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.

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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.

One Piece Chapter 947: Recap & Review

Chapter 947, Queen’s Gamble

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.

One Piece Chapter 939 – An Old Leopard Knows The Way

Zoro meets Hiyori, Momonosuke’s sister

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.

One Piece Chapter 936 Review – The Great Sumo Inferno

Raizo and Kawamatsu

Raizo is surprised that Kawamatsu is still alive. A former follower of Kozuki Oden, he was imprisoned in Udon. Kin’emon considers him , along with Denjiro and Ashura Doji as one of the most powerful followers of Oden. He clearly has high endurance, as he has been forced to eat poisonous fish for 13 years without dying or getting ill. So far one of the central themes of this arc is time travel. I think its both in the literal since (Toki had time travel abilities) and more figurative, when finding characters from the past. Raizo plans to free Kawamatsu, but is interrupted by guards. He disappears in a smoke bomb.

Luffy and Hyogoro, Sumo tag team

Queen happily talks about executing, Hyo and Luffy. He reveals his event, “Queen’s Contraception Concert: Sumo Inferno” that excites the guards. Luffy and Hyo are fitted with collars that will decapitate them if they fall outside the ring. Queen then informs them that “the pair of them will be fighting a series of sumo matches.” However, if he joined with Kaido’s crew he could go free. Kiado has made used this sort of coercion to great effect. It was never going to work on Luffy, but it has worked on others. In theory he could pretend that to join Kiado and simply escape. Regardless, Luffy is excited to fight in the ring and now that he doesn’t have the seastone cuffs on it will be easy. When the fighting starts, Luffy uses Haki to knock them out.

The raid at the bathhouse

Drake and Hawkins have raided the bathhouse in the Flower Capital. Drake is on a mission to kill Soba Mask. Hawkins demands that all the bathers show their ankles so he could see if they have a crescent moon tattoo. The fan service in this series has increased during this arc. Time will tell if this is limited to the arc or Oda is signalling that he is going to go for fan service more later. Regardless, Nami takes out several patrons, Sanji and Drake when faint from nosebleeds when she drops her towel. Nami, Robin, Sanji and Shinobu escape. Finally, Zoro confronts a large swordsmen who took his sword. Zoro says he intends to take the weapons from him. The two begin to battle.

One Piece Episode 870 – Gear 4 Snake Man Luffy vs Katakuri’s epic animation

For a long series like One Piece it is possible or necessary to have every episode feature the best animation. Costing more money and taking more time it’s important to plan to use top notch animation for important battles. Gear 4 Snake-man Luffy verses Katakuri is one such battle. I’ve a ready reviewed the manga version of this fightbut it clear that the animated version is superior. Check it out:

My Top 5 Anime fights of 2018

Goku vs Jiren (Dragon Ball Super)

Ultra Instinct Goku faces off against Jiren once again in the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super. In the conclusion of the Tournament of Power, Goku masters Ultra Instinct and is finally able to dominate Jiren. This forces Jiren to increase his own power. Goku is almost defeat twice, but manages to survive. Jiren attacks Goku’s friends and family sitting on the bleachers. Goku becomes enraged, finally defeating Jiren. However, Goku collapses from the strain of using Ultra Instinct.

Victorious by default, Jiren refuses to knock Goku off at first. He is reminded by the God Belmond of what’s at stake. He resigns himself to defeating Goku, but tells him that ” he
will always live on in his memories even as he ceases to exist.” Frieza saves Goku, with the previous thought dead Android 17 revealing he survived. Jiren becomes exhausted as he fights Frieza and 17. Then Goku recovers and joins the fray. Goku, Frieza and 17 team up to fight Jiren together. Goku and Frieza overpower Jiren, knocking him off.


Luffy vs Katakuri (One Piece)

Monkey D. Luffy and Charlotte Katakuri face off during the Whole Cake Island Arc in the Mirror World. This fight was a long one and largely saw Katakuri dominate Luffy. This is why the result of the match, Luffy’s win feels strange and unnecessary. One of One Piece’s most distinguish qualities is that the “main character” in this case Luffy doesn’t have to always win. Even in a later “fight” against Kiado, Luffy is easily defeated. So why did he win this fight?

