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Chapter 212 is titled "Some Justice".
Volume: 23 Pg.: 125
Octopako has also gone out on a sea-floor stroll.
Finally, the long awaited rain is falling all over the kingdom Alabasta, bringing joy to all its inhabitants. In the palace, Vivi is watching it from the room where the Straw Hat Pirates are resting in, unable to sleep. Tashigi, unable to react as a marine should, gave orders to not arrest the crew while they were lying unconscious in the middle of the street. Meanwhile, Smoker has been rejoined by another marine captain, Hina and asks her to bring the captured Crocodile to the World Government in his place. When Tashigi rejoins them and reports of her failure to capture the Straw Hat Pirates, she starts crying and blaming herself for helping and then letting the Straw Hat Pirates get away. Smoker then suggests she should try getting stronger.
Rain has finally once again fallen over Alabasta after 3 years. Aboard a Baroque Works ship in south Alubarna, Smoker is berating a colleague for suggesting that he used the Dance Powder, stating he knows well the difference between right and wrong. Changing the subject, the colleague is introduced as Marine Captain "Black Cage" Hina. She is annoyed with Smoker for using some of her best troops to search a ship, which Smoker retorts was for the sake of a fellow marine. Hina calls Smoker out on this further, stating that he's always treated Tashigi a little differently. Smoker ignores this, asking Hina to take the Baroque Works ship back to Marine Headquarters along with Crocodile. Hina asks what gives him the right to order her around, and Smoker responds by having her call a coin toss in the air. Losing, she becomes even further annoyed with Smoker and tells him that he never changes.
Back in town, Tashigi has ordered her subordinates not to lay a hand on the unconscious Straw Hats, much to their frustration. Vivi sees Kohza being carried away for medical attention, and comes to his side to inquire about his wounds. She asks him not to die, as his father is still waiting for him back in Yuba. Amused at how much Vivi has always cared for others, he assures her that he also inherited his father's stubborn life force, and he will be just fine. He then promises he will go back to him when his wounds are healed. The country continues to rejoice at the rainfall, even the Kung Fu Dugongs. Toto is shown as well, wondering if his son can see it all.
In the Royal Palace, the Straw Hats are all fast asleep and recovering while Vivi watches the rainfall from the window. Igaram eventually joins her, tucking the Straw Hats in as they reflect on the day's events. The next day, Tashigi arrives at Alubarna's eastern port to rendezvous with Smoker and Hina. She is visibly upset at her role (or lack thereof) in Crocodile's defeat, and apologizes to Smoker for not only helping the pirates, but allowing them to escape. Smoker isn't accepting of her apology, asking her if she pursued her own justice like he instructed. She laments that helping from the back was the only thing that she was capable of doing, and that such is not her justice. Smoker tries to further appease her feelings of inadequacy, but she blows it off and tearfully walks away. This pushes Smoker to his boiling point, and he yells at Tashigi to do something about it other than crying. He implores her to try getting stronger then, to which she clinches her sword and tearfully vows that she will.
Smoker instructs the marines to bring Crocodile aboard the ship, as they inform him that a call is coming in from Marine base. The person on the other line informs Smoker that he and Tashigi will be receiving medals and promotions for their defeat of Crocodile. In a fit of rage, Smoker cuts him off and tells him that it was the Straw Hats that were responsible for the downfall of Baroque Works and Crocodile, not them. Hina tries to reason with Smoker that resistance is pointless, as the World Government has decided to try and cover up the pirates role in Alabasta's liberation. Smoker angrily replies that the cover up is precisely why Tashigi is crying right now. He then yells at the marine correspondent on the other line to tell the high-ranking officials responsible for this to "go eat shit", and that this is "real" justice.
- World Government wanted to promote Smoker and Tashigi up by one rank, but Smoker declines.
- Smoker, a marine, disobeyed a direct order from his superiors. This is a completely unprecedented action by a Marine, until Admiral Fujitora repeats it 500+ chapters later.
- This insubordination appears to have no effect on Smoker's status as a Marine.
- Tashigi had the opportunity to arrest the Straw Hats when they were completely vulnerable, but ordered her subordinates not to.
- The World Governent does not want the world to find about the Straw Hats' defeat of Baroque Works.
- Tashigi tearfully vows to her surperior she will become stronger, in a similar fashion to how Zoro did.
- Hina is officially introduced, after her appearance in Jango's cover story.
- first introduction
- members promoted
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