One Piece Chapter 979: Family Problems

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One Piece Chapter 97
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Luffy needs to learn how to control his anger. He will blow their cover. :yesyou:


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Oh man...Oda gives a bunch of important breadcrumbs in this chapter. Also, nice to be back to the stereotypical One Piece chapter with a variety of scenes across the emotional spectrum.

I'm kinda surprised the groups are completely splitting up (i.e. the Minks aren't staying together, the Yakuza bosses aren't staying together, etc.). I have to assume their teamwork is best with the people they know. Also, Law is freakin HALFWAY there already. I guess this makes sense because they have to reach Kaidou before all of the ceremonies start.

Stupid Kanjurou...good for him for not flying to the castle directly. Even if he's taking the secret passage (the closest route to the castle), that just means the Scabbards have a direct path and could catch up. This seems likely because Momo picks up the dagger. And more of the stupid Kanjurou in that he's too caught up in his own problems to hear it since Momo doesn't pick it up silently. We'll get an interesting scene of Momo taking his stand and I assume the Scabbards having the perfect time to intervene. OH...we should get Kanjurou vs. someone...too bad Kinemon isn't there. I'm forgetting their rank by seniority. Kiku might be most senior by who joined chronologically. That would be my bet on who takes on Kanjurou to let the rest go to Kaidou.

Does anyone remember if the numbers are the same for Franky's weapons? Based on the size of them, they look the same. But I guess he has technological advancements to power them up.

Poor Jinbei...he's gotta get initiated on all the craziness in the middle of a Yonkou War...but great to have some comic relief in the middle of the chapter. Best part of the chapter is Sanji's face~
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It's also been a while since the flirting between Franky and Robin, so that kinda surprised my. And of course the jealous Brook is gonna mess it up...poor Robin...Why couldn't Oda show her face for that scene...

Couldn't Oda give Jinbei something to cover his Taiou Crew mark?! Of course the symbol of the strongest Gyojin isn't recognizable in the New World...but the biggest potential breadcrumb is SOMEONE IS ALREADY SNOOPING AROUND THEM! This is the huge part. Who the hell is it? We already have everyone on the enemies partying. Luffy's alliance has already joined up with the second faction of Kouzuki loyalists...Hopefully it's the person that let Law out of the prison!

Jinbei's already foreshadowing the doom n gloom, but I'm attempting to stay positive on ALL the action coming up. Hell, even the stuff above is entertaining already.

Uh...did Jack get bigger? He's matching Kaidou...if Jack magically powered up, the alliance is even more screwed. But the Tobi Roppou are all former captains? Based on his comments, Sasaki is aiming for Kaidou's head. Per the excellent theory, Who's Who is just reeking of something planned with the smile upon hearing the opportunity to become an exec (probably needs to get closer to Kaidou).

So now we have a name for Kaidou's son: Yamato. He's obviously strong and strong willed based on Black Maria's reaction. But equally important is Kaidou's announcement. And Jack is definitely looking larger than before. Even with the angle of the scene of him, Queen, and King, they all looked around the same size. Jack is bigger than King now. But damn, Black Maria is hella tall! She's taller than Kaidou probably...

Not mentioned in the schedule is the fight between the finder of Yamato and the exec (Kaidou wants to show off his crew strength to Big Mom, which makes sense since most of these people are implied to be above Katakuri).

Best of all, the action already begins the next chapter! There is NO way Luffy doesn't respond. Nice nod to Shanks where Luffy doesn't react at all to getting covered with sticky crap. Imagine mashed potatoes mixed with sugar water. The starch from the beans makes it viscous and this is made worse by the sugar.

LOVING Oda's upgraded shading/finishing skills. So much more depth/emotional impact. I guess I'm liking this as a cliffhanger. Just looking at this response there is SOOOOOO much action coming up.

Edit: can't tag Rohan, but that's the beauty of it. Luffy not causing chaos is anti-Luffy. Plus, we have the added layer of sticking up for someone he deeply cares about. It isn't nakama level, but it's right below that. Luffy cannot overlook this.


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Everything seems to be set up for him to escape on his own, before anyone comes to his help : his calm, him observing his environment. Then, he'll be wandering, and who knows what will happen to him.

