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    sahugani's One Piece Review 498

    Sahugani’s One Piece Review 498


    guess who's drowning

    Hi everybody! I know those of you who read the spoilers have been itching for this chapter all week and now that it’s finally here it did not disappoint. Once again this looks to be one of my longer reviews but this time it can be attributed to having a subsection to analyze each of the new pirates we have met. Let’s start. The pics in this review come from the Binktopia scanlation and the title pic is a piece created by Sekkosiki over at DeviantArt, so go check out the rest of his gallery.

    Okay…you know how last week I said it was my longest review ever? Well…it seems I just topped that

    Buffoonery


    can't wait for Kalifa's entertainment venue

    We return once again to the CP9 as they try to raise money to pay for Lucci’s medical bills. Last week we saw Kumadori perform a kabuki play and this week we are treated to a circus act from Bleuno and Jyabura. Though it is traditional for circus acts to have lions or tigers jumping through flaming rings, the CP9’s leopard is the one they are trying to raise money for and their giraffe not only doesn’t fit the bill but isn’t exactly in top shape himself. That being the case, Jyabura has entered full wolf form to act as a trained animal to entertain the crowd as Bleuno acts as his trainer. Technically I think it would have been better for Kalifa to act as the trainer for two reasons. First of all, it opens up Bleuno to put on a magic show in which he can use his air door to make things disappear and reappear. Secondly, Kalifa would draw a bigger crowd to the animal show because sex sells. That said, with Lucci hospitalized and Kaku most likely restrained to a bed (he should be hospitalized too but it’s hard enough just paying for Lucci), the only members left who haven’t put on some type of show to raise money are Kalifa and Fukurou. I’m guessing we’ll see what kind of show they put on next week but I cannot even guess what type it will be. Unfortunately it is almost guaranteed not to involve Kalifa’s soap powers since the perpetual rain nullifies them. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see her work indoors at a spa <3.

    Riff-Raff


    shot to the bread basket!!!

    As the chapter starts off, the first image we see is Luffy beating the crap out of some bounty hunters along with Brooke and Chopper. Meanwhile, Hachi, Pappagg, and Caime cheer them on from the sidelines. From the number of unconscious bodies surrounding the Strawhat trio, this was a decently sized group of opponents and according to Chopper, this was the third such group to come after them. From details we learn later in this chapter, we can assume that bounty hunters such as these guys are simply idiots. They get drawn in by the idea of taking down the top bounty heads for the huge reward without realizing how outclassed they are. They were not even a match for Chopper and Brooke let alone Luffy. While there are certainly a number of highly skilled bounty hunters on this archipelago, these guys are not among them. While quality bounty hunters can judge fairly well if they are capable of taking in a certain prey before initiating a fight, the lesser ones simply see the price tag and operate on the thought that if they can get lucky and catch this bounty, they will be rich. To the credit of the Strawhat reindeer and skeleton though, their bounties more than any other’s in the crew are misrepresentative of their true strength. Brooke’s bounty of 33 million is fifty years old and since then he has improved his techniques in order to fight Ryuuma and his skeleton body has added speed to his form. As for Chopper, even though without the use of a rumble ball his combat abilities are not exactly anything special compared to the others, his knowledge of the human body’s weak points allows him critical hits when attacking and the ability to use the three basic zoan forms allows him more maneuverability in combat, making him still a force to be reckoned with.

    Islands Divided


    the map would have been handy earlier

    After dealing with the bounty hunters, Hachi reveals to the Strawhats how the islands are divided up into eight sectors, each housing a different class of people. Each of these divisions is a group of ten groves (or 9 in the case of the first division since there is no Grove 0…that we know of). Groves 70 to 79 constitute the hotel district. As stated in the previous chapter, this is generally where ordinary citizens stay while awaiting permission from the World Government to cross through Mariejoa. Groves 60 to 69 are where the local Marine base is located and is designated for government use. I guess this weakens my view in previous reviews about the government not wanting to get involved here, but even though there is a military presence here, I still think the “blind eye” approach is a somewhat accurate description of their role here. They do their job here when a pirate endangers the public but don’t dig too deeply into illegal dealings lest it lead back to the Tenryuubito. Groves 50 to 59 house the shipyards and coating engineers, which seems a bit odd since the coating engineer Hachi is taking them to see supposedly lives on Grove 13. I’d guess that it is primarily a shipyard where merchants buy the ships off the people planning to cross the Red Line overland route. These merchants then can sell the ships to people going through the Grand Line backwards, break it down to sellable parts, or coat the ships to make them tourist boats to see Fishman Island. Groves 40 to 49 are where the gift shops are located. This area we’ve already seen as a place where merchants try to make a few bucks on idiot tourists. Groves 30 to 39 are the location for the amusement park. We will most likely be venturing there in the near future but at this point we can assume there are a number of rides involving bubbles. Finally, Groves 1 to 29 are considered lawless zones. It is here that the strongest of the outlaws hang out and is also the location where the slave market is run. As they are currently in Grove 16, this puts them in the middle of the danger zone. Here the law doesn’t apply and so just as the place is a haven for pirates it is a magnet for bounty hunters as well.

