half-man-half-lime answered: Spoiler: Enel’s plan totally involves a porno magazine. By the way, when you say “First Nations” do you mean Native Americans/American Indians in general? I Googled them and learned they’re only one northern section, while Shandians seem to be based on Native Americans in general. Sorry if I’m misunderstanding something.
Argh, I mean Native Americans in general. That’ll teach me for getting all of my cultural information from Tumblr. You’re right. First Nations refers to Canadian natives, while Native Americans is a more general term. I’ll use that from now on. Thanks!
Oh, and I totally believe you about the porno mag spoiler. If it doesn’t happen, I will be heartbroken. xD
blogquantumreality answered: The filler after Skypiea will be pretty cool. Also, this arc was what really made me realize how much of a rich and diverse historical background Oda draws upon to create the One Piece world.
A lot of people have said the next filler arc is good. I’ll definitely watch it then. :) Totally agreed about the diversity of sources Oda draws from to create One Piece. Apart from the pirate history, he also uses a wide range of cultures too. The way the Grand Line works also helps. He can pretty much use whatever he wants. It’s awesome. ^_^
hylidahlia said: Never underestimate Oda’s ability to take a (seemingly) mentally unstable antagonist and turn him into a fully fleshed out human being with complex motivations who you begin rooting for. I’ll say no more.
If you’re talking about Wiper, I am totally rooting for him. He deserves to win and his people totally have the right to live on Upper Yard. I just don’t want him to sacrifice his fellow warriors or his own sanity to do it. I have my fingers crossed he’ll come round.
tempus-nexus said: *Disclaimer: Not an actual ghost child. It’s… something else. But if you think you didn’t sign up for angst, I’m sorry to say that you done goofed. There will be sorrow, and joy, and fear and courage and all kinds of emotions. The next major arc after Skypeia is both one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming arcs in One Piece, and easily one of the best. Adventure there will be, but it comes with feelings you will never be prepared for. Loss, and gain, and loss again. And I wager anything that by the end, you will NOT regret your journey through it. (Sorry for the long response, but I love that arc SO MUCH. And, come on. Every arc has its share of heartbreak, but they usually end positive. Enjoy Skypeia for now.)
Joy and a positive end are totally key words there. As long as there’s some joy and courage amidst all the other stuff, then I am okay with that and will remain firmly on the cruise. :)
bananagator said: Oda has a LOT of celebrity inspired characters so it’s fun to look out for those. he IS actually a fan of Eminem and other unexpected things! I found the interview for you free of spoilers: thegrandline.com/odateac…
Oooh, thanks, bananagator! I will take a look at that later. ^_^
hylidahlia said: Oh, hon, there will always be adventure and happiness, but there will also be tears. actual tears will be cried, by you. and no, when t.n. said “ghost kid” it’s not a dead person, so that’s not the kind of sad we’re dealing with.
I’ve already dealt with many tears (dammit, Chopper!) I will be able to handle a few more. Hey, if you cry, that just means that whatever you’re crying over means something to you. OP can do that, I think.