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    How unbelievable. How absurd. How incredible. How utterly monstrous. Kaido truly was playing when dealing with the Akazaya Nine. Despite his immeasurable strength, he sought solace in the Samurai’s spirit only to have his yearning dashed by the inability of his opponents. DEATH was what he longed for yet the experience from twenty years ago besetting Kaido’s very soul continues to eclipse all moments arising since. What he waits for now is a challenger that can awaken the life within him and cast his heart back into motion. A heart frozen by want and entrapped by pandemonium.

    What an overpowering entity Kaido is. A distinct force that staggers any who seek to stand before him. Implausibility reckoned within mortal form.

    (I suppose the same could be said for Zoro).

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    Zoro's face was the look of someone 110% done with scavenger hunts.

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    Yeah and we all know what happens when Zoro gets pissed:

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    I just wanna know who will be saving Sanji.

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    I guess Zorro will cut down dragon Kaidou's arm and show his Shimotsuki linage to Wano people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing View Post
    I just wanna know who will be saving Sanji.
    101% Hawkins.

    Sixteen chars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monquito View Post
    101% Hawkins.

    Sixteen chars
    Something tells me he will stand on Law's path.

    Again.

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    Sooo...Does this chapter make Sanji officially a member of the Comic Relief Quatuor ? Along with Usopp, Nami and Chopper ? The way he let himself get caught certainly felt like it.

    I quite enjoyed Zoro's anger at Queen and how casually he disposed of Apoo. It is low key but speaks volumes, love this "I do not even need to break into a run to get you". I hope with that the Ice Oni plot is truly done; no more games, just regular fighting please.
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    Black Maria clearly prefers a more pacified approach over direct confrontation relative to the rest of the Beast Pirate so I wonder if Sanji can resolve the situation through non-combative means. Can Sanji once again charm an enemy into a potential ally?

    As for the other "would-be heroes" who got caught in the same trap, I would laugh if it were Bepo, Shachi and Penguin (potentially also Killer if he split off from Kid while on the third floor?). If Sanji did have to fight, him fighting alongside the Heart and Kid Pirates would certainly be exciting.

    Regarding the Beast Pirate Headliners, they really have become a joke. Not only are they weak and laughably ignorant of the strength their opponents possess but their SMILE forms are becoming more and more ridiculous. I find it increasingly challenging to take the Headliners serious when they keep taking forms like Hamlet, Fourtricks, Poker and Mizerka. Did consuming the SMILE and beating the side effect really benefit them at all? Fortunately Luffy and Jinbe were able to bypass those Beast Pirate Jokeliners waiting for them at the floor 3/4 staircase.

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    Rip sulong bepo.

    Maybe it's better this way, they would only get captured again and force law to surrender.
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    I warmed up to this chapter more after first read. It's a pretty good chapter.

    Still I can't really be so hyped about Kaido's "feat" at the end. The doublespread looks beautiful and this event fulfills a narrative purpose, but it's a little random that flame clouds can lift an island so effortlessly. I see it as a contrived (yet cool) plot device instead of a demonstration of power. It doesn't bother me though, much better than the birdcage.

    Quote Originally Posted by uniaka ikuzakas View Post
    Rip sulong bepo.

    Maybe it's better this way, they would only get captured again and force law to surrender.
    Bepo is in Onigashima already.

    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing View Post
    I just wanna know who will be saving Sanji.
    Technically, he could escape on his own. His inner fire could burn those webs.

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    I think Kaido was only able to lift the entire island with Big Mom's help. She said she had no soul power to waste on Marco, and was in a hurry to arrive at the roof. Soon after she gets there, Kaido starts his act, so I think Big Mom turned the dragon flame clouds in a homie. We will probably see the clouds with demonic faces soon.

    I also believe everything that has been happening with Sanji will come to character growth. At least, I hope so. He can light himself on fire to escape the spider web, so I hope he's able to get out of this situation on his own.
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    I figure if it's real webbing heat should do the trick to melt them away.

    Black Maria is looking more and more to be some sort of spider or spider yokai. I'd love to see the visual of Robin's many arms tangling with Maria's many arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deicide View Post
    I think Kaido was only able to lift the entire island with Big Mom's help. She said she had no soul power to waste on Marco, and was in a hurry to arrive at the roof. Soon after she gets there, Kaido starts his act, so I think Big Mom turned the dragon flame clouds in a homie. We will probably see the clouds with demonic faces soon.

    I also believe everything that has been happening with Sanji will come to character growth. At least, I hope so. He can light himself on fire to escape the spider web, so I hope he's able to get out of this situation on his own.
    No. It's clearly all Kaido. Yamato said as much and wasn't at all surprised by what he was doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightningAce View Post
    No. It's clearly all Kaido. Yamato said as much and wasn't at all surprised by what he was doing.
    All Yamato said is that dragons fly by flame clouds and Kaido was using them to lift the island.
    That doesn't exclude Big Mom making the flame clouds work on their own.
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    Zoro was on top of his game this chapter, finally somebody gets the fact that this is not a kids playground but an actual Emperor fortress.

