The ringing of the bell signifies the end of one year and the beginning of another. It is rung eight times to give thanks for the old year, and another eight times to welcome the new year. If it is rung twice, it signifies some sort of disaster or distress.
Monkey D. Luffy infiltrated Marineford to ring this bell. He rang it the traditional sixteen times. Lieutenant Commander Brandnew of the Marines analyzed it as a declaration of war, and Killer of the Kid Pirates interpreted the meaning of it as the end of one era and the beginning of another.
However, both parties are incorrect, as Luffy's ringing of the bell was only a distraction, along with his other actions, so nobody in the world outside of the Straw Hat Pirates would notice the real message; in the picture of Luffy after ringing the Ox Bell, a mark is seen on his arm that reads
3D2Y with the 3D crossed out, representing the amount of time the crew would be separated.
Anime and Manga DifferenceEdit
The size of the bell differs between media: While it is just bigger than Luffy's head in the manga, it is about as tall as Luffy's body in the anime.
- It is a common tradition in several cultures to ring a sacred bell during New Year's Eve to thank the old year and welcome the new year. It is usually a church bell that is rung twelve times; in Japan, Buddhist temples ring their bells a total of 108 times to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen.
- ↑ One Piece Manga - Vol. 60 Chapter 594, Killer explains the significance of the bell to Eustass Kid.
- ↑ One Piece Manga - Vol. 61 Chapter 597, Roronoa Zoro explains the real message to Perona