not approve of his violent behaviour towards Luffy. At one point he warned him to stop abusing Luffy going as so far to call him an "old piece of crap." It is unknown if Garp ever hit or train Ace as he did with Luffy.

Though respectful of his "grandfather", he denounced that he and Luffy could ever have become Marines. He disagreed with Garp and remains grounded on the idea that becoming Marines would not have been possible with both of their fathers being world class criminals. Garp, in return, showed extreme sadness about Ace's execution, and cried about Ace's choice in a life of piracy.

Red-Haired Shanks

The Yonkou, Red-Haired Shanks, was on relatively good terms with Ace, who seemed to greatly respect him primarily for his role in saving his adoptive younger brother, Luffy, from the Sea King during the incident with Higuma the Bear. After setting out to begin his life of piracy, Ace immediately sought out Shanks to meet the man in person and thank him on Luffy's behalf. Shanks showed some concern for Ace upon learning that he was in pursuit of Blackbeard. He personally sought out Whitebeard to vocally disapprove and attempted to persuade Whitebeard to recall Ace. After the announcement of Ace's execution, it was revealed that Shanks personally intercepted Kaido, another of the Yonkou, as the latter attempted to take advantage of the situation and attack Whitebeard. It is unknown if Shanks knew that Ace was the son of Gol D. Roger, the very man that Shanks served as an apprentice pirate.
Buggy Pirates

During his pursuit of Blackbeard, Ace happened across the Big Top while Buggy and his crew were partying. Attracted by "a very strong and sweet scent," Ace boarded the ship unnoticed and proceeded to help himself to the food - Buggy did not notice his presence until, upon hearing Buggy and Alvida say that they were in pursuit of Luffy but had no clue where he was, Ace offered to give them some helpful information. Ace, being Ace, fell asleep moments later. Though Buggy's crew wanted to capture him, Buggy forbade it, knowing that Whitebeard would not hesitate to take revenge. After Ace woke up, the entire crew apparently immensely enjoyed the rest of his momentary stay (though it seems Buggy continued the party mostly out of fear). When the Buggy Pirates approached Impel Down with the intention of rescuing Buggy, Cabaji exclaimed that their captain could be sentenced to execution just like their buddy Ace. Buggy himself seems to like Ace. After meeting Luffy on Level One, he mentions that Ace, unlike Luffy, happened to be a very swell guy - they were apparently drinking buddies for a while. Buggy was very upset when he heard the news of Ace's scheduled execution.

Abilities and Powers

As commander of the Second division of the Whitebeard Pirates, Ace had authority over the lower-ranking subordinates. In addition, as one of the top four commanders of the Whitebeard Pirates, he was one of the top four fighters on board under Whitebeard himself.

Aside from the powers granted by the Devil Fruit he consumed, Ace also possessed immense physical strength. Signs of his great physical potential were already evident at his early childhood, where even as a young child, he was able to beat some local thugs who spoke ill of his father "half to death". Ace was already very strong when he left his hometown, 3 years before Luffy did the same. Luffy comments on how he never beat Ace in a single fight, despite Luffy already having the power of the Gomu Gomu no Mi (Ace did not consume the Mera Mera no Mi until after he left - Luffy was surprised by Ace's new power when Ace stopped Smoker from capturing him in Nanohana). Ace was also trained by Garp, who was responsible for training Luffy to the level of power he held before becoming a pirate. Ace demonstrated his strength during his fight with Blackbeard - he was able to take Blackbeard's punches, which were so powerful that the first made Ace cough up blood and the second nearly broke his neck, and retaliate. Van Auger noted that, as expected of the Whitebeard Pirates Second Division Commander, Ace's basic combat skills were quite fearsome even without his Devil Fruit powers.

Ace also holded a fearsome reputation. It was revealed that Ace received an invitation to join the Shichibukai while he was still captain of the Spade Pirates, though he refused the offer. After he joined the Whitebeard Pirates, a civilian was seen commenting on how Ace's strength was supposedly "outta this world." The World Government granted Blackbeard the position of Shichibukai after he successfully defeated and captured Ace. He was also a capable navigator, as he was seen wearing a Log Pose on his left wrist.

