disclaimer: major spoilers ahead! please be entirely caught up before reading anything on this page. thanks!
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– chapter 726 – chapter 725 – chapter 724
– chapter 723 – chapter 722 – chapter 721 – chapter 720 – chapter 719
– chapter 718 – chapter 717 – chapter 716 – chapter 715 – chapter 714
– chapter 713 – chapter 712 – chapter 711 – chapter 710 – chapter 709
– chapter 708 – chapter 707 – chapter 706 – chapter 705 – chapter 704
– chapter 703 – chapter 702 – chapter 701 – chapter 700 – chapter 699
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chapter 730: 3 cards
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chapter 729: shichibukai doflamingo vs shichibukai law
trpotw has been brought to you by jetdagger01: “how did you join the strawhats?” dude.. jetdagger.. that’s friggin’ 5 times so far during the dressrosa arc. propositions! propositions to you! “if robin grabbed my balls i’d join too” (theonlysausages @ reddit). yeah but i’m sure we could all do without the squeezing
yeah.. the title of the chapter is shichi vs shichi but i’m not so sure law did much fighting. either way, ladies and gentlemans, this is what we in the one piece fandom blogging business that makes no money like to call a fuuuuckin cliffhanger. pardon my fronche but this chapter was so absolutely deserving it had to be said.
// kora-san is …
<-> it’s interesting that law calls kora kora-san because up until now, it has been x-ya (sai-chan @ apf)
–? law’s love interest. kora-san = corazon = heart in spanish = heart seat = profit (diwbee @ reddit)
–? the old heart seat, who law liked and subsequently named his crew after (the_attorney @ reddit)
–? a ‘d’ (lots of people, oops)
1pctheory: well.. at the very least, since law remembers who kora san is, that means he or she was never turned in to a toy (or that law is immune from that crap). if i had to put some money on it.. i mean, yeah, he or she is probably a ‘d,’ but i’m placing my bets on.. monet returning
// koala-san is the three eyed girl in big mom’s crew (zentulip @ reddit)
–> appearance: eyes, brown hair
–> appearance 2: suspenders with wide legged pants. who does that
–> characters don’t get introduced as kids and just disappear without major plot involvement
–> future plot development: maybe jinbe will be in the crew when the mugiwara face big mom
1pctheory: damn. this is good. 100% sold. imo, one seriously awesome find!
– law mentions the will of d .. again! (divinevodka @ reddit)
– luffy uses the exact same language, telling franky to go wild the same way he told sanji to back in enies lobby (ifiwereaplatypus @ reddit)
– dellinger x pokemon (dynamiteshikaku @ apf)
– caribou’s cover story will probably end with a silhouette of kaido (nolastname100 @ reddit)
– the final page of cover stories are normally noted as such. this isn’t the end just yet (ccc @ apf)
– zoro’s mustache is missing (gamep01nt @ reddit)
– bastille was there to fight someone who has already been turned in to a toy (goodbananapancakes @ reddit)
– what if dellinger has monet’s legs? (photark @ reddit)
1pctheory: everyone, if we keep talking about monet, she’s bound to come back and join the crew. right? … right?!!
WHAT? 7 WEEK BREAK?
“this week’s issue is issue #52, next week is issue #1 of 2014, so in 2 weeks we’ll have issue #2” (silverblade @ apf)
oh ok. moving on – was that good or what? and now zoro and franky are right there next to dofla, law and fuujz (with luffy behind bars) – oda saves these huge cliffhangers up for when he has to take a break, i’m sure. they’re always too, too good!
otherwise, if you haven’t seen it, i’m going to just striaght up change over to the new layout (once i fix some navigation stuff to make it simpler) … honestly, it’s just better because the images i link to in the posts do this ‘lightbox’ thing where it doesn’t open up a new tab/page, it just shows it right then and there. for that reason alone i wanted to make the change, and i will .. as soon as .. i .. migrate .. the .. rest ….. i can already see this taking another month
hope all is well, everyone. have a great week and weekend – see you back here in 2 weeks!
chapter 728: the number of tragedies
top reddit post of the week comes courtesy of jabs11 – the desks of the ‘big 3’ mangaka! top one is kishi’s, then kubo’s, and of course, finally, oda’s. my work desk looks like that too. it’s a complete mess and nobody can find anything except for me on it. does that mean.. i could be a mangaka?! oda, is this a sign!?! what are you trying to say to me with this image!!
revealed: viola is a princess of the castle, and had her df ability 10 years ago
revealed: monet was a servant, and had her df ability 10 years ago
revealed: baby 5 aged 10 years, but as far as i can tell, not baby goggles
confirmed: violet and viola are one and the same
confirmed: people forget toys, and not the other way around, and it’s instant
1pctheory: jeez. i’m a bit confused by mr. toy soldier’s line about right when they become toys, they remember their hatred for dofla, but whatever. write that off as unimportant.
// nobody is going to remember the fights that took place in the coliseum (aohige_ap @ apf)
<-> don chinjao forgot about his grandsons sai and boo instantly
–? ‘each toy can remember their own life, but they lose memories about other people turned in to toys like everyone else. this is very important: tsol and rebecca’s flashbacks might be missing some important people’ (.access timeco. @ apf)
1pctheory: the ‘strange feeling’ that the riku king had 10 years ago must be the pang of a lost loved one. who do we know he has lost since then? where is the riku queen? just who was toy soldier before he was turned in to a toy? there’s a whole lot more mojo left in this arc. damn, oda. what kind of crazy twist are you plotting up in here?
– mr. prince will meet his princess (zorospride @ reddit)
– do vivre cards work for people that have turned in to toys? (el_luffy_roja @ apf)
– where’s law in all of this? (life_ @ reddit)
– pica isn’t wearing armor. spikes are coming out of his body. cool (davaca @ reddit)
– where’s my ‘let’s baby’ shirt? (drewbytuesday @ reddit)
1pctheory: that makes me wonder.. maybe senor pink is baby 1, baby goggles is baby 2, dellinger is baby 3, and baby 5 is well, baby 5. does that mean.. lao g is baby 4?!
great chapter. really filling this whole series out. and the fact that you forget your toy brethren instantaneously makes for a really, really interesting twist on an already fascinating arc! i’ll look for some more stuff later but for now, hope everyone has a great week 🙂
a hero lying in wait the ambushing hero
top reddit post of the week, brought to you by gamep01nt and i quote, “luffy’s timeline.” hmm.. i wonder if i should start keeping track of how many each user has per arc, and maybe tally it all up eventually? i think that would be interesting. oh, just me? alright then.
no more doubters: drake is there, but why?
revealed: monet worked at the palace, prior to the 10 year incident
revealed: dofla used ‘parasite’ to force the riku army in to killing his own people
1pctheory: dofla didn’t do anything we didn’t already expect – puppeteering the king in to killing his own people. but how does that mesh with what we saw in jola’s art piece?
and bam ~ is monet comin back or what? the tide is turning back in her favor (get it) – next mugiwara, the dismissed-as-deceased monet! tsol’s story starts with her introduction but then doesn’t mention anything about her. she’s awesome and not super overpowered – perfect fit. it’s going to happen. i still berieve it.
// drake vs zoro (caligula @ reddit)
–> zoro: “i’ve heard that the ‘hardness’ of a black sword is unparalleled. even if a dinosaur stepped on it, it wouldn’t bend a milimeter”
1pctheory: a dinosaur? you don’t say
– it’s almost cute how riku thinks a bundle of dynamite will kill dof (dododo @ apf)
– doflamingo is a true villain. take some notes obito (gushywetwet15 @ reddit)
– bottom three panels on this page.. same woman each time? (opn @ apf)
– doflamingo. much evil. so cruel. very haircut. wow (the laughing man @ apf)
1pctheory: don’t mention the woman in the spotted dress for any reason other than it’s interesting, and that it would be cool if it was the same person (and maybe the man in each scene is tsol). and i don’t know the history of /r/supershibe but knowyourmeme recounts the history of doge, and if i’ve lost you at this point, don’t worry about it – all that means you aren’t a super internet nerd like me.
for those of us who want a map (damn i love maps) here’s one from ccc @ apf!
i’ll be honest, when i read the mangapanda translation, my mind instantly lept to: king riku has been developing these smiles and feeding them to the dress-army. it was the ‘stay human’ line. but then mangastream’s trans brought me back down to earth. ccc‘s official translation is –
“ “Fighting” would be worthy, but killing each other is something that humans should not do!!!”
“The fact that Dressrosa has been free of war for 800 years… is proof that we are no beasts”
“We will not become wild animals!! We’re human!! There shall be no killing!!!”
freakin mangapanda i swear. hope you guys have a great week. you know i’m waiting for next wednesday to roll around!
gotta finish thsi later. woooooowwwww
chapter 726: the riku tribe
oh? what’s this!? an early release!?! and reveals galore~e!
top reddit post of the week was brought to you by gamep01nt: “zoro vs…” well, everyone! although i can’t imagine luffy wouldn’t be able to at least move the needle some 😛 this is awesome. everyone is so damn creative. what does it say? i–ke–ma–a–.. alright, i should stop embarassing myself.
revealed: the toys are alright!
kinda-revealed: viola up in this
revealed: ricky is king riku dold the third
revealed-ish: there are different types of toys, power being one of them
superreveal: tsol is rebecca’s father!
1pctheory: thank goodness the toys are alright. dodged one there. but ricky is not necessarily kyros – though apparently, he made a very difficult decision on that fateful day. and tsol being rebecca’s father – pretty clear from the fighting style.. is it too obvious, then, that tsol was kyros, got his leg hit once (like oars jr), and turned in to a toy for losing? have to believe it’s true. next?
// trebol is not the toy maker (xtoppriority @ reddit)
–> we didn’t actually see him do it
–> he’s been shown as slime, with legs, and in different colors/physical forms. probably a logia. pics below, all courtesy of (dark_ritual @ apf)
extra: what if multi-df isn’t exclusive to bb? (parklane21 @ apf)
1pctheory: it’s the – didn’t see him die, so he’s not dead – argument, reapplied. can’t say i disagree, but the fact is: everything that has been ‘too obvious’ so far this arc has instead been exactly what we thought it’d be. also: don’t mention the poly-df non-bb-exclusivity thing as just a completely out of the box comment. gotta appreciate those, even if they have.. let’s face it: no chance of being right
// viola is violet (noronorovirus @ reddit/lots of ppl @ lots of places)
–> op characters can’t make up names for shit. ‘i’m luff.. – lucy! i’m rik.. – ricky!’ (faustyle @ reddit)
1pctheory: ‘i’m viol.. – violet!’ too funny. also gives us a sense for who violet might be. she was mentioned in the same breath tank, and tank as someone who could have betrayed her in some way yet didn’t.. uhh ok oda. mystery relationship!
