[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 897 – The Germa 66 Arrives

One Piece chapter 897 - The Germa 66 Arrives

Show them the terror of the Vinsmoke name!

Finally, we get to see the Germa 66 in action and what they are capable of in all their scientific and heartless glory. The Germa 66 may have started as antagonist but over the course of the arc, they have transformed into a faction that WILL become valuable allies to the Straw Hat Pirates in the future. As things are, they are already assisting the Straw Hat Pirates in clearing the Big Mom Pirates blocking their path and helping with retrieving a fatigued Luffy. The Big Mom Pirates have grossly underestimated the Germa 66 and are now paying for it completely – when you expose your back to an assassin, you are asking to be stabbed.

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One Piece Chapter 896 – Luffy And Katakuri

One Piece chapter 896 - Luffy and Katakuri

Just as Katakuri acknowledged Luffy, Luffy has acknowledged Katakuri as more than an enemy – but as a fighter that he respects

How unexpected. I didn’t think I would like this battle much. I didn’t think I would find Katakuri all that interesting. I didn’t think the conclusion of this battle would deliver a memorable end. And yet, here I am, absolutely in love with this battle, a fan of Katakuri, emotionally gripped by the conclusion of the battle and moved by the bond formed by the two fighters. There had to be a victor and yet it doesn’t seem like either lost. In the end what is certain is the real victor were the readers.

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One Piece Chapter 895 – Gear Fourth Snake Man

One Piece chapter 895 - Gear Fourth Snake Man

Katakuri really was caught off-guard by the coiling nature of Snake Man!

What an exhilarating epic climax to this eventful battle that has established what the readers have been hoping for since the Straw Hat Pirates entered the New World, the setting of the standard for New World battles. There have been some great battles since the Straw Hat Pirates regathered to continue their journey but none of the battles has stood out in terms of setting the level the Straw Hat Pirates need to be at to combat the serious enemies within the New World, until now. Luffy has had to push himself to his limits and beyond to combat Katakuri and even still, he has just caught up with Katakuri. The deciding factor now will depend on who anticipates their opponents action more accurately.

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One Piece Chapter 894 – Gear Fourth Variant

One Piece chapter 894 - Luffy's Gear Fourth Snake Man

It’s on! Luffy unleashes his Snake Man form

Through pain, exhaustion and fighting on the edge constantly throughout the battle against Katakuri, Luffy has managed to develop his Kenbunshoku Haki to a level where he can counter one who can glimpse several seconds into that current future. Hours spent exhausting himself taking beatings from Katakuri and attempting to perfectly counter him has established a base onto which Luffy has designed his new Gear Fourth variant form. A form that presumably will allow Luffy’s body to utilise his heightened Kenbunshoku Haki to its fullest extent and close the gap currently left between Katakuri and himself.

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One Piece Chapter 892-893 – Charlotte Katakuri

One Piece chapter 893 - Katakuri's pride as a warrior

That was so badass

Is it wrong to not want Katakuri to lose now? Even though I want Luffy to win, I have found myself suddenly and unexpectedly charmed by Katakuri. From embodying the nasty qualities of the Big Mom Pirates, Katakuri has now shown what lies beneath that “perfect brother” shell moulded by the weight of others expectations. Katakuri beyond the self feeling obliged to meet his family’s expectations is an individual filled with pride and the spirit of a warrior. Katakuri’s reaction to Flampe’s interference completely redefined his character. A redefinition that compells the reader to reevaluate their perception of Katakuri. This without a doubt is the chapter that made me a Katakuri fan.

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One Piece Chapter 891 – Luffy VS Katakuri III

One Piece chapter 891 - Luffy VS Katakuri

Overpowered but not overwhelmed!

What a tough life Katakuri must lead needing to meet the ridiculously high expectations his family and the Big Mom army have of him. Anything below perfect would be a stain against his radiant form and betray the image the Big Mom Pirates have of him in their mind. Their judgement demands perfection and all Katakuri can do is attempt to satisfy that expectation however impossible that may be. Unfortunately, the day such expectations were deflated is today, the day Katakuri will be defeated.

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One Piece Chapter 890 – The Straw Hat Pirates VS Big Mom

One Piece chapter 890 - Jinbe lands an attack Big Mom

What will be interesting is whether Jinbe’s attacks will evolve through the remainder of the story

With Big Mom’s hunger growing so to is her fury which is now erupting onto the Straw Hat Pirates. As she rampages on board the Thousand Sunny, you can feel the desperation within Big Mom’s anger and see just how single-minded she has become. Intent on tasting the Wedding Cake, she has become unconcerned with her own well-being and is pushing herself passed her limits in hopes of satisfying the abyss that is her appetite. Oblivious to the truth, Big Mom continues to rage, without end. Burning through her vitality, tiring her body and most importantly deepening the hunger eating away at her being, Big Mom is straining herself beyond the familiar and into the unknown. How long will Big Mom last? And how satisfying with the taste of the Wedding Cake be when she does inevitably end up eating it?

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