Welcome back to another anime review.
The days get tougher for all One Piece fans as the latest episodes offered the viewers with tears. It is truly heartbreaking to see these visuals but it is a part of the story. Today we are going to discuss episodes 940 and 941. Let’s dive in.
Yasui is about to be executed as an offering for the deceased Komurasaki. As soon as Orochi arrives at the scene his execution will begin.
Yasui tries to save his fellow people by reverting the attention from the flyer that was distributed. In his words, it was a ruse created by himself to trick Orochi and his people because of boredom.
Oda has written Yasui’s character brilliantly. He is a valiant person, even in the face of danger does no yield towards the fear. Nearing his death he gives a second chance for the Wano people to recuperate and continue their plan to recapture the Wano of the past.
Yasui also is able to discredit Orochi. He knits the story in such a way that it may show that Orochi’s plans were feeble and unnecessary. The respect of his followers and subordinates lost due to this may lead to internal aggression. This was supposedly Yasuie’s plan.
Orochi will never measure up to the greatness of Kozuki Oden, the former shogun of Wano. This ticks off Orochi in such a manner as insulting his smallest of hairs.
As Otako rushes to her father’s side, Yasuie is clear about his fate and prepared to cross over to the other side. He advises the children to cover his eyes and sing and dance with him as he faces his last moments. The sight of the gunshot from Orochi is the signaling of bad times to come.
One of the most saddest scenes was the passing away of Yasuie. He was an inspiration towards the people of Wano and a guiding light towards the Akazaya Nine.
In their childhood days, the Akazya nine were caught for stealing money to help their master, Kozuki Oden. Yasui had caught them and offered them encouraging advice. He gave the stolen money and some extra money to them. He provided straightforward advice telling them to use the money to educate themselves, to train themselves, and to learn new manners. One day Oden is to become Shogun of Wano and his retainers must be the greatest samurai in Wano.
The first one who believed in their worth was Yasuie and seeing him die will light a fire in their hearts. The demise of Yasui by a barrage of bullets is more than our hearts can bear. The last sight before his demise was the sight of his daughter Otoko, running towards his side. Tears flow out of him uncontrollably as he realizes he is going to be gone forever leaving his daughter back. The pain is unbearable and the citizens of Wano share the same feelings. Rest In Peace Yasuie- San.
Yasui falls from the tall pedestal and bleeds on the ground. Surrounding his remains are the citizens of Ebisu town. Zoro is in shock at Yasuie’s demise. He regrets that he couldn’t save him.
The townspeople and Otoko of Ebisu town start to laugh. Tears are flowing through their cheeks but they still laugh without stopping. Zoro is enraged and rushes to do something about this. He is right to feel that Yasuie requires more respect than this. Hiyori quickly stops him and tells him the secret of the filth that has crossed over to Ebisu Town. All emotions of the people have been taken away leaving the smile. Orochi and Kaido have caused this due to the SMILE Fruit.
Wano Kuni spectates the death of a former Daiymo. Shinobu and Kanjuro run towards the place where the execution has occurred. The straw hats are confused as to why the people of Ebisu town are laughing at the death of Yasuie. loved and respected by all and he was laughed upon his death. It raises many questions. The people of Wano close to them tell them the story of exploitation of the people by Orochi and Kaido.
Luffy understands that there might be some other reason that they are laughing at Yasuie’s demise. He believes that whoever the person was, no one deserves to be laughed at their demise. Luffy has lost Ace his brother and he knows what death of a close one feels like. People don’t understand the slight changes that have come upon Luffy. His character has changed so much over the years. Before he would jump into conclusions but now he thinks of everything clearly and then responds. He is steadily becoming someone who can be a pirate king.
Hyogoro explains that it is because of the smile. Kaido wanted to make an army of devil fruit users for his crew. The smile fruit had only a 10% chance of victory. So the people who ate it and didn’t have any effect on them, face the consequences of not being able to swim and their emotions are taken away. Orochi, in his fiendish attempt to torture people more, mixed the smile fruit within the food supply and gave it to them. The people of Wano were starving and they would have anything that they can get their hands on.
They shared the fruit thinking it was normal with everyone, but hunger is a sad condition. Once they started eating the fruit they could understand that something was wrong but they couldn’t stop it because of hunger. It leads to permanent damage and them not being able to feel any emotion. A smile was the only thing left for them to do.
Behind the Sakura leaves of Flower capital resides a dark secret of torment. The straw hats realize this and are heartbroken hearing this. ” If this is not hell, then what is? “. These words from Hiyori struck my heart. Tears of sadness involuntarily ran through my eyes. Nations under monarchy face this every day and it has been accurately depicted in One Piece. This anime is the epitome of greatness that our generation is lucky to have.
Zoro notices the tears and expressions of everyone. He understands the situation very well. He has his eyes set now on Orochi who dances at the demise of Yasuie. At that instant, Otoko sneaks into the sacrificial ground. She approaches her father and in a heartbreaking scene, she tries to heal him using the toad oil she got from Ussop. The straw hats notice that they have seen her before and recognize her immediately. They understand her pain.
Orochi has a vendetta against her and he means to kill her as well. Knowing that she is Yasuie’s daughter makes it more to his liking. The fiendish, snobby little man Orochi fires 2 shots at her to kill her but the straw hats were not going to look past this torment anymore.
Zoro and Sanji rush to save Otoko. They slice and destroy the bullets. The straw hats have entered the scene and the fate of Wano is about to change. These epic moments is what makes One Piece amazing. The anime is long-running, but what they have kept consistent is the heart. They never compromise or waiver from that. The build-up to this moment is epic and the ost ‘Overtaken’ hypes up the anime for its next episodes.
Until Next time. See ya!