If anyone's curious, spoilers for chapter 1013 are out.
Zoro & Law being carried by Luffy & Sanji
okay, just cos I’ve got a few thousand other things to do, let me draw a few more parallels, this time of these two guys (Yamato and Law) just wanting to get into the heart of things.
Leaving their wards in the hands of very capable others. Yamato, Momonosuke with Shinobu (though she was the primary carer), and Law, Zoro with Sanji (some might argue that he is the primary carer too).
And I adore the fact that Law is so very much a doctor, and so obviously suited to fixing up Zoro, but his passing off of the responsibility reminds me of both his trust in the Straw Hats, as evidenced in the panel below of Law and Usopp at Green Bit:
and his kinda blasé decision not to fight if he doesn’t want too.
Like, I’m sure there’s good reasoning behind it (not to use up power, to take advantage of having the two yonkou separated—he is strong), but it comes across as, “Not right now, I’ve got far more pressing engagements to attend to” (like cutting my toenails).
And there’s also an expectation that the Straw Hats will take care of it, whether that’s fair or not. I don’t think Law weighs up the fairness at all, which adds to the humour in the case of the manga.
I had a chat with @itsxandy and they had the idea that Law is so used to passing off the injured to his own crew, all of whom are competent in medical procedures (head canon), that he kinda assumes everyone’s got the knowhow.
And maybe they do! Sanji procured a huge roll of bandages from somewhere and mummifed Zoro in a second.
I think Law’s dialogue is funnier in the scans, btw, but I think these are the official panels.
Gotta say I’m loving this trend of Sanji carrying around and protecting his hurt crew mates and them falling asleep despite very present and real danger because they feel safe with him
wait, so not only are we getting a match between Robin vs. Black Maria—
we’re ALSO getting one with Nami vs. Ulti?!!
One Piece Ch. 1012 gave us lovely scenes where siblings and comrades care for each other—
I love how Izo asked Kiku’s status and how he responded to her teasing (with that sweet apology). It’s so wholesome. Sibling love is always adorable ahh
Also, the chapter was titled “Itch” and somehow this is the only scene that literally referred to it.
I’m still worried about Kiku, though. Their Samurai way includes not stating the pain they actually feel. I’m afraid her injury will worsen once they face and finish off Kanjuro... but I’m trusting that Kin’emon is there to prevent that.
And, is it only me, or Denjiro/Kyoshiro is suddenly absent this chapter? He’s with the red scabbards the last time... Where is he?
Oh. Speaking of itch—
It’s funny that the onomatopoeia was translated as “itch” haha. Another reference to the title, I guess?
Sanji is such a mom here lol. It’s also commendable how he managed to insert that sneaky remark implying Zoro’s hopeless struggle with directions XD
Their faith in their captain is probably the only thing these two can agree on. And how we all love it!
And can we just talk about Sanji saying “I already knew”, like there’s no other outcome possible but only Luffy winning the fight? How’s that for DEVOTION? Ahhh... nakama feels.
Looking forward to battle chapters. Please make it happen, Oda-sensei!!
Sanji would be beating people with bandaged Zoro if he didn’t care about hurting his hands.
NAMII!!!!! WE'RE GETINN A FIGHT FINALLY
After being carried around like a sack of potatoes throughout Dressrosa, Law is attempting to regain his dignity by, from now on, only being carried in an over the top and classy way.
HELPS ZORO ANYWAY 💜💜💜💜💜
Kid focussing on the large and not noticing the small (at that point of time). [Applies to both the 1012 manga cover and the 985 coloured volume cover].
Law focussing on the small and seemingly comfortably indifferent to the large (at that point of time).
Both nurturing small birds directly and indirectly.
Birds of a feather, eh?
can we talk about how sassy traf looks sitting on sanji’s shoulder
most popular one piece characters revealed (as voted by fans in global popularity contest) and nami is queen of the one piece!