It really is a wonder that he survived his childhood
The Log Pose and Why It’s Round is my favorite chapter in the series, but chapter 253 also holds a pretty high place in my heart. Even this early in the series Oda skips over a lot of the mundane day to day things the Straw Hats do to function as a crew, so seeing it highlighted here is a delight. Of course Chopper’s expertice with medicine helps him identify plants. Of course Zoro’s going to act as the main hunter while Sanji makes sure the crew is fed. It’s organic character interaction that leads to a lot of fantastic jokes like we see here, and I just really enjoy it. 10/10 would read a Straw Hat slice of life adventure manga.
This week, Lady Nagant posed Hawks an interesting question. As I pointed out before, the difference between Hawks and Lady Nagant is that Hawks still manages to cling onto his hope that a better society can be brought about - but, how does he do that?
To be honest, I was slightly disappointed in Hawks’ answer when I first read the leaks - not because it was out of character or anything (him attributing it to 🧸is exactly what I would expect of Mr. My-Back-Isn’t-Broad-Enough, who can’t see how incredible he actually is), but because it doesn’t do much to really answer Nagant’s question, or at the very least, show her a way so that she can regain her glimmer in her eye.
(Note: I do like the official translations of this scene)
So… what was Hori’s message here? Rather than showing how Hawks refused to let civilians die when he 100% had permission to so if it meant he might get in with the League, or how when he had orders to kill Jeanist, he decided to enact an absolutely crazy risky scheme to keep him alive, or how when he confronted Twice, he tried to give him an alternate way out and only killed him as a last resort (a trained, brainwashed assassin would have killed him when he first cornered him)…. Horikoshi flashes back once more to the Endeavor plush.
I think the answer to Lady Nagant’s question, of how to hold on to hope when all hope seems lost, goes back to this series’ theme of remembering your origins.
reading The Iliad is hard when you’re rooting for the Trojans :T
its legit like
Trojans: fighting desperately to defend their home and families from invaders, forced into this war because one man seduced a married woman
Greeks: choose to fight this ten year long war because *reads hand* a dudes wife was seduced and it’d be lame if they went back now
There are a lot of pages this chapter dedicated to Robin walking silently through ruins, which works well as a mood setter and pacing mechanism, but all I can’t help but wonder how having a big chunk of quiet time like this might have negatively affected Oda during that week’s popularity poll.
Luckily, the rest of the chapter more action heavy with Chopper meeting Ohm which balances things out, but it’s still kind of sad to think about how many series are dictated by the capricious whims of an audience that might not realize what’s best for the story
So...what is your favorite background in One Piece?
Thriller Bark and Fishman Island are gorgeous
It is kind of funny to see Nami show a little more of a ‘tough love’ side with Aisa when compared to how she interacts with kids after the time skip. To be fair, Nami’s probably drawing from her own experience of never letting herself cry, and in the end she’s very sympathetic to Aisa’s distress
Your last post reminded me that there are actually calendar systems in One Piece. Robin mentions Kaienreki, one of two that we know, the other one being Tenreki.
Do you think that these should be utilized more in the series? Or do you have any other thoughts about time stuff in One Piece. I think this is quite an interesting topic that no one really talks about
Its a fun world building fact, but its not exactly relevant to the story, you know? Especially since our main POV character is Luffy, who struggles counting the numbers on his bounty. There’s a lot of minutiae in world building that might be helpful when conceptualizing a story that is really freaking boring to read about. There’s a reason the Similarian is it’s own thing. The Deepest Lore™ isn’t necessary to understand the story being told, and in fact including it would be detrimental if included
If there’s anything to be learned from Wyper’s character, it’s how anger, no matter how justified, can sometimes be so self-destructive that it actually gets in the way of a person is trying to attain. Rage, whether righteous or otherwise, can be a powerful motivator and the source of great energy, but improperly wielded is a two-edged sword, the same way Wyper’s reject dial is a powerful weapon that’s just as likely to kill himself as his enemies.
To be clear, Wyper gains nothing from fighting Luffy here, yet he’s the one who insists on instigating the fight. It’s like he’s got a pathological need to shake his fist at the entire world, and as he freely admits, does nothing but waste of his limited time and energy
Different characters have different ideas of what it means to be a pirate, but Chopper seems to equate being strong enough to take care of himself in a fight as a prerequisite. Which makes sense, and jives with what we see throughout the series. As people who live outside the law, there’s no structures in place to protect a pirate from those who would take advantage or do them harm. In order to be free (which is ultimately what the pirate’s life represents in One Piece) you have to be strong.
Nami ends up keeping her hand over her mouth like this for the rest of this scene as Enel exposits his reasons for coming to Skypiea. I’m sure it’s mostly because she’s scared shitless, but it’s also a visual signifier of her doing exactly as Enel tells her–she’s literally holding her mouth closed to keep from making a sound.
Remember she said at the beginning of the arc that the most important thing was her life, followed by money, and compare to the end of the arc when she fights Enel in hand to hand combat. The difference being of course Luffy’s speech in between.
And they say One Piece has no character development.
Zoro’s moves frequently invoke Buddhist gods/concepts (Asura says hi) and given his declaration earlier this arc that he doesn’t pray to god, it makes one wonder if things like this are something he actually believes or if it’s just part of the philosophy that he grew up with. It is possible to be a spiritual person without being particularly religious, and that seems to be the case here
Not quite sure if Zoro punched this dude or pistol whipped him with the hilt of his sword. Either way it’s an interesting choice, because it’s deliberate “non-lethal” damage despite the Shandorian definitely going after him with an intent to kill.
Zoro’s done this a couple different times, perhaps most famously when hit beat the crap out of the Water 7 shipwrights with the back of his sword, but I find his choice more interesting this time around because Zoro hasn’t really had any face to face interaction with the guerillas to consider them as a friend.
I guess Gonfall’s little speech the night before left an impression.
Another underrated aspect of world building that Oda captures really well in Skypiea is having the same technologies used in overlapping fields. If NASA can use Teflon on their heat shields, a fantasy story can use an extinct, fire-spitting seashell for both cooking and warfare
This is a tactic a lot of real-life cult leaders will use to keep their followers under their control, and over long periods of time can essentially brainwash them into doing whatever the leader wants, no matter how against it might be to their morals it might have been before the follower joined. I especially like the stark black background on the bottom panel—notice the little white flecks floating in the negative space. Oda frequently uses that technique for important statements that aren’t quite bombastic enough for the DON sound effect, but here the colors are reversed because Enel is just that evil.
Yay for realism?
What I like about the Skypiean side of the Varse conflict is that it’s really quite logical in a way. If vegetation can’t naturally be born on sky cloud than their whole society can only exist by whatever can be brought up from the Blue Seas–whether that be through trade or natural phenomena like the Knock Up Stream. It’s not hard to see how something so precious would come to be revered as holy, and how the sudden appearance of a large amount of literal holy land could be construed as a divine blessing. Wars have been fought for far less, and while it seems so stupid from an outside perspective–after all, saying something’s dirt cheap is seen as an insult–from the perspective of these characters it’s deadly serious.
And really, how many of our conflicts the exact same? They mean everything from those who are in the midst of the fighting, but when you take a step back it’s just…a pointless waste of lives and resources
There’s something to be said about stripping someone of their power by laughing at them. Perhaps more than any other villain to date, Enel rules by fear. The Straw Hats ‘frolicking’ in the heart of his domain is probably the most irreverent thing they can do, and shows how little power he has over this little band of ragtag misfits