He fought equally with Jinbei in the past. They nearly killed each other in a fight that lasted for five days - Ace then survived a battle with Whitebeard that took place immediately after.

He was one of the few people to be able to take a "baptizing" in boiling water in Impel Down without flinching, which is considered an impressive feat.
Devil Fruit
Ace using his Mera Mera no Mi powers.

Further information: Mera Mera no Mi

Ace ate the Devil Fruit Mera Mera no Mi, a Logia or elemental type fruit, giving him pyrokinetic abilities and his reputation as "Fire Fist Ace." Ace also displayed his immense power by destroying a handful of Baroque Works ships with ease.[3] For some reason, Ace did not seem to mind his inability to swim. He traversed the seas in a one-man boat that seems to have been specifically designed for him, propelling it with flames from his feet. He skillfully sended his boat underwater as he leaps over the Billions fleet, timing it precisely so that it emerged underneath him just before he hits the water on the other side. Also, when he turned up on Drum Island, no snow fell at all on the island for an entire day.

Ace seemed to use a knife as his weapon of choice as shown by the fact that he usually carries around one. In his past attempts to assassinate Whitebeard, Ace has been shown to use his knife and an axe, among other weapons.
The Path to Piracy
Ace as an infant.

Ace's father, the Pirate King Gol D. Roger, was executed while Ace's mother, Portgas D. Rouge, was still pregnant with Ace. She carried him for a full twenty months to protect him from the World Government as they sought to erase every last trace of Roger's blood. A year and 3 months after the execution, Ace was born in Baterilla in the South Blue. His mother only lived long enough to name him. Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp adopted Ace in secret as a favor to Roger, and Ace was moved to Fuschia Village in the East Blue.
Ace in his troubled childhood.

Ace was left in the care of Garp's friend Dadan. He would later meet Luffy when Garp leaves his grandson in Dadan's care as well. Three years before the current storyline, Ace left Fuschia village and began his life as a pirate, becoming captain of the Spade Pirates a year later - as the Spade Pirates' Jolly Roger shows flames, Ace likely consumed the Mera Mera no Mi sometime during this year.

As his fame rose, he was invited to join the Shichibukai, though he declined. He arranged a meeting with Shanks, as he had heard much from Luffy about him and wanted to see him in person. As he searched the seas for Whitebeard, he ran into Jinbei, who was aware of Ace's strength and decided to fight him in order to keep him from challenging Whitebeard, the man he owed debt to for protecting his home of Fishman Island. After five days of battle, both collapsed from exhaustion, giving the fight no victor.

Whitebeard, who'd heard that Ace intended to take his head, suddenly arrived with his crew and the Moby Dick just after Jinbei and Ace collapsed. Whitebeard told his crew that he alone would be enough, and proceeded to attack Ace's crew. After a fierce battle, Ace got to his feet and cut off Whitebeard from his crew with a wall of flames. Though his battered crew protested, he commanded them to run while he stalled Whitebeard (prompting Whitebeard to call him a cheeky little brat). On the brink of death, Ace was offered by Whitebeard to join his crew, becoming one of his "sons." Ace fiercely refused, but was knocked out and dragged onto Whitebeard's ship nonetheless. Ace's crew later came to retrieve him, though they were beaten up by his captors and abducted onto the ship with their captain.

(Sengoku later reveals that the reason Whitebeard sought out Ace was that he realized, at the same time as Marine Headquarters, that Ace was Roger's son. He chose to take in his old rival's son and raise him to be the next Pirate King while preventing Marine Headquarters from laying a finger on him.)

When Ace came to, he was already acknowledged as one of Whitebeard's crew. To make sure that his crewmates stayed alive, Ace remained on board of Whitebeard's ship; however, on many occasions (counted to be at least a hundred), he attempted to murder the old man, though each time was repelled with little effort from Whitebeard. Eventually he gave in, tempted by Marco's description of the crew's father-son relationship with Whitebeard, and accepted Whitebeard's mark on his back.

