What a exhilarating display of power, technique and composure by Jinbe. I am left in awe. To handle the six forms of the Cipher Pol secret arts and to defend, evade and then counter them. Jinbe is a master for a reason. Who’s Who has been utterly bested. The battle is over but Who’s Who will not be killed by Jinbe as the CP-0 expect. And unbeknownst to the CP-0, there are others present on Onigashima that possess more dangerous knowledge of the secrets hidden in the past that the World Government wishes kept buried (Momonosuke, Yamato, Kaido and Robin).Continue reading
What an interesting revelation conveyed through Who’s Who’s circumstances at the end of the chapter. A former CP-9 agent that existed as a rival to Rob Lucci until the incident that led to the loss of the Gomu Gomu no Mi 12 years ago. Seemingly as Who’s Who was guarding the ship the Gomu Gomu no Mi was kept on, a pirate crew attacked (Red Haired Pirates) and made off with the fruit. Why did the Gomu Gomu no Mi need to be protected by the World Government and why was it so important that the failure to protect it led to Who’s Who’s imprisonment? It’s odd. Wasn’t the Gomu Gomu no Mi just a random Devil Fruit with seemingly no apparent overwhelming qualities? If that is not the case, does the true powers of the Gomu Gomu no Mi reveal itself when the fruit is awakened? Or was the fruit being guarded merely because Im had a vision or feeling that the Gomu Gomu no Mi would eventually lead to the World Governments downfall?Continue reading
Surrounded and alone amidst the cross hairs of the Beast Pirates, Momonosuke questions how he should act with an injured ally incapacitated before him. Should he abandon his comrade and attempt an escape or would a more noble act involve struggling alongside his comrade regardless of the outcome? Conflicted with such a choice, Momonosuke looks passed his own desires and begins to wonder how a shogun would act. In that moment with the executioners axe swinging down, a challenger arrives to defy the very age the Beast Pirates have constructed. The daughter of Kaido, Yamato, cast her faith in with the Kozuki family and stands firm against the Beast Pirates with the intention of destroying Kaido’s hold over Wano Kuni and defending its future shogun from the assaults of his attackers.Continue reading
Betraying every underestimation cast upon them by the rulers of the sea, the Straw Hat Pirates break through the arrogance of the Yonko and stamp their existence deeply within the Yonko’s rage. With the ripples of their presence ignored until impossible, chaos has taken over and erupted because of them. Right now, with the identity of the age on the brink, they have gathered. The Straw Hat Pirates have finally assembled. All ten current members. And Luffy has his sight set firmly on Kaido with the intention of sending him flying. The Beast Pirates who impede his path become the targets of the Straw Hat Pirates. War has begun. And the challengers have made their move.Continue reading
How unreal, how thrilling, how satisfying, how joyous, how exhilarating – it is about time that the Knight of the Sea, Jinbe, joins the Straw Hat Pirates. For over a decade many have been waiting for Boss Jinbe to join being teased on several occasions by almost circumstances but finally, it is official! The Straw Hat Pirates have their helmsman and onward to Onigashima Island to take down Kaido and Big Mom. If Oda-sensei has any other plans for introducing any future Straw Hat Pirate members or developing them, this is the moment to do it in with at least one Yonko about to be defeated.
How wild. How creatively shrewd Oda-sensei. So the events in the previous chapter actually occurred. Rather than any sort of delusion or memory altering ability, the Straw Hat Pirates escaped out of sheer will and through the presence of their allies. Wadatsumi did what only he could do and that was to switch the Thousand Sunny with the Sun Pirates Ship and attempt to escape with the Straw Hat Pirates stored inside his mouth. He almost got away but now with the Sun Pirates helmed by their Captain, the “Knight of the Sea” Jinbe, the Straw Hat Pirates should be able gain enough distance to escape. The only obstacle left now, Big Mom.
With Big Mom’s hunger growing so to is her fury which is now erupting onto the Straw Hat Pirates. As she rampages on board the Thousand Sunny, you can feel the desperation within Big Mom’s anger and see just how single-minded she has become. Intent on tasting the Wedding Cake, she has become unconcerned with her own well-being and is pushing herself passed her limits in hopes of satisfying the abyss that is her appetite. Oblivious to the truth, Big Mom continues to rage, without end. Burning through her vitality, tiring her body and most importantly deepening the hunger eating away at her being, Big Mom is straining herself beyond the familiar and into the unknown. How long will Big Mom last? And how satisfying with the taste of the Wedding Cake be when she does inevitably end up eating it?
If Big Mom wasn’t strong enough already, she has now entered a state that surpasses even her rage induced frenzy. Who exactly is Charlotte Linlin and how did she get so powerful? Her further rise in strength further supports Big Mom being taken out by the cake Sanji, Pudding and Chiffon have made. No one comes close to Big Mom’s strength currently and other than Big Mom falling from the satisfaction of having tasted the sweetest treat she never knew existed, I don’t see any other way to defeat her based on the information we currently have available.
Being so blinded by the desire to want to see Jinbe and Sanji highlighted in battle, I found myself forgetting that there is another aspect of their character that can be highlighted to showcase their growth and value within the New World and that aspect is that of the roles they embody within the Straw Hat Pirates. Jinbe expressed his value wholeheartedly this chapter as he maneuvered the Thousand Sunny out from certain doom with his Helmsman skills. As readers, we got a taste of how the Straw Hat Pirates have gained a strength with the addition of Jinbe.
I expected Katakuri to be powerful given his bounty and position within the Big Mom Pirates but I didn’t expect his attacks to mirror Luffy’s within this battle. Is Oda-sensei really trying to nail down in Luffy’s mind the point that his current attack style is not sufficient to tackle the threats he will face within the New World. Katakuri painfully showed that in a battle, power is just as relevant as technique and style. In terms of Luffy going forward, this battle is illustrating that he will both need to evolve his fighting style and find ways of applying more power behind his existing techniques. The final(?) trump card Luffy has left to play is Gear Fourth. Will Katakuri be able to counter that form as well? Somehow I find that just like Cracker, Katakuri will struggle but unlike Cracker I don’t believe he will be defeated yet.