    Old Buddy


    she looks damn good for a senior citizen

    When they finally reach their destination at Grove 13, Hachi finally gives a bit more info on the identity of the people they are going to meet. Apparently Hachi has known these two from his childhood but has not seen them in ten years. Due to this long time span, it is understandable that Caimie and Pappagg, who met Hachi somewhat recently, were never introduced to these people. We can assume that the last time Hachi saw them was just before he left with Arlong. Jimbei’s pirate crew was most likely centralized at Fishman Island but after he became a Shichibukai, Arlong took a group of his fellow crewmates and created his own crew that left for East Blue. Since the takeover of Cocoyashi was eight years ago, leaving Fishman Island ten years ago sounds about right as it gives them two years to figure out the perfect location for their little empire. When we actually go inside, we meet Shakkie, one of Hachi’s two friends, as she is in the middle of extorting a customer out of money. Even though she hadn’t seen Hachi for ten years, she warmly welcomes him and the others as if she didn’t have a beaten and bloodied man in her grasp. She is genuinely glad to hear that Hachi has quit the pirating life and started honest work, implying that she knew all along that Hachi’s personality was not well suited with Arlong’s type of pirate crew. When she takes note of Caimie coming so far inland as a mermaid, she suggests that she might be Hachi’s girl, which Caimie is shocked to hear and denies. However, this does imply that it is not exactly uncommon for merpeople and fishmen to be romantically involved. If it had not been for the single instance we saw during Hachi’s cover arc of a female octopus fishman, it would be easy to assume that fishmen and merpeople are the same race with the former being always male and the latter always female. However, due to that little detail I guess they are simply separate species that are allowed to intermarry. It does bring up some questions on the species of the children though. Anyways, while Shakkie catches up with Hachi, Brooke and Luffy have already made themselves at home and raided the fridge. Given the earlier scene of extortion, Chopper becomes concerned that it is a trick to get money out of them, but since they are friends of Hachi, she treats them like family and lets them eat for free.

    Reputation


    never trust strangers with candy...unless it's cotton candy

    In order to calm Chopper’s suspicion, Shakkie gives the reindeer some cotton candy, which sparks some curiosity in Luffy as to how she knew Chopper’s favorite food. Apparently she instantly recognized Luffy and Chopper as the Strawhat crew since they are quite famous and she herself seems to deal somewhat as an information broker. She had read about the Enies Lobby incident and knew that the crew was headed towards Shabondy eventually anyways. Though Brooke’s existence as a skeleton and a crewmember were a surprise to her, Luffy and Chopper were recognizable enough to make the connection. While most people misjudge Luffy based on either his high bounty or his laidback appearance, Shakkie shows a high degree of intelligence and proves herself as a good judge of character. Some see Luffy’s bounty or read about Enies Lobby and assume he is dangerous, but Shakkie was able to see through the lies of the newspapers and could tell that it was the World Government rather than the Strawhats that initiated the attack. When she asks for the truth of the matter, she is impressed by the fact that Luffy doesn’t want to brag about the accomplishment that others consider the cornerstone of his fame. She also notes that Luffy shares a family name with Vice-Admiral Garp and even before Luffy confirmed this family tie, she was able to assume it based most likely on the similarity of their personalities. After the subject of Garp is brought up, it is revealed that Shakkie too was a pirate but she left that life around forty years ago. Assuming she was at least 18 at the time, that would make her at least 58 by now and she looks damn good for her age. There is a chance that she has some connection to Kureha as both are tall women who dress similarly and defy their true ages in terms of either looks or life force. They also both have extensive knowledge about previous generations of pirates as Kureha was the first to identify Roger as a D.

    Hide and Seek


    that reminds me i need to make sure i go to Disneyland over the summer

    After catching up with Hachi and getting to know Luffy, Shakkie is able to assume the reason her guests have come. Unfortunately, Hachi’s other friend, Rayleigh, is the master coating engineer and he has been gone for half a year. Fortunately, he hasn’t actually left the archipelago but rather has just decided to wander around and not come back to Shakkie’s place. He too is a former pirate and though he has forsaken that old way of life, he still cannot get used to calling a single place home and so he simply drifts through the archipelago’s bars and spends the night at various women’s houses. When the Strawhats decide to track him down, Shakkie tells them that as Rayleigh is wanted by the marines, he usually limits his wandering to the lawless areas of Groves 1 to 29. This is not only the “safe zone” for outlaws but it is where all the best bars and gambling houses are located. Shakkie also reveals that he does have a weakness for the amusement park and can sometimes be found there. After hearing this, Luffy, Brooke, Chopper, and Caimie are all united in choosing that as the first place to look despite Pappagg’s objection. This brings up an issue from a couple chapters back when Caimie was depressed that something held her back from going to the amusement park. This may have simply been fear of being caught as a mermaid. However, now they have a good reason to enter the park and to her a good enough reason to risk getting noticed. I think we can assume we’ll see a trip to the amusement park fairly soon and that is most likely where we will end up finding our coating mechanic.

    United Paths


    couldn't this have been explained at the start of the Grand Line?

