So instead of starting from last week’s flashback cliffhanger, we go back even further in time to before the Sun Pirates were created, introducing Queen Otohime, and the state of affairs on Fishman Island. Queen Otohime is my kind of character, and the extremes to which she holds her principles is typical Oda fare, but hilarious nonetheless. It matches her goal of moving Ryuuguu Kingdom above ground, to make contact and connect with humans, but obviously not as many people agree to move along with her. Like I’ve said way back when this “speciesism” first went into play, a lot of it has been done before (like, if you’ve had a history class), making most of the “politics” feel like a rehash, and therefore bland. It’s basically Skypiea’s race war, except now it’s species.
Meanwhile the scattered characters of the would be Sun Pirates were actually orphans, and the leader of the pack was Fisher Tiger, presumably because he was simply the eldest. And so when Tiger went and freed the slaves, causing a target on his head, the orphan bros banded together for protection, ending the chapter. There’s definitely enough things that explains a lot, like why Fishman District looks the way it does, what it became, and why people like Hodi hang out there. What I really want to know is how Fisher Tiger actually freed the slaves, how he climbed the red wall, how he actually died, and how Arlong and Jinbe went about their ways. There’s a glimpse here and there, but it was mostly an introductory chapter that felt a bit redundant even if necessary, which makes me wonder just how long this flashback might go, and if it will even cover some parts at all. Is this the one flashback to finally end the history of the fishmen race overall? Given that half of what I want to know happened before the Sun Pirates were created, and that no one could tell the flashback as good as Fisher Tiger could, Hancock’s flashback was probably the best I’ll get.
baby shirahoshi hnnnnng