Discussion One Piece - Is "Wall" an Ability?

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Now we have seen the Vinsmoke's use this technique called "Wall". At first when we saw one if the use it. I guess most suggested it was DF powers.
Now we've seen Judge use it. Which says it isn't Devil Fruit powers.

So what is it.
My guess is that it's a new form of the 6 Powers. Maybe a version of it in the New World. Cause think we haven't seen any new Marines or ones we saw in Paradise use the 6 Powers. Tashigi is the only so far but we saw her in Paradise.

What do you guys think?
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Pretty sure it's just complete and utter loyalty that's been pounded into the Germa 66 soldiers. Either that, or they have some brainwashing tech that gives any Vinsmoke complete control over the soldier's actions.
 

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As far as we have learnt from Vinsmoke Jajji and Ichiji, both used "Wall" during their fight. The moment when they shouted out "Wall," the soldiers immediately formed a line in front of them to act as meat shields for them. Jajji described the soldiers of Germa 66 as the "true backbone of Germa's might" and he expected their absolute loyalty. That was why they obeyed and willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their rulers.

It may be difficult for those non-Japanese people to fully understand their culture, particularly their heritage. Many cultures, the past and present, have attributed divinity or significant spiritual gifts to their rulers. The rulers of ancient Egypt and Rome were treated as gods, and medieval kings (including England's Henry VI) were regarded as having the ability to cure diseases with the royal touch.

The Japanese concept of the divinity of the Emperor was not so much of a belief that the Emperor was a supernatural supreme being but rather it was accepted that the Emperor was descended from kami (or gods) who was contacted and inspired by them. Hence the Emperor had the obligation of carrying out rituals and devotions in order to ensure that kami would look after Japan and her people, and to gain assurance of the country's peace and prosperity.

The rituals in the early days became the early practice of Japanese religion (and is still a religion at the present time), Shinto (or 神道), which focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently by the Emperor in ancient Japan. In the present day, shrines are established in many places for devotees to go for prayers and worships.

The Emperor of Japan is also called Tennō (天皇), which means "heavenly sovereign", who is the symbol of the country and of the unity of the people. The Emperor holds the highest authority of the Shinto religion as he and his family are said to be the direct descendants of the sun-goddess Amaterasu (or the "goddess of the sun") and his importance besides ruling the country, also lies in dealing with heavenly affairs, including Shinto ritual and rites throughout the nation.

If one can understand the Japanese culture and its relation with the emperors of the country, he/she will be able to appreciate the mentality of the common people with regard to their rulers. An Emperor is the head of the Imperial Family (the emperor and his household undertaking official and public duties of the country) and is the ceremonial head of state of Japan's system of constitutional monarchy, and he is duly respected and honoured, even to the extent of sacrificing their lives when deem necessary. In fact, to be able to die for the emperor would be considered as an honour. Perhaps some of you may have heard the saying, read from books or watch documentaries or movies of ancient stories of Japan where government officials or common people who had sacrificed their lives in order to save their emperors and his family or other similar stories.

Of course those were ancient times and the Japanese people of the present day have become modernised and are very much influenced by various cultures (such as the western culture) of the world. But their ancestry background is still well-maintained and preserved. Obviously most people will not sacrifice their lives for their emperor anymore but they still pay their duly respect and honour to his sovereignty.

Back to our topic of the Vinsmoke family - With the background knowledge of the Japanese culture, we will be able to understand the mentality of the Germa soldiers. The Vinsmokes are the Imperial Family with a kami ancestry and highly regarded. It may seem preposterous particularly for the non-Japanese, but if the story retains the similar precedent background and culture of ancient Japan, then "wall" isn't an ability but rather the call for "absolute loyalty" of the emperor's subjects, which includes the soldiers obviously.

In the same chapter (833), the army of soldiers did not fret, neither did anyone protest over the sacrificial but cheered on when their ruler, Jajji defeated Sanji. In the same token, Ichiji did the same - he called out "wall" and the soldiers formed a line in front of him and blocked the attack from the enemies. The "wall" is like a call for duty which is highly regarded and honoured and hence it is justifiable in the eyes of the entire nation of Germa Kingdom.

On the other hand, if one is creative enough, it can be speculated as an ability, a special power, a skill or a talent such as hypnosis, brainwashing or some form of long term political propaganda that has been instilled firmly to the minds of the nation. Therefore, one being the "sacrificial lamb" for the royalty is as natural as one who dies from illness. :2arrow
 

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Wow Progoddess that was a pro explanation. I'd like to add that back in the day Samurais would impale themselves to show ultimate loyalty to their feudal lords.

That being said, wall might be a test of loyalty BUT the latest chapter shows that the germa soldiers are all test tube babies or at least parts of them (physical prowess?) Are engineered. Perhaps they are engineered by them to have unchallenged loyalty.
 

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Wow Progoddess that was a pro explanation. I'd like to add that back in the day Samurais would impale themselves to show ultimate loyalty to their feudal lords.

That being said, wall might be a test of loyalty BUT the latest chapter shows that the germa soldiers are all test tube babies or at least parts of them (physical prowess?) Are engineered. Perhaps they are engineered by them to have unchallenged loyalty.
We have two types of inhabitants in Germa Kingdom in terms of those of natural birth and those of technologically engineered - one group being the commoners or the Germa citizens and the other are the ones tested in the lab (they can be ordinary or talented human beings, or through cloning system from DNA, etc).

As far as we have learnt from chapter 839, we know that the Vinsmokes kept their soldiers monitored in capsule containers. But we don't know if they are cloning or engineering them by using live people. Looking at how they look alike, I reckon they may be cloned. If so, I suppose it can be easily manipulated and (obviously) with input of whatever data the Vinsmokes want such as "absolute obedience." It seems like it is the latter.

The other group of people (common citizens), assuming they exist in the Germa Kingdom, they don't seem to oppose to the "killing" through the "wall" technique. If they do not feel any indifferent of such practice, then I suppose they are like what I said - being loyal to the core. :smile-big
 

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It's an order not an ability the Vinsmokes give to their soldiers.
 
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