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    Another scattered chapter, but what was there was mostly great.
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    This translation does seem to imply Orochi at the end.

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    Also, look, Oda is giving us mini-maps for us to follow where everybody is now.

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    Once they descend into the tunnels, Yamato tells Momo he absolutely needs to survive because he will be the one responsible for bringing the light of the New Dawn to the world. And I thought this was really interesting. All signs point toward the New Dawn being a metaphor for the restoration of the world after One Piece is discovered and the true history revealed – an event following the final conflict of the series.

    Pedro previously expressed his belief that the Straw Hat Pirates will be the ones responsible for bringing the Dawn to the world - a belief he imparted to Carrot before he gave his life to help them escape.

    It’s clear Momonosuke has an important role to play in the central narrative, beyond serving as Wano’s future shogun. I’m not sure yet what to make of Yamato’s belief that Momo is the one who will be responsible for the light of the New Dawn. I can only assume that she means he, like Shirahoshi, will play an essential role in fulfilling this prophecy rather than serve as the person primarily responsible.

    I have said in past reviews that I strongly believe Carrot is likely to join the Straw Hat Pirates, but I think we see here a viable alternative path. It seemed unlikely Carrot would enter the story to play such a prominent role, only to fade back into obscurity on Zou.

    On Whole Cake Island, Pedro’s dying words lead Carrot to believe that the Straw Hats survival is critical to bringing the light of the New Dawn – a prophecy which the Minks and the Kozuki have held for centuries.

    In the previous chapter, we saw that Carrot was still contemplating the meaning of this prophecy. I still believe that understanding the meaning of the New Dawn can only be achieved by learning the True History of the world on Laugh Tale. As such, I’m still on the side of Carrot joining the Straw Hats and sailing with them to the end of the Grand Line with the dream of understanding the New Dawn and fulfilling Pedro’s will.

    But Yamato here provides an alternative – she says Momo, not Luffy, will be responsible for bringing the New Dawn to the world. If Yamato tells Carrot that Momo is the one meant to bring the New Dawn, Pedro’s words may resonate with her, leading her to believe that protecting Momo is the means by which Pedro’s will to see the New Dawn realized will be fulfilled. This would mean Carrot and Wanda may act as analogues to Nekomamushi and Inuarushi – playing the role of retainer to Shogun Momonosuke, protecting him until the endgame of the series.

    As I said, I’m still of the belief that Yamato’s declaration here is only part of the truth – that Luffy will play a much bigger role in fulfilling the prophecy by actually discovering One Piece and the True History on Laugh Tale, but that remains to be seen.

    As such, I still think it’s likely Carrot will join the Straw Hats, but we have here the first sign that serving Momo may be a viable narrative alternative. Tama, Carrot, Wanda, and Yamato … maybe even Hiyori may be Momo’s protectors until the Straw Hats are ready to lead the charge in the final war.

    I talked at length about the potential meaning of the New Dawn as well as the importance of sun & moon, day & night symbolism throughout the series in a recent video:

    Moon Symbolism: The Mystery of One Piece



    I have been wondering where Law and Kid have been for the past several chapters. Both invaded Kaido’s castle, but we hadn’t received any updates on their exact whereabouts for a while. This leads to what is in my opinion the most interesting scene this chapter in which we learn Law’s present location.

    We finally learn this chapter that Law has been descending through Kaido’s castle to the lower levels. He’s now in the second basement where a Poneglyph is hidden, but to Law’s surprise, it’s not a red Road Poneglyph. I’m really happy to see that Law is seeking out the Road Poneglyph for himself.

    Though he has served as an ally for the past 350 chapters, Law is still ultimately a rival pirate captain to Luffy. It’s easy to forget given the current story saga has lasted for nearly a decade. I have been wondering for a while whether Law’s presence in the Whale Tree would have any narrative ramifications.

    One of my concerns about the story beyond Wano was that the Straw Hats would have what appears to be an insurmountable lead in the race to find One Piece. We learned on Zou that the four Road Poneglyphs are needed to reach Laugh Tale. At the same time, we also learned that following the log pose to the end of the Grand Line leads to a place where Roger first learned about the importance of the ancient writings.

    I talked about this in more depth in a recent video about the mystery surrounding Lodestar Island. In Chapter 966, Roger says he was the first to reach this place known as Lodestar Island. What this means is that the importance of the Road Poneglyphs is not commonly known.

    Until they arrived on Zou, the Straw Hats themselves were completely unaware of this critical piece of information. The Emperors seem to be aware as Kaido and Big Mom both guard one of the four. A third is hidden on Zou, an island which is nearly impossible to reach and the fourth was moved from Fishman Island to an unknown location sometime in the past 25 years.

