lolrider asked: Zoro seems pretty determined to die sometimes tbh
Yeah but after that magnificent feat with Kuma, I think Oda has established Zoro as just this bad-ass, invincibility of a man just like he wanted. Another stunt where he willingly dies under the notion of sacrificing himself for Luffy or anything like that is highly unlikely because of this I feel. Somewhat of a beating of a dead horse. Under another pretext of death, like him finally becoming the world’s greatest swordsman by, say, beating Mihawk but only in the sense that he dies from the fight only a few moments after Mihawk, that’s a different point of contention. But even with consideration to such possibilities, I’m still veered towards him surviving in the end.
Anonymous asked: Do you think at least one of the Straw Hat's members will die by the end of the series? And do you have any reason why you think that?
I said it before, but I don’t think there’s any way any of the Straw Hats will end up dying unless it’s Luffy. And the reason behind Luffy is just the motif of him being a rather reckless hero who compromises his own life-span to protect what he loves and to realize his dream; also the gradual connection being made between him and Gol D. Roger, who was suffering the life-threatening symptoms of old age way before his natural time, at the time of his physical execution. Other than that, I guess you could say Brook has died. Also, I think it’s needless to say this doesn’t apply to any future crew-mates who might end up relaying death flags.
Anonymous asked: why don't people consider ax hand morgan or don krieg or kuro or silver fox foxy to be important key villians in the one piece universe?
I think it would’ve been wise to include why you think they are (if you do) in order to convince people, haha, but if I had to say, I guess it’s because they were rather one-dimensional, were part of a relatively short arc, and had no influence on the story once defeated. That’s just for Morgan and Krief, really, Foxy is just on a tier of his own, if you ask me. I swear, The Long Ring Long Land/Davy Back Fight arc is quite possibly the best comic relief arc ever written. I can’t even distinguish between the fillers parts and canon parts of it in the anime because it was just all fun. But yeah, back to your question, just in comparison to villains like Doflamingo, who has enough depth to be opinionated about the future of the world and shows deep interrelations with his subordinates and whatnot, Akainu, who has irrevocably become an opponent of the main cast, and Blackbeard, who is competing for the same thing as the main character, those guys just seem inconsequential.
lolrider asked: Furthermore, in a meta sense, as the navigator Nami is literally the character that allows/enables the story to continue forward, as she is the one that guides the crew to new islands. So in that sense Nami is maybe the second most important character in the entire series :?
If I remember correctly, it has been canonically implied that Nami is the most important member of the crew because of her navigational skills, that obviously transcends those of your everyday crew’s navigator (this was probably mentioned before they had the 9 members that they have now, but it’s pretty much still true)
lolrider asked: And I think a lot of the people that are claiming that Usopp/Nami are secretly badasses or super smart or whatever are missing the point of the characters. They aren't really meant to be measured using the same scale as many of the other characters in the series. In fact, most of the times that the two succeed in the series, they do so by stepping outside of the traditional framework. The times that Nami or Usopp beat an opponent in battle seem more like a formality than anything else.
Anonymous asked: Do you think Luffy wont dead in the finale? I think he will die cause of g2 and Ivan's treatment. I think, he forces himself extremely. May be, Roger died early cause of this reasons. Honestly i cant imagine Luffy settles down.
Possibly, but you can’t just write it off because of Gear Second and Ivankov’s treatment. Ivankov’s treatment took 10 years off of Luffy’s life and I think it’s safe to assume Gear Second did not and does not supersede that. So that’s, say, minus fifteen years being super generous with Gear Second’s effect. By the time of the final arc, Luffy won’t even be in his thirties, let alone mid twenties, so he’s most assuredly not going to be above 50 years old, wherein the life-shortening would take effect. And that’s just considering regular human life-span. Oda has stated that in the universe of One Piece, the average life-span of a human is around 140 years old, with there be the existence of superhumans who transcend that age as well (Kureha is 141 years old post-time-skip and is noted as being of perfectly stable health and age). If Luffy is to die, it will probably correlate to Roger’s mysterious condition most all. Seeing as how the mystery is being portrayed as such a rising plot point, I actually think it’s going to be presented as a conflict for them to overcome. Needless to say, I would prefer it that way too, given it meaning Luffy’s life and all.
