At the end of the Thriller Bark Chapter 490 in manga and episode 381 in anime. I noticed strange giant shadows with glowing red eyes at the background. What could it be?

Check this image in manga:

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    It's florian triangle monster – Madhan Nov 27 '15 at 5:20

As stated in the comments, it's an entity related to the Florian Triangle.

  • According to Kokoro, many pirate and commercial ships mysteriously go missing every year and, sometimes, a ship will be found sailing without any people aboard. It has also been said that there are many haunted ships with dead bodies sailing across the sea (though, it is revealed that all this is attributed to Brook).

  • Though, some of the disappearances that have happened in the Triangle can be attributed to Moriah's scheme. Ships have been disappearing mysteriously in it for a long time before he came on his ship, Thriller Bark, ten years before the series. This mystery is confirmed by an unknown ominous entity larger than Thriller Bark that was barely seen by Captain Lola through the fog. It is so large that it completely dwarfs Thriller Bark, the world's largest pirate ship, in sheer size, possibly making it the world's biggest creature to appear in the series thus far.

It may also be possible that it's the trope "Real After All":

If an episode revolves around a haunting (or alien visitation) (or lake monster sighting) (or whatever) that turns out to be a hoax, the episode will end with a shot of a real ghost/alien visitor/lake monster/whatever.

However, knowing Oda, that is highly unlikely. I just stated it as it is possible that we may never get to know what those entities were.

  • For all that, it looks uncomfortably similar to the shadows from sky islands. (you are right though) – kaine Nov 30 '15 at 14:20
  • @Kaine Which shadow from sky island? The only one I remember seeing is Klabautermann. It's seen around 3 years since I watched it, so I seem to have forgotten.. – Ashishgup Nov 30 '15 at 14:22
  • The shadows are not on sky island but shadows of people on sky islands visible in fog that appear gigantic due to the distance. They appear just before the sky island arc and there happens to be one in the most recent anime episode. There is a flashback of Bellamy seeing Luffy in one. When first introduced though, these shadows were interpreted to be gigantic terrifing unidentified beings. – kaine Nov 30 '15 at 14:28

I think that the triangle is related to Enel. My theory goes like this:

Birka is exactly over the triangle and because of the deepflying Sky Island, there is always that mist. The shadows in the background are people of that Sky Island who survived Enel's genocide. Enel came to Skypiea 8 years ago (10 after time skip) — maybe he left Birka around the time when Moria arrived. Before that, Enel killed with his Devil Fruit all travelers either to train his power or by mistake (with attacks like Raigo's). That covers the 3 problems:

  1. the mist
  2. the shadows at the end, and
  3. the missing people before Gecko's arrival.

Well, taking a look at it objectively I might dare add that the Will of D is not yet introduced in the series and having it mystified until now is without a doubt a fact, considering it having it only been spoken of, therefore we might assume that this here is somewhat of a hint in that direction. Roger's dead.

We view the series mainly through the perceptions of our main characters - rarely do we see an event occur beyond any of the characters we as viewers are found of or introduced to by Mr. Oda-sensei. That having been said, the shadows might actually not be a hoax after all. ?.

  • I don't quite see how that photo is related to your answer..And your answer doesn't seem to try to answer the question asked by the OP. – W. Are Jul 29 '19 at 12:10
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    Well, while I can see this as a theory/speculation about the (mistified) shadow of Will of D. , I don't know or understand what the photo is about... – Aki Tanaka Jul 29 '19 at 13:43

I think that these shadows are other elephants like Zunisha http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Zunisha

  • What makes you think that? I can similarly think something else than provide a link. Please substantiate your answer. – Tyhja Jan 31 '17 at 2:11

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