[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 975 – Kin’emon’s Foresight

One Piece chapter 975 - Kin'emon's plan

In order to fool the traitor, Kin’emon had to first fool the allies closest to him

What prudence, what anticipation, what prescience. The betrayal of an ally that led to the death of the Lord of Wano Kuni and the fall of the nation, such wounds and the everlasting seemingly non-fading pain has created within Kine’mon a trauma so significant that he took it upon himself to doubt an ally and corner the traitor within their own web. Because of such foresight, he has saved his allies and solidified their rebellion against the captors of Wano Kuni. The stage has been set and now the actors have entered, all that is left is for Orochi and the Kaido and Big Mom alliance to fall.

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One Piece Chapter 971-974 – The Heart Of A Samurai

One Piece chapter 971 - Oden's determination

Just like it was with Roger and Newgate, Oden too was killed protecting what he loved

In face of the inevitable end, the choice one has is whether they go out with a whimper or a bang and in the case of the Legendary Samurai, Kozuki Oden, the end was met with a blaze so radiant that the flames of his spirit burned within those witness to his end memories of a moment unforgettable. His actions, that were performed for the people of Wano Kuni, had their image perverted by narrations of malice through the schemes and hatred of Orochi Kurozumi. The will of his spirit didn’t end with his apparent physical death, instead it was carried through space and time in the hearts of many right through to the moment in the current time. The Kozuki will has been inherited and the wishes of Oden has been heard. The time has come for the country of Wano to be liberated from the chains of Orochi and for the Yonko, Kaido, to be defeated.

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One Piece Chapter 970 – Oden VS Kaido

One Piece chapter 970 - Oden and the Nine Red Scabbards VS The Beast Pirates

Even Kaido was afraid of Oden

Based on the events that happened, it is apparent that Oden overwhelmed Kaido and if not for Orochi’s deceptive tactics, it is likely that Kaido would have suffered more than just that wound. But unfortunately war involves more than singular battles with an outcome instead decided by the overall usage of the pieces available for use. Orochi, as cowardly as he may be, took of advantage of Oden’s heart and used the Mane Mane no Mi to mentally and emotionally distract Oden. That moment in which Oden turned his back on Kaido created a blind spot in which Kaido exploited to land the deciding blow. At the end of it all, Orochi knew Oden’s heart too well and took advantage of it to give Kaido the edge in that battle. The difference between the past and the current events is Orochi’s inability to even conceive what type of person Luffy is. And that is where Kaido and Orochi have overestimated themselves, thinking that they know Monkey D. Luffy.

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One Piece Chapter 965-969 – Oden And Roger

One Piece chapter 966 - Roger, Whitebeard and Oden

The meeting that would eventually lead to the age of the Pirates…

Experiencing the world and sharing in an adventure destined to change the fate of an era, Oden clears open a path forward on which the eventual Pirate King would map their journey on. The guide stones of the past left behind by a civilisation erased from history lead the adventurers subject to their voices onto a road toward a destination filled with questions to answers ultimately leaving behind an expectation on those choosing to take up “their” will. With the world against them and the truth buried within the shadows of the past motioned by strings intent on keeping whats hidden sealed away, the story of those fighting to achieve freedom find themselves purposed with the responsibility of carrying the weight of a hidden time. Along with Roger who expressed himself through his legacy, the man known as Kozuki Oden now walks forward to save his nation about to dye history with the expression of his adventure and heart.

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One Piece Chapter 964 – The World Beyond The Borders

One Piece Chapter 964 - Oden's desperation to see the world beyond Wano Kuni

The desire for the unknown

Oden’s desperation for adventure borderlines Luffy’s excitement for it. Despite the price of its admission, their obsession towards such an unfiltered experience overwhelms any sort of rationale surrounding the decision. Unconcerned of any consequence, the path forward for such individuals is one solely focused on the sight before them. If experiencing the world meant leaving the nation illegally, stowing aboard a ship uninterested in taking you and holding onto a chain dragged across the ocean for three days, an individual like Oden would wholeheartedly throw himself at such an opportunity which is exactly what Oden did. That is just how much the desire to adventure means to individuals like Oden.

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One Piece Chapter 963 – Oden And Whitebeard

One Piece chapter 963 - Oden and Edward's meeting

And so the two meet and share an electrifying greeting

And so the wheels of fate turn on the path called life towards a destination intertwined with adventure, realisation, misery, sorrow and death. The meeting that set in motion the events leading up to the current events where legends were created and the hungering arms of greed motioned towards its endless desire for what it perceives as satisfaction. A meeting longed for by Oden whom sought a bridge towards the world outside of Wano Kuni. And with his overwhelming joy conveyed through his welcoming strike, he proposes his intention to join the crew of the Whitebeard Pirates.

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One Piece Chapter 962 – Oden’s Journey Across Wano Kuni

One Piece chapter 962 - Oden VS Ashura Douji

What an overwhelming presence…

We all need a little crazy and in our blood and it looks like Kozuki Oden has that pumping throughout his body. To not only see a solution where others see impossibility, he has a natural charisma elevated by his strength to inspire others to want to believe in something different from their boxed perspective. Despite his obvious overbearing personality and lack of ability to conform to societal standards, when one truly looks at him, they can’t help but react to the overwhelming conviction exuding from him.

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