After thinking on it for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason why I’m disappointed with Sanji post-timeskip is that he’s become a caricature of himself.

Where once he had a goofy grin to indicate he’d seen an attractive woman, we now get catcalls and nosebleeds. He’s shifted from having a quick temper to being able to set himself alight with mere negative thoughts. All Blue has shifted from being his only dream to simply being the biggest, and, most dishearteningly, we’ve watched as he’s moved from misguidingly wanting to treat women better, to refusing to consider them a threat or an enemy at all. 

While the others have gone through so much character development- Usopp growing into the mighty warrior he one day hopes to be, Zoro’s developed loyalty to the crew and confronting his own mortality [I have more to say on this, but that’s a topic for another post], Robin realising her own worth and opening up to the crew- we have seen little of that from Sanji.

Rather Sanji’s character has been eroded, worn into the tired patterns that we’ve already seen from him, so that now all Oda has to do is throw a woman into the mix to completely debilitate him and we don’t even question it. We’ve seen some good come from these changes- Sanji’s new fighting techniques are grounded in his temper, but otherwise Oda uses these exaggerated character traits for questionable style changes. Sanji’s ogling is used to draw attention to the physical aspect of every woman he encounters, framing them as objects more than characters, and to further Sanji’s own plots women are demoted to creatures needing saving. Most recently we’ve been introduced to Violet, who’s been a prime example of these traits.

Initially she is introduced as a sexy woman who Sanji ogles, which is followed by a ‘humorous’ nosebleed when she hugs/kisses him. He quickly forgets about the plot at hand, ignoring the need to get Zoro and his swords back, or focus on the toy factory. He promises to slay whoever has wronged her, his refusal to fight a woman gets him captured and beaten when it turns out she’s an assassin, however her attempt to glean any information using mind-reading is stopped when it turns out he’s still thinking pervy thoughts. Finally he gives a heartfelt cry of ‘I will not doubt a woman’s tears’ and it turns out that she IS good after all, and that she DOES need saving [although she’s still too scared to flee Doflamingo, and insteads limits herself to double-crossing him and revealing all of their plans to Sanji instead]. 

Back in Enies Lobby Sanji was at least willing to defend himself against Kalifa. In Dressrosa, he doesn’t even attempt it, even when she reveals her DF power and could have used it to endanger the entire crew. Disturbingly, this scene also sends across a message that on some level Sanji does understand women- that despite his constant creepy actions towards them, in the end he knows what is best for them, and therefore his actions are excusable.

Overall, I don’t think that the qualities that we’ve seen in post-timeskip Sanji correlate with the character that he was initially set up to be in the earlier chapters, and I find it likely that this value dissonance comes not from Sanji as a character, but from Oda as a writer, and that unfortunately we are unlikely to see a turn around in Sanji’s actions any time soon. 

Sanji, Zoro and Self-Sacrifice

originally I was going to have individual posts for these two, but I found myself making so many cross-references and tying everything into Thriller Bark, so it seemed easier to just do a single giant post. While I forgo consistently adding ‘I think’ or ‘I believe’ to all of my statements, this is still just all my headcanon, I’m not trying to claim otherwise. Now, onto the analysis~!

Zoro and Sanji are interesting characters in the way that they both respond to the concept of self-sacrifice. Both of them consider themselves as the last line of defence for the crew, which, despite their competitive and contradictory nature, includes each other. The way that these two characters achieve this martyrdom, however, is strikingly different, and is indicative of their past experiences with death and sacrifice as a whole. 

For Zoro, he stands between the crew and death not because he would prefer to die, but because he doesn’t want to risk their deaths. Zoro’s views are heavily influenced by the death of Kuina at such a young age, demonstrating the unfair and often random nature of death.

To combat this realisation, Zoro dedicated himself to his swordsmanship, and swore that he would one day be the best. He is not ignorant of the possibility of death, indeed, even as early as the Baratie he indicates that he has given his life to his dream, and that if he dies then so be it. 

There is a contingency to this claim, however- he will die /for his dream/. To Zoro, death is a coward, an enemy who strikes the weak and the unaware, looking for any weakness to exploit. For Zoro, working towards being the world’s best swordsman is not only about fulfilling the dream of both himself and Kuina, it is about controlling his life- or rather his death- in full.

