One Piece Manga Chapter 977 Review: The Strawhat’s Unite

The Strawhat's celebrate Jinbei's return in Chapter 977 of One Piece
The Strawhat’s celebrate Jinbei’s return

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.

Kaido’s alliances drink and eat

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.

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One Piece Chapter 975: The Alliance is 5400 Strong

Chapter 975: “Kin’emon’s Clever Trick”

Denjiro joins the alliance

In One Piece chapter 975, Denjiro announces that he's freed 1000 samurai.
Denjiro announces that he’s freed 1000 samurai

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. 

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One Piece Chapter 956: Recap & Review, What happened to Sabo?

Chapter 956: ‘Big News’

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.

One Piece Chapter 954: Recap & Review

Like Giving Wings to a Dragon

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.

One Piece Chapter 949: Recap & Review

Chapter 949, Mummy

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.