Luffy, Chopper, Hyogoro, Raizo, Kikunojo and Kawamatsu dominate the Beast Pirates. Daifugo shoots the prisoners with special bullets, that inflict the prisoners with a virus called Mummy. Created by Queen, the infected experience a massive fever and blood loss. In it’s final stage the virus transforms the victim into a mummy like husk. This disease is also highly contagious. During the fight, Raizo gives Kid and Killer the keys to their handcuffs. The prisoners express their dismay that Luffy and the Nine Red Sheaths have interfered in their lives. They have accepted their captivity and don’t wish to change it. They are certain that Kiado cannot be defeated.
Luffy grabs on to one of the prisoners, infecting himself. Luffy has often in this series, done profoundly stupid things to great effect. Luffy makes his case for the power of the opposition. He tells the prisoners that they need to “open their eyes,” they have become “slaves.” He questions the idea that he (an outsider) can’t protect them. He made a promise in Kuri to Tama, that he will make this country a “place for everyone.” He proclaims that he has to “defeat Kaido.” He asks them “who will they side with,” “Kiado or “the allies.” Meanwhile, Babanuki tries to use a excite Shell into the crowd. Luffy ties his trunk, causing the bomb to explode on Babanuki.
Luffy has always been able to convince others that they’re worth fighting for. The prisoners announce that they are now rebels and they take over Udon. The final battle against Kaido will take place in eight days. I’m not concern that Luffy and the others are infected with the virus. Chopper is likely to cure them. However, Luffy hasn’t master the new Haki yet. Anyway, the arc is reaching it’s climax and I can’t wait.
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.
Hachimaru regrets lying to An about his childhood. Ata destroys Muun. He arrives a the Planet’s Samurai guard. He is told that he’s violating the laws of “this Galaxy’s Ball Federation of Planets.” Lord Mujin decides to fight. He transforms into a “garuda” like being. Daruma senses the “strong aura.” Lord Mujin is suppose to be on par with the “federation’s generals.” Apparently they’re not strong enough to beat Ata, because he destroys Mujin and the Planet’s Samurai guard.
Hachimaru’s father locates him with a tracker. Meanwhile, Ata arrives a locates his target, the sword Hachikaku. Hachimaru returns with An and the locker ball. Hachimaru father finds them and scolds them for “kidnapping” him. Daruma sense Ata arriving and they clash. He calls Hachimaru father “Professor Furuta,” and asks where’s Hachikaku. I was disappointed that the fighting was more in-depth. So far we haven’t seen what a full blown samurai battle is like.
Also, power scale is difficult to discern in this series. They are already at planetary destructive scale. Obviously, Hachimaru is at the beginning and Daruma is a master. However, what separates the “masters” is completely unclear. I don’t know if this is going to be an on going problem but it’s a current one. Also, the stakes are really high early or at least it seems to. It’s hard to tell if this series is too fast or too slow in the narration. The pacing is a problem with this series so far. Hopefully, Daruma vs Ata will display the full fight that I’m craving.
Princess Niri and Samurai Ata begin their search for the 8th child, Hachimaru. Meanwhile, Hachimaru and An finally meet. Hachimaru predictably makes a fool of himself and wishes to skip the hard work necessary to get stronger. An introduces herself to Daruma. He explains that the “A” in her name means “the first word,” and “N” in her name means “the last word.” An is a sweet girl with (if I’m reading the translation right) has a stutter. Hagamichi asks to take Hachimaru assuming that Daruma isn’t fit to teach. Daruma asks him to “show him his mind’s eye.” Princess Un approves of An receiving training under Daruma’s watch.
Chapter 9: Just the two of us
Hachimaru continues to master his swordplay. Meanwhile, An tries to search for locker balls. So far the value of these balls did seem clear to me but it’s clear that they matter. Princess have a “sixth sense,” that allows them to detect the locker ball. Only a princess can do it so it’s their duty. This makes them incredible valuable and samurai from other planets try to kidnap them. Locker balls make samurai, and samurai are the planets military force. The better the princesses are the more locker balls they find, the stronger the military force and the better they can protect the world. This is why samurai protect the princesses. The explanation of this “ecosystem,” really puts the world in perspective.
An and Hachimaru begin to bond as they go to find the locker ball. Ata arrives on the satellite called “Muun.” He tells “Hachikaku” to “wait.” Hachikaku is clearly the name of Hachimaru’s father. My prediction is that we get an epic fight that will reveal what the highest level of samurai ability is, but Hachikaku will die. This will inject some seriousness into Hachimaru, prompting him to work hard. The pacing of this series is much better and now that the world is explained more everything just makes since.
