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One Piece (Beware, spoilers)

FelixSH

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Yeah, you're right. Maybe it was naive of me, but when this arc started, I expected it to be an arc without much action, or at least lower-scale. Certainly didn't expect it to develop in this way.

I start to get the feeling you're right about the giants. At least the possibility is there. God, I really hope they won't die, it would break my heart.
 

FelixSH

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Fun chapter, had a blast. Rob Lucci showed more humanity than ever before. First, he is scared (at least that's what it looked like), and than he asks for his partner to be spared. Crazy. He actually did change, I don't see the Lucci from Water 7 caring for any of the other CP9 members.

I still love the Nika form. It's so much fun. The giants are incredibly strong, aren't they? That weird Emperor Haki scream didn't really do anything to them, while it hurt(?) Luffy in Nika form.

Three weeks break. I'm so sad. I hope Oda uses it well, and rests a bit.
 
Yeah, another great chapter. I suspect Luffy wasn't really hurt by that, just reacted in a cartoony way as is that form's wont

Re: break, we've got three weeks and then one chapter, and then another one-week break for Golden Week. So there'll only be one chapter in all of April, then back to normal in May. A well-deserved break (as they all are, honestly), hope he gets some R&R!
 

FelixSH

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Man, I really want Oda to get the break he deserves, because that man does deserve a break so, so much. I want him to have time he can spend with his kid (I think he has one?), and his wive, and just have a bit of relaxed fun. But only one chapter in five weeks, especially now, with the manga ON FIRE, that pains me a bit.

Still, Oda deserves all the breaks.
 

SpoonyBard

Threat Rhyme
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I wonder if part of the reason for the extended break is Toriyama's death? Wouldn't be surprised.

The past few chapters have been a rollercoaster, for sure. Predictions are gonna go wild during the break, no doubt.
 

FelixSH

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The friend who is watching through the anime has finished Thriller Bark. "I want to live" and "nothing happened" did land as expected, Water 7 is his favorit arc, and he enjoyed Foxy, which made me very happy.

Really exciting stuff in the near future. So much cool stuff. Alone seeing Crocodile and Buggy again, but also so, so much more.
 

FelixSH

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I guess not, because we already had Kumas flashback, but this feels like the intro to a flashback to Joyboys life.

In any case, we now know that Joyboy was the first pirate. Which can mean a lot, but I'm now all the more curious about the Void Century.
 
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For now I dunno where the series is going with that idea, unless before Joyboy they had either no boats or no crime - or no world-spanning oceans, given the previous revelation
 

FelixSH

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Aside from what actually happens, it's so nice to see all these old faces again. I laughed in joy, when we see Foxy. Yeah, not even spoilering that, it's just one or two panels, and nothing relevant happens. Just so nice seeing him again. And other minor antagonists. Really nice.

Also, regarding your point Pombar, I maybe it just means that a pirate is the enemy of the world nobels, the ones who won the ancient war. And everyone who went against their rule was then named a pirate. Considering how hard it is to travel from island to island, and a weapon being used that makes the water rise (or let the land sink), maybe one with a ship that isn't accepted by the authorities is a pirate? Eh, probably not.

Alsoalso, Evil Gandhi is clearly one of the top sword users of the world (and his design is AMAZING). I would love to see him fight Mihawk. Generally, I want to see a serious Mihawk fight. Doesn't have to be against Zorro, even though that would be nice.
 
These chapters have been less great to read week-to-week but I imagine will add up to one long revelatory sequence that'll work fine when read in the future. Still waiting for whatever big reveal will presumably cap it all off at the end - or whether we'll even get it entirely, or just a tease as Vegapunk's message gets cut off at the last minute
 

FelixSH

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Yeah, I kinda expect the spoilered part.

Man, when this arc started, I expected it to be a shorter one. How long has it already been? Two years? Just Vegapunks recording has to be going on for two months (due to the breaks), and we had the long flashback, plus so much happening. I still love the arc, but I want to get to the next island so baaaad.
 

FelixSH

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The big picture with all the giants is so great. I love how Oda draws grins, and they grin all the time. Never fail to put a smile on my face. Also, have we seen their ship before? It's so great. I know, repeating myself, but all the giant designs, including the ship, are so much fun to look at.

Two vice admirals show that they are quite strong. Hurting giants isn't nothing. But then, they could be hurt for a long time, they aren't invisible in any way. Still, quite neat.

Also, dammit, but I guess it was to be expected that they stopped the message in the last second. I also didn't expect the Iron Giant to go down so easily.

Oh, and Zorro blocked an attack by an Elder Star. That's amazing in itself, but I also didn't expect anything less of him. We are near the end, he should be an incredibly powerful sword fighter by now.
 
Yeah, not too much unexpected here but wrapped up this little episode well. Was a great moment for Zoro for sure. This is someone who cut Kaido, after all, seems only fair his attack would force one of the five elders to redirect his own.
 
