The Ope Ope no Mi, the light of salvation at the end of the darkness gripping the very life of a young boy victim to the greed of minds unconcerned for any interest outside their own. A legendary Devil Fruit capable of performing “miracles” and the only solution available to Law for curing his Amber Lead Sickness. Rosinante, aware of the state Law is in and the lack of time available to him, resolves to go against both the Donquixote Pirates and the Marines, in order to secure the Ope Ope no Mi and save Law.
The knowledge that the Ope Ope no Mi was up for sale did come in the form of bait for Rosinante from Doflamingo, who has suspected his younger brother of feeding the Marines intel. I guess it was obvious that Doflamingo would notice the strange circumstances surrounding the reduction of Marine activity while Rosinante was away and make the connection between the two. Rosinante expected this and as a result put into play an operation that uses both the knowledge gained from Doflamingo and the Marines to his advantage, all in order to steal the Ope Ope no Mi and give it to Law.
Rosinante truly utilised the abilities of his Devil Fruit smartly to catch the sellers of the Ope Ope no Mi off guard and create a moment which he could exploit to gain possession of the Ope Ope no Mi. Got to love how he used silence to create the chaos necessary for him to create more chaos which he then used to steal the Ope Ope no Mi. Sadly for Rosinante though, just as he was about to succeed in his escape, the unfortunate characteristic of his existence embraced him and his clumsiness led to him being caught by the very group he just stole from.
With Rosinante captured and Law on the edge of life and death, how will the Ope Ope no Mi finds its way into Law’s possession? Will a third-party be involved in bringing about such a situation or will Rosinante find a possibility in the dicey situation he has ended up in? Certainly the circumstances surrounding Rosinante will have to develop towards him eventually meeting up with Doflamingo where he will ultimately lose his life. Given the title of the chapter – The Island of Fate: Minion, it is highly likely that Rosinante loses his life on Minion and the events driving Law all relate to what is about to take place on this Island. This also includes Law’s run-in with Vergo and the traumatising beating he suffered at Vergo’s hands.
The mention of a legendary doctor who gained famed thanks to the abilities of the Ope Ope no Mi did catch my interest, such a mention by Oda does imply further relevance later on in the story. This leaves me wondering, how exactly will the story of that legendary doctor come into play? Is it connected to one of the characters in the One Piece story already revealed and what were the exact implications on the perception of those curious of the miracles he performed? Did people witness to his “miracles” begin to crave after the fruit and its power? The fact that the story is stated to be true rather than a legend suggest that it was recently relevant in the past.
It is interesting to note that Monet, when she first found out about Law and read that he possessed the Ope Ope no Mi, she immediately made note of Law being a doctor as if she knew the value a doctor wielding the Ope Ope no Mi held. Monet expressed further knowledge of the Ope Ope no Mi by being aware of what it was capable of doing shown when she requested Law to help the former prisoners on Punk Hazard whose bodies had been damaged by the effects of the poison gas. Monet at the very least knew that Law could attach new limbs onto the former prisoners with the Ope Ope no Mi. Seeing as Monet had replaced her arms and legs with that of bird limbs does suggest that she may have been searching for the user of the Ope Ope no Mi or at least held some interest in the fruit and/or its user.
This leaves me wondering, how exactly did Monet come to know about the Ope Ope no Mi and what it was capable of? Seeing as both Caesar and Robin have no idea of the worth the Ope Ope no Mi holds let alone what it is capable of, it seems safe to assume that knowledge of the Ope Ope no Mi wasn’t common knowledge but information that one would only come to know if they researched it and/or made effort to get to know about it. Monet may have gained interest in the Ope Ope no Mi if and when she discovered the story of the legendary Doctor performing miracles, or Monet could have heard about it from another person knowledgeable of the Ope Ope no Mi =/. With snow being such an apparent feature of the weather on Minion in this chapter, I do wonder if the character most associated with snow, Monet, is going to become relevant. Will Monet meet Doflamingo at Minion, or has she already been recruited into his crew and now stationed on Minion to keep watch over the former Marines and in particular the Devil Fruit they possess. I wonder if Monet will come to learn about the Ope Ope no Mi directly from Rosinante or whether she will overhear a particular conversation between Rosinante and the Diez Barrels.
I love how Oda-sensei is utilising subtle hints to convey connections with places and people already introduced into the story. The kingdom Rosinante and Law visited in the start of this chapter linked back to the kingdom revealed during Noland’s flashback – the Lvneel Kingdom, where Noland was born. Additionally, there were hints given that link a certain character revealed in one of the panels to being a young X Drake. The former Marine desiring to sell the Ope Ope no Mi is called Diez Barrels, which is interesting seeing as the “X” in X Drake is read as “Diez”. Diez Barrels also shares similar facial features to Drake, so he could be Drake’s father. Dorry also sounds very similar to how Drake’s name is read – “Doreku”. Finally, the setting of the events in the flashback take place in North Blue where Drake is from. In all likelihood Oda-sensei is shrewdly revealing some of Drake’s past.