Zoro feels guilty that he couldn’t save Kuina all those years ago- that there was nothing that he could do to stop her death. To compensate, he has tried to give himself immortality, and, similar to Luffy, carries a strength of will that even a grim or impending death cannot squash.

For Zoro, he would rather stand between a crewmate and an enemy, because then he is in control of the situation. Zoro refuses to die, and as such, he can act riskily and take on the most dangerous enemies, because he has mentally convinced himself that /he cannot die/. He can die for his dream, but nothing less. When on Little Garden, Zoro attempted to cut his own ankles off in an attempt to escape the wax- in Enies Lobby, he proposed the idea of either he or Usopp cutting off one of their hands to escape the cuffs. 

On Skypeia, Zoro reacted strongly to Enel’s attack on Robin [the discussion for his statement about the significance of Robin’s gender is one for another time] prompting him to fight him Enel himself instead. It is not necessarily that Zoro doesn’t believe in his teammates skills, but rather that he feels the need to control the battles himself. If they do not fight, they cannot die, and Zoro could not live with himself if he stood by and watched a crewmate die because of his inactions.

By comparison, Sanji’s self-sacrificing tendencies stem from his acceptance of death. In his backstory we saw the way that Sanji approached the attacking pirates. Immediately he was apprehensive and was convinced the pirates were going to kill everyone. At nine years old, the boy stepped out onto the deck to face the oncoming pirate crew, and even though he was repeatedly knocked down, he fought [even with his teeth] because he had a dream, and he couldn’t die- because of that dream.

The repetition of ‘I want to live!’ through out the flashback indicates the self-centred and immature view that younger Sanji had towards life- much like current Zoro, he was determined to live at any cost.

However, while Zoro’s determination stems from an incident he could not control and a fear of his own mortality, Sanji’s will was tested far more intensely, over the space of three months, when the only thing that kept him from death was the strength of his own spirit.

That strength that didn’t fade, but rather shifted, when he saw the sacrifice Zeff had made. After the rock, Sanji shifted his will to live into his dedication to Zeff and to the Baratie, and by the time the Strawhats arrived at the Baratie in the story line, Sanji was willing to die to save the restaurant, and certainly to save Zeff.

Sanji’s sacrifices are not acts of defiance against death, like Zoro’s, but rather they are acceptance. This can be seen in Drum Island, when he throws Luffy and Nami off the log, knowing that he will probably be killed in the avalanche. Again, on the Maxim in Skypeia, he kicks Usopp out of the way of Enel’s blast, only to take it head on, rather than do anything to counter it. For Sanji, his own life is worth less than the others, because he has already experienced the approach of death, and he is comfortable with the idea of ending his life as a sacrifice for people or places he cares about. To Sanji, he is already on his second life, and he has no qualms about saving other people from having to experience the hell that coming to close to death can bring.

Sanji would rather die, than see any of his crewmates die.
Zoro would rather stand in the face of death, than watch his crewmates do the same.* 

The differences are subtle but palpable, and are responsible for the tension to the two rivals feel at the most well-known of these incidents- Thriller Bark.

Zoro initially offers his life to Kuma for Luffy’s, however he does not do it peacefully. It is a challenge- for he knows that Luffy would never die quietly, and therefore, neither will he. His defiant language during this initial stage ‘he is the man that will be pirate king’ represents his intention to push towards the future. When Sanji intervenes, however, the balance shifts. Sanji’s speech, as he offers himself to Kuma, is not one of defiance or challenge, but acceptance. He recognises that he may not objectively be worth as much to the warlord, but he insists on the trade. His language is fatalistic ‘say goodbye to the crew for me. tell them to get another cook’. Sanji has no intention of living through the encounter, no intention of fighting the death that Kuma has planned for either he or Zoro.

Zoro’s stunned reaction, followed by his stand against Sanji, knocking him out, show Zoro regaining control of the situation- he could never stand by and watch Sanji die. He needs to be in control. Zoro will not die except for his dream. Luffy would not die at the hands of this warlord, and therefore neither would he. Against all odds, Zoro is determined to live.

