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  1. #21
    It's a grey area all around I guess in regards to the Vinsmokes compared to Big Mom pirates. Either way I don't care much for that.

    What I DO care about is the REAL possibility of Sanji FINALLY kicking a WOMAN!

    I'm not sure though, if he'll stick by his principle or not this time, it's really exciting!

    What will Sanji do?

    I really hope he'll devise some elaborate plan royally screwing over the Big Mom pirates, that'd be NNNGGH, purrrfect.


    People think it's the alone of being forever alone that hurts the most, but that's not true. Everybody's alone sometimes, whether for periods when they're not dating anyone or just for a weekend while their spouse is at a conference. Alone is part of the human condition. It's the forever that pulls down the corners of your mouth just a little bit when you give someone a smile meant to indicate that everything's okay with you even though you want to scream that nothing's okay and never will be. It's the forever that tastes bitter in the back of your throat when you see a happy couple walking in the park or laughing in a restaurant. It's the forever that has you wide awake staring at your ceiling into the wee hours of the morning.Forever alone.
    There's an ongoing half-serious claim in our culture that men think about sex all the time. Every 17 seconds or so. That may be true for some guys but not a forever alone. After awhile you stop being able to think about sex, at least the way other people do. You can think about it abstractly, or when watching other people perform a stylized version of it alone in your room while you use your hand to joylessly complete a sad shadow of the biological imperative, but you stop being able to imagine sex as something you could be a part of. You see a woman in the springtime, her midriff peeking out from between the soft cotton of a shirt and the rougher waist of a pair of jeans. You start to imagine her naked, constructing a fantasy in detail, the way her breasts would sit against her chest, the soft down or absence thereof on her pubic area, and then you try to insert yourself into her presence and the fantasy crumbles to dust under the weight of its own absurdity. You know there's no chain of events, no course of actions, that could lead to that ill defined imaginary room where the two of you would meet in an act of carnal congress. There's no way to there from where you are, it's not even an alternate universe, it's an inconceivable one. It's like trying to imagine a world where everything else is the same except elephants float around like helium balloons and have to be anchored by their trunks or they'll float away. An inherently absurd thought. That's the idea of you and her being intimate. So you look away from that tiny sliver of skin, trying to keep your face from contorting in pain and bitterness. Where other men might smile at her you don't, because your smile sucks, and you suck. Forever alone.
    Eventually you don't even bother to build the image only to have it blow it away like a sand painting in a tornado. You imagine lesser things. The brush of a cool, soft, feminine hand against yours. Mundane couple bullshit like eating pancakes on a Sunday morning or watching a movie or just sharing your day with someone who gives a fuck and is not your mother. The other party in these pathetic little domestic tableaus is ill defined in your mind, because if you imagined her clearly enough to make her realistic then you know she wouldn't want you. And even with this feminine blur, this placeholder, this blurry silhouette of nothingness you project your emotions onto, the person she's with isn't really you. It's a better version of you, a thinner less obnoxious version who will control his temper before saying something cutting, who doesn't geek out and talk too much, who is free from the flaws who make you who you are and assure that nobody else will ever want to share their life with that person. Then you realize that you're fantasizing about an Archie Comics version of yourself making tomato soup for an undefined feminine projection blob, and you realize that even the part of you that creates these images doesn't want to be with you and can't imagine anyone who might. Forever alone.
    Around you the world stays mostly the same. People fall in love, hit milestones, get married, have kids. You're even jealous of the divorcees because you know that this is just a bump in the road for them, part of their journey. You're still at the starting line watching them recede, wanting to chase them and catch up, knowing you never will. But while the world is almost static, you are aging. Moving through your life alone. You start to get bitter at the milestones you've missed and the chances you'll never have. You see the graying of your hair and the years piling on like rust eating at the hull of a decommissioned ship and you realize that your opportunity for young love is already past. Even if you got it together and got in the game you'd just have a shot at middle aged love. It doesn't matter if you think women age like a fine wine, what wine connoisseur wants to live his life without ever tasting the shocking astringency of the harsh tanins of youth. Even if that's not your thing you don't want to cut it off forever. But you have. You won't even have memories of those very good years, as the song says, to keep you warm as you slide towards your dotage. All you have is your bursting store room of regrets and bitterness, and you can always cram in more. And you know that that rusty battleship will some day have a hole in its hull and be fixable, good for nothing more than salvage scrap. You add up the time it would take to lose the weight, get your teeth fixed, figure out your professional career, the time until you can smile at that woman in the coffee shop with confidence rather than the stomach sickness of self hate, and you realize it all adds up to a very big number. Everyone thinks of themselves as eternally 22 but at some point you are forced to admit that you are 37 and half your life is over and the back nine of the remaining half is not a time when people finally get that whole dating thing right. If the window is not closed its halfway there and sliding fast. Forever alone.
    All this breeds desperation and depression so you shove it back because you need to function, you need to keep eating and staying warm, you can't just stop and feel. But your dam is fragile and it leaks. And when you see that girl whose hand you want to brush against, who could sit with you looking into your eyes through the steam coming off her coffee cup and just be, who could understand you (she probably couldn't, but this is something men like to project on to women) you feel the dam start to buckle and the river behind it start to surge and you don't want to break down crying in the coffee shop because that's not what people do and if you can't have love at least you can have dignity, or the appearance of dignity, or the delusion of the appearance of dignity, so you turn your face to the side, you hope and pray she doesn't try to draw your attention (generally safe on that count, old chum) and you put one fucking foot in front of the other and continue down your sad and barren blighted path. Forever alone.