    Before heading out to find Rayleigh, Shakkie warns Luffy that wherever they go on this archipelago there is a great risk of danger. Even outside of the marines and bounty hunters, there are pirates here that rival the Strawhats. Including Luffy and Zoro, there are a total of 11 pirates with heads worth more than 100 million. That number seems a bit shocking as up till now, Luffy’s exploits have seemed to rock the world and made massive headlines. Shakkie reminds them that there are a number of different paths the log pose could take through the Grand Line. However, as the only ways through the Red Line and into the New World are through Mariejoa and Fishman Island, all paths must pass through the Shabondy Archipelago, bringing the top rookies from each path to one place. What is left unclear is whether Fishman Island is actually set as the log pose’s next destination for all paths. From the map, there are two possibilities. In one case, each of the paths besides the one the Strawhats followed point to an island in the New World on the Red Line’s other side. The crews then follow the Red Line instead of the log pose to reach Shabondy. They then pass right through the undersea tunnel to avoid the pose changing and continue on their set path. The other possibility is that Fishman Island is similar to Reverse Mountain in that after passing through, any of a new set of paths can be taken and the path taken in the New World is unrelated to the path taken in the first half.

    The Other 9


    that has yet to be proven, Chopper

    Along with the news that there are 9 other pirates with bounties over 100 million on the archipelago at present, Shakkie reveals that one even has a bounty higher than Luffy’s. For this section, I will analyze each of the pirates separately but there are a few overall comments I must make first. I know it is a running theory that as there are 9 Strawhats and 9 of these guys, it is set up for a bunch of one on one fights. However, I seriously doubt this is the case in that it is all too staged. It is clear from the changes from the norm last arc that Oda has realized his fights have become somewhat formulaic. Unless there is a reason that the plot calls for it, Oda doesn’t generally reveal much if anything about fighting styles or a reason for a specific Strawhat to be the opponent until the fight actually starts. Here though he has basically handed us reasons for specific Strawhats to fight based on the norms of their previous fights, which makes me more than a little suspicious. While I am all in favor of the main opponent this arc being something other than a government ally, I am not convinced that these guys will be among the opposing group. Instead we may see them fill the same role as Bellamy, they may ally with the Strawhats against a common enemy, they may be fodder for some more powerful enemy that Luffy will need to fight, or some combination where different individuals from these nine each fall into one of the aforementioned situations.

    Capone “Gang” Bege


    never disrespect the family

    Quite obviously, this guy is based off of Al Capone, an Italian American gangster from the 1920’s. Similarly, his pirate crew is made to more resemble the Italian mafia than an actual pirate crew. His crew also refers to him as “Father,” furthering the imagery of the Italian mafia being based around mob families. As for the Strawhat he is meant to parallel or is implied to fight, I’d say the closest would be either Franky or Brooke. The “family” nature of his gang can be related to the Franky Family gang. If he was to use his family as a shield, Franky would claim that the boss is supposed to be the shield for the family. As for Brooke, I could see Brooke’s definition of a gentleman infuriating Bege. That said, at this point I don’t think we’ll see much in the way of fighting out of him and he may actually ally with Luffy out of respect for the closeness of the Strawhat “family.”

    “Glultton” Jewelry Bonney


    I call for an eating contest between her and Luffy

    This pirate was based off of an Irish American pirate of the 1700’s named Anne Bonny. This real life pirate, though she never actually captained a ship, she was quite prone to impulsive actions of a number of sorts from setting her father’s plantation on fire to having an affair with a pirate and then leaving her husband behind to elope. Oda has taken this impulsive aspect of Anne Bonney and taken it a step further to characterize her as a glutton who does whatever she wants despite its deviation from social rules. Obviously, her gluttony is meant to parallel Nami’s greed, but the difference in the bounties of the two is still enough of a factor to make me hesitant at the idea of these two fighting. If she is to fit into one of the roles I’d mentioned, I would guess she is a potential ally if only to see a scene with Sanji providing her limitless food while swooning.

    “Magician” Basil Hawkins


    pain in the ass vertical picture

    Unlike the previous two, this pirate’s basis is a bit looser. While quite obviously, the name Hawkins is a reference to the protagonist of the novel, Treasure Island, this pirate does not seem quite the same type of character. In the novel, Jim Hawkins is a kid who is thrown into a pirating adventure after chance throws a treasure map into his hands. This Basil Hawkins though is the third highest bounty head on the archipelago and seems to have a great belief in fate. My best guess is that his view on fate and his title of “The Magician” are in reference to how the various aspects of the story in Treasure Island have been reincorporated into so many other pirate tales and legends based around mystic events, the most recent and commonly known being the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. While Hawkins obviously cannot perform real magic since Oda has said before that magic will never be an explanation for any events in One Piece, I think there are other explanations for his title. One explanation is that it comes simply from his way of speech, which involves talk of fate and mystic premonitions. Another explanation is that he is a devil fruit user or illusionist that is a master of deception in combat. As for the Strawhat he parallels, there doesn’t seem to be any at this point either due to him possibly allying later on or Oda keeping him somewhat mysterious until much later in the arc when there is a reason to fight him.

