Monkey D. Luffy meets Sabo for a brief time in episode 663 during the Dressrosa arc. They meet in the Colosseum where the tournament is being held. Sabo is participating in the tournament to win Ace’s Mera Mera no Mi devil fruit and inherit Ace's will. This episode is quite emotional for Luffy.
|Episode Number||Episode 663|
|Episode Name||"Luffy Astonished - The Man Who Inherits Ace's Will"|
|Manga Chapter||Chapter 731|
This episode starts with the fight between Dellinger and Bellamy. Bellamy is seen hurt badly with Bartolomeo barricading him and protecting him from Dellinger. He tells Bartolomeo to get out of his way and let him finish Bellamy but Bartolomeo refuses.
In order to continue his new mission on hand and to guard the SMILE factory, Dellinger leaves them both and tells them that he'll deal with them later. Bellamy asked Bartolomeo why he was helping a stranger to which he replied that once he fights with someone, he considers them his friend.
Back at the Colosseum, Luffy bumps into Bartolomeo and he is excited to meet his idol, Luffy. When Luffy tells him that he wants to find the exit, Bellamy tells him that it doesn't exist in the Colosseum as it was built in such a way that once the contestants enter it, they can't escape it. He still asks Bellamy where the exit is as he is Doflamingo's subordinate and Bellamy replies saying that he would never betray his captain.
But Bellamy does mention that he is heading for the exit and if Luffy wants to follow him, he could find the exit. Bartolomeo asks Luffy why he would give up winning the Mera Mera devil fruit to which Luffy replies that his friends are more important. Bartolomeo tells Luffy that he'll get the fruit for him and at that moment a man walks past Bartolomeo and says that the Mera Mera fruit can't go to Luffy. When Luffy turns around to see the man he is shocked and is in tears of joy.
When Luffy is finally put, he meets up with Zoro and Kinemon and they disguise themselves in animal costumes in order to escape the marines and leave unnoticed. Luffy is still shocked at the fact of how 'that man' is still alive. The scene then changes to a woman sitting on top of a pile of defeated men who calls herself Koala from the Revolutionary Army and claims that she wants to see Robin.
She is then seen speaking on a call with 'that man' and asks him if he found who he was looking for. 'That man' is seen wearing Lucy's clothes and states that he needs to go back and get Ace's fruit back and inherit his will. At the end of the episode a flash, Ace's grave is shown and confirming the fact that the mysterious man is none other than Sabo who people thought was dead for a long time.
The tiny reunion between Sabo and Luffy is the biggest highlight of this episode.
The second highlight will be Sabo’s determination to win Ace’s devil fruit and inherit his will is quite heart-touching.
A. The Dressrosa Arc takes place between episode 629 and episode 746.
A. Sabo is a part of the Revolutionary Army.