– lest we forget, 400 years ago, norland came and fought off some more bad guys (zenotha @ reddit)
– it’s strange that sai can’t control his body, when others on the surface most certainly can (maju @ apf)
– this reminds me of dragon’s line ‘there can be no happiness in a world where undesirables are thrown away‘ (kingluffy @ reddit)
– all the kids in the colorspread are wearing shirts that list their crewmate # (thefrith @ apf) and sanji is smokin a cig (silverr @ apf)
1pctheory: eh mangapanda translation issues. what’s new. and what’s up with this freakin port? trebol talks about it too.
and i guess i’ll leave you with this one: the donquixote ancestor looks a whole lot like blackbeard (al!najames @ apf)! hope you all have a great week and weekend 🙂
ok that’s it for me, for now! didn’t do apf yet.. maybe i’ll do that right now.. yeah.. right now.. 😀
chapter 725: the undefeated woman
apologies everyone – traveling for work and i just haven’t been able to find the time. but here we go:
superconfirmed: drake is on this island (ala the spikey hair on the dino and his post ts look)! but why was scotch still alive?
revealed: rebecca has never hurt a single opponent, nor has she ever been hit!
revealed: the losers get medical treatment, and dumped in to a hole full of toys
1pctheory: there’s a ton of foreshadowing in this chapter, but it seemed like there was just enough for us to not be able to make any sort of predictions on them. we praise oda for his ability to foreshadow but i think what makes him so great, is that the clues are always so subtle, that it’s almost impossible to catch it the first time. a true poet (at with-holding) – and that’s what keeps us coming back for more!
top reddit post of the week comes courtesy of tccplz, and is a great hypothesis on ..
// kaido is the emperor of wano (tccplz @ reddit)
–> kinemon and momonosuke are from wano, and definitely know who he is
–> moriah’s crew robbed ryuma’s grave of his sword (and implicitly his body)
–> moriah lost in a fight with kaido back in the day
–> wano is stupidly strong – strong enough that the wg and yonkou won’t mess
–> kin’emon, momonosuke, kanjuuro and ryuma are very japanese names. as is kaido. (profssbencyclopedia @ reddit)
<– why kidnap kanjuuro, unless you want to piss off kaido more (uiluj @ reddit)
1pctheory: great argument, bolstered by profssberfbadfj’s find, but i’m a little confused as to how moriah would get his shit handed to him by kaido, and still be able to make off with the body of wano’s national hero. is that also to say that all the samurais have SMILE’s? after all, zxcv11791 @ apf (way back in chapter 663) suggested kin’emon is the ‘mythical tanuki zoan.’ or is kaido maintaining a SMILE army apart from the samurai? time will tell, but this is damn good. however the kidnapping of kanjuuro however is throwing a huge wrench in to this, in my opinion. was it an accident? or is dofla just a total idiot for doing it? now that i think about it, how do we know he’s been kidnapped? what if they’re treating him like royalty in the palace? maybe we assume too much. or too little. links fixed – big thanks tmnath @ twitter for letting me know. btw, anyone else think zoro will give shusui back and upgrade his sword on wano?
// the broken toy pit goes straight to the losers pit (berserkerguts @ reddit)
–> this toy (ch717) is this toy (ch725)
–> this toy is this toy (ping @ apf)
1pctheory: ah, but what does it all mean? the toy had a soul/spirit/voice/whatever before he entered the pit, and is now nothing but scrap. something or someone must have taken it away from him, because i don’t think it would make a lot of sense for him to have died of starvation or dehydration.
// is it possible that human souls are the main ingredient for SADs (and therefore SMILEs)? (uiluj @ reddit)
–> from above: the souls of these toys are removed in some way
–> related to above: the losers don’t ever leave
–> the SAD is an “application of the bloodline elements discovered by vegapunk”
–> there are veteran fighters on the island/in jail so it can’t be standard practice to drop them in to the pit (the daz @ apf)
1pctheory: just what the hell are bloodline elements? either way, i wouldn’t just throw this idea away – the first thought i (and i’m sure many of you) had was that the losers get turned in to toys.. but what then? my impression is that dofla gathered up a lot of strong guys to fight in the coliseum so he could take their stronger than average “bloodline elements” to create strong SADs and SMILEs. or maybe that’s just totally wrong. either way, we’ve got a mystery to solve, gang.
foreshadowed.. questions abound
1. who are you, violet? do you have something against rebecca, or the coliseum?
2. what’s up with this harbor kanjuuro and violet mentioned? why twice?
3. who’s goal are you trying to fulfill, law?
4. must robin be protected for any particular reason? or is sanji just being sanji?
1pctheory: COME ON SABO.
– looks like drake is working for kaido, which makes sense since we’ve heard the only way to survive the new world is to oppose or be protected by a yonkou (robzilla @ apf)
– i wonder why these particular fighters were captured; there are veteran fighters on the island so it isn’t standard practice to drop them in to the pit (the daz @ apf)
– my bet is on the girl with the one eyed goggle being the toy maker. little girl making toys is too sensical (hiso @ apf)
1pctheory: i dunno why but i can’t seem to find the line where anyone says you need to be protected or oppose a yonkou to survive the new world.. can’t remember it what so ever.
welp. one piece is on break next week, but man was this one great. i didn’t even get to ap forums yet but will take my sweet time doing so while i’m stuck in the airport tomorrow afternoon. hope you all have a great day and week and all that!
chapter 724: law’s strategy
top reddit post of the week: “oh luffy;” source – imgur/ask captain tashigi (?). there’s actually 3 pictures in the series – this is just the one i liked most. but on to this chap! beccaaauseee..
revealed: doflamingo ate the ito ito no mi, and uses his strings to latch on to clouds to sky walk
revealed: law was screwed over 13 years ago too
1pctheory: goddamnit is law sabo? /sarc. let’s see.. 13 years ago, law looked like this; not a whole lot going on except that nice tie and blazer he’s got going on. makes me think that maybe he was rich somehow? was he dressro-yalty? that would definitely make him pissed, and i’m inclined to believe it. he probably wasn’t tenryuubito because if he was, he would have been incahoots with dofla from the beginning, and law was a rookie 3 years ago at the same time as luffy, so eh.. who knows.
– “Its funny how Law said people have been burned for underestimating the strawhats inthe past. But he himself is uunderestimating what luffy will end up doing for a friend” (failosoraptor @ reddit)
– calling it now, law didn’t give ceasar his heart back (warismydestiny @ apf)
– doflamingo family tree (tccplz @ reddit)
– hq color spreads (ccc @ apf)
– the most innocuous fruits end up being the most powerful: paw, string, rubber, !? (1way2way3way4way @ reddit)
– response: it’s a testament to the inner strength of those who get them (438114 @ reddit)
1pctheory: and is unquestionably one of the overarching themes in one piece. yuuuup. and i guess two different thoughts come out of this whole heart switching craziness; if law has ceasar’s heart inside him, then when dofla kills him he will also be killing ceasar. if law actually gave ceasar his heart back, then there’s no way he can guarantee ceasar/SMILE/SAD production will stop. makes me think law does have ceasar’s heart inside him, and that dofla will probably figure that out somehow, leading to law being held hostage vs. killed, effectively turning this arc in to a rescue arc.
gah i wish i could add more, i really do. this chapter was far more action packed than anything else – and you know i ain’t complaininin’ini’nin’in’! i’ll look around for some more things to add in later on this week, but for now, thisistisit
have a great week!
chapter 723: change of plans
trpotw: zombieslaya1138 “came across this guy at awa, he looked very familiar, but the beard threw me off.” who is that. master roshi? no.. what’s with that big scar?
revealed: doflamingo is no longer tenryuubito
revealed: steampunk-balloon man’s name is gladius
1pctheory: how cool is that doflamingo reaffrims sanjis strength in the last page? goddamn. i got goosebumps. is oda the all time master of cliffhangers or what? and did you notice.. momonosuke is a dragon again in the last panel. is it because doflamingo is nearby? or something equally as exciting?
– sanji will be the first to defeat dofla’s fruit because he won’t hit nami (moelester518 @ reddit/apf)
– bartolomeo is in love with the media’s representation of the strawhats (mabylater @ reddit, .access timeco. @ apf)
– like how sanji was the first to break tekkai on the sea train, sanji will lose to dofla but reveal the cracks in dofla’s armor (elfman @ apf)
– fujitora knew nami could use lightning, and said it to let law know they were close (cheesecakehero @ reddit)
– bartolomeo controls barriers, and broke down the fourth wall between audience and story (finch619 @ reddit)
– it’s not a typo: 4000 km in every direction. kind of silly. (ccc @ apf)
1pctheory: and of course, the requisite follow up image (ccc):
i dunno why, but this week, i just sat back and took a few extra moments to marvel at every single frame. this chapter was just really, really amazing; to the point where i couldn’t/still have not been able to bring myself to focus on predictions, new nakamas, and other things of that sort. i also just got engaged and my fiance just got a new job, so all that has definitely been a bit distracting 🙂
otherwise, is there a break next week? there seems to be no specific mention of it in the chapter itself but it’s floating around out there because sabo. does gladius have a porcupine zoan (bladia @ apf)? will monet return, because i still haven’t given up hope yet? have a great week and weekend everyone 🙂
will finish up this update later today – many apologies, busy busy busy but DAMN THIS WAS GOOD
chapter 722: the royal bloodline
FINALMENTE! top reddit post of the week has been brought to you by nlarkin, and i quote: “saw this guy on the tram today in italy.” you know, i’m actually not all that surprised. fun fact: the majority of my web traffic comes from europe! can we give a moment of silence for our european brothers, who are suffering from record unemployment right now (italy, 12%)? if i could give you guys jobs, i would, but sadly, this site makes $0 per year. baaaalllinnnn’
so i could start talking about this chapter, or i could start this post off with this mind blowing connection made raiden55 @ reddit. first, let me say, that i can’t believe i didn’t notice this before and that if anyone out there reading this has, fkin why didn’t you say anything? secondly, i never gave the, “ace’s spade pirates are akin to law’s heart pirates and was on the path to take the now confirmed picas seat” hypothesis any real consideration.. that is, until now:
“SMILE and SAD”
uhhh.. okay. awesome. i want to believe this so bad now. although, if we subscribe to this, then a few other things must also be true: in chapter 552, ace flashes back to when he left foosha village and already has his hat. that suggests doflamingo had already met ace and possibly gave him his hat, which is a little hard to digest. either way, this is now back on my radar of.. maybe, but whaaat? is it possible doflamingo gave ace his fruit (luccidvergo @ reddit)? and, dare we say it – pitched him against whitebeard, and orchestrating his execution from afar (uiluj @ reddit)? anyways, enough of that, back to chapter 722;
confirmed: doflamingo is a celestial dragon
confirmed: the descendants of the 19 world gov’t founding kings are the present day tenryuubito
revealed: the donquixote family left dressrosa to found the world gov’t with 19 other families 800 years ago
revealed: alabasta did not choose to join the world gov’t 800 years ago
in my opinion, this explains why alabasta had a poneglyph under its care, and peripherally why fishman island did as well – they were not allied with the ancient-kingdom-destroying world gov’t (or at least not at the time of its formation). hmm i definitely read that wrong. the nefertari’s just chose not to live in mariejois, but did join the world gov’t.
