Luffy is the ultimate goof. He’s typical like many shonen anime characters, for example, he loves food. Luffy is simple-minded, some might say dumb. This simpleness leaves Luffy with an innocent heart. When he finds something too complicated to understand, he will call it a “mystery thing.” This leads him to ask silly questions. A running gag in One Piece is when Luffy encounters non-human species, he asks them “if they poop.” His naïve comments can cause misunderstandings. During the battle, his opponents often mistake his questions for insults and become enraged. In battle, he can unwittingly poke fun at his enemies. For example, he calls Buggy “big nose,” Alvida “the fat lady,” and Kureha “old hag”. Luffy’s goofy side only subsides when someone is in danger.
Luffy will forget people he’s encountered, or he only remembers them from the humiliating situations they were in. Another running gag is his ability to notice things with little resemblance (like Sanji and his wanted poster image). However, he can’t see similarities when they’re more obvious (like the fact that Sogeking is Usopp). Overall, Monkey D. Luffy’s goofiness is only part of his personality. He possesses confidence, a righteous heart, compassion, and other excellent qualities.
Ace is the foster brother of Monkey D. Luffy and son of the legendary Gol. D. Roger. Raised by Monkey D. Garp, Ace became the 2nd division commander of Whitebeard Pirates. Captured by the World Government, Ace was sentenced to death. His imprisonment lead to the Battle of Marineford. The war between the Whitebeard Pirates, Whitebeard, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Marines was an epic clash. Their primary goal was to rescue Ace. After Luffy rescues Ace, the pirates retreat. Akainu insults Whitebeard, calling him a “loser.” He triggers an angry response from Ace. However, Akainu’s magma is superior to Ace’s fire.
Akainu tries to kill Luffy, but Ace intercepts it. Akainu’s pierces Ace’s abdomen, burning his vital organs. Ace bleeds out, as Luffy begs the medics to save him. Before he dies, Ace tells Luffy that his only regret was “that he could not see Luffy’s dream come to pass.” Devastated, Luffy cries and screams. He eventually goes silent, falling into a catatonic state. Ace’s death always brings me to tears. He’s not a tremendous character in the series, but we know through Luffy that he’s a great big brother. They clearly love each other. As a result, we develop affection for Ace. From a story standpoint, I think Ace’s death could have been easily avoided, and it largely served the purpose of motivating Luffy. That said, Ace’s death was one of the saddest anime scenes.
In 2013 I choose Monkey D. Luffy for my favorite male anime character. At the time he had a bounty of 400 million now it’s 1.5 billion. Since then, a new type of shonen protagonists has emerged. Gon from Hunter X Hunter is considered a “deconstruction” of the typical shonen hero. During the Chimera Ant arc, he almost kills himself due to the typical shonen heroes need to risk everything to save someone they care about. Izuku Midoriya is a highly determined shonen hero that was gifted with motivation and desire to be a hero. Unlike the typical shonen hero he has literally no powers at the start. In addition to that, Deku is analytical. Most shonen heroes are dumb. However, when they do show some kind of intellect it’s only in battle. Deku’s fighting prowess comes from hard work and studying. Finally, despite Deku recieving one of the most powerful Quirks, he’s never been the strongest in My Hero Academia, at least not yet.
Finally, there’s Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer. Like Deku he’s smart but he also has sword fighting skills. Tanjiro has an emotional intellence that the others don’t. He’s more complicated. He’s motivated to stop demons, but once he kills them he has remorse for them. (Demon Slayer makes a deliberate effort to “humanize” the demons by giving them a back story.) This isn’t to say that Luffy doesn’t care about anyone or doesn’t have sympathy for his enemies but that he represents a different era of shonen hero that are less sophisticated. Regardless, I still pick Luffy as my favorite male a character. If I have more time with Deku or Tanjiro that might change but so far they haven’t surpassed the future Pirate King.
As we barrel towards this war between the two alliances, the action starts to intensify. Brooke runs Big Mom over with a bike pissing her off. At this point, the animosity between Big Mom and the Strawhats couldn’t get worse. Yamato meets Shinobu and Monomosuke. Franky introduces himself to Big Mom, showing no fear of the Yonko. He charges his Radical Beam, aiming for Big Mom. Franky is one of the most powerful Strawhat members, however, he isn’t used that often. Nami, who possesses far less power, seems more present. This is likely due to a bias on Oda’s part, which is unfortunate.