Luffy remembers that what he did was the same technique that Silvers Rayleigh uses on Sabaody to save Camie. However, Luffy can’t figure out how he managed to do it. Hyogoro states that “what Luffy just did was superior to what he had been trying to teach him.” Luffy tries to use Haki to try to block Big Mom’s attack, but she overpowers him and Hyogoro. After Luffy pulls him out the wall, he tells Luffy that “there is another step in concentrating and projecting Haki, which is the ability to destroy nearby objects from the inside.” Luffy managed to accomplish this but failed to learn how to reproduce it. Big Mom rampages separating Hyo and Luffy.
Queen awakens and plans to defeat Big Mom. He assumes (correctly) that Big Mom will eventually circle back to them. When she does, Queen (in his brachiosaurus) dives into her head first. The effect of the blow causes Big Mom to regain her memories. However, she suddenly falls asleep. Queen takes the opportunity to wrap Big Mom in Seastone chains and inject her with anesthesia. Queen and his men quickly leave with Big Mom heading toward Onigashima. With communications still cut off, Luffy decides he will take down Babanuki and take over Udon. This chapter was quick. However, Luffy continue to learn more about Haki.
It wasn’t surprising that Luffy didn’t have much effect on Big Mom. So far it seems clear that the gap in power between the Yonko (Kiado and Big Mom) and Luffy is still rather large. It’s impossible to know how long this arc is going to be, but I don’t think it will end without Luffy fighting at least one of the Yonko. So far I’m surprise that Luffy has taken so long to master the new Haki. He will learn it eventually, it’s a question of when.
Daruma tell Hachimaru that a “samurai and a princess are fated to create courage together.” Hachimaru asks what he means by “fated.” Daruma says that something that is “destined to happen whether you do anything or not.” Hachimaru claims that he doesn’t believe in fate. Meanwhile, Princess Woon has a meeting with Hagamichi. He asks the Princess to find Hachimaru. Princess Sa lets them know that Hachimaru is a novice that isn’t a threat to them.
Hachimaru actually became a samurai via Ann’s locker ball. Princess Ann is asked to find Hachimaru by Hagamichi. Meanwhile, Hachimaru continues to train with his blade. He manages to point the sword into his own head. Of course he’s not harmed. Hagamichi arrives and Ann meets Hachimaru for the first time. Finally, we get to see one major potential villain. There isn’t a whole lot in this chapter. Hachimaru continues to be impatient, but in typical manga fashion it seems likely that he would “master” abilities that he didn’t learn.
I still feel that the fighting mechanics in this series hasn’t really been explained in depth. Also, what the hell does a Princess really do? I know that this will get explained further but so far they only seem to do traditionally female roles. Making Ikebana, and generally being passive aids to samurai. Also they seem to largely sit around being protected all day. All that said, Hachimaru seems primed to violate the rules so maybe Ann will do so as well. The next chapter will be interesting once we get to see more of the villain.
I have been predicting and anticipation the conflict between Big Mom and Queen for several chapters now. However, I had envisioned their fight to well be more competitive than it ended up being. Basically, Big Mom lays waste to Queen. She swings him around and then slams him to the ground. Defeated but not dead Queen returns to his original form. I also predicted that the resulting damage would help Luffy and the prisoner in some way. This prediction turned out to be accurate.
When Big Mom slams Queen she accidentally free Kid and Killer from their torture. She also manages to break the cell door that was holding Kawamatsu. It is assumed that Kawamatsu was long dead so they won’t bother to find him. The Beast Pirates are unable to contact Kiado or anyone outside of Udon prison. Caribou explains how the Tanishi snail system works. Caribou is being helpful right now but he can’t be trusted. It’s in his best interest to be useful for the moment.
Big Mom finally gets the oshiruko. The pot turns out to be empty however. Luffy foolishly admits to eating the oshiruko. Predictably, Big Mom is not pleased. She attacks Luffy, destroying the ground surrounding them. Of course, Luffy and Hyogoro aren’t suppose to leave the ring without triggering their collars. In his desperation to save them Luffy uses Advanced Busoshoku Haki to rip the collars off. Big Mom decries that she wasn’t able to share the oshiruko with the villagers.
I believe that Oda is going to use this arc to give Big Mom a more of a character arc. With her memory loss she was vulnerable but is able to develop new and different relationships with people like the villagers. She almost certainly will get her missing memories back, but they won’t override the new memories of kindness she has received. Finally, in order to get Luffy to master the new Haki, Hyogoro tells Luffy he needs to train by fighting with Big Mom.
