One Piece Manga meets QWOP in a hilarious and frustrating fan game

The moving scene where Shanks gives Luffy his ubiquitous straw hat in the first chapter from the legendary shonen manga A piece is undoubtedly engraved in the minds of readers. But what if it was used in a goofy, slapstick comedy game like these masochistic diversions that were all the rage around 2010? Wouldn’t that be something?

Luckily for all of us sufferers, artist Tani Yurei did just that. In a video posted to Twitter earlier today, Tani shows off her creation to dramatic music. Watch as reckless Captain “Red Hair” Shanks, who just lost his arm to a massive sea monster, tries to give a distraught Monkey D. Luffy his straw hat as consolation for not allowing the young pirate in grass to travel with him.

It’s almost as if one of those ads is meant to trick you into downloading some shitty mobile game with a video of someone failing over and over again. And boy, it worked on me.

Absently ignoring the threat of potential viruses, I clicked on Tani’s link to the project folder before entering also Algodoo, the 2D physics simulation program it was built for. I was going to put that hat on Luffy’s head, damn it.

When first loading the A piece game, I laughed as Shanks and Luffy were immediately crushed by his Japanese instructions. A quick Google translation of the text revealed the keyboard inputs to rotate Shanks’ ankle, knee and waist, as well as how to position his shoulder and elbow for optimal hat placement.

All that was left was to spend way too much time dealing with the controls, which required creative finger positioning to lock Shanks’ various joints into place. And while I wasn’t interested in spending time perfectly recreating the panel from the manga, I made sure Luffy got the hat that has been his trademark for 25 years.

Despite its immense global popularity, fans are still waiting for that perfect one. A piece video game adaptation. It’s definitely not that game, but it’s a fun way to kill time.

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