– “let’s set rebecca on fire as revenge against the pyromancer king!” rebecca gets the mera mera no mi = confirmed (seenewzy @ reddit)
– the missing guy is gambia from barto’s crew. maynard was missing in b (.access timeco. @ apf)
– what makes a strawhat? (cairodin @ reddit)
– let’s take a deeper dive in to the art jora made – the tragedy of dress rosa (captainapplejack @ apf)
– doflamingo cannot be a bastard because he has the donquixote name. he probably ran away like sabo (dollarscholar @ apf)
1pctheory: big ups to captainapplejack for doing that analysis; i was going to but now i can save myself from butchering it. plus, he did a crazy good job! otherwise, if doflamingo ran away ala sabo.. then picas = sabo confirmed.
great, great chapter and important confirmations all over! of course, mangastream’s copy got dropped in a puddle or somesuch something, so the translation may change.. especially given mangapanda’s track record.. but if you’re interested, ccc @ apf released his own translation here and is probably one of the most trustworthy ones out there on the net. here’s a scanlation of it, too!
hope everyone has a great week and weekend. see you next week 🙂
huge reveal! even though most everyone already knew 🙂 big day today at work so i apologize – i’ll have to wait to work on this until later on tonight.
chapter 721: rebecca and soldier-san
top reddit post of the week comes thanks to urbanstr and i quote “seems legit.” seems legit to me! more evidence that every single one of usopp’s lies come true. 2punx2furious counts the ways: pirate attack (kuro), giant gold fish (dorry and broggy), climbing in a giant whale (laboon), fighting a giant mole (ms christmas), becoming a pirate captain (after fighting luffy), cerebus (thriller bark), dragon (punk hazard), dwarves (dressrosa) … and ? and ? ? ? —
// usopp will get control of the happou navy (fiverings @ reddit)
–> practically guaranteed usopp will control an 8000 man army
<-> happou navy is from the flower country, kanokuni
–> another word for flower in japanese is hana, which also means nose (nintentohtori @ reddit)
1pctheory: or it could just be all these dwarves, as everyone definitely thinks on some level. either way, gotta appreciate this out of the box thinking!
on scarlet, rebecca, and the toy soldier of love
ok.. here’s what we know: rebecca is the granddaughter of the riku king, and the seemingly only child of scarlet. but scarlet and rebecca didn’t live in dressrosa’s castle – they lived in a cottage somewhere outside of the city’s walls, without rebecca’s father no less. now, was scarlett banished from the castle? or was rebecca’s dad an estranged prince?
// the toy soldier was kyros and rebecca’s dad
<-> the flashback was 10 years ago, and kyros disappeared 20 years ago but nobody remembers anything (kadzi @ reddit)
–> the toy soldier was already a toy 10 years ago
–> thunder toy trained rebecca on kyros’ fighting style
–> kyros had one wound, and it was probably his leg (superspider @ apf)
<– thunder soldier says scarlet-“sama”
1pctheory: everyone around the internet seems to think this, and for very good reason! however, i’m not so sure that you would call your wife (if he were rebecca’s father) or daughter (riku king) anything-sama, but a couple of really great narratives out there delicately address that problem, and in putting it all together, this is what i ended up with:
scarlett falls in love with kyros, and ~20 years ago they have rebecca together. around that time, scarlett is banished from the castle for falling in love with a gladiator (phoenix zoan @ apf), kyros is turned in to a toy as punishment, and is subsequently forgotten by the populace of dress rosa.
this explains why tsol would address scarlet with -“sama;” she’s royalty and they were never wed. as for ricky, that’s a bit harder to discern.. is he the riku king of old? it’s possible: he is notably old/aging, but he also used to be a gladiator himself. this is where the two hypotheses don’t match up: if the riku king is pissed off at scarlett for falling in love with a gladiator, then there’s no way the riku king himself could have been one, lest he be some hyper-hypocrite
if you want my highly speculative opinion, sorry to say i don’t know exactly what that looks like right now. what i do believe is pre-doflamingo, the coliseum was a place of honor and not bloodsport, and kyros was very well loved. someone – most likely doflamingo – cut his leg off (ala oars jr) and turned him in to a toy. everyone forgot about him. it’s absolutely certain that ricky and kyros know each other well due to their relationships to rebecca, but whether either of them fathered rebecca is completely up in the air, and i’m inclined to think neither one did. i’ll add more to this later, this time i promise
here’s a slightly different take from my buddy zach:
i think kyros is ricky, rebecca’s grandpa. he was the king and he fought in the coliseum like a boss. he offered his daughter’s hand to whoever could beat him, and toy soldier san won 20 years ago and married scarlett. tsol was champ when dofla showed up, and got his leg cut off by dofla and then turned in to a toy. he has been living with rebecca, his daughter, and working with the dwarves to take back the kingdom for the riku family. memory loss is a separate power
i like this a lot more because it’s much more plausible: star crossed lovers are a bit cliche, plus this brings back something that everyone wrote off a long time ago: kyros simply being ricky. i’m guilty of it – it’s the “too obvious” argument, but maybe “oda wanted us to guess that part and surprise us with the rest.” i’m a little bit convinced. scarlett has rebecca with toy soulja, and then toy soulja is turned in to a toy and forgotten. and in keeping with the laws of dress rosa, he must now address her as “scarlett sama” rather than “wifey san.”
– on why doflamingo wanted to take dress rosa over: the captured dwarves with their green thumbs are the only people in the one piece universe capable of efficiently growing smiles/devil fruits underneath the coliseum (goatpocalypse @ reddit)
– caribou beat scotch? wtf does that say about drake (wdao16 @ reddit)
1pctheory: the parallels to alabasta just keep growing and growing! a shichibukai taking an ancient kingdom from yet another princess (yonkouproductions @ reddit). so here’s a crazy thought: what if uranus is actually the devil fruit/smile producing tree of legend? after all, crocodile was in alabasta for pluton. and both locations have history dating back to the void century 900 years ago. i wonder, i wonder..!
alright guys.. that’s it for now. crazy, amazing chapter! one piece is on break next week bummer, but it is what it is. hope you all have a great day. come back soon to see me make a fool out of myself by putting a prediction out there!
chapter 720: the gladiator prisoners
trpotw: brought to you by iamthechickengod, and i quote: “no blackbeard no!” that sucks man. not surprised whitebeard didn’t listen to you though, he wouldn’t even listen to shanks.
confirmed: bartolomeo loves the mugiwara, and idolizes luffy
confirmed: chinjao is now in lucy’s debt for bringing his cone thing back, and is putting the happou navy under lucy’s command!
revealed: the blackbeard pirates are plotting something.. with aokiji?
1pctheory: oh oda, you’ve done it again. barto never wanted to kill luffy – their ‘relationship’ always seemed just a bit too vague for my taste. and when something is left up in the air, you best believe oda is going to go the opposite direction.
// toy soldier san is kyros, revisited (lunaticlawyer @ reddit)
–> toy soldier is missing a leg
–> a bunch of the mummies in the cells were missing limbs
–> a few chapters back, sol illustrated that people who become turned in to toys become forgotten to humans, and when rebecca first introduced kyros, she said no one on this island knew anything about this legend. kyros = turned in to a toy (jkjohnson @ reddit)
1pctheory: lunaticlawyer goes on to say that then he must have escaped or won 1000 matches himself – damn, i like this. the missing limb is too strange/unnecessary otherwise!
– law or the dwarf’s stitch ability to help the gladiators with lost limbs (bistoha2 @ reddit)
– aokiji could have joined the blackbeard pirates: the ‘same’ as shiryuu in that they are gov’t officials gone rogue (therrester @ reddit)
– luffy has fishman island, the happou navy and the barto club pirates behind him already in the new world (goodbananapancakes @ reddit)
– there is a wiki page full of den den mushi models (aggron82 @ reddit)
– just so you know, barto cannot be found in chapter 99 (creedster91 @ reddit)
1pctheory: ok, saves me a trip! and first law’s, now blackbeard’s den dens? too cool.
ook. this chapter was.. wow. unbelievable. gotta love it. i’m surprised i didn’t get more on the page because of how great this one was, but really, we only got a few breadcrumbs to follow, so it is what it is. thanks for stopping by this week, hope to see you next time! have a great week and weekend 🙂
chapter 719: open, chinjao
trpotw: courtesy of the_triforce_of_meh @ reddit, here’s jessica nigiri (who is this..?) and a friend (who is that..?) cosplaying as luffy and ace! i’m confident that one piece + boobs is what’s doing it for this post, but complaining about that would be akin to wanting oda to take all the boobage out of one piece and lets be real: that’s dumb. keep on cosplaying!
defirmed: chinjao did not have a lover taken away, rather his treasure was plain, boring gold and jewels
revealed: chinjao the drill was a big ol’ conehead until garp gave it a haki-infused punch and flattened it (divinesleeper @ reddit, 8/7)
1pctheory: and luffy went ahead and bopped it back up again.. huh? everything garp does is ridiculous! i hope that as we find out more and more about him in his prime, his antics keep getting goofier and goofier. but does that mean garp’s punch would have been able to open up that super-ice as well? either way, luffy has made yet another friend!
// chinjao’s haki infused cone will cut straight through to the factory below (freelance_gynecology @ reddit)
–> block d won’t get to go; they don’t even have a field anymore (bonney_ap @ apf, rph327 & xdavid00 @ reddit)
1pctheory: i love this prediction because it provides a couple plot-outs we’ve been talking about for a while (burgess can’t lose in a traditional fight, due to his importance to the overall power/plot structure of one piece; rebecca and cavendish have larger roles to play for one to just be defeated so soon; more). most imporatntly, luffy will be able to join the battle, despite doflamingo’s meticulous planning
\\ does bartolomeo want luffy dead? (old mate @ apf)
1pctheory: this old mate guy brings up a question i still have in my mind, and i don’t know why i still can’t accept it as fact.. does bartolomeo hate or love luffy? just saying ‘you won’t be the one to kill him’ kind of suggests barto thinks he will be, but that’s the problem with just reading translations/not hearing any sort of inflections in his speech – i still don’t think we’re 100% sure. anyone else that wants to give me proof otherwise, please do because i’m not afraid to admit it: i’m cnfsd
– no break next week! first 5 week-er in a row since his medical scare (zorospride @ reddit)
– roger did not defeat every admiral and yonkou as the pirate king (bingbang @ apf)
– in the flash back, chinjao mentions the ice couldn’t be burned by fire. so treasure isn’t why they want the mera mera no mi (monkeylover @ apf)
– translation on the back of young chinjao’s coat: 8 treasures [八宝] (dohs @ apf)
– the never ending story of caribou (yonkouproductions @ reddit)
1pctheory: hate to say it but i kinda agree. but then again the cover stories always seem to tie in much, much later (i’ll update this again with evidence of that)
hilarious chapter, need i say more? bellamy is probably no longer one of doflamingo’s crew mates for losing in block c, so will he help the straw hats reach their goal? the zaniness of all the characters introduced so far give me high hopes for him – where’s he going to go after all this is said and done? i’m still patiently waiting for monet to come up out of nowhere (i know i know, but let me cling on to it)
lastly: here’s my dog! such a heartbreaker. hope you all have a great week and weekend everyone 🙂
chapter 718: the riku royal fighters of the flower fields
top reddit post of the week: a thousand sand castle! brought to you by withorwithoutnuts @ reddit; are you freakin kidding me? i spent like 3 hours at the beach trying to make a sand castle and ended up with was this
revealed: 900 years of history between the tontatta tribe and the doflamingo family
revealed: two more devil fruit dwarves (dfds, anyone?), both bug zoans. what luck! or is it?
revealed: tsol is the captain of the dwarf army
confirmed: jola has the art art fruit
1pctheory: and green bitt has at least 200 years of history.. what else happened 900 years ago? according to the wiki’s world timeline, the beginning of the void century (norland ~400 years ago)! all your mind can do from here is wander;
\\ does this confirm the doflamingo family’s connection to the gorosei/tenryuubito?
