One Piece Chapter 983: Recap and Review

Luffy annouces that he will become Pirate King in One Piece chapter 983.
Luffy annouces that he will become Pirate King

Big Mom turns her attention to Nami

I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of One Piece that this arc is currently in the process of setting up battles. One Piece chapter 983: Thunder continues to set up more possible scenarios. At the Onigashima brothel, Big Mom has switched her attention from Usopp and Chopper to Nami. Chopper is happy that they were able to provide a distraction to save Kinemon, however, now Nami is in trouble. Big Mom wants to retrieve Zeus one of the homies that Nami stole. They hope that Sanji could help them but he’s run off to protect the prostitutes. As she gives chase, Big Mom creates new homies from umbrellas and sandals. 

Momonosuki, Zoro, and Kid

Meanwhile, things look dire for some of our heroes. Momonosuki has been chained to a cross. Orochi excites his men with the promise of his execution. Elsewhere, within the Keep, Zoro encounters several Gifters. All devil fruit users, Zoro has his hands full. However, I’m sure how strong each one is. Devil Fruit users vary in strength, so Zoro could slice through most of them. That said I would expect he probably will encounter one that’s too strong to be defeated easily. Killer and Kid are surrounded by some of the Beast Pirates. Kid lands a massive blow on some of them while they bicker about promotions.

Introducing Yamato, the son of Kaido

Luffy battles Page-One and Ulti briefly. Ulti’s angry with Luffy for the harm she caused Page-One. Luffy tells her that he’s going to become King of the Pirates. Beliving only Kiado can become King, she becomes enraged further. Leaping in the air, arching her back, she hits Luffy with a powerful headbutt, Ulti Skull Cannon. Luffy admits that the hit hurt, but is mostly fine. Realizing his strength, Utli, and Page-One uses their devil fruit abilities, Dragon Dragon Fruit Ancient Model: Pachycephalosaurus and Spinosaurus. Luffy grabs Utli by her horns and slams her into the ground. He strikes Page-One under the jaw with Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gun. Ulti grabs him and prepares to use Ulti Meteor. However, she’s knocked by Thunder Bagua from Yamato. He grabs Luffy and runs, stating that he’s been waiting for him. 

This chapter was largely set up until Yamato showed up. I imagine that despite his father, Yamato isn’t an evil pirate. It’s a common trope that the child of a villain isn’t willing to follow in the footsteps of their parents. Would he betray his father? I think it’s possible. The alliance still needs more help if they’re going to challenge Big Mom, Kiado, Orochi, and the Beast Pirates. I also think Charlotte Perospero may prove to be a potential wild card. I don’t think he will join the alliance, but help from the shadows. 

One Piece Chapter 982: Recap and Review

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One Piece Chapter 982: Recap and Review

Luffy runs into two Headliners in chapter 982 of One Piece.
Luffy runs into two Headliners

In chapter 982 of One Piece, Scoundrel Meets Scoundrel, Kanjuro has finally brought Momonosuke to a partying Orochi and Kiado. After attempting to escape, Momonosuke was brutally beaten by Kanjuro. Kaido is disappointed that Momonosuke is still a child. Oda has been pointing out how evil Orochi’s regime is, Kanjuro provided a new low. Furthermore, Orochi plans on celebrating with Momonosuke’s execution. Kanjuro informs Orochi that the samurai haven’t been stopped. Fukurokuju assures Orochi that there are no signs of the alliance. Underestimating the alliance may prove to be the handicap they need. 

Nekomamushi and Marco join a group on Polar Tang. Meanwhile, Denjiro captures one of the Headliners, Sasaki. Denjiro and his forces move forward inside the dome, splitting into two groups. In the east, Chopper and Usopp have attacked Big Mom, leading her away from the samurai. Inside the brothel, Nami, Carrot, and Shinobu encounter Prometheus. Elsewhere in the castle, Luffy runs into Headliners, Ulti, and Page One. As I stated in the previous review, I believe that One Piece is going to separate the alliance into smaller groups. Denjiro’s team splitting up suggests that I may be right. At this point, it’s unclear how strong Luffy is compared when he fought Kaido. While it’s not likely he going to fight both Headliners, battling one will be a good opportunity to showcase his new abilities. One Piece chapter 982 is still building up to the inevitable battles. I can’t wait. 

