Give Me Episode of Helmeppo though.

Give me Helmeppo thinking his only friend in the world is his dad. Give me Helmeppo acting out, being a total asshole, desperate for attention. Give me Helmeppo using his dad’s name to get what he wants; because it’s the only confirmation he has that his dad cares about him and knows he’s alive.

Give me Helmeppo terrified of his own father, but loves him despite that. Give me Helmeppo trying to ignore the fact his dad punched him in the face and told him the only reason he’d never hit him before was because he wasn’t worth it. Show me Helmeppo realizing that his dad doesn’t give a shit that Luffy took him hostage.

Give me chore boy Helmeppo taken in by the marines, despite his dad being locked away. Show me Helmeppo hating the marines. Give me Helmeppo grieving his father’s death sentence, crying himself to sleep.

Give me Helmeppo getting kidnapped and used as a hostage by the only person he’d ever thought cared about him. Show me Helmeppo disowning his own father and vowing to capture him and bring him to justice for all he’d ever done. Show me Helmeppo realizing that the only person who cares about him is the boy who risked everything to try to save him.

Show me Helmeppo growing, maturing under Garp’s command. Show me him trying to keep up with Coby’s spirit and determination, giving up multiple times, but struggling to go on. Give me Helmeppo always giving up one push up before Coby does, but always trying to do better. Show me Helmeppo coming to terms with being below Coby, forever pushing him up.

Show me Helmeppo confiding in Coby, looking for reassurance, a promise that he won’t let him become like his dad. Imagine for me Coby telling him he has nothing to worry about, since he’s a good person. Show me Helmeppo crying into the shoulder of the boy he once threatened to kill.

Show me Helmeppo loyal to Coby and a stand up marine. A man with a goal, working his way up through the ranks, despite his reputation being stained by his father’s crimes. Give me Helmeppo suffering from the backtalk, from the prejudice, from mean spirited comments about his father’s wanted poster and crimes.

Give me Lieutenant Commander Helmeppo, Captain Coby’s right hand man. The asshole brat who never gave up on becoming a better person, to atone for his crimes. and give me his stupid as shit chin-cleft too.

anonymous asked:

Oh man, would you please talk more about Sanji's character arc? I never actually realized that it can be all focused on that one line (so slow) and how Sanji did push away his dream to pay it all back to Zeff. It was after Sanji heard the Baratie crew praise his cooking and want him to leave that he finally decided to leave, so like how do you connect this with Zoro being crazy with his dream and everything else that lead to his final decision?

wait someone actually WANTS me to babble on more about Sanji? More than happy to oblige!

Before I start though, I’d better link to a couple of relevant posts so I won’t just be regurgitating points I’ve already made. I already did a discussion of Sanji’s character arc on the Baratie HERE but I didn’t discuss too much of Luffy and Zoro’s role in his arc, so that’s what this post’ll mostly be about. In addition, although it’s not /really/ necessary for this post, I do make a couple of references to my Sanji interpretation that I discussed HERE.

At the beginning, Sanji sees them as naive and when Zoro first mentions his dream to him at the Baratie Sanji writes him off as inexperienced. Zoro might be willing to give his life to his dream, but he doesn’t understand the other consequences that it can have, not only on himself, but on the others around him. To paraphase my previous article, when Sanji followed his dream, two ships sank, hundreds of people died, he and Zeff nearly starved to death and Sanji was responsible for Zeff losing his pirating career. Sanji spent three months facing down the consequences of his actions and the rest of his life trying to repent for his mistakes. While Zoro doesn’t get a true taste of the futility that facing death creates until Kuma, Sanji comes into the series already much more burdened by the weight of responsibility.

Watching Luffy and Zoro stand up against their enemies for nothing but their dreams takes Sanji back to the kid he was on the Baratie. It gives Zeff a chance to have a dialogue with him about his conviction and dream, and watching their fights Sanji is given a taste of who he used to be- who he still should be. All of that dialogue that Sanji has during Zoro’s fight isn’t him trying to change Zoro’s mind, it’s him trying to reassure himself. It’s the same speech that Sanji’s been giving himself since he and Zeff got off the rock. 

Because this is the same arc where Sanji puts his life on the line for Zeff and the Baratie without any qualms. Sanji doesn’t have a problem with death, he has a problem with his own dreams. Sanji has convinced himself that following your dream is selfish, dangerous and futile. And ya know what; Zoro and Luffy prove him right. Despite that though, they also give him hope. They push through the other side of their ridiculous actions [getting sliced in half by Mihawk and nearly drowning in a net after winning against Don Kreig respectively] and not only survive, but decide to continue with their dreams. 

For Sanji to decide to follow his dream again, he has to not only work past his own feelings of guilt, he has to decide that following his dream is going to be worthwhile. That’s a big thing for a guy who’s spent the last ten years convincing himself that NOT following his dream is the right thing to do. All of that dedication has instead been pushed into helping the Baratie succeed; he’ll find All Blue one day, but that day will be a long time coming. For now, he’s better off staying at the Baratie, helping Zeff make his new dream come true. Even if Sanji does set off to find the All Blue, how can he be sure he’ll find it? Sanji KNOWS that All Blue exists, but if he’s going to abandon his debt to Zeff, he needs proof that he can really find it. 

That’s where Luffy and Zoro come in. They’re critical to Sanji’s decision to leave because they give him hope. They both have impossible dreams that they’ve already put their lives on the line for; for Sanji to leave with them would prove his conviction to his dream. The discoverer of All Blue sailing alongside the pirate king and the world’s greatest swordsman? That’s a promise. Travelling with them Sanji need not question his own conviction or the validity of his journey, and they’ve already proven themselves worthy in front of Zeff, so Sanji feels reassured that Zeff won’t think he’s just abandoning his debt to him [of course, Zeff doesn’t have nearly as many qualms about getting his baby eggplant out into the big, wide world]. When he overhears the Baratie crew talking about how they want him to leave, joining Luffy’s crew becomes a valid option- the first one he’s ever considered. 

Leaving with Luffy was Sanji’s first chance to chase his dream guilt free since he met Zeff. Through Luffy and Zoro’s convictions to their dreams Sanji was able to rediscover his own passion for All Blue and finally start pursuing it again, confident in Zeff’s blessing.