Marco Polo I think we have very different opinions on the "essence" of One Piece. I've always seen the foundation of One Piece being equality (despite the mangaka being the self-proclaimed "biggest pervert in the world"). Work hard for your dream because anyone can do it. Requiring the absolute best fruit ability (contradicted two times over in just a month or two) does not make it equal odds for everyone. Luffy is dependent on a cheat code to win. You can try to sugarcoat that all you want.
Oda gave up and made a lame, but 100% believable, means of explaining "Luffy" winning. It isn't even Luffy anymore anyway. Everyone recognizes how his haki is different.
Good thing my duolingo or whatever it's called, competition should end after one more week. So I'll have more time to actually read comments again. So I'm curious magicalmelancholy (I can't tag people with nicknames): do you still think Oda is staying true to the equality/underdog story?
That doesn't even cover the Gorosei being flat out stupid if they knew the true powers of the gomu gomu no mi. And now that pandoras box is opened, how the hell does no one else (looking at everyone with Ohara ties/knowledge) outside of the Gorosei/Roger's crew (how Shanks new the value) not seek out the gomu gomu no mi? How in the world is Shanks now MORE PROTECTIVE of it in the first chapter/episode of the series?! Shanks doesn't want to put Luffy in danger and he only has the fruit because he knows what it entails. Similarly, I don't put the weakling Who's Who to guard it. I put all of CP0 to guard it. This literally is the cheat code to overthrow the government. AND THEY KNOW IT TOO…I'm really biased to say all fans don't realize how many breadcrumbs there are. This is only the superficial stuff. The essence of One Piece is being contradicted here. This would be perfect if there's a break next week.
Wait...so now we actually might have an expansion of another Big Mom arc?! She has four children with modern technology? And this wasn't part of any of their defenses despite having advanced techology? FYI there are lasers and or something similar on two of the external tools.
WHAT THE MSLGKUWROIGWL:RGSKGSOH:GSOIGR:LKHGRS...f'ing B.S. Soooooooooooo much for the rise of the underdog/small town hero. F'ing B.S. So now ODA F'ING LIED TO US FROM THE START. Paremecia my butt. Is this something even Roger didn't know?!
I cannot wait to eventually hear about how the Japanese fans will respond to this crap. Even Oda can only go so far before the fans go crazy and ask about direct contradictions. With the Gorosei explanation, this DISCREDITS everything Luffy has done to this point. If they knew about the gomu gomu no mi, how in the WMGKL:WGOWGHK😮SGI:HG:LK did Luffy not get a higher bounty sooner? Kill him before he gets the additional power ups that comes with time. Even in freaking EAST BLUE marines saw Luffy using his gomu gomu abilities. They had TONS of intel on Luffy after Alabasta. Does Oda honestly think making the message come from the Gorosei somehow magically connects the dots? This makes them look even more stupid for even letting it get this far.
And he must really think he can cover up the implications of Oden being forced to eat a SMILE in the off screen conversation (that gets expanded on later). And if you have any gripe with this, all I have to point to is how B.S. makes things worse and Oda will only CONTINUE to do the same when it comes to explain why Oden is crying and laughing at the same time upon reading Roger died.
Maybe Pac-man DID actually figure out what the ending of One Piece is...Oda is F'ing changing everything. This seals it for me. I have no other joys left in the series. I will wait to see how bad the crash and burn gets.
Hahaha...so even the petty Kanjurou gets to have a moment to try to save face? Really?! Just more bias against women to me. Or is a "pretty lady" too good to get her hands dirty? I'd prefer that Zoro's wife killed the most hateable character to date in the series. Oda has all of his priorities wrong as far as I'm concerned...
WTF...so now we just get a B.S. answer for Gear Fifth...F' this. Oda somehow ended up where I wanted, but still managed to seemingly contradict everything in the process. Does he not realize he is taking a critical part of the very essence of One Piece with this B.S. aspect of predetermined destiny? Nah, don't work hard for your dreams because you need the absolute best of the best, of the best (maybe I'm adding something above the yami yami abilities, oh no wait, we just had freaking Zunisha's legendary, legendary zoan ability, so no my gut memory was 100% correct) ability (yami yami < zunisha's zoan < gomu gomu).
Really Oda? Nothing but a clown to me now.
AND SPEAK OF THE FREAKIN DEVIL...the "serious" action is nothing but comedic relief driven action. So what, is "Nika" going to be the winner?
And here I thought things couldn't get much worse than my F U ODA rant...I don't even have the energy for it. All I have left is to see the day this all blows up in Oda's face and he finally realizes how much he scarred his "child". Perfectly fitting that he thinks he doing things for the better of his child when it is nothing but the opposite.