[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 954 – The Kaido and Big Mom Pirate Alliance

One Piece chapter 954 - The Kaido and Big Mom alliance

This is not good news for anyone!

Both Kaido and Linlin have reason to hate and fight each other but it appears they have instead decided to focus on the reason they have to work alongside each other, one that should send shivers down every inhabitant of the One Piece world. For two titanic individuals to seemingly ally with each other to conquer the world means a grim reality for everyone else. Joining together Big Mom’s information network and Kaido’s beast army is a recipe for destruction and chaos. Baring one of the two turning on the other, Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates cannot hope to take on two of the strongest individuals in the New World together. Luffy may be the rebels secret weapon but he would just be carved apart against both Kaido and Linlin, unless of course Zoro is able to enhance his swordsmanship and assist Luffy against the Yonko. Even still, the gap in power is just too wide for the rebels to take on two Yonko. Which is why I feel that a third party will become involved in the coming events, namely Kuzan.

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One Piece Chapter 953 – The Komagitsune, Onimaru

One Piece chapter 953 - Onimaru

Hopefully we get to see more of Onimaru in this arc because he is a cool character

What an interesting turn of events with Gyukimaru being the fox, Onimaru, a companion of the Daimyo of Ringo who passed away shortly after Wano Kuni was lost to Kaido and Orochi. Onimaru took it upon himself to protect the honour of all those who passed away in Ringo from having their graves disturbed by the Beast Pirates. He also took himself to see Kawamatsu’s mission through once Kawamatsu unexpectedly disappeared one day. For twenty years, he too has been fighting for the day when Wano Kuni can be reclaimed.

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One Piece Chapter 952 – Hiyori And Kawamatsu

One Piece chapter 952 - Hiyori and Kawamatsu

Are Kappa’s classified as Fishman?

Hiyori is quickly being built up as the secret weapon of Wano Kuni no one knows about save Zoro and Kawamatsu. Despite the prisoners of Udon rallying behind Momonosuke as the son of Oden, Momonosuke has no right to ask them to lay their lives down to save the world still fresh in his mind given his lack of suffering alongside the rest of them. As conveyed by Shutemaru earlier in the arc, just because they are figures from the past who the people of Wano Kuni once knew, that does not mean the people have to follow them. The fate required in the upcoming battle demands an ironclad level of respect and honour. Something which I believe Hiyori earned based on how she has been continually fighting for her family’s dream over the last 20 years.

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One Piece Chapter 951 – Kaidou And Linlin

One Piece chapter 951 - Kaidou and Linlin

And so they meet…

After decades of previously meeting each other, Kaidou and Linlin finally encounter each other again and how exhilarating the proceeding events will be. Not only are we being treated to a battle between the two or at the very least a few blows exchanged that will shake the very Island and skies around them but we will finally get to learn more about the history surrounding Kaidou and Linlin and the previous pirate crew they both belonged to before moving on and founding their own pirates crews. Who was their captain and will Gol D. Roger or the Will of D fit into their history somehow? Hopefully before Onishima Island is leveled, we get to find out more xD.

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One Piece Chapter 950 – The Heir To Wano Kuni

One Piece chapter 950 - The graves of Wano Kuni

What it meant for the people of Wano Kuni to liberate themselves from the crushing shackles of Orochi and Kaidou

Even though minmal has been covered on Kozuki Oden as a character relative to the Wano Kuni Arc, he has been established as an honourable and powerful character, one who cared about the country of Wano Kuni and wished for it to genuinely prosper both economically and socially. With his son now standing in his position foreign to the weight shouldered on such a leadership role, how will Momonosuke react to the responsibility and courage asked of him? From now on, Momonosuke cannot merely reside in the background and leave the mess in the Wano Kuni for someone else to clean up, he has to proactively lead the eyes asking questions of him to fight for their own freedom and future.

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One Piece Chapter 949 – The Pain Of Wano Kuni

His declaration of intention for all to hear

Even with hope in front of the citizens of Wano Kuni, their souls have been broken and tormented by their captives with the image of fear burned deep within their selves mentally blocking their senses from willing their bodies to rebel again. The pain and anguish suffered instilled within their emotions a terror which they wholeheartedly believed to be seemingly unsurmountable. It took an act of selfless unexpectance to break away the clouds of doubt drowning their inner hopes out. With the display of passion and conviction blazing in front of them, the victims of Wano Kuni could do nothing but be compelled by the heat of hope to fuel their resolve to rebel against Orochi and Kaidou. Come what may, the broken souls of Wano Kuni are tired of lying to themselves that the suffering they are enduring is living.

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One Piece Chapter 948 – Kawamatsu The Kappa

The Return Of The Nine Red Scabbards + Luffy

Despite Kawamatsu the Kappa finally being revealed in all his Kappa glory, the most shocking aspect of the chapter for me was the revelation that Kiko is a man. I didn’t expect that. I probably should have given that the Nine Red Scabbards are a group composed of all males but the fact that Kiko was intentionally illustrated as a female led me believe that Kiko was one. You got me Oda-sensei, what a good twist. Additionally Kiko looks super dangerous and cool with that mask.

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