    Eustace “Captain” Kidd


    this kid desperately needs to be locked up

    This is another quite obvious reference as there was a real life Captain Kidd. However, Like with Hawkins, Oda took quite a few leaps away from the name’s origin in creating this character. The real Captain Kidd was not actually one of the more successful pirates of his time and it is even unclear whether many of his acts of piracy were in fact acts ordered by others as a privateer (being paid by a government to attack and plunder enemy ships as a private citizen rather than as a military force). However, his naivety led him to a number of stupid decisions that thrust the title of pirate upon him. He believed that his political ties would help him out of serious matters such as murder and conviction. Oda has taken this naivety of the real version and combined it with the connotation of the name Kidd to recreate the character as a young man with a strong sense of juvenile arrogance. He seems to like finding the smallest reason to pick a fight and is confident enough in his skill to follow through with killing those he wants to. Shakkie reveals that the reason his bounty is higher than Luffy’s is because Kidd’s crew causes massive civilian casualties. Both Oda and myself have divided pirates into two classes: noble pirates who search for hidden treasures and adventure, and pillaging pirates who steal from others to increase their wealth and power. This info regarding Kidd calls for the second group to be divided further into thieves and murderers. Thieves (which are representative of the classical view of pirates) will pillage a town or ship looking for loot and may wound or kill any civilians that get in their way. Murderers like Kidd’s crew enter a town and kill off everyone they see and afterward can take everything they want uninterrupted. Obviously Kidd is the implied opponent of Luffy as he is the one whose bounty surpasses Luffy’s and whose style is the most deplorable. However, I can’t accept that he is the big bad guy of the arc for a few reasons. First of all, his actual bounty at the present time is less than Moria’s was way back when it was halted, so fighting Kidd is a step backwards. Add to this the fact that Kidd’s bounty is heightened by killing massive numbers of innocents rather than single strong opponents like Luffy has (though granted he has likely had his share of those as well). Finally, while his attitude and actions are despicable, he does not seem the type to pull off something diabolical. He slaughters indiscriminately while Luffy’s opponents usually have some type of evil goal they are working towards. My guess is that even before Luffy gets to fight him seriously, he will be defeated by whoever this arc’s real villain happens to be as a way to prove this villain’s power.

    Scratchmen Apoo


    are those braces, piano keys, or just weird teeth?

    I tried to find some basis for which Oda might have created this character but it was far less successful than the others I have done so far. Anything I found could only qualify under the very loosest sense and so any similarity is nearly guaranteed to be coincidental. Basically, he seems from his clothing and stance to be from a culture reminiscent of Chinese culture. However, his stature and face are clearly not based on a Chinese design. His height is referenced by his status as a member of the long hand tribe, which is clear by the length of his arms and I’m guessing his style is most likely prominently skilled in fighting with his hands and arms rather than his feet. Obviously, the Strawhat he is implied to fight is Sanji as our favorite cook always seems to fight the martial artists among the opponents. This one I think we may actually see fight a Strawhat though not as a member of the actual opposing force. He seems to have great pride in his abilities and could be used for a Strawhat or an actual bad guy to prove his strength before the actual final fights begin.

    “Red Flag” X Drake


    this guy's real counterpart was awesome

    Once again, the basis for this pirate is fairly obvious as he is based on the English privateer Francis Drake. While his acts were not official piracy but instead were orders from the Queen of England, he was nonetheless referred to as a pirate by the angry Spaniards who he had made a career or pillaging from. In addition to these acts of government endorsed piracy, he was also the second-in-command of the English fleet in its legendary defeat of the Spanish Armada. This makes Drake one of the most obvious references among these pirates. This Drake is a former Marine officer, which mirror’s his real counterpart’s celebrated service during the Spanish Armada’s defeat. Unlike the real Drake though, this one left his military post to become an actual pirate. He wears a crested helmet and eye-mask for some reason that gives him a look somewhat reminiscent of an eagle or hawk in order to convey fierceness. He also seems to reference the X in his title quite a bit with a scar on his chin, a tattoo across his chest, and an axe with 4 blades positioned into an X. One surprising thing is that in his introduction, he stops a battle between two of the other pirates worth over 100 million. He tells them to save their battle for after they enter the New World. While he is no longer a marine, he still has a strong sense of how battles should be fought honorably. As long as they are grounded here, they are simply picking fights and producing needless violence and destruction. If they are to fight, they should do so as pirates, and not as bored, squabbling children. More than anyone else among the introduced pirates I can see this guy allying with the Strawhats. His sense of honor is strong and if the Archipelago or Fishman Island is threatened by a diabolical force, Drake would be one to stand up to that force just like the Strawhats.

    “Demon Monk” Urouge


    Hulk smash!

