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.”

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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.

Shonen Manga Round Up – August 6, 2019

Samurai 8 #13 – Seeing Courage

Ata states that Hachimaru has “potential,” but lacks “strength and ability.” Hachimaru calls Hayatarou to help. They create a second arm to strike Ata, who is impressed by the communication between Hachimaru and Hayatarou. Ata says that Hachimaru “wasn’t suppose to exists.” Regardless, Ata tries to finish Hachimaru off. Master Daruma finally returns. Daruma acknowledges that Hachimaru “has courage.” Daruma attacks Ata with Vajrayaksa Style Dog Paddle, then Vajrayaksa Atmospheric Blade.

This results in a devastating attack that appears to defeat Ata. While Hachimaru’s father is stable, he’s likely to die. It turns out that Ata wasn’t actually present, he sent a replica of himself. I don’t know how I feel about that. It feels like a cop out. As my usual complaints about this series, is the fighting system. The final attack by Daruma was impressive, but how did he do it. He was wet afterward, is it a water based attack, does it matter? The final surprise is that Hachimaru has “brothers.” That has really pique my interest regarding the series.


My Hero Academia #238 – Liberation

Tomura Shigaraki decides that he no longer needs the hands of his family. This symbolizes his growth as a character. He has accepted that he killed his family and the fact that he wanted their death. Re-Destro tries to end his conflict with Tomura by using 100 % of his “Stress” ability. However, Tomura easily disintegrates Re-Destro’s ability. In doing so he almost destroys Deika City. Desperate, Re-Destro summons his “support item” to increase his quirk ability. Now his power is increase to 150%, but Tomura doesn’t seem to care. Compress and Daruma get into a conflict over how the organization functions.

Gigantomachia destroys the city, as Geten heads towards Re-Destro. When Gigantomachia finally reaches Tomura, he stops as he witnesses Tomura embracing evil. Tomura releases a his power creating a devastating attack. The Meta Liberation Army is likely to lose to the League of Villains at this point. They have served their purpose, by having other villains to fight and kill is different from killing heroes. The MLA are new characters that we don’t have any attachment to. If anything we are attached to the League. Tomura is becoming a truly powerful villain, I wonder how Midoriya will respond.


One Piece #951 – Rampage

One Piece is transitioning or I should say building up to the fight between the Strawhat, allies and Kiado’s crew. The Flower capital is on lockdown, as the alliance become wanted criminals. Shinobu and Sanji discuss the situation on a nearby rooftop. Nami comes into contact with Law’s crewmates, Bepo, Shachi and Penguin. It’s revealed that they were freed in exchanged for Law. He makes it clear to them that they’re not to tell Luffy that he’s been captured. Kanjuro intents to give Yasuie a proper burial, while, Ashura Doji show Kin’emon and Inuarashi the ships that they can use. Finally, on Onigashima, the Beast Pirates rush to make sweets for Big Mom. King is criticized for failing to kill Big Mom at the waterfall.

She asks King to join her crew, as he’s one of three races she doesn’t yet have. He quickly refuses. Big Mom demands that her cuff be removed. Kiado arrives and tells them to unchain her. She uses Napoleon, as she and Kiado clash. Like the previous conflict between Yonko, they spite the sky. I won’t be getting my hopes for Big Mom vs Kiado, as it will most likely happen off screen. However, the effects of the battle could handicap Kiado for any battle with Luffy. There seems to be too much going on for the battle that’s suppose to take place in a few days. This leads me to assume that many characters probably won’t participate, like Usopp or Nami. Instead they will do smaller things like freeing Law from prison.

One Piece Chapter 950: Recap & Review

Chapter 950, The Dream of the Strong

Kid and Killer finally free themselves from the handcuffs. They decide to leave Udon and find the remaining crewmates. Luffy offers to form an alliance with Kid, but he declines. However, Kid has soured on alliances after the betrayal of Hawkins and Apoo. Kid states that he will never trust anyone outside of crew again. Meanwhile, the prisoners have a hard time accepting that Luffy us a pirate. Considering how most characters in One Piece are pirates, it’s sometimes lost on some that the rest of the world doesn’t always trust any pirates. Luffy always proves to be an exception.

