…Sabo that is. And with that, all my speculations that he was going to die have mostly disappeared. Well, I guess he could still die in the coming chapters, but that’s being a little gloomy. However, if Sabo is still alive and out there to appear in an upcoming arc, he would make an interesting entrance indeed. If he is alive, it’d be funny that Ace and Luffy have never mentioned him in the story so far. Of course, it may just be convenient that Oda didn’t want to reveal him until now, so could you call it clever storytelling? Whereas on the other side of the argument, Oda could have inserted any new character into a flashback just like Sabo and pretend it was all just as planned. It’s not a big deal, but I like to analyze Oda’s skills in storytelling for self interest.
In other news, Ivankov was indeed the other masked figure from the previous chapter, but Dragon’s words this chapter got me thinking again. Is Dragon really a good guy? He wants to change the world, but those types of characters usually have something wrong with them, or some underlying evil intent, or just ignorant. If we’re going for realistic here, “changing” the world isn’t really a simple concept to just go and create, but more belonging in a fantasy story’s ideal ending of some sorts. It’s just something to ponder, but we won’t know until Dragon explains his plans intricately.
Ace also showed off some of his character here, what with his Marty McFly attitude that once provoked, will never back down. Of course, it’s this attitude that let him be captured and eventually killed. Funnily enough, McFly also ruined his future because of this attitude and is what made the plot of the second Back to the Future movie. Ace also showed off his Haki here, presumably being the first time he’s done so, but he wasn’t so shocked when it happened and took it in stride (so it’s possible he’s done it before?). And hey, Dadan’s not such a bad person after all, nor her entire group as they really did save them and take care of them. I’m guessing the next chapter will show why Ace wanted Luffy to apologize to Dadan as he uttered his last words.
Another random thought that popped up while reading, but I noticed all the nobles were drawn extremely ugly looking. Simple reason would be that that makes them easier to hate on, but what if they were drawn attractively? Or even normally? I wonder what kind of effect that would have on the feel of the arc and their actions. Perhaps having them being more attractive would make their actions even more evil, as ugly is usually assigned to stupid, which would dumb down their actions and threats more than they actually are.