    For this character I didn’t expect to find much if anything in terms of a character basis from his name. I guess in terms of appearance you could claim some similarity to Andre the Giant, but you could say the same for most giant, hulking beings. Basically, this guy is mostly to show that sky islanders can and have come down to the Blue Sea to make names for themselves. Since the sky islanders have wings and were thought of as angels, Urouge continues with this idea of having a theme based in religion. In this case he follows the theme of a Buddhist monk. However, his look is less based on reality and more based on the massive brutish version with the gigantic prayer beads. He does not even use a real weapon as he basically uses his incredible strength to swing around a black pillar that is not even modified to have a handle. His crew is the Heretic Monk pirates, which given his race as being a sky islander, means he was most likely banished rather than leaving on his own accord. It is possible that he and his fellow heretics were sentenced to cloud drifting but somehow survived the fall to the Blue Sea. I think that as the weakest of those above a 100 million bounty, he will be beaten rather quickly by the real enemy but may pop up later on to aid the good guys.

    “Massacre Warrior”


    "work it harder; make it better; do it faster; makes us stronger"

    In terms of character basis, we don’t have a name so we can’t go from that, but someone pointed out one thing in the spoiler thread something that I got a kick out of and given that Oda wrote this, it is more than likely the case. His helmet looks remarkably similar to one of the helmets worn by Daft Punk. It certainly wouldn’t be the first character Oda designed after a musical artist as Enel’s design was based on Eminem. From his title and silent demeanor, we can be relatively safe in assuming that he is a cold-blooded silent murderer. The special thing about him though is that other than Zoro, he is the only non-captain on the Archipelago that has a bounty of over 100 million. His weapons are also unique reverse katana blades attached to a special hand device that looks like it can rotate the blades. This character I actually see big things for in the future. Oda went to great lengths to hide his identity for a reason. He could either be operating under the order of this arc’s real villain or once the real villain is made clear, he will side with the bad guy. He seems less like a pirate and more like an assassin, so he is probably with Kidd less for the plunder and more for the opportunity to kill. I look forward to seeing what Oda does with this guy.

    “Surgeon of Death” Trafalgar Law


    just who the hell are you?

    For this pirate, the basis for his name is somewhat unique as Trafalgar is not the name of any individual but rather the name of a decisive British naval victory over a united force of Spain and France. I’ve tried desperately to find some kind of valid connection to this battle through his appearance or title, but nothing fits well enough to be considered viable. This leaves three options. The first option is that Oda liked the name Trafalgar when he was looking around in British naval victories while researching Drake and then decided to use it for one of the other pirates. The second option is that while his name is based on the battle, his character is based on a participant in the battle. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough to go on yet to determine if this is the case, but after we see his personality show more, I’ll come back to this to check it out. The third option is that his name foreshadows events that will happen this arc. Of all the pirates here, he seems the most shady and manipulative, so I wouldn’t doubt it if he is the one that will initiate a massive naval battle or something of the sort that parallels the legendary British victory. As far as the character’s appearance and demeanor, there are quite a few traits that pull views of him in completely different directions. On one hand, his sword and bounty have quite a few people thinking Zoro will fight him though I actually doubt it since while he uses a sword, he does not look the type that would define himself as a swordsman. He also seems to have a liking for animals as one of his crew behind him has on a bear mask (not Pandaman) and many parts of his outfit are lined with fur or at least fuzzy material (including the tsuba of his sword). This along with his title as “Surgeon of Death” points more towards some type of relationship or quarrel with Chopper. Finally, the symbol he wears looks remarkably similar to DoFlamingo’s flag except while the Shichibukai’s is the smiley face crossed out, Law’s is the same smiley face with a pattern of 6 T’s surrounding it. This when combined with DoFlamingo’s manipulative ability and nature as well as his love for feathers to contrast Law’s for fur makes me seriously believe they are somehow connected.

    Spoiler: Theory on nature of the arc show


    The Legend


    i want to meet this badass

    We return now to Luffy’s chat with Shakky. After revealing to Luffy that the reason why Kidd’s bounty surpasses his is because of his tendency to murder civilians, he becomes worried for Rayleigh’s safety. To this Shakky says not to worry since Rayleigh is 100 times stronger than him. While this is most likely a bit of an exaggeration, the point she makes by saying it is undoubtedly accurate. Though 100 times may not be the actual number, I have no doubt that he could easily beat any of the 11 bounty heads over 100 million including both Luffy and Kidd. However, this brings up a few issues. First of all, Shakkie said that there were only 11 bounty heads on the archipelago worth over 100 million yet she said earlier that Rayleigh was wanted by the World Government and so had to stay in the lawless zones. She even backed up the statement by saying that in terms of bounty, Luffy was second in the archipelago after Kidd. This means that either his bounty is less than 100 million or the reason he is wanted by the government is not due to an official bounty. Under the first option, it would mean that he left his pirating job before his bounty reached 100 million and it was only since he quit that he acquired this incredible power. Under the second option, the marines either have an unofficial bounty on him that can’t be announced to the public or the reason they want him is for something else entirely. The former seems unlikely as I can’t imagine why an unofficial bounty would be made. The latter seems most likely but I can’t figure out what the reason might be. One crazy theory with no basis is that he is the final unrevealed Shichibukai (or Jimbei under an alias) and has shirked his responsibilities. If this is the case, he became a shichibukai and got his bounty removed but then decided to completely ignore the job and take refuge in Shabondy.