Anyway, the Numbers make an appearance. One of them is holding the robot that Chopper and Usopp are in. Franky quickly changes his target hitting one of the Numbers with his Radical Beam. Sensing an opportunity, Big Mom attacks Franky. However, Jinbei uses Fishman Karate: Whirling Tides Throw, and Robin use Mille Fleurs: Delphinium to roll her away. Meanwhile, Queen witnesses Luffy and Zoro heading towards Kiado. Transforming into his Brachiosaurus form he stops the duo from progressing. Luffy and Zoro notice that the skies are filled with flying Beast Pirates. Regardless, the Strawhat’s join together once again, as Luffy prepares to “kick Kaido’s ass,” as his crew “handles the rest.”
I’m getting more and more excited for this arc. A lot is going on, so Oda must set everything up. The previous chapter showed the Minks transforming into their Sulong moonlight. It’s going to take some effort on Oda’s part to balance the numerous fights that occur at once. Based on the pass I fully expect him to succeed.
I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of One Piece that this arc is currently in the process of setting up battles. One Piece chapter 983: Thunder continues to set up more possible scenarios. At the Onigashima brothel, Big Mom has switched her attention from Usopp and Chopper to Nami. Chopper is happy that they were able to provide a distraction to save Kinemon, however, now Nami is in trouble. Big Mom wants to retrieve Zeus one of the homies that Nami stole. They hope that Sanji could help them but he’s run off to protect the prostitutes. As she gives chase, Big Mom creates new homies from umbrellas and sandals.
Momonosuki, Zoro, and Kid
Meanwhile, things look dire for some of our heroes. Momonosuki has been chained to a cross. Orochi excites his men with the promise of his execution. Elsewhere, within the Keep, Zoro encounters several Gifters. All devil fruit users, Zoro has his hands full. However, I’m sure how strong each one is. Devil Fruit users vary in strength, so Zoro could slice through most of them. That said I would expect he probably will encounter one that’s too strong to be defeated easily. Killer and Kid are surrounded by some of the Beast Pirates. Kid lands a massive blow on some of them while they bicker about promotions.
Introducing Yamato, the son of Kaido
Luffy battles Page-One and Ulti briefly. Ulti’s angry with Luffy for the harm she caused Page-One. Luffy tells her that he’s going to become King of the Pirates. Beliving only Kiado can become King, she becomes enraged further. Leaping in the air, arching her back, she hits Luffy with a powerful headbutt, Ulti Skull Cannon. Luffy admits that the hit hurt, but is mostly fine. Realizing his strength, Utli, and Page-One uses their devil fruit abilities, Dragon Dragon Fruit Ancient Model: Pachycephalosaurus and Spinosaurus. Luffy grabs Utli by her horns and slams her into the ground. He strikes Page-One under the jaw with Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gun. Ulti grabs him and prepares to use Ulti Meteor. However, she’s knocked by Thunder Bagua from Yamato. He grabs Luffy and runs, stating that he’s been waiting for him.
This chapter was largely set up until Yamato showed up. I imagine that despite his father, Yamato isn’t an evil pirate. It’s a common trope that the child of a villain isn’t willing to follow in the footsteps of their parents. Would he betray his father? I think it’s possible. The alliance still needs more help if they’re going to challenge Big Mom, Kiado, Orochi, and the Beast Pirates. I also think Charlotte Perospero may prove to be a potential wild card. I don’t think he will join the alliance, but help from the shadows.
In chapter 982 of One Piece, Scoundrel Meets Scoundrel, Kanjuro has finally brought Momonosuke to a partying Orochi and Kiado. After attempting to escape, Momonosuke was brutally beaten by Kanjuro. Kaido is disappointed that Momonosuke is still a child. Oda has been pointing out how evil Orochi’s regime is, Kanjuro provided a new low. Furthermore, Orochi plans on celebrating with Momonosuke’s execution. Kanjuro informs Orochi that the samurai haven’t been stopped. Fukurokuju assures Orochi that there are no signs of the alliance. Underestimating the alliance may prove to be the handicap they need.
Nekomamushi and Marco join a group on Polar Tang. Meanwhile, Denjiro captures one of the Headliners, Sasaki. Denjiro and his forces move forward inside the dome, splitting into two groups. In the east, Chopper and Usopp have attacked Big Mom, leading her away from the samurai. Inside the brothel, Nami, Carrot, and Shinobu encounter Prometheus. Elsewhere in the castle, Luffy runs into Headliners, Ulti, and Page One. As I stated in the previous review, I believe that One Piece is going to separate the alliance into smaller groups. Denjiro’s team splitting up suggests that I may be right. At this point, it’s unclear how strong Luffy is compared when he fought Kaido. While it’s not likely he going to fight both Headliners, battling one will be a good opportunity to showcase his new abilities. One Piece chapter 982 is still building up to the inevitable battles. I can’t wait.
