[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 923 – Luffy VS Kaido

One Piece chapter 923 - Luffy VS Kaido 1

I don’t know how Kaido feels but that sure does look painful

I expected this result but for Luffy to be instantly KO’d in Gear Fourth with one hit by Kaido, I didn’t anticipate such a decisive and overwhelming end to their first bout. It was glorious seeing Luffy unleash on Kaido and force Kaido back to his human form but the way Kaido finished the fight conflicts with everything that occurred just before. Why did Kaido not unleash earlier?

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One Piece Chapter 922 – The Drunken Dragon

One Piece chapter 922 - Kaido destroys the ruins of Oden Castle

So that what happens when you make an enemy of Kaido – annihilated

A wild Kaido appears! And an equally wild Luffy attacks. I did not expect that, for Luffy to challenge Kaido right then and there. I understand that Luffy reacted to Kaido blowing up Oden Castle but to have Luffy put in such a situation where he would unleash Elephant Gun on Kaido, how utterly crazy. For anyone within the One Piece world who isn’t a Straw Hat Pirate, Garp or Shanks to have thought they knew Luffy, they definitely were wrong. I don’t think even Hawkins’s conditional predictive powers could have foreseen this particular set of events. Luffy punched Kaido! Luffy PUNCHED Kaido in the head!! Kaido was mad at Luffy before but with that personal strike, he will be furious once he realizes what went down i.e. Luffy’s fist.

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One Piece Chapter 921 – Shutenmaru

Kaido has such an amazing character design, in both his human and Dragon forms. Oda-sensei completely succeeded in conveying Kaido by just his image as being someone incredibly brutal, regal and inhuman. Kaido’s sheer design demands attention and beckons the reader to take note of what he as a character does. We know next to nothing about Kaido and yet as readers we find ourselves entranced by him. Kaido’s introduction definitely set him up perfectly as a Yonko to fear. With such a terrifying character now targeting the Straw Hat Pirates, the stakes have been raised and the movements of the Straw Hat Pirates have become significantly more important. Will Luffy really encounter Kaido this early in the Wano Kuno arc?

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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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