One Piece Chapter 981:Recap and Review, Marco returns

One Piece Chapter 981:Recap and Review, Marco returns

Captain Kid attacks Apoo in chapter 981 of One Piece.
Captain Kid attacks Apoo

Luffy, Kid, and the others are overwhelmed

As predicted, neither Luffy nor Kid could manage to hide their identities for long. One Piece chapter 981, Engagement, opens with Kid delivering a devasting hit on the traitor Apoo. Understandably, Kid is outraged and resentful of Apoo’s behavior. Generally, unable to trust anyone, Kid seems particularly hurt and maybe embarrassed by the events that lead to his defeat at the hands of Kiado. Apoo is nihilistic. He doesn’t think that it was ever possible to defeat an emperor and the alliances between pirates always end badly. Queen orders the Beast Pirates to kill Luffy, Zoro, Kid, and Killer. However, they’re overwhelmed by the Beast Pirates. They flee after one of the Numbers, Haccha attacks them. It’s revealed that Apoo’s devil fruit ability can only “reach where you can hear them.” 

The Samurai make their move

Kinemon and his group are on the eastern side of Onigashima. The Beast Pirates are still unaware of their presents, so the samurai have altered their plans. Instead of sending the full force to the rear entrance, they are instead opting to split into two groups. They hope to trap Orochi and Kiado. However, they arrive at an unexpected obstacle, a brothel that houses one of the Flying Six, Black Maria. Lucky for them (unlucky for Sanji) the brothel was empty due to news of Luffy’s arrival. As they pass someone leaves the brothel, it’s Big Mom. Meanwhile, her children arrive in Wano, looking to take Luffy’s head. Suddenly, Marco the Phoenix arrives, sending them falling back down the waterfall. He’s joined by Izo and Nekomamushi, as the prepare to join the fray. 

Marco the Pheonix returns

More help arrives

Oda was smart to reintroduce a character, Marco, while also using him to prevent the Big Mom Pirates from entering Wano. The Strawhat’s alliance is already a major underdog, adding Big Mom’s children would be overkill. Izo is an underdeveloped character so far. The most important thing we know about him is that he’s from Wano, the older brother of Kikunojo (one of the Nine Red Scabbards), and he’s the commander of the 16th division. We can assume he’s powerful because he’s a commander other than that his abilities are unknown. Nekomamushi is a different story. While I don’t think he has shown all his abilities, he’s at least as strong as Jack

One Piece is still setting the stage for the upcoming battles. The Beast Pirates remain ignorant of most of the intruders. If Luffy, Kid, Zoro, and Killer can continue to be a distraction they might go undetected. That said I expect this arc to result in many characters separating into even smaller groups, eventually resulting in one on one battles. That said it’s probably in the best for them to avoid one on one battles with Big Mom and Kiado.

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

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: The 10 biggest events & reveals from the Wano Country Arc (so far)

The 31st arc in the One Piece series, the Wano Country Arc focuses on the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance. They hope to ally with warriors within Wano Country in order to liberate the people from the shogun Orochi, and Kiado. So far the arc has revealed some important and interesting facts about the world and the characters in this series. So let’s get to the top ten:


Whitebeard and Gol D. Roger clash in One Piece chapter 966
Whitebeard and Gol D. Roger clash in chapter 966

Ace helped feed the people of Wano

In Chapter 911, Luffy encounters Tama. He learns that Ace help feed the people during the famine four years prior. Tama was waiting for Ace to return. Unfortunately, Luffy has to inform her of Ace’s death. Ace washed up on shore. He was tied up by the villagers, who stole all the food and supplies they had. Ace easily broke free, then asks them “where he could get them dessert?”

The cruel effects and use of SMILE

Kurozumi Orochi used defective leftover fruits and feed them to the poor citizens of Wano. One of the side effects of SMILE is inability of the user to express negative emotion. This results in the miserable townspeople always smiling and laughing despite how they feel. Much to Orochi’s liking.

Levely and the Shichibukai system ends

Levely, the council that features the 50 world leaders from 170 nations ends. With the aide of Fujitora, King Nefertari Cobra and Riku Doldo manage to successfully lobby to end the Shichibukai system. As a result, Mihawk, Boa Hancock, Buggy, Edward Weevil and Kuma are stripped of those titles and the protection that it affords them. The Marines attempt to arrest them. The World Government hope to replace the Shichibukai with the newly created SSG.

