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One Piece ワンピース : The Ōka Shichibukai

“The reason the Grand Line is called the ‘Pirates’ Graveyard’, is because of the Three Great Powers that rule over it. One of them, is the Ōka Shichibukai. They’re seven Pirate Warlords that are officially authorized by the World Government. The Shichibukai inhabit wild regions of the seas and as long as they give a cut of their loot obtained from marauding & pillaging, the World Government sanctions their actions. Other pirates may look down on them and call them ‘Government Dogs’, but they’re among the strongest the Grand Line has to offer!!” 

Thus ends my journey with the Shichibukai. It was fun & arduous while it lasted and I had a hell of a great time re-reading some of the most epic and sad moments in One Piece. I’ve compiled all the gifs into a short video in the order of the manga’s storyline, so enjoy this final treat me buckos! Oda has given us so many fantastic characters & memories it’s hard to wait a week for each chapter but it is always worth the wait. I can’t wait to see what else the sensei has in store for us!! 

☠  Hoist the Colors

One Piece ワンピース [Thriller Bark Saga] : Shichibukai Bartholomew “Tyrant” Kuma vs Roronoa “Pirate Hunter” Zoro 

“Just stay back, all of you!! He challenged ME didn’t you hear?! I’ve accepted the challenge I don’t need help. So don’t humiliate me by butting in! When disaster looms, you’ve got to step up or shove off. Making excuses isn’t going to change anything. If I die here…then I wasn’t worth much to begin with!!”

This is my favorite moment in One Piece. When Kuma came to annihilate all witnesses to Gecko Moria’s defeat and challenged Zoro, the hype! Just the fact that they just defeated a Shichibukai and it took all they had and then another one shows up and Zoro stands his ground even though he’s clearly outclassed was like, “wow, what a badass”. But of course, what sealed the deal for me was when Zoro threw down his swords and offered his head, the head of the future “Worlds Greatest Swordsman”, in exchange for Luffy & his crewmates’ lives and then took in all of Luffy’s battle damage. Magnifique. Truly, Oda molded the perfect right hand for the future Pirate King!

♪ : Mozart - Lacrimosa

One Piece ワンピース [Water 07 Saga] : Shichibukai Marshall D. “Blackbeard” Teach vs Portgas D. “Fire Fist” Ace

“Ace!! Why don’t you become my nakama!? Conquer the world with me! I’ve already planned how to do it. Whitebeard’s Era is over! I will become the Pirate King!! Look…this is something completely different from the rest of the Logia..!! Ace! Your body is ‘Fire’ right?! ZEHAHAHA!! I am…’DARKNESS’!!”

Oda has written a beautiful archvillain. I remember I was disappointed when Blackbeard first appeared noting that he looked nothing like his fearsome real-world counterpart. I could not accept the fact that this chubby cherry pie eating pleb was supposed to be the most notorious pirate to roam the seven seas. But of course, Oda delivered, for Teach definitely grew to be the appropriate final boss of One Piece. I still can’t believe he stole WB’s devil fruit I mean what in the asdflkj;… I really want to see a flashback of how he gave Shanks his scar. Even more so than Blackbeard however, I am heavily invested in his crew, especially “Shiryū of the Rain”. Catarina “Crescent Moon Hunter” Devon, Avalo “Corrupt King” Pizarro, and Vasco “Heavy Drinker” Shot are so damn HYPE. Every time they come out my jaw drops, I can’t wait to see them in action!! Also on a side note; Chapter 441, one of the best, Ace my boyy! “Dai Enkai! Entei. I will make Whitebeard…The King.” :’) Glorious. The notorious Scourge of the Seas; Blackbeard!

 : HxH - RASETSU

One Piece ワンピース [Thriller Bark Saga] : Shichibukai “Shadow’s Asgard” Gecko Moria vs The Straw Hat Pirates

“Even if I had allowed you to continue peacefully on your voyage…at your level, death is all you would have found. You’re nowhere near ready for the ‘New World’!! Though it would appear you have gathered yourself quite a fine crew, you would only lose them all!! My words…come from experience. My subordinates…they were famed, far and wide… Why did I have to lose them all?! My friends were lost to me precisely because they were still alive! If they had all been zombies, dead from the start, I would have lost nothing! For zombies are invulnerable!! Eternal warriors; even if they are purified, a replacement can be found. I will take my army of the undead and seize the title of Pirate King!!”

The Shichibukai of the day; Gecko Moria, King of Thriller Bark! Many of my friends said they didn’t really enjoy this arc but I absolutely loved it! It had a bunch of cool moments such as finding out the Yonkō Kaidō had slaughtered his entire crew in the “New World”, Zoro obtaining the Meito Shusui from Ryūma, and ofc my personal favorite; Zoro vs Kuma. (On a side note, when Oda revealed Ryūma I was really hoping he was the humming swordsman who eventually joined the crew cos he was so cool!! I loved his design & ‘yohoho’ laughter). I also really liked the whole “Nightmare Before Christmas” vibe Thriller Bark gave off and the Kage Kage no Mi was so unique and versatile! Moria may not have turned out to be much in the end, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first read through of the Thriller Bark Saga. 

Happy Halloween~! ☠