After defeating Doma and forcing him to surrender, he was promoted to the position of Second Division Commander. One of his subordinates, Marshall D. Teach, and he were on relatively good terms. One day, Ace decided to reveal his lineage to Whitebeard, who merely laughed it off, saying that his personality was nothing like that of Roger. (According to Sengoku, Whitebeard already knew.) When Ace asked if Whitebeard would kick him out due to him and Roger being enemies in the past, Whitebeard simply stated that his past doesn't matter, as everyone is a "child of the sea".

Then one day, Teach killed his crewmate Thatch in order to obtain the Yami Yami no Mi Devil Fruit, which he'd had his sights on, and fled. Since Ace was his commander and the Whitebeard pirates live by a code which means they must avenge a fallen comrade, Ace would have been sent after the murderer. Whitebeard, however, felt uneasy about the situation and protested, acknowledging that Teach may have become too much for the boy to handle with his new powers. Despite this, Ace demanded that he go after Teach, saying that Thatch couldn't rest in peace if his murderer wasn't brought to justice, and that Teach could not get away with dishonoring his "father." Admiring Ace's dedication to both his captain and his duty, Whitebeard allowed his "son" to go, later claiming that it was he who told Ace to leave for the sake of Ace's honor. With this, Ace began his trek to find Blackbeard and finish him off.
Baroque Works Saga
Reunion with Luffy

Ace was first seen in the present storyline on Drum Island, where he left a message for Luffy to meet him in 10 days in the city of Nanohana Arabasta.[4] He is formally introduced in the Arabastian city of Nanohana; he was seen sleeping in the Spice Bean restaurant (giving the impression to everyone present that he had dropped dead).[5] As he finishes his meal, he is spotted by Smoker who attempts to arrest him. However, shortly before Smoker and he begin to fight each other, both men are sent flying into the wall behind them by Luffy's "Gomu Gomu no Rocket" attack.

After picking himself up, he spots Luffy eating, only to be knocked down by Smoker, who then attempts to arrest Luffy. After Luffy dashes out of the restaurant with Smoker in hot pursuit, Ace catches up with Luffy in time to save him from being arrested by Smoker. His interference allows Luffy to escape while he deals with Smoker himself. Later after seeing off Smoker, Ace meets up with Luffy to offer him a chance to join Whitebeard (which Luffy refuses).[6] Ace leaves them a Biblicard which apparently would allow the two to meet up again.
Skypiea Saga

Ace later appears during the Jaya arc, where he hopped on Buggy the Clown's ship for food and promised to show him the way to Luffy.[7]

Ace was also later given a mini-arc in the chapter titles of the manga where, after parting ways with Buggy's crew, he infiltrates a Marine base to deliver a letter to the parents of a milk maiden who saved his life.
CP9 Saga
The Banaro Incident
The Powers of Ace and Blackbeard clash.

Despite all the efforts from Shanks to convince Whitebeard to recall Ace, Ace finally intercepts Blackbeard on Banaro Island shortly after the Blackbeard Pirates ransack a town there (three days before the Strawhats' new bounties are released following the Enies Lobby incident), and engages him in a fierce battle that leaves much of the island in ruins.[8] Between his inhuman raw strength and his ability to disable Ace's Logia intangibility, Blackbeard triumphs and presumably turns the defeated Ace over to the government, which considers this such a great achievement that they proceed to make Blackbeard a Shichibukai. Ace is sent to the most notorious prison in the One Piece World: Impel Down.[9]
Whitebeard War Saga
Imprisonment at Impel Down

Although he did not at first find out precisely what happened to Ace, Luffy discovered part of the truth in another way. After learning about Biblicards from pirate Lola the Proposer, he realized that the piece of paper he received from Ace was in fact one such Biblicard. But, as Luffy took it out, he saw slowly it burning away - a sign that Ace's life-force was fading. Unaware of the urgency of Ace's situation, he assumed that he could deal with it himself, and that he would not want any help from Luffy.