    Overall

    Whew! I wonder whether it’s my dropping of Bleach reviews, my suspension of reading Naruto, or simply the fact that it’s the start of a new awesome arc but my reviews are longer than they’ve ever been (I think the last one). This arc seriously gets better and better beyond my expectations. It was also kind of nice to review a bit of my people’s history while doing this review because I find it more interesting than the American history the schools made me learn (I’m British through dual citizenship and a quite pure bloodline along with Irish). All in all, this arc looks to be one of the best of the entire series and we have not even begun to scratch the surface of it.
    Last edited by sahugani; April 26, 2008 at 09:20 PM.

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    Re: sahugani's One Piece Review 498

    Nicely thought, I really like the naval theory ^^ About Trafalgar, what actually is his nickname? 'Cause Binktopia scan uses "Surgeon of Death" but the scan I read earlier (can't remember which group) used "Dark Doctor", which lead me (for unexplainable reasons) thinking of voodoo stuff. So how could some one explain in which ways the original can be translated? I am really intrested in Law, I really want to know his connection with Doflamingo ^^

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    Re: sahugani's One Piece Review 498

    great review sahugani! took me quite some time to read through, but I suppose that just shows the quality of the paper ;-)
    anyway, as I looked up the origins of the newly introduced pirates names I'd like to share what I found:
    * Hawkins: you based him on the novel which definatelly is a possibility, but there is an other one: John Hawkins, who was an English shipbuilder, navigator, slave trader etc.
    at the times of spanish armada and - what I found was very interesting, as you mentioned oda might have come from drake to trafalgar- Hawkins was Drakes second cousin.
    Although it might be any or even all of his various seafaring relatives.
    *Apoo: sadly english wikipedia does not have that article, but in the german one I found a pirate called Cui Apu from China, which would remarkably fit to what you wrote about his clothing.

    thanks again and keep up the good work :-)

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    Great review of a great chapter!!!
    IMO some of these other +100 mil pirates will be the inicial enimies of
    the new world!
    I think one (or more) of them will atack a noble and try to blame someone else thus
    trigering a batlle between the crews, and whomever come to protect the nobles will defeat a couple of these captains, proving that the New World is on a totally diferent level.
    I have this idea about the shishiboukai... what do you think:
    There are still 7 of them, all on the new world who are the strongest ones. The general public dont have a lot of contact with them, and thats why the WG had to recruit a couple of weaker (but still very strong) pirates to live on the first half of GL and make the name Shishiboukai notorios to the most regular people. I also think that Moria was replaced by one of these "weaker" after he was defeated in the NW.
    That explains why the WG would have recruted Crocodile, when they could have easely chosen a higher bouty pirate for the job... that also explains why a Shishi was so far away from the main conflict between the 3 great powers, and why the SH have already defeated 2 of 7... if it was so ease, the Yonkou (dont know how to spell it) would have done it ages ago.

    Sorry for the english mistakes...

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    @Ustegius - sadly i can't answer your question regarding Law's title. "Surgeon of Death" is the version Carlos Net came up with. if any translators want to help define what is meant as clearly as possible, be my guest. like you i find Law to be the most intriguing of all these guys so i hope we get to see alot more of him next chapter

    @Akainu - thanks alot for finding those. i think i skimmed past that first name when i was wiki'ing because i noticed that the Treasure Island book popped up as well and i focused there. after going through the others though and noticing the strong ties to England, this John Hawkins seems more likely for the character basis but i wouldn't put it out of question that the character won't somehow relate back to the book. as for Cui Apu, big thanks for that as well. unfortunately i can't read german but from what you found, i believe that is indeed where Oda found the inspiration for Apoo

    @Raysen_ht - as for your theory, it is definitely possible, but i don't think any of these guys are stupid enough to try something like that. regarding the Shichibukai, you're definitely right that they did hire weaker ones for the 1st half but i think it was less for appearance and more for the fact that they wanted a couple there that they could trust (to a degree) to stay put for easy communication. with the exception of Kuma, most of the Shichibukai are unreliable and wander around, so they needed Crocodile and Moria to look after the first half from manageable positions while the others wandered around the New World. As for Moria, i'm pretty sure that loosing to Kaidou is what caused him to side with the WG
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    Very nice review. Being a big One Piece fan, getting a lot more insight into Oda's character inspirations and comparing my theories with someone else's is a nice way to make the week (or in this case 2 week) long waits a little more bearable. Poor Zoro though, heading for Grove 1 is only going to get him into trouble, being that it is one of the "lawless" zones.

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    dam! I g2g now to the army.. Will carefully read and respond at friday!
    Same with 497 review.


