Now, I’ve been rambling about One Piece and the impending wedding for a few weeks straight and spewing out my own observations and meta and never did I consider the fact that Sanji is very young.
He dresses like he’s in his thirties and acts like an old man and cooks like a fucking executive chef with a lifetime of experience under his belt, but.
He’s twenty-one years old, not even quite in the prime of his life yet, and he’s about to have his entire future ripped away from him.
Sure, this is One Piece. Luffy set out on his grand epic journey before he was even legal and Vivi’s been kicking ass and taking names since she was sixteen, but look at them. They’re kids. They were kids.
We don’t remember that and we don’t process it that way because a lot of us were younger than Luffy when we started reading OP. I’ve always thought of the Straw Hats as older than me. It’s not true anymore.
Sanji’s twenty-one years old, only left home a couple years ago, and he’s being forced into a political marriage with a stranger by the people he loathes most in the world.
He’s twenty-one years old, and everyone he loves is being held above his head to force him into compliance.
He’s twenty-one years old, and the choice has been snatched from his hands.
He’s twenty-one years old, and he has to give up all his hopes and dreams in a desperate attempt to make sure the people who matter come out of this clusterfuck alive.
I turn twenty-one in a few months. I have hopes and dreams. And if you told me now that I’d have to abandon all of that, that I’d have to tie myself down to a complete stranger in an environment that is actively toxic to me just so my friends and family won’t die…it’s unfathomable.
This is One Piece. I don’t often think about One Piece in the context of reality for obvious reasons, but this one fact stuck and it won’t leave me alone.
Sanji’s only twenty-one. He has the rest of his life to live.
To all the little girls who are watching this: Never doubt that you are
valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in
the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
This is an extraordinary woman. Somehow, having just been screwed over by the electorate and a media that never scrutinised Trump as it should, she still has the ability to have hope in her country, the like of which is unimaginable to the rest of us.
I was just on the Today Show site looking for info about Louis and Steve’s upcoming performance, and it looks like the NYC studio will be closed on Friday as the show is going to be broadcast from DC that day. So my guess is their performance will be prerecorded from an LA/Vegas event.