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wanderlustwarrior Role Model from Where Gods Belong Relationship Status: What's love got to do with it?
Role Model
Nov 28th 2021 at 10:57:41 AM

[up]This might mean that for Sanji, if he does have some Lunarian DNA, his blood will even let him survive taking hits from women.

The sad, REAL American dichotomy
PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 11:13:59 AM

Well, we got it, we got our Zoro Wano flashback. Zoro confirmed himbo for not figuring out what the entire fanbase realized dozens of chapters ago. I like that we actually got backstory for the two swords Zoro used to fight Kuina and that Mihawk broke, I always wondered about those two. And it looks like the key to wielding "cursed" swords is to embrace their curse, embrace their power, and wield them to their fullest potential. Until now, Zoro's been trying to hold back Enma. Finally, it looks like Zoro STILL doesn't realize that he has Conqueror's Haki.

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BlackYakuzu94 CHADhan Player. from Easy Coast/NY Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
CHADhan Player.
Nov 28th 2021 at 11:27:06 AM

I love how Zoro already knew all of this shit but it took him this long to put two and two together.

A lazy millennial who's good at what he does.
Nov 28th 2021 at 11:28:16 AM

This scene with Luffy and Drake was amazing.

"They truly were a Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
Kara MONSTER COACH
MONSTER COACH
Nov 28th 2021 at 11:31:24 AM

I wonder if Kuina and Tashigi will end up related after all, now that we know that Kuina's grandfather have travelled all the way from Wano to East Blue. Who knows if he had any other children along the way. Would also explain Tashigi's japanese name.

PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 12:25:11 PM

So, we know Zoro got the two swords he fought Kuina with from Kozaburo, and that Kozaburo died at some point after that, with Kuina crying at his funeral. Zoro's swordfight with Kuina must have happened even after that point, since Kuina herself died shortly after their swordfight.

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PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 1:18:20 PM

Chapter 1033 inversion thread.

  • Zoro's Death Lion Song and King charging up Imperial Deep Pride Stake is a parallel to Zoro using Lion's Song on Kuma and Kuma charging up a mouth laser.

  • Kozaburo's advice that swords are weapons made for killing that choose the wielder that best suit them is an inversion of Koshiro's advice that the pinnacle of swordsmanship is to control the sword and cut only what you want to cut.

  • Zoro saying that Luffy and Kuina are his reasons for being like a king is an inversion of Zoro telling Kaku that none of his abilities are reasons that he'll beat Zoro.

  • Zoro saying that Oden wielded Enma like it was light as a feather is an inversion of Zoro saying that Shusui is too big and slow.

  • Zoro losing his swords and finding them is a parallel to him losing his swords against Mr. 1 and finding them.

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PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 2:38:04 PM

Huh, apparently the guy who's playing Zoro in the live-action show previously played Okuyasu in the Jojo Part 4 live-action movie.

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Nov 28th 2021 at 3:19:05 PM

I do love the running gag of of the Straw Hats having knowledge/connections in their past with world altering implications, but they're too stupid/not knowledgeable enough to realize it.

PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 3:55:37 PM

The most recent anime episode confirmed two minor things that weren't super clear in the chapter:

  • The man Hawkins was talking about with a 1% chance of survival was Drake.

  • The explosion that allowed Drake to escape was from Drake himself throwing a grenade.

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Nov 28th 2021 at 6:21:18 PM

My first thought after reading the chapter:

Hooray, Zoro called Luffy his best friend! I always knew they were — wait, no, he was talking about Kuina. Duh.

...but, wait, he could have been talking about Luffy too! You can have two best friends! Especially if one's been dead since forever! LET ME DREAM!

M84 Despite everything, it's still you from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Despite everything, it's still you
Nov 28th 2021 at 6:29:15 PM

As tough as King is, Queen's speech also foreshadows that the Lunarians had some kind of Achilles' Heel that led to them being nearly extinct. Great of Sanji to ask how a race that was so Nigh-Invulnerable they were considered gods could have been reduced to a Last of His Kind situation in the first place.

Edited by M84 on Nov 28th 2021 at 10:29:37 PM

Disgusted, but not surprised
Nov 28th 2021 at 6:36:05 PM

Still looking foreword to finding out what, exactly, King's deal is. Because right now, he doesn't make much sense.

Nov 28th 2021 at 6:46:43 PM

[up][up]That's a key point of contrast between Luffy's two right-hand men. Whenever Zoro faces an opponent he can't cut, he forces himself to think. Not only now, but also against Mr. 1, and also against Pica even if not for long. Sanji, on the other hand, is constantly thinking, at every waking second that there's no woman in his line of sight.

PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 6:58:04 PM

There's a theme with every Straw Hat's battles:

  • Luffy: He can't beat his opponent at first, so he needs to learn from his defeat and come back for a Round 2 or even 3.

  • Zoro: His opponent can't be cut for some reason, and he needs to figure out how to cut them before he can win.

  • Nami: Outclassed in terms of power until she can manipulate the weather/battlefield to her advantage and take control.

  • Usopp: He runs away, summons up his courage, and comes back to beat the opponent by outsmarting them.

  • Sanji: His opponent tries to trick him using underhanded tactics and he turns it back onto them.

  • Chopper: He pushes through his fears to beat his opponent by becoming stronger.

  • Robin: Something she loves (history/crewmate) is disrespected and she makes her opponent regret it.

  • Franky: He and his opponent whale on each other until Franky out-tanks his opponent and wins.

Brook and Jimbei don't have enough fights to figure out a pattern.

Edited by PushoverMediaCritic on Nov 28th 2021 at 7:59:49 AM

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Nov 28th 2021 at 7:32:33 PM

Jimbei, at least, has the excuse that he just joined the Straw Hats. Maybe Oda needs to work out what a proper Brook fight would look like, like how it took him so long to figure out a proper Robin fight.

Edited by Dracoblade on Nov 28th 2021 at 7:36:28 AM

Nov 28th 2021 at 7:37:41 PM

Brook also tends to get used as a mook sweeper. His fighting style, as currently depicted, is great for wiping out hordes of weak enemies, but less effective against a single strong enemy.

M84 Despite everything, it's still you from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Despite everything, it's still you
Nov 28th 2021 at 7:38:15 PM

It'd be tough to give Jimbei a proper fight considering he used to be a Warlord — ie someone dangerous enough that the WG figured recruiting him was better than fighting him.

Brook's difficult to figure out since he's already dead. Any fight that would be a challenge for him would be one where his effective immortality doesn't help.

Basically, it's tricky to come up with opponents who are a suitable challenge or test of these characters. Jimbei in particular would be tough since he's already an experienced veteran badass even by the standards of the New World.

[up]x5 This chapter more or less reveals King's deal.

He's the Last of His Kind of a race who were so durable that they could survive pretty much anywhere. Hence why he's so ridiculously tough — it has nothing to do with his Devil Fruit power.

Edited by M84 on Nov 28th 2021 at 11:45:34 PM

Disgusted, but not surprised
HamburgerTime The Merry Monarch of Darkness from Dark World, where we do sincerely have cookies Relationship Status: I know
The Merry Monarch of Darkness
Nov 28th 2021 at 7:45:58 PM

Jimbei utterly flattened a guy who was considered next in line to become a Disaster on land. In water, I think he could take an Emperor commander no problem.

The pig of Hufflepuff pulsed like a large bullfrog. Dumbledore smiled at it, and placed his hand on its head: "You are Hagrid now."
M84 Despite everything, it's still you from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Despite everything, it's still you
Nov 28th 2021 at 7:49:09 PM

[up]Of course he could considering most of them are Devil Fruit users. But I get your point.

Disgusted, but not surprised
PushoverMediaCritic I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out. from the Italy of America Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
I'm sorry Tien, but I must go all out.
Nov 28th 2021 at 8:01:40 PM

Based on Brook vs Zeo and Jimbei vs Whos-Who, my guess as to their battle's theme is similar to Robin, except replace "archeology/crewmember" with "life/death" and "Fishmen". Though, it might be something else.

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rmctagg09 The Wanderer from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Nov 28th 2021 at 8:02:11 PM

Jimbei is pretty much the strongest non-Monster Trio Straw Hat.

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite.
Nov 28th 2021 at 8:09:27 PM

Still think we should be calling them the Monster Quartet now, by the way.

...and not just because I sing barbershop and am now working out which part they would sing (I'm thinking Jinbie would be the bass).

MightyMatilda from New Jersey, USA
Nov 28th 2021 at 8:10:13 PM

[up]That pun is terrible. I love it!

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HamburgerTime The Merry Monarch of Darkness from Dark World, where we do sincerely have cookies Relationship Status: I know
The Merry Monarch of Darkness
Nov 28th 2021 at 8:10:43 PM

For some reason I often think of the Straw Hats in terms of what their roles in an RPG party would be:

Edited by HamburgerTime on Nov 28th 2021 at 10:10:59 AM

The pig of Hufflepuff pulsed like a large bullfrog. Dumbledore smiled at it, and placed his hand on its head: "You are Hagrid now."

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