Some fans wrongly suggested that this was typical plot armor, it wasn’t. However, I agree Luffy should have taken the lost on this. Regardless, we see Luffy reach another level as he introduces us to another form, Gear Fourth: Snakeman. The fight might be too repetitive and the victory was the wrong one. Regardless, it’s worth your time.


Meliodas vs Ten Commandments (7 Deadly Sins)

Meliodas is the “Sin of Wrath” of the Seven Deadly Sins, faces off against the Ten Commandments. I’ve hear about the manga Seven Deadly Sins and seen it promoted on Netflix, but I haven’t really decided to pick it up. This fight changed that. The title character Meliodas fights all ten of the commandments. Derieri, Drole, Estarossa, Fraudrin, Gloxinia, Grayroad, Melascula, Monspeet, Zeldris.

Meliodas first fights Drole and Gloxinia. They put up a good fight, but Meliodas takes the upper hand. However, the other Commandments arrive and dynamics of the fight change. Meliodas is ganged up on and is ultimately he is killed by Estarossa.


Naruto and Sasuke vs Momoshiki (Boruto)

This is a bit of a remake from the Boruto movie. Naruto and Sasuke join forces to fight Momoshiki. After disrupting the Chunin Exams to kill Naruto when they try remove to the Nine-tails chakra. The fight is one of the best of the Boruto/Naruto series. The animation is spectacular, as Naruto and Sasuke combine their abilities to maximum effect. The two prove to be too much for the Otsutsuki clan member.

This being the Boruto series, it’s up to him to defeat Momoshiki. Using his own rasengan aided by his father chakra, Sasuke and his mysterious eye, Boruto ends Momoshiki, but it’s just the being of the new spin off series. It’s easily one of the best battles of the 2018 season.


All Might vs All for One (My Hero Academia)

The finally fight of this list is the epic battle between old enemies, All Might and All for One. My Hero Academia featured many battles that could have ended up on this list but this one had no equal. When the League of Villains kidnap, Katsuki Bakugo, All Might is tasked with finding the taken student. During his rescue attempt he encounters his former nemesis. Backing the future of villainy, All for One aims to help them escape capture. He easily defeats the other top ten heroes, forcing All Might to engage.

All Might is still weaken from their previous battle that left him with permanent damage. Still their fight is able to create massive shock-waves, destroying the surrounding area. All Might even reverts to his skinny form, revealing to the world that he’s not as he once was. Encouraged to fight for the future heroes, All Might gathers what remains of his dwindling strength and hits All for One with a devastatingly powerful move, United States of Smash.

One Piece Manga Chapter 923 Review: Kiado

This chapter went by quickly, but boy did it reveal something profound. First I was wrong about the effect of Luffy’s hit. While he managed to knock Kiado to the ground, Luffy was largely ineffective against Kiado. After he hits the ground, Lady Speed falls out of Kiado’s cape. Luffy goes to her and is told that Kiado fought Lady Speed. It is implied that he also hurt Tama. 

In the One Piece series, Luffy’s most important personality traits are his simple-mindlessness and recklessness. The combination of these to aspects tend to result in Luffy getting into trouble, usually resulting in him getting a lot of attention and a higher bounty. However, Luffy is more complex than that. His sense of righteousness leads him to defend the weak, even when it will be easier for him not to. 

I say all this because the moment that he finds out that Tama was hurt by Kiado, he becomes enraged. Kiado can come across as a funny character, that can lead the audience to like him, forgetting that he’s evil. I think Oda was reminding us of this fact, noting that even children aren’t safe from him. Luffy being Luffy he goes into a rage and attacks Kiado. 

He calls Kiado’s attention, then attacks with Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gatling. He manages to knock Kiado out of his dragon form. He then quickly shifts into Gear Fourth: Boundman, using Gomu Gomu no Kong Organ. The barrage doesn’t do much as Kiado simply get’s up and uses Eight Trigrams Thunder-Clap, KOing Luffy while mocking his claim of becoming “Pirate King.”

I think Oda is trying to impart to the audience that the feeling that Luffy is so powerful that he’s the “fifth Yonko,” is completely false. While, we know that Luffy didn’t really fight Big Mom, let alone defeat her, some people (like myself) felt that the gap between him and the Yonko was close. While, I think Luffy did earn his bounty, it is somewhat inflated. Luffy has been defeated easily before and he will recover. The result of this encounter was unexpected.

