Sanji’s looking badass and majestic, while Judge is relieved that his sorry ass is saved, Ichiji is still attempting to compute how his useless brother is now also his savior, Yonji is aghast and Niji is wondering how long it’s going to take to pick all the candy from his underpants.
…But my favorite is Tony Tony “I am Groot” Chopper:
Overall, I found this chapter a bit disappointing because it was anticlimactic. I was expecting to see Big Mom causing havoc, but instead we got to see her spacing out. Katakuri and Smoothie also didn’t do anything.
I was also expecting more from the Vinsmokes, Judge was looking pathetic, like Ichiji said. A powerful political figure, a mad scientist and an underworld boss crying like a little kid because he was betrayed. No plan B was really naive and stupid, since you are dealing with pirates.
But maybe now, if they survive, Judge will be grateful and ask Sanji for forgiveness? Not sure if Judge can be properly redeemed, but he gives me the vibes of someone who might die with Sanji forgiving him as a last act. I just know that after this chapter, chances that Sanji will part in good terms with his family increased.
My biggest problem with this chapter was the pace. It felt weird and clumsy. The scene with Sanji and Pudding felt out of place, Luffy and Jinbei were also in the middle of chaos but they almost didn’t have anything to do with the chapter. And the weirdest part is that Brook destroying the picture was somewhat irrelevant to the plan, and they had to think about bringing the picture to Big Mom so she could finally get angry and scream, like when you have to repeat a joke for someone who didn’t get at first. …I don’t know Oda-sensei, the pace looked really weird to me.
But since I was really interesting to see Pudding’s reaction to Sanji’s kindness, after recovering herself from the breakdown, I’m pleased with Oda’s decision to not cheap Pudding’s character by making her switching side so fast. This chapter, she even goes too far, trying to kill Sanji:
She even confess that she had deceived countless people, who likely ended up dead (Luffy, Nami and the others almost died because of the trap she led them). It should be no surprise that she is at least an accomplice of several murders ordered by Big Mom. But it’s clear that she isn’t a plain villain, the fact that she has to say “Look! This is who I really am!” just proves that she is desperately trying to to regain her menacing persona. Sanji could see that something was off with her. But like everyone noticed, Sanji had a serious and cold expression, he knows she is dangerous.
Part of the fandom was really thinking that there was a romantic tone in Sanji and Pudding’s relationship but I once more disagree, and this chapter seems to back me up. Pudding was never in love with Sanji, she never liked him, and even his kind words didn’t prevent her from shooting him. She wasn’t grateful like Viola, she still wanted to fight Sanji before Daifuku knocked her out. She is clearly hesitating, but not because of romantic feelings, but because Sanji remembered her from a time where she didn’t have to act deceving people and how she became like this because no one supported her. She is hesitating because she doesn’t know anymore if her current life is okay to her. Continuing to live like this is deceiving herself, that’s the message I think Oda is trying to pass.
As for Sanji, we all know that he is able to convert enemies by his kindness, it happened before and several times. And I believe, like everyone, that Pudding will be redeemed. But saving her here is an act of chivalry, as he wouldn’t let a lady be hit like that. I didn’t get any sign of Sanji being particularly caring or in love with her during this arc. To endorse this, Sanji completely ignores Pudding and Daifuku when he realizes that his family is in danger:
Let’s remember that the only reason Sanji is attending this freaking wedding is to save them:
And now that we are seeing Sanji seriously worried about the Vinsmokes, Nami’s role as the leader of the rescue team gets more weigh and personal importance to Sanji:
We don’t know how things will develop, but if Nami is succesful, I’m sure that Sanji will really appreciate her gesture (and of course, Chopper and Carrot too). It could be a parallel with Sanji bringing the G5 Marines to help Nami save the children in Punk Hazard, when she was becoming desperate with Mocha almost dying. Sanji controlled the situation back then and now she can do the same. Remember that Nami said she wouldn’t leave the island without the children? Now Sanji is the one that cant leave the island without his family. You can read my analysis from that moment here: https://pernanegra.tumblr.com/post/149479596663/why-saving-the-children-for-nami-was-so-important
Nami also might be really important to “convert” Pudding (I still don’t think she will be nakama), as it seems that both have a special relationship with Lola. Sanji noticed that something is wrong with Pudding but he also was the first one to noticed Momonosuke’s problem. However the kid only opened up to others in Zou, when Sanji was already taken. Perhaps Pudding will be the same, with Sanji noticing the problem but she only open up when she faces Nami, and we finally get the explanation of Lola’s flashback? It’s a possibility.
So I may have spent the day at work getting a little emotional over a picnic basket.
For an individual such as Sanji, who is generous and nurturing, wearing his heart of his sleeve, the picnic basket is a great metaphor.
It’s important to remember that, for Sanji, food isn’t just about feeding people. It’s a tangible extension of his love, and he presents a little bit of his heart when he cooks for others.
It makes me think about how Sanji, as a child, laid his heart out to his ailing mother without fully understanding the gift of humanity that she left for him, at the eventual cost of her own life. His picnic basket was well-meaning, but incongruous, inarticulate and clumsy:
… and it makes me think about how 9-year-old Sanji finally realizesd when (on the rock) Zeff gave him the parcel of food and left none for himself, that he deserved to be loved – and specifically because of who he fundamentally was, his passion, dreams and all, and not necessarily because he was the strongest and most ruthless:
… and as many had noticed back in chapter 850, we get confirmation in this chapter that Sanji’s bento for Pudding was in fact filled with the favorite foods of the Strawhat crew:
He may have accepted his future with Pudding, but the truth is, his heart (and by proxy, his cooking) was communicating his true wishes and desires all along.
There are many things that I like about Sanji and I’m sure that his best qualities were already mentioned in this tag game, so I’ll talk about something that always brings me a smile when I see happening with Sanji.
Sanji had many triumphal entrances throughout the series (the bests imo), but I love how he manages to turn into a goofball when he knows that Nami is watching him.
And from this:
I think it’s really funny and relatable that Sanji can’t control himself around his “crush”. ^^ He is obviously trying to impress Nami but the happiness is so overflowing that he can’t keep the cool looking facade. I believe everyone already had been through that, once in a while. Thus, I truly appreciate that Sanji is that human, not just a stoic anime character who is always supposed to look badass. xD
But seriously, even Law appreciates Sanji more than the stupid fucking Vinsmokes. And he’s a sourpuss. (I still love him.)
Sanji: “Tanomu!” Law: “Ore nii makaseru!” *proceeds to ‘room shambles’ the fuck out of whoever was bothering Sanji*
*Sanji begins babbling like an idiot*
*Law replies in a cute competitive way*
And of course, I saved the best for last! Sanji and Law attack combo!
Best wife combo from me and my imouto-chan’s @shitcook-idiotswordsman 2 otps (ZoSan and LawLu) XDDD Law’s hat is so FLUFFY! Also, this was in the “Dream Log”, so none of these battles made sense, but I got to see Law after timeskip! (which usually doesnt happen until you meet him at Marineford ad I havent reached that chapter in game yet) and also Sanji in his Fancy-pansy kimono~! XDDD
Of course, for all you people out there who love Law X Sanji, this is something for you too to enjoy! ;)
I assume that the care and attention that Oda-sensei is paying towards Pudding’s eyes implies an imminent awakening of her three-eyed powers, but props to Sanji, too – he may be reacting to her wiles, but he’s not “in love”.