It is this determination that eventually gets him through the absorption of Luffy’s pain- though I do not believe he accepted all of it. Rather, he attempted to, standing resolutely as more and more of the damage rocked his body, yet refused to waver. Kuma, watching, realised how much dedication Zoro had to his captain, and when Zoro was on the verge of death removed the excess of pain that would have ended his life. Their interaction at Sabaody- ‘so you’re still alive’ ‘thanks to you’, supports this theory, and this is part of the reason that Zoro is so torn up with himself after Thriller Bark.

For Zoro, the realisation that he would have died at the time, if not for the interference of Kuma, was earth shattering. His well-known declaration of ‘I’m still far too weak!’ refers not to how much weight he can lift, but how much his body and spirit can take combined. He had believed himself invincible, except for what the road to defeating Mihawk might bring, but after Thriller Bark he was forced to realise that he is still as much a plaything to death as before.

If Sanji had been able to accept Kuma’s offer, I do believe he would have died- but not because of physical or mental weakness. For Sanji, the act of taking Zoro’s place was final- he had no intention of surviving the encounter. If Sanji had been faced with Luffy’s pain, he would have embraced the damage it would have done him, and died knowing that at least this way the rest of the crew escaped unscathed. The way that he reacts to Zoro’s sacrifice after the act, including his conversation with the zombies, reflect his understanding of Zoro’s mentality. Even so, he does not fully accept Zoro’s actions, and keeps a closer watch on him as he heals.

Put simply, to Zoro death is an enemy, to Sanji, an eventuality.

The difference between their experiences in death and sacrifice have created wildly difference reasonings behind their views on themselves in relation to the rest of the crew, and while I have no intention of claiming that either of them is better than the other, it does present an interesting extra dynamic to their relationship, and to the tension that the two of them often have present in their interactions.

*it should be clarified that I do think that Zoro would fight to the death for his crew- as was evident in Thriller Bark. The distinction in the language is indicative of the difference in Sanji and Zoro’s mentalities on the matter, rather than to what degree they would endanger themselves for their crew

Oh dear Anon, you have just opened a can of worms with this question.

Before I begin this formidable post however, a short answer.
Yes, not only do I like him, he is my favourite One Piece character, and even after timeskip when he’s often hard to handle, I still love him. Having said that, there are plenty of valid reasons not to like him, and you shouldn’t feel pressured to. Everybody’s different, and his attitude towards women and disregard for the other guys lately make it easy to see why you have trouble liking him, and there’s no shame in that. Truthfully, if he hadn’t already been my favourite for so long beforehand, I probably wouldn’t be able to stand him at this point. That’s the wonder of fangirl goggles.

Now for the long answer [you may want to strap yourself in].
Despite myself, and despite the fact that his actions lately have disgusted me, he is still my favourite. Truthfully, if I wasn’t already deeply invested in his character, post timeskip probably would have ruined him for me, but because he’d already been my fave for five years, I have a higher tolerance for his bullshit.

Things that I do like about him are probably the same things that most other Sanji fans talk about- I love his badass attitude, his tactical smarts, his fighting style, his wit, his fashion sense, his sacrificial and caring nature, his relationship with Zeff and the other Baratie staff, his relationship with the crew, his cooking prowess- I’m not going to get too into it for fear of being unable to stop, but you get the idea.

The things that bother me with Sanji are exactly those you pointed out- his two-faced attitude for the guys in his crew, and the swooning over Nami and Robin, both of which have gotten worse over timeskip.

All of the characters have flaws- it’s these flaws can make or break characters for readers, depending on whether you identify with them or not. Unfortunately Sanji’s are more grounded in real world behaviour that a lot of us put up with everyday then, say, Luffy’s ability to eat ten times his weight in food. Combined with his flanderisation over the years [largely because he is the vehicle that Oda has been using for most of his questionable style changes], this makes him a controversial and often out of place character compared to the rest of the crew.

At his introduction, he was a chivalrous young man who was unaware of how his actions made women uncomfortable, and whose treatment of the other male crewmates stemmed from his relationships with the other chefs onboard the Baratie. His behaviours were realistically grounded from his origins, but over the years he’s gotten more and more out of place.

I had always hoped that overcoming his worship of women would be part of his character development, and I can even remember thinking that after the Kalifa fight he might have learnt his lesson [yes you can laugh at me now], then it was after Kamabakka Kingdom, then it was after the blood transfusion, and most recently it was after the bodyswap. Unfortunately, none of these hopes came to fruition, and instead he’s been making a right ass of himself the last two years, with only a couple of fight and strategic scenes to redeem himself.