It was revealed that Ace was sentenced to a public execution in the plaza of Marineford, the home town of Marine Headquarters.[10] The execution is scheduled to take place a week after Luffy's triumph over the Snake Sisters on the island of Amazon Lily.[11]

Ace in his holding cell in Impel Down

He is next seen, with chains (presumably made of Seastone) on his feet and arms, in his holding cell in Impel Down. There he is visited by Garp, who notes that Ace is in terrible shape asks if he is still alive. Ace asks Garp to kill him, but much to his grief is told that even with his death, Whitebeard won't stop his advances. Garp states that they had angered the "Ruler of the Seas." He recalls that he'd wished Ace and Luffy would become great Marine officers instead of doing the exact opposite and becoming terrible criminals. Ace replies that, with the blood of global-scale criminals running through their veins, becoming Marines would have been impossible for the two of them. He goes on to say that he took the name Portgas from his mother, to whom he owes a great debt, but he does not care one bit for the half of his blood that came from his father - his only father is Whitebeard.

Ace is later seen talking with the Shichibukai Jinbei, who so happens to share the same cell with him. Jinbei explains that he owes a great deal to Whitebeard, because in the past, his home, Fishman Island, came under continuous attacks by pirates and marines alike. Some Fishmen were even kidnapped and sold as slaves because of this. But when Whitebeard announced the island as his territory, the attacks stopped from both sides. Thus, Jinbei wishes to stop the war for fear of Whitebeard's safety. However, they are interrupted by Crocodile, who apparently was placed in a cell opposite theirs, who chuckles that many "Silver Medalist" pirates have a grudge against Whitebeard and the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, after being defeated by them, and wish to kill Whitebeard or see him killed.[12]Boa Hancock later visits him in his cell and (while causing a scene) cryptically informs Ace that Luffy is in Impel Down trying to save him, much to Ace's dismay.[13] Ace is later seen muttering for Luffy to stay away. During Luffy's fight with Magellan, Ace shakes his chains to draw the attention of the guards outside his cell and demands to know what is going on upstairs. They blankly tell him that nothing is happening.[14]

It is revealed that Ace is actually on Level 6, Eternal Hell. Jinbei mentions that Hancock might have been lying about Luffy, but Ace angrily denies that she came all that way just to lie to him, then apologizes. He explains that Luffy has always done crazy things to make him worry, and what's happening right now is exactly the sort of thing Luffy would do.

When the time for Ace's execution arrives, the jailers begin to make preparations for his transfer. He is shown to be with Magellan and Domino and a few other jailers. Magellan takes Ace to Level 1 with the lift before Ace, hearing a report that Luffy is on Level 6 and about to be assaulted with sleeping gas, attempts to escape back to the lift. Magellan immediately recaptures him and tells him to stop resisting since Luffy, as a pirate, was doomed the minute he stepped into Impel Down. Ace reveals that he'd been hoping that Hancock was lying and silently asks Luffy why he came.

Ace is seen being handed over to the Marines and is evidently en route to Marineford, since the Biblicard no longer points directly up from Level 6. As six hours approach to Ace's execution[15] Ace is seen on the deck of the Marine battleship escorting him to Marineford, chained to a chair and given one last chance to look at the sky before his execution. The battleships arrive before the Gates of Justice, requesting permission to enter and advance to their ultimate destination.[16]
Execution at Marineford
Ace is led to his execution.

He is later seen being led through a large door and into a bright area by two soldiers three hours before his execution, as he remembers a childhood promise that he made with Luffy that they would both go out to sea and live their lives without regrets.
Ace at Marineford, 3 hours before his execution.