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    loved the chapter

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    @Bws; that is the difference.

    Sanji is a good human being, he will do the right thing and that is saving his family even if they dont deserve it but see it this way better: He wont let Big Mom get her hands on the clone army

    Imagine how strong she would be?



    I also agree that Pudding will be the first female to get kicked by Sanji
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    Awesome ending. I love the sense you get that the Big Mom pirates will regret turning Sanji completely and utterly against them. He's not someone you want trying to fuck you up with everything he's got. This has to be his return to glory. It wouldn't surprise me if he did sense something wrong with Pudding but maybe not exactly what. His COO isn't likely to be THAT advanced yet. Maybe he convinced himself it was fear and that's why he jumped into protective mode before.

  5. #25
    @FerreiraDaSilva;

    1. Caesar, Capone, Pekoms(probably with Pedro's old crew), and Jinbe's forces are waiting in the wings. Caesar has had a lab all to himself for a weeks devising a way to save himself. Still think good members of BM's family will be assisting too. Would Lola really not hear about Sanji marrying her little sister. It won't be just the Vinnesmokes.

    2. So I don't think the family will have any reason to join the SH. Still think the eldest brother will betray their father too. I'm sure they have some counter measure in case BM betrays them since they are not stupid. They know who they are dealing with.

  6. #26
    The Puddin reveal itself wasn't a huge shock; the only two options were that she had a third eye and was concealing who she said she was, or she had an identical twin that was nowhere to be found on the island, and we already got strong implications that it was the former.

    I like how this chapter puts Big Mom back as the top dog of this arc, last chapter made it seem like the Vinsmokes were manipulating her a bit in this relationship, but now we realize Big Mom just completely played their whole faction.

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    Very good chapter. Very nice reveal with Pudding and the plan to kill the Vinsmokes at the wedding. The Pedro/Tamago part was also great.

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    - It looks like Chopper and Carrot are the wildcards in this arc. They can traverse through mirror world and provide intel for either Sanji or Luffy. Its not like Opera and Mont-d'Or are brick walls for these two after what they did to Randolph and co. Kinda pathetic how Diesel is being played like this though

    - Pudding reveal was epic but it wasn't surprising. She was way too nice and it was only a matter of time until her motives were exposed. The situation can be hit or miss though, depending on how Oda executes it. The worst thing that can happen now is doing nothing with the information given to him and being helpless in general. If he can pull a Mr. Prince moment and play his cards right with the information he has, he can definitely school Pudding in her own game. I think that would be 10x as satisfying than him kicking her

    - Big Mom is still GOAT. Saps your life away while maintaining a cheerful facade. A true villain in my eyes
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    Like I said before, Big Mom must be watching too much Game of Thrones, if the Big Mom Pirates really think they are going to pull off a Red Wedding, then they are sorely mistaken, because this is Shounen manga, and from this development, Sanji will end up saving his family and they will aid the Straw Hats in some way, I actually have got that feeling since their first cameo with the Straw Hats.

    and this is the one thing I hate about villains in general, they always get so confident in themselves that they have a need to make the heroes feel bad when they think they got the upper hand to tell them their evil plans before it is too late just so the heroes can go and stop them later.

    and Pudding is actually a monster after all, no surprise is this universally laughable freakish carnival of monsters they call a "family".
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    Always shocks me how much content Oda packs into a chapter than his contemporaries.

    But damn this was a good chapter. Second best of the arc behind Luffy vs Sanji.

    Pedro is a badass as well.

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    Great chapter. Pudding is reaching Saint Charlos levels of evilness, wonder who her opponent will be this arc.

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    I guess either Nami fights her or Sanji breaks his code and actually dares to kick a woman for once for the sake of his friends and his life so he beats her.

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    I think Sanji will kick her, she is not a woman, she is a monster.
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    I don't think Pudding has a telekinesis Devil Fruit. It seems more like mind control.

  15. #35
    Holy shit this chapter was so amazing. The betrayal was guessable, but the way she is acting just wow and killing the whole family? I knew this arc wasn't gonna be too short.

    #yearofsanji come on get a powerup now!

  16. #36
    The one anchor Pudding is good fans are pushing now is the Lola flashback.

    I could see some arguments as to how this would help the Pudding is good narrative but I don't believe it.

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    Pudding remembered Lola because she was mentioned, and because she left as a silly person.

    Pudding probably told her that Big Mom would kill her and Lola with her innocent heart told her that was not possible.

    We dont know anything else but that, Pudding doesnt want to get married but she wont leave Big Moms side like Lola did because she is a "favorite"
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  18. #38
    And Oda continues to deliver with this arc

    At this point, Sanji has to go full Mr. Prince mode and save the day, there's no other way. He'll probably get help from Chopper and Carrot at some pint, but everyone else is in deep shit right now, and he has a huge advantage now that he knows the truth.

    Also, Pedro is still one of the best parts about this arc. His fight with Tamago was really great, just like the rest of his scenes. I don't think it'll happen, but I'd totally be down with him joining the crew if he lives.

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    This is some robbie rotten level trickery

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  20. #40
    Loved this chapter. Pudding being evil and three eyes has been speculated for a while. I dont thunk sanji will hit pudding he didnt even beat up kalifa to save robin for christ sakes. I liked the bit with pedro too. Looks like big mom killed bepos dad.

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