Raizo and Kawamatsu tries to vouch for Luffy’s character. Hyogoro fears the outcome. Meanwhile, Chopper tries to find a cure for mummy. He has what accounts for a conversation considering his condition. When the prisoners see Momonosuke they become inspired, confusing him for his father. They begin to bow to him. I think that Luffy will be a leader in this arc, but he can’t be the only one. He’ll need members of the Nine Red Scabbards to take the lead and of course, Momonosuke and his sister. Ashura Doji explains that many allies of Onigashima attempted to avenge him a decade ago.

However, they were killed. Ashura decides that he and his group will join the alliance. Zoro along with Hiyori (Momonsuke’s sister) is searching for Gyukimaru to get the Shusui sword back. Finally, Law gets captured by Hawkins. His plans to interrogate him to find about the alliance intentions. If Law did tell Hawkins their plans, Luffy will just screw it up anyway, so it won’t really matter. One thing that is good about this arc is that the allies are dominating the fight. Zoro had his sword stolen, Luffy was dominated by Kiado, Kidd also got defeated while his friend (Killer) was exposed to SMILE. Of course they are going to win, but how much will they sacrifice to get there.

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 946: Recap & Review

I have been predicting and anticipation the conflict between Big Mom and Queen for several chapters now. However, I had envisioned their fight to well be more competitive than it ended up being. Basically, Big Mom lays waste to Queen. She swings him around and then slams him to the ground. Defeated but not dead Queen returns to his original form. I also predicted that the resulting damage would help Luffy and the prisoner in some way. This prediction turned out to be accurate.

When Big Mom slams Queen she accidentally free Kid and Killer from their torture. She also manages to break the cell door that was holding Kawamatsu. It is assumed that Kawamatsu was long dead so they won’t bother to find him. The Beast Pirates are unable to contact Kiado or anyone outside of Udon prison. Caribou explains how the Tanishi snail system works. Caribou is being helpful right now but he can’t be trusted. It’s in his best interest to be useful for the moment.

Big Mom finally gets the oshiruko. The pot turns out to be empty however. Luffy foolishly admits to eating the oshiruko. Predictably, Big Mom is not pleased. She attacks Luffy, destroying the ground surrounding them. Of course, Luffy and Hyogoro aren’t suppose to leave the ring without triggering their collars. In his desperation to save them Luffy uses Advanced Busoshoku Haki to rip the collars off. Big Mom decries that she wasn’t able to share the oshiruko with the villagers.

I believe that Oda is going to use this arc to give Big Mom a more of a character arc. With her memory loss she was vulnerable but is able to develop new and different relationships with people like the villagers. She almost certainly will get her missing memories back, but they won’t override the new memories of kindness she has received. Finally, in order to get Luffy to master the new Haki, Hyogoro tells Luffy he needs to train by fighting with Big Mom.

One Piece Chapter Recap & Review

Chapter 943, SMILE

Wow. Every once in a while Oda shows his genius in storytelling. Creating unexpected twists, clever plot development and heartbreaking moments. One Piece was always and will continue to be the standard for manga, especially shonen manga. In the previous chapter, Yasuie meet his end at the hands of Orochi. This resulted in the towns people laughing while crying. SMILE was introduced back in the Punk Hazard arc (ch: 689). An artificial Zoan Devil Fruit created with SAD, by Doflamingo and Caesar Clown. We were lead to believe that it created devil fruit users and nothing else.