    The fact that the importance of the Road Poneglyphs is not common knowledge and that they are guarded by the world’s most powerful pirates makes reaching One Piece an immensely difficult task. To complicate things further, there is only one person in the One Piece world known presently to possess the ability to decipher the Poneglyphs.

    The Straw Hats already possess transcriptions of two of the four with a third in their sights on Wano. Robin is the only person in the world with the ability to read them. Recently Big Mom and Kaido’s declared intent to pursue One Piece in a sense rang hollow because, as far as we’re aware, they lack the means to decipher the Poneglyphs. By giving the Straw Hats such an overwhelming advantage, any tension in the race to find the last Road Poneglyph and reach Laugh Tale would be lacking.

    I imagine Oda has already devised a solution for this issue. We know Big Mom at least has some sort of plan revolving around Pudding. But what about the other members of the Worst Generation?

    Law and Kid have been framed as rivals to the Straw Hats, but so far, Oda hasn’t established them as any real threat to their ability to reach Laugh Tale. While I do believe Law will ultimately be an ally to Luffy through the final conflict of the series, I’m personally hoping he’ll be a serious rival in the last leg of the voyage leading to Laugh Tale and this chapter seems like a step in that direction. Law promised he would not betray Luffy before the alliance fulfills its intended purpose to take down Kaido – and I believe he will keep his word.

    But I’m happy to see Law still has ambition of his own – that he has his own motive for discovering One Piece.

    We see a flashback to a conversation between Robin and Law which likely took place on Wano shortly after their arrival as both are still in their ordinary clothes. This would have taken place around the same time Luffy, Namji, Chopper, Brook, Pedro, and Carrot were on route to Whole Cake Island.

    Law told Robin that he carries the name D. in hope she could explain its meaning. Robin says that Luffy doesn’t care, but she too is very interested in learning about the will of D. We saw Law ask this same question of Sengoku at the end of Dressrosa.

    Law’s motive in Dressrosa was to avenge Rocinante’s death by bringing Kaido’s wrath down on Doflamingo. He really didn’t care if he died in the process. In a sense, he recruited Luffy with a false pretense as he never really expected to live to face Kaido on Wano.

    Now that he survived, he’s seeing though the commitment he made to Luffy to take down Kaido, but after learning about the Road Poneglyphs on Zou, it seems he has renewed interested in discovering One Piece for himself and learning the history of the D. Clan, which Law refers to as a cursed legacy.

    What remains unclear is exactly how Law intends to decipher the Road Poneglyphs. On Zou, the idea that Robin’s ability to read the Poneglyphs may make her a target, which lends to the idea someone with nefarious purpose like Blackbeard will try to abduct her and force her to lead the way to Laugh Tale. But what if Law abducts Robin?

    I don’t think it’s very likely, but it’s an interesting notion to consider. Personally, I don’t love the idea that Robin would be targeted again after the CP9 saga. It was nice to see Law say he trusts Robin enough to tell her his full name. Robin is the most level headed member of the Straw Hats so it makes sense Law would consider her the one with whom he could confide his secret.

    The location of the Road Poneglyph on Wano remains a mystery. In chapter 934, Brook said he found a Poneglyph in an odd room below Orochi’s castle in the flower capital, but that it too was not of the Road Poneglyph variety. Robin assumes that the Road Poneglyph must be on Onigashima, but this chapter we find out the one in the basement of Kaido’s castle is also not the one she’s looking for. I can’t say the exact reason why, but I feel like it’s a strong possibility the Road Poneglyph is located atop Fujiyama. It would be an incredibly difficult place for most people to reach given the steep slope of the mountain, but easily accessible for Kaido in dragon form.
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    Oh right early release this week =P

    I'll just repeat what I said in the preview

    Meh chapter, some advancement but mostly everything still running around. I am curious about that Polygylph though,

    Why do I get the feeling Oda's holding off on the battles until the 1000th chapter? Not that things aren't progressing, just I'm noticing a pattern here. Battles being broken off or hitting setbacks. Neither side seeming to gain much ground or folks just trying to get to certain areas. Like he's drip-feeding us some bits of the climax before he goes full boar once he hits the milestone.

    Not complaining, I just find that amusing.
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    I was told by multiple people that the events were clearly pointing toward an easy victory by the Scabbards over Kaido. What on earth happened? It is quite a twist from Oda to see this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by King Cannon View Post
    This translation does seem to imply Orochi at the end.
    Orochi hype!