Sanji’s actions after timeskip feel representative of the larger, more troublesome changes in One Piece. It’s not just that he’s acting like an asshole, molesting Nami, and creeping on the other women, it’s the fact that the audience is supposed to be on his side.

It’s the fact that every female character is identified as a woman first, and a character second, as evidenced by the way that every time a woman is introduced someone has to comment on it: Tashigi’s men calling her Cutie Captain, the mermaids being the beautiful objects of men’s dreams, Shirahoshi being the Mermaid Princess, whose defining feature prior to introduction was that she was supposed to be the most beautiful woman in the world [even more beautiful than Boa Hancock, the previously established most beautiful woman in the world], Kinemon’s introduction to the crew including defining Nami as breast-band girl, and Sanji and the G-5 stopping to swoon over Monet.

There’s also the dehumanisation of crossdressers, where the inhabitants of Kamabakka Kingdom are treated as jokes because they are biological men who identify as women. While Bon Clay, Ivankov and Inazuma are rounded characters, the rest of the crossdressers are written off as a joke, simultaneously reinforcing the beauty standards that OP already applies- they all have the same facial structure as Gatherine, and the stereotype of queer men chasing after unwilling straight guys. Sanji refers to the island as ‘Hell’, and Splash and Splatter are used to further re-iterate Sanji’s opinions about crossdressers, for the assumed amusement of the audience.

While I’m not going to get too into this one, since I already did a post on it here [although I swear if I link to that post one more time I’m just going to suck it up and make a proper repost version that is easier to read] one of the biggest changes is that unlike in earlier chapters where either Usopp, Zoro or Nami would call him out on his bullshit, nobody steps up to Nami’s defence in chapter 663. We’re supposed to side with Sanji and think that it’s awesome that he’s finally gotten a chance to feel up a girl ‘because he’s been away from women for two years’, and that Nami is just over-reacting.

With all of these characterisations combined at this point it feels like his faults are wilful ignorance. How he can have come from Kamabakka, where he spent two years being treated by other men the way he treats women, and be even more ignorant to how his actions affect them befuddles me. One Piece often deals in the absurd, but this is just ridiculous.

Even more difficult to take seriously is his latest re-iteration of ‘I’d rather die than hurt a woman’, when this takes place only a few hours after he repeatedly groped Nami’s body against her will until she was in tears [chapter 663]. From the original parameters we were given for his character, there’s no way he should have done that. I had always assumed that if a woman told him to stop, he would, bowing to her wishes like he does in every other thing in his life.

 Given that Smoker showed a similar attitude to Tashigi’s body [opening off her shirt, taking off her bra, ignoring her requests for him to close her shirt], and Caribou’s gross mermaid abduction scenes, it really feels far more like Oda’s value dissonance than Sanji’s.

So I guess what it comes down to for me is that yes- Sanji has been an ass since timeskip- I cannot, and will not, excuse, ignore, or trivialise his actions, but the issues I’ve had with his character are ones that have been present in One Piece as a whole, not simply as a form of character development for Sanji. Due to this, I am able to look beyond his behaviour, and still find enjoyment in his character, both now in his actions with the G-5 and his fight scenes, and also in the older arcs.

For now that’s enough to get me by.

Of course, as I said before, you don’t need to like Sanji. There is no necessity, no reason, and you should not feel pressured to [I say should, not will not, because unfortunately there are always a few ‘true fans' lurking around], and if you feel that his character flaws overshadow his better traits that's completely fine.

Either way, I hope my answer has helped.

Sanji, Starvation and Selfishness

Okay, so since the ‘Zoro was the one who motivated Sanji to follow his dream’ gifset it going around again it gives me a good reason to get off my ass and finally write the Sanji post I promised people months ago.

Unfortunately, since this post is already long enough, I’m going to have to once again cut back to just one facet of discussion today. Largely this post is going to be focussed around the events of the Baratie arc and taking a deeper look at Sanji’s flashback. I am not going to try to draw conclusions about his pre-Orbit past in this post, but rather give a general sweep of what we do know about him and how these details may be tied to his past.