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    just adding something...
    call me blind ^^ Aohige_AP over at arlongparkforums has found something for Urouge:
    "Urouge - Pirate Uruj "Redbeard" Barbarossa. Both Uruj and One Piece's Urouge is spelled the same in Japanese, ウルージ. Usually if you say ウルージ, you're talking about Redbeard."
    I know I read somewhere about him but didn't remember/connect the Urouge to that, as its a very diffrent name in both german and english.

    and upon looking where I read about redbeard, I found some other pirate named Walter Raleigh ... sry if someone already pointed this out ^^

    furthermore I get the feeling of "looking too deep into it" upon writing this *g*

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    @True Blade - ya. Golden Week is always a painful time here at MH for all series but i'm glad these reviews will help you get through it a tad bit better. as for Zoro, he's (unknowingly) of the same cut as these guys so its completely expected for him to cause trouble upon meeting them

    @Absolutio - i hope everything goes well with the army. i look forward to your response

    @Akainu - man, you have been fantastic at filling in those gaps. the name certainly fits with Urouge (since he can't say Redbeard without implying a connection to WB and BB), but unfortunately this Urouge is based on Buddhism while the real one was a Turkish Muslim, so until we get more, it seems that they are connected only in name

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    I agree with you Man that this arc could be the best one of the entire series, Od a just keeps outdoing himself. And out of all the supernovas i think the ones we should watch out for is the dark doctor, hawkins, and of cousre killer. To be honest with you my favorite one is urouge he's just so cooooll! lol well nicely done again sahugani
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    Hey Sahugani,

    Two words of praise to begin:
    1) @ Oda. I'm probably more hyped for this arc than I have been for any other so far. Most islands the strawhats visit have only a couple of interesting characters grouped, very obviously, in one to three factions and few, or even no, characters outside these factions. This arc however had introduced many new crews, ex-pirates, evil nobles, merman, flying fish riders, bounty hunters and the possibility of admiral intervention. And it's only just begun...

    2) @ Yourself. Possibly the most in depth review so far. I loved reading up on all the captains you were able to find data on, made it really worthwhile.

    Meanwhile on my thoughts on the new pirates:

    Bege: Mafia guy might ally, but he does not appear to be particularly nice. Somehow I see Sanji having interaction with him (as a note, I'll never say "fight" because there's no way it'll be 9v9 and guessing fights without a main villain is hard...) due to the love of fine food and the dress code (and no, not because Sanji has a crappy italian accent in english dub). EDIT: Also what made me curious was his crew name "Fire Tank" (one of the few not named after himself). If it alludes to mechanics it could be highly likely he is a Franky face off.

    Bonney: Sanji again (chick + food = love) but also luffy because they both seem extremely brash. Out of the lot, I expect her as an ally more or perhaps a semi-villain (like Franky was in Water7/Enies Lobby) and in agreeance with you as possible Nami enemy (or comrades? Lola anyone?)

    Hawkins: Luffy/Chopper/Usopp/Brooke will be easily impressed and thus I can see him as an ally. If not, perhaps his cheap tricks match Usopp's awesomely cheap tricks. As a side note, I can easily see him at the amusement park. EDIT: After reading over the chapter again, I feel I might have underestimated Hawkins. To be one of the four main names mentioned and with a bounty of 250mil he might be more character than first appears (so with your mysterious until the end prediction). As interest, his crew appear to be wearing shaman/monk robes and attire as well as his mention of 'lucky day' may allude to powers of a celestial nature.

    Kidd: I don't see him fighting Luffy as you said, however I don't see him being defeated by a major enemy for a display of power. Rather, I see him as the anti-thesis to Luffy and when the main villain appears there will be two courses of action. Perhaps half will follow Luffy and half Kidd. Whether this will make Kidd an enemy or an ally with a goal which THEN makes him an enemy I would not hazard a guess on.

    <Will do the rest later. Leaving work now! XD>
    EDIT:
    Apoo: I believe Apoo has potential as well because he is only one of two who were originally from the grand line, but unlike Urouge, we do not know of this island. That he does not show any fear against Kidd, to me, appears a sign of ignorance rather than power or belief. The fact he used the classic line "Dont you know how strong I am?" is usually reserved for those who are cocky and strong, but not particularly intelligent. For me, he can swing either way as ally or enemy.

    Drake: Another of the five mentioned by Shakkie, I agree with your idea that he may ally the strawhats. Though his strength is clearly nothing to scoff at, unlike the other bounties Drake catches me as one of those who may have done something outside of fighting which has earnt him a larger bounty. Also, a fallen officer pirate? The holy land and admirals so close by? This guy smells of usefulness to plot.

    Urouge: Slightly atypical to the brute force he represents if he decided to fight one bounty, but not to fight another. For some reason, he appears more bounty hunter than pirate to me.

    Killer: DAFT PUNK!? XD Is that his hair or an extension of his mask I wonder? I agree that he has a lot of potential as a hidden character, but I think the fact that he was grouped under the Kidd pirates is what makes him a much more enticing character.

    Law: Definately a Dr Chopper possibility, however again he is one of the five mentioned by Shakkie and I feel his level may be beyond our lovable reindeer. I'm tempted to agree with you that he may be related to Doflamingo which would be awesome because most other Shikabuichi (Moria, Kuma, Mihawk) had few, or any, famous crew members and Doflamingo's hand seems to spread further than any others. Also on this point, we know Doflamingo was on Jaya meaning he is quite possibly behind the strawhats on the grand line (though he obviously moves around a lot).

