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
If the Beast Pirates knew beforehand that Okobore Town were associated with Linlin would they have acted differently? They certainly would have reconsidered burning the town to the ground and chosen a path more merciful if only to save themselves later down the line. But such a thing didn’t happen and now Big Mom’s anger has been directed toward Kaido’s followers who harmed those she is indebted to. Even with her positioned at the top of the criminal world, she has principles she adheres to and injuring those who showed kindness to her is one of those lines she dare not cross. Big Mom never had any loyalty to the alliance with the Beast Pirates and only endured it as a necessary stepping stone on her path toward her dream. If Linlin’s treatment of Page One is anything to go by, she is mad and those that burned Okobure Town to the ground now have the shadow of death behind them. The code of honor they failed to follow will now be beaten into them.Continue reading
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
Aside from the events transpiring within the Live Floor with the Ice Oni plague and against Ulti and Page One, the rest of chapter focused primarily on the allies the Straw Hat Pirates have accumulated over their journey. Each of the allies highlighted within the past few chapters have been positioned at integral areas to assist the Straw Hat Pirates within this war. The allies that have yet to make reappearances such as Law and Kid will appear in moments when the Straw Hat Pirates look to be overwhelmed i.e. when Luffy faces off against Kaido. At present though, Marco is looking to prevent Big Mom from stopping the Straw Hat Pirates. Carrot and Wanda have engaged Perospero with the intent to defeat him. Drake is targeting Apoo who holds the “antibody” for the Ice Oni plague. And Tama has arrived to save Nami and Usopp from the attacks of Ulti and Page One. Each of the allies didn’t have to fight alongside the Straw Hat Pirates but they have all chosen to. Such is the attraction of the Straw Hat Pirates and in particular, their captain, Monkey D. Luffy.Continue reading
This chapter made me smile so much. Rather than dance around the middle tier opponents, Oda-sensei recognizes Luffy’s growth he conveyed in previous arcs and has immediately set-up the Luffy VS Jack battle. It would have been troublesome if Holdem gave Luffy a hard time, so its exciting to see Luffy’s strength reciprocated in his actions against the Beast Pirates. Luffy is strong and after having fought with Katakuri, he is ready to take on the Beast Pirates Calamities/Disasters. No need to consume time and pages focusing on Luffy against the sub-sub-leaders of the Beast Pirates. Regardless of whether Holdem remains relevant to the arc after this chapter, he got served the Caesar treatment by Luffy. At best if Holden returns, he will be matched up against another Straw Hat Pirate.
Based on how Kiku wielded her katana to chop off Urashima’s top-knot, Kiku seems to be incredibly capable as a swordsman, but given her uncertainty as to how to react with chaos igniting the situation, Kiku most likely does not have much practical fighting experience beyond sparring. Fortunately a moment has arrived to inspire Kiku with a situation where she will have no choice but to utilise the training she has had. The Beast Pirates have arrived and the only way out of this situation and saving Tama would be fighting.
How does Hawkins get people to follow him when the main purpose for their inclusion is to serve as bodies taking damage for Hawkins? Whenever Hawkins is damaged, that damage transfers over to one of the bodies he has targeted with his Devil Fruit ability. Surely if people knew what fate awaited them if they were to associate with Hawkins, one would think it would be hard to find people ready to follow Hawkins. Do those followers not know about Hawkins’s Devil Fruit or are they that committed? Hopefully this arc expands on that because I am very curious to learn more about Hawkins’s backstory.
As expected, the Beast Pirates are within Wano Kuni and it didn’t take long before they were introduced within the arc story. Kaido currently has some factories set up within Wano Kuni producing something not yet currently revealed – Weapons? Chemicals? Ships? What was surprising was seeing the leader in charge of the group scouting the area of Wano Kuni where Luffy landed being Basil Hawkins.