Hachimaru and Hayatarou enjoying flying among the clouds. Daruma interrogates Hachimaru’s father. He officially introduces himself as a master of the vajrayaksa style of fighting. Hachimaru’s father is surprised that Daruma is the legendary samurai that made a wolf into his holder, killing a thousand people. Daruma tells Hachimaru’s father that “if he does nothing the planetary belt would be destroyed.” In order to stop this he needs a to open a box with a special samurai key.
He’s been search for the box and the seven keys for 50 years. Hachimaru is one of these keys. Hachimaru’s father refuses to allow Hachimaru to leave with Daruma. He continues to be over protective towards Hachimaru. Daruma asks Hachimaru “what his favorite number is?” He responds “8.” Daruma uses vajrayaksa style silent cut, that allows you to set time between when you “cut something and when that thing is cut.” Daruma states that if Hachimaru steps over the cut he created that would mean that he cannot live with his father any longer.
Chapter 5, Heading Out
Daruma arrives at a tree where he senses the “horse samurai’s aura.” Meanwhile, Hachimaru is excited to begin training. Daruma reveals a swords bone-hilt in the horse. He concludes that Hachimaru’s father knows a lot about “samurai.” The horse samurai is a “key holder.” Key holders holds everything a samurai owns. Daruma states that a holder is “a samurai,” a weapon, armor, shield, transport and a symbol. They arrive to a hideout with two massive statues in front. Both statues attack. Hachimaru attempts to fight them but fails to make a dent.
Daruma intervenes using the Vajrayaksa Sword Stroke. Daruma uses a samurai’s soul to create a sword. He slices the statue in half. The second one fires missiles at Hayatarou and Hachimaru. Daruma shows Hachimaru that samurai are able to use weapons other than swords. He manifests guns. When a missile fly’s towards Daruma he transforms into a shield. He finishes the remaining statue with Vajrayaksa Eye of the Sword. Daruma explains that Hayatarou is a “simple holder,” and Hayatarou gives Hachimaru a bone-hilt meaning that it becomes a key holder.
Chapter 6, O Fateful Samurai
Daruma aims to find the “fighting the samurai style” of Hachimaru. Daruma teaches Hachimaru the samurai code beginning with the trinity. He says that a samurai on it’s own isn’t very strong on his own. He says that a samurai can only “realize” their true strength if there’s a samurai, key holder and a princess. Giving away a bolt-hilt means that the key holder regards the wielder as it’s master. The true sword of a samurai will manifest from the combination of a bone-hilt and a samurai soul.
As Daruma lectures Hachimaru on the values a samurai needs, we get to see the Princess Sa. She senses that a new samurai (Hachimaru) has been born through the crystal of a lost samurai. Meanwhile, we see another princess that’s clearly going to become the “fated princess” for Hachimaru. Anyway, the princesses are the only ones that can sense “locker balls” in the ground. As a result princesses can “manufacture the forces needed to protect the planet.” Daruma states that “there will always be a single samurai meant for the princess.” Together, they will create “courage.”
I still feel that Samurai 8 is moving too fast, but the pacing in chapter 6 was slower. I feel that they’re explaining everything all at once. I guess I’ll just have too reread the chapter, but ideally you shouldn’t have to read a chapter multiple times to get everything. Regardless, I’m loving this series so far. As the lore continues to be expanded I become more interested. That can only be a good thing.
In this chapter we learn that swords are locked by biometrics, preventing anyone from drawing out someone else’s sword. Hachimaru meets some students from the dojo. They admire him, while ignoring Nanashi. They’re attacked by the pig bandits in their cake like tank. They shoot their cannons at Hachimaru, who fails to pull out his sword. Lucky for him, Hayatarou saves him. Turns out that he took Nanashi’s sword by mistake and the biometrics prevent him from using it.
Nanashi afraid that Hachimaru will die, but terrified to intervene is frozen by fear. Nanashi’s hands, righty and lefty encourage them to save Hachimaru and be more in charge of their life. Nanashi grabs Hachimaru’s hand and uses the sword to cut the cannon in half. Lifted into the air on the back of Hayatarou, they jump down together slicing the tank in half. Nanashi and Hachimaru make plans to go into space one day.
Meanwhile, Daruma asks Hachimaru’s father about the samurai soul. He notes that due to it’s weight it mush have belonged to an “extraordinary” owner. He draw’s his sword and Hachimaru’s father doesn’t flinch. Daruma implies that there’s some secret to what Hachimaru is and who his father is. I would assume that Hachimaru’s father is some legendary samurai that abandoned the life of a warrior to try to save his son.
Whether, Hachimaru is something other than we expect remains to be seen. As for Nanashi it doesn’t seem logical that they would be part of Hachimaru’s team when he goes to space. I don’t know how long this series plans to focus on Hachimaru and his family before heading into space, but it feels like the series is moving too fast.