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 957: Recap & Review, the Legend of the Rock Pirates

Chapter 957: Ultimate


Who are the Rock Pirates?

To say this chapter is the greatest One Piece chapter is certainly a stretch, but it feels like its true. The chapter begins with Admiral Sakazuki and Admiral Fujitora discussing the abolishing of the Shichibukai system. Sakazuki wanted it to remain, but Fujitora was against it. Fujitora tells him to have faith in the SSG (Special Science Group), a newly established project lead by Vegapunk. The conversation pivots to the new alliance between Big Mom and Kiado. Fujitora mentions how their forming the “new Rocks” to which Sakazuki responds “don’t be so dramatic.” Elsewhere, Brannew and Sengoku are briefing the Marines about the alliance. Sengoku comments that most marines aren’t familiar with the story of the Rock Pirates.

Led by Rocks D. Xebec, they formed when they gathered on the pirate island Hachinosu. They were so violent that they often murdered each other, even while on the same ship. Big Mom, Kiado, Whitebeard, Shiki the Golden Lion, Captain John, Silver Axe and Ochoku were members. Due to the unfriendly nature among the crew, many didn’t survive to tell the world about their exploits. Rocks use his crew like a terrorists organization, hoping that he would one day become the Pirate King. Of course the World Government erased the acts from history. Despite this, their actions did reach the generally public. They were defeat 38 years ago, on an island called God Valley.


Monkey D. Garp and Gol D. Roger defeat the Rock Pirates

Garp has been known as the “Hero of the Marines,” for some time now. Having performed heroic acts for decades. One such act was the defeat of the Rock Pirates. He refuses to talk about the accomplishment though. Sengoku notes that there’s two reasons he won’t talk about the feat. First, he had to partner with Gol D. Roger to do it. Second, he was fighting to protect the Celestial Dragons. Normally, the Marines are expected to protect the Celestial Dragons. However, Garp’s morals prevent him from protecting the Celestial Dragons. It’s the primary reason he refused to become an Admiral, as it will put him under their direct control. This event may be the main reason that Gol D. Roger trusted Garp with the protection of his son, Ace.


The bounties of the Yonko

Commodore Brannew explains that Kiado and Big Mom are much bigger threats now than when they were with the Rock Pirates. He then reports the bounties of the Yonko. After a year as a Yonko, Blackbeard has amassed a bounty of 2,247,600,00 billion. The youngest Yonko, with highly regarded executives, Lucky Roo, Usopp’s father Yasopp and Benn Beckman, Shanks has a bounty of 4,048,900,000 billion. Big Mom bounty has reached, 4,388,000,000 billion, with Kiado rounding it out at 4,611,100,000 billion. For comparison, Brannew notes that Whitebeard and Gol D. Roger both had bounties over 5 billion. Expecting both Big Mom and Kiado to create more havoc at Wano, he believes that they both will surpass the bounties of Whitebeard and Roger.

Bounties in One Piece are actually an inaccurate measure of power. They are given based on “perceived level of threat to the world.” The combat abilities of the pirate do matter, but so do number of criminal acts, inciting other to commit crimes and having possession of illegal knowledge like Nico Robin. Finally, Sengoku notes that legendary pirates like Shanks, Roger and Whitebeard all liked Kozuki Oden. Once a division commander in the Whitebeard Pirates, he later became a member of Rogers crew. Sengoku wonders why, “so many powerful individuals have ties to Wano.”

One Piece Chapter 955: Recap & Review

Enma

The One Piece series has always featured swords. However, the series rarely elaborate on swords as a form of fighting. Having largely focused on devil fruits and haki, swords have been left out. Zoro has been the most important swordsmen in the series. Through him we have the most exposure to swords and how they are used in combat. One Piece has classified swords by their qualities. The three classifications are, Meito, Kokuto and Yoto. The Meito (Famed Blade) class is a sword that has gained such fame that it can be recognized by sight. Kokuto (Black Blade) are swords that are blacked colored. Finally, the Yoto (Mystic Blade) class, carries a curse that causes misfortune to its wielder.

The blades classed Meito are also ranked by “grade.” The grades are Grade swords, Skillful grade, Great grade and Supreme grade. There are an undetermined number of Grade Swords as they’re the lowest grade. There are 50 Skillful Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords and 12 Supreme Grade Swords. In chapter 955, titled Enma, Zoro is given his second of two Great Grade Swords. Enma is a Meito that use to belong to Kozuki Oden, it’s also the only weapon said to have harmed Kiado. A masterpiece from the legendary swordsmith Shimotsuki Kozaburo, it is describe as being able to “cut through to the bottom of hell.” Tenguyama Hitetsu believes that if Zoro can make Enma a black blade, it’s rank would increase.

Enma is difficult to wield. Enma is able to draw out the wielders Busoshoku Haki on it’s own, it can result in the force of a strike being greater than intended. It was stated that if Zoro was a lesser swordsmen he would have been turned into a “dry husk.” Zoro is able to force his haki back from the blade. The Wano Country Arc seems to be a turning point in regards to focusing more on swords and the power. The chapter largely focuses on the preparations for the upcoming battle. A handful of days are left until the raid, Robin reveals that the Beast Pirates have 20,000 men and Orochi has 10,000. The Alliance only has 4,000. Clearly, they’re at a numerical disadvantage. However, I think that they have better “quality” of warriors. With Luffy mastering the new Haki and Zoro able to master Enma It think that they will be fine.

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.