The One Piece manga is setting up a fierce war between the animal kingdom pirates and the alliance. Things are getting heated up and, surprises pop out of nowhere in every chapter. Let’s dive in.
X Drake wishes to ally with Luffy to take down Kaido. It was presumptuous of him to think that Luffy might accept this request. He attacks the numbers as a tactic to gain trust. We get a glimpse of his conversation with Tobi.
Tobi flatters Luffy in such a way that he exists in between 2 extremes.
” When he’s a friend, he’s so close to you…but when he is an enemy, he’s completely out of reach. That’s the kind of person he is. ” He said.
I’m impressed that even though they have been apart for so long. Luffy and Tobi share an understanding of each other that is clear as day.
X Drake can’t be trusted just yet until he proves himself in front of the Strawhats. Zoro, Franky, and Jinbei disagree with what he says and, they all have their reason for it. Working under Kaido for so long and then choosing to change sides at the sign of danger. That sounds like a weakness.
Luffy, on the other hand, straightaway says that he can join them. He is so innocent and Naive. This incident brings back memories. When he asked Law if he would betray them and he said no. Of course, he hasn’t betrayed him till now and, Luffy’s guts are something to rely on. I have no doubt, it’s that gut instinct that will help him find the One Piece. 😀
Ulti and Page One notices Luffy instantly and charge to stop him. As Luffy escapes, he is followed by the two. Sanji’s eyes straight away go to the cute girl wearing the mask. It’s so obvious. 😀
From a far distance, a familiar sniper shoots his special attack to stop Ulti and Page one in their tracks. Ussop and Nami appear and saves the day. They are the most normal people on the crew. The others are superhumans but the definition of humans can only be coined by these guys.
We get a cute Nami v Ussop scene like always. Ussop, hidden behind Nami, talks big and gains the attention of Luffy’s pursuers. Evasion is working to their advantage and we have to agree that it is their ultimate weapon.
Luffy and Sanji rush forward and they stumble onto Scratchmen Apoo. Luffy warns Sanji beforehand to cover his ears. I believe that Luffy used Haki to see the future. The events get more interesting. A lot is going on in each cubicle and, Eichiro Oda needs to be appreciated for his effort. The detail he puts into every slide is incredible.
Scratcheman Apoo, The numbers, and a new foe have appeared, all are trying to keep Luffy away from Kaido. Nevertheless, Luffy rushes to face Kaido. The penultimate fight that is brewing is to set up Luffy’s platform. I believe that as Luffy is backed up at a corner all the straw hats will assemble to help them. Taking down Kaido is going to be a team effort and its not something that Luffy will be able to do by himself.
The thing about One Piece being a well-told story is that it makes things real. It brings wonder, a lot of fun characters, meaningful relationships, and fights that live up to the hype. A particular level of strength needs to be obtained and harnessed. The power system set up in One Piece is by far the best in any anime.
Franky leads the giant away from the Dome upon instruction by Jinbei. It is an attempt by Oda to set up a fight for Franky. The subtle clues to his storytelling are seen all over the chapter. Nami teamed up with Ussop chasing away Ulti- Page one is also a subtle foreshadowing of fights to come. As an avid One Piece fan, if your reading or watching One Piece, you’ve got to keep your heart as well as your eyes open.
X Drake and Zoro keep going against each other, arguing about him changing sides. Scratchman Apoo appears in front of them and blabber about summoning more numbers. Zoro and X Drake simultaneously attack him and subdue him. X Drake and Zoro, for a limited time, think about teaming up to take Apoo out.
Queen unexpectedly appears out of nowhere and uses an ‘uncommon’ item known to the people of Wano. Wano was always backward in progress unlike the other islands on the Grandline. Shut from the world, no resources at all, and yet this weapon was ultramodern. It manages to hurt some samurai and, X Drake is also shocked at it. At first, he doesn’t believe that he can take him out with normal bullets like that. Then he realizes that it might be something else. Drop your theories about this. Do you think it might be seastone bullets to pierce devil fruit users?
Now we enter my most favorite part in the chapter. Nekomamushi and Inuarashi stand tall in their Sulong transformation. They manage to take out Jack, one of the top performers of Kaido. He massacred many mink tribe members and, this is a befitting end he deserved. He is down for the count and Kaido is mad at this sight. He tells Jack that he is not weak and he did his best to hold back the Sulong transformed Mink Tribe.
Oda portrayed Kaido as a drunk, vicious man who had no mercy or remorse towards anyone. He proved us wrong. Kaido cares for his crew and acknowledges him. He tells him that he has done enough and he needs to tend his wounds.
Kaido rises to the sky and uses his blast breath. He taunts the Akazaya Nine to’ run, tire and perish’. They have other things in mind. Kinemon rushes up to the flame straightforward and slashes it in half. It was one of the most epic moments. None of the Akazya Nine are backing out, and this time they are taking the fight to Kaido.
Until next time. See ya!