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    I think we also need to pay a visit to God Valley and Mariejois at some point. Also is Enel ever coming back from the moon?

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    I think One Piece will end somewhere around 1600 to 1800 chapters. We don't have much left to the story, mainly I see Elbaf being a major arc, probably some small arc (Possibly Ace's Grave), Laugh Tale, the Final War which most of it probably end up taking place in Mary Geoise, and an epilogue to show what happened to everyone after the final arc ends.

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    I can't get it out of my mind since I made my post so I'm going to need to write down what I think will happen from Wano onwards. I'll put it in a spoiler tag so people can ignore it if they want (although I'd be interested in others thoughts).

    Spoiler:

    Post Wano
    All of the Wano characters and Minks will remain at Wano while the Kidd pirates leave to do whatever (maybe go after Shanks)? Law however, wants to know the truth of the Will of D so I think he will strike a deal with Luffy. Law will go and search for the 4th poneglyph so Luffy can focus on continuing his adventure. In exchange for this though, Law wants to go with Luffy to Laugh Tale. Luffy will agree to this and we'll see Law's escapades in a cover story during Elbaf. I think everyone will find out the news from the reverie at this point but they'll only know what the newspaper reported, not the truth. The news will claim Sabo died but Luffy has Sabo's vivre card still so he knows that isn't true.

    Ace's grave
    So after Wano I think we'll have a Straw Hat focused mini-arc + Marco. They'll go with Marco to Whitebeards home to see Ace's grave. But when they arrive they find a stand-off between Weevil, who had come to find Marco and get Whitebeards fortune, and the marines who are trying to hunt Weevil down. Some vice admiral will lose the fight but after the Straw Hats arrive Luffy and Weevil will begin fighting. It will be a proper fight but it won't be treated as a big deal and by the end of it, Weevil and Luffy will have bonded.

    Garp will have been called in to deal with Weevil but as Luffy has dealt with it already, Garp and Luffy just have a family moment by Ace's grave. Here, Garp also shares with Luffy what actually happened at Reverie, both to Sabo and Vivi. I suspect Sabo has been captured while CP0 attempted to assassinate Vivi but got Cobra instead (I'm going to call that its Spandam specifically who ends up killing Cobra, just to make him more hateable) however Vivi escaped, either due to Shanks or was saved by Sai and Leo. She is with one of the two, however as far as everyone else there understands, she was kidnapped by pirates.

    Either way the arc ends with Weevil being convinced by his mother to fight again but his new friendship with Luffy calms him down and they end up leaving the island, chased by the marines. Straw Hats decide to go to Elbaf and leave Marco behind.

    Elbaf
    This arc has Big Mom as the main antagonist and wraps up her story. She'll actually be defeated here. It will also be a big arc for Usopp where we will actually get his Haki that Dressrosa hinted at confirmed. The straw hats will remeet Harjudin and if Vivi was with Sai and Leo instead of Shanks, this is where she will rejoin the Straw Hats. The arc will mainly be more lore building for the series, but there will be some kind of conflict with Loki, the giant prince first before Big Mom arrives. I'm not sure on the exact details but I think this arc will be its own self-contained story for the most part. Urogue might also play a role here, purely because I don't know where else he can be added to get a role in the story.

    Vegapunk
    This arc will be the introduction for Vegapunk, the formal introduction for Green Bull and also show us the project Vegapunk was working on to replace the Warlords. Smoker and Tashigi will return here, as will Bonney and Kuma. Before this however, we will see Sabo and the revolutionaries again when the revolutionaries perform a surprise assault on Mariejous or Marineford. We will also get to see Dragons powers here. Anyway the Vegapunk arc will be focused on Awakening Devil Fruits and the lineage factor. CP-0 reported Dragon Momo to Vegapunk and this confirmed he could clone devil fruits properly, and now they want to clone the Gum Gum Fruit to help with their gigantification experiments. I don't think Vegapunk will be a villain character but there will need to be some conflict. Maybe CP-0? Or Vegapunk tests out his new weapons on the straw hats.