–> previously: donquixote is the heavenly demon
\\ what is the tontatta tribe’s connection to the great civilization that once ruled the world?
1pctheory: this is it guys. gancho-perv is going to reveal some more bits and pieces of information relating the ancient kingdom. i’m ecstatic!
– nami will have to use law’s vivre card to find him, she’ll pull out the wrong one and bam: jola = lola’s mom (jesus_chris @ reddit)- burgess missed leg day (netfeed @ reddit)
– here’s what’s going on with all this pre-release mumbo jumbo (the humanoid typhoon & aohige @ apf)
– the submarine has been sunk, giving the thousand sunny some plot armor (enlighten @ apf)
– i wonder if franky being mistaken for a toy will play in to the plot at some point (print error @ apf)
1pctheory: tl;dr – the normal raws we see/get translations of are sold by stores against their contracts to scanning groups up to a week early (for example, this chapter will officially release on 8/26). this time, a chinese official release was leaked way before it should have been, meaning that this leak wasn’t from distribution but from publishing in china, a significant difference.
great chapter, but aren’t they all? sorry but i’ve run out of time. i probably won’t be able to add anything to this either (not that i ever do..) because i’m getting a puppy! 😀 i’ll inundate you with pictures of him once i get him. my site, deal with it
have a great weekend everyone! see you next week
top reddit post of last week: the ending to one piece!? brought to you by 4chan and graphesium @ reddit. so roger was never really executed (all of the witnesses must have turned away – i would have!) and pandaman’s get up is one piece. mystery solved! 🙂
chapter 717: the forgotten of dress rosa
yes, yes, yes! top reddit posts of the week: newvox @ reddit brings us this gif, and yonkouproductions @ reddit would like to wish everyone a happy 16-year anniversary! one piece began its seralization in shonen jump in august 4th, 1997. kanpai indeed!
revealed: chinjao was within grasp of some sort of treasure but lost it.. and knew rayleigh
revealed: another vice admiral, shark slayer bastille
revealed: doflamingo became king of dress rosa 10 years ago and turned a bunch of people in to toys with the help of a devil fruit user
revealed: humans and toys have different homes, and are forbidden to enter the houses of the other ‘species’
revealed: the SMILE factory is right below the colosseum!
1pctheory: based on the toy soldier of love, the dog/husband/father and the boyfriend/scrap metal, it would seem doflamingo targeted people who loved/were in love at the time.. but for what purpose? is he a.. hater?! :O the ones highlighted have all been males though, so far. too lazy to go back and see if there have been female toys (cause i’m pretty sure there have been)
\\ chinjao’s treasure
1pctheory: he started talking about it after luffy mentioned being trained by rayleigh. what if that treasure.. was shakky?! 😀 what else would make a legendary pirate weep, if not for a lost love? or as .access timeco. @ apf (who by the way, also always delivers) suggests: gloriosa?
\\ name dat devil fruit user
– moria shadowing all the toys (fabricated_truth @ apf)
<– can’t be in the sunlight
– law transferring hearts in to the toys (dododo @ apf)
– violet erasing memories (-ace- @ apf)
<– can she do that?
1pctheory: es possible. you know, everyone is talking about how there are two fruit users involved in this scheme – one to turn people in to toys, and one to erase the memories of the humans they leave behind. why the heck not erase the memories of the toys too? how does that make any sense? although..
– rebecca seems to be the only one who remembers her toy friend (okamaking @ apf)
– the scrap house has diamonds on it (shadowgreed @ apf)
<– would he be in charge of both the colosseum and the scrap house?
– pandaman, man (huystuhh @ reddit)
– maybe it’s like cinderella and the spells wear off at midnight (wolfwoof @ apf)
i think that’s it for now.. i’ll see if i can find some more later on! otherwise, i believe one piece is on break next week, so i think it’d be worth taking some time to do the whole song of ice and fire thing i’ve been talking about for far too long (and not actually moving on). hope you all have a great week and weekend!
chapter 716: don chinjao
top reddit post of the week belongs to mr. homer_hatake, with an image by deviantartist hayabusasnake! and i quote: “if franky only wear his old hairstyle more.” couldn’t agree more! look at that swag. swaaaaaaag. hayabusasnake also has some other one piece related deviations if you’re interested. wooo
revealed: don chinjao is the 12th commander of the happou navy, and has conquerors haki
revealed: sai is the 13th commander of the happou navy, and explains both their tattoos
revealed: diamante’s face
kelly bobby ate the jake jake no mi and became a jacket.. man..
1pctheory: so it’s not the yoroi yoroi (armor armor, see red text below) no mi but it should have been! why else be so full metal about their relationship? bah. also, don chinjao’s ‘power’ was taken from him by garp? something simple, like taking away his political power by being jailed? or were the marines stealing devil fruits from criminals back in the day?
– luffy wondering about iva means sanji either didn’t see him or didn’t tell luffy he saw him (kishido @ apf)
– the level 6 inmates haven’t been captured yet (kouch_lee @ apf)
– maybe pandaman maybe? (riseupmartian @ apf)
– some cool panel gifs of the armament punches (bonney_ap @ apf)
1pctheory: kishido brings up an interesting point – have any of the strawhats really even talked about what they’ve been doing the past 2 years? i feel like there’s no way they can cruise around for however long and not. just makes me think that sanji never saw iva during the skip, or robin for that matter (unless she’s been very tight lipped about her whereabouts). hmm.. yeah.. maybe we just have no idea 😛
loved the chapter. so many great moments: luffy dodging attacks while wondering about iva, luffy taking the helmet from jean while jean does his best gob impression (i’ve made a huge mistake) after seeing all his weapons in chinjao’s belly.. too funny 😛
redon & the humanoid typhoon @ apf report we’re getting a double issue next week as well as a colored poster, but there isn’t going to be any one piece the week after that 😦 not too much to add for the purposes of this site but i’m just happy to have one piece again. hope everyone has a great week and weekend! see you next timeee
last week, break
top reddit post of the break week goes to herodiesfirst! and i quote: “this just feels wrong.” well.. yeah.. is there even any logic to it?! the eyes and hair have been switched but not their facial hair or eyebrows..!? you’re right. this makes me want to take a shower.
otherwise, i went to comiccon last week and posted up some of the best one piece cosplays i saw, here! and in spite of some hateration on luffy, i thought he looked pretty damn good. i know i couldn’t do any better; i tried a couple years ago too 😛
see you next week!
chapter 715: close contest c-block
trpotw: brought to you by leefan_returns @ reddit is a comic by an artist i’ve seen on the subreddit before, but damn it i can’t seem to read the white url on the bottom there. x-aloe? x-abe? xabe? xaloe? none of them work/are deactivated.. oh well. our loss 😦
revealed: don chinjao has conqueror’s haki and was once a 500mm beli criminal
revealed: bobby funk has some crazy busoshoku haki about him
1pctheory: there wasn’t a whole lot going on this chapter for the purposes of this site, but man was it great !! we haven’t had a lot of action in a while, so i thought it was a great change of pace.
// bobby funk = yoroi yoroi (armor armor) no mi (??, zach @ san diego)
–> the funk brothers have a very alphonse and ed-type relationship (elpajaronalgon @ reddit)
—–> bobby (little brother) is bigger, kelly (big brother) is small and has a little-dude complex
—–> bobby has a very strong defense
–> kelly says “hurry and put me on” or something, and then they merge
1pctheory: no matter what the translation is (this one is kind of backward and.. mangapanda’s is just.. what !?), i think the evidence is pretty clear: bobby can wear or be worn by other people, like a suit of armor. like how alphonse hid the chimera-girl inside his body. a defense capable of destroying an armament imbued weapon (though the fuhrer stabbed that girl inside alphonse) – the armor armor no mi sounds too good not to be it!
trope: cavendish = bishonen (zorospride @ reddit)
anime: ideon, the giant god (aohige_ap @ apf)
enemies: do bartolomeo’s teeth retract? or are we firing someone (gussan @ apf)
1pctheory: barto doesn’t seem to have those marks coming off his right eye in that picture either.. but then here’s a page where he has it with the fangs, so ?!
one piece is on break next week, and i’ll be at the san diego comic con volunteering in the autograph area! it’s my first year volunteering so i really don’t know what i can and cannot do (like wear a giant chopper hat the entire time) but if for whatever reason you’re out there, drop me a line !! ahhhhhhh
i’ll definitely do a better update next time. until then, have a great couple weeks everyone!
chapter 714: lucy and ucy
– click here to see it in full (but unofficial?) color on imgur! thanks to sewil @ apf for sharing!
– click here for a cleaner color version (redon @ apf)
1pctheory: according to galaxy9000 @ apf, someone at jump digitally colored them.. which would make them official..? except jump released the databooks that people don’t consider canon (green, sabo’s death) so your guess is as good as mine
trpotw: rofljay‘s awesome usopp gif is winning right now, but it’s already posted below so i’m gonna go ahead and post the 1st runner up, which actually features my favorite shitty-suggestion of shanks and makino doin the dirty dirt to father that mysterious baby…! (+ link to cover w/makino & child) oops, didn’t mean to omit this, but it shouldn’t come as sort of surprise – thanks to jetdagger01 for the image!
revealed: the people on the ship are not monet as i thought 😛 but members of the doflamingo family
revealed: luffy’s beard fell off? (foxersniper @ reddit)
revealed: two members of the trebol group, jola and (ex) violet
1pctheory: i would say it doesn’t matter anymore since he’s pretty much won the round. that and the fact cavendish would probably out him sooner than later anyway
two trebol group members, with no explicit mention of diamante‘s crew or the spade guy‘s just yet.. is this arc gearing up to be even longer than we originally thought? let’s recap: zoro is on his way to the flower fields, as are franky and sanji. usoppbin will probably end up there sooner than later, while luffy keeps on tourney-ing, law deals with the law, and bramipper (that was a really bad one, i apologize for it) hold off jola.
