Recently tried out Treasure Cruise, incredibly solid for a free-to-play game! Now if I could just get a Monet roll…
Sai is finally back in Kano! Since Kano is in the West Blue, it means somehow Sai managed to leave the Grand Line.
We also have the manga debut of Uholicia, Sai’s fiancee, who was first introduced in Vol 77’s SBS:
The name Uholicia is based on the common female suffix -licia (Felicia, etc.) but replaced with Uho, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a Gorilla’s grunt. She’s also the leader of the Niho fleet, which is in turn a pun on hers and Sai’s marriage (Happo – 8, Niho – 2, 8 + 2 = 10).
Now, let’s have a word about the Kano kingdom’s inspirations. On one hand, it’s true that there are some Korean elements, like the turtle ships, but everything else appears to have a strong Chinese inspiration. For example, Uholicia’s dress is clearly based on a traditional Chinese one,
much more than a Korean one and the same applies to the servant/aide/minister from chapter 823, not to mention that the rock spires surrounding the kingdom are reminiscent of the famous spiked peaks of China.
The architecture could be any of the two really, but the large building is more reminiscent of Chinese temples than Korean ones.
To me Kano seems like a bit of a mixture between the two cultures, but let’s see if Oda shows us more of it in the future.
And hey, you can see Chinjao with his twisted drill in the corner! Is he ever gonna get that fixed?
Perospero makes a pun here, since in Japanese calling someone sweet (amai) can be intended as them being naive.
I’ll tell you this much, at least Perospero sure has courage to be so close to mama in this case.
Big Mom’s attack is so strong even the Sunny trembles!
I love this juxtaposition, Katakuri claims Luffy is a monster, but Luffy’s panel depicts him derpily with his tongue sticking out. Classic Oda!
HISTORY: IRON MAIDEN
Candy Maiden is obviously based on the torture machine, the iron maiden, a big metal cage with spikes made to encase victims like a sarcophagus. The nails would specifically avoid most vital spots, making the death long and painful. That said, contrary to popular belief, the iron maiden was never intended as an instrument of torture according to the majority of historians, but was instead used for exhibition as a work of art in torture museums.
But look at it’s size! It’s easily 5 times taller than Jinbe, making it a whooping 10-15m tall!! And hey, in the background, you can see Perospero crafting it with his cane!
Wait… did Katakuri just… show immunity to a haki punch?!!! Is this a mistake? Red Hawk is a haki-imbued attack after all. Actually… I’d say this might be Haki immunity after all. Hear me out: this is something we haven seen before: in chapter 574, we saw Marco and Vista cut through Akainu’s jaw, using Haki, but it reformed afterwards with no problem.
The same could be applied to Aokiji and Kizaru tanking other attacks in Marineford from Whitebeard and such. Could it be that only the strongest logia/logia-like users in the world have developed an immunity to haki? Is this what Oda means by “Special Paramecia”? After all, this wouldn’t be the first time Oda introduced something like this early on (for example, Awakening, etc.).
Did… did Pedro just tease the Dawn again?!! This is big!! And it all aligns perfectly with my research! You see, I had already predicted that the Dawn was not just Pedro’s belief, but a legend handed down by the Mink clan. The reason for that is that Pedro wasn’t the first to mention it, but instead it was… Nekomamushi!
Going back to little details, Katakuri traps Luffy by using his mochi:
- Option 1 – fake death: this would be Oda screwing with death and pulling a Baum again, which really doesn’t help the story
- Option 2 – Pedro actually dies: this could be even worse since, after going through hundreds of comments, I only found a few that really bought into this. So if Pedro dies for real, it’s going to be very anticlimactic. This is the issue with the boy who cried wolf, if you continue abusing of fake deaths, it’s hard for readers to believe you once someone really dies. Just ask Mashima about that
But hey, one final detail: you can see Big Mom being blown away by the blast!
And what a blast too I might add, it towers over Big Mom!
> Pedro kills himself in an explosion