    Shanks
    Law will return here and they'll have the full map to Laugh Tale. However before they can get there they'll meet Shanks. I think Luffy needs to meet Shanks before he can become Pirate King, so before Laugh Tale. Obviously, if Shanks is the one who took Vivi rather than Sai then this is where she is reintroduced. I suspect it will be a Davy Back Fight type deal at first, allowing the Straw Hats to compete in friendly matches against Shanks' crew. On the Straw Hats side, they have to bet the map of Laugh Tale however on Shanks' side - they will have captured Bartolomeo and his crew, a follow-up from them having burnt Shanks flag in that cover story. Blackbeard will show up and disrupt things here. In the end, Luffy, Law's and Bartolomeo's crew leave to head to Laugh Tale while Shanks' crew faces off against Blackbeards.

    Laugh Tale
    Finally all the secrets are revealed of the void century. The eyepatch character Oda hinted at appears and Eneru also returns in this arc as its villain (as I'm sure Laugh Tale is connected to the moon and Lunarians/Skypeians).

    All Blue / Final War
    The final arc. This arc starts with Lodestar island. I don't think Bartolomeo will have gone with them to Laugh Tale but instead has basically called a meeting of the Grand Fleet. Luffy and Law meet up with them and they come up with the plan to destroy the red line. However, the Straw Hats will keep going forward fast, looping the world so that Luffy can officially be the pirate king. From this point on its sort of a quick speed through the grand line to collect allies. While the grand fleet does this in the new world, the Straw Hats reunite Brook and Laboon, meet Dory and Brogy again, visit Drum, take Vivi back to Alabasta, etc, until they end up back at Fishman Island.

    The battle with Blackbeard takes place here and results in Fishman Island being destroyed and then eventually gets taken up to Mariejou for a confrontation with Im. There's obvious Marine conflict at some point here but it all results in the Red Line being destroyed, the government taken down and the All Blue being created. Cue epilogue.

    Final shot is Luffy giving his Straw Hat to someone and then him and the Straw Hats, now a bit older, sailing off for a new adventure.

    It's not perfect, potentially Elbaf and Vegapunk could be combined, but I think its a good outline for what to expect.

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    I really love One Piece (obviously), but I also kind of want Oda to... rest? His work is insane and I just want him to finish his last panel and be able to lay down and think: "yeah, I've created my masterpiece".
    And maybe, in the future, write other great (shorter) manga.

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    Time to say goodbye, oda said 5 years in 2017 so only 1 year left.
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    2019.

    But the sarcasm/point stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLC View Post
    I think we also need to pay a visit to God Valley and Mariejois at some point. Also is Enel ever coming back from the moon?
    Oh absolutely. He has to. And not just for "cover story characters come back most of the time", he's really important. (Rather his DF is).
    Toei made a huge blunder when they didn't adapt that cover story. Huge implications for One Piece all the way back in 2008, and when the anime-only people see it they might think it's out of nowhere.
    Croc or Enel would never.
    Wanna see the "ancient civilization destroyed" thing done really well? FFXIV did a great take on it. The bar's high for One Piece to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black-leg jex View Post
    I can't get it out of my mind since I made my post so I'm going to need to write down what I think will happen from Wano onwards. I'll put it in a spoiler tag so people can ignore it if they want (although I'd be interested in others thoughts).
    I love theorizing about headcanon and I think at least something what you thought about might very well happen in some form. Here's my view on this:

    Spoiler:

    Ace's grave
    This was so obvious that I haven't even thought about this, of course Luffy would want to go visit Ace's grave at some point. I definitely think you are right about this happening right after Wano + the Weevil stuff. Adding retired Garp to the mix is kinda too much though unless Dragon too comes with them.