ultimately, rebecca, mysterious-kyros-impersonator, the toy soldier of love, violet, kinemon’s buddy and all of the dwarves need to be rescued/redeemed by the mugis, and no major story arc lengths have been less than 30 chapters. let’s see.. we’re about 15 chapters in, but some of the pit stop arcs (amazon lily, impel down) were as short as 25. unless diamante has no crew and the spade guy is complete fodder, i think we’ve still got a heck of a lot more chapters to go (blind guess: 43, ch. 757 :P)
// diamante is a long-leg tribe-er (don quichotte de flamingo @ apf)
–> he sits like tamago (louis-1998 @ apf)
1pctheory: damn. looks good! a natural enemy for sanji, no? even though he’s been set up to be luffy’s final enemy as the coliseum boss
// jola = moderne moderne no mi (pwnies01 @ reddit)
–> brooke as edvard munch’s the scream
–> nami and picasso’s girl before mirror
1pctheory: i wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking they were turned in to toys.. because i did 😛
– doflamingo’s submarine technology: jola’s looks a whole like law’s (virgilijus @ reddit)
– hajrudin is from the younger, ‘new generation’ of elbaf giants, and broke from his warrior tradition to become a rookie pirate (davaca @ reddit)
– sacco and vanzetti were executed together for being anarchists. vanzetti’s first name was bartolomeo. sabo? (portphysical @ reddit)
– jola = lola’s mom, which explains how the sunny will be restored (brickfacecupboard & zorospride @ reddit)
1pctheory: zorospride points out that nami should have the vivre card.. so should it have reacted already? nami is right there. but i like it!
and i literally was looking for pictures of baron tamago at work.. and the first one i clicked on was for a blocked site, reason: sex;adult material. so that ends my update for now. i’ll probably get some sort of e-mail asking me what the hell i’m doing some people messaged me about fairy tail x one piece beef, but i think mangastream retracted it before i could say this: reading too far in to it, man. oda is rich as shit and writing a manga about pirates and freedom. why would mashima not be able to freely pirate oda’s ideas? it’s crazy 😛
have a great week and weekend all!
chapter 713: usoland
tropw comes courtesy of tastytocilog (tocilog is bomb) @ reddit: one piece club head covers used by ms inbee park! she just won the us open this week, her 3rd major in a row. does her power come from chopper’s hat? who’s to say? i spent some time looking for these a couple of years ago but only found socks sewn to plush dolls. this one is great! i’m definitely getting this.. as soon as i can find it
sogeking who? usoland, son! and congrats to zorospride for becoming the newest mod on /r/onepiece 🙂 for those of you who don’t visit the one piece subreddit, just know that this guy totally deserves it.
revealed-ish: the secret factory is/is inside the ‘toy house,’ as well as kinemon’s friend kanjuuro
revealed: fujitora can summon.. meteors..
revealed: the name of the last remaining admiral is ryokugyuu (green beast)
reintroducing: … NORLAND!
1pctheory: and we saw doflamingo create a net of ‘strings’ of some sort. still don’t know exactly what it is, though. also, ryokugyuu pretty much kills the kaido’s primary color is green and he’s a beast-man hypothesis altogether.. unless they’re one and the same!
// have we seen the green beast, ryokugyuu?
–> this man in green is far too prominent
<– or is it kaido? (viperxrockwave @ narutoforums, 2012)
1pctheory: the noses are similar but i’m now under the impression that oda has little fan-bots out there scouring the internets for theories so he can muck them all up
– norland killed seakings underwater with ease, and made it to the new world and back (numeroarticuno @ reddit)
– translation: doflamingo says “goddamn stray dog, does the fleet admiral not train his dogs!?” and not so much the teaching thing (aohige_ap @ apf)
– another ussopp and quixote thing (moneyfolder @ reddit) from 2010: the inspiration behind sogeking (man on a mission @ keiichianimeforever)
1pctheory: in summary, man on a mission believes sogeking/ussopp is one huge nod to don quixote, with this picture as the plat de resistance. add to it all the other things we’ve connected to don quixote so far this arc and ussopp might end up stealing the whole show
norland and ussopp are both botanists, have both visited skypeia, and are renowned liars in their hometowns. they were also both telling the truth, though norland told people about things he actually saw, while ussopp lied about things that ended up becoming true. of course, luffy saw this coming all along (divinesleeper @ reddit) but that’s to be expected by the baddest mamma jamma in one piece.
sums up this chapter/best thing ever
from rofljay @ reddit
i like how the 3 island mega panel was actually in the middle of the chapter and not the stereotypical last panel bombshell. instead of ending on a panel that makes his readers go ‘coooool,’ oda ends it on usoland’s handsome mug. ook, i should have spent more time on this but it is what it is – happy july 4th! hope you don’t drink and drive (think of the children) and have a great weekend if you’re lucky enough to have friday off too 🙂
chapter 712: violet
trpotw: i might as well only follow jetdagger01‘s posts on reddit because everything he posts seems to make it to the top. pretty impressive, i think! especially since everything i ever submit to reddit gets .. novotesever. anyways, this scene is from movie 9, which was a drum island arc remake to include franky, robin and the thousand sunny! apologies for the small image – you can click it and it’ll pop it open bigger
confirmed: doflamingo used his tenryuubito level influence to send out a world-wide report to misdirect just 10 strawhats
revealed: cipher pol aegis zero work for the tenryuubito, and a re-establishment of their powers
confirmed: violet worked for the doflamingo family (see: miyamotomusashi @ apf from ch705)
revealed: violet ate the giro giro (goggle) no mi, can read minds, and can summon.. iron.. whales.. from her eyes…!? [fights by crying? (ccc @ apf)]
1pctheory: conspiracy busted – it was definitely sanji on the phone. the tenryuubito can pull things off nobody else can, re-establishing their dominance over the world gov’t and the marines (see: higher up than sengoku). but most interesting to me is the fact that fujitora and sakazuki didn’t know, which says to me fuji may very well have been on his way to get doflamingo on green bitt and not law (but still more likely, both).<a name=”heavenlydemon”></a>
// doflamingo is tenryuubito (everyone, but onigumo @ mf)
–> his nickname is 天夜叉 = tenyasha (heavenly demon)
–> 天竜人 = tenryuubito (heavenly dragon)
–> this entire chapter
<?> is the head of cp0 this guy? (genesis505 @ reddit, via 4chan)
1pctheory: as early as chapter 700, people have been speculating doflamingo is the son of a tenryuubito .. but i think that’s too simple. why call him the heavenly demon? doflamingo is just probably a puppet of theirs. the guy they use to do their dirty work. but even that’s too simple. damn you oda!
it seems like right now fuji can’t do anything – being that he’s outranked by the world gov’t here. though his sense of justice might move him to stop the transfer of ceasar clown over back to doflamingo. but if doflamingo is working with/for cp0 and the tenryuubito, does that mean they know and are ok with him selling SMILEs to a yonkou? well.. it’s morphin time –
// the world nobles are using doflamingo to become pirate king, thereby protecting one piece and the void century (governormcdandy @ reddit)
// the world gov’t is behind the SMILE factory (smurfx @ apf)
<?> ‘remember when momonosuke freaked and saw dofla’s face? many people theorized dofla can take control over all the SMILE eaters at some point.. well maybe the world gov’t came up with that plan. if kaido starts a war with the gov’t, dofla can just use the SMILErs against themselves
1pctheory: *slow.. clap* well, dofla can taking control over all the SMILE eaters definitely seems like a good way to become pirate king. it makes so much sense.. love it!
doflamingo is a gorosei in training (ravaha @ apf)
even as a skeleton, sanji has his eyebrows (yonkouproductions @ reddit)
fujitora’s ability to make huge holes might expose robsopp (kyronik @ reddit)
great chapter 🙂 great theories, everyone! to the point where.. i should almost put them in spoiler tags 😛 im actually very excited to see block c fight. here’s to hoping it happens next week *takes a shot* and here’s to hoping you all have a great week and weekend! *takes one more*
the top reddit post of the week would have gone to yasutoramaru, with this awesome prince of tennis/one piece crossover.. which doesn’t seem to be working right now (imgur probably overloaded) so i’ll add this later on today
trpotw: with heavy hearts, sqweegel @ reddit and animenewsnetwork report mr. takkou ishimori – voice actor of sengoku – passed last wednesday away at the age of 81. a moment
as some of the community rightfully points out, with a series so long running, it was bound to occur at some point. i wonder if oda told him the ending before he passed away? i think that’d be the right thing to do 😦
as for this chapter.. anyone notice robin’s boobs? but seriously, a lot of people noticed things about her nose. i have just accepted the fact that she’s going to look like boa for me. moving on
revealed: uhh.. these dwarf guys are strong. and fast. and stupid(ly trusting)
revealed: leo ate the niu niu (stich stich) fruit
revealed (??): doflamingo never stepped down from the shichibukai
revealed: soldier and rebecca san are.. lovers?! (or more likely father/daughter)
1pctheory: ding ding ding! but did law already know dofla’s plan? also, wow. the gov’t really sold it with this and this then (bigivel, mpz777 @ apf). or.. conspiracy time: is that really sanji on the phone?
// everything is gulliver’s travels
– the way robin is stitched to the ground (kaizokujinbei @ apf)
– the japanese translation for lilliputians is the same as the word oda chose for the dwarves (ccc @ apf)
– the maps of dressrosa and green bitt look very similar to laputa and balnibaribf;jlskaj (toucan @ apf)
1pctheory: here’s a link to the wiki of gulliver’s travels. looks like he jumped around all the books. lilliputians (book 1), laputa (book 3), hmm.. makes me think.. nothing really about giants yet (book 2) except how green bitt has oversized plants.. say, what if there really are giants on green bit? it would help explain why the dwarves are so fast and strong. maybe they think robin and usopp are babies or something. that’d be funny
// the legendary hero.. (divinesleeper @ reddit)
–> sogeki no shima de
–> has a big nose, like the dwarves (governormcdandy @ reddit)
<– what if usopp gave them pop greens, and as little guys with ‘green thumbs,’ they’re the perfect weapon (jonniegoodboytyler @ apf)
1pctheory: i don’t even understand how these dwarves are still alive, the way they trust people. but that trust is what makes them the ultimate-shonen-stereotypical good guy. jgbt’s idea makes a whole lot of sense!
// toy soldier san wasn’t always a toy soldier .. san
–> “these brick/tin eyes”
-?- was he kyros? *gasp* (herodiesfirst @ reddit)
1pctheory: i’ll go ahead and say definitely used to be a human by the sheer amount of emotion in those pages, and either her dad or lover. but on a more basic level: why else point out the physical make-up of your own eyes? as for.. was he kyros? *gasp* uh oh.. this is just so zany that it has to be true!
\\ what does rebecca believe will happen if she wins?
1pctheory: i feel like she’s implying that if she wins, toy soldier san will somehow go back to being human or something. what does that chain of events look like? 1. get mera mera no mi, 2. defeat doflamingo, 3. ??, 4. profit
– a compilation of one piece foreshadowing (@ allmangareviews)
– which one is your favorite? (jabra @ apf)
– luffy’s mom? (4chan & kayloot @ reddit)
1pctheory: ah yes, the infamous “his parents have already been drawn” sbs. we’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff about luffy’s mom over the years and this one is definitely new (to me, at least)! the devotion of one piece fans. and was skirt diving dwarf the one who cleared sector c?
