Chapter 455 King of the Depths: The Shichibukai, Gecko Moria
Front Piece: Enel’s Space Epic vol. 22 “Revenge of the Doctor!! A time when men must do what men must do” The space pirates and 4 other guys stand blocking his way
Starting from when Talaran was cut
Franky: Not yet, the guy you sliced is a zombie…he’s still standing.
Talaran: Why you…huh? Wait!!? Aren’t you…?!
Brook: YOHOHO… don’t worry… I’ll deal it.
Franky: Deal with it?
Brook: Even zombies have a weak point!
Talaran: Ah…ahhh…ahh!! AHHHHH!!!
Something black comes out from Talaran’s mouth
Franky: What the hell is that!!
Brook: That’s the zombie’s soul…
Franky: …Soul!? But it just came out right before our eyes.
Brook: Now, return!! To the master of the depths!!!
The soul flies off and Talaran falls
Zombies: Gyaahh!! Captain Talaran!!! Captain!!! The captain is down!!!
Franky: You completely stopped him…. what did you do!?
Brook: I purified him.
Zombies: Look!! There’s no doubt… that’s… Hanauta (The Crooner)!!!
That’s the guy who came to Thriller Bark 5 years ago and screwed everything up!!!
We have to go report to the master!!!
The Zombies run away
Brook: Ah… this spider’s thread is strong against a sword but weak to fire.
Franky: Yeah, it’s melting (erupting flames melt the thread). Mugiwara and the others were kidnapped!! You know a lot about this island, don’t you…
Brook: Yes, but… what should I say… if they’ve already been captured, the possibility is high that it’s too late….
Franky: Whaat!!? Whaddya mean too late!?
Brook: H…Hold on, don’t rush me. You’ll make my face all flustered!! However, seeing as I am a skeleton, I don’t have a face!!! YOHOHOHO!! SKULL JOKE!!! (Note: This is a pun in Japanese. 面食らう means to confuse, while 面 means face)
Franky has a priceless face on – he looks like he’s about to attack Brook
Robin: No use wishing to kill him, he’s already dead.
Brook: …Anyways, please listen to me, so stop goofing off.
Robin: Like I said, you can't really kill him...
Brook: It’s just like I tried to warn you on the ship, yet you insisted to come here.
When I began wandering around on this sea dozens of years ago… I wanted to escape the demon of this ocean…but, my rudder was broken and I was carried about on the tides endlessly.
Then by chance…a little more than 5 years ago probably, Thriller Bark caught me, just like it did to you and your crew.
Wanting to escape the Florian Triangle no matter what, I walked around on this island looking for parts to fix the rudder, but all that I found were only monsters and Zombies. Eventually, I was captured and brought to this building, together with a dancer who I had met earlier that night…
He was carried off and what they called “his dead body" was patched up. As I looked over towards him, I saw a frightening giant appear!!!
He tore the man’s shadow off!! It was cut off of him!!!
Franky: He…. Cut off the shadow!?
Brook: I didn't believe my eyes at first, but then I realized…I don't have any!
Franky: Stop screwing around, or I'll kick your ass!!!
Robin: Actually...I think you can still do that.
Brook: Before long I would fall to the same fate, but… the man whose shadow was taken fell unconscious. Meanwhile, the shadow that was taken was implanted into the corpse, and then….here is the unbelievable part…it started to move!!
Franky: What the hell!?
Brook: Well, you see…the shadows the body into which they are placed in to mimic the soul of the owner, yes? Essentially...souls will absolutely not change from when you are born to when you die.
That giant that has the power to take your shadows and use your soul…he’s the king of the depths, Shichibukai Gekko Moria!!! He has the Kage-Kage no mi!!!
Franky: A Devil Fruit user, huh?
Brook: He only needs a dead body and a shadow to bring forth a zombie, but
the greater danger here is the ferocity of the creatures Dr. Hogback sews together
using his surgical skill. He has collected and resurrected legendary warriors from around the world…and he has countless more stored away in his freezer!
Robin: Dr. Hogback…the famous surgeon…I can’t believe he’s been here, helping out pirates ever since his mysterious disappearance.
Franky: But, well….the zombies… they can move even though they haven’t been resurrected, right?
Brook: Correct. The personalities and fighting skills are completely transferred from the shadow’s owner. However, the overall toughness is dependent upon the body’s physical strength. When a strong body is fused with a strong shadow, an even stronger Zombie warrior is born. That’s why Moria is eagerly after those with large bounties on their heads.
