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One Piece #798. 「ハート」 (”Heart”)

If you really want to do something for him, remember him. Let us both never forget him. That alone is enough. Go live your life and be free. That’s something he would have told you himself, don’t you think?

“I can’t just keep saying, ‘Oh, I’ll face them another day.’ So what if he’s an Admiral!? Why does that mean I have to run away!? I promised to never do that again two years ago!! Marine Admiral, Yonkou, I don’t give a damn who it is! I’ll beat you all up if I have to!! Or else, I’ll never become the true King of the Pirates!!

Synopsis:

On the Den Den Mushi, frantically trying to send reinforcements to Admiral Fujitora at the eastern port, Vice Admiral Bastille discovers that a mysterious force has stolen all of the Marines’ weapons, sewn together all the Marine ships docked at the ports, and demobilized a number of Marine troops by making them collapse. When one of Bastille’s men mentions the rumor about Dressrosa being inhabited by mischievous fairies, he responds with repudiation and outrage. Meanwhile, Maujii convinces Princess Mansherry to continue extracting energy from the Marine donors despite it being the cause of the latter of the aforementioned phenomenons. 

At the eastern port, the gladiators stand before Issho with the intent to hold him off until Trafalgar Law and Luffy can return; and nearby, Law arrives before a perched Sengoku and confronts him about his relationship with Corazon. Sengoku reveals that he considered Rosinante his own son and that he has long since known Rosinante forfeited his own life and betrayed his mission in order to save the boy inflicted with Amber Lead. Law reveals his identity as that very same boy as well as his even more hidden name of D., which incites Sengoku to sympathize with him and advise him that Rosinante simply would have wanted Law to, beyond any expectations forced upon him by the D. name, just continue living on. 

Their conversation is interrupted when the debris all around them begins to ascend to the sky, caused by Issho, who is readying his offense against the pirates assisting Law and Luffy. When Vice Admiral Tsuru offers Bastille her service, he orders all his men to evacuate the eastern port as to not interfere with Fujitora’s assault. Meanwhile, people all across Dressrosa are in awe at the enlarging mass nearly the size of the entire country itself. As Luffy and Law arrive on the scene, an overwrought Law calls to the others for an immediate departure; however, an undaunted Luffy, resolved to take on any opponent in his way, charges straight towards Issho and delivers a Gear Third and Haki-imbued attack.

Review:

With one out of two tragic back-stories disclosed in this arc resolved last week, the attention this week shifts from Rebecca to Law, and it’s definitely a lot more engaging on account of Law’s character interrelations corresponding more to the main action of the series and because—well, Law’s character itself is ultimately much more consequential than our princess of Dressrosa (which is stop number -insert three digit number here- of -insert infinity here- on our journey to the end of the world Grand Line). As was expected, Law’s sudden disappearance last week has been accredited to his burning curiosity to find out more about Corazon from Sengoku himself. However, not quite as expected, when probed by Law for any information whatsoever pertaining to the D. lineage, the former Fleet Admiral has nothing to offer, unlike many end-of-the-arc-present-figures of the past (of course, it should be noted that it’s more of a withholding of information as opposed to a lack thereof). What he does offer Law by way of this, however, is a reason to continue living, and more specifically and importantly, a reason to continue being a pirate (essentially, a big, fat “go find out for yourself”), in turn giving us a reason to consider Law’s continued presence for arc(s) to come. 

With the Marines literally being forced out of being up in arms by the Tontatta, the task of capturing Law and Luffy rests upon the shoulders of the only opposing man who ever had a fighting chance to begin with, Issho. And as if summoning a meteor or two earlier on in the arc wasn’t impressive enough a feat, for his next magic trick he has apparently opted for a much more eco-friendly performance of compacting all of the debris left from the previous fight into a much less shapely mass to crush his opponents with. (Overkill, much?) Of course, the moment when everyone’s frozen still before this monstrosity of a threat is the perfect time for our hero in a straw hat to make his entrance and come stampeding in with a protagonist-defining can-do attitude. Without a doubt the final two-page spread of the chapter definitely boasts a signature One Piece impact and Luffy’s words ring with a resolve like no other; and while the odds aren’t quite as up in the air as the literal assemblage of wreckage floating above our heroes’ heads, I am still having a hard time believing this showdown will actually ensue in an extensive manner. While the tidbits with Tsuru do seem to suggest that Issho is not entirely alone in his assault, the board is set-up right now as powerhouses Luffy, Law, and Zoro and essentially a whole army of fodder warriors vs. Issho and his lack thereof. Ultimately what this spells out to me is much more than a whole lot of ways for Issho’s advance to be side-lined somehow and saved for another encounter (not to mention, I can’t imagine Luffy being put into a state of recuperation once more just before being en-route to Yonkou waters), despite Luffy’s explicit dismissal of this. But, as far as this chapter covers, there you have it, folks, will future Pirate King Monkey D. Luffy be the first ever to achieve the grand slam of defeating a Shichibukai, a Marine Admiral, and a Yonkou all in the same week!? (Boy, how many bounty points do you reckon that would be?) Find out next time on another episode of One Piece!! 