– ussop is going to save law with 8000 dwarves (cappello di pagila @ apf)
– point c is where you put the will of d. and dat point a (hobbes4247791 @ reddit)
– “the sweet smelling fields of flowers” (porcelainpot @ apf)
– keep in mind it’s not a guarantee that smoker told the marines who joker was (louis-1998 @ apf)
1pctheory: honestly, this could go in any direction. how cool is that
ugh. what an amazing chapter. quick story: i was able to show a coworker (who watched me emphatically open the first page to sector b) all the great things about one piece with just this: tasteful fanservice (fairy tail.. ) of a smart female protagonist; wacky characters that have been foreshadowed for 5 years…; all the freakishly strong characters are hilarious; and quality cliffhangers, every time, while never forgetting to give nods to the hardcore (robin’s first face fault of the series). oda, you can take a break every other week if the quality is this high (though i don’t mean that so plz stop doing this but get well soon!)
i love when i
have that’s a lame thing to say, “make” time to sit down and do this. have a great week and weekend everyone!
chapter 710: to green bit
;lasdkfjas;ldkfj what kind of madness is this? toy soldier bot blue balls us like crazy, completely withholding the true history of dress rosa. such a tease. but how hilarious was ceasar this chapter? and why don’t we know what’s going on with the sunny yet! (it’s monet)
tropotw: nolastname100 @ reddit captures a golden moment, and i quote “chopper is at that age” … how old is he? 17 after the time skip? checks out! next episode: luffy gets stoned and eats everything on green bitt
bonus: ltspeirs @ reddit finds a far more overt drug reference, on sweet, sweet candy!!
revealed: every time law uses his df it drains his strength some
1pctheory: also, we see the tattoo on law’s chest (its’ a bit much.. no?) and that he completely plans on fighting doflamingo at some point. probably with the help of some marines. sounds like fun!
// bartolomeo wants to win the mera mera no mi for luffy/shanks
?–? he made a puzzled face when he heard the word ‘strawhat’
–> bartolomeo’s demeanor meshes with that of luffy’s screw-the-gov’t ‘tude (zorospride @ reddit)
1pctheory: he knows who luffy/shanks are, but how can you not love the idea of it? barto and luffy vs. burgess and .. cavendish/rebecca?!
we don’t know too much about these guys, but this chapter at least gave us a couple of clues.
1. they steal… everything. 2. they’re super fast (and not invisible). 3. so far, two have been named: kabu and leo! (jackermeister @ apf)
dwarves vs. kinemon. stripping vs. re-clothing (wdao16 @ reddit)
the fact that the marine hq ship is in a tree makes me think the marines are using a kuma-bot to launch ships places instantly (arkur @ apf)
strange juxtaposition between the huge plants and the tiny dwarves (inherited kill @ apf)
oda was drawing the next chapters in the hospital. kishimoto (naruto) saw them! (aohige_ap @ apf)
1pctheory: and apparently oda takes more poops than kishimoto too. coooool facts!
(last week): for those of you who didn’t see it/know, oda has been sick for two weeks and even provided a response for his fans! big ups to deins91 @ reddit for sharing (click his name to read it)
trpolw: /r/naruto sends /r/onepiece and oda their love. get better soon! (via jaxspider @ reddit) direct and to the point. just how i like it
and so ends the first chapter we’ve had in too many weeks. i know i complained before but this chapter was great. i’m sure i didn’t need to tell you that though. have a great week everyone!
chapter 709: king punch
revealed: bartolomeo makes it out of bloc b, ate the bari bari no mi, and is fighting in the tournament for someone else!
revealed: rickey was old, and blames dofla for..?
revealed: toy-soldier san is one of the good guys
1pt: as far as i can tell, bartolomeo has a nerfed/defensive version of kuma’s fruit and rickey is the second coming of kyros/kyros reincarnate. there’s no question we’re going to learn more about him, but i’m most excited to hear toy soldier sama tell us about dressrosa’s past!!
the results of bloc b, from 1 – 10 (king cannon @ apf)
maybe a ‘grappling’-type fighter is the only way to beat bartolo (ccc @ apf)
translation: hack was a master at fishman karate [師範] vs. acting master/coach/teacher [師範代] (aohige_ap @ apf)
pandaman, with a crop! (cheesecakehero @ reddit)
elizabello’s punch was so strong, i bet it could’ve killed pell (waddleboo @ reddit)
re: bellamy is floating = we call BS; meet kuuigosu, oda’s loophole (ccc @ apf)
aurelian327 @ reddit posted a very unique, short idea about blackbeard and the notion of ‘inherited will’ in the one piece universe. while i personally recommend reading through the post itself because it’s very well cited, the gist of it is, inherited will manifests itself in two distinct forms – the inheritance of a dream: zoro inherits the will of of kuina, sanji of zeff, franky of tom, among others, and the inheritance of a grudge: hody of his fishman ancestors, blackbeard of something/one yet to be uncovered, possibly from the void century
1pt: love that idea! maybe the people who inherit dreams are trying to change the world, while grudge-inheritors are trying to keep everything the same (by way of not letting go). while both luffy and blackbeard are trying to become pirate king, luffy is doing it in an integrative and freedom-seeking way, while blackbeard is doing it in a screw-all, power-seeking way. but the idea that blackbeard is holding on to some grudge as old as the void century gives me chills – i hope you’re right!
next week’s chapter is the one i’ve been waiting for: the story of dressrosa’s past! hope you all have a wonderful week and weekend everybody 🙂
chapter 708: colosseum of knaves/thieves
re-revealed: garp was a force to be reckoned with
revealed: there is some frozen continent out there that was cut in half by huge-chin’s head
revealed: the name of cavendish’s sword is durandal
1pctheory: and is one of the best in the world.. what level?! tell me more, tell me more
someone had a theory last week (can’t remember who, if you know please throw it in the comments and i’ll give him or her proper credit!) that bartolomeo’s power is to reflect damage back to his attackers – and that’s why nobody was trying to mess with him. thebartxart @ reddit seems to recall reading it too, so hopefully this prophet turns up and we know what the heck he was thinking when he came up with that idea
chinjao, boo and sai are on an important assignment (the laughing man @ apf)
the caribou look-a-like was the old lady’s grandson (divinesleeper @ reddit)
translation: man-eater in japanese = [internet] trolling (akagami7/ccc @ apf)
maynard is the name of the royal navy captain that killed the real blackbeard (the_lantern @ reddit)
one piece title covers
here’s a link i can’t see right now, but is something everyone has been waiting for, for a long time: all the one piece covers in an album! thanks a billion to masteroftime666 @ reddit, who painstakingly uploaded the whole thing to postimg, and even provided a download link (613mb) here!
now for something different
crocodile couldn’t transform in to his logia sand when covered with blood/water, which might explain why blackbeard never transforms in to nothing/darkness. he’s always ‘covered’ by light. but the implication is, maybe teach can’t truly fully use the full extent of his powers unless there is no light present, which might explain why blackbeard needed to be covered by a huge cloak to steal whitebeard’s devil fruit (sabodew @ onemanga)
1pctheory: woah dude. i like it!
i don’t know if there’s a whole lot more to say, but i did update this pretty quickly so expect some red text in here later on today. have a great week everyone!
chapter 707: b block
top reddit post of the week goes to.. some.. arab.. guy! and i quote: “when I was younger I watched the dub and didn’t really think much of one piece… now 465 episodes into the sub and I just sit and watch in amazement like this” we all agree!
as for the chapter: drat.. a lot more character introductions and buildup before golden week.
will finish this later and look for more soon!
revealed: the character designs of the fighting fish
revealed: don huge-jao knew garp
1pctheory: “our coliseum’s infamous fighting fish!” yeah, mangahere’s version is crap (see mangastream’s while it’s up) but it has me thinking.. did they originate from the coliseum? 200 years ago they started appearing in the waters surrounding dress rosa.. how long has the coliseum been around? how long has the doflamingo family controlled it/engineered the events of the world? maybe garp put huge-chin and the rest of his family away in impel down. i’m just happy we’re going to get more and more background out of all these characters!
// the skull gladiator ricky is kyros (everyone @ everything)
–> the statue has no shield
–> “former” gladiator
–> two-handed longsword
1pctheory: kyros never needed one – he only ever took one blow! but you almost have to believe ricky can’t literally be him, because of how seemingly obvious it would be, but i have been fooled by that logic before (kinemon in pieces, law being on punk hazard; thought it was too soon for him to make a re-appearance). i think it’d be cool if kyros took his one blow from was elizabelio the first, and we see some sort of repeat with ricky and the eliza the second. although this theory below sounds way, way more awesome:
reject dial on elizabelio’s king punch. boom (divinesleeper/goodbananapancakes @ reddit)
it’ll also keep him from destroying his own body with his spring ability (badrag @ reddit) is that right? crazy
blind man = fujitora was more subtle. ricky = kyros is too obvious –> we’re being intentionally duped (ccc @ apf)
anyone else see how freakishly long robin’s legs are on the cover spread? (useless360 @ reddit)
it’s golden week so we won’t have a chapter next week so have a great couple of weeks and weekends, everyone! o and here’s a couple one piece related pictures i took at coachella this weekend 🙂 my mascot of choice: the scratchmen himself! (+ nightmare luffy raging at the do lab)
chapter 706: i won’t laugh at you
if they were.. marines! top reddit post of the week, courtesy of jetdagger01.. i feel like i’ve been typing that name a lot recently. niceee.
this chapter was pretty.. busy. lots of character introductions, almost none of which will matter what-so-ever. some people are chattering about the ‘out of bounds’ rule, and how luffy might violate that like a doofus, which shouldn’t happen but it is a possibility. i’m just surprised there aren’t any bigger/as big names in this tournament than burgess. it seems a little.. off balance, if i may. but we do know some other things, for sure, namely that –
confirmed: none of doflamingo’s crew are part of the battle royale round
revealed: bartolomeo’s face
1pctheory: there goes my belief that he has something to do with kuma. carry on
it’s all bellamy, baby
bellamy reaching skypeia is huge in terms of his character development. he once didn’t believe in dreams or skypeia, and has come back a changed man (katzztar @ apf)
bellamy stole the giant pillar the skypeians were trying to give the mugiwara (clesseneur @ apf)
…and probably used the ‘high west‘ route to skypeia (louis-1998 @ apf)
bellamy is the same size as from before | ch224 – ch706 (kirk @ apf)
1pctheory: bellamy’s just been lifting, bro. no, but seriously, i thought he got taller too, and was going to go on as to how bellamy has been taking some of the growth steroids given to the kids during the timeskip, and how doflamingo has been feeding those same growth steroids to the rest of the shichibukai who are clearly way bigger than they should be, and..! and..! .. and nothin. but most importantly, maybe bartolomeo won’t just run away with block b as some of us may have originally thought
entry numbers – capman, 0429: the title of chapter 429 is “complete defeat,” which fits his quick exit
entry numbers – lucy, 0556: chapter 556 is the chapter ace dies, and a possible tribute what the hell… no it’s not. go-mu is 56, though. 556 is the chapter they arrive at marineford, which imo is a flimsy connection at best
fujitora has a rock/earth fruit (steve @ 1pctheory comments)
and a great theory what ‘one piece’ is by ashura_kingfisher.. so good that i almost recommend you don’t read it*
1pctheory: i had heard people talk about fujitora having a gravity fruit, or something, which i didn’t like.. but rock or earth? i like that! (hole in the ground with a bottom, consistency between basic elements and the rest of the admirals)
*and let me qualify why i say you might not want to read this – i saw something very similar to this on the one piece wiki a very long time ago and it was presented as if the poster had spoken to oda himself about it (obviously highly unlikely). that post (which is linked to on this site somewhere…) speculated – but was completely incorrect about – what/who poseidon was, and subsequently large pieces of the theory were written off by the one piece community. but the grandest element to this theory has yet to be disproven, and seems to have been incorporated in to ashura_kingfisher’s post – most critically, what one piece is, and i have to say that it’s a really, really great theory. so great that i kind of just believe it’s correct, and have consciously never written about it on this site. however, all of this isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of pieces missing/much of it is highly speculative, so if reading this will help you come up with a grand, comprehensive theory of your own, i say go for it and good luck! (i’d skip down to the “project of one piece” section, though)
and there you have it. one more chapter until one piece goes on break for japan’s golden week! and if history can be used as any sort of guide, it’s going to be one hell of a chapter. look forward to it! otherwise, i’m going ultra hipster and attending coachella again this year – if you’re camping, come find me! i’ll probably bring my chopper hat; if i’m not wearing it, my girlfriend will be.