Joyboy+Joygirl made for a fun panel! Last chapter seemed so concludey, but seems there's a bit more life left in this episode (and in that Robot?? It was a bit anticlimactic that all it did was walk around broadcasting then get blown up, so hopefully we get a cool moment from it before this is actually all over for reals this time
 

FelixSH

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My first reaction to Joygirl was what probably a ton of readers had - that's overpowered. Which is dumb, and I don't even care. Way too focused on One Piece being a shonen manga, where everything is focused on power levels. But considering everything that Bonney has experienced, this works great as an end to her arc. I do hope she will beat up the Elders together with Luffy, at least that bird, so they can get away. It's great, that she is finally free, if only shortly.

Whatever, even if she stays, and we have two op Joypeople for the rest of the manga, I don't think I care. There is just so much else I care more about.

Anyway, you're right, that panel was really fun.

Also agreed on the Iron Giant, I hope he does something actually cool, before we are done. The broadcast isn't over, as I understand it, so there should still be something. Maybe, with two joypeople, it might charge the giant more, and he might through that do something.


Additional far-fetched theory for the end of One Piece: Imagine if Luffys power made it, so that Bonney could achieve Joygirl state. Which might lead to a very final part, where all the straw hats could achieve a super-powered mode in the final battle, after everything looks horrible. Like, Nami being able to actually control the weather, Usopp being able to shoot everything, everywhere. Sounds like a cheap way to beat the final antagonist (I guess the Blackbeard crew?), but I would love it.
 

SpoonyBard

Threat Rhyme
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There has been some nonsense on Twitter reacting to this chapter. Someone people downright HATE the whole Bonney copying Nika's powers thing, mostly the sort of folk who are obsessed with 'power scaling' and already hate Gear 5 so I mostly ignore them. But they were certainly loud this week.
 
Not that surprised. I assume Bonny's transformation is still very time-limited, like the last time she tried a Nika future, so it's a double whatever.
 

That Old Chestnut

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Usopp being able to shoot everything
Or be a literal God Usopp and just speak things into existence. Just be like "I am Captain Usopp! I command a thousand ships!" then a thousand ships just POOF! into being. "I have the strength of a thousand men!" then he turns into a giant. People have already pointed out that the shit he makes up ends up becoming true anyway, so might as well take it to its logical conclusion.

Also yeah, all the people bitching about overpowered characters forget that Luffy doesn't necessarily think of Gear 5 as his strongest form, but the one where he's "most free" (he points this out to Bonnie when they all first wash up on Egghead). More of a lateral growth, than a raw power boost.
 
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FelixSH

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That last page! These are the final players of the story. I guess these are the 12 people who will fight to get the One Piece.

Very cool, to see Coby on there. Not too surprising, though, as he is likely the future of the marines, and basically the one who will take Garps role as a hero.

Kuzan is interesting, as an inclusion. I don't think we have any idea what is actually going on with him, so, curious.

Garling, uhm, yeah. I mean, it's clear that he will have a big role to play in the future, but I didn't expect him as a singular player. Especially with Imu there. Another character who might have his own agenda.

Similarly, I wonder why Sabo is on there, when we have Dragon. I really wonder what his role will be.

And then, we have a character in shadows, which, uh, is quite a thing, so late in the game. Maybe we will meet that person on Elbaf? Oh god, we will soon be on Elbaf. I want to know what's up with that Loki guy there.

I mean, this is all assuming that all 12 are their own players, with their own ideas for the future. Without Coby, and maybe Garling, we just would have the representatives of the different, relevant factions. So, I assume these two will have their own agenda.


I'm excited!

And with regards to Bonnie (I forgot to answer there), I like what Oda did. Worked absolutely fine, I think.

Oh, and regarding Saturn: I know he can regenerate, but this looks to me like he got actually destroyed. Which would work fine, considering how Catharina Devon can take on his form.
 
Not much to add, but still enjoying these last few chapters even if the woah moments have petered out for a bit and we're just seeing the previous ones play out.
 

That Old Chestnut

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Oh, and regarding Saturn: I know he can regenerate, but this looks to me like he got actually destroyed. Which would work fine, considering how Catharina Devon can take on his form.

This might even point toward all the Elder Stars being destroyed, given their telepathy, which would pretty much make Devon's stealthy infiltration of their inner circle a non-starter. Although, it would be an interesting dynamic to have her effectively waltz into the lion's den and be forced to play along as Saturn to help the Elders save face. Either that, or all of them get taken out, and Devon can pose as the last surviving Elder, effectively letting her weaponize the Navy and Holy Knights and whatever other World Government stooges as she sees fit.

Why yes, I DO watch GrandLineReview! How'd you guess?
 

FelixSH

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Not much to add, but still enjoying these last few chapters even if the woah moments have petered out for a bit and we're just seeing the previous ones play out.
Yeah, it's basically cleaning up at this point, with Oda putting everything in the right place, and making sure that the Straw Hats getting away makes sense. Which just takes time, which he fills enjoyably enough. But nothing too out of the ordinary is happening. Which is fine. I still have fun, but especially the last few chapters will be more fun when read in one go, instead of weekly.

Why yes, I DO watch GrandLineReview! How'd you guess?
Me too! I found that channel some months ago, I love listening to his theories and thoughts.

That said, I certainly hope that evil Gandhi isn't dead yet. His design is so amazing, I want him getting a for-real fight against Zorro, who then demolishes him. Dude is one of my favourite designs in the series, he looks so great.
 
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