The Straw hats (minus Luffy)
I am not necessarily against including humour in this kind of situation (though I'm not a big fan of using Franky's robots in this particular case). What bothers me is rather that the Straw Hats don't seem to fit in any part of the plan. All the other members of the alliance have a clearly defined role : some are going left, some are going right, some are going foward, some are going around. What are the Straw Hats doing ? What is their objective ? Where are they going ? Are they just going to randomly walk around ? Without a proper answer to this question, I would conclude that Oda tried to isolate them in a very clumsy way, to set up a confrontation against the Tobi Roppo.
Indeed, it would seem that Yamato is following Robin and Jinbei (last pannel of the scene, I only saw him at my third), which is necessarily going to pull the Tobi Roppo towards the Straw Hats.

The Tobi Roppo
Cool part. Oda is continuing the development of the crew's inner hierarchic relationships. As expected Who's Who is the apparent strongest of the six, followed by Sasaki (but I still believe that Drake could prove stronger than them by the end of the arc). I like the hostility between both groups, with Kaido not giving a shit about these quarrels, and even fostering them.
How Black Maria called Yamato was quite ambiguous ("petit Yamato" in my French version, so "small Yamato"). She's huge so it could be referring to Yamato's size (maybe she can call any adult "small"). If she's referring to his age, I hope he's not too young.

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Don't scrw up man. Not like this.
Anyway, if both him and Kid are at the same place, hostilities could open on a 2 vs 1, with Luffy and Kidd taking a revenge on Queen (a fight tht would obviously be interrupted at some point).


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The setup is real! We’ll probably break into action VERY soon.


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seiryu wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 9:38 am
but the biggest potential breadcrumb is SOMEONE IS ALREADY SNOOPING AROUND THEM! This is the huge part. Who the hell is it? We already have everyone on the enemies partying

I'll not be a huge fan of this but maybe Yamato? He is missing. So it is possible. If Luffies crew can find/bring him to Kaido, maybe Luffy can take a shot at the All Stars tournament wise?
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Fri May 08, 2020 9:38 am
uffy not causing chaos is anti-Luffy.
I loved this. Luffy staying relativly calm, but cooking on the inside.


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Going to answer my own question with Franky's upgrades. Kurosai (the Rhino-bike) is legitimately upgraded. It is larger in all aspects. Brachio-tank is the exact same size based on Chopper not changing size.

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For me, I don't think Kanjurou is emotionally unstable to the point of not being able to chase after a child. He's still a legitimate fighter. Especially with his fruit abilities (ranged attacks). I guess it would work if there's a huge distraction like Kanjurou having to fight someone equal to his power level, but that's a Shin-uchi or possibly higher.
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What are the Straw Hats doing ? What is their objective ? Where are they going ? Are they just going to randomly walk around ? Without a proper answer to this question, I would conclude that Oda tried to isolate them in a very clumsy way, to set up a confrontation against the Tobi Roppo.
Indeed, it would seem that Yamato is following Robin and Jinbei (last pannel of the scene, I only saw him at my third), which is necessarily going to pull the Tobi Roppo towards the Straw Hats.
Isn't that great writing though? They can't just teleport to fight each other. Oh wait...there's only three options to get in: the secret passage, the left side, and the right side. The Tobi Roppou would come across the split groups. Since they are captains, they would recognize Minks (probably). Even if not the Minks, the samurai stand out so the former captains have to be observative enough to tell the people not partying and their facial differences/different race. I would have liked to see the Tobi Roppou take on Mugiwara members, but this isn't what's going to happen based on the blueprint/logistics of the island.

Also, the percentages/statistics imply that Yamato inherited the "oversized human" genes from Kaidou (especially since we got confirmation that he's a powerhouse too). The shadow is too small to be Yamato if this is the case.
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Fri May 08, 2020 10:06 am
Don't scrw up man. Not like this.
Anyway, if both him and Kid are at the same place, hostilities could open on a 2 vs 1, with Luffy and Kidd taking a revenge on Queen (a fight tht would obviously be interrupted at some point).
Per the edit of the my previous post, Luffy has to react. He goes against his morals if not. I do like the revenge aspect against Queen though. Kinda hard to imagine Kid working with Luffy and vice versa but, great action no matter what.