Anonymous asked: The thing I don't like about shonen manga is the deaths when they're about to end ( *cough* Neji in Naruto *cough* ) So I'm not looking forward to Nakama members dying when we're getting closer to the end ( which i think kind of has to happen tbh )
Given the tone of One Piece, I don’t think it’s inevitable at all, except maybe for Luffy. I can much easier imagine Luffy’s death resulting in a Roger Pirates-esque deformatiion of the crew than I can of any crewmate other than Luffy dying. If you want to compare it to Naruto, I don’t think it’s a valid comparison. Naruto practically has characters dying from the start with people like Zabuza and Haku, and veered towards that theme of war as an instrument of humanity’s suffering and demise. While One Piece has come to involve the essence of opposing forces and war in its story as well, it’s orchestrated as much less severe and used more as a backdrop for the concept of the Pirate King being free and above that injustice. One Piece has a way of story-telling in that it’ll portray such controversial topics like slavery and racism, and in the execution of such topics, it’ll be much more defined and cultivated than Naruto’s rehashing of war and chaos, but even in those contexts, the main antagonists won’t be punished for their deplorable crimes with death. They’re more than likely to make a sudden change of heart even.
Neji’s death was stupid on Kishimoto’s part, that was an out-there thing to do even in shounen terms..
lolrider asked: I'm not necessarily a big fan of Nami myself, but I think she gets a bum rap because she's not really an action oriented character (neither is Usopp, necessarily) and I think that puts her in a weird place because she doesn't really get the same limelight or focus that the other characters get. She's not really a traditional shounen character either, which doesn't help. She fills a very important role but it's kind of a thankless role, because it's not particularly exciting in comparison.
bloody-cyber-punk asked: honestly, at the luffy vs usopp fight back in water seven, if it was not for usopps prior injuries, i think he wouldve beat luffy. he knows more about luffy than even zoro. he knows luffy's mind better than anyone, and not only that, hes probably the best strategist of the crew, and arguably the whole show.
I don’t think Usopp had a chance at beating Luffy, injured or not. I wouldn’t be so sure about him knowing Luffy better than anyone else either. I would say Sanji, Nami and Robin are easily just as strategic as Usopp if not better, especially since Usopp is prone to absolutely freaking out once he gets scared. The whole show, definitely not. Law, Doflamingo, dozens and dozens of others are way more calculating than Usopp.
Anonymous asked: I think Usopp probably will be brave warrior of the sea by dying for nakama. I can't think another way.
Gotta disagree with you there. Despite the genericism of it, death isn’t the zenith of how characters can be written compellingly. This isn’t Code Geass.
Anonymous asked: Why do you love Usopp more than Brook? I hate Usopp, especially after dressrosa arc. I'm not a fan of Brook but he's better than Usopp.
Usopp’s character is super commendable. He’s probably shown the most dynamic personal story out of everyone else in the entire series. He’s the only crew-member who has explicitly been in conflict with the rest of the crew (wouldn’t count Robin because she was playing the matyr). He’s arguably the most relatable in terms of actual experiences, which is maybe why he stands out in a shounen series and becomes a target of detest.
Anonymous asked: please explain your tier system for the strawhats, cause it seems a little off. Luffy and Zoro, I get. But the rest seem kind just jumbled up.
It’s just a matter of preference towards their personalities really, somewhat influenced by their backstories, since those were the times their characters were fleshed out. Usopp’s arc was one of the least compelling for me and while I love his development throughout the series (especially with Merry during Skypeia and Enies Lobby, hot damn, what a great, long-lasting subplot), I still do get put off by his character occasionally. (Most recently, I’m a bit frustrated with how much of a coward he still is. Sometimes, I think the situation is grave enough that even the pre-time-skip Usopp would’ve found the courage to enact his duty. Really miss the Sogeking persona!) In the case of the others, Franky, Chopper, Nami, and Robin have my favorite character arcs. Sanji not so much, but I just like his character enough to surmount that. Brook, explained before, but I don’t think he gets enough time to reveal a personality that isn’t already apart of the original eight’s archetypes.
Anonymous asked: Crocodile is Luffy's mother, and then for some reason she broke up with Dragon and then she met Ivankov and asked for a transformation and that's the secret they keep hiding, and during the war Croco decided to help Luffy cause, yeah, the son, and nO ONE WILL EVER TAKE THIS HEADCANON FROM ME, I'LL MAINTIN IT TIL DEATH OR TIL ODA SAYS THE OPPOSITE.
This just in: Luffy beat the shit out of his mother to the tune of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6
calgaras asked: It doesn't say anything about Luffy's mom in the vol. 44 SBS, but for some reason it became a very popular misquote/rumor. Here's what it was: "D: Oda-sensei!! I have a serious question. Will you ever draw Luffy's parents? P.N. Mr. Uni, Age 16O: His parents? Well, I think you will be pleased with the next volume. Get excited!" This was volume 44, and the next volume was 45, when it was revealed Dragon is Luffy's father. There's no indication anywhere that Luffy's mom has appeared yet.
Thank you for clarification!
Anonymous asked: i used to hate nami... then i discovered lucy... now i love nami because she's better when compared to lucy who's reeeally... nevermind. don't wanna start some kind of hate
Assuming you mean Lucy from Fairy Tail and not Luffy’s alias in the Dressrosa tournament
Either way, I don’t think you should base a love of something off a hate of another thing, lol