It is explained that SMILE is responsible for stripping the people of Ebisu Town of their sadness. Shinobu explains that SMILE has several effects, they cause the eater to ” lose the ability to swim as well as the ability to express negative emotions, causing them to only be able to express joy.” SMILE also only has an 1 in 10 success rate when giving devil fruit abilities. This explains the why the Beast Pirates aren’t all devil fruit users, while putting a limitation on the drugs effectiveness. She explains the ranks of the Beast Pirates, The Waiters are those who have yet to eat any fruits, the Gifters are those who obtained an ability after eating a SMILE fruit and the Pleasures are those who did not gain any abilities after eating a SMILE fruit and can only smile.

Kiado, Doflamingo and Caesar named it SMILE after the negative effect. With the defective fruits still possessing the negative side effects, Orochi used them to force the civilians of Ebisu Town to lose their ability to express anger and sadness. He hated the sorrow and grief they expressed when their families members died. The saddest part of this chapter comes when Toko tries to bring her father back with medicine. Orochi notices her and takes aim, shooting at her. Sanji and Zoro save her shocking the citizens. As I predicted the corrupt behavior of Orochi will come back to bite him as the citizens will turn on him. I’m excited to see him get what he deserves.

One Piece Chapter 941 Recap & Review

Chapter 941, The talk of Ebisu Town

Fukurokuju reveals that they have captured Ushimitsu Kozo. Held in the Rasetsu District’s prison, turns out that he’s also the, “Yasuie the Hedgehog,” the former daimyo of Hakumai and the father of Toko. This chapter largely jumps between the various locations in the arc showing the many reactions between the characters. Toko runs to save her father, without realizing that she is also a target. Orochi and his forces have so far done a number of terrible things, however, killing even a minor character will take there cruelty on step further.

Mt. Atama is set on fire surprisingly by Kin’emon and Inuarashi. Attempting to get Ashura Doji (Shutenmaru) to join the fray. The failure so far of the plans of Oden’s allies has resulted in Kin’emon becoming desperate. However, as terrible his arson is, it has the desired effect. Shutenmaru and his men conclude that Holdem is responsible, then they head to Bakura Town to get revenge.

Yasuie’s pending execution is shaping up to be a major catalyst in this arc. He may welcome it with a smile but it doesn’t appear that the people do. Having spent years doing good regardless of the person, he has earned a great deal of good will. If they did kill him it would almost certainly result in some sort of revolt. Orochi and his allies have consistently increased the animosity that the people have for them. With the Strawhat’s and allies interference the people have become more embolden when given some sense of kindness. Also, old allies of Oden are slowly being reactivated.

As I have stated before, I think keeping the traitors all together will make freeing them easier, largely because the Strawhat’s don’t have to go looking for them. In addition to that, at the prison we have even more Oden allies. My best prediction is that Tonoyasu is killed, resulting in the Oden allies starting the conflict. Finally, with Luffy and Hyo eating all the o-shiruko, Big Mom will probably destroy everything.

One Piece Chapter 940: Recap & Review

Chapter 940, The Spark of Rebellion

We learn some interesting facts. First, Law has left the Strawhat’s and Ebisu Town to save his crewmates. He was offended by the “doubt” that Shinobu had. Law now has a lack of trust now. The question is does this only apply to Shinobu or all the Strawhat’s. My best guess is that it doesn’t apply to the Strawhat’s or a least not Luffy. The reveal that Komurasaki swindled three men seem pointless other than showing how they scammed civilians. Regardless, this will probably matter later.

Meanwhile, Luffy and Hyo continue to fight in the ring. He’s largely unbothered by the opponents so he is focusing primarily on learn the new haki technique. So far he hasn’t made any progress. Hyo informs Luffy that it’s called “Ryuo” which means “flows.” Hyo tries to explain the subtly in learning the technique. There’s no way that Luffy will learn that way. Nuance is not Luffy’s thing. I like that Luffy announces that he plan’s on defeat all the Yonko’s. However, Shanks is one of them.