After being led onto the execution platform, Fleet Admiral Sengoku revealed that Ace's mother was Portgas D. Rouge and that his father was Gol D. Roger. As Sengoku continued, he declared that it was Whitebeard's intention to make him the Pirate King, despite Ace's desires to give this title to Whitebeard. Just after this revelation, a massive armada of pirate crews from the New World allied with Whitebeard appeared. The Marines were shocked to see the fleet and then the four main ships of the Whitebeard Pirates rising up from under the water, revealing that the fleet was coated and had approached Marineford from beneath the sea. Soon the Moby Dick itself is visible, with Whitebeard himself greeting Sengoku and asking Ace to bear with them as they prepare for battle.[17]

His past with the giant Oars Jr., an ally of the Whitebeard Pirates, has been revealed, and Ace was deeply saddened when Oars Jr. was finally defeated, his outstretched hand a few yards from Ace.[18]

As the battle continues, Garp comes to sit near Ace and admits that, while he will not interfere with the execution, he can't help his feelings in this matter as he considers Ace family and tearfully asks why Ace didn't lead the life that Garp wanted him to. At that moment, however, there's a huge commotion that has Ace looking up to the sky and seeing a ship falling down. [19]

Ace saved at the last second by Crocodile.
When the ship falls into an area filled with water, Luffy climbs out and Ace spots him. He yells out Luffy's name and Luffy exclaims that he finally found him. As Luffy fights past several Marines and Gecko Moria in an effort to reach Ace, Ace can only watch helplessly. He finally snaps and yells at Luffy that he should go home and that he shouldn't have come to save him. Ace, in his desperation to keep from dragging Luffy down with him, even attempts to drive him away by shouting that it's humiliating to have a "weakling" like Luffy coming to his rescue, and that he would never forgive him for this. Luffy responds by yelling that he is Ace's younger brother and, after going into Gear Third to defeat a Marine giant, states that he will save Ace even if it kills him. Ace can only stare, both stunned and either touched or shocked by how much his little brother was willing to sacrifice for him. After thinking about what Luffy said, along with the words of his nakama that they won't let anyone who hurt Ace live and their determination to save him, Ace comes to an important decision. He will take whatever fate the future brings: If he sees a hand reach out to him, he'll grab it, but if the white blade of justice falls on his head first he will accept it. He won't struggle anymore because it would just be disrespectful to everyone if he did.

The fight continues and Ace, incapacitated, can do nothing but stare horrified as Whitebeard is stabbed by Squad. Later, when Marineford's walls raised up to prevent the pirates from further penetrating the plaza, Luffy devises a plan to bypass the siege walls with the help of Jinbei's water-launching abilities. Ace is seen in shock and horror as he sees Luffy now standing face-to-face with the three Admirals, thinking that he does not stand a chance at taking down all three of them at the same time.

Sengoku orders Ace to be executed; as Ace braces himself for his execution, he is saved by Crocodile, who knocks the two guards away, much to everyone's shock and surprise. He later watches as Whitebeard and Oars Jr. successfully enact their plan, which brings almost all of the Whitebeard Pirates into the plaza, not far from the execution platform. He is horrified when Oars Jr. is brought down by cannon fire. He is later seen noticing that Garp has joined in the battle after Garp punched Marco, while the latter was in his Phoenix form while attempting to rescue Ace.

Ace flashes back to his past when some thugs he knew insulted Gol D. Roger. Ace beat them until they were half dead because of what they had said. He went on to remember being scolded for his actions and continuing to ask about Roger, only to hear many horrible things about his father. Ace is then seen sitting on a shore, along with Garp, asking if he should have been born. Garp's response is that he could only find out by living.

Back in the present, Ace, seeing how his nakama, his little brother, and his father are risking their lives to save him, finally realizes he wants to live and starts to cry tears of joy.

