Character analysis : Sanji
Ok, let’s go with Sanji.
There are many sort-of headcanons I really enjoy about Sanji’s character, and that I never really read about in the fandom (or at least it’s always kind of overlooked) ; his super-tight relationship with his job as a cook and how it influences his entire life, his just-as-tight relationship with women, and how both of those subjects are very intimately tied with his past and the fact that he is, compared to the rest of the mugiwaras, the person who understands the most the sea, a pirate life and the sacrifices that come with it.
I don’t know if you guys knew many things about pirates and sailor traditions before reading One Piece, but I sure as hell didn’t : I started reading a shitload of books on the subjects after getting into the fandom, and it suddenly came to me that Sanji represented much more than the random overly-romantic fool he passes for most of the time, because of how he would have been, in our world and at a certain period, probably the most important member of the crew.
A life at sea is a hard and merciless one, and Sanji knows that. He has lived and survived on the sea most likely his entire life ; contrary to most of his crewmates (I’m thinking Luffy, Usopp, Nami, or Franky) for whose the ocean was a close but still unnatainable dream, Sanji is a sailor at his very core, and this identity is the basis for his entire character.
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