[Theory] One Piece – There’s Something About Monet (Nakama Theory)

One Piece - Monet - by teebohne

Monet the Harpy – art by teebohne

I really can’t help myself in pushing forward this theory as I have quite the obsession with Monet’s character. Although I will make an effort to be as objective as I possibly can, there will be a certain degree of bias driving me during my interpretation of the scenes which I will be using to support my theory surrounding Monet regarding her potential as a Straw Hat nakama candidate due to my obsession. Be it my delusion, hope, insanity, ego or something even more intangible, there is some incomprehensibly mysterious force compelling me to follow through with this desire.

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One Piece Chapter 920 – The Samurai Who Traveled Through Time

One Piece chapter 920 - Kozuki Oden

Who is Orochi to Oden?

What a dangerous precedent to be set, for a Devil Fruit to have the ability to allow the user to send people into the future. Can we now expect characters renowned in the past who suddenly disappeared at some point in the past to appear again at some point in the future. How can we track which character is still relevant when a past historic character could have been sent flying into the future to land in the current time the story is focused on? Will it be isolated to just the Wano Kuni arc or will the Toki Toki no Mi have implications extending way beyond the land of the Samurai?

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One Piece Chapter 919 – The Samurai From The Past

One Piece chapter 919 - Kin'emon's reveals the truth

Nani?!

Well that “can” got opened. What an unexpected plot twist. I am not sure what to think and whether such a twist has opened up a whole new dimension to One Piece. I didn’t expect it, I don’t think anybody expected it, it is such an absurd direction that it was seemingly implausible. For Kin’emon and Co. to have come from the future, how shockingly intriguing. How? Why? Who? When? Kin’emon is serious, right?

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One Piece Chapter 918 – Repaying Tama

One Piece chapter 918 - Luffy uses Speed to escape

Of course Luffy did that

I expected Speed to be featured in the current battle but not in the fashion that she was. For Luffy to use her as a horse to escape and for her to be made compliant through consuming Tama’s dango, how unexpected, yet how utterly characteristic of One Piece. Not only has Luffy robbed the fresh produce from the Beast Pirates and stolen the fresh water from them to give to the people but he has also embarrassed the Beast Pirates. Luffytaro has made himself a target and with him angering Jack, their meeting has become an inevitability.

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One Piece Chapter 917 – Saving Tama

One Piece Chapter 917 - Luffy VS Holdem

And this is why we love Luffy

This chapter made me smile so much. Rather than dance around the middle tier opponents, Oda-sensei recognizes Luffy’s growth he conveyed in previous arcs and has immediately set-up the Luffy VS Jack battle. It would have been troublesome if Holdem gave Luffy a hard time, so its exciting to see Luffy’s strength reciprocated in his actions against the Beast Pirates. Luffy is strong and after having fought with Katakuri, he is ready to take on the Beast Pirates Calamities/Disasters. No need to consume time and pages focusing on Luffy against the sub-sub-leaders of the Beast Pirates. Regardless of whether Holdem remains relevant to the arc after this chapter, he got served the Caesar treatment by Luffy. At best if Holden returns, he will be matched up against another Straw Hat Pirate.

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One Piece Chapter 916 – Luffy VS Urashima

One Piece chapter 916 - Luffy, Zoro and Kiku

Zoro almost looks bored 😛

Based on how Kiku wielded her katana to chop off Urashima’s top-knot, Kiku seems to be incredibly capable as a swordsman, but given her uncertainty as to how to react with chaos igniting the situation, Kiku most likely does not have much practical fighting experience beyond sparring. Fortunately a moment has arrived to inspire Kiku with a situation where she will have no choice but to utilise the training she has had. The Beast Pirates have arrived and the only way out of this situation and saving Tama would be fighting.

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One Piece Chapter 915 – Assault On Bakura Town

One Piece chapter 915 - Kiku

That was actually pretty badass – I understand Luffy’s excitement

Why is it when power-hungry people take over something, it becomes rotten? Are they so afraid to be reminded of how sinister they are, they remove from their proximity anyone or anything with the ability to reflect truth back on them? Bakura has become a town void of heart. Fear and desire run the town and those unable to serve a purpose are discarded being labeled a lesser existence compared to those residing within the town. Those in charge abuse their power and pervert the soul of Wano Kuni into an image stained in their ignorance and temporal assertions.

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One Piece Chapter 914 – The Samurai

 

One Piece chapter 914 - Luffy, Zoro and Tama

What a touching moment

Under the rule of corrupt government officials and an unsympathetic leader, the once free and honorable land of Wano Kuni has devolved into a lifeless wasteland where freedom is shackled and the supply of fresh produce is monopolized by the wealthy and powerful. The poor and unimportant are discarded to the outskirts of the land away from the eyes of oblivious minds. The unwanted individuals reside in the town of leftovers where they are sold the scraps of unwanted goods used by the Shogun and his allies. Despite any intention the individuals have to want to change their situation, they are entrapped by the constant fear of the Beast Pirates listening in and killing them for any hint of rebellion or animosity towards the Shogun.

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