If Luffy can’t touch Kiado (right now) then who can? Oh, What happened to the other Strawhat’s? So far the Strawhat’s have been on a bit of a winning streak, especially Luffy having successively defeated Doflamingo and Big Mom (though not head to head). He needed to run into a conflict that he couldn’t defeat simply by being head strong and barreling without fear. Kiado will provide a major challenge, that Luffy can’t easily overcome. 

One Piece Chapter 922 Review: Beasts Pirates General: Kaido

Luffy takes off to confront Kaido. Having seen that Okobore Town is under direct threat Luffy heads there. Law reveals that he, Luffy and Zoro have been exposed. However, he claims that “this shouldn’t effect the plan.” He plans to join Luffy against Kaido. Meanwhile, at Bakura Town the civilians flee as Kiado begins his assault. 

Kiado is revealed to be drunk, resulting in Jack fearing his rampage. Hawkins informs Kiado that “Luffy and Law are at the ruins of Oden Castle.” Even though this is true, Hawkins tells Jack that he lied to ” Kaido in order to stop his rampage and also to try eliminating a suspicious light there that has led to rumors about the Kozuki Family’s return.” 

Kiado immediately attacks Oden Castle, as the Strawhat and allies flee. He uses a massive attack that destroy’s Oden Castle. It’s not clear that the Strawhat’s got away in time. Regardless, the people of Kuri watch as Luffy jumps above Kiado and uses Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gun on the unsuspecting Kiado. Too much didn’t happen in this chapter, but the initial attack from Luffy on Kiado was shocking. 

Most of us probably thought that it would take longer for Luffy to encounter him. Considering, Kiado’s drunken state and the fact that he didn’t seem to notice Luffy, I think he will be knocked unconsciousness, but remain won’t be harmed. This will save the village by ending Kiado’s rampage. Finally, I think there’s zero chance that the Strawhat’s and their allies are harmed. I think the Kunoichi would have help them disappear before the attack.

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One Piece Chapter 917 Review: Food Treasure

This chapter seemed to go by quickly. We see more of the corruption, starvation and cruelty inflicted upon the citizens of Bakura Town. Another, Hundred Beast Pirate member is introduced, Speed. Oda must be running out of names because that is a generic one. Anyway, she’s a “horse” SMILE devil fruit user. While bringing the good food in town she stumbles upon the fight between Luffy and Holdem.

Holdem threats to have his lion stomach, Kamijiro “bite Tama in half.” He assumes that they are apart of Shutenmaru’s bandit crew the Atamayama Thieves. He’s a master thief that has been stealing from Orochi’s farm. Kiku warns Luffy that if he angers Holdem, it could invite the wrath of Jack. One of the “Disasters” of the Beast Pirates. He has a Billion Beli bounty and ate the Zou Zou no Mi, allowing him to transform into a mammoth. 

It was believe that Jack was killed at sea, but he clearly survived. Of course Kiku’s warning means that Luffy is going to anger Jack. I’m hoping that he does encounter Jack that fight would be epic. Lady Speed arrives with the food, Luffy gets angry at the injustice regarding food distribution. He asks Zoro to “handle” the food situation. 

Meanwhile, Basil Hawkins is intercepted by Law in disguise. Hawkins one of the few people in Wano that knows his identity and Law plans to “finish him off.” Elsewhere, Luffy and Zoro, rescue Tama and steal the food good respectively. After Tama tells Luffy that Holdem used pliers to try to make her “dangos,” he gets pissed and uses his Red Hawk on Holdem. 

Luffy’s epic crushing hits never gets old. Of course Luffy had to punish Holdem for his terrible behavior. A lot of big players are involved in this arc already. Jack, Kiado, Law and Hawkins. I’m excited at the prospect of seeing the other two “Disasters” of the Beast Pirates. If Jack has that high of a beli bounty the others should be just as strong. 

One Piece Chapter 916 Review: Wano Country Sumo Wrestling

Kiku seems to be surprised that Urashima was enraged that she cut off his topknot. This doesn’t make any since to me, considering what I assume is a cultural fact regarding Sumo wrestlers and the value of their topknot’s. Regardless, he attacks her as she apologizes, however, Luffy counters with Gomu Gomu no Thrust. It’s an open palm thrust that clashes with Urashima’s. They both lose their balance and are about to fall out of the ring. They recover, Urashima demands Luffy move so he can “tear Kiku limb from limb.”