    Then there´s that tool waste of a character, I really like him (more than Zoro) but holy hell this is too much for me, damnit.
    What´s the point of his level of Observation detection if he can´t read the situation properly and jumps straight into a death trap? He´d be dead in 3 seconds without plot armor. I know this is super weak reasoning but no idea what to say.
    This was really the only thing I wished wouldn´t happen during this arc after her introduction. I mean she´s way too hot even by OP hot enemy female standards, honestly what did I expect...
    Would be nice if somebody took Robin and teleported her (Law) or dropped her off (pineapple head) ASAP to where Sanji lies tied up, proclaiming his love for an enemy officer in the biggest pirate war he´s ever participated in.
    Thanks in advance.

    By the way, did the underlings imply they caught others before? Probably another loser...maybe Penguin?

    I didn´t want to see Apoo get much screen time on the island and Zoro finally cut him properly (hope he´s out cold for the foreseeable future), so this was as added bonus to Zoro being a beast.

    Don´t get me wrong, everything else but the Sanji portion was great.

    I feel like I´m repeating myself, but Queen is such a brilliant character, no Beast Pirate comes even close to him.
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    Ugh, Sanji, Sanji, Sanji. I want to hope we're not about to get another Kalifa situation, but this first scene was not promising. There's a spot of hope if Oda wants to turn the idea of him throwing away his pride to use the Raid Suit into a theme. At the very least, bring back smart, Mr Prince Sanji and have him think up a way to handle Black Maria without physically hitting her rather than just throwing the fight.

    Zoro's moment was pretty damn cool and drawn fantastically, but I am looking forward to him being put more of a struggle at some point in the future.

    The ice oni plot seems to be under wraps surprisingly quick. Will there be something else happening to delay the vaccine distribution. Chopper in his samurai gear and face half iced over is the coolest he's looked in literal years and it would be great to see him trying different forms and being forced to fight in that state.

    Zoro seems to have cut the balcony railing at the crucifixion mount in his warning shot at Queen. Just some more battle damage to watch out for the continuity of.

    The falling of Okiku's arm is the first acknowledgment from Oda that the other side of the hole in the ceiling actually exists on the roof. Good to know it's not completely a one-way opening. And lucky for Kiku (in relative terms anyway) that does appear to be her left arm. Imagine how dark it would have been if an arm fell and it wasn't the same one we saw get blasted off earlier.

    And then Onigashima lifts up in an absolutely jaw-dropping panel. It was an easy guess that Kaido at least would go back to the mainland, but I figured it would be to burn the capital in dragon form, Smaug-style. At least we don't have to worry about how everyone else catches up with him this way. Hopefully this means we'll finally get to see the top of Mount Fuji. In fact, I wouldn't be shocked if this moving island situation finally ends with Onigashima either balanced precariously on top of it or impaled on the mountain in the way of Shandora on the beanstalk. I'll be interested to see what happens to the citizens when Kaido arrives. I don't want them to be all talk about their newly-revealed secret hatred of him. Hopefully the fact that they're flying Oden-shaped balloons will make it impossible to hide and force them into a fight or die situation.

    I love that we can see the flames spiraling back to Kaido as their source in the final panels. Who is he talking to though? The fallen Scabbards? Their final survivor? The mystery guest from Decks of the World that Marco brought?

    Some people have said that Kaido being able to produce flames in human form is evidence that he's an actual dragon, but I'm just not seeing it. Making flames is just something some people can do in One Piece's world. Luffy, Sanji and Kinemon all have totally devil fruit-unreleated fire moves. It can't even be that high level of a thing if Pearl could do it back at the Baratie. Luffy himself is able to make a not-dissimilar-looking lingering wreath of flame to wear for Snakeman, though it obviously doesn't lift him up (and the anime decided to just have it be steam for whatever reason). So colour me unconvinced on that one. I remain in came World Government genetic experiment Kaido.

    Really fun chapter overall, even if that one plot thread is going a direction I'm not a big fan of. Some incredible artistic highlights in Zoro's moment and the final spread, not to mention more inspired Gifter designs through the middle. The anticipation for chapter 1000 is starting to get painful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubtro View Post
    Zoro was on top of his game this chapter, finally somebody gets the fact that this is not a kids playground but an actual Emperor fortress.

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    I feel like I´m repeating myself, but Queen is such a brilliant character, no Beast Pirate comes even close to him.
    But nobody is acting like this is a kids' playground other than Queen himself.

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