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One Piece Chapter 1050 - Momonosuke arrives at the Flower Capital with Hiyori and the conscious Akazaya Samurai


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One Piece Chapter 1050 – Wano’s Samurai

One Piece Chapter 1050 - Momonosuke arrives at the Flower Capital with Hiyori and the conscious Akazaya Samurai

He won. Luffy won. He challenged the world’s strongest creature and together with the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai alliance, the forces of Kaido were defeated. The twenty year long night that began when Oden died has finally been illuminated by the glimmer of hope awaiting in the future. Momonosuke in turn has also saved the Samurai and arrived in the Flower Capital with the Akazaya Samurai (those that can stand) and Hiyori to declare an end to the night and usher in a new dawn for the people of Wano Kuni. The time that stopped on the day Oden died has begun to move again with the arrival of his children, Momonosuke and Hiyori, and the Samurai who believed in them.

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Edens Zero Chapter 192 - Weisz's mother is reintroduced


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Edens Zero Chapter 192 – Weisz VS Killer: Love And Trauma

Edens Zero Chapter 192 - Weisz's mother is reintroduced

The pain of losing a loved one is an incomparable experience forever etched in the minds and hearts of those left in the wake of the tragedy. For those that remain, the life characterised by the people lost suddenly exist as an unfamiliar frame within which echoes of grief reside. Grief in the form of numbness that embodies the void left when those cherished within your life are gone. With time, the setting of your heart readjusts as you come to accept the pain and embrace the desire to move forward into a world where your loved one whom has passed no more exist.

Such is the case with Weisz, who had his mother stolen from him by the inhuman schemes of Drakken. He accepted the death of his mother and came to acknowledge the grief overwhelming his heart when faced with the man who killed her. But now, within the Subdimension Program Killer has entrapped him within, he finds out that his mother may not have died. The world within his heart that had readjusted to move forward within a reality that didn’t have his mother now tears itself open to reveal the scenery that existed when his mother was a part of his world. Love and the trauma associated with it resurface instantaneously.

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One Piece Episode 1015 - Yamato farewells Ace as he leaves Onigashima


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[Analysis] One Piece – Why Yamato Will Leave Wano After Kaido’s Defeat

One Piece Episode 1015 - Yamato farewells Ace as he leaves Onigashima

Looking at Yamato as a character, Oda-sensei introduced them in a very specific way that directed him toward Luffy. From the fact that Luffy was the person Yamato was waiting for to Yamato’s expression of wanting to travel aboard Luffy’s ship. There wasn’t much hesitation in Yamato’s mind about leaving with the Straw Hat Pirates once Wano was liberated and its borders opened. In order to make a case for Yamato remaining in Wano, the narrative would need to entrench Yamato and his desires within the plot threads of Wano but as at chapter 1049, that has not yet happened (potentially it still could). Rather, Yamato leaving with Luffy has only been reinforced.

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One Piece Episode 1015 - Yamato shares a drink with Ace


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[Theory] One Piece – Yamato The Master Brewer/Zymurgist

One Piece Episode 1015 - Yamato shares a drink with Ace

Leading up towards the conclusion for the Wano Arc (as at chapter 1049), discussion regarding Yamato’s role aboard the Thousand Sunny in the case they join has been debated very broadly as certainty remains lacking within the established story. Nothing extends out as definite but there are notable possibilities promoted. I for one have been championing the Stonemason theory. Recently though, I have been made aware of the Master Brewer possibility. Initially, I conceived that role as an intensely uninspiring one but the more I think about Master Brewer, the more plausible it seems, especially when you bring into the equation Oden.

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Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 108 - Dogramag Dragon form


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Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 108 – Dogramag: The Labyrinth Awakens

Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 108 - Dogramag Dragon form

What a fascinating twist to bring Dogramag into the focus. The uneasiness felt throughout the arc concerning the sentience surrounding the Labyrinth wasn’t just mere agitation. For the Labyrinth to exist in a living state, it quickly became apparent that Dogramag merged his spirit with the surrounding Earth that he formed into a Labyrinth. It was unclear if the life force stored in the Labyrinth possessed consciousness or whether it operated according to the parameters of Dogramag’s residual will that remained from his self prior to be defeated by Elefseria. We learn within this chapter that Dogramag still retained his consciousness when he shifted his life force within Elefseria’s heart before merging it with the surrounding Earth. I suspected as much when it was first revealed the Labyrinth was alive that Dogramag, the weakest of the Six Dragon Gods, bridged any gap in power that existed with moments of cunning. This astuteness represented itself in Dogramag’s ability to keep himself alive even after being defeated by Elefseria over a hundred years ago. What remains a mystery still is why Dogramag chose the form of a Labyrinth.

