「仲間達の行方 巨大の墓標とパンツの恩」 (Nakama-tachi no Yukue – Kyodai no Hakajirushi to Pantsu no On)
“The Friends’ Whereabouts! A Huge Tomb and the Panty Debt!”
So as Zoro was running through the giant castle, I was thinking maybe he got sent here to improve his directional skills… but man, Zoro trying to get back to Sabaody is just plain impossible no matter how you think about it. Because of Zoro’s dumbness when it comes to everything except swordsmanship, Perona believes she can manipulate him into getting her back to Thriller Bark. Why is she so attached to that place anyways? In any case, Zoro’s sense of direction has never been this bad, as he couldn’t even follow another person without going in a different direction… but it’s hilarious that you actually feel bad for Perona, who actually has some sense in her (although in One Piece, that may be a bad thing).
So the giant cross from the manga cover story is explained to actually be a gravestone. The surrounding is like a battlefield, so my imagination tells me that maybe giants used to be here? Then again, why would they be in such a creepy atmosphere? It seems like an epic battle happened here, and the gravestone was part of an end result.
However, before Zoro and Perona get cozy, a bunch of primate looking enemies appear and are quite fast. They’re also apparently good with weapons. Maybe Zoro gets some training techniques from these primates? At this point, I’m starting to think that some of these guys are really not going to get much out of the islands, other than “not being with Luffy”. However such a cliffhanger of Zoro’s story arc begs the thirst for the inevitable sequel. I still don’t have an inkling of how Oda’s going to bring them all back in the story.
On the other flip side of the coin (which makes no sense), Brooke’s island really makes no sense at first (so I guess that phrase worked). With an explanation of a “kingdom” being oppressed by another, and consequently them resorting to black magic and coincidentally Brooke landing in their circle… It seems some of these arc stories are rather nicely developed. It’s weird how they all dress like a satanic cult, even though it seems as if they just thought of black magic as a their last desperate move against the other tribe. Anyway, being a musician myself, I found it quite funny how Brooke can write perfect sheet notation with just a quill. I thought perhaps maybe the song is a new battle technique, but has Brooke ever battled with music before? I think he lulled some people to sleep in the past, but battling with music kind of oversteps the boundaries of realism even in One Piece. And again, another cliffhanger. Why’d they have to end both Zoro’s and Brooke’s story arcs with cliffhangers?
As for next week, I actually don’t remember there being a flashback somewhere before the Whitebeard arc, so I have no idea what it’s going to be about.
Note: Having written over 4000 words today for finals, and now being almost 6 AM, I decided to finish up this post. So if it’s a little sloppy and nonsensical, I think that’s just my deliriousness and me slightly losing it spilling over. Expect the manga post later today… *yawn*