It's been a while since I've been free to do one of these chapter reviews, but annual leave has coincided with a Thursday, so here goes:
Well, Big Mom has snapped out of it. Maybe. She's too angry to really tell, but the good news is that she's stopped screaming for the first time in over a month. The anime is going to have to hire someone with very strong lungs to cope with that.
The bad news is that there's not an obvious way out of this one for our heroes. Even after their big flashy transformation scene, a nice look into the camera shot, some individual attacks - they're toast, and the pirates are probably screwed as well.
Brulee was taken back as well, so there's no ex machina likely to happen with her - unless someone was hiding inside …
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Not a bad chapter to end the year on.
So, we've got Pudding showing more of her real nature. Some Usopp level impersonations there. She's just generally quite nasty, but I suppose if she weren't it'd be unusual. She is the daughter of a Yonko after all. And she has a cool gun that makes no sense but hey it's sweet themed so that means something.
Sanji... oh boy. I felt bad for him. That was the best depiction of heartbreak I've seen in years. Well done, Oda.
Brook seems to be faring astonishingly well against Big Mom. He's taken a hit or two and he's still standing, and he seems to have a proper plan as well. Kind of disappointed that there was no joke about him being already dead, mind.
Luffy still can't rip his arms off. I mean that's good b…Read more >
And this rounds it off. Before you ask, yes, I'm a little drunk, but I'm being sober in these blogs.
So sooner or later someone in One Piece is going to die for reals again. Might be someone like Cobra who we don't really care about any more, might be someone like Jinbe. Might even be Shanks. We don't know yet.
Don't tell anyone but I'm leaning towards the Shanks dying theory.
But here's the thing - it's a fine line between worrying about something that might happen in the distant future, and not caring at all about the future.
I've been in some dark places in my past. And just going along with life's shit as it happened didn't help me get out of them. So the third and final thing I'm going to ask you to do is the hardest one, but still just a…Read more >
This is a much more tenuous link than the first part, but bear with me: the souls affected by Big Mom are basically ghosts.
No, really. They're spirits that have been removed from their original bodies. Think about it.
But you know what? You make the most of what you have. That's a good life lesson. To quote Monty Python, always look on the bright side of life.
Try doing that. I know I've been far from a positive person at times, but I want you to go to someone who matters to you and tell them you appreciate them. It's a quick thing to do, and maybe it'll make their life just that bit brighter.
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So this is a little three parter that I thought might be nice to do.
So, ghosts of the past... well, Brook is the obvious one. Watch this and tell me you weren't sad.
And while we're on the subject of sad, let's not forget the one moment where we all cried. The first death of a crew member.
One Piece isn't just a kid's story. There's not much death, but when there is, it means something. At this time of year it's really easy to get caught up in the here and now, but try something for me.
Doesn't matter what religion, creed, race, gender, or flavour of ice cream you are. Remember someone you've lost. Might be the grandparent you never knew, might be the closes…Read more >