Rating: B


Additional Note(s):

*Obligatory “Hancock’s love letter to Luffy is a whole goddamn novel” mention. Though, even more hilarious is the story told in the background, as the mail-carrier-bird (which doesn’t quite look like a News Coo but peculiarly does resemble Kanjuro’s sparrow) dreads the thought of delivering it and Marigold and Sandersonia’s blushes seem to suggest it being abundantly risqué (still a better love story than—). 

*One has to wonder if the Tontatta could have just stolen all the Marines’ Den Den Mushi. 

*Well, I’m a tad bit embarrassed that I couldn’t surmise it being the Tontatta who were the ones helping Luffy’s cause out last week.  

*I’m definitely not seeing things, as that’s a gorilla by Sengoku’s side, right? 

*Oddly enough, I just realized how Law’s signature hat kind of visually tells of the adverse story of Amber Lead poisoning.

*I can’t help but notice that there’s a certain fashion for old men who retire from their positions. Wasn’t Rayleigh sporting a pair of shorts like that back at Sabaody?? Not to mention the wearing-the-coat-on-your-shoulders-without-using-the-sleeves look. 

*This week’s chapter title of "Heart” stitches things up quite well thematically. Law and Luffy bask in the limelight of this chapter as representatives of the ever-elusive D. pedigree, with Luffy displaying his resolved heart to take on any foe who comes his way after his 3D2Y reform and Law finding the heart to live on beyond his now complete life-long goal of putting an end to Doflamingo—not to mention the corresponding imagery with Law’s techniques. Honestly, Law carrying around a heart in a crystal-clear cube encasing has pretty much become embedded into his character design. I feel like Oda actually could have made his back-story even more symbolically tragic by having Law, by some strange turn of events, keep Rosinante’s heart as a thoroughly off-putting, “Surgeon of Death”-name-fitting souvenir of sorts.

*It is rather fascinating to wonder if Law will ever perform the Perennial Youth Operation on another person, despite the low chances of it happening. What realistic question it does open the floor for though is if he can just wait until he’s hours away from dying of natural causes to do it. 

*Complete lack of Zoro this week. Did he already lose his way… all the way to the western port? Also surprising is that in a series of panels of terrified expressions directed at Issho’s tremendous power, our resident coward Usopp is not featured in any one of them. 

*What’s that up in the sky!? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, what the hell, is that Pica forming out of that debris!?

*Ultimately, I don’t see how a giant mass of debris is different from a flaming meteor when it comes to Law’s near-perfect defense mechanism. 

*My prediction last of Rebecca and Kyros’s one more panel appearance was expended this week already. 

*I really want to see Tsuru’s girls in action. 

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 Hello To Whom It May Concern and Fans,
I have a request, a rather small one at least that I think will satisfy a lot of fans.
I was wondering if we could show  TWIMC that we want a Studio version of the live version of O from the 2010 In Concert event to be available for purchase or something via the shop or even the island itself because it’s honestly such an incredible version of the song, so hard hitting, dark and gritty that who wouldn’t like to have a dance to? rather than the In Concert mp3 album that is already available for purchase, because cleaner studio vocals and production would just make it about a million times better than what it already is (Examples: Shadowshow, In Due Order, T, 20101001, 13.1.14.4.18.1.7.15.18.1.1110 are such wonderfully textured, dark, sinister at times, industrial and crisp tracks that sound amazing in studio)


You can show you want a live version of O by liking/reblogging this, hopefully they get to see it.


I don’t mean this in any sort of disrespectful way, I’m just incredibly thirsty for a studio version of this track and hopefully others too. :)
Thank you