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Is there even any real meaning to calling anyone a Supernova anymore? It meant something as applied to the eleven pirates originally identified during the Sabaody arc. It's not an organization, not a title, not a rank, and has barely been used since. The Mangarule translation did not identify Bartolomeo as Supernova, only Mangastream. The original Supernova are not even called that anymore. Along with Teach, they are now referred to as the Worst Generation. Supernova does not even hold any meaning in regards towards those it was originally applied to.
That's great, but it doesn't answer my question. What meaning does the term have? Yonkou (roughly) means they are one of the four most powerful in the New World. Shichibukai means they have become privateers allied to the World Government. The Worst Generation are the rookies from the time of the War. Admiral is a rank, Vice-Admiral is a rank. What meaning does Supernova have? Applied to all rookies with bounties over 100million beri it is nothing but botany, with no meaning beyond cataloging characters. There is none of the significance, no affiliation, no benefit, nor plot implications carried by the other designations.
in this page of that chapter there are 11 pirates with a bounty higher than 100' bellies. According to her explanation, a supernova would be a rookie that began sailing through the grandline and reached the red line in Sabaondy with a bounty higher than that amount. So it's a term relative to that point of the way to sail the whole grandline (you can get a bounty higher than that only after Sabaondy, and in that case, you wouldn't deserve the title.) (Wiki summarizes it in its first paragraph)
But at this point the terms is just a mere anecdote. Even if the bounty is not a good indicative of power, a 100' bellies pirate seems to be something very regular in the New World.
Last edited by ukimix; April 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM.
I understand who the Eleven Supernova are and why they were given that name. I do not need an explanation, thank you. That was not my question either. My question is what does supernova mean when applied to all 100million beri rookies. Eleven rookies from the same generation accumulating bounty over 100million was supposed to be very unusual. Supernova was a collective identity, a special generation. Without that group identity, the title does not say anything. It is empty jargon. We don't need a special title to understand that someone has a bounty over 100million beri. Used for all 100million beri rookies, supernova isn't even specific enough to tell us anything about their bounties. Luffy's bounty was 300million when he was first called a supernova, 200million over the minimum. So what does it say about a character, and how does it advance the story, to call all rookies (not just the Worst Generation) Supernova.
On the other hand, Bartolomeo doesn't belong to the worst generation.
Oda is a person who always wants to give the readers entertainment and excitement in all aspects, including words too.
There's no difference of the substantive meaning between "super rookies" and "supernovas", but just calling 100m rookies "super rookies" is boring and doesn't have impact to the readers. Oda thinks that way. So he applied the kanji "Chousinsei" with the ruby "super rookies". (what we call "written as Chousinsei and read as suuper rookie".)
Maybe, why it got a bit complicated for Egnlish readers is becuase they had thought that "Chousinsei(=Supernovas)" is something an unique noun only seen in One piece like Yonko or Shichibukai, right?? No, it's not like Yonko or Shichibukai which is both Oda's original term and you never find in a Japanese standard dicotionary. On the other hand, you can find "Chousinsei" in a dictionary, and Oda just used it in One piece as one of the meanings in a dictionary, that is, "super rookie", "new super star" or "outstand rookies" or something like that. So far as you see, only rookies whose bouties are over 100 million are called(written as) "Chousinsei", but I won't be surprised if some rookies who bounties are under 100m are called that in future.
add: picture of Caribou and Coribou called super rookies. I translated it as a singular form by way of a direct translation, but it actually means both Caribou and Coribou are super rookies.
Last edited by junjun2; April 25, 2013 at 07:06 AM.
Supernova is a term referred to those pirates who have earned a bounty worthy over100 M, despite not being in the new world yet (where it looks like it's the only place where pirates reach that kind of bounty). Maybe they are still called by that title because,notwithstanding someone has been in the NW for 3 years, he is acknowledged for having had such a bounty before entering. the 11 supernovas (or "supernovae",as it should be said) are just a special case because they are the worst generation: so many of them and who have been in the middle of a situation in which the world's balance have fallen. Furthermore, cavendish's bounty hasn't upgraded at all since he entered the NW, whereas the ones rom the worst generation are still making a mess,that's their difference