Finally, I’m going to give a quick overview of how the actions in the Baratie arc tied up his first character arc, and where I believe the source of his regained conviction came from.

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I love reading analyses of Sanji that dredge up all of these serious reasons for the way he interacts with the guys in his crew, because to me that’s all just side-effects of being raised in an industrial kitchen.

Before I go any further I guess I should weigh in my own experiences so you’ll understand where I’m coming from; I’ve got five years of experience in hospitality working as floor and bar staff, a floor manager, and a runner. Not every restaurant I’ve worked at is exactly like what I’m describing below, but it’s definitely the majority style and having worked under a boss who was the real world equivalent of Zeff I’d say I have a pretty good handle on what Sanji’s home environment was like growing up. 

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’ and there’s a very good reason for that idiom. Hospitality as an industry is brutal- people say retail makes you hate customers? They’ve never worked in the food industry. Hospo is all about RIGHT NOW. It’s about competing priorities on a very small timeframe, organisation and quality control. Yelling, swearing at and insulting each other during peak time are pretty standard even before someone makes a mistake, and heaven help you if you’re not on the top of your game. You have to be able to let insults roll of your back, and you have to be able to shit talk with the best of them. People will say some harsh shit to you [customers AND other staff] so you have to be willing to see past that first layer of hostility and focus on your work- sensitive people don’t survive long in this industry. Sanji’s general insulting and bantering attitude with the guys? That’s where it comes from. He’s not insecure or socially awkward or struggling to fit in with guys his age, he’s just working with them the same way he has all the other guys he’s known. I think he would have had a harder time learning to tone down the attitude with Usopp and Chopper than anything- speaking from personal experience it’s really tough to get out of the habit of pseudo-insulting everyone you know. 

Of course, despite how harsh I’ve made the environment sound most restaurants I’ve worked in have been like surrogate families, just like the Baratie. Since the number of customers you serve each night is fairly consistent [except maybe Friday and Saturday night] you’re always working with the same people and you get to know them really well. You have to be willing to work as a team and trust the people you work with; communication between the floor and the kitchen is key for a successful restaurant. Plus despite what shows will have you believe about chefing being all about the cooking- there’s a shitload of prep and clean up involved every day [while the floor resets and preps/cleans the bar], which really gives you a chance to chat with your co-workers. Slower periods are times for friendly banter, which is a good way to keep up camaraderie [and to make the shifts go faster of course] and to lessen the severity of insults spoken in the smashed period. The Baratie’s an odd family [and isn’t that an understatement] but for how much shit they gave each other every day they still cared for each other. All of that banter and taking the piss out of each other is just how Sanji shows his affection, which Sanji carries over when he starts travelling with the Strawhats.

He might shit talk them and hit them round the head the way he learnt at the Baratie but it’s not posturing or compensating; that’s just his personality. He banters and insults the guys because they’re his family, and while it might not be the most traditional way to show he cares, that’s what he has to offer them. So the fact that Sanji is a foul-mouthed, arrogant little shit doesn’t speak to me as some kind of insecurity or hidden angst- little dude was raised in an industrial kitchen. I’d be more surprised if he came out of there well-rounded tbh, and while I’m 300% guilty of picking apart Sanji’s personality to find all the little integrated pieces of trauma,  for me the way he acts with the guys just isn’t one of them. 

One Piece Chapter 712

Warning for spoilers, fangirling and general negativity below the cut

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anonymous said:

Say do you think people won't critise oda is due to One Piece being number 1 in Japan? Also what do you think the fandom will be like if One Piece ever loses its number 1 spot?

I’d never really thought about it, though that probably does contribute to the elitist attitude from some of the fandom. I think it’s largely a self-fulfilling prophecy- the fandom ousts anyone who doesn’t agree that it’s perfect, so people who come into the fandom absorb the same persuasive attitude as everyone else because that’s the only one available.

If it does lose the #1 spot I think the fandom [meaning western fandom here] will just be bitter and constantly hoping it gets back to the top. As OP has never garnered the same attention as the other big shonen titles in the west [largely due to the initial dubbing by 4kids, which still remains the general public’s view of the series] I don’t think it would affect fandom’d react to strongly- disappointed certainly, but not much else.

bluestarsaber said:

Curious what do you think of Boa Hancock given that she is the only know female warlord, unless the the unknown one is as well?

