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

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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 819-830 – Into Big Mom’s Territory

One Piece chapter 827 - Totland

How weird….and wondrous

With the alliance between the Straw Hat Pirates, the Mink race and the Kouzuki Clan established, we are finally onto the arc featuring Sanji and his arranged marriage with one of Big Mom’s daughters (the 35th). With Sanji so out of focus for the past few years and barely getting any decent battle coverage, it is refreshing and deserving that we get an entire arc centered around him, his past and his family. In addition to Sanji, we are also getting the Big Mom Pirates and her Wonderland Totland revealed.

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Bleach Chapter 670-678 – Amalgamation

Bleach chapter 676 - Ichigo VS Yhwach

As Ichigo continues to evolve it is going to be amusing to see Yhwach sink more and more into despair

So we’ve finally made it to the climatic battle; Ichigo in all his glory, growth and experiences has challenged the conceited King of the Quincy, Yhwach, to prevent the Human World and Soul Society from falling into non-existence. With himself as the last shield against the end of two worlds, Ichigo perseveres, he struggles, he despairs and inevitably he will evolve. Yhwach with his All his Might and philosophical taunting of hope, future and grains of sand has ultimately manifested a blind spot within his own abilities by believing himself to be unchallengeable. Regardless of Ichigo’s current state, he will prevail and Yhwach will have a hand in his own defeat.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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Sadly, Apocalypse displays more intrigue in this poster than the film

With the existence of mutants now known, the tension between those without abilities and those with mutations fractures into a divide filled with discrimination and fear. Those with mutations fear the treatment they will suffer at the hands of non-mutants if the truth of their difference were to be revealed and of the monsters they will have to become in order to survive. In fear of others and themselves, they hide. Non-mutants, in fear of those with abilities, develop countermeasures to protect themselves. With this widening divide forcing those with mutations to live in the shadows, the sight of this reality offends the very first mutant, Apocalypse otherwise known as ‘En Sabah Nur’, now awakened from his coma-like state of suspended animation thanks to the efforts of his followers (who believe him to be a God). Coming to terms of the reality of the time, of how mutants have become overshadowed by the weak, Apocalypse resolves to wipe clean the slate of the worlds image and rebuild it again into one ruled by himself and his mutant ‘children’.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)


Captain America Civil War Poster

United We Stand. Divided We Fall.

Effectively the film is about four characters; Captain America (Steve Rogers), Ironman (Tony Stark), Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes), and Black Panther (T’Challa), driven by a misunderstanding, a Hydra experiment, the fear of power and differing views of safeguarding the world. The lead up to Civil War with the previous MCU films sets the stage for the fracture between Ironman and Captain America and why after being united for so long they are divided in their views of how their powers should be used. Not just an action blockbuster that satisfies with memorable fight sequences, Civil War raises the emotional stakes and compels the viewer with its treatment of the multiple characters featuring in the film. A definite worthwhile watch.

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Bleach Chapter 669 – Zaraki’s BANKAI

Bleach chapter 669 - Zaraki's Bankai

Zaraki’s Bankai finally UNLEASHED!

Now that was wild, just for the illustrations of Zaraki unleashing makes the chapter worth it completely. That double page spread revealing Zaraki’s Bankai released form was/is amazing – the contrasting black and white coupled with the chaotic rawness was just…beautiful. Finally, with Gerard’s demise about to result we will finally see the end of the Schutzstaffel (well except for the fragments on Lille in Soul Society). The focus can shift back to Ichigo and other important elements of the story.

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Bleach Chapter 665-668 – Bankai VS Vollständig

Bleach chapter 668 - Kenpachi VS Gerard

The last Giant character didn’t amount to much, but fortunately Gerard is somewhat intimidating given his defeat foes

Effectively the battle between the Shinigami and Quincy has come down to a battle of Bankai vs Vollständig, where one power ends ups effectively countering the others strength to ultimately defeat the opponent. Against the multiple of characters battling against Yhwach’s Schutzstaffel (Pernida, Askin, Gerard, Lille), the Quincy are initially overwhelmed by one characters abilities but with the release of their Vollständig, they are able to nullify its danger yet are overcome by the release of another characters Bankai (which serves to counter their ability). Formulaic, yes, but not necessarily bad thanks to the stylized and creative approach of Kubo-sensei, yet unfortunately its use in these four battles has become repetitive and has ultimately diminished the intrigue this battle against the final Schutzstaffel member has.

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One Piece Chapter 818 – The Red Poneglyph

One Piece chapter 818 - The Road Poneglyphs

So the Poneglyphs do guide one to Raftel!

And so the story shifts back to journey towards Raftel and the dangers awaiting the Straw Hat Pirates in their path. The Red Poneglyph aka. “Road Poneglyph” serves as a guide to reaching the final point of the Grand Line, Raftel. Carved in four Red Poneglpyhs are the locations of certain points which when joined reveal the location of Raftel at the point where all the lines intersect. With one of the stones found, Nico Robin now needs to read the remaining three in order to find the location of Raftel. Easier said than done though as two Yonko each have in their possession a Red Poneglyph.

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