It is now two weeks after the war. Surprisingly, Ivankov and his entire New-Kama crew left Luffy in Jinbei, Law, and Hancock’s care. In good hands no doubt, but judging from last week’s outlook, I figured they were going to stay together for a lot longer. Like Invakov said though, I’m pretty sure they’ll meet up again in no time.
So Luffy finally awakens, though it’s only been a couple chapters. His acceptance of Ace’s death is rather normal, given only a rampage of destroying the landscape and crying his heart out. Though I guess the typical is kind of disappointing to see given the many theories on what he would do when he woke up. Alas, I’m probably just hungry for twists every chapter given how many that’s been shown lately. This chapter was relatively tame and actually a tad bland compared to previous chapters. I was spoiled not too long ago about Ace, so when it actually came, I didn’t feel as sad. However when I first heard it, I was pretty shocked, so that feeling is probably the same. Seeing Luffy like this in this chapter didn’t do much either, but I’m not heartless, it’s just that manga is constantly disjointed and it’s much sadder in animated form with voices. I’m sure I’ll shed some tears when the anime finally comes around though.
I guess Oda feels on telling the story of how Ace and Luffy first met and their childhood stories of how they came to grow up together. It’ll definitely be interesting and will help give Ace more character development, though I kind of feel it’s a bit too late. Usually characters get flashbacks of their history before they die so the author can suck in as much empathy as possible for the character, but this is a reverse from Oda. I don’t think I remember seeing someone do this kind of backwards storytelling before, but it should still work somewhat. It will definitely help cushion and transition Luffy’s acceptance.
On a side note, it’s rather funny that Luffy complained about Garp hurting his cheek by pinching. It makes me think of Haki’s effects even more. Is it passive enough to be “on” all the time, or is he just concentrating it on his hand to punish Luffy? Maybe once you’re conscious of your Haki, it will be on all the time?
Somehow I feel after this flashback is said and done, Luffy’s going to decide on something drastic. He’ll either plot revenge or accept it and get on with finding his crew! Hooray for if that happens, I miss the whole bunch.