I have a love-hate relationship with Hancock, or I guess I should say I have a love-hate relationship with the way she’s written. I have a lot of compassion for her, but the series is far more interested in her fascination with Luffy than anything atm. As the one female warlord basing her powers around her physical appearance and the way men treat her [a point of contention for me is the way it’s described as ‘her effect on men’, painting her as the active party in the way men slobber all over her] is polarising for me, since it a) feels very much like being a woman is a character trait alone, but b) gives her a chance to screw over the men looking at her like meat. The way that the audience is positioned, while within the text she has the chance to use her physical appearance as a weapon, we as the audience are positioned outside of that context and hence are just given pin-up images, effectively allowing the action that Hancock is punishing others for. 

As a character, I enjoy her ruthlessness and her power, and I just wish that we’d see less sappy Luffy-love from her, so her normal personality can shine through more.

sleepdepravity said:

Hey there~ not sure if you still rant about Sanji, but I've been rereading One Piece and I keep noticing that Sanji's kinda like a cynical romantic. The romantic bit is obvious (attitude towards women, dream is a fairy tale) but the cynical bit was surprising to me (hearing Laboon's story he said the crew was dead already, was the only one to question whether the giants would help them). Wanted to ask you since you're so erudite - thoughts? Am I looking too deeply? Not worth talking about?

hah- I do still rant, but at this point I’ve pretty much run out of material. 

and cynical romantic isn’t the term you’re looking for here. cynical romantics are people who think that love is grand and amazing but lament the fact that it will never happen to them. this clearly doesn’t match up with sanji’s eternal romantic enthusiasm.

what you’re describing is sanji’s realist streak. sanji, [raised on the baratie with the wonderful band of reformed cut-throats and zeff] has realistic expectations about peoples actions and responses. we see this all the way from the baratie arc, when despite knowing what trouble feeding gin and kreig can bring, zeff and sanji choose to feed them anyway- placing their moral code above rational action. neither of them expected their kindness to stop the kreig pirates from taking on the baratie, instead relying on the ship’s fighting power [weapons and crew alike] to take on the revitalised armada. 

this attitude shows up again in the examples you’ve mentioned, as well as the enies lobby arc [remaining dubious about franky, throwing jabra’s false story about being robin’s brother back in his face] and even applies to the way he considers kalifa. although sanji was unable to attack kalifa, he was still disillusioned about her character and motives. alas I feel this is one of the parts of his character that has been slipping from thriller bark onwards [the confrontation with viola comes to mind- unless we’re going to start blaming his magic knowledge of her ‘good soul’ on observation haki because why not] and now this is definitely more of his expectations of men, rather than of everyone. 

regardless, sanji’s realist streak is something that he comes into the series with, and from his first hand experiences on the baratie it is no wonder that he is pragmatic in his assumption of others, having learnt long ago that a person’s morals are not always savoury- regardless of whether kind action is taken towards them or not. 

bluestarsaber said:

Curious when Zoro saved Robin from Enel did the line She's a woman annoyed you or not?

short answer: yeah

long answer: it did, because zoro was supposed to be the one who didn’t undervalue women. his back story plays up the ‘kuina was better- sex doesn’t matter!’ aspect, which brought him into conflict with sanji’s ‘women are precious flowers’ view. once you scrape off the top layer of zoro’s thoughts though he still has prejudice against them. maybe not consciously, because if you asked him ‘would you fight a woman with the same power you would for a man?’ he’d say yes, but when enel tries to zap robin with 10k volts his reaction is ‘excuse me that’s a bit overkill, haven’t you noticed she’s a woman??’

potentially because of the way kuina died zoro has a distorted view on women as being less hardy than men. while he might consider them equally capable in combat or arranged circumstances, when caught off guard he still thinks more care needs to be taken with them. all it took to kill kuina was a flight of stairs, so isn’t sneak attacking robin with that much power really unnecessary?! if it’d been a fair fight zoro wouldn’t have jumped in [except that he would anyway because of other reasons since enel’s so powerful]

it’s a dissonance in his views that suggests that although zoro does think women can be as strong as men that only counts for /specific/ women. robin [and nami] normally fall under that umbrella, but caught by surprise zoro’s gut reaction to enel is still ‘what the hell dude?!’ women can /become/ strong, but deep down zoro does think that men are inherently stronger than women.

bluestarsaber said:

Say what is your Favourite Sanji fight?