The battle at Marineford takes a turn for the worse as Marco is caught by kairoseki and shot through the chest by Kizaru, Jozu is frozen and his right arm shattered by Aokiji, and Whitebeard suffers several serious wounds, including a molten punch to the chest by Akainu. Ace is seen staring in horror as Whitebeard states that he cannot die until he secures a future for his sons. Sengoku then orders the execution of Ace and Ace closes his eyes in resignation as the executioners prepare to decapitate him. Just as Whitebeard realizes that he cannot stop the execution, Luffy lets off a burst of Haōshoku Haki, which knocks out the executioners just in time to save Ace. Ace stares in disbelief at his little brother and vocally expresses his shock that Luffy too had that kind of Haki.

As Luffy approaches the scaffold, Garp blocks his path and forces him to fight him to reach Ace. Luffy is at first reluctant to engage his grandfather, but when it becomes clear that Garp will not move, he activates Gear Second. Just as he throws a punch at Luffy, Garp suddenly recalls the images of Luffy and Ace as young children, and the sight of Ace tearfully realizing his desire to live. His hesitation allows Luffy to dodge and land a punch that hurls Garp away from the execution platform and sends him crashing into the ground. Luffy reaches Ace with the key, but as he is about to unlock the handcuffs, Kizaru destroys it with a long-distance laser - meanwhile Sengoku has activated his Devil Fruit ability and is determined to carry out Ace's execution himself with a massive punch. Suddenly, Mr. 3, disguised as one of the executioners, stirs and regains consciousness. Luffy shouts at him to protect Ace with his Candle Wall, and goes into Gear Third and to take Sengoku's punch with his Giant Fuusen. The force of the blow causes the execution platform to collapse. The other Marines fire their weapons at the platform, causing it to explode. With the help of Mr. 3, who makes a key out of wax, Luffy frees Ace in mid-air.
Ace is freed.

Now able to use his Mera Mera no Mi powers, Ace rescues Luffy and Mr. 3 from the explosions by wrapping the flames around the three of them, and then scolds Luffy for never listening to anything he ever says, for always being so reckless and inconsiderate to his advice, and for always overdoing things. His newly-gained freedom causes a considerable morale boost amongst the survivors of the assembled pirate army. Witnessing the two brothers' coordination as they fight off the Marines side-by-side, Vista remarks that Ace and Luffy have perfect teamwork. Ace comments that Luffy has gotten stronger, to which Luffy replies that a day will come when he surpasses Ace. Ace tells Luffy to let him cover for him until that day, and leaps forward to block Admiral Aokiji's Pheasant Peck attack. He and Luffy are shocked when Whitebeard announces that he is staying behind as he yells his Final Captain's Order.
Akainu deals the fatal blow.

When Whitebeard asks Ace if he is a good father, Ace answers "of course." He and Luffy begin to escape with the rest of the Whitebeard pirates, but when Admiral Akainu provokes him by insulting Whitebeard, calling him a failure, Ace stops and turns back. He clashes with Akainu in fury, but Ace's fire is outmatched by Akainu's magma - Ace's crewmates are surprised to see him badly burned on the hand he uses to attack Akainu. Akainu attempts to strike down the defenseless Luffy, but Ace leaps in between them and takes the hit.
Ace passes on.

The remaining fragment of the Biblicard he gave to Luffy rapidly disintegrates into ash as everyone looks on in shock. Knowing full well that his internal organs had been burned to a cinder, Ace thanks his family and friends for loving him with the last of his breath. And like so many D's had before him, he smiles as he passes away.[20]
Major Battles

* Portgas D. Ace vs. Monkey D. Luffy (multiple times)
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Jinbei
* Spade Pirates vs. Whitebeard Pirates
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Edward Newgate (at least 100 times)
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Doma and his crew (unseen)
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Smoker
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Billions fleet
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Jesus Burgess and Van Auger
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Marshall D. Teach
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Admiral Aokiji
* Portgas D. Ace vs. Admiral Akainu (Final Battle)

Filler Battles

* Portgas D. Ace vs. Scorpion

Anime and Manga Differences

When Ace first meets Luffy's crew, he then tosses them a piece of paper and leaves. However, in the anime, his time with the Straw Hats was extended and he journeys with them for a while. While this may not have changed the plot too much, it does go against the claim that both Luffy and Ace have voiced separately: that they each have their own adventures to lead.

