The one grip I have with Oda is his tendency to have big events occur off screen. This is certainly done on purpose to create mystery and suspense. It works. It’s a week after the Reverie and all the nobles have returned home. Garp and the Neptune family are at the Ryugu Palace. Garp asks them not to “fear humans for an incident that happened to the Nefertari Family of Alabasta.” This event isn’t elaborated on, but we should expect it to be tragic. Meanwhile, days prior, the World Economy News Paper are preparing stories for the following issue. He mentions the “casualties” and how “death sells.” He’s given a check from the Government to suppress the details of Reverie. However, he refuses to do so. When a member of Cipher Pol threats him, Morgans beats him up.
News spreads. On Momoiro Island, the Revolutionary Army are shocked by the “news” regarding Sabo, as are Sterry and the Dadan Family. Doflamingo is overjoyed at the news, while, Blackbeard tells his crew they need to set sail to “claim something before the Marines do.” X Drake informs Koby that Kiado and Big Mom have formed an alliance. He tells Koby that Cipher Pol is present in the Flower Capital in Wano. Meanwhile, Koby is heading to Amazon Lily to capture Hancock. The final shocker is that the Shichibukai have been abolished. Proposed by King Riku Doldo and Nefertari Cobra, the Government agreed to end it. I’m not really concerned for the Warlord’s though, Buggy always escapes somehow and Hancock is tough.
This sets up the Marine’s for interesting conflicts with the Shichibukai. The most interesting match up will be the Marines verses Mihawk, although I expect that Oda will resolve that conflict off screen. There’s so much that has happen in this chapter. But let’s get this out the way. I don’t think for one second that Sabo is dead. It’s unnecessary to kill both of Luffy”s “brothers” and considering all the effort to retrieve Ace’s devil fruit and the perfect symmetry of that moment would be a waste. I think Sabo most likely has been captured. However, I think a third more terrible thing could have happened. Sabo killed Vivi and fled. Maybe he was framed or it was an accident, but I think that is what probably happened.
While, Morgans newspaper can’t be trusted, I think at least tell the truth most of the time. The fact that X Drake is a double agent in Kiado’s crew is surprising. This new Marine unit, SWORD seems interesting. Their goals are clear yet but both X Drake and Koby are apart of it. With Cipher Pol present in Wano things are getting interesting. They were suppose to negotiate with Orochi but the deal fell through, with Orochi shooting one of them and telling Cipher Pol that he wasn’t afraid of Nobles or Marines. How will they respond? History suggest with violence. Regardless, they could be a wild card in this upcoming war.
Hiyori offers Zoro her sword Enma and her brother’s sword Ame no Habakiri. Kawamatsu objects to giving a sword to a man of an unknown origin. Zoro agrees to the exchange. Law has managed to defeat Hawkins, cutting him in half and cutting off his hands. He asks what happened to the alliance Hawkins had with Kid and Apoo. It turns out that Apoo had betrayed them, having been working with Kiado all along. Kiado wanted to recruit the Supernovas for his crew. As Law leaves he speaks to a mysterious figure that enabled him to escape. Meanwhile, Luffy trains his Haki against a steel wall. Hyogoro tells him that he needs to increase his speed of his progression.
Elsewhere, Kin’emon contacts the Ship Maintenance Squad, the Weapon Preparation Squad, Sword Recovery Squad and the Rebel Commanders Squad to tell them of the altered secret Kozuki family message. Apoo tells Kiado that he’s arrived to attend the Fire Festival banquet, as he is looking forward to watching the annual Golden Kagura. Apoo and his crew-mate are joined by a large shadowy figure. On of the children nearby informs her friend that the figures are called “numbers.” Allies of the Beast Pirates, the Numbers are giant sized beings that have two horns and sharp teeth. According, to Queen they all have drinking problems.
Meanwhile, Big Mom and Kiado have decided that they are going to form a alliance to take over the world and kill each other later. The Fire Festival seems to be a perfect moment for the allies of the Shogun to meet. This would largely be for our benefit as we get to see how both sides stack up. I will say that so far it seems that Kiado’s side is more powerful. With the new alliance between Kiado and Big Mom and the introduction of the Numbers, they have gained some strength. However, the hidden figure that rescued Law may be the wildcard that proves me wrong.
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.
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.
Hiyori reveals that she’s the sister of Momonosuke, understandably shocking Zoro. She says that she “remembers the death of her parents and disappearance of her brother 20 years ago.” However, she didn’t didn’t believe her brother when he promised that he would return. When Zoro asks her why she didn’t come to the future as well, she tells him that “it was to ensure the Kozuki Family’s bloodline would survive if the plan did not go right.” Zoro mentions to her that so far they have meet six of the nine “Red Scabbards.” She tells him that the other 3 are, Kawamatsu, Denjiro, and Ashura Doji.
Kozuki allies imprisoned
Orochi’s forces have manage to capture many of the allies of the Kozuki family. They are mocked by Fukurokuju for their stupidity for tattooing the crescent moon on their bodies. I have too agree that the tattoos are incredibly dumb thing to do. However, by putting all of them in a single prison and broadcasting it to the town they actually make it easier for the rest of the Strawhat’s and Heart pirates find and rescue them.
Luffy tries to learn a new form of Haki
At the Udon prisoner’s mine, Luffy and Hyo face off against gifters Madilloman and Alpacaman. Luffy tells Hyo how to move and Hyo is able to avoid the attacks from Alpacaman. Luffy easily dodges attacks from Madilloman, while trying to use the form of Haki that allows the user to emit haki like a force of air. Hyo identifies the technique as “Goken.” He then uses it on Alpacaman, knocking him out. He offers to teach Luffy, who’s eager to learn. I still believe that Big Mom will fight Queen, but if Luffy keeps getting stronger she may not need to. While, Luffy can be an airhead, he’s an expert at battle. Like most shonen anime he will quickly learn what Hyo teaches him.