The history of Kozuki Oden

Oden was the son of shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki, this means that Momonosuke is the rightful heir to the shogunate. Oden’s wife Toki was born during the Void Century and travel to his time using her Devil Fruit ability. While with the Roger Pirates, he wrote Roger’s message on the Poneglyph in Skypiea. Oden wanted to open Wano’s borders to create “massive change in the world.”

Secrets and betrayals

  • Orochi with the help of a Kurozumi Higurashi, plots to become shogun. He steals money from Oden, while Higurashi uses her Mane Mane no Mi devil fruit to impersonate Sukiyaki. Orochi was successful in taking over Wano.
  • Scratchmen Apoo was secretly working for Kiado, setting up the Hawkins and Kid Pirates for Kiado.
  • X Drake is an undercover member of a secret Marine unit called SWORD.

Kiado’s devil fruit and power

Kiado was already introduced as a power beast that can’t be defeated. This arc revealed how strong he is (compared to Luffy) and that his devil fruit is the a Mythical Zoan. Turning into a massive blue Eastern dragon, Kiado can fly and shoot devastating blast. In his normal for he’s able to easily defeat Luffy, while the later is in Fourth Gear.

Oden joined Whitebeard’s Pirate Crew

After seeking out Whitebeard’s crew after they wash up on shore, Oden is initially refuse the right to join. Whitebeard was concerned with his character. Oden attempted to stow away by clinging to a chain. If Oden could ride the chain for three days, Whitebeard agreed to let him join. However, with only ten minutes remaining Oden drifted away. He encountered Toki, who was being kidnapped by human traffickers. Willing to protect her from them at all cost, Whitebeard intervened, offering him a place on his crew after witnessing his heroics.

Big Mom and Kiado form an alliance

Big Mom arrives to Wano after following the Strawhat’s. However, Kiado doesn’t want her or her crew to enter the country. He sends his crew to stop her. In the confrontation, Big Mom is knocked off her ship and shows up on the beach. With amnesia, Chopper tricks her into helping them free Luffy from Udon prison. After a confrontation with Queen, she captured. Kiado and Big Mom meet again after 38 years and clash. However, they decided to form an alliance and take over the World.

Learning about the Rocks Pirates

The Rocks Pirates are revealed to be a crew that were lead by Rocks D. Xebec, that included Whitebeard, Kiado, Shiki and Big Mom among others. Xebec dreamed of becoming King of the World. Formed on Hachinosu, they became the strongest crew during their time. When they attack the World Nobles, Monkey D. Garp and Roger teamed up to stop them. Five year after them form members began creating their own crews.

The Laugh Tale

The island at the end of the New World that holds the One Piece is called Laugh Tale. Named by Gol D. Roger, it was discovered to be home of the treasure left by Joy Boy. By using the Road Poneglyphs and aligning four islands, the Laugh Tale can be located. At this point in the story, Gol D. Roger and his crew are the only ones who have seen the island. According to the Roger Pirates, Joy Boy’s treasure reveals what happened in the Void Century, the “true nature of the Ancient Weapons, and the meaning of the initial D.”

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.

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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.

Dr. Stone’s Boichi reproduces One Piece Chapter 51

In a one shot that celebrates 22 years of One Piece, Boichi redraws the fight between Mihawk and Zoro. Boichi is the pen name of Mujik Park. He is best known for the current manga series, Dr. Stone. Chapter 51, titled “Roronoa Zoro Falls Into the Sea.” Boichi recreates the chapter 51 and 52 page by page. If you aren’t familiar with Boichi’s art it’s spectacular.

The fight between Zoro and Mihawk occurred during the Krieg Pirates‘ siege on the Baratie. Zoro challenges Mihawk to a duel. Zoro is easily defeated, but Mihawk gains respect for him. Mihawk allows him to live and tells him to get stronger for when they fight again. There are some changes from the original, after Zoro is defeated Luffy attacks Mihawk, but doesn’t land a hit. Some scenes are omitted. Regardless, it’s great to see this chapter drawn by such a talented mangaka. Hopefully, we will get some more.

Check the chapter out here.