    Wano
    Big Mom will actually be defeated (at least temporarily) in this arc since the big banquet can't really happen if they have one of the Yonko running after them. She might return in Elbaf as a side-villain if her crew manages to escape with her.
    The most interesting part what I think might happen is that Dragon and revolutionaries will come to Wano to fight off CP-0 from capturing Straw Hats and we will have the long awaited reunion of father and son (family seems to be a recurring theme in Wano so it would make sense) and on post Wano learn bits what happened during the reverie and we might have a mini-arc (God Valley) in our hands before Elbaf that ends with a visit to Ace's grave with Sabo and perhaps even Vivi too.

    I would love to see Law stay relevant to the story this way and take detour for the Poneglyph and make a promise to meet them at Lodestar, but it's way more likely that the final piece is safe at Elbaf or with Shanks (maybe both) and that the pirate alliance will end here.
    My theory is that Vegapunk will be introduced after the banquet as Wano's borders will open and he will come with escorts to cure Smile epidemic. I mean why would Oda not make our lovable sword otaku visit Wano?
    Vegapunk
    His own arc is definitely not happening in the sense, but he is clearly important character we will definitely see again after post Wano.

    Gold Valley
    I can see this being a mini-arc about Revolutionaries, Vivi and mainly Dragon and his motives.
    Shanks
    I suspect as much that it might go something like this, but just in Elbaf not after it.

    Elbaf
    Rather than having two arcs just for Big Mom, I think this will be mainly Shanks' arc and Blackbeard's partially since it will 100% sure to be all about honor and I really can't see it not anything less than at least 10 volume fable as it's literally GIANT island. I mean it could hold more top tier fights at once than we can imagine.
    Although I think you are probably right about Big Mom and her crew getting demolished here (as a side mission), if she is not stopped during Wano. This could earn Straw Hats the respect of giants too so the supposedly antagonist Loki would turn to their ally.
    I think Straw Hats will also fight Blackbeard Pirates for the first time here, but lose miserable and Shanks crew will fight them to their death (doesn't have to return hat this way).

    Lodestar
    My view is that this place is the literal graveyard of pirates where WG pulls all of their remaining man power against pirates that have made it this far to stop them from reaching Laugh Tale.

    Laugh Tale/Final War
    This is mostly just pure headcanon orgy from my part as the final war at Marijoa might just be side characters along with Revolutionaries to storm Tenryuubito and their allies down.
    The final war might not in a sense happen for Straw Hats aside from Robin at all unless Imu & Gorosei are actually pirates and owns the One Piece all along or that Blackbeard steals the One Piece and uses the Ancient "Weapons" to ally or subjugate Imu.
    What I agree with you tho is that Red Line will fall on the spot Laboon had been bashing for 50 years as it will be a "romantic" to have the massive unbreakable thing fall while Binks Sake is sung. I don't know how, when or why, but it will happen. I also agree that Fishman Island will be destroyed as part of the grand plan meant for Ancient "Weapons".

    It could go like this: Blackbeard follows Straw Hats to Laugh Tale or the other way around and learn the history and everything then they will have their 2nd battle (first being their complete loss at Elbaf). They will lose again, but not as hard and Blackbeard will escape with info on Ancient "Weapons" and go on with his world domination plan. However Straw Hats will now have the real history and the info on how to use the Ancient "Weapons" like intended and goes on to stop Blackbeard at the heart of WG - Marijoa with help of all their friends. End result will be that is they win and fulfill the purpose of Ancient "Weapons" and then have one helluva party.
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    30th anniversary should be ideal for the ending. So, 2027 for me.
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    Definitely feel like Oda is committed to ending the series now. I believe he said that he wouldn't be able to write everything he wanted to not so long ago too?

