When you think about how the relationship between Monet and Caesar began it starts to become curious when exactly it did commence. The story implies Monet joined Caesar after he escaped the Marines and returned to Punk Hazard but when you look deeper into that narration, certain discrepancies arise. Would it not be odd if after escaping the Marines and fleeing back to Punk Hazard a year later a stranger Caesar has never met before arrived on an Island that should not exist housing the government’s former secret research facility and requested to work for him? Regardless of Caesar’s twisted nature, he is still a genius and would immediately be suspect of such a person if not kill them on the spot. It is just suspicious. Such a narration really doesn’t add up when looking at the relationship Monet and Caesar shared throughout the Punk Hazard Arc.Continue reading
The keeper of chaos. The broker of darkness. The agent of secrets. The mediator of devastation. The supplier of power. The shadow of the Tenryuubito. Whatever mechanisations were ongoing within the New World, Doflamingo before his fall had his hand turning it. And even now, bound by chains of seastone and locked away on the sixth level of Impel Down, Doflamingo still holds relevance within the events unfolding in the story due to the gaping void left by his departure as Joker. But prior to his defeat, the instruments enabling him to hold such a position were the operatives of his family allowing access to key information necessary for critical decision-making. And among the officers Doflamingo employed, one of his most valuable was the undercover agent Monet.Continue reading
The Tamatebako explosion has damaged the base of Wholecake Chateau causing it to collapse towards the town. In order to save the Big Mom Pirates, Streusen utilises his Devil Fruit ability to change the Wholecake Chateau into cream and sponge ultimately negating the damage the Big Mom Pirates and the citizens would have received from the fall of the Chateau. Having become such a relevant character recently, Streusen’s story will most definitely have a hand in Big Mom’s eventual defeat. Big Mom herself will also likely assist in her own demise as a result of her rage mode. Could Big Mom go so far as eating one of her children while in that state – she has eaten people before while in a frenzied state?
Well this is an awkward position to be in. I have been so strongly for Big Mom being defeated in this arc in my arguments but with this chapter, everything I was expecting has been twisted around completely. In particular, the comment Luffy made about Big Mom being his next target after Kaidou. Does Oda-sensei REALLY plan to deal with Kaidou’s defeat before Big Mom’s? I find myself at a loss for how exactly to structure my thinking now. Will Big Mom be defeated? Or as it now likely appears, will Big Mom be too strong for the Straw Hat Pirates, that they are forced to retreat to live to fight her another day (when the whole crew is gathered)?
Not too much longer now until Capone’s plan is put into action. The pieces have been laid out and all that is left is for Sanji to dodge Pudding’s “kiss” to signal the initiation of the Big Mom assassination plan. Many powerful characters have been named but beyond Big Mom herself and the remaining two Sweet Commanders, I don’t believe we need to worry about the other referenced characters at this point in time. I’m sure the other elder children of Big Mom are powerful but they shouldn’t pose as much danger as the Sweet Commanders. Still, “something” is going to go wrong.
Despite the elaborate plan Capone has come up with to carve out 5 seconds in which Big Mom exposes her vulnerability, every aspect of the plan is based on improbability and the assumption that with so many variables present, nothing unexpected will happen. But this is One Piece and “something” unexpected ALWAYS happens. This time though with Luffy uncontrollably overjoyed about his upcoming entrance, I have this deep sinking feeling shackled by a grating foreboding uneasiness that he will be the one to mess up this carefully calculated plan right from the very start.
Firstly, how did I now realise that HE was Caesar Clown in the previous chapter. I noticed HIM and thought to myself ‘he looks badass, I hope we get to see more of him’. How did I not notice…was it the angle? The stern expression he was wearing? His inclusion within the Firetank Pirates? Whatever it was, well played Oda-sensei, that was a fantastic way to reintroduce Caesar in this arc. With Big Mom as the obstacle within Luffy, Caesar and Capone’s paths, an almost impossible alliance has been formed and it is all thanks to Jinbe who arranged for such a possibility to be made possible.
Out of all the characters, who would have thought that Caesar would be the central person in helping save Zou and the Mink, albeit his assistance was acquired through blackmail, but still nonetheless his actions did end up saving the Mink race. The fact that Oda is placing such focus on Caesar and is going through to the effort to redeem his character somewhat suggest to me that Oda does have future plans for Caesar in being an ally/associate of the Straw Hat Pirates. If Jack and Kaido do have more of Caesar’s weaponry, Caesar being associated with the Straw Hat Pirates will be a huge benefit for them in their upcoming battles against Kaido.
I have become really curious as to why Oda-sensei has decided to leave the “heart-stabbing” of Monet in such an ambiguous note. Firstly, Caesar’s stab was quite shallow and only managed to penetrate a few centimeters in the ‘block of flesh’. Secondly, there is more to consider as to whether what Caesar stabbed really was Monet’s “heart”. The fact that the “heart” was contained inside a ‘block of flesh’ and that the stab was shallow suggest that Oda may have left Monet’s “death” on an ambiguous note on purpose because he may have intended to cover her later in the story, be it through the cover page story or the general story of One Piece.
And so the developments keep on evolving one after another. Something happened in Doflamingo’s past which led him to losing his Tenryuubito title. Doflamingo questions blood and questions fate, those very questions implies that Doflamingo wasn’t exactly your normal Tenryuubito who held a complete superiority complex over all. It is a shame Doflamingo wants to focus on crushing the Strawhats one by one because I am intrigued by this past of his which he has been briefly mentioning. What exactly happened to Doflamingo in the past?