Obviously, Luffy would never let that happen. He challenges Urashima to a Sumo match, claiming that he’s “super good,” at Sumo. The newly minted “Sumo Aspiring Pirate: Luffy no Umi,” Luffy get attacked by Urashima’s Bodhisattva Palm. Luffy dodges eat attack without difficulty. Urashima uses Ear Crusher and Eye gouger. Luffy questions where these attacks are against the rules. Luffy uses his Gomu Gomu no Giant Thrust on Urashima.

This sends Urashima flying, as a massive gust of wind blows over the crowd. Zoro gets outed for being the killer of the magistrate and the crowd assumes that they are “rebels.” They go on to save Tama. Kiku apparently is a bit of a ditz. I don’t like that characterization. She’s a clearly competent Samurai, but I didn’t really by that she was so helpless to make decisions for herself. Anyway, Lord Holdem finally shows himself. Tama is being held with in his lion’s mouth. I don’t feel that Tama’s in any real danger, I’m predicting that she use her abilities to make the lion like her. All this as Law and Hawkins arrive.

One Piece Chapter 915 Review: Bakura Town

We are introduced several other SMILE users. One of them is Holdem. He’s a SMILE user whose devil fruit ability allows him to create a lion’s head and forelegs on his waist. What makes him interesting is that the lion is sentient and thinks on it’s own. This leads to them getting into conflicts with each other, they physically assault each other but they inflict damage to themselves because they share a body. Regardless, he asks Tama how she was able to tame the animals. She’s unwilling to tell him and lies. However, Holdem tells her that she “pulled something from her cheek,” he tells his subordinates to “bring pliers,” so he can pull her cheek bu force.

As they are riding into the town, Luffy catches a sumo wrestler that is sent flying. Urashima is dominating other sumo wrestlers in the ring. He apparently has broken, “10 arms, 15 legs, 52 ribs, 4 skulls and 7 spines.” He’s undefeated, he sees Kiku and assumes that she came to be his wife. This triggers the women in the audience who assume that she is a gold-digger. He sends his boys to go get her, Zoro lets them take her. I doesn’t matter as Kiku takes it upon herself to cut Urashima’s topknot off.

This chapter went by real fast. Not much really occurred other than the introduction of more villains. They will almost certainly be quickly defeated by Luffy and Zoro, so they don’t feel like threats. Also I’m not afraid for Tama’s safety. I’m interested is how strong Kiku is compared to say Zoro. I’m not an expert on Japanese culture, but I know that cutting of a samurai’s topknot is considered a major insult if not worse. Will Kiku be able to defeat Urashima? Finally, I literally though the lion was Pekoms. LOL.

One Piece Chapter 914 Review: Leftover Town

O’Tama’s recovery

O’Tama quickly recovers as Zoro notes. Apparently, Bugleweed is a “wonder” drug. The weed doesn’t eliminate all the poison however. O’Tama is sweet and adorable, but I found her humility to be so what annoying. She refuses to accept the food Miss Tsuru offers her. Maybe I’m being too unforgiving. Year of starvation probably make her value food even more that most. Regardless, she does seem to evetually accept the food. It strange that she has issues with starvation, considering her devil fruit ability that allows her to create food like dumplings. She claims that it doesn’t help.

Leftover Town

Zoro ask why the town is called “Leftover.” Basically, when the Shogun Orochi took control of all the food and land they began hording it for themselves. The powerful officials send their rotten food, refuse and other things that they don’t want to be purchased and sold. That is why Leftover Town received it’s name. 20 years ago the Kozuki Clan ruled Wano, the Lord planted a field to feed the people. Oda is clearly setting up to restore the Oden’s to power.

The Gifters

We are quickly being introduced to new villains in this arc. The Gifters are a division of the Beast Pirates, they have been giving “Artificial Devil Fruit,” and each possesses a pair of black horns. They were created by SMILEs, which ” gives them the ability to transform some parts of their body, such as their arms or ears, into different parts of an animal’s body even some animals that live in the ocean.” Batman shoots an arrow at Tsuru for “bad mouthing the shogun,” he claims to have super hearing.