Does that mean that Luffy will fight him? Or is that an error on Oda’s part? Beating the Yonko doesn’t require killing them so it may not be a big deal. Of course that’s a long way away considering that Luffy is 0-2 against the two Yonko he’s faced so far, Big Mom and Kaido. In addition to that, Blackbeard has two devil fruits and his crew is going to be difficult to beat. This arc continues to build the number of former allies of Oden that are primed to aid his children and get revenge on Orochi. Finally, Big Mom and Chopper arrive. This arc’s going to get epic.

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 Chapter 934 Review – Hyogoro of the Flower

The Big Mom Pirates debate what to do. Perospero notes that Big Mom must still be alive because of her Vivre card. They assume that Kaido and his crew has taken her captive. Smoothie states that it’s unlikely to be true for their mother. In the Kuri Wastelands, Big Mom heads to Udon on a “crocoturtle that she tamed with two punches.” Big Mom seems to have lost just her memories of who she is, but not her power and her willingness to use it. Still hungry, Big Mom asks were Udon is located.

Nami, Robin, Brook, Shinobu, and Kanjuro discuss the events at Orochi’s palace. Robin says that she is “ashamed,” to have gained so little information. She then rattles off a large lists of information she did uncovered. Most importantly, Brook reveals that he found a poneglyph in the basement of the palace. However, He wasn’t able to write it down. Robin concludes that the poneglyph is at Kaido’s headquarters in Onigashuma.

Meanwhile, Sanji, Usopp, Franky, and Law are in the Flower Capital, the citizens mourn the death of Komurasaki’s. The Smart Den Den Mushi, the “smartsnail” is introduced. We learn that Kid has escaped from Udon’s prison. At the prison, Luffy is harassed by Gaoler Alpacaman who grossly spits on Luffy as he speaks. It’s unlikely that Kid escaped, as he didn’t remove his seastone handcuffs. Grandpa Hyo is assaulted by the guards, he refuse to give up his kibi dango.

Hyo reveals himself to be Hyogoro of the Flower. Luffy’s actions reminded him of ” the old days when noble men lived in Wano,” and he is now “willing to die with this fulfillment.” When Luffy sees him being attacked, he predictably charges at the guards. As he does so, Queen arrives, commenting on the noise. My first though regarding Queen’s arrival was that he and Big Mom are going to fight. We haven’t witness Big Mom fight in a full battle. I think this could be an opportunity for us to see what she’s capable of. It appears that the Strawhat’s are going to meet at the bathhouse.

I’m a little tired of the Strawhat’s being separated. I look forward to seeing them together again. This is the second so can impenetrable prison that Luffy has found himself trapped in. He will likely escape in the same way that he did in Impel Down, by inspiring the other prisoners to riot. This would probably lead to him having more support than he would normally. Also, apparently Page One wasn’t difficult for Sanji.

One Piece Chapter 933 Review – A Samurai’s Mercy

As Lord Orochi demands that Komurasaki beg for her life, we learn that his devil fruit is called the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi. She refuses to beg, resulting in Orochi becoming further enraged and rampaging. His eight head beg to attack people almost at random. Eventually, he captures Komurasaki in one of his mouths. Robin tries to flee with Toko, as the still laughing girl asks her to ave Komurasaki. Meanwhile, the ninja’s continue to pursue her.

Brook rescues her, by using his soul to appear as a ghost. It’s at this point you realize that most of the citizen or certainly the ninja are ignorant of the devil fruit abilities. It was made clear at the beginning of the Wano arc, that Wano Country is isolated from the rest of the world and have no affiliation with World Government. The consequence of this is a lack of knowledge of the rest of the world. When Brook uses his soul ability the ninja’s assume that he’s a mythological ghost called Gashadokuro. When Robin uses her Gigantesco Mano ability the ninja wonders if she’s a ghost as well.

In the ceiling, Shinobu tells Nami that they need to back up Robin and Brook. They are confronted by a ninja named Hanzo. He seems to remember her as a more beautiful, kunoichi dubbed the “man killer.” He thinks he made a mistake as she has gained a lot of weight. Insulted, she uses Ninja Art: Ball Crusher, then Ninja Art: Paralysis. She then knocks the ceiling down knocking out some of Lord Orochi’s heads. Meanwhile, during all the chaos, Kyoshiro “kills” Komurasaki. I don’t believe that she dead. It seems more likely that her “death” was staged.