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Fri May 08, 2020 10:48 am
Isn't that great writing though? They can't just teleport to fight each other. Oh wait...there's only three options to get in: the secret passage, the left side, and the right side.
I would have liked very much if it had been clearly stated that they were looking for an alternative way to get in, but that is not what it looked like.

One of the SH : "Everyone has already gone"
Franky : "We're going to catch up with them in no time"
=> they were taken short, remaining behind was not something planned beforehand. I would have much preferred if them trying to snitch in by some hidden paths was clearly part of the initial plan, rather than being improvised in ten seconds and in the most random way possible.

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Per the edit of the my previous post, Luffy has to react. He goes against his morals if not.
I don't think it works in such a binary way. Right now, acting "according to his morale" would be doing the exact same error Ace did. If repeats this error, then he would have learned nothing, and would ruin the plan, and for what ? Because two random guys are insulting Okobore ?
Right now, being strong would be not to give in to his emotions.
Emotionnaly, seeing him struggle not to punch these guys would be much more intense than him immediately going like "What did you say ! Tama is my friend ! Stop insulting my friend !"


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- I love the Luffy and Zoro joke lol XD But I have a feeling Zoro will end up somewhere crucial.
- Why didn't Kanjuro draw a bird and fly to where Orochi and Kaido are? Is it because it's too far? Or is it because his state of mind affectshis drawings?
- Good to see Momo trying to do something on his own.
- But omg Jinbei in that outfit tho I can't XD
- I'm intrigued about Yamato and Kaido's important announcement related to his son. What could it be? A future captain of the Beast Pirates? Or something else?
- I'm guessing Yamato is the 'I don't give a shit' type too based on what they said. Or could it be that he gets lost easily like a certain someone?
- I super love Luffy's expression at the end.

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Fri May 08, 2020 9:38 am
Uh...did Jack get bigger?
I was wondering the same thing too. Bu it could be because of the angle too. It's from a low angle. For camera shot we call it low-angle shot, to make the subject appear more powerful. And Kaido's sitting down too. But, well, I need to see Jack and Kaido next to each other to confirm.

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Fri May 08, 2020 10:48 am
Per the edit of the my previous post, Luffy has to react. He goes against his morals if not. I do like the revenge aspect against Queen though. Kinda hard to imagine Kid working with Luffy and vice versa but, great action no matter what.
I know people say that Luffy would explode, but I get the feeling he won't. He would be mad of course, but looking at that expression, it looks like he's burning but holding it in. Perhaps he'd direct the anger towards something else, or something else might happen before he bursts out in anger.

Also, regarding morals of his character, I know that mangakas tend to stick to a character's trait. In Luffy's case, his recklessness. But in writing, there's always room for character development (this depends on the author whether he wants to make it happen or not) so yeah, things could change I think. But if Luffy is still gonna make a scene right then and there, I have nothing else to say XD


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> Is... Momo going to try and fight Kanjuro?
> Of course Luffy and Zoro have gone off on their own... looks like the alliance's cover will be blown pretty quickly, if Kidd cause trouble first. A Luffy/Zoro/Kidd teamup would be a lot of fun, though.
> Brook saving us from the shipping wars by getting on Franky's hog. Nice. That being said, Robin seemed surprisingly keen.
> There's some interesting groupings going on with the Straw Hats... I'm guessing the three groups end up getting separated. Sanji is likely protecting the weak trio (with support from Usopp/Shinobu), and Jinbe/Robin and Franky/Brook are very solid pairings.
> Somehow, despite his stellar reputation, Jinbe fits in well with this group of idiots, lol.
> Who's following the Straw Hats? Could it be...
> There's a lot of tension within Kaido's crew, and I think that could be their undoing.
> The "find my son" mission seems like a sure-fire way to have the Straw Hats meet Tobi Roppo members.
> Also, does this mean the Tobi Roppo are close to Commander level? If so, that means we have to re-evaluate the Sanji vs. Page One encounter.
> AH I think I know what Kaido's announcement is going to be. Theory coming soon.
> Luffy straight up asking one of the Beast Pirates if they've seen Kidd is, well... classic Luffy.
> That last page with Luffy reacting to the spilled soup is really well drawn - is the slowed release schedule giving Oda more time to touch up his drawings?


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