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This past week the intrepid duo of Greg Werner and Galaxy9000 discovered Oda's never-before-seen first-draft sketches of the Romance Dawn Arc. Finding rich financial, but most importantly storytelling, potential in the scrapped script, they decided to release it to the public. Below is the hallowed artifact of One Piece's beginning. You're walking in the bar.

There's no one around,

And your mug is empty.

Out of the corner of your eye you spot him,

Higuma the Bear.

He's watching you

About 30 feet back.

He pulls out his sword and breaks his bottle on your head.

He's dissing on you.

Higuma the Bear.

You're looking for your crew,

But you're all turned around.

He's almost upon you now

And you can see there's beer on his face!

My Usopp, there's beer everywhere! Running for your life

(From Higuma the Bear.)

He's brandishing a knife.

(It's Higuma the Bear.)

Lurking in the shadows

Mountainous pillager Higuma the Bear.

Living in the hills,

(Higuma the Bear.)

Killing for sport,

(Higuma the Bear.)

Distilling all the bodies

Villainous, gentleman, Higuma the Bear.

Now it's dark and you seem to have lost him,

But you're hopelessly lost yourself.

Stranded with a mountain bandit,

You float silently through the ocean.

A-ha! In the distance,

A small town with a Partys Bar.


You sail smoothly toward it,

But your arm! AH! It's caught in a Sea King! Gnawing off your arm,

(Quiet, quiet.)

Floating toward the village,

(Quiet, quiet.)

Now you're on the doorstep,

Sitting inside, Higuma the Bear.

Chugging down a drink,

(Higuma the Bear.)

But he doesn't hear you enter,

(Higuma the Bear.)

You're sneaking up behind him.

Strangling wildman Higuma the Bear.

Fighting for your life with Higuma the Bear,

Wrestling a pint from Higuma the Bear,

Throw him in the Sea King.

Safe at last from Higuma the Bear.

You limp into the village,

Blood oozing from your stump arm.

But you have won.

You have beaten Higuma the Bear Wait! He isn't dead! Higuma Surprise!

There's a gun to your head, and death in his eyes.

But you can do Haoshoku

Knocking out superstar Higuma the Bear

Legendary brawl with Higuma the Bear

Normal Romance dawn for Higuma the Bear

You try to swing a sword at Higuma the Bear

But blood is draining fast from your stump arm

He's dodging every swipe, he parries to the left

You counter to the right, you catch him in the chest

You're stabbing out his heart now

You have just done penetrated Higuma the Bear His body topples to the floor, expressionless.

You fall to your knees and catch your breath

You're finally safe from Higuma the Bear.