“My One Piece Confession is that as aspiring Chef I look up to Sanji and Chef Zef. I want to make my food taste so damn good like Sanji’s. I usually put my love into my cooking. My Dad told me never trust a skinny cook, but I know that I could trust Sanji’s culinary skills and his fightin’ ability.” - confession by an Anonymous.
Exactly one year ago I was in Tokyo and visited the Mugiwara Store and enjoying the Day of Sanji in the Year of Sanji.
Now, I’ve been extremely busy for the last six months and I haven’t been able to write even half of the posts I come up with in my head. But today is Sanji’s birthday and he’s my favorite anime character of all time. So, I am going to talk about my love for Sanji, and all (some of) the reasons to why he’s my favorite.
Under the cut you’ll find a lot of love and me being biased! Now on to my list of reasons to love Sanji.
Does Pudding have a picture of Sanjina's Wanted Poster that he stares at all the time?
Pudding does have her wanted poster, but he had another photo of Sanjina from two years ago, when she worked at Baratie (she once had a shorter hairstyle). When Big Mom told him about the arranged marriage between him and Sanjina, she gave her 35th son a photo of Sanjina.
And he’s still keeping it….
Fun Facts (History) of Fem!Sanjina:
- Ever since Sanjina was thirteen, she learned to cook well, even better than other chefs, and also competed Annual Cooking Competitions in East Blue (she won every contest for SIX TIMES)
- When Sanjina was in Baratie, she was also well-known as “La Bella of Baratie”, due to her charm and beauty. During her life as Piracy, she is then often called as “Bella of the Blues”, because her beauty was reached throughout East, West, South, and North Blue.
- Sanjina was often get hit on by men during and outside work time (and women)… suitors tried to woo her, but they all ended up either rejected by her or their asses kicked by Zeff/Chefs from Baratie.
- Fullbody is also one of the suitors who tried to win her heart. But due to his boorish side and disregards towards food Sanjina finds him annoying. Even in nowadays, Fullbody is still infatuated with her (he keeps the photo of her).
I always have a great respect for side characters and characters that help develop main/key figures in series. So when this request came by, I was so happy to put it on my list! Characters like the ones on the Baratie don’t get enough lovin’ so let’s have it for these boyos!
Sanji’s father is obviously going to be one of the key players in this arc, likely the major antagonist considering it’s his name that’s supposed to be infamous in the underworld, and that he’s the one in talks with Big Mom about the arranged marriage. Given this, much of the bad things hinted to have happened in Sanji’s past can surely be attributed to his father, which is why it’s likely that he was in charge of Sanji’s training. Suspiciously his mother and brothers have only been mentioned in passing. Bege suggested that Sanji’s parents must have been terrible. A lot of people have suggested that Sanji’s mother might have been a good person and the reason for his attitude around women, but I wonder about that if Bege’s knowledge of her makes him suppose otherwise. It’s true though that he could just be mistaken, since a self-sacrificing mother is the sort of drama Oda likes to write. As for the older Vinsmoke brothers, more on them later.
What Weapon Did Sanji Train with. Likely Answer: Knives.
Sanji played it off as a skill he learned as a cook but he holds those knives like a weapon. Most (if not all) One Piece characters’ fighting skills have explanations, we know where they might have trained. We assumed Sanji learned how to fight with knives on the Baratie, but none of the chefs there, not even Zeff, used knives with the same precision Sanji exhibits in Water 7. At least not when using knives as a weapon. It’s interesting too how Oda draws Sanji’s young self (the kid who hadn’t yet been raised by Zeff) in the same stance Sanji takes against Wanze (the one time he fights with knives in canon). This might be something instinctive to him, when holding knives in a combat situation. The sort of thing only formal training instills in a person.
There’s also an interesting theory I tend to agree with that the Vinsmoke family’s skills include controlling fire somehow. I have a feeling all of them are smokers and they use that to sort of ignite their powers.
This is the continuation of my post to highlight how brilliant Oda has been when it comes to foreshadowing Sanji’s past and develop him as a character.
This is the second part out of two. If you haven’t read the first part GO HERE, it talks about various things between Baratie and until Enies Lobby.
I talk about various things related to Sanji and how the new revelations
we’ve gotten can now make us see things from years ago in a new light.
I’ve mostly gone through the story in a chronological order with a few sidetracks here and there.
This is a long post that has bits of character analysis, story-telling analysis as well as simple awe for Oda’s attention to Sanji’s story and development. I hope you will enjoy reading my collected thoughts about Sanji and Oda’s development of his story.
In this second part I continue where I left off and start with talking
about Sanji’s fight against Califa and his chilvary. There will be heavy
SPOILERS up until chapter 842.
This bit of dialogue, I think, kind of cements that Sanji truly has given up and it’s why I’m not mad at him. Because he’s lost faith in the one thing he believes in more than anything:
The existence of the All Blue.
Prior to this point, the All Blue has been the greatest source of happiness for Sanji, even more so than women (Nami included). He’s always insisted it exists, even when he was laughed at, like back on the Orbit when he first met Zeff. The chefs and Zeff’s old crew all laughed at him and teased him for believing in it, but he insisted and insisted it was real.
But now he’s doubting its existence.
This isn’t why he’s giving up, of course, it’s the Vinsmokes and Big Mom (and maybe Pudding), but it’s a symptom of just how badly broken and defeated he is right now. This is beyond him never finding it, this is believing that maybe it can’t be found because it isn’t there.
I also think this means he doesn’t have a plan and is being truthful with Pudding, no act - why tell her about All Blue like this if he wasn’t?
What’s important to remember, however, is that Luffy hasn’t lost his faith in Sanji yet. Nami will eventually come to her senses and realize what’s going on. Chopper, Carrot, Brook, Pedro, and even Jinbe are also in play.
By the end of this arc, Sanji will believe in the All Blue again and we will see his smile again.
I’ve done something of a character and problem analysis to defend Sanji against all the hate he’s been getting on tumblr and in forums for a long time now. Both fans and haters could read this, but please try to remain civil as this is my own opinion.
So there are several reasons people usually bring up when explaining why they hate Sanji, and I think anyone is allowed to think what they want. But l also feel that it’s gotten out of hand and with all the hate spreading I have even seen some Sanji fans feel guilty about liking him. I just want to talk about this because I feel like Sanji does deserve better, and most of all his fans deserve better.
I love Sanji and even though I know he has flaws those flaws seem to be exaggerated by those who hate him and I just want to defend Sanji and his fans a little. This is a long rant, but I’m not going to apologize for it. This is my opinion and yes, of course Sanji has faults, but so has everyone else! (Including me and every other One Piece fan out there.)