Alright, fill me in. Tell me everything I missed.
Won't take long. Only three things happened. Clione chipped his tooth and had a lisp for a week. Number two, Bepo and Shachi wore the same outfit one day. And Jean Bart banned headphones from the ship due to the Penguin Incident.
I LOVE THE FACT THESE GUYS ARE SO DORKY THAT THEY OUTRIGHT REHEARSE AND COORDINATE THEIR GREETINGS TO BE AS FLAMBOYANT AND SILLY AS POSSIBLE I LOVE IT (and they’re obviously trying to impress the Straw Hats, which means that this is what they think looks cool, oh my god)
THESE GINYU FORCE WANNABES
God, special shoutouts to the following though: 1) That guy on the right who’s flexing his bicep 2) Shachi with his silly “I’m holding a gun” pose 3) Jean Bart for just looking so excited 4) Penguin for not even facing in the right direction 5) Mask Man and the only lady, for doing a back-to-back peace out combo
Where are the other, like, 9+ members of Law’s crew? Bepo, Penguin, Shachi, and Jean Bart are great and all, but they aren’t the only members of Law’s crew. I want to know where the rest of Law’s crew of fanboys are.
and more importantly I want to know who they are.
I want to know if Law’s relationship with the rest of his crew is like his relationship to Bepo, Penguin, and Shachi, Or if they are the only three that Law concerns himself with on a personal level while the rest of his crew leans more towards a purely professional and/or celebrity-fanboy relationship. I want to know the story. Tell me Oda. Tell me the secrets of the Heart Pirates.
Like, imagine them as a team of Street Racers that go around and cause shit with everyone.
Penguin and Shachi of course are the lead mechanics for the Heart [Racers], while Bepo is in charge of the routes and monitoring the feed for cops moving about, while Jean Bart helps Bepo at times, but mainly does heavy lifting and some programming when needed (as well as scare away spies).
And then we have Law, the leader, and the top racer. He has a few muscle cars in his collection (and they happen to be some of the much rarer ones), yet he is mostly seen driving/racing around in import cars. His favorite is his prized Mazda RX-7 Veilside in black and yellow.
That Mazda is Law’s pride and joy, and no one outside his crew is allowed to even come near it.
This panel pleased me!! Mainly because it fleshed out the Heart Pirates, who are fan favorites and who will serve a big role in the plot, but are otherwise underdeveloped.
What We Can Glean So Far, Beyond the Immediately Obvious that We Already Knew from Previous Arcs:
1. They’re a squad, through and through. They’re not only loyal to their captain, but they’re also loyal to each other, and will fight and die for any one of them. Remember, these guys are facing ONE OF KAIDO’S MOST POWERFUL FIGHTERS, and that’s no joke. Most people, hell, most pirates, would be running away screaming. Not them, though–because they need to help Bepo, their cremate and friend.
2. If we assume that every member of the crew is within this panel–sans Law, of course–then Law approximately has 12 members in his crew.
3. After the events of Sabaody, Jean Bart became genuine friends with the Heart Pirates. He used to be a famous pirate captain before he was enslaved, so that suggests that he has a massive amounts of wounded pride, but he nonetheless wears the uniform and is right alongside his other crewmates in assisting Bepo.
4. Shachi has guts. Because Shachi nearly passed out from Rayleigh’s haki–and was pretty much the only major crew member of any of the crews to come that close to fainting–many in the fandom portrayed him, in comparison to Penguin and Bepo, who are frequently portrayed as the most capable and fearless fighters in the crew after Law, as weak and comparatively cowardly. Looks like that isn’t the case, though. He might not have a lot of willpower, but he does have a lot of guts, and he’s willing to face off one of the Four Emperor’s subordinates in order to help his friend.