Meanwhile, the Gifter Gazelleman kidnaps O’Tama. Kiku, Luffy and Zoro give chase. It is revealed that Kiku is a samurai herself. I assumed that Zoro would get the legendary sword, but maybe Kiku will keep it. As they enter Bakura Town and prepare for battle, Law is alerted to their presence. He states that they must be stopped otherwise they’ll make a scene. I for one am looking forward to see how Law and his pirate crew fits into this arc.

One Piece Chapter 913 Review: Tsuru repays a favor

Luffy and Zoro face-off against Basil Hawkins. Hawkins says that there’s a 19% chance that “one month from now you all will be alive.” It’s unclear who “all” includes, is it just Luffy and Zoro, or all the Strawhat’s. Regardless, his prediction does not mean much because there’s really no way any of the Strawhat’s will died. Right? It clear that Zoro will receive the legendary sword from Luffy, who clearly has no use for it.

Hawkins has always had a strange power, that feels too powerful but has clear drawbacks. The Wara Wara no Mi devil fruit is a paramecia type, that allows for “the ability to create, manipulate, and transform into straw with damage-redirecting properties at will.” To be more clear you could use straw in a variety of ways, limited only by the imagination of the user. It’s unclear however why the user can use nails as weapons.

Furthermore, Hawkins uses his devil fruit with cartomancy ( fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards) and voodoo magic. Hawkins uses these abilities together, creating “straw men,” that represents other people lives. This allows him to “redirect a single instance of damage,” to another person. His uses his Life Minus ability while fighting Zoro and Luffy. As long as he has multiple “straw man effigies,” he will not receive damage. He states that he had 10 lives at the start of battle, but now he’s left with 9.

One of the reasons I love One Piece is that the devil fruit abilities are so varied. Luffy often displays that varied himself, but Hawkins is another good example. Basil having other abilities makes his devil fruit more valuable. It creates a contrast when Luffy doesn’t use the sword in good conjunction with his devil fruit ability. The fight between Luffy, Zoro and Hawkins ends abruptly as Komachiyo takes them away.

Hawkins uses his Card of Retribution, sending a straw man armed with a sword after them. Zoro faces off against it and while he’s hit with nails he quickly defeats it with Nigiri Toro Samon. He lets Luffy and Zoro escape. The woman Zoro rescued turns out to be tea-house mistress, O-Tsuru. She offers to save O-Tama and heal Zoro. Finally, we see some of the Heart Pirates, Shachi, Bepo and Penguin watching the Luffy and Zoro. This of course signals that Law is also in Wano. I’m really excited for the possibility that Law and the Strawhat’s may join forces against Kiado. This arc continues to get more fun as it gets more intriguing.

One Piece Chapter 912 Review: Amigasa Village

This chapter reminds us of Ace’s and the Whitebeard pirates influence. Ace was one character in One Piece that didn’t have much characterization. One of the small problems of One Piece is the shear volume of characters. This often leaves a lot of characters unknown. Regardless, Oda does seem to be adding to these characters during this arc. Ace apparently was once stranded on the Island where Amigasa Village is located.

As a result of X Drake destroying the village and killing the samurai protecting them, the village became a “lawless wasteland.” When Ace arrived, Amigasa Village was going through a famine, they stole the food from Ace’s ship. Ace got free, but decided to stay with the villagers, growing close to Tama. Luffy takes Tama and goes in search of a doctor, food and water. Luffy is given a kimono and takes a “cursed” O Wazamono-grade sword.

Tama awakens, she continues to accuse Luffy of lying about Ace’s death. As Luffy heads for the weapons factory, he hears someone chasing a woman in the distance. At first he thinks it’s Sanji, then it’s revealed to be Zoro. He’s been hunting animals (that are poisonous) and eating them. This all gives him a stomachache, but it doesn’t stop Luffy from eating. Finally, Basil Hawkins arrives stating that “to survive in Wano Country, they can only either follow the strong or live in hiding.” Luffy and Zoro prepare to fight.

It’s interesting to see how some of the pirates that were billed as Luffy’s equals, Hawkins and X Drake have been bullied into submission by Kaido. They were all apart of the “Worst Generation” the top rookie pirates that had bounties over 100 million beli. I think this speaks to their character or lack thereof as I couldn’t image Luffy working for Kaido. Zoro and Luffy getting together again is exciting, I can’t wait to see how they compare to Hawkins.