Ooooooo, tough one.

Probably his fight against Kuroobi. I liked the emphasis it gave to the prowess fishmen have in water, and the need for Sanji to hold his breath for the underwater half really added to the sense of urgency. The land half of the battle was also the first time we got to see Sanji go all out against an opponent [since when he fought Gin he’d already taken a lot of damage] and he did it BAREFOOT. It set a good precedent for Sanji’s other fights, and tied in with WHY he needed to challenge Kuroobi [to free Luffy from and give Zoro time to recuperate] it demonstrated to the audience that he was wholly dedicated to the crew.

ineedlady said:

When I was making icons for Monet from the manga, I almost grabbed a picture of Nami because it looked /exactly the same/ (She had those shocked eyes that Oda draws for the women--which looks exactly like Monet's normal eyes)

eeyup, I know that feel. may have been the same panel but I remember mistaking Nami for Monet at one point in PH

also I honestly can’t tell Hancock and Robin apart after timeskip unless Hancock’s earrings are in the frame. There was also that Nami photoset going around last week [I think] with three coloured manga panels, but the middle one was actually Vivi from that cover where she was scrubbing the floor.

plus of course they all have the same body type as well 

le sigh

all the best with future icon making though~


PS: we don’t know if Monet’s dead we can’t be sure till we see the body

Sexism in One Piece

Okay, so really I think that this chapter has just exasperated feelings that a lot of people already had about One Piece, and with the flare up everyone’s taking their chance to have their say.

One thing that really needs to be pointed out though is Tashigi alone is not what people are angry over. She’s the last in a line of issues.
It’s the fact that she’s the fifth in a line of damsels in distress: Camie [of course], Shirahoshi, the mermaids, Franky!Nami, and now Tashigi.
It’s the fact that Nami hasn’t had a serious fight since Enies Lobby and Robin’s never had one at all [that was back in 2006 fyi]. 
It’s the fact that the representation of the females has changed drastically from when he started One Piece so that they are now far more objectified than before [think the framing issues, homogenisation of body types, exaggerated figures][this is actually a really messy post to link because it’s a response post, but scroll down to the last reply and my explanation- with pics, is there].

It’s the fact that Sanji was harassing Nami while in her body and it was supposed to be played for laughs [another messy link, but the same set up as above] .
It’s the fact that the character designs are either very beautiful or very ugly, and that unattractive women are the butt of jokes because they don’t fit the standard [think Kokoro, Lola]. 
It’s the fact that violent scenes against women are sexualised [think Nami vs Kalifa,  the Absalom bath scene, how Sadi-chan was framed after her defeat].

Of course, there are others, but it’s nearly 3am here and I can’t think of them all. Feel free to add your own. 

So no, Tashigi alone doesn’t mean Oda’s sexist.  When you combine all of these aspects of his representations of women however, consider what this says about his views on women, and what message it transfers to his audience.

anonymous said:

I was reading your tags on the gif set comparing Sanji from the Baratie and the one in Thriller Bark, and I am confused because you say that it's not a parallel, but it's not character development either? If you don't mind, could you elaborate? I love hearing your thoughts :)

ahha, this one’s actually really easy to answer, because I’ve already written a few posts on sanji related to this

the short version is that those gifsets are talking about two unrelated things. in the first column sanji is not talking to zoro- he’s talking to himself. he gave up his dream to stay and help zeff open the baratie because of his guilt, and he convinced himself that not following his dream was the right thing to do. after all sanji doesn’t really want to die, and if following his dream could kill him, that’s just another reason why he needs to stay and help zeff… right?
he’s spent the last ten years stifling the ‘spear of ambition’ in his gut, so watching zoro [and luffy] throw themselves headfirst at their dreams was a painful reminder to him of what he’d given up. the first column is sanji getting angry at zoro for being able to do what sanji cannot- live life completely for himself and his dream.

the second set of gifs is sanji trying to convince zoro to let him take his place in front of kuma. he knows that zoro is too hardheaded and loyal to let anyone else in the crew die, so he tries to appeal to zoro’s dream as a reason for him to accept the exchange. it’s about sanji putting someone else’s dream before his own.