Lord Orochi is upset that Kyoshiro would kill her. He claims that it “was a samurai’s mercy.” He then notices the hidden message from the Kozuki Family. Orochi takes his attention from Komurasaki to Toko. However, Nami uses Zeus to unleash a devastating thunder attack. We don’t see the result of this, as we head to the beach to find Tsuru feeding Big Mom. Still without her memory, Big Mom is grateful for their kindness. Chopper is concerned that Big Mom will regain her memory at any point. He tells her that there’s a lot of shiruko in Udon.


Chopper is clever here. Sending Big Mom to go to Udon prison could at least be the distraction needed to free Luffy and if she regains her memory all the better. If Udon is so hard to escape from someone with Big Mom’s power could can help. How much manipulation Chopper needs to engage with to get Big Mom to help remains to be seen, but she still seems to be obsessed with food. The chapter ends with us being told that the ” decisive battle against the Beasts Pirates will occur in nine days.” Now what does this mean in terms of time. Is it nine days in real time or in the One Piece universe? It seems like it makes more since that it’s in the One Piece universe. Regardless, I’m excited to see this battle. I’m hoping it could rival the war with the Whitebeard Pirates.

One Piece Chapter 932 Review – The Shogun and the Courtesan

Chapter 932 Cover

Robin is threatened with death. If she “tells the truth,” she will die a painless death, however, if she lies she will be susceptible to “excruciating torture.” When asked “what is she doing here?” she responds that she is “tracking the flow of money inside the flower capital.” When she answers she’s attacked with shuriken’s, but Robin disappears. She used her devil fruit abilities to create a human clone of herself. Robin confirms that she was spotted to Nami, Brook and Shinobu, and there are 11 ninja in the castle.

Robin returns to the banquet hall, Orochi greets her. When the Oniwabanshu being crawling across the ceiling, Robin uses a mask to hide her face. The conversation shifts to how the yakuza uses brute force against their enemies. Orochi tells his men that this year “marks the 12th since the death of Oden Kozuki.” He tells them of the plot of the “nine Red Sheaths,” to get revenge and take “his head.” His men seem to think he’s delusional and shouldn’t be concerned with the followers of Oden.

O-Toko uncontrollable laughter

He believes that the attacks on Jack and Yokozuna may have come from Kinemon. Orochi claims that he saw Oden die with his own eyes, but the dead body of his son, Momonosuke was never recovered. I’ve complained about the size of the characters in this arc, but some of them are obviously needed. It’s interesting to see the adversaries in this arc speak and we get a since of their motivation. Orochi’s men don’t take this threat seriously. We know that he’s right but they don’t. This is of course to the benefit of the Strawhat’s and Kinemon.

Komurasaki slaps Orochi

O-toko begins laughing, much to the ire of Orochi. The little girl can’t control her laughter, Orochi draws his sword when Komurasaki tells him to “stop.” She even goes as far as slapping him. She seems to justify her actions by claiming that she “won’t yield a single step, when she believe she right.” She stands in front of Orochi as he activates his devil fruit, transforming into a eight headed dragon. Komurasaki claims that as a daughter of a samurai, she would rather die than be a “weak” wife. Orochi calls her a whore. Meanwhile, Robin grabs O-toko, exposing herself to the ninja.

Orochi in his Devil Fruit form

I’ve stated this before, while I love the art style of One Piece it is almost impossible to tell the difference between some female characters. I couldn’t tell which characters was Robin or Komurasaki. It’s a small problem though, but considering the variety of character designs this series has it’s interesting that all his “beautiful woman” tend to look the same. Maybe he models them after his wife or something. Komurasaki is clearly the daughter of one of the samurai, probably the daughter of Oden and sister of Momo. I wonder if Robin will be able to escape from this situation, carrying O-toko will make this harder. That said Brook, Nami and Shinobu are waiting.