One Piece Chapter 910 Review: Now, to Wano

This chapter was largely a throw away, were I’m concerned. It’s not that it doesn’t do anything to progress the story, spoiler alert they reach Wano, it’s that well that’s all that really happens. As I’ve mentioned in the last chapter review, the visual styling of the Wano arc is striking. The koi fish were impressively rendered, I really like the use of thick outlines. Wano seems like a world separate from the rest of the One Piece world.

The chapter opens showing that the Strawhat’s have learned what going on in Reverie. Luffy, Sanji and Chopper get into their usually hi-jinks, fighting with one another as they rip the pieces of the newspaper that they want to read while Nami’s reading it. Oda seems to intend to infuse this arc with Japanese cultural references. Oda’s homage to the famous woodblock print  “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai on page 9 was great.

One potential criticism is that Oda seems to be setting the Strawhat’s for yet another separation. The Strawhat’s are already split in half, I don’t think they also need to be separated individually, it’s tedious. Obviously, I don’t know that Oda is going there but he tends to do that. Finally, giant animals with katana’s is epic.

One Piece Chapter 909 Review: Seppuku

One Piece is just always exciting to read. The world is so big, with so many fun characters. This chapter entitled, “Seppuku” shifts focus from Reverie to Wano. We get more background on some of the characters that may have been forgotten. Nekomamushi and his Mink crew arrive to Whitebeard’s home island. We get reminded that Marco the is alive. Marco the former commander of Whitebeard Pirates, has basically been hiding out trying to do right by Whitebeard.

He fleeing from another character that I forgot about, the alleged son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil. Also known as Whitebeard Jr, Weevil is alleged to be the biological son Whitebeard. His mother Miss Bakkin claims to have been Newgate’s former lover. She completely controls her son, who is strong enough to be a Shichibukai, with a former bounty of 480 million Beli. Together with his mother, has been hunting down former Whitebeard crew mates looking for Weevil’s “inheritance.”

Marco has been hiding out from them, acting as a doctor. We learn that Whitebeard was orphaned on the island that was too poor to join the World Government. Whitebeard send some of his ill gotten gains back to his home island. Regardless, he tells Nekomamushi that he can’t join Luffy but has a message for him. Meanwhile, we pivot to Wano Country, where we get to see the remaining members of the Strawhat crew.

Kin’emon tells Franky, Usopp, Robin and Zoro that they must assimilate into Wano society, to rally support to overthrow Kaido ally, Kurozumi Orochi. He says that it’s important that they keep a low profile. The first thing that struck me about Wano is it’s vibrant and beautiful. While being in black and white of course, I know that it would be a highly colorful. Wano is clearly based on Japan. Regardless, the Strawhat’s are not suppose to get unwanted attention, or they will alert Kiado.

Meanwhile, Zoro posing as a ronin, is under arrest for allegedly murdering 3 people. Due to Zoro having possession of the famed swordsman Ryuma’s, sword Shusui. The clearly corrupt magistrate orders Zoro to commit “Seppuku.” Zoro comments that ” the magistrate himself smells like blood and queries if he is the true culprit,” he then slashes him with the small sword he was given to commit seppuku, seemingly killing the magistrate while cutting the building and part of the ground.

With that epic moment the Wano arc officially begins. Oda has expanded the One piece universe greatly. I wonder how he will balance both Reverie and Wano. This arc seems perfect to witness Zoro’s new skills he hasn’t really fought since the time skip. This chapter creates so many questions. Will we get proof that Weevil is Whitebeard’s son? Will the rest of the Strawhat crew arrive in time? Will we see Kiado in action? Anyway, I’m excited to see what this arc brings.

One Piece Chapter 906 Review – The Holy Land Mary Geoise

This chapter begins at the “top of the World,” or the top of the “red Line” to be exact. The “Holy Land Mary Geoise,” is a sight to behold, grand in size and design. However, true to One Piece all isn’t as it seems. We are introduced to moving ground called the “travelator,” it is quickly revealed that beneath its surface it’s powered by slaves. Oda immediately kills our wonderment showing the reader that the man made forest and moving ground that amaze the privilege comes at the cost of the downtrodden.

As the Ryugu Royal Family enters into the Mariegeoise Pangea Palace, Charloss, the spoiled, nose picking World Noble whom Luffy punched into unconscious, takes note of Shirahoshi. It wouldn’t surprise me if he created an international incident by trying to kidnap her. Inside we get to see the luxury of the royals. While bodyguards are permitted, weapons aren’t. Several fathers approach  Shirahoshi with their unattractive sons, she accidentally insults them.