    Definitely feel there was supposed to be an arc revolving around the remnants of Whitebeard's crew and Weevil that has been cut for time. This is the only logical explanation to Weevil existing for what (seems) little purpose in the overall plot and Marco being forced into Wano
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber-Robin View Post
    Definitely feel there was supposed to be an arc revolving around the remnants of Whitebeard's crew and Weevil that has been cut for time. This is the only logical explanation to Weevil existing for what (seems) little purpose in the overall plot and Marco being forced into Wano
    Agreed. It's still possible that Weevil nevertheless plays a part in the future, but it does feel like something's missing in the story based on what we had previously seen. If Marco's arrival to Wano after the chat he'd had with Catviper isn't a last-minute change of plans, then it's one hell of a weird storytelling choice.
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    I say Weevil is not important.
    Ms. Bakkin is. Weevil is her weapon. And Bakkin may have a DF power and knowledge of the Rocks era.
    Blackbeard wants something before the marines get it.
    I feel Bakkin is about to get recruited, and Weevil/Bakkin are meant to be one of the matches in the endgame against one Straw Hat. That Straw Hat will have to beat a duo that defeated 16 NW pirate crews.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Deicide View Post
    I say Weevil is not important.
    Ms. Bakkin is. Weevil is her weapon. And Bakkin may have a DF power and knowledge of the Rocks era.
    Blackbeard wants something before the marines get it.
    I feel Bakkin is about to get recruited, and Weevil/Bakkin are meant to be one of the matches in the endgame against one Straw Hat. That Straw Hat will have to beat a duo that defeated 16 NW pirate crews.
    Oda already stated Weevil will end up being a "cool character" to one editor, so I'm assuming he will become an ally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Cannon View Post
    Oda already stated Weevil will end up being a "cool character" to one editor, so I'm assuming he will become an ally.
    He can have an interesting backstory while still being a villain.
    And “cool” from an author’s perspective does not need to be “a good guy”.
    I really doubt Weevil will carry his own arc, so it’s way more likely his story will be folded together with someone else’s. May be some other story, but my bet is Blackbeard.
    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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    He seems nice-ish in that little Oars jr way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    He seems nice-ish in that little Oars jr way.
    The thing is that he’s just Bakkin’s tool, and she’s a bitch.
    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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    Recents statements like this made people believe that the Wano arc will end very soon: of course, there is no time left anymore, the endgame is near.

    Marineford, Ennies Lobby, Water 7, Arabasta: Luffy and his friends had to go through real hardships here, compare now Wano: it has been surprisingly "soft".

    Moria warned Luffy: the nightmare Kaido is awaiting him in the New World. We didn't see a thing of it (the Udon plotline? A joke). I don't think this is due to fast pacing. I truly believe that Oda is preparing Wano to be the darkest arc in the series to date.

    "I Can't Imagine Losing" (Chapter 989), the lame Ice-Oni plotline, the quick defeats of the Tobi Roppo, the too optimtistic victory speeches beforehand.....

    This is fishy.

    Do you agree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goty View Post
    People expecting 1400-1500 chapters should have in mind that means another 10-13 years of manga. We have no idea if Oda has it in him to keep drawing One Piece until he's nearing 60.
    My personal feeling is that he'll try to wrap things up until 1250-1300 tops. The man clearly loves his life work but it would be perfectly understandable if he's reaching a point where he just wanna live his life.
    Why doesn’t Jump just let him have a bigger staff of assistants so he can release multiple chapters per-week then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber-Robin View Post
    Definitely feel like Oda is committed to ending the series now. I believe he said that he wouldn't be able to write everything he wanted to not so long ago too?

    Definitely feel there was supposed to be an arc revolving around the remnants of Whitebeard's crew and Weevil that has been cut for time. This is the only logical explanation to Weevil existing for what (seems) little purpose in the overall plot and Marco being forced into Wano
    Or maybe you are jumping to conclusions and are just a doom poster.

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    Yeah I got this ending around the 30th an oversary as well.

    So most ppl still sticking to that 5 year thing would be wrong. I mean it was already wrong when ppl were holding on to it a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLC View Post
    I think we also need to pay a visit to God Valley and Mariejois at some point. Also is Enel ever coming back from the moon?
    His color spread placement has him joining/allying with the crew the way I see it.
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