Sanji’s beautiful mother, ladies & gentlemen! I don’t want put a downer on this sweet moment but what if Sanji’s cooking was the reason she passed away? Sure, she was sick before that. But she was eating his lackluster cooking constantly and she didn’t tell him that it was actually aiding in her inevitably death? But she continued to eat because she’s a great mother and never told him? Hmm. Wouldn’t be surprised. Oda is twisted in that way.
Another distressing chapter, but also a little heartwarming. Now that the flashback is over, I hope we never see anything of Sanji’s past with his family again, I couldn’t stomach it. I’m the first who asks for more of her favorite’s suffering so that he can shine later in much more glory, but the last chapters really left me emptied and sad.
As I said previously. Oda’s been putting unusual focus on his past and current pains. I wouldn’t have expected the flashback to last for so long, nor for Oda to unveil him so slowly - since we already got hints of it in 833. Now the picture is crystalline clear.
Sanji’s mother, a beautiful lady, very resemblant to Reiju, - except for the eyebrows, and at this point they must come either from Judge’s side or from the prenatal modification of the siblings - is dead: Judge is said to have “mistresses”, so we can assume he didn’t care much about her, but not so little to “dispose” of Sanji while she was still alive, as we learnt last chapter. Sanji asked the guard not to tell to his father about his visit and his mother said Judge would get angry: in all likelihood sees her just as a useless child-bearer or thinks that her weakness may influence negatively the children. Given the kind of guy he is, at least….
The scene of little Sanji facing all the hardships of the storm, plus a dog and a maid, to meet his mom, was especially touching. It reminded me of a little Hugo Cabret for some reason, and I cried fountains other that movie. Summed with the scene where he eats alone while his father embraces the other siblings…
To think that such a man could even feel affection for other human beings is contradictory to me. But who am I to judge? - no pun intended.
His passion for cooking was born out of the sweetest thing: the only thing he was appreciated for, by the only person who appreciated him - and died, cause Oda doesn’t like alive mothers apparently. So, even in his solitary confinement, he held on to it. His mother was the only good thing about his life, so of course she was gone.
His dream of cooking was a dream of personal-improvement, his dream of All Blue was longing for freedom.
Reiju says it clearly, as Oda quotes himself back to chapter 394:
Something along the lines of: the sea is an incredible place, of dreams, of men. This is a very common issue in One Piece
“The dream of men will neve die!” - Blackbeard
Or, if not their dreams, at least their salvation, which can come by sea. So Sanji escaped and found himself in yet another danger. Zeff clearly says the opposite of Blackbeard and Reiju and Saul:
something along the lines of: The sea is way too big and too cruel, it harbors men’s dream and shatters them mercilessly along with their lives.
Now this makes it even more cruel that the sea would be both his salvation and yet another threat to his life.
On a side note, the goodbye with Reiju was very emotional. The little girl really was wishing him the best, though in all likelihood didn’t hope he’d actually make it. She’s the only one left in the family who at least is not “rotten to the core”, and I hope she still isn’t, because her words to him in the last panel were quite cold.
I am thinking more and more of Zoro lately, since when you think of San in One Piece, you automatically think of Zo. When he was a kid, he was essentially a shrunken version of his future self: stern, determined, strong both in mind and body… but Sanji’s the complete opposite. Yes, he has maintaned his good-heart -and honestly I’ll never believe how he could grow up good in such an enviroment -, his mercy, but he is also very different: much more hardened, no naive at all, logical, cold in reasoning, self-sacrifical … His child-self resembles much more a Usopp or a Chopper or even a Brook, I dare say. Yet unlike Zoro, he hasn’t overcome the most of his traumas, something we could have hardly said before this saga: who would have expected to see him trembling, one of the top fighters? And I appreciate this majestic character development.
At the end, Oda gives a big tissue to his fans in pain by giving them a Luffy who ate Cracker’s soldiers.
I think will sooner lose it ouf of impatience than phisically lose. The battle has been going on all night long and maybe Nami already obtained the loyalty of the Seducing Woods - they really need it.
Yet another important life lesson: always eat at your fullest for the sake of your friends.
One Piece Film: GOLD (2016) The Straw Hat Pirates are taking on Gild Tesoro, one of the richest men in the world.
Synopsis: The Flash - Season 3 (2016) After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash
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
“By the way, Ace, which one of us do you think is the bigger brother? Two big brothers and one small brother. It’s odd, but… Our brotherhood is my treasure. Luffy is still a weak cry baby, but… He is our little brother, so take care of him!”