One Piece Chapter 930 Review – Ebisu Town

Zoro in Ebisu Town

Zoro arrives to Ebisu Town, where he’s greeted pleasantly by the starving residents. Each of them mentions how hungry and malnourished they are while smiling. Yasu tells him that “since humans have been blessed with the gift of laughter, it would be wasteful not to use it.” They citizens mention that Ushimitsu Kozo arrived last night. Kozo is a thief that steals from the rich to give to the poor. His motives are unclear.

Big Mom arrive for Luffy

Big Mom arrives

In a surprising turn, Big Mom and her pirates arrive at Onigashima searching for Luffy. Having tied carp to her ship, they’re being pull up the waterfall. Kiado, demands that his subordinates stop them. Fearing an “All out war,” Kiado grows more fearful of Big Mom causing trouble. King arrive in the form of pteranodon using his Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon. He causes the ship of Big Mom to flip over, sending her into the sea. Obviously, Big Mom won’t meet her end her. However, being a devil fruit user she can’t swim, I wonder if her children can save her.

Big Mom falls into the sea

Sanji and his Raid Suit

In the Flower Capital, Law, Sanji, Usopp and Franky are fleeing the Beast Pirates as they try to find Sanji. Law discourages Franky from fighting sighting it’s risks. However, when a woman is under attack from Page One in his spinosaurus form. He demands that they call out to Sangoro and they do so. The civilians flee before Hawkins and Drake arrive, however, Sanji prepares to use his Raid Suit as it protects him from injury and will conceal his identity.

Oda has found a convenient way to get Sanji to use the suit that he refused to use before. It seems like Kiado’s subordinates are going to have dinosaur devil fruit abilities. Considering the vast variety of dinosaur species Kiado may have many Ancient Zoan-type devil fruit users. So far we have only seen three, X Drake, Allosaurus, Page One, Spinosaurus and King, Pteranodon. They’re all aligned with the Beast Pirates. This chapter is the rare one that didn’t feature Luffy at all. This arc does feel that it’s rushed , there’s so many characters both new and old that it can be difficult to focus. Regardless, another great chapter.

One Piece Chapter 925 Review – Blank

The chapter with Perona learning that Moriah is alive. She leaves Shikkearu Kingdom to go find him. We get to see, Gekko Moriah, Catarina Devon, Pizarro and Blackbeard (with his new beard) for the first time after the time-skip. Gekko confronts the Blackbeard Pirates, looking for Blackbeard. Shiliew of the Rain reveals that he has taken the Suke Suke no Mi from a deceased Absalom. 

Catarina consumed the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Kyubi. She’s now Captain of the 6th ship in Blackbeard’s crew, with Pizarro heading the 4th. Teach is reveal to have a new look and is the first Yonko to have his bounty shown: 2,247,600,000 Belli. Teach now has the highest bounty so far in the series. He asks Moriah to join his crew, as he reveals that not only has the Revolutionary Army clashed with Fujitora and Ryokugyu over Kuma.

Meanwhile, we switch to the second act of the Wano Country Arc. Tama is fine, but Luffy has been imprisoned. Shutenmaru and Inuarashi fight briefly. Finally, we are introduced to the last two members of Kiado’s three disasters, King the Wildfire and Queen the Plague. After a week off, Oda gets right back into it. He largely skips the details, instead opting for reintroducing other characters while they explain what happened. It’s a good way to remind us of other characters and quickly get’s us back to speed on what happen in the last chapter.

Moriah has been down on his luck since Luffy beat him. I think he better join Blackbeard otherwise they’ll likely kill him and take his devil fruit. One criticism I have of Oda is his tendency to “of screen” the battles between the Revolutionary Army and their adversaries. He did it when they fought the Blackbeard Pirates and now when they fight against the Marines. I assume this is because he wants to prevent us from seeing their abilities yet. 

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.