Sanji gets reverted back to a child and finally gets the childhood he deserves. [2/?]
Zoro takes what he assumes is Sanji into the kitchen. He looks like what a 5 year old Sanji would look like but infinitely less irritating.
“Umm, where is this?”
“Your kitchen. I know it’s been a while since you’ve been in it dartbrow.”
“I have a name.”
Chopper speeds into the room and Zoro lets down Sanji back to the actual floor instead of dangling from his hands.
“Did you eat something weird again? What happened? Why are you so small? Did someone touch you with their devil fruit? Do you know where you are?”
Zoro can feel the tension building up in Sanji’s shoulders. He wasn’t there for the fight against Big Mom so he got an extra summarized version of Sanji’s past. He figured Sanji wasn’t always the person he met on that floating restaurant years ago.
“Slow down there Chopper.”
He stands a little taller when he speaks again, “How do you know my name? You called me Sanji when you ran in.”
When I could actually just sum it up with GAG & TEARS, but since my browser doesn’t support this kind of content, I’ll write throughly about it.
As I said before, IMO Oda doesn’t choose the covers randomly, even though they are “random” requests. So of course he could’ve gone with two generic characters, but decided Law and Corason because dear fans, you’ll be crying soon enough, so why not make you cry immediately?
Back to the plot: Sanji kicked Bobbin, but not hard enough to knock him out, so he chases after him , alone - to get Mama’s reward later? probably. And while at it, he quotes Vito of the Capone Pirates back then from chapter 813, when Sanji disappeared:
Not even the Devil himself refuses an invitation to Mama’s tea party!
And that’s because the devil would later be delivered the head of some child devil of his with a ribbon on it.
I am not sure why Oda gives this random, but effective powers to characters we see in one saga - this saga - and then never again: of course Pudding’s devil fruit is much more useful, but this one I wouldn’t throw away, either, to a third rate villain. Whatever: Sensei probably has had it all planned out for years now, so I shouldn’t worry. But, in terms of what happens now, I wonder how this power could affect Sanji: the dude shouldn’t be a problem to take out, for good this time, but if the cook doesn’t pay attention he’ll find himself tied to a chair before the altar, still sound asleep. Tricky powers are tricky even in the hands of low-class enemies - remember Foxy and his Slow-Slow fruit? Not too tricky of course, but to be kept into account.
The umpteenth mention by Nami that Big Mom is gigantic doesn’t but reinforce my theory that she’s a half-giant - added to the fact that she seems to hate giants, that she wants Ceasar to make her family “bigger”… etc.
Speaking of Ceasar! We haven’t seen him in a while, have we?
Btw you guys are dumb: not even a piece of cloth on her mouth? Though, seeing how guys like Opera are afraid of her, Brulee’d risk a lot by being saved and then admitting she was captured by the enemies.
Nope: Prometheus and Zeus aren’t cute after all. Napoleon never was, he reminds me too badly of Bonespart from The Corpse Bride.
Lots of people criticize of One Piece tends sometimes to lose his seriouness and become a gag manga. To this people I say: it is a gag manga. Look at these faces. They represent one of the hightest forms of humor humanity ever created. I mean… I don’t know you, but I know I read OP not only for the mysteries and the feels and the hype, but also for things like this
To be noted is that Jinbei just stands in the back, not yet used to the crew’s reactions - he’ll be soon enough.
So through and through there isn’t actually too much to say about this part of the chapter. You read it and laugh, basically.
And in the back you see Jinbei who indeed already has gotten used to and aximilated the crew’s shocked faces.
Some time ago I made a masterpost on Sanji’s distressed faces during this arc, but now that things are taking a turn for the better I should make on the gag faces.
Until we get to the TEARS part
And even now I don’t have much to say, but many tears to shed.
Like, a lot.
I don’t think we’ve ever seen Luffy in that state before. It’s quite heartbreaking. He’s been beaten up, a lot, constatntly, but that’s something you get used to because it’s part of the genre and it happens every saga, but this is different, we’ve never seen him with a death-like face.
This was 797 chapters ago.
For what may happen… well. At this point we only don’t know what Ceasar and Capone will do. Thye havent’ been shown in ages now and I’m pretty sure a proud man like Capone didn’t appreciate being left out from the meeting with the Vinsmokes - even though yes they want to kill them -. A Supernova feeling fine in the robes of a servant? that goes against the whole point of introducing them.I won’t buy it until I see it with my own eyes and I doubt I will.
All that is uncertain is: will the plan Sanji and Luffy will sort out for the wedding involve saving ALL the Vinsmokes? Reiju for sure, but when I hear people say that Sanji would KILL his brothers I can’t help but raising an eyebrow: the Mugiwaras don’t kill. Yes, we still have the face Blackbeard who more or less killed Ace and Akainu who killed Ace, but… they don’t. I general, that’s not how they do things. It’s like … Naruto killing? No way. Sasuke? Yes. Naruto, no. Gon? Maybe. Gatsu? Definitely. Luffy? I strongly doubt it. And if Luffy doesn’t, Sanji won’t either.
