What pisses me off the most is that we are past mid arc if we go by acts which should be 5 in total. We have long passed the time of presentation of the various forces in play there, still, no clue about what REALLY IS this "infamous" Beast Pirates crew.
During every arc we have had plenty of notions regardind the whole enemy crews/groups, thus the usual match ups.
These match ups were possible also because we had time to develop "negative" emotional bonds with each villain and grow kinda empathic with whoever had to face said villain.
No matter how hard we try, we cannot say the same for Wano kuni, the very arc that Oda himself hyped so much.
Don't get me wrong, the arc itself is top notch by writing standards, and I guess it'll be even more if re-read as a whole, but, we are at the door of the final battle, and we still have no clue about the identities of about 80% of the named villains which should pose a significant threat.
It's not about just simple match ups, we are off the usual scheme since Dressrosa, where we had total nobodys or non- Mugiwara, defeat the top dogs, and we will have the same pattern here, despite what people believe. Half of the Mugiwara won't shine battling the top dogs, like pre timeskip, Oda clearly has changed his battle pattern, growing the scale of them, splitting the crew in half, with the monsters capable of facing the actual villains, which are at least in the 500+ million berry to over 1 billion, if we go by bounty, and the other half, with more of a support role.
And it would piss me off if a Nami, phisically weak, with no actual fighting skill, and with a bounty of 16 ml, raised to 66 just because EVERYONE got a 50 ml bonus after Dressrosa, should pose a significant threat on a 500+ ml experienced fighter.
That's because we will have more off mugiwara character getting the best fights, like Law, Inu, Neku, etc.
And that's why we need so desperately Jinbe to actively be on panel with the rest of the crew, and possibly another great warrior like a mink perhaps.
Anyway, we are next to get our beloved match ups, and we know just the top 3 commanders (which is good at least).
One (PageOne) of five top hadliners, as we know Drake is in disguise and exposed already himself to Law, probably because he knows this is the right occasion to beat Kaido.
Hawkins, which we don't know if will switch side before the great clash; Apoo, flyin six? Regular headliner?
No need to count the headliners as they are just trash for lesser fights, and a disappointment as they are a league below their counterpart in the Big Mom crew but also the Donquixote family, whose middle members, like : Lao G, Machvise, Dellinger, Gladius and Monet were a lot scarier and competent.
We have Orochi side, with the elite ninjas which were single handedly crushed by Zoro off panel, then the elite Samurai, that will probably be a bit more competent, and the most fascinating of that side, Kyoshiro, which turned out to be one of the top Akazaya, so a top alliance fighter, bringing also his men with him.
Then, at a certain point, Oda introduced to us the Numbers, the missing link between the scary powerful All Stars and the pitiful fodderish headliners, which apparently only 6-7 of them are reliable.
The Numbers, this giant ogre-like figures, which we have only seen in the flashback as shadows, picking up Neko and Inu like babies but still not telling us a thing about them skills.
We don't know a single name, if they are beasts, zoan users, if they are intelligent or just dumb juggernauts. Nothing.
And they should be along the lines of Perospero, Oven, Daifuku, Compote etc., thus pretty important named characters.
Still not a single clue about WHO the heck the alliance is gonna fight in the upcoming weeks.
And why we should care about this fights.
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