With the Straw Hat Pirates rapidly set upon by Big Mom, what can they do to escape the Island and her territory? Will they be able to outrun Big Mom? Will they fight? Will they somehow manage to quell Big Mom’s rampage? And even if they do, what will that change? Big Mom despises Luffy and other than a miracle stretched to its extreme’s, Big Mom and Luffy will continue to be at odds with one another, especially with them both vying for the title of Pirate King. Would the truth behind Mother Caramel’s disappearance affect that relation? I somehow doubt it given the focus the Big Mom Pirates have received as antagonist but what will be interesting is whether Big Mom will be exposed to the truth about Mother Caramel within this arc or in a future arc.
As much as I wanted the plan to succeed and go off without a stutter, it is as expected, the whole plan went to the dogs. Big Mom’s rage went beyond expectations, and as a result the KX Launcher missiles failed to penetrate her Haki and unfortunately for Caesar, his moment to be the hand of divinity reaching down to save ‘the less blessed’ plebs was prematurely cut short before it even began with the mirror he was in possession of shattering and sealing their escape path. With the Big Mom Pirates having reorganised themselves and Big Mom having directed all her rage towards the Straw Hat Pirates, will a straight-up versus’s scenario play out or are there other factors at work that will define the flow of the current chaos?
What an unexpected development yet something so characteristic of the Straw Hat Pirates i.e. Sanji. I am glad my own perception of Pudding was able to be humbled by the truth/trauma hidden behind her nastiness and deceit. I was passionate about Pudding’s duplicity yet after that flashback and getting an idea of the suffering Pudding endured that led her to wrap herself in such an antagonistic personality, I can finally understand why she acts the way she does. It was a psychological defensive mechanism born from the pain, anger and heartbreak of her treatment by her family. Pudding was a victim of others ignorance and as a result she came to develop an emotionless outlook on life.
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.
Thank goodness Sanji, you have finally come back to your senses and realised what you need to do…Now run Sanji, run! Luffy is waiting for you! Starving himself to express how much the Straw Hat Pirates need you. Pushing himself passed his limits to keep the promise he made with you. Save Luffy, Sanji!!
Oh wow, so Pudding wasn’t who she made herself out to be, I am so glad. I am so glad the immense suspicion I had for Pudding and the uneasiness I felt from her character were correctly placed. I so wanted to believe in Pudding’s “pure” side but the imbalance of her character within the context of this arc made it painfully hard not to doubt her character. It was grating and unpleasant not to believe her kindness when there was no concrete reason to doubt her action, so I am glad, glad that I didn’t misjudge a character and blacken my heart in error. Pudding not being the kind and pure girl she pretended to be and instead being rotten to core also helps convey to myself that I am not as confused with the flow of this story arc as I had initially concluded.
Okay, I don’t get Pudding, what is Oda-sensei planning with her? Was she really innocent and genuine? Are there no ulterior motives behind that cheerful smile of hers? Were the tears she shed really ones conveying her resolve to change the dark outcome about to result if she chooses to do nothing? Is Pudding really serious about going against Big Mom and destroying the very plans her mother has set-up? I just don’t get it. I don’t see Pudding dying yet but I am very curious to see what Oda-sensei has planned for her during the remainder of this arc.
I don’t know if it just me but something about Pudding just seems off. She seems too pure to be exactly who she appears to be. Pudding is nice, considerate, innocent, seemingly gentle, apparently naive, a cook (chocolate) and she is pretty to top it all off. None of those characteristics match with Big Mom at all. So far Oda-sensei has made it a point to illustrate the similarity between her children and herself, whether aesthetically, psychologically, or personality-wise. There has been something we could connect between the child and Big Mom. And for this reason, I find Pudding incredibly suspicious and a concerning element within the arc.
With the alliance between the Straw Hat Pirates, the Mink race and the Kouzuki Clan established, we are finally onto the arc featuring Sanji and his arranged marriage with one of Big Mom’s daughters (the 35th). With Sanji so out of focus for the past few years and barely getting any decent battle coverage, it is refreshing and deserving that we get an entire arc centered around him, his past and his family. In addition to Sanji, we are also getting the Big Mom Pirates and her
Wonderland Totto Land revealed.