Besides, for as bad as they can be, we’ve had the confirmation a couple of chapters ago that it wasn’t actually their fault: they were modified, they were drugged so that their original insensibility and lack of feelings would augment. They didn’t voluntarily choose the dark side, and even if we bay me less willing to forgive them, Sanjib knows it.
A guy who risks his life a little more is probably Judge: all in all, the fault is his. For Sora’s death, for their kids inhumane growth. He may not leave Whole Cake on his own two feet. But Reiju will be fine.
As for what will actually happen, I am still pretty confident in a bride sostitution plan. The massacre starts when the veil is lifted. If the bride doesn’t do a thing, that cannot happen. For their escape, depending of the side he’s on, Capone may help. And Ceasar, and the men of Jinbei’s, wherever they are now. Praline, Aladdine’s wife, said she was fine in turning against Big Mom - what it this turned into a bigger scale rebellion against the matriarch?
My heart really broke.. I saw this panel and stopped reading for a while because he was so done with everything, he was alone, he was trying but he couldn’t bear it anymore. Oda is so amazing to let me feel so much sorrow for this man.
So I was looking at your ask about Zoro's father figure (or lack thereof) and was wondering if you had any thoughts on that being the cause of his relationship with Chopper? If you've already answered this, I'd love a link :)
If you mean this is why they’re close and Zoro is acting like Chopper’s big brother than no I don’t really think that.
Zoro’s lack of parents or parental figures is not something Zoro would feel the need to compensate with focusing on and thinking of his teachers and masters as parents or compensate with himself being nurturing towards a younger friend. It’s more that it…doesn’t really matter to him. I don’t think Zoro ever went through an emotional crisis because he doesn’t know his parents, that’s not him.
Zoro being close to Chopper (And believe me Zoro is the closest to Chopper. Luffy and Brook arguably too depending how you define their relationships) thrives from Zoro and Chopper having a strong big brother and little brother bond.
Zoro did not intend to hurt Chopper’s feelings or bully him, he just wanted Chopper to face the situation and be strong and power through it. He totally played the grumpy older brother card that tells his little siblings to stop crying already and man up.
those bits are fromt he Luffy vs Usopp fight, I know they’re more for fun purposes but it surprised me that of all people Zoro told Chopper to get inside, I think he was again acting like a protective big brother who subconsciously or not didn’t want Chopper - somebody who got the friends he always wanted - witness how two of his best friends clash and part ways.
LOOK AT THIS HE’S SO PROUD OF CHOPPER.
Just saying, Zoro didn’t even remotely react to his other crewmates’ power ups, not even Usopp’s and he took Luffy turning into a beast for granted.
He’s never been like that with literally anybody. Sure he had moments where he smiled like this talking about Luffy and his strenght but that’s his captain who never ever doubted himself. Chopper tho, is somebody Zoro knows is capable of incredible things but just to scared to try sometimes and that’s why he’s so damn proud of his little brother now that he actually got stronger.
So finally I’d say that his lack of a father or parents doesn’t really affect any of his relationships and definitely not with Chopper in particular. Having parents or not doesn’t matter because Zoro would still love Chopper in his protective, encouraging, tough love big brother way.
Luffy: being his usual self; eating and fighting - not in different moments; currently in dire straits
Chopper: eating; being aniki; currently in dire straits
Nami: showing unexpected ninja moves; worrying about Sanji; being the straight-man of the group; currently in dire straits
Carrot: being a Luffy; currently in dire straits
Brook: hiding information; being his usual self;
currently in dire straits
Pedro: hiding information; being the cool, deattached character,
currently in dire straits
Big Mom: eating sweets, souls and sons; cutting limbs; threatening allies and enemies; being an horrible mother; td;dr: being psychotic
Pudding: trying to save the man she loves from their marriage; currently failing at this
Capone: fathering early pubescent kids; hiding stuff from Big Mom, about to be in dire straits
Jinbei: probably missing an arm; being the cool grandpa of the situation; currently in dire straits, we don’t know how dire exactly
Vinsmoke father: beating up his son; being an asshole
Vinsmoke triplets: having no feelings; beating up innocents; beating up their brother; threatening his real father
tl;dr: being assholes;
Vinsmoke Reiju: being not as bad as her brothers; previously being very nice; recently being very bad; currently somewhere indefinite between “not so bad” and “about to help Sanji again”;
Sanji: reminiscing about being beaten up by his brothers; being beaten up by his brothers; about to be married off by his psychotic family into another psychotic family; wearing explosive handcuffs; with his hand tied - literary; currently in dire straits so dire that Romeo and Juliet starts playing
The rest of the Mugiwara, Law and Bepo: not to be seen for another year at least