In manga chapter 977 of One Piece, Jinbei rejoins the crew. Jinbei carried wounded members of the Sun Pirates and they had a goodbye party. The Straw Hats drink sake in celebration. Shishilian the lion mink plans on commanding the minks. Hyogoro the flower will lead the samurai. Law goes over the plan. There’s only one main entrance into Onigashima. However, with the secret passage at the back, the alliance will divide in two. They hope to attack Kiado while he’s still drunk. Luffy and Kid will make a diversion and act as bait.
Meanwhile, the Nine Red Scabbards will use a submarine to avoid the whirlpools. Then Law will use his devil fruit ability. Elsewhere, Luffy and the Straw hat’s move on ahead. Denjiro forgot to warn them about the guards at the Torii Gate. Luffy, Jinbei, Zoro, Robin, Brooke, Sanji, and Franky defeat them with ease. Zoro grabs some alcohol and the Straw Hat’s celebrate Jinbei’s return. With the defeat of the guardians, the boats can breach Onigashima.
Law presents the plan
As Luffy announces their plans to take down Kaido, Orochi, and Big Mom, Kid interrupts. He proclaims that his crew won’t allow the Straw hat’s to “take Kiado’s head.” Inside Onigashima, Kaido and the others eat and drink. Kiado mentions his “son” as the Flying Six arrive. This arc is still in the build up phase. However, we’re getting closer to the battle. With all the players in place this are getting interesting. I hope we finally get to see Jinbei in full action. So far he’s been a side character, showing his strength in small intervals. Now that he’s officially a member of the Straw Hat’s by getting closure with Sun Pirates, I think he’s going to get his moment.
Law was smart to use Kid and Luffy as distractions. They clearly can’t follow any complicated or simple plans. I’m curious what the Flying Six look like and what their Devil Fruits are. So far most of the Beast Pirates, Headliners have SMILE’s abilities, not real devil fruit ones. This arc keeps building the anticipation and I think it will live up to it.
In One Piece Chapter 975 the Straw Hat, Heart, and Kid Pirates arrive. These three crews have always had a natural affinity for each other. The Captains, Luffy, Law, and Kid have always had a passive-aggressive relationship. They’re always bickering while competing with each other for glory. Despite the surprise appearance, the Beast Pirates are still confident that they will win. Insulted that they’re being looked down upon, Luffy, Law, and Kid attack. Kid uses “Punk Rotten,” Luffy uses his “Boundman,” and Law uses his “Room.” They destroy one of the ships. Kyoshiro and his family arrive. Assuming that he’s on their side the Beast Pirates beg him to sink the enemy ships.
He cuts one of the Beast Pirates ships in half. Then he tells the Samurai that his family will aid them. He tells Kin’emon about the “Mountain God incident.” Kin’emon quickly deduces that Kyoshiro is Denjiro. Joined by 1000 Samurai he freed from Rasetsu Town Prison, Denjiro offers his 1200 soldiers. He reveals that Yasuie altered the message to the allies. However, he assumes that it was deliberately done by Kin’emon. Orochi was too late to stop the ships. All the troops are gathered at Port Habu. With all his ships, Denjiro tells everyone its time to go onto Onigashima.
Kin’emon successful blunder
I don’t know the point of having Kin’emon blunder his way into success. I’m certain it will pay off in some way, but right now it’s odd. I always love seeing Luffy, Law, and Kid together. While we have seen the alliance between the Strawhat’s and Heart pirates before, Kid has become more interesting this arc. Due to his reputation for killing civilians, Kid was easy to read as “evil.” A foil for Luffy, Kid shares his dream of becoming Pirate King and finding the One Piece.
This arc showed that Kid has little trust for other pirates (as he was betrayed by Hawkins and Apoo) and hatred for Yonko. Like Luffy and Law, he’s willing to fight them. He also has a love for his crew, as seen when he was concerned for Killer. Despite an alliance of over 5000, they’re at a serious disadvantage. The Beast Pirates have 20,000 fighters, along with Big Mom and some of her kids. Along with Orochi and all his men they’re up against it. The question is where’s Jimbei? I think he might be the difference.
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.