see you there, or see you another time! have a great week everyone 😀
gol d. roger never would have meant a thing without this guy! so meta.. thanks xizer-0 @ reddit 😛
confirmed: as everyone already knew, blind-gravity-san is fujitora!
revealed: another vice-admiral, capman/maynard the seeker…
revealed: …who proceeded to get spanked by the crazy rookie, bartolomeo! (group b)
revealed: green bitt has at least 200 years of history
revealed: cp-0, the strongest secret organization!?
1pctheory: and law talks about what some community members have already pointed out – why isn’t anyone freaking out about doflamingo’s resignation? did it ever matter all that much in the first place? acesquall @ reddit quotes doflamingo: “i can quit the shichibukai any time i want!” superbonus: is he the guy in front of the cp-0? (genesis505 @ reddit)
as it pertains to green bitt, what else happened ~200 years ago? the st. briss’ crew makes it to skypeia but not back, and the world government makes an alliance with fishman island. we could blindly assume the crew of st.briss was the first to make it, and suggest the knock-up stream started shooting around then. it doesn’t contradict anything we know: jaya was still below skypeia as late as 400 years ago. i wonder what would have made it start shooting – does it have anything to do with the appearance of these crazy fighting fish? i’m confident we’ll find out, robin is going there!
// violet is up to no good (miyamotomusashi @ apf)
–> the guys targeting kinemon have the same outfit (pants/black shirt) as the sniper that targeted sanji/violet
1pctheory: poor sanji.. will you ever find love?
h4n0 @ reddit found pandaman, and cropped it out to boot! you’re doing enel’s work, son.
cross on “missionary” gambia’s chest.. bolstering the bartolomeo = new kuma theory everyone has (buggy d. clown @ apf)
i’m pretty sure bartolomeo is going to come out of group b now, unless someone even more impressive manages to fodderize him.. which isn’t out of the question, given that oda titled this chapter “maynard the seeker” and he got pounded by this rookie. but otherwise, it’s looking more and more like..
b. bartolomeo/someone even more gangster
i have to believe that we’re going to see some more yonkou crew-members in luffy and cavendish/rebecca’s bloc. or maybe i don’t actually believe that but want that. whatever, same same. as for all the confusion over zoro’s scene, it looks to me like he caught his sword/the faerie, but overran it some and fell. it somehow resulted in the faerie falling too, cased in some gourd. when looking at bartolomeo’s chest, all i could think of is gedatsu.. which is weird/completely irrelevant, but it is what it is
chapter was awesome, i’m hearing that there’s going to be a break in 2 weeks due to japan’s golden week, and coachella is coming up! i’m car camping weekend 2, so if any of you guys are around at all, come find me and we’ll talk one piece until the sun comes up 🙂 have a great week and weekend, all!
704: lucy and the statue of kyros
here’s a nifty little comic posted by jetdagger01 @ reddit, and was the top post of the week 🙂
how incredible was this chapter? the short dialogue xai had with luffy put me in tears. i’m sad to hear that only four will remain from blocs a-d, but it will definitely make for a much more interesting/less tiresome tournament arc.
but all the (re)introductions! bellamy, bartolomeo (unpictured), burgess..! but this rebecca-swan.. what’s up with her? this arc is just beginning, and one i think we’ll remember for a long, long time
revealed: blackbeard has fleets of ships now, and burgess mans the first
// there is more to cavendish than meets the eye (the humanoid typhoon @ apf)
–> he was one of the underground buyers for shinokuni
<– maybe he’s just an idiot. here he is eating his rose (nila @ apf)
1pctheory: he works for the country of beauty, eh? i don’t think he’s going to win his round, even, but more on that later
// chinjao family are kaidou’s men (nif90 @ apf)
–> scotch on the cover is one of kaidou’s, and has the #18 on his body
–> two of the guys on the chinjao family have numbers on their bodies, #12 and #13
<– the 1’s don’t look exactly the same (jyuunishinshou @ apf)
1pctheory: it’s a small detail but the details are what matter in one piece. the 1’s are off, and that’s enough to make me think… nahhhh. otherwise, aohige_ap @ apf believes kano is one pieces’ china, and you can read his rationale for yourself cause i didn’t get it on the first pass and am too lazy to make more sense of it
who will come out of round one?
nubtro @ apf did a very awesome thing and put together a list of all the participants, including their known allegiances
1. Lucy (Strawhat Pirates); 2. Jesus Burgess (Blackbeard Pirates); 3. Diamante (Doflamingo); 4. Machvise (Doflamingo); 5. Lao G (Doflamingo); 6. Senor Pink (Doflamingo); 7. Dellinger (Doflamingo); 8. Don Chinjao (Hanokuni); 9. Buu (Kanokuni); 10. Xai (Kanokuni); 11. Bobby Funk (Funk Brothers); 12. Kerry Funk (Funk Brothers); 13. Elisaberro 2 (Prodense Kingdom); 14. Dagama (Prodense Kingdom); 15. Neck-Chopper Slayman; 16. Abdullah; 17. Jeet; 18. Orombus; 19. Bellamy (Doflamingo); 20. Cavendish (Beautiful Pirates); 21. Balto Romeo; 22. Rebecca
so of them, who should win? it’s hard to bet against some of the doflamingo guys that were introduced the chapter before this one, but we don’t know if they’re participants in the battle royale, or if they’re mini-bosses for the four winners (and diamante at the end). assuming that they aren’t in the battle royale (because why else introduce them that way – one just to be defeated by burgess without another panel), it’s looking like:
a; burgess (confirmed)
c; lucy (practically confirmed)
<– …although shonen law dictates rebecca’s chances of becoming champion of block d are very low since she showed desire to advance alongside luffy (king cannon @ apf)
<– she was also bullied by spartan the fodder which means she can’t be all that gangster
1pctheory: i love that king cannon references shonen law here because i absolutely agree. but she did walk away rather confidently, or at least that’s the way i read it. i also don’t think cavendish is going to make it out of his bloc, despite all his pages. the line, ‘if you were mugiwara luffy, i would have killed you right here’ makes me think he’s too overly confident for him to mean much in the tournament – but no doubt he has another role to play, given his suspected brokerage. maybe he’ll make a dirty play for the mera mera or something, who could really say. all i know is oda has been known to put tons of effort in to fodder characters, and it would seem that belial @ apf agrees!
inspiration: abdullah the butcher and tiger jeet singh are professional wrestlers (aohige_ap @ apf)
why luffy likes that kyros statue so much – one | two (divinesleeper @ reddit, zebbiz @ reddit)
kyros is kaidou, BAM (the laughing man @ apf)
this tournament can’t come to a normal conclusion because burgress’ defeat would dehype him and bb significantly (denbob99 @ apf)
neck spring slayman has the same jolly roger as one of the brokers (jackermeister @ apf)
<– maybe the wings are part of the jolly roger, like crocodile/baroque works (asm00200 @ apf)
1pctheory: that, and the jolly roger is super generic. possibly the most generic one we’ve seen in the series. and does anything ever end ‘normally’ when luffy is involved? i think not!
i really hope luffy takes out bellamy the same way as he did before. that way he knows it’s luffy but everyone else is like.. damn. thanks to traflguy @ reddit for the gif! lastly, the best theory i’ve seen about kyros so far is that it’s actually the entrance to the SMILE factory, given that it ‘just appeared one day‘
i’ll see if i can find anything else but ;salkdfja;sldfkjadfsds i loved this chapter and i just can’t wait for the next. hope you all have a great week and a great weekend – see you next time!
703: waiting room
great tattoo or best tattoo ever? thanks to en3rgyx @ reddit for sharing 🙂 so freaking cool, i’m drooling a little. it’s actually the top post on reddit for the week, so i think that’s how i’m going to start out each chapter update from now on: just hit /r/onepiece’s top for the week and share it with you all. huzzah to installing processes! o it’s sharpie, whatever still awesome
but this chapter… are you kidding me oda? i couldn’t stop laughing! but sadly if lucy really does end up being the last contestant (contester, mangahere?), sanji won’t be fighting mr. pink, or at least not any time soon
on the structure of the tournament
if lucy is in fact the last contestant at #556, if we assume single-elimination (fight-to-the-death), then 2^(x) = 556 will give us roughly how many rounds there should be (i know it’s actually 2^(x)-1 but leave that alone), and in this case, it’s 9 [2^9 = 512]. 556-512 = 44, meaning there are 44 unmatched opponents in this scenario, suggesting there should be at least one round where it’s not just 1 on 1.
but those 44 opponents cannot be neatly added to a single elimination bracket (example: 2^8 = 256, 556-256 = 300, 128x 4-man free for alls in round 1 still leaves 44 unmatched opponents). so the first y rounds might have to be 3/4/5 man free for alls or there might even multiple brackets. i’ll try to figure this out later.. i thought it would be more straightforward so i just started typing, so oh well.
