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    Volume 99 will release on June 04th !!


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    So, my predictions:

    Title: Four Emperors vs New Generation
    Chapters: 995-1,004 (starts with Tama appearing, ends with the Gifter Revolution)
    Cover: Homage to the battle on the roof.
    Wano predictions: There will be 5 acts; All Straw Hats will get fights, some in Act 4; Big Mom Pirates will arrive; Carrot will have her moment, but won't join; Yamato will be a Kouzuki samurai and Wano's Guardian; Shanks will visit Luffy in Act 5; Next arc is Mary Geoise.

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    4th of June...? That's so far away for a volume that it's already done!!!

    I also think that 0995-1004 is the way to go!

    Title: Battle of Monsters on Onigashima
    Cover: New Generation up front, with the Yonkou on their back (like Oda did at least 3 times in a row during the volume lol)

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    I’m also thinking 995-1004. That Tama intro is just a perfect ending chapter.

    Title: Strawhat Luffy
    The volume should give a nod to chapter 1000 in some way by sharing the same name.

    Image: Luffy front and center, Zoro and Law to his right, Kid and Killer to his left. Yamato and Ace or Momo bottom-center, smaller image. Kaido and Big Mom top-center.
    Reflects Luffy’s and Yamato’s importance in this chunk of chapters, and highlights the conflict happening for most of the chapters. Oda and his editors probably won't want to bypass an important Ace reference so he should be on the cover in some way.

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    This is it. This is the villains cover. I can feel it.


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    Gosh, now I wonder how VIZ will handle that already unwieldy number in the corner when they hit 100.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Shift View Post
    Gosh, now I wonder how VIZ will handle that already unwieldy number in the corner when they hit 100.
    I'm dreading this lol. I really can't stand how large and obstructive the numbers are on the volumes and it almost seems like it has gotten worse. Choosing a non-neutral color scheme for the Wano logo has resulted in two volume covers (92 and 97) changing color for their English release as well, which I also don't like.

    My hope is that hitting 3 digits makes the number too large and they decide to scrap the format, but I know that's not gonna happen. They'll probably keep the format and slightly reduce the font of the numbers to fit 3 digits in the little semi-circle. Still, I hate it and wish they would have simply changed the style when the speed-up happened back in 2010. They were already reprinting the first 23 volumes with the new 'arc label' format (which, I'll be honest, I never really cared for, especially because it resulted in some really weird choices like volume 32 falling into 'Water Seven' and volume 50 falling into 'Sabaody'). They should have gone all the way and dropped the huge numbers. It's honestly a shame because around that time is when Viz stared matching the visual style of the Japanese volumes for new releases like Bakuman. Now, here's very little difference in the cover design between Japanese and English volumes for most currently published series like My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Jujutsu Kaisen, Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer, Spy x Family, etc.
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    Really hoping that the cover isn't just Kaido, Big Mom, and the Rooftop 5. I wouldn't mind a villain cover with all 3 Calamities and the Tobiroppo, but we already had a colored cover page with them on it a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Fiction View Post
    This is it. This is the villains cover. I can feel it.
    It's possible, but I still think it'll be 101.

    Volume 21 - Villains (Baroque Works)
    Volume 22 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 23 - Final volume of Alabasta

    Volume 42 - Villains (CP9)
    Volume 43 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 44 - Luffy vs. Lucci (Final volume of the action in the CP9 saga)
    Volume 45 - Cool Down / Falling action; final volume of Water Seven / Enies Lobby

    Volume 77 - Villains (Donquixote Family)
    Volume 78 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 79 - Luffy vs. Doffy (Final volume of the action in the Dressrosa arc)
    Volume 80 - Cool Down / Falling action; final volume of Dressrosa

    Volume 87 - Villains (Charlotte Family)
    Volume 88 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 89 - Luffy vs. Katakuri (Final volume of the action on Whole Cake Island)
    Volume 90 - Cool Down / Falling action; Reverie (technically an arc split)

    The trend seems to be, about 20 chapters or 2 volumes of story remaining after the pair of hero / villain volumes.

    If volume 99 is the villains cover and volume 100 is the heroes cover, we could expect Wano to end around volume 102; Assuming 99 ends around 1004 and 100 around 1014 / 1015, we'd expect the entire arc to end around 1035. I suppose it's possible, but given the current status of the battle, it seems hard to imagine everything, including the cool down, will be complete in 20 - 30 chapters.

