As the Beast Pirates overwhelm the Samurai rebellion with sheer numbers, the likelihood of the raid succeeding decreases with every moment. Though unbeknownst to both parties, Tama has made herself a player within this war and took it upon herself to change the very flow of the battle with the assistance of Nami, Usopp, Komachiyo, Speed and the other Beast Pirates she had pacified. The pieces in play which the Beast Pirates expected to slowly devastate the rebellion are now being turned again them thanks to Tama’s Kibi Dango. Each and every SMILE user present on Onigashima are being rounded up and converted into allies against Kaido’s forces. What the Beast Pirates and CP0 thought to be an expected result is now rapidly crumbling into chaos revealing the ignorance consuming the Beast Pirates. Destiny beckons and the nine shadows begin to make their way into the light.Continue reading
Crocodile felt it. Enel felt it. Rob Lucci felt it. Moria felt it. Hody felt it. Caesar felt it. Doflamingo felt it. Katakuri nurtured it. The Marines realise it. The World Government fears it. Whitebeard recognized it. Ace sacrificed his life for it. Shanks ignited it. Buggy is envious of it. Law supports it. Big Mom’s territory was shaken by it. And now that storm known as Luffy is targeting the strongest creature in world, Kaido, whom is seriously underestimating the threat this one rookie poses. And can bet such disrespect will undeniably lead to Kaido’s downfall.
What an interesting turn of events with Gyukimaru being the fox, Onimaru, a companion of the Daimyo of Ringo who passed away shortly after Wano Kuni was lost to Kaido and Orochi. Onimaru took it upon himself to protect the honour of all those who passed away in Ringo from having their graves disturbed by the Beast Pirates. He also took himself to see Kawamatsu’s mission through once Kawamatsu unexpectedly disappeared one day. For twenty years, he too has been fighting for the day when Wano Kuni can be reclaimed.
Hiyori is quickly being built up as the secret weapon of Wano Kuni no one knows about save Zoro and Kawamatsu. Despite the prisoners of Udon rallying behind Momonosuke as the son of Oden, Momonosuke has no right to ask them to lay their lives down to save the world still fresh in his mind given his lack of suffering alongside the rest of them. As conveyed by Shutemaru earlier in the arc, just because they are figures from the past who the people of Wano Kuni once knew, that does not mean the people have to follow them. The fate required in the upcoming battle demands an ironclad level of respect and honour. Something which I believe Hiyori earned based on how she has been continually fighting for her family’s dream over the last 20 years.
Even though minimal coverage has been focused on Kozuki Oden as a character relative to the Wano Kuni Arc, he has been established as an honourable and powerful character, one who cared about the country of Wano Kuni and wished for it to genuinely prosper both economically and socially. With his son now standing in his position foreign to the weight shouldered on such a leadership role, how will Momonosuke react to the responsibility and courage asked of him? From now on, Momonosuke cannot merely reside in the background and leave the mess in the Wano Kuni for someone else to clean up, he has to proactively lead the eyes asking questions of him to fight for their own freedom and future.
As expected Luffy has put his foot in his mouth and attracted the wrath of an enraged Linlin. Fortunately for him, Linlin has not seen passed his disguise and realised who he is but chances are high that Linlin will come to recognize who Luffytaro is once he escapes the Prisoner Mines. What I am curious about is whether Big Mom will retain some of her core kindness once she remembers and reverts back to her fully realised Big Mom self.
It’s on! The clash between two monstrous pirates has began and the stage is the Prisoner Mines. You can bet though that Luffy will be incorporated into the fight given Kid and Killer’s lives being on the line. You can also bet that Luffy will attract Linlin and Queen’s chagrin once he reveals that there is no O-Shiruko left because he ate it all up. The glorious, unexpected and unknown thorn in both their sides will continue to distress their egos.
What tragic treatment of people by the representative who was meant to protect them. For the leader of Wano Kuni to treat his people as disposable as garbage, how utterly inhumane. I expected Orochi to behave in such a deplorable manner but even with that expectation, it is still hard to comprehend that a person can go through with such cruelty. Orochi knowingly included the failed SMILE’s in the left over food for the outer Wano villages and intentionally desired them to consume the fruits and have their emotions stripped away save for smiling and laughing. All because Orochi considered their grieving for their deceased loved ones an inconvenience and annoyance. How far will Orochi morally fall before he is satisfied?
Death in One Piece for present time characters is handled in a peculiar manner where certain criteria need to be met before that specific character can be killed off. Ultimately in One Piece, present time named characters don’t per se “die”. Sure they may be physically killed off but their memory still exist within those they leave behind which in sense keeps their essence alive. Death is very romanticized in One Piece and won’t just happen because the situation calls for a death. Instead, the theme of Inherited Will largely dictates when a character has transitioned into one who is able to be killed off. Tonoyasu has with his speech and relation to the people of Ebisu become a character whose will was inherited. Unlike previous occasions where characters have come back from seemingly fatal circumstances, Tonoyasu is sadly really dead.
The Witching Hour Boy prior to this chapter was such an uncertain variable, that I couldn’t anticipate how the character would be used within this story arc. He was important given his rejections of Orochi’s ways and yet was a complete mystery because all we knew about him beyond a silhouette were passing stories of him. With the Witching Hour Boy now being given a face and context behind his actions of rebellion, it makes it much clearer analyzing how he fits into the Wano Kuni story. Tonoyasu has the ability to unite the common people of Wano Kuni against Orochi be it directly through his actions or indirectly through his death, which at this point in time driven by his foreboding statement at the end of the chapter, seems to be a very real prospect. Continue reading