    But would it really be in character for him to hang out with prostitutes (?) instead of, I don't know, run away?
    Or maybe he doesn't even realize that Kaido betrayed him since Kanjuro is dead and he beheaded an Orochi-Ink Clone? Yeah, that must be it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Retro View Post
    Why do I get the feeling Oda's holding off on the battles until the 1000th chapter? Not that things aren't progressing, just I'm noticing a pattern here. Battles being broken off or hitting setbacks. Neither side seeming to gain much ground or folks just trying to get to certain areas. Like he's drip-feeding us some bits of the climax before he goes full boar once he hits the milestone.

    Not complaining, I just find that amusing.
    Since the arc started we had several characters comment just how important it is to conserve strength until the final encounters. Sometimes completely out of character, like even Zoro acknowledged that they should avoid getting carelessly injured. We never had such a focus on that aspect of battle, like even now the protagonists are twisting their arms just to get Luffy to Kaido in good shape, while Kaido tells his top commander he should regenerate to fight again later.
    That's why it seems like all of the Straw Hats will be severely injured once their real battle starts - against enemies that are either completely fine or also worn out (but also waving that Ancient Zoan stamina in their face). And we're almost there, just need to get Sanji beat up by B-Maria, Jinbe by Big Mom, Franky by Sasaki, Brook maybe by a partially transformed Ice-Oni Chopper (that would be hardcore...but he's the only one who can touch him) and Robin... well let's just hope for the best when it comes to Robin. Like really, let's all hold hands and pray for her. Light a candle and stuff.

    I think the milestone is obviously the reason why Oda is on such a offpanel spree, but the stuff that happens at the moment seems intentional, not just content to pad until 1000.


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    I vote for Orochi, or should I say a new Orochi Personality??

    Anyways, a pretty good chapter. Banking on Yamato being a white tiger and I'm riding this Yamato train haha.

    Law finding a new motivation is great to see.

    Big Mom about to ruin the Scabbards already crappy day, great!
    Here’s how Naruto should end: Last panel is Naruto standing proudly over Konohagakure. Slowly zoom out to reveal Luffy staring into a snowglobe with a miniature Konoha inside it. Usopp asks him what he’s doing. Luffy replies “Thinkin’ bout ninjas! Ninjas are cool!” and then chucks it off the ship

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    so sanji vs orochi???? wtf

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    That's certainly King. Can't imagine anyone else


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    Really AWESOME chapter. Everything on point.

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    Tama acts like a veteran, wow. By the time she becomes an adult, she´ll be the mightiest Wano samurai. Momo has a looot of growing up to do to be worthy of her.
    Franky running to where Sasaki is was predicted, that´ll be a fitting duel.
    Law and Kid finally appeared, they didn´t do anything worthwhile, but at least now all the important named characters made their move.
    Big Mom flying straight to the roof surprised me a bit, this´ll get interesting.
    Kaido proceeds with the beat down, cool thing Denjiro managed to get a stab in, unfortunately we only got a few panels of that fight...
    Hell no, Sanji hears Black Maria...this cannot end well, or was it someone else? My only wish was for him not to bump into her on the island, she´s his biggest weakness on the island.
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    I got the feeling that Sasaki is going to break Franky's wapometal..

    I'm also feeling confident that Luffy and Kidd are going to repeat the double punch of Shabaody, but greater.

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    It’s clear Momonosuke has an important role to play in the central narrative, beyond serving as Wano’s future shogun. I’m not sure yet what to make of Yamato’s belief that Momo is the one who will be responsible for the light of the New Dawn. I can only assume that she means he, like Shirahoshi, will play an essential role in fulfilling this prophecy rather than serve as the person primarily responsible.
    I don't think Yamato is recognizing Momo as an ancient weapon, instead, taking into acount that one time Oden said he needed a second chance because it was soo much important that he lived, its because 'The Legitimate Shogun of Wano' plays a huge role in the endgame, and Yamato knows that from the journal, and well, Momo is that person right now, so it wasn't a big mystery to figure out.

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    By the way, just for the record:

    This came out of a Scabbard when Kaido started T-bagging them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joy Boy View Post
    That's certainly King. Can't imagine anyone else
    I actually like this option.

    Sanji mut save Carrot and Wanda from Peros, but is too far away atm, King is capable of sending Sanji flying outta universe, so it clicks.

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    Did the official translation just close the possibility of being Ivakov's voice at the end?

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    On Yamato's start of transformation, in page 6, doesn't it look to you guys that he started growing the same sharp teeth as Sasaki when she saw them reflected in his sword? In fact, it's like they're growing upside down, as in a reflection. That would be a very interesting development, I think.

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    It is not okama I guess. May be someone is trying to lure Sanji with lewd talks. Orochi would be wired as hell. Chasing skirts after getting betrayed by Kaido.
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    Is Yamato doing a flying Kanabo attack? I think this is the first time we saw a non-sword weapon flying attack, or am i missing one?

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