The One Piece series has always featured swords. However, the series rarely elaborate on swords as a form of fighting. Having largely focused on devil fruits and haki, swords have been left out. Zoro has been the most important swordsmen in the series. Through him we have the most exposure to swords and how they are used in combat. One Piece has classified swords by their qualities. The three classifications are, Meito, Kokuto and Yoto. The Meito (Famed Blade) class is a sword that has gained such fame that it can be recognized by sight. Kokuto (Black Blade) are swords that are blacked colored. Finally, the Yoto (Mystic Blade) class, carries a curse that causes misfortune to its wielder.
The blades classed Meito are also ranked by “grade.” The grades are Grade swords, Skillful grade, Great grade and Supreme grade. There are an undetermined number of Grade Swords as they’re the lowest grade. There are 50 Skillful Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords and 12 Supreme Grade Swords. In chapter 955, titled Enma, Zoro is given his second of two Great Grade Swords. Enma is a Meito that use to belong to Kozuki Oden, it’s also the only weapon said to have harmed Kiado. A masterpiece from the legendary swordsmith Shimotsuki Kozaburo, it is describe as being able to “cut through to the bottom of hell.” Tenguyama Hitetsu believes that if Zoro can make Enma a black blade, it’s rank would increase.
Enma is difficult to wield. Enma is able to draw out the wielders Busoshoku Haki on it’s own, it can result in the force of a strike being greater than intended. It was stated that if Zoro was a lesser swordsmen he would have been turned into a “dry husk.” Zoro is able to force his haki back from the blade. The Wano Country Arc seems to be a turning point in regards to focusing more on swords and the power. The chapter largely focuses on the preparations for the upcoming battle. A handful of days are left until the raid, Robin reveals that the Beast Pirates have 20,000 men and Orochi has 10,000. The Alliance only has 4,000. Clearly, they’re at a numerical disadvantage. However, I think that they have better “quality” of warriors. With Luffy mastering the new Haki and Zoro able to master Enma It think that they will be fine.
Hachimaru is introduced to his “brothers.” The oldest, Ikkaku explains that they are children created by “the professor,” Hachimaru’s father. Ikkaku describes Hachimaru’s existence as “entirely accidental.” He tells Hachimaru that they were created to open a box that require seven keys to open seven locks. Hachimaru the “eighth child” destroys this “balance.” This “diminishes the power of the other seven.” Hachimaru must “return” this energy, meaning that he must die. Ikkaku is cold. He suggest that it’s only reasonable for Hachimaru to understand that he must die and that he just a “leech.”
Daruma asks if they’re trying to open Pandora’s box, Ata responds that they are going to open Mandala’s box. Their goal is to become Gods and rule the universe. They will “erase” the Vajrayaksa people, the three other schools, eliminate all life and restart. Ata disappears. Meanwhile, Hachimaru’s father begins to die. He has accepted his end, but Hachimaru isn’t prepared yet. He reveals that he was suppose to kill Hachimaru, but decided to flee with him. He apologizes, encourages Hachimaru to get strong to protect Ann and tells him that he’s truly “a samurai who protects people.”
Hachimaru’s fathers death was sad, but is it really a major death? He doesn’t even have a real name, which is evidence that the author knows he’s not long for this world. It was always going to be necessary for Hachimaru to leave his father behind if he was going to save the Galaxy. I’ve been struggling with the pace of the series since it started. Wouldn’t the “you are one of eight clones and need to die” come later in the series? Is this really a problem? For the record I don’t hate that they revealed this so early, but it seems like something that might occur later. Regardless, the are a million ways to tell a story and I still like reading this one.
Well, Shimura never had chance did he. These last two chapters have focused on the origins of Tenko Shimura. His father, Kotaro Shimura, developed a deep hatred for the hero community after being abandoned by his mother. She, Nana Shimura, was the seventh holder of One for All. This disdain was the what lead to the abusive behavior towards his son, Shimura. The irony of this abuses is that Kotaro began treating his child the way he believed his mother (and other heroes) treated him. This cycle of abuse and hatred is instilled in Tenko.
Tenko was betrayed by his family. They were complicit in his fathers abuse as they were afraid to upset him because he provided a good life for them. His sister, Hana Shimura, lies on him telling their father that he was looking at the photo of their grandmother. This leads to Kotaro beating Tenko. At this moment, Tenko’s Quirk is triggered. The first victim was Tenko’s dog, Monchan. Tenko’s Decay Quirk is horrific in how it manifests. Monchan basically falls apart into a puddle of blood and pieces. Tenko is of course shocked. In the moment he doesn’t realized what’s happening.
Panicking, Tenko loses his voice. Unable to explain a situation that he probably couldn’t even with his voice. His sister comes to apologize, but flees in horror at the site of Monchan corpse. Tenko feeling helpless, wants his sister to help him. Of course Hana is scared and a little selfish, so she flees. He grabs her in desperation forcing her to die like Monchan. Tenko’s Quirk becomes uncontrollable, he begins to destroy the surrounding area. He begins to realize that he actually “hates” his family. He finally “kills” his father, only this time it was intentional.
Tenko Shimura, now Tomura Shigaraki despite having a terrible childhood had now become irredeemable in my opinion. Sure he didn’t mean to kill his dog and “most” of his family. However, according to him he wanted to kill his father. So far Tomura hasn’t killed many “innocents.” In this arc, the League of Villains are fighting other villains. As such the killing doesn’t feel wrong. Once Tomura begins to kill innocents he will become monstrous. His desire to “destroy society” is typical for a villains. A small part of me wants to see what a villain would do if he succeeds. Regardless, his Quirk is getting stronger and more deadly. I wonder how the heroes will fight against it.
Ata demands that Hachimaru’s father “give him Hachikaku.” Hachikaku apparently became a samurai allowing him to be detected by Princess Niri. Hachimaru’s father decides that he needs to sacrifice himself to save Hachimaru. Daruma reveals that Ata was once his best student at the vajrayaksa school. Ata seems to maintain his reverence for his former master. He takes the “soul” that he claims belonged to the “Ucchusuma school.” Ata criticizes Hachimaru for his lack of respect for Daruma. Ata notices that Hachimaru resembles the other “seven.”
Ata says that Hachimaru is the “key” that unlocks the galaxy, bring it to it’s original state. Daruma is paralyses from the attack he sustained from Ata. “You do not have courage,” Ata states. He’s able to see through the thin bravado that Hachimaru possesses. Hachimaru’s father, Ann, Hayataro and Hagamichi step in to protect the Hachimaru. Ata easily defeats Hagamichi and announces that “samurai are not immortal.” He says that “once the God of War abandons us, it’s over.” The God of War has been invoked several times in this series.
I wonder if this “god” is real or theoretical. Anyway, Hachimaru’s father proclaims that he will “defeat Ata.” Ata attacks Hachimaru’s father for ruining the “plan,” but is absorbed with a device that is found in his stomach. The use of this device is suppose to cause both Ata and Hachimaru their lives. However, Ata is still alive, but more than half his body is gone, leaving him with his upper torso and a arm. While I’m still waiting to see what a full length battle is like, but this chapter was pretty good. It seems that Hachimaru’s father will die finally giving Hachimaru some adversity, while learning some humility. It will come at a cost but is necessary for him to succeed.