5. It appears that most of the crew fights with bladed weapons. Including Penguin and Shachi, which is interesting since it appeared like the anime and most of the fandom assumed that they were mainly martial artists with propensities towards incorporating diverse sets of weaponry in their fighting. (I kind of hope they still are–seeing a “jack of all trades, master of none” kind of fighting style in OP, where some of the characters use weapons ranging from knives to guns, would be pretty interesting, actually)
6. Not really something new, but. That guy in the bottom right with the ax and awesome mask. Who is he. He looks awesome. I want to know more about him
Trafalgar Law Week Day One (4/20) - Heart Pirates // Doflamingo Family
The Heart Pirates did everything they could for their captain when they could. Those mornings when they knew their captain had been up all night looking through medical texts, there was always a pot of coffee ready and waiting for the grumpy man upon his emergence from his room. And if he noticed that they took extra care to be more quiet in their complaints of the heat or while they worked away in the hull of the ship, he said nothing. It wasn’t long after the crew was formed that they all realized that they cared for their captain like he was family because, in a sense, he was family. The glue that bound their group together. Without him, they would not have met one another and would not have had the numerous adventures.
That’s why, when they separated from their captain for an undisclosed amount of time, the worry that clawed at all of their throats was not totally unexpected. Sure, there were reassurances from the now Shichibukai that everything would be fine, but the crew knew he was lying to them. So, to lay their worries to rest, Trafalgar Law placed a scrap of paper into the large white paws of his first mate and best friend.
“It’s a Vivre Card. I have one for you as well. Don’t follow it - that is an order.” So why give it to them, the crew wailed. Law only smiled, patting the apologizing Bepo on the head and turning his back to them for the last time. “So you can see when I die.”
The words stuck with the crew. Days, weeks, and months they sat around the scrap of paper, watching with anticipation for any kind of reaction. How did a Vivre Card work, only Jean Bart knew that one. Watch for burning edges, he would remind the crew while he did the maintenance that they were too busy to attend to. Burning edges mean that the person is dying. Of course, the large man did not expect the edges to burn - Trafalgar Law was a capable man and knew how to fight. Knew how to survive. He could tell just by looking at him.
And then the day came. The paper announcing the alliance with the Straw Hat Crew had arrived not too many days before. Jean Bart was in the kitchen making dinner when he heard the shouts, screams with the only word he could make out being ‘card’. It was all he needed to hear to move out from the kitchen and approach the table that they crew surrounded, leaning over their heads to take a look at the paper.
Small wisps of smoke curled up from the edges of the paper, thick and gray and choking one man who had gotten his face too close. “It’s nothing to worry about.” Jean Bart assured them, though he wasn’t sure himself if that was the truth. Smoke like that usually led to burnt edges sooner rather than later, and he wasn’t sure what was going on with his captain and that other crew. But he laid the worry to rest, because they needed to trust in their captain.
“It’s burning!” The shout came not too long after - the same day. Jean Bart rushed from the kitchen then, his own worry gripping at his stomach as his eyes laid on the paper. The edges were black - burnt, with larger wisps of smoke rising to the ceiling. The scrap of paper was significantly smaller than it had been, and was still shrinking. Penguin was already out of his seat and moving to the control room. “We’ll go find him.”
But he was met with resistance in the form of Bepo, standing in his way with his arms crossed over his chest. The man tried to push past the bear, but the latter stood firm. The other men moved to help - to push the first mate out of the way because why was he doing this? Didn’t he want to save their captain? He was only allowing him to die by standing in their way! They stopped, however, when they noted the tear tracks in his white fur trailing down his face, and it was only then that they recalled the last words their captain spoke before leaving - his last order given to them, which were reiterated by Bepo in that moment with a shaky voice.
“We were ordered to stay.” No one could look the bear in the eye. Heads hung low, shoulders were stiff, and there was a thick tension in the room that was only broken when Bepo spoke once again. “Captain’s orders.”
Curses filled the room as each man, though they wanted to go and save their captain - the man they looked up to; admired - they knew Bepo was right. If they went after their captain, he would only berate them for going against his orders. It would be an insult to go against his authority in that way, and they knew it.
So through the day, for hours upon hours, the crew sat in silence around the burning piece of paper, crossing their fingers and praying for the first time in a long time that their captain would make it back to them alive and okay.