Meanwhile, Vivi and Carue meet Rebecca and Leo. They talk about their love of Luffy, we also are given a recap of who some of these characters are. The recaps are short and probably needed, but I was reminded how long the One Piece series has been releasing chapters (over 20 years). We also are reminded how much the Strawhat’s have done to liberate kingdoms around the world. One thing I did notice was the similarities between how Rebecca, Shirahoshi, Vivi and Nami look. I love Oda’s art, but clearly he has a creative blind spot, because they all look the same.

We are reintroduced to Sai, King Cobra, Dalton and Dr. Kureha. Finally, we see Doflamingo in Impel Down Level 6. He believes that he will be assassinated for what he know about the “secret treasure found in Geoise. A mysterious shadowy figure enters a seemingly cold room that features a large Straw hat. One Piece continues to amaze me, even a chapter with no action had me on the edge of my seat.

One Piece Chapter 903: Is Luffy now the fifth emperor?

The 903rd chapter of One Piece, “The Fifth Emperor” focuses on the aftermath of the Strawhat’s battle with the Big Mom pirates. One Piece is one of if not the best action anime/manga out there and it’s often a pleasure to read those chapters. However, Oda does excel at telling a story that effective builds the One Piece universe, reminding the readers what’s at stake and how large the world actually is.

After a major arc many pirates receive different amounts in what’s called a bounty. For those who may not know, a “bounty is issued by a government official or by the Marines.” It’s amount is determined by the strength or the danger level the pirate presents.

Most pirates actually like bounties as it’s potentially high amount is a symbol of their strength to the world. The bounty is a tangible symbol of the stories progression. For example in the beginning of the series Luffy was excited to receive his first bounty, which after defeating several top pirates in East Blue was 30 million berry.

Watching his bounty and his crew-mates bounties increase represented their grow both in strength and experience. In this chapter Sanji’s bounty increases to 330 million berry, he’s joyful because it has surpassed Zoro’s 320 million berry bounty. However, he’s not so happy that his bounty seemed to increase due to his familial connections.

Another tool that Oda uses to expand the world and basically recap the recently ended arc is the newspapers. This chapter shows several major characters reading about the exploits of the Strawhat pirates, one of the first news items the paper reveals to the masses is that Luffy now “commands” a fleet of 5000 subordinates, called the “Straw Hat Grand Fleet.” This fleet is formed by seven organizations that have pledge to serve under Luffy.

The fleet’s membership includes, seven divisions, the Beautiful Pirates are First Division and are commanded by Cavendish. The Second Division is led by Bartolomeo and features his Barto Club, the Third Division features the pirate crew, the Happo Navy, the Fourth Division, the Ideo Pirates lead by Ideo, the Fifth Division is headed by the Tontatta Tribe, and their armed forces the Tonta Corps.

The New Giant Warrior Pirates are a five member pirate crew that make up the Sixth Division, lead by Hajrudin. Finally, the Yonta Maria Grand Fleet that features 56 ships, they’re the Seventh Division. We see that Dalton, Dr. Kureha, Crocodile, Cavendish, Bartolomeo, the Firetank Pirates, Blackbeard, Van Augur, Doc Q, Avalo Pizarro and Princess Vivi.

We get to see Koby and Helmeppo as they save the Riku family. I’ve been excited to see the progression of these two, the series obviously focuses on pirates not marines and only in conflict do we get a since of their strength. Helmeppo now possesses Kenbunshoku Haki, and Koby is strong enough to deflect torpedo’s underwater, he’s now a Captain.

The series now heads into the “Reverie Arc,” the 13th story arc of the series and will focus on the royalty gathering for Reverie. This chapter revealed so much and I would recommend reading it, some highlights included Sanji receiving a Raid Suit, Zeus abandoned Big Mom for Nami, Kaido is angered at Luffy for ruining his operations, Big Mom is angry that Morgan (the newspaper writer) suggested that Luffy had defeated her.

The World Economic Journal calls Luffy the fifth Emperor, placing him in the league with the Yonko, Shanks, Big Mom, Kaido and Blackbeard. Brook reveals that he made an error in reporting Luffy’s bounty earlier, and that it’s actual 1.5 Billion berry bounty, the largest known so far in the series.