Franky: I see…that’s why he was after us.
Robin: So that’s the whole story of Thriller Bark…The most common attribute among Moria’s zombies is most likely their obedience. It would seem the more powerful warriors would have difficulty being so obedient.
Brook: Indeed…. he doesn’t need any shadows that are as strong as him who won’t listen to what he says. For people that strong, he just throws their bodies into the ocean once they lose consciousness.
Franky: Ehh!! Then those guys are in danger!!!
Brook: It’s alright for now!! There is a time for everything. For now, I know my way around here, so believe in me and follow me, please!!
Franky: ....Huuuh!? Believe in you...!!!
Brook: GAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! SKULL SHOCK!!!
Oh my, it has been such a long time before I had such an intense conversation!!! FUN~~~~!!!!!
The scene changes
Subordinates: Masterrr~~~!!! The three mysterious people have arrived!!
Moria: …They’re early… let them enter.
The three mysterious people (Hogback, Absalom, Perona) arrive before Moria
Moria: Oh, so you guys actually came? Kishishishi!! Hurry up and make me the pirate king!! Immediately!!!
King of the Depths, ShichibukaiGekkoMoria**. Original Bounty 320 Million Beri**
Motto: Relying upon others for one’s own objective. Favorite phrase: You do it!!
The captured Luffy is in a cage
Luffy: Who will be the pirate king?!! The one to become pirate king is me!!!
Luffy: Oi!!! Untie this string!!! Usopp, Nami, Chopper, Sanji, Zoro… give ‘em all back!! Where’d they go!!!
Moria: Oi, Straw-hat Luffy… that’s a lot of names, but I didn’t take them all…we’re only after three of you: yourself, the pirate hunter, Zoro…and I asked that blonde-haired guy too.
Luffy: Hm? Blonde-Haired… must be Sanji….
Nami and the other two are inside Bearsy (Kumashi). The back zipper is up.
Chopper: Whaaat!? Sanji and Zoro were captured…?!
Usopp: No… no way… and Luffy was captured too!?
Nami: H… how did those three strong guys get captured so quickly?!
Hogback: By the way, what happened to those three, Perona?! (Referring to Nami and the others)…The Risky Brothers were supposed to bring them…
Perona: They didn’t bring them to Bearsy. Didn’t they run away in the middle of the delivery!?
Usopp: Shh!! Be quiet!!
Perona: I told you to shut it!!
Absalom: You’re too strict with Bearsy. But, among those three my bride seems to have caused a sort of rebellion in the middle of your garden….Hm? Hey, wait a sec…Hogback you asshole!! Did you touch my bride!!?
Cindry: Your bride isn’t going to come.
Absalom: What are you...!! Cindry!
Hogback: Uoh….!! Oi, oi, Cindry-chan…you’re just making the conversation worse!! And why are you suddenly standing in front of other people…
Cindry: She won’t come for you either.
Hogback: Gehhh!!! That hurt!! Even so, I was absolutely not thinking that!!!
Moria: Cut it out, cut it out, all of your complaining is giving me a headache!! If the pirates ran away, you guys can take care of it later!!!
I brought you all here now because we must commemorate our grand battle potential!!!
Subordinates: Master!! The pirate ate through the cage and is escaping!!
Luffy: Ha, just try and catch me now!!!
Absalom: Fufu…poses as he would before a palm blast
Perona: Hold on, Absalom, not in the middle of the room! Let me handle him!!
Luffy: You think you can capture me, idiot!?
Perona: Negative Hollow!! A ghost flies through Luffy
Luffy: ….I want to be reborn as a sea cucumber…I hate my life...
Absalom: A man who just said he wanted to become pirate king now wants to become a sea cucumber…that’s brutal… (sweatdrop)
Luffy is tied up again
Moria: Hit him with the light!!!
Luffy: What are you doing…damnit…now I remember you guys!!!
Gashhhh (Moria grabs Luffy’s shadow and begins to extract it)
Luffy: Whaaa…huh!? What is that…my shadow!?
Snip!!! Off goes the shadow
Moria: Fufufu…. Kishishishishi!!!
I’ve got it now!! The 300 Million fighting power!!! With this, the strongest zombie in all of history will be born!!!
To be continued!
This is all I can write from the script given in the spoiler section. Don't blame me if pieces are missing!
Script is from Mangahelpers, Original found by Spacecat, Translated by Martigan, Edited for easy reading by myself (Smartz118).