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Seeing that nobody opened a thread for this topic I though I should do this. Especially seeing that it's quite controversial.
Does Ace survive or is he really dead? Did he hit the bucket or does he life on to tell the story of is "almost death"?
This is the place to discuss that kind of questions but not only can you tell your reasonings why he should life or should die you can also predict future events that could follow his death for example.
Additionally I saw that some people have a bet. They are betting if he is dead for real or if he comes back somehow. The loser will make a picture of Luffy there avatar for two weeks.
Anybody that wants to participate: feel free to do so. I'm joining and I'm saying that he is indeed dead.
In the begining I thought that I could start a fun-topic about Ace death with funny reasons why he does survive (the funny is that I wrote that in the prediction thread and one of my examples was a Aizenspoof with Akainu hitting Sengoku instead of Ace and coincidentially someone made a pig with Akainu hitting Sengoku. Most probably without reading my post).
I won't start with my reasoning just because I already wrote to much. Feel free to discuss everything and now get started
the reason why nobody opened such a thread is because this question will be answered in the next chapter, so it doesn't make much sense. Everybody discusses this in the prediction thread.
That's actually the reason why I opened it. Now or never. If it's confirmed we could change the threadtitle into something like "how he could have survived" and go the fun-topic-way if there is a need to .
Furthermore this thread is also meant to discuss the possible impact of his death. The predictionthread won't be opened forever. Additionally Ace death (yeah I'm a believer) is something that big that it deserves a thread.
He is dead.
One Piece needs a major character to die in the current storyline. It can't keep going on with everyone magically surviving all the time (See Pell & Zoro). If Ace revives in the next chapter, I will be mad at Oda for doing that.
Right now I am praising him for killing off Ace and making Luffy go apeshit hopefully.
Well, I'm just quoting from my review as I think it sums up my opinion pretty good.^^
Ace is dead. regardless of his youth, he is still to me considered part of the old generation. The moment he was defeated by Blackbeard, I lost all faith in ace.
Ace has his time to shine already, give the spotlight to someone else.
Like dragonballz ( gohan/cell), It seems Luffy needs a big push to awaken or unleash his full potential of Hakushou. Loosing someone he once grew up with and later dying in their hands will do it.
it is all a dream...luffy is in a dream state still stuck in impel down after being seriously poisoned by magellan....he will soon die and one piece shall end.
but on a more serious note , i think we will find out for sure in 6 more days.
Ace got most of his internal organs burned and have big hole in chest in place where heart and aorta is. His vivre card burned aswell. Whole chapter was about Ace dying. After all of that he cant be alive. Its like eating pizza whole chapter, talking about how delicious it was, and in next chapter you see same pizza again.
DON"T WASTE LIQUOR! It is more important than an actual human life. Ace died because he was a reckless arrogant asshole who refused to listen to superiors. Had he ever listened what his captain told him he would not have been captured by the marines or impaled by akainu. Glad he died, luffy brings more than enough reckless, impulsive, stupid and arrogant stunts as it is. Ace was hardly necessary as things stand.
Ace was worth shit the moment he got beat by BB. he sorta reminds me of pain, he could have been awesome but was fucked by the author. i lost all faith in one piece after this arc, wtf oars doesn't die after that but Ace does. Oda you fucked up. no one is even going to buy those volumes now in America because of this. Was there really a need or a push? i mean that was the fuckin point of the shabody arc, right? Luffy's crew getting split was going to make him stronger, right? Ace's death was unnecessary, especially now that whitebeaard is going to die too. I just hope BB gets his power raised to the 100th degree or whatever and gets beat by Luffy. If one piece is anything like code geass or death note, it will shut up those fans who think BB will be the final boss because teh story leads up to it. I'm done.
Ace was from his first meeting early on one of my favorite characters. To me Ace was essential to Luffy's development and growth. In so many ways he showed us what was in store for the future. For sure once he was beaten by BB, His fall all fueled by hubris was sealed. No doubt he Fu@ked up bad. But all in all he was a hero and martyr. Luffy has also been a reckless arrogant asshole, so Ace's death is indeed pivotal to Luffy truly having what it takes to endure the NW.
But while I won't be pouring out my 1979 vintage cognac...
Cheers to a Legend.
If Oda made every awesome character shine, we'd have to spend 3 fucking chapters on every fucking battle. Bleach already sets a precedence for this sort of rubbish. A character's fanbase should not influence their overall standing in the manga. Take, for example, Negima where a gymnast by the name of "Maki" got HUGE popularity. Despite the fact that they then added her into more of the manga, she still has the role she was going to originally have: "background".
I could name you a hundred characters who are awesome but got shafted. Sometimes the reason awesome characters exist, is to be shafted. Of course, it can become overkill at times.
I have no qualm with Oda not appeasing to the "masses". He's a writer, not a mindless teenage fan...and he probably already has all the bling he needs, so he wouldn't care if this hurt american sales...which it won't.