Ace has been a choice character in many forms of merchandise. He has been featured in the series of models Portrait of Pirates and in the One Piece Full Color R Gashapon series.

Ace has also featured on several keychains/cellphone straps sets, including the One Piece Desert Kingdom Mascot Keychain/Cellphone Strap collection, alongside his brother Luffy.
Translation and Dub Issues

Ace's manji is very similar to a swastika. To avoid confusion between the two symbols and avoid slander for being a Nazi, this was changed to crossbones in the shape of a "cross" in the original Japanese anime and later in the manga also. This change was also done in the Shonen Jump serialization of the English manga, but was left unedited in the actual volumes. Because of the increase in the number of anime and manga being adapted for sale outside of Japan, this has become a common occurrence amongst mangaka and publishers alike to avoid the manji symbol.

Ace's back tattoo is left intact in the English dub, despite 4Kids previous edits to crosses. At the same time Ace also promotes his tattoo to Luffy, something which is truly considered odd by 4Kids standards. In the 4Kids version of the anime, Ace's shoulder tattoo signifying his name is edited out, as he is referred to there as "Portgaz D. Trace", though in the FUNimation dub it is retained. He appears in One Piece Grand Adventure, once again without the tattoo on his arm.

* Ace carried the initial letter D in his name. He was the second D character to be listed under their true name (Gol D. Roger was prior listed as Gold) and the fourth to make a physical appearance.
* Though not considered canon, a scene of Ace ditching Buggy can be seen at the end of Ace's ending for the game One Piece: Grand Battle 3. After entering a bar and feasting on food, Ace (currently asleep) wakes up and realizes he has forgotten something and runs out of the bar - leaving Buggy with the 380,000 bill.
* Ace's surname may be a reference to the real life pirate Bartholomew Portugues. However, this is unconfirmed by Oda.
* Ace has been the center of several myths within the fandom.
* Ace's hat bore two "smileys" as decorations, like those used as Jolly Rogers by pirates such as Doflamingo and Trafalgar Law.
* Travis Willingham, who voices Ace in the Funimation dub of One Piece, is also well-known for his voicing of Colonel Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist, who is, coincidentally, the "Flame Alchemist".
* Ace shares the same birthday with series creator Eiichiro Oda (January 1).
* Ace was the only known character who has inherited the middle initial "D." from both parents, as his mother is the only known female carrier.
* In the Silhouette of Ace with two criss-crossed spears in front of him prior to being executed, he looked exactly like Roger did prior to his death.
* Had Ace been a girl, he would have been named "Anne". Incidentally "Anne" was the name of the girl who Luffy helped from Romance Dawn V.2. Anne is also the first name of real world pirate Anne Bonney.
* Ace, being Captain of the Spade Pirates, is a pun on the "Ace of Spades".
o Perhaps not by coincidence, the Ace of Spades in many cultures is seen as an omen of death.
* Ace is the only "D." character thus far to have been offered a position as a Shichibukai. However, he declined the offer while Marshall D. Teach, his former subordinate, suggested himself to join its ranks.
* Ace is the only "D." character who was not smiling while near death as he was seen at his execution platform. Ace was most likely upset because his defeat led to his crew having to come and start a war to rescue him from the World Government. It should be noted, though, that Ace did finally smile when he died after thanking everybody for their love.
* Ace is the only canonical Logia user that has not been shown fighting Luffy, though they did fight each other when they were young before he ate his Devil Fruit.
* Ace's passing is known as the first major character on-screen death within the present storyline in One Piece history, if one discounts the deaths seen in flashbacks throughout the series. So far, Ace is also the second known fruit-user to die in the storyline (the first being Brook, though Brook's powers activate upon death, reviving him).
* Like many other Will of D. carriers, he is seen smiling at his death.
* With the death of Ace, the entire Gol and Portgas bloodlines became extinct.

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