Chapter 50 is titled "Every One is a Road".
Buggy's Crew: After the Battle! Vol. 11: "The Powerful Crab"
A giant crab destroys Buggy's raft.
The Straw Hat Pirates discover Nami's betrayal, which is possibly connected to a bounty poster she discovered. The "Hawk-Eyed" man Zoro had been seeking out, is revealed to be Dracule Mihawk, the World's Greatest Swordsman. The Straw Hats initially make plans to go after Nami, but this plan is halted when Zoro decides to challenge Mihawk to a duel. Nami sails away deeply hurt about leaving good people behind, but also wonders if she'll ever be free.
As the Krieg Pirates find themselves reeling from the devastating attack to their ship, Johnny again apologizes for allowing Nami to escape them with the Going Merry. In a flashback, Nami was looking through known bounty posters, having stopped at a particular one for 20,000,000. Nami then started to act strange, furthering Johhny and Yosaku's interest. They tell her that the man featured in the poster had been quiet for a while, but recently started rampaging again. As they are talking, she moves Johnny and Yosaku's treasure to the Going Merry's deck and asked them to turn around as she changed clothes. While the two fought their temptation to peak, they were suddenly pushed overboard by Nami. Nami told them she had a nice time, but since she was a pirate thief, there were no exceptions. She says goodbye, and tells them that if fate truly links them, then they will meet again.
In the present, Zoro and Usopp are upset (Zoro for being betrayed, Usopp for losing the Going Merry). Luffy spots the ship on the horizon, and asks them to go after her. Zoro tries to say that no good will come of chasing after a thief like Nami, but Luffy tells them that he will accept no one else as their navigator. Zoro wonders why he followed such a troublesome captain, but prepares to set sail along with Usopp, Johnny, and Yosaku on their ship. Luffy is not able to join as he still has debt to repay to Zeff, and Zoro warns him to be careful. As they begin to part ways, one of Don Krieg's subordinates yells to him that the man who destroyed their fleet has returned to kill them all.
Aboard the Baratie, the chefs discuss the man slowly drifting towards them, before Zeff confirms his identity: the "Hawk-Eyes" man is introduced as Dracule Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman. Zoro is in absolute disbelief, and the Krieg Pirates demand to know why Mihawk has followed them. He tells them it was simply to "kill time" inciting the anger of one of the pirates to the point he attempts to shoot him. Mihawk draws his blade and effortless redirects the bullets away from himself. While some of the Krieg Pirates believe he simply missed, Zoro corrects them and tells them that he actually changed the trajectory of the bullets with his blade. He asks Mihawk if he cut the ship as well. When Mihawk affirms, Zoro is absolutely certain that he is indeed the strongest in the world, a goal he tells Mihawk that he himself is trying to reach. He then challenges Mihawk to a duel, as the Krieg Pirates and the Baratie staff realize Zoro is indeed the "Pirate Hunter" they seemingly had heard of before. Usopp tries to warn Luffy that the Going Merry is getting farther away from them, but he ignores it as he has now become very interested in Mihawk and Zoro's duel. Mihawk appears before Zoro, having called him a weakling. He tells Zoro that if he were truly a great swordsman, then the difference in their powers would be obvious without the need to cross blades. He asks Zoro if this desire to duel simply comes from his conviction or ignorance, to which Zoro tells him that he is doing this for his own ambition, and a promise to a friend.
As Nami sails away, she has already begun to miss the crew. She realizes they are good people, and wonders if they will still call her a friend when they meet again, if they meet again. She cries to someone named Belle-mère, saying that she just wants to be free.
- Nami acts strange over a 20,000,000 wanted poster.
- She later mentions someone named Belle-Mere, wondering if she'll ever be free.
- Luffy will accept no one else but Nami as navigator, and asks Zoro and Usopp to go after her.
- Dracule Mihawk is fully introduced, and revealed to be the one who destroyed Don Krieg's Fleet, and cut their galleon in half.
- Mihawk is the greatest swordsman in the world.
- Zoro challenges Mihawk, as he must defeat him to fulfill his dream.
- first introduction
- first apparition
- Episode 24 (p. 2-19)
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