One Piece 623 – Screwed
I had a talk the other day about Japan and their government hiding their past histories from the public and changing textbooks, and I remarked that conservatives in power will eventually die out as the decades pass, but that if people keep talking about it and passing it on, then racial tension will never go away. But as I said this, I knew it was easy because I personally wasn’t involved in such matters, whereas people that were, had much more difficulty letting go. This is why Fisher Tiger is a boss. Not because it’s revealed that he actually didn’t want blood from humans, but because he was the slave, and while he doesn’t hold the capacity to forgive, he can admit that a continuing cycle of hatred is not the way to go. I’m not too sure if I can forgive and forget when a day comes that calls for it, but one can only hope to be as level-headed as Tiger. And so, I dedicate this paragraph in honor of Fisher Tiger. This is going to be so good when animated…
Man, I called Fisher Tiger getting owned on the island several chapters ago. I think I’m starting to see Oda’s formula for sympathetic deaths: having someone of opposite groups help each other and find camaraderie, they enjoy their lives for a while, then when it’s time to part, have one of the sides betray the other. While his current storytelling is varied with twists thrown at you every once in a while, this flashback still feels old and busted, with the exception of Fisher Tiger’s monologue. I’ve never really had this problem before, but I hope he comes up with more “fresh” conflicts to drive characters.
I have an inkling that Arlong meeting Kizaru is somehow going to strike a deal with Jinbe trying to retrieve him. As for Koala… I wonder if she’ll ever find out.