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Edens Zero Chapter 191 - Weisz meets his mother in the subdimension program


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Edens Zero Chapter 191 – Eclipsed Memories

Edens Zero Chapter 191 - Weisz meets his mother in the subdimension program

It is incredibly curious how the main aspects driving the current story forward are the events which have transpired in the past for the characters. Equally as relevant as the happenings taking place in the present are the occurrences from the past the characters were involved in. Case in point, Ziggy, the actions he took in the past has set the foundation for this entire conflict. Before Dark Ziggy’s arrival, base Ziggy had put a plan in motion. The complete specifics are unknown but as Shiki is beginning to suspect, base Ziggy foresaw the arrival of Dark Ziggy and established countermeasures, one of which being Shiki himself. The past and memories concealed within the shadows of the mind apply to every other character as well. It goes beyond just motivations and into the realm of existence. How does ones past influence their present and in the case of memories being omitted, can it change a character completely?

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One Piece Chapter 1049 - Luffy punches Kaido


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One Piece Chapter 1049 – Luffy VS Kaido: Joy Boy

One Piece Chapter 1049 - Luffy punches Kaido

The chapter framed itself within the context of Luffy representing Joy Boy, an existence prophecised to precipitate change. Within the narrative of an unfair world ruled by the whims of unjust nobles, the suffering of the people gave rise to a longing for liberation. Those aware of the legends of Joy Boy came to believe in its manifestation and approached life with such a thought in mind. King saw Joy Boy in Kaido. And despite Kaido’s doubt in Joy Boy’s existence, he had hoped for the contrary. The World Government feared Joy Boy and attempted to hid his existence from the world. Oden came to find out the importance of Joy Boy and desired to open Wano for this person. And finally, there is Yamato, who realised the identity of Joy Boy while grieving over Ace’s death. The man Yamato has waited for since that day. Within this chapter, the threads of Joy Boy all converged onto Luffy who drove his fist down from the heavens and sent Kaido flying into the depths of the Earth. A display that illustrated the overwhelming nature of Luffy’s Haki that has now knocked down the world’s strongest creature.

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Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 107 - Selene and Ignia clash


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Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 107 – Selene VS Ignia: Diversion

Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Chapter 107 - Selene and Ignia clash

Ignia presents himself as such an entitled fool. He has disillusioned himself to the point of believing he is the strongest existence walking the Earth Land but where was he when the real threats of the world endangered life and brought everything to the brink of annihilation? Ah, that is right, he was hiding in Guiltina away from Acnologia. Ignia keeps mentioning he was stronger than Acnologia and that he would have killed Acnologia had he met him. But all Ignia has to pad his claims are words. Hollow, exaggerated, meaningless words. At no time during the 400 years Acnologia was present did Ignia even attempt to face him. Not even when Acnologia himself was present in Guiltina during the attempt Gildarts made at the 100-year-quest. Ignia hid. And now he has the gall to preach himself as the hero who could have taken down Acnologia? Sorry but I don’t buy that. Ignia is much weaker than he believes. His claim of being stronger than Acnologia is just a fantasy. A diversion from reality his mind enraptured his belief in to cope with his own inabilities. Even now, against Selene, he used a moment of distraction to capitalize on Selene’s weakened guard. The path Ignia has before him is one where the bitter reality of truth will come crashing down on him.

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Edens Zero Chapter 190 - Rebecca equips Happy guns


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Edens Zero Chapter 190 – Rebecca VS Clown: Nightmare

Edens Zero Chapter 190 - Rebecca equips Happy guns

Clowns are often representative of entertainment but beyond the joy they reflect onto children, they also find symbolic meaning in nightmares within pop culture. This is why horror themed settings feature Clowns and amusement parks prominently within its narrative. There is a certain inherent terror sourced from subjects that embody innocence such as clowns, nuns, dolls or children. One of the most well known and genuinely terrifying horror characters is a clown (Pennywise). Following in tune with such a depiction, Clown’s Requip mode is a Nightmare version of his self. One that reflects the darker side of clowns. And true to its portrayal, the ominous cloud of terror is immediately felt as Rebecca disappears from sight leaving just Pino and Happy alone with Clown. (Pro tip: Don’t talk to clowns that happen to be in sewers).

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One Piece Chapter 1048 - Luffy and Kaido's final attack


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One Piece Chapter 1048 – The Weight Of 20 Years

One Piece Chapter 1048 - Luffy and Kaido's final attack

The climatic moment approaches with the weight from decades of pain, suffering and death characterising it. Oden was Wano’s hero but on the day he died, the night representing such a tragedy never ended. Its darkness continued for 20 years encapsulating the whole of Wano and bringing about a reality defined in misery and destruction. Throughout such devastation, a single hope remained in the hearts of the people of Wano. A hope symbolizing the Moon reflecting the light from the Sun within the darkness. Toki’s prophecy of the dawn in 20 years time. On that prophecised day, Wano will be set free and the sun will once again shine on its people. The hope of Wano across 20 years have amassed on this day and the representation of it lies in the form of a titanic fist thrusting itself down from the Heavens onto the embodiment of darkness imprisoning Wano.

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