    Another note I did want to mention though on Rayleigh and the lack of a bounty. It was mentioned that he cannot venture far outside of groves 1-29 because he is well known to marines meaning that they would not have a 'secret' bounty of him. There is the possibility that Shakkie was only referring to what pirates are over 100mil (Rayleigh quit pirateering), but there is also a chance that Rayleigh is thought to be long gone and his bounty has been removed. I think this might be more likely since this coating shop situated itself in grove 13 rather than in the 50's where all other coaters are. A third note could be that perhaps Rayleigh does not have a bounty but was somewhat like Tom (merman carpenter from Water7) who may have helped the pirate king himself and been hunted later for it. It would be nice to get a new Roger reference after all, and 2 60-ish ex-pirates look like the best opportunity in a while.

    God I wrote a lot. Random musings hey? Good review as always, keep up the good work
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    @Highseas7 - at this point, i seriously think this could end up being my favorite arc of the entire series. it is so awesome already and Oda tops himself each chapter. as for my favorite, it is definitely tied between Law and Killer mainly because more than any of the others, these two are the most mysterious and i think have the most potential for later twists in the arc. in addition, researching the background of Trafalgar was by far the most interesting of all the ones i did. as for Killer, i must say that while writing his section i had Daft Punk playing the entire time, which was just fun

    @bittman - i think the idea of this becoming Oda's greatest arc is becoming a very common viewpoint and that is a very good thing. it's very late here so i'm only able to respond to comments on a few pirates. regarding your Kidd theory, i'm not so sure. Not only is Kidd highly unlikable but he is murderous and arrogant. i can't see crews other than his own backing him up in a struggle. regarding Killer, i'm so glad this Daft Punk look is there be it intentional or not. as for all that hair down his back, i'm inclined to think that is a fur mantle rather than his own hair. next, Law is by far the most interesting of the pirates. there is a chance of seeing some interaction with DoFlamingo, but as i'd rather move away from another Shichibukai run in, i'm hoping that we see Law make it to the New World with Luffy before we see this occur. as for Rayleigh, i doubt your first idea is the case because we have seen bounties pop up from 100 years in the past and still be viable such as the giants on Little Garden. your second idea though is one i like quite a bit. it does seem to be about time for another hint to the nature of Roger's journey.

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    Thanks a lot for the review, Sahugani, loads of depth in it, which I really liked about it.

    Just some things about what you've written:

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    that has yet to be proven, Chopper

    Along with the news that there are 9 other pirates with bounties over 100 million on the archipelago at present, Shakkie reveals that one even has a bounty higher than Luffy’s. For this section, I will analyze each of the pirates separately but there are a few overall comments I must make first. I know it is a running theory that as there are 9 Strawhats and 9 of these guys, it is set up for a bunch of one on one fights. However, I seriously doubt this is the case in that it is all too staged. It is clear from the changes from the norm last arc that Oda has realized his fights have become somewhat formulaic. Unless there is a reason that the plot calls for it, Oda doesn’t generally reveal much if anything about fighting styles or a reason for a specific Strawhat to be the opponent until the fight actually starts. Here though he has basically handed us reasons for specific Strawhats to fight based on the norms of their previous fights, which makes me more than a little suspicious. While I am all in favor of the main opponent this arc being something other than a government ally, I am not convinced that these guys will be among the opposing group. Instead we may see them fill the same role as Bellamy, they may ally with the Strawhats against a common enemy, they may be fodder for some more powerful enemy that Luffy will need to fight, or some combination where different individuals from these nine each fall into one of the aforementioned situations.
    You've written about how there are 9 pirate captains on the island right now, but there are actually 8.

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    "work it harder; make it better; do it faster; makes us stronger"

    In terms of character basis, we don’t have a name so we can’t go from that, but someone pointed out one thing in the spoiler thread something that I got a kick out of and given that Oda wrote this, it is more than likely the case. His helmet looks remarkably similar to one of the helmets worn by Daft Punk. It certainly wouldn’t be the first character Oda designed after a musical artist as Enel’s design was based on Eminem. From his title and silent demeanor, we can be relatively safe in assuming that he is a cold-blooded silent murderer. The special thing about him though is that other than Zoro, he is the only non-captain on the Archipelago that has a bounty of over 100 million. His weapons are also unique reverse katana blades attached to a special hand device that looks like it can rotate the blades. This character I actually see big things for in the future. Oda went to great lengths to hide his identity for a reason. He could either be operating under the order of this arc’s real villain or once the real villain is made clear, he will side with the bad guy. He seems less like a pirate and more like an assassin, so he is probably with Kidd less for the plunder and more for the opportunity to kill. I look forward to seeing what Oda does with this guy.
    As you can see in the picture, he's not a captain of a crew, and is only a fighter within the Kidd Pirates.

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    i'm well aware of that fact and talked about it in Killer's section. in addition, in that first bit you quoted, i can't see any instance where i may have generalized and called the 9 all captains.

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    oh hey one question on basil hawkins wats with the tattoo at his neck? it might give more insight to his character somewhat , i've been trying to dig up but im not that good
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