CURIOSITIES

8 Things You Should Know About Sir Crocodile

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First of all Croocodile is the first Logia-user that Luffy defeated.

Miss Goldenweek’s Rainbow Color Trap reveals that his dream was to become the Pirate King.

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The soundtrack playing during Crocodile’s defeat is Dvorak’s New World Symphony, specifically the 4th movement, “Allegro con fuoco”. It was the third time in the anime when a piece of classical music was played in the anime (The first being Buggy and Gaimon’s farewell, during which Chopin’s Etude in E Major played, the second beingDr. Hiluluk’s last speech, during which Ave Maria was played and the fourth being when the zombies claimed Absalom as their leader, with Ludwig van Beethoven’s rendition of Ode to Joy).

It was noted that if the World Government had known Crocodile was head of Baroque Works, his bounty would be at least Beli162,000,000.

Crocodile is the first Shichibukai to be defeated by Luffy.

Crocodile is the only one of the original Shichibukai to possess a Logia Devil Fruit.

Crocodile shares some similarities with Doflamingo:

They are both former Shichibukai.

They both are/were leaders of a powerful criminal organization with several Devil Fruit users.

Crocodile was the main antagonist of the second saga of Part 1 (Baroque Works Saga), while Doflamingo was the main antagonist of the second saga of Part 2 (Pirate Alliance Saga).

They both are Devil Fruit users and have mastered their powers to high levels and both are aware that Devil Fruit powers can be awakened (in fact Crocodile was the first character to mention the concept of a Devil Fruit being awakened when he explained the Jailer Beastswhere Awakened Zoan Devil Fruit users while Doflamingo is the first Awakened ParameciaDevil Fruit user to be shown).

They both use coats as their common clothes.

They both were present at Roger’s execution.

They both aimed to control a whole country (with Doflamingo having succeeded).

They both contrabanded illegal sustances (Dance Powder and SAD).

Both characters’ defeats at the hands of Monkey D. Luffy seem to mirror each other:

Luffy defeated Crocodile by blasting through Crocodile’s single attack with a barrage of punches, launching him through an underground cavern and into the air.

Luffy defeated Doflamingo by countering a large group of Doflamingo’s attacks with one powerful punch, launching him through the air and into an underground cavern.

In the 5th Japanese Fan Poll, Crocodile is ranked the 15th most popular character in One Piece, making him the 2nd most popular of the original Shichibukai, the 3rd overall, and the most popular antagonist in the series. Coincidentally, 15 is the same spot he occupied in the first poll he was in.

8 Things You Should Know About Monkey D. Garp

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In the anime, Garp said he has eaten 842 donuts without sleeping or taking a break because he was trying to beat a world record.

Aside from Luffy himself, Garp is the only Romance Dawn V.2 character to actually appear in the storyline.

Garp’s laughter style is that he adds either “Bwa” or “Wa” before the haha part. This is somewhat unique as most characters only stick with one laughter style (