10 Incredibly Tough Decisions Anime Characters Have Had To Make
The Going Merry is a small ship gifted by Usopp's friend Kaya, a ship that has faithfully served the Strawhat Crew all the way through Reverse Mountain and up to Skypiea; this is until it is eventually unable to safely transport the group beyond Water Seven and becomes a danger to the crew.
It is so beloved by the crew, and especially Usopp - that it has even developed its own personality, its own soul. This makes it all the more heartbreaking to see the Strawhat Pirates forced to give it up and move on without it. The one closest to it wasn't able to do so, stubbornly defying both his own captain and the expertise of the greatest shipwrights in the Grand Line.
Not only does Usopp treasure the ship as a gift from his friend or as a reliable crewmate, but its irreversible damage represents his inadequacy in maintaining it. His friends' seemingly callous choice to abandon the Going Merry when it is no longer useful, along with his own weakness, creates his own fear of being abandoned.
Despite his experiences and relationships with the crew, he can't simply follow along with them. He would rather leave the crew than continue to drag them down or be abandoned. Inevitably, he fights his beloved captain, his friend, for the Going Merry - refusing to accept reality, to move on.