Mangaka: Eiichiro Oda Title: The Sun Pirates Rating: 8/10
Synopsis: We are taken back in time to Fishman Island where the Sun Pirates reigned supreme over all the badasses of that era [well…all the ones they came into contact with so far :P] News of Tiger-san’s defiance of the Tenryuubito brings joy to the Fishmen. He is their hero! Yay! *does awkward fishman dance* Tiger-san is my favourite fish-creature dude so far. He admonishes people to reject slavery cuz it’s not cool and stuff and he tells them to join him. Queen Otohime stresses the need to learn more about the humans [by living among them etc] and asks people at random to sign her petition but many refuse. Then, somewhere in Fishman District, we see a puberty stricken Hodi Jones and his group of fishy friends. They are in awe of Tiger’s greatness but sadly, they’re excited about seeing a human holocaust and are not interested in trying to find lasting peace.
We’re then taken to the high seas where the Sun Pirates are brutally pwning the marines. Swords are clashing, bullets are firing, people are screaming, blood is spewing and kisses are flying (lol) In all, some very heavy action. The rear (end) admiral wants them to return the ex-slaves….bastard. Anyway, we head over to the Marine HQ where we see the REAL boss, Vice Admiral Borsalino. His subordinate, whose hair is having erectile issues, tells Borsalino about the bloodbath with the Sun Pirates. He doesn’t have the shades, but his face is still hilariously retarded looking lol. Tiger continues to tell his fishmen not to kill the humans and explains the stupidity of revenge. If only the menstruating Sasuke were there to hear that :@ Then, we move forward in time (3 yrs) to an island where the Sun Pirates meet a tiny little human girl who wants to go home. Despite the towering and terrifying physique of the Sun Pirates, the girl (an ex-slave) smiles incessantly, thanks them for their benevolent deeds of the past and vows not to cry even though they could kill her at any moment. The horrors of slavery enable her to face the pirates without breaking down but the ruthless Sun Pirates….(read the chapter :))
Best Character(s): Tiger-san has just won the Nobel peace prize. He’s levelheaded, judicious, super stwong etc etc. The beaming girl was an interesting character. She kind of freaks me out though lol However she gets 5 cool points for staring Tiger, Arlong and Jinbe in the face without breaking a sweat. Do you SEE those guys? Queen Otohime was her usual winning self.
Worst Character: Arlong :@ Heartless mongrel… (At the end of the day I suppose he’s good at being cold hearted and malevolent.. :S)
Likes: This chapter exceeded my expectations to tell you the truth. I didn’t expect the chapter to be so engrossing [I usually hate flashbacks]. I also appreciated the serious mood. Oda-sama did a splendid job of creating Boss Tai. Also, what stood out a bit was the way he fit several simultaneous occurrences onto one page with regard to the Sun Pirates, Queen Otohime and the general fish-populace. The chapter had a satisfying ending as well that was not too cheesy or childish. In general, the plot of this arc has improved a whole lot. As a result, I’m more interested in reading about the fishmen and their little history than I was a few weeks ago. I read some comments of some One Piece fans on Facebook and many of them were really impressed with this chapter as well. Here’s what two people had to say:
I love chapters like these where Oda takes his time to carefully detail the political and philosophical ideals in the world of One Piece. This makes his overall story arc have more meaning and simultaneously carries it through to future chapters. Damn I love Eiichiro Oda’s work.
The last few pages were surprisingly emotional. If you look at Jinbe’s face, you’ll realize his prejudice against humans have been shattered; here in front of him, is a human child who suffered just as much as the fishmen have. Maybe its experiences like these that turned Jinbe into the humble person he is today.
Dislikes: I can’t think of anything that stood out negatively in this chapter.
More Chapter Ratings:
mu§e: 7.5/10 – Not sure why but I just really liked this chapter. Really touching. Otohime’s as crazy as ever…but at least she’s polite with it. Boss Tai is a badass. A fair and proper badass at that too. He has my respect. I fault him a bit though, ’cause he clearly spotted the crazy in Arlong, and I don’t believe he did enough to stomp it out in time before you know…the Arlong thing. What else? I dunno, I’m just really liking the back story. Oda-chan is doing a really good job with it…I was worried too…considering that leading up to the backstory things were kind of dead-ish.
Random Hot Topic: How in the hell did King Neptune and Queen Otohime copulate? And! How did Otohime give birth to Shirahoshi? Any thoughts? In vitro fertilization perhaps? 😐
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