    That said, I think there's very little chance the villains will be on the cover of volume 100. So if the 'villains' cover isn't 99, it's probably 101, putting the end of the arc around volume 104.

    In that sense, I think volume 99's cover will be very telling as far as how close we are to the end of the arc. I may be reading a bit too much into this; Oda's not restricted to a certain number of chapters / volumes after the pair of hero / villain covers. They were closer to the end of Alabasta than Water Seven / Enies Lobby, Dressrosa, or Whole Cake Island, so maybe this time, the 'pattern' will be broken and there will be 3 - 4 volumes worth of chapters remaining after the hero / villain set of covers.

    I do think having the Straw Hats on the cover of volume 100 would be ideal, so the Beast Pirates cover for 99 would make a lot of sense.


    Chapters: 995 - 1004
    Title: 'Straw Hat Luffy' or 'New Generation vs. Four Emperors'

    If it's the 'villains' cover:
    Kaido and Big Mom in the background, Tobi Roppo, Calamities... maybe Perospero in the foreground; This sounds really similar to the cover of chapter 1006 however, which will almost certainly fall in volume 100. This is another reason I personally lean toward volume 101 as the 'villains' cover.

    Otherwise, I think the focus will be on the rooftop battle - Kaido, Big Mom, Luffy, Law, Kid, Killer, and Zoro; Maybe Ace and Yamato in the background in monochrome.

    If this isn't the villains cover, it does make me really wonder what Oda's planning for the cover of volume 100. Volume 50 was the only one, as far as I'm aware, with the logo in a different location. For that cover, Oda actually returned to just Luffy, Nami, Zoro (and Brook) as a sort of homage to volume 1; I could see volume 100 focusing on that trio of characters. But I'm really jumping way ahead here.
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    I hope it's the villain only cover!!!

    Although we kind of got that already as a color spread


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    Maybe we can get their beast forms this time around.

    Or better yet, have their human forms on the jacket, but have their beast forms on the inner cover.


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    I immediately thought "It's gotta end at 1007, right?" Then I looked up where the last volume left off and, yeah, that ain't happening. Probably "Four Emperors vs. New Generation" or "Battle of Monsters on Onigashima" will be the title, though "Island of the Strongest" would be pretty cool too. And I could definitely see this being a villains cover, as Volume 100 just screams big hero cover.


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    Quote Originally Posted by All Fiction View Post
    This is it. This is the villains cover. I can feel it.
    Unlikely unless chapter 1005 is included (only chapter Jack appears).

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    The problem for the villans cover is that they, the Beast pirates, had much less proeminence in this volume than i initially thought. Also, i personally would prefer if the volume didn't end with that silhouette in chapter 1004.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vongola_Boss_XI View Post
    It's possible, but I still think it'll be 101.

    Volume 21 - Villains (Baroque Works)
    Volume 22 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 23 - Final volume of Alabasta

    Volume 42 - Villains (CP9)
    Volume 43 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 44 - Luffy vs. Lucci (Final volume of the action in the CP9 saga)
    Volume 45 - Cool Down / Falling action; final volume of Water Seven / Enies Lobby

    Volume 77 - Villains (Donquixote Family)
    Volume 78 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 79 - Luffy vs. Doffy (Final volume of the action in the Dressrosa arc)
    Volume 80 - Cool Down / Falling action; final volume of Dressrosa

    Volume 87 - Villains (Charlotte Family)
    Volume 88 - Heroes (Straw Hats)
    Volume 89 - Luffy vs. Katakuri (Final volume of the action on Whole Cake Island)
    Volume 90 - Cool Down / Falling action; Reverie (technically an arc split)

    The trend seems to be, about 20 chapters or 2 volumes of story remaining after the pair of hero / villain volumes.
    Technically the last volume of Alabasta was vol. 24 which had a Jaya cover so possibly Wano just like Alabasta and WCI can be finished mostly in 103 (including the cool down) with only the very first few chapters of vol. 104 featuring the arc.

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    About villain cover x heroes cover

    Volume 99 has chapter 1000, which makes it a nice volume for a strawhats cover. Buuuuut volume 100 has the nice round number, so that could also be the heroes cover. Either way, it would make sense for a cover featuring the heroes.

