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One Piece 620 – Hate Runs Deep

Regarding the cover story, I just lol’d. I’m happy for you Gaimon, now you have a female counterpart, and a cute one at that. Good things come to those who wait eh?

A bit of an update is given in the cities, as I almost forgot that the rest of Hodi’s gang was busy doing some terrorizing. The usage of stepping on a picture of Otohime to check for human hate was clever, and the Fukaboshi bros seem to be making their way to the palace. Long time no see to Caribou, and I’m still disgusted at this guy. I just imagine the three mermaids still stuck inside him, and gross out instantly. Luffy, hurry up and own him please.

Effing Oda, who’d have guessed Sanji’s the one getting pissed at Jinbe? Of course, he’s just being the white knight that he is. The quick montage of Nami’s past was quick and gritty, and oddly felt crueler than I remember. Nami’s history is probably the worst out of all the crew members, since it’s pretty much psychological child abuse. In the real world, she’d have so many deep suppressed issues and disorders. The similarity of Sabaody Park and Arlong Park was unexpected, and though I’m eager to label it Oda’s incredible genius, the reasons aren’t that solid. Arlong hated humans, so why would he build Arlong Park in the design of Sabaody Park, a design of the human world? The admiration he once had should have disappeared by then. Maybe Hachi built it. The justifaction for Mermen’s rage against humans is a fair one, and explains Nami’s lack of hatred, even if Arlong is an extreme end of the spectrum. Jinbe’s talk brings out a lot of truths that can easily apply within our own history, such as “a person becomes cold and feared when in power,” and a common two way split of a sensible rebel and an angry radical. Meanwhile, Luffy sips tea.

The struggle inside Ryuuguu Palace didn’t make a reappearance, so Zoro’s fate will have to wait. Except SUDDENLY, FLASHBACK. I get the feeling this is going to be a long one.

April 7, 2011 at 12:30 am
  • April 7, 2011 at 12:57 am7

    I hate flashbacks

  • April 7, 2011 at 1:10 amForloko

    as much as I hate flashbacks as well some are pretty necessary…. however…. some of them are just… predictable : /

    haven’t seen enough to predict anything yet but I really hope this doesn’t end up becoming easy to predict >.<

    in all honesty I really just want them to fast forward to Robins part since her artifact hunting thing feels a lot more… plot effective? if that's the right word lol

  • April 7, 2011 at 1:58 amDarklord

    Yes…I’ve been waiting for this – finally the Fishman Island flashback.
    We’ll finally find out what happened between Arlong and Jinbei with Fisher Tiger freeing all the slaves in the mix. I will actually prefer it if indeed Jinbei turned out to be a bad guy in the past, who realized the error of his ways.

  • April 7, 2011 at 1:59 amPuffy

    A bit let down with Tiger’s appearance. He doesn’t look as cool as I thought.

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:09 ambanzmanga

    “Luffy, hurry up and own him please.”
    I have been thinking the same too all along.

    We can’t really say that Jinbei did the wrong thing. He pretty much was saving mermaid slaves and a old pirate comrade. No one would have thought that saving Arlong would have such consequence.

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:49 amAthos

    “[...]Meanwhile, Luffy sips tea.”


  • April 7, 2011 at 7:29 amNick Shogun

    I think Arlong built his park to resemble the one at Sabaody as a slight against the Tenryuubito, not as idol-worship. It was meant to be ironic, that the auction house that sold his own kind into slavery served as the model for a new auction house that repressed humans, the original owners.

    • April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pmSOSAnimeBoy

      I was just getting ready to say the same thing.

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:08 amYanDaMan

    I still cant forget Jinbei’s WTF face from last chapter. That image will stay in my head for a long time.

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:08 amkurahador

    am i the only one who’s excited by this flashback?
    seriously, after 500+ chapters since arlong arc we finally get to know who the guy really is!!!! and oh man, i got a feeling it’s going to be a tragic one.

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:28 amaloneinwonderland

    Yes! Nami flashback = YES.

  • April 7, 2011 at 9:16 amRyan

    What do you guys think of Jinbei joining the ranks of the Straw Hats?

    Generally, before a new member joins, it begins with a heart wrenching flashback! But then again, the past arc was just full of so many flashbacks, it might just be a continuation of that.

    • April 7, 2011 at 9:21 amBROOKLYN otaku

      i dont think he can fit on the boat. lol, franky barely manages at this point

  • April 7, 2011 at 9:20 amBROOKLYN otaku

    Oda..what a storyteller! and Bellemere..what power-mullet!!!!! r.i.p

  • April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pmLuxorcist

    I’m disappointed… has NOBODY noticed the cover’s Gaimon and Sarfunkel? Come on!

    • April 7, 2011 at 1:46 pmKiiragi

      Are you referring to the comments or me? Because… I mentioned it :/

    • April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pmSOSAnimeBoy

      I think he’s talking about how it’s a play on Simon and Garfunkel

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:18 pmT9H5

      They are such as old duo, beyond our time. I only know them because of one or two of their hit songs that I like.