“it seems franky will play coach for luffy. lets see how he compares to davy back fight ussopp” (king cannon @ apf)
fujitora & violet name connection..! (herodiesfirst @ reddit) // what if violet IS fujitora? (deecoli @ reddit)
more master roshi dbz homage love (monkeydbrolly @ apf)
the strawhat is disguised as a derby hat (dohs @ apf)
zoro could get lost and end up in the tournament anyhow (zorospride @ reddit)
sanji’s dream is to find all blue. if he eats the mera mera, he won’t be able to catch everything (inori @ apf)
twist: sunny will eat it (wisecentaur9 @ reddit) // the thought of a ship that can’t swim is hilarious! (captain semizero @ reddit)
1pctheory: i personally can’t see any of the mugiwara eating it. i feel like it’d change them way too much: they’d be able to phase in and out, which would be strange, and besides, everyone already got some great power-ups from the time skip. the only ones who didn’t already have devil fruits, so the sunny eating it has my vote for now!
sanji’s kuma moment (divinesleeper @ reddit)
i die. thank you divinesleeper! i thought everything sanji did this chapter was priceless. yes, it might be getting old, but it’s how he tries to keep a straight face in this last panel that got to me. and after about 10 minutes of staring at the color spread, i still have no idea why nami is pulling at her shirt. i’m not sure why people think fujitora is going to enter the tournament – we’ve already seen him in the stands, but that doesn’t preclude him from doing something badass towards the end of it! everyone is talking about sabo, and how if he really is alive, he wouldn’t be able to pass this opportunity up either. couldn’t agree more!
is everyone as pumped for this tournament arc as i am? violet wants sanji to help her kill a man in the next city.. is the next city green bitt? have a great week everyone! see you next timeee
702: corrida colosseum
zehahah! cool crossover, thanks to homer_hatake @ reddit for sharing 🙂 here’s a link to the raw, thanks to redon @ apf for the link, and yes – this is the first tournament in one piece! it only took 702 chapters but oh man, will the strawhats have to fight each other? who’s going to participate? will some random nobody come in to steal the show? after all, doflamingo has invited the “best of the best from the new world!” the excitement i’m feeling for this arc is on an entirely different level. i’m secretly hoping it starts off very foxy-esque.
greentoof @ reddit: “what if the faeries lead zorjimon to the tournament?” they freaking better!
// sanji vs. senor pink (javimgol @ apf)
–> oda said sanji’s design was inspired by steve buscemi’s role in reservoir dogs (source: sbs vol. 68)
–> senor pink = mr. pink, buscemi in that movie is named “mr. pink”
1pctheory: i think it’s otherwise too early to guess who else could be fighting who, but this makes a ton of sense! gotta love it
zoro and luffy basically confirmed for the colosseum (jyuunishinshou @ apf)
“these living toys aren’t toys at all. they’re being controlled by the faeries” (thelaughingman @ apf)
inspiration: looks like the dbz martial arts colosseum (ladsome @ reddit)
pandaman: pg13 middle right (monkeydduffy @ reddit/xxxtowliexxx @ apf)
if momonosuke eats the mera mera no mi and doesn’t die (mdxbhmt @ reddit)
very short set up chapter, but i think this is going to be one. amazing. arc! does dellinger look way too much like saldeth? machvise also looks like buffalos dad, or something. i couldn’t find a whole lot more to say than this but i’ll keep searching.. otherwise, hope you guys all have a great week!
chapter 701: adventure in the country of love, passion and toys
confirmed: faeries exist, and are dangerous.. or something
revealed: the road to green bit goes through dressrosa and is not all that safe
// blind swordsman is fujitora
–> all admirals have so far been based on Japanese actors. [see: kuzan, borsalino, sakazuki] (chimerauprising @ reddit)
–> the inspiration for blindy is shintaro katsu’s [wiki] portrayal of zatoichi, a blind swordsman/gambler, and katsu’s most famous role
<– nobody recognized him, and he has a huge scar
1pctheory: other thoughts included him being the third, missing samurai, but kinemon didn’t recognize him. also, his power may be gravity related and not just.. hole.. making.. related 😛 someone said something about a gravity blade? those are some pretty damn cool words when put together like that
// wapol might have something to do with these toys (bigpow @ reddit)
<-> recall wapol’s cover story, which ended with the world nobles giving wapol his own kingdom due to his success in creating wapometal toys (stickdoctor @ reddit)
<-> here’s the cover of chapter 250 showing wapol’s toy creations
1pctheory: such a great connection i just had to share, and a really great excuse to rediscover wapol’s cover story [see all those links above]! its relevance? general franky is at least partially made of it!
// dressrosa is modeled after the coastal cities in spain (redon @ apf)
–> dressrosa 1, somewhere-in-spain 1
–> dressrosa “restaurante”
–> “new bridge” as viewed from the arc del christo (kaze1028 @ apf)
1pctheory: they found the exact images of inspiration, maybe. props
acacia is a female name in greek, loosely translates to ‘no malice’ (chrisn654 @ reddit)
buffalo’s subordinates play roulette 😛 (chrisn654 @ reddit)
doflamingo = former king of a country inhabited by toys/puppets. “if [doflamingo’s] ability isn’t string-related i will eat my hat.” (iSoder @ reddit)
“bepo drew that crappy map.” see, paw print on the bottom right (bigluffy559 @ apf)
pandaman, bottom left of page 10 under the text box (masteroftime666 @ reddit)
what if the factory is actually capone bege, and that’s why law can’t find it so easily? (mdinh013 @ reddit)
1pctheory: such a cool inference about bepo’s paw print on the map, and if the factory is capone bege, that would mean doflamingo owns the thing that sucked bege’s crew up in to the sky (which.. who knows what that is)
dofla must’ve known you have to cross dressrosa to get to green bitt.. so why didn’t he just wait for law/mugi’s at the entrance? (kishido @ apf)
trebol said the country was in a riot last chapter. why is everyone in acacia so calm? (ccc @ apf)
things i wish i would do
1. stitch together all the evidence pics so you readers only have to click once
2. actually, screw clicking at all: i wish i knew how to just pop out images onmouseover and have them disappear after. man, that would be sweet
5. actually update the other pages on this site
probably never gonna happen 😛 this chapter was so good, but you don’t need me to tell you that.
i’ll see if anything else comes up during the week, and i’m fully expecting to actually sit down and carefully comb through some more chapter comments. otherwise, hope you all have a great one!
chapter 700: at his own pace
can you say.. data dump? and thanks to jyuunishinshou @ apf for pointing out sakazuki is smoking marine brand cigars (left). they could probably never be released in the us, given we actually have a marine corp, but we can dream.
confirmed: bugs is a shichibukai
confirmed: kiddpookins are going after yonkou also
revealed: law’s crew is hanging out in zou
revealed: law engineered the “rocky port” incident
revealed: trebol is in dofla’s club seat (see: pimp cane)
revealed: bonney is… ok?
revealed: ace’s fruit is back up again
unrevealed: there is a 7th shichibukai
1pctheory: doflamingo was definitely present during the war and therefore had an opportunity to engineer control over the mera mera no mi.. if we all agree that after a df user dies, that the power transfers to the nearest fruit. i don’t know if i can just accept that as fact (iSoder seems agree!)
// the secret journalist/reporter abusa = absalom (ccc @ apf & zorospride @ reddit)
–> check out the ship leaving kidd’s base in ch700 and the ship leaving thriller bark in ch486 (mrxyz @ apf & username1993 @ reddit)
–> invisible guy = scoops
1pctheory: ridiculous find. it’s stuff like this that makes me proud to be a one piece fan! and it’s comforting to know absalom found purpose after moria: spying on people (but almost certainly, mostly chicks)
// fujitora is one of the new admirals (wdao16 @ reddit)
–> translates to purple tiger (ccc @ apf)
–> virtually guaranteed by naming convention: color + animal both written in kanji, color in hiragana and animal in katakana (ccc @ apf)
// the trafalgar triple cross (devioustrevor @ reddit)
–> law arranged for ceasar to be picked up at green bitt
–> sakazuki sent fujitora over to green bitt because that’s what smoker reported
= fujitora vs. whoever dofla sends!
// doflamingo is a tenrybuuto (onigumo @ mf)
–> his nickname is 天夜叉 = Tenyasha
–> 天竜人 = Tenryuubito
\\ his pace?
<-> “don’t get drawn in to his pace“
1pctheory: i don’t feel like i saw very much discussion about this – what the hell is ‘his pace?’ i would say that the only thing we know about it is that maybe it has to do with doflamingo having leverage over someone else.. which reminds me, if you haven’t seen netflix’s “house of cards” yet, i suggest you sign up for a free trial through xbox/wii/whatever and watch it alongside arrested development once it gets released in may 🙂 after reading mangarule’s version (which i’m hearing is the best translation), there is no mention of any ‘pace’ on that page so screw it. but i still think you should watch house of cards and arrested 😛
last week’s cover page has a lot of people thinking luffy will eat the mera mera no mi – (darkraoul @ mh)
those mystery wave rabbits look awfully familiar – (razh @ mh)
ussopp is dressing more giant-like (1, 2) – (deathlordoo @ reddit)
what if one piece is actually.. buggy? – (honigga @ reddit)
diamante = diamond in spanish, trebor/vor could be trebol mistranslated = clubs in spanish, spades = picas or similar? – (sagemaster @ mf)
1pctheory: monet’s alive.. right?!
captain_ussopp @ reddit – the inspiration for whitebeard’s cool death is benkei (wiki benkei) and lots more!
sub94 @ reddit – “one piece conspiracies” we talk about a lot of these, and sub94 does the thing i’ve always been way too lazy to: put it all together in to one very nice album!
milkyjoe241 @ reddit – according to the survey data, dressrosa is going to be the best arc yet!
milkyjoe241 @ reddit – one piece subreddit favorite character results! won’t spoil it for you, but he or she is my favorite too 🙂
man, i love this milkyjoe241 guy: a data loving one piece fan. but all of you guys are so good that it’s making me feel like i’m not doing enough for the site! evidence: the amount of fan content created and shared over at the one piece reddit (not to mention how great the subreddit looks on its own). it’s all truly mind bottling. perfect example: discovererman posted this great little infographic that details how oda’s art style has changed over the years for the mugiwara crew (below)! i urge you all to check it out and share, share share. well, my graduate school is coming to a close so if i can’t find a job after it, this site is going to start looking REAL GOOD 😛 hope you all have a great week and weekend 🙂
chapter 699: the morning paper
new arc! sort of. i figured now was as good of time as any to start this page. but sadly, there isn’t all too much to say. the chapter was fantastic, but as arc-separating chapters tend to be, not much was revealed for the purposes of this website. other than robin, that is. if there’s anything we can count on between arcs, it’s fanservice! we’re all feeling just a bit like branjimon right now, i’m sure
we finally get a good look at law’s wanted poster, which includes this great catch by stickdoctor @ reddit (+others): bepo! and aokiji seems to have found purpose, but i wouldn’t doubt doflamingo’s inside info for a second. is the keej up to no good? or something revolutionary? no way to tell, but we definitely know that…
revealed: doflamingo is no longer a shichibukai, nor a royal of dressrosa
revealed: aokiji has a .. giant .. penguin .. friend?
confirmed: hawkiddpoo are an official alliance, but they have nothing to do with lawffy
1pctheory: “what was he anyway, the king of birds?” and what the hell is this thing (warp predator @ apf)? a mystery bird? and kouch_lee @ apf asks the same question i did: what’s the point of doflamingo stepping down from dressro-yalty?
chapter 700 is next week, and i’m expecting law to give doflamingo more instructions to pick up ceasar! can’t wait, can’t wait. hope everybody had a great couple of weeks – i’ll gather all the unanswered questions from punk hazard and update this post with those soon. other than that, i’ll see you next week!