remember that on the baratie sanji was willing to give his life to defend zeff and the baratie, the same way he was for zoro. sanji has never considered  dreams not worth dying for- he was nine when he tried to fight zeff on the orbit because he was terrified that zeff was going to murder everyone on board before he could find all blue- he just considers his own life less valuable than that of those around him [more info in that third link above]. 

 sanji consistently places himself between death and the people he cares about. the gifset doesn’t show character development because it’s trying to compare two different parts of his personality, and trying to parallel the scenes just makes for a messy distribution of focus within the gifset. 

berrythehatchet replied to your post:Hello Anon who asked you if you were still into One Piece months back ago. Anyway something I wanted to ask in your first OP rants post “I THINK I MAY HAVE FINALLY FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH ONE PIECE” it seemed like you would give up One Piece after Punk Hazard arc. Curious what made you keep going if I may ask?

oh god does it get any better once dressrosa starts? punk hazard put me off OP for a while, I’m waaay behind now too

the political intrigue stuff is pretty interesting, but assuming you got put off by the same stuff I did, then no, it really hasn’t

[spoilers for dressrosa below]

momo’s turned out to be a tiny little perv, who spends as much time as possible cradled against robin or nami’s bosoms [pulling a sanji creeper face] while the pervert trio wail about how lucky he is
neither robin or nami seem to have noticed how creepy momo is [and really? making a ten year old into a perv? WHY]

sanji abandoned zoro because he saw a hot lady named violet who is a robin/hancock clone, who then turned out to be working for doflamingo, captured him, and beat the crap out of him. he did nothing during this time but comment on her beauty and about how he knows that her soul is good underneath, and when it turned out she has mind reading powers the only thing that protected the crew was his ability to have nothing in his head but pervy thoughts
EXCEPT it turns out she didn’t want to work for dofla [a la nami, robin, vivi’s backstories], helped him escape and distracted dofla’s men, proving that sanji was right all along

another nami clone called rebecca is fighting as a gladiator in the massive tournament that’s taking up most of the arc, and she wears a helmet, greaves, and a chainmail bikini. she’s known as the ‘undefeatable woman’ though from the spoilers I’ve seen she’s since been defeated. she also fights though she doesn’t want to, has a dead mother flashback and after failing at a successful attack on luffy started crying a la tashigi

meanwhile robin met a village of tiny gnomes [I think they’re gnomes. fairies, sprites, something like that] who used a df power to sew her to the ground, crawled around underneath her clothes [as oda used the camera angles to draw her boobs from all angles] and after releasing her told her the price for leaving would be her clothes. rather than clutching the little bastards she instead panicked and was only saved by usopp’s lucky timing.

though yeah, this info’s all a few months out of date, so who knows what’s been going on since

bluestarsaber said:

Say since I asked what was your favorite One piece arc, I'm a little curious with whats your least favorite if you have one?

*indecisive noises* Probably Fishman Island. It wasn’t the return of the crew I was hoping for and it floundered in flashbacks for ages. 


Ah, no actually. I assumed that since you were using tumblr you use tumblr. Guess my logic’s weird like that. 

I don’t keep tracking tags on OPIrks- but if it’s as widespread as you say it is, thank you for the info. The only rough estimate I have for how many people see it is followers and notes, although since it’s a resource page about generally negative topics, notes aren’t a very good judge of views.

Speaking of which, it would be arrogant if there were other places I could send you, but aside from a couple of people who make occasional blog posts there aren’t any other dedicated blogs/pages about it. Which is why I made one (and lbr with your attitude I have no interest in sending you over to their ask boxes anyway). 
The page isn’t just about my views either- since you say you’ve read it, you may have noticed that it runs on submissions and also reblogs other relevant info. My voice is certainly present, but it’s not the only one. It’s there as a resource, so that when arguments crop up people have an easy source of information to back up their perspective with.

To which end: the lack of body variety in women, the treatment of middle age women, and treating women as objects. There are more over there, but since you claim you’ve read them anyway I can’t do any more than reiterate my points- especially since you’ve already stated that you’re not going to change your mind no matter what I say, so I see little point in wasting any more time on you.