    • April 9, 2011 at 7:59 pmLuxorcist

      SOS got it ^_^

  • April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pmOtaku_Brawler

    Nico Robin had it just as hard in the past if not more, being chased by the everyone for the huge bounty on her head (thanks to to navy) for knowing too much. Also Nami’s hometown is till standing, where as there is nothing left of Robin’s hometown. So sad ;_;

    • April 7, 2011 at 2:01 pmKiiragi

      Of course, I considered this, but I still think Nami had it the worst. Years of abuse from manly mermen > running around with devil fruit powers :/
      Is it coincidence that the female crew members have the most tragic pasts?

      • April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pmEnvy

        no way Nico Robin’s past was worse lets kill off everybody she knows that have the world hate her and hunt her for 20 years

    • April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pmTOP2NE1

      I’d agree that Nami’s and Robin’s were probably the most emotionally hurtful, but I think Brook’s was by far the most torturous. Robin was still free to chase her dream, and Nami still had her village and sister. Reversely all of Robin’s friends and family were gone, and Nami wasn’t free to do what she wanted.

      Brook’s crew died (Brook too I guess), albeit in not such a bitter way. Brook however had to spend fifty years mostly alone with little to do. Can you imagine?

      • April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pmSOSAnimeBoy

        He perfected the 45 degree angle… that’s something!

      • April 7, 2011 at 3:06 pmOtaku_Brawler

        But as long as Brook’s pet whale is alive it’s ok. :)

      • April 7, 2011 at 7:57 pmBones

        Brook was probably horribly depressed and lonely all those years. Oh wait, he doesn’t have a brain and heart. Yohohohohohohoho!

      • April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pmJack Vojack

        Yeah as long as he is able to see Laboon again and play that music again… Oh wait he doesn’t have eyes! Yohohohohohohohohoho!

      • April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pmtakashid

        yeah… when you really look at Brooke, and the wild way he acts, you sorta realize that he really has become crazy after 50 years of isolation. Like actually insane. Of course, its a “fun” kind of crazy instead of a “murderous” kind, but its still kinda sad when you think about it. Really, unlike Robin or Nami, he wasn’t able to chase his dream and he did not have any family and friends. Id have gone crazy stuck like that for just a few years, let alone 50.

  • April 7, 2011 at 6:00 pmCommander Shepard

    I’m looking forward to the flashback, but only for Tiger. He set Mariejois on fire by himself, after climbing the Red Line–a feat unheard of for anyone else. I wonder how is strength is relative to Whitebeard.

  • April 7, 2011 at 7:18 pmOdeus

    I think that Arlong Park was built more for mocking Sabaody Park. Ex: Humans have their slaves, so mermen should have theirs too.

  • April 8, 2011 at 12:51 amLectro Volpi

    If you look at it with a COLD point of view, Arlong treated humans exactly as they treated him. Reminds me of the current chapters of Gantz.

    It is written on the OPwikia that Caribou has 5 mermaids: The 3 sweet ones he captured and 2 from the “south beach” but I do not remember such a thing and I can’t find the page! hurry up and own that bastard and all of the NFP… Zoro can finish them all!

    Is Hacchi officially disabled? can’t a fishman take a gunshot? 50 cent took like… 9.

    • April 8, 2011 at 3:45 pmLectro Volpi

      Translators called Fisher Tiger a “Tai Fishman” but what exactly is a “Tai” fish?

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:08 pmT9H5

      Chapter 617 pg.15….In the dialogue between Sanji and the mermen/fishmen.

      • April 9, 2011 at 4:07 pmLectro Volpi

        Thanks bro, it was page 14.

    • April 10, 2011 at 7:50 pmYoko_mama

      Remember how hard Decker’s axe was when he first threw it at the princess and Luffy deflected it? That was from a long distance. Hachi was hit by tons of arrows from close range using that same ability.

      • April 11, 2011 at 12:01 amLectro Volpi

        Hacchi came to see Hodi with a Crutch before being attacked by Decken.

        But it seems that he is not injured by the shot but from protecting the Sunny until Kuma arrived. Not an excuse, Kuma protected the ship for a year, and a year was not enough for Hacchi to recover? I find it weird because in anime (and most of it Shonen) a character just needs a week or two to recover from near-death situations. Maybe I am just overthinking it.

  • April 8, 2011 at 1:01 amkeiOnDaisuki

    i find robin’s past more cruel.

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:13 amlalah sune

      i disagree.nami’s mom got shot to the head in front of her in cold blood. nothing is more cruel than that.

    • April 8, 2011 at 9:26 amCircles

      At least Nami knew she had her sister to rely upon. Robin had no one, and people seem to forget how much older Robin is than most of the crew. Most of that life was spent completely alone.

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:54 pmcode fanboy

    I now noticed that the way Arlong acted was no different, probally even worse, than the Celestial Dragons.

  • April 8, 2011 at 9:38 pmluffy_kun111

    jinbei’s hairstyle’s rockin’

  • April 10, 2011 at 7:48 pmYoko_mama

    I always figured he built Arlong Park to resemble Shabody because it was a place he always wanted to go to but never could because he was a fishman. Although he probably learned about the atrocities going on there and the slave trade, it was probably his childhood memories of seeing all the people having fun in the amusement park that inspired the design of Arlong park