And by a hint of things going further, I mean it doesn't have to be shown him kissing a woman or waking up in bed with one. It can be done discretely, like how NICS has handled Tim McGee having several girlfriends when Tony DiNozzo (SP may be off) is the one that flirts big time like Sanji does (but at least we get to see Tony with a few girls!). With McGee, its rarely a 'in your face' reveal like "This is my girlfriend/lover". I remember one scene where its shown he had a girl over for the night by simply having her walk out of his bedroom in the background(moving one side of the screen to the other) as he was on the phone with one of his teammates (forgot what ep that was). That was it, she didn't say anything, Tim didn't say anything so the person on the phone didn't know and Tony was convinced for a while that Tim was a virgin.
If Oda can show a guy pissing off a pier, then he could show something as subtle as Sanji walks out of a hotel room, gets into an argument with Zoro, while in the background, there is a girl sliding out of the same room as Sanji and then out of the panel. That is all that would be needed to settle that "Is Sanji a virgin or not?" question.
That's true, simple visual clues add up. Franky getting his balls crushed was one. I don't think Oda will add that scene in his manga, but if he does I'd like one. A girl walking out of a room someone stayed in is pretty conclusive except when the characters deny it. However, does this mean something then, because the fandoms see it as visual clues (romance-wise):
For Luffy wrapping, I don't think it's anything romantic. It's just Nami's close enough with Luffy to permit him to do that. As for Zoro saving Robin (and this is the cornerstone for the Zorobin shipping), Zoro's just doing his duty, the same in Fishman Island. Franky getting his balls crushed is pretty conclusive to me since there's no way you'd touch someone's balls without knowing them intimately or something.
For Sanji, there's not one conclusive scene yet. People take the Whiskey Peak thing as the bounty hunters putting on an act, while the nosebleeds don't help much. That's why it's so hard to prove that he's not a virgin when there's a severe lack of evidence to prove it.
It's also part of why I ship Frobin, with the visual clues. Aside from the ball grabbing thing, the lap pillow and the Film Z carrying is like, a sure sign on a relationship in a no-romance manga like One Piece. Staring scenes don't do much for me, sadly.
I haven't read JUMP since YYH had finished its run. Would that be Naruto or Bleach? I haven't read Naruto in years….last was around time Jiya...(however you spell that perverted first Toad sage that was Naruto's teacher) died and a bit of Pein, enough to know Hinata admitted that she loved Naruto in front of him though she was talking to someone else but I got annoyed when it didnt' show Naruto reacting/talking to her about it, I gave up all together.
I never bothered with Bleach or other titles in Jump.
It's Gintama. To all the Gintama-fans, don't worry, I love Gintama too. My favorite characters are almost everyone. You cannot deny though, that the main cast is pretty much made out of Gary Stus and Mary Sues.
I'm a bit torn over which pairing I like. IF it wasn't for Oda saying that he isn't focusing on romance, I would think he was angling for a love triangle between Kaya/Usopp/Nami, :wub: but I know he's not!
In every scene we see Kaya we see her fondness for Usopp. Ironically, we haven't seen any clue of Usopp->Kaya since the timeskip. First thing I would point out is the timing, in the manga, only a few days has passed since they reunited. Second, while we don't see Usopp talking about her, back in the Skypeia arc we got a scene of Usopp & Sanji talking and it was revealed that Usopp has talked a lot about Kaya. So its possible that while we don't see it, Usopp has talked /mentioned Kaya behind the scenes.
But still we get some blatant UsoNa moments shoved in our faces since the timeskip. Enough for me to make a joke about it=
The Lucky Bastard Theory
So you were the one who made that pic! It's really famous!
I'd be fine with it if it turned out that Nami had some one-sided crush on Usopp, except that Usopp's talked about Kaya on Skypeia so that pretty much puts her out of the running. It's funny how that turns out, when the 2 most ugly people in-verse (in the Strawhats) are the ones who get the girls.
I think Shirahoshi has a crush on Luffy too. :happy: