[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 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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One Piece Chapter 961 – The Mountain God Incident

One Piece chapter 961 - Oden VS Mountain God

I wonder if we will see that White Boar baby in the current time now that decades have past since then

To think everything Oden did was to force his father into a corner where he had no choice but to officially disown Oden. All in order to free himself from the boundaries Wano Kuni imposes on him. Oden deliberately prevented Kin’emon from revealing the truth and bore the disdain and blame from the Flower Capital citizens affected by the Mountain God incident. Was Oden driven by some deeper purpose attached to the history of Wano Kuni and their association to the Ancient Civilisation or was Oden genuinely constricted by the borders of Wano Kuni?

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One Piece Chapter 960 – Kozuki Oden

One Piece chapter 960 - Kozuki Oden

That hair style of his is seriously captivating – how does he get so flat?

Kozuki Oden was portrayed as quite the thug in this chapter, one seemingly not warranting any shred of compassion or support. I presume this was intentional by Oda-sensei as he had only revealed Oden filtered through the eyes and mouth’s of others. I would wager that exactly like Hiyori when she was first introduced as Komurasaki with an antagonistic lense, Oda-sensei is doing the exact same thing with Oden where whatever he does is viewed negatively by the those commenting on him and verbally painting his social image. Beyond such subjective analytics, Oden may very well be completely different to how he has been “portrayed” by the public of Wano Kuni. This does seem like the path the story is headed towards with Wano Kuni finally having an opportunity to see the true Oden.

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One Piece Chapter 958-959 – Orochi’s Scheme

One Piece chapter 958 - The path to Onigashima

The crushing scene devoid of hope with the path to Onigashima before them…

Orochi’s desperation is precipitating towards his actions but given the information he had available and the fears of his downfall which he has been dreading for the past 20 years, it is only natural to see Orochi do whatever he can to avoid having the power he once brutally stole away from the Kozuki Clan now being robbed away from him. Even if it means destroying the bridges that connect the different Islands of Wano Kuni together, Orochi considers that destruction necessary to prevent the rebellion from launching an assault on Onigashima Island. What Orochi has failed to take into account is the ingenuity of the Straw Hat Pirates and what they are capable of in such situations. One way or another, despite Orochi’s efforts and beliefs, the rebellion shall reach Onigashima Island.

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One Piece Chapter 957 – The Rocks Pirates

One Piece chapter 957 - The Rocks Pirates

The Rocks Pirates

So the individual that captained two of the current Yonko – Big Mom and Kaido – was a man called Rocks. And not only that, he ended up catching the attention of Edward “Whitebeard” Newgate who also saw something within Rocks to accept him as his captain. For someone to have had captained three of the future Yonko, what is it that made such potential-laden pirates want to follow Rocks or is it a result of them following Rocks that led them to becoming such infamous names within the current age? For pirates with such strong personalities to come together and work together, a leader of tremendous presence and vision would be required. Merely banding together for fame and fortune wouldn’t be sufficient to maintain the groups direction. Who was Rocks D. Xebec and what led him to want to become King of the World?

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