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    Killer finally gets his second cover? Put Luffy and the other fodder captains in the back. Have Killer and Zoro in the front vs Big Mom and Kaido.

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    Safe title money is on "Emperors VS New Generation" or "Battle of Monsters on Onigashima" for the title. I'm maybe leaning toward the latter. Chapters 995 to 1004, just like everyone else is saying.

    I'm going all in on the villains cover bet. I don't care if it fits the pattern of it happening X number of volumes before the end of the arc or not, this feels like the right place. It's going to have Big Mom on there to properly emphasise the rooftop battle, and so it won't be a straight rehash of the chapter 1006 colour spread. And I want them facing to the right so it can link up the volume 100 heroes cover like the Baroque Works ones did. But that last one's more of a hope than a prediction.

    It's a shame they decided to go with a four month gap even though the volume's already finished. That puts volume 100 at least back to September and basically rules out volume 101 from counting for this year, even if it comes out in December. Sales don't make all that much of a difference to me as a reader, but the people up top have to know they're kneecapping themselves only putting out three volumes a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vongola_Boss_XI View Post
    I'm dreading this lol. I really can't stand how large and obstructive the numbers are on the volumes and it almost seems like it has gotten worse. Choosing a non-neutral color scheme for the Wano logo has resulted in two volume covers (92 and 97) changing color for their English release as well, which I also don't like.

    My hope is that hitting 3 digits makes the number too large and they decide to scrap the format, but I know that's not gonna happen. They'll probably keep the format and slightly reduce the font of the numbers to fit 3 digits in the little semi-circle. Still, I hate it and wish they would have simply changed the style when the speed-up happened back in 2010. They were already reprinting the first 23 volumes with the new 'arc label' format (which, I'll be honest, I never really cared for, especially because it resulted in some really weird choices like volume 32 falling into 'Water Seven' and volume 50 falling into 'Sabaody'). They should have gone all the way and dropped the huge numbers. It's honestly a shame because around that time is when Viz stared matching the visual style of the Japanese volumes for new releases like Bakuman. Now, here's very little difference in the cover design between Japanese and English volumes for most currently published series like My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Jujutsu Kaisen, Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer, Spy x Family, etc.
    I don't recall if you would have seen this in the Viz thread, but I think the arc label idea could have had potential if it was done in a way more in-line with community expectations. Example:
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    But you're right that as good as finally changing the logo for Wano is, they're hamstrung not knowing what colours they'll have to deal with in future volumes when they decide these things.

    It's really just one of the many things in the official release that's an unfortunate holdover from a different era, one of those ones I'd love to see how they'd handle if they were approaching the series from scratch today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nouryoku View Post
    Technically the last volume of Alabasta was vol. 24 which had a Jaya cover so possibly Wano just like Alabasta and WCI can be finished mostly in 103 (including the cool down) with only the very first few chapters of vol. 104 featuring the arc.
    Volume 24 had literally one chapter of Alabasta in it. Maybe two, depending on how you want to handle the vague divide that seems to fall in the middle of Robin's intro. Maybe it's just my thinking to round to the nearest complete volume, but I definitely wouldn't count vol 24 as part of the arc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain M View Post
    Volume 24 had literally one chapter of Alabasta in it. Maybe two, depending on how you want to handle the vague divide that seems to fall in the middle of Robin's intro. Maybe it's just my thinking to round to the nearest complete volume, but I definitely wouldn't count vol 24 as part of the arc.
    I know, what i tried to say was that the volume with the "final action cover" (assuming it would be vol. 103) could finish most of the arc lefting very few remaning chapters to the folowing volume just like happaned in Alabasta and WCI. Thats more like my wishfull thiking tho since i don't want this arc to go even longer. Dressrosa, for instance, still dominated its last volume.
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    This will have chapter 1000 included so it will definitely be focused on the rooftop battle.

    At the front will be the five supernova looking towards the reader (Law, Zoro, Luffy, Killer Kid) and then behind them, also looking at the reader will be Big Mom and Kaidou, showing the stand-off they have in chapter 1000.

    Volume 100 will either be the villain cover or a Straw Hat cover considering it's a milestone (if it is the latter then the villain cover is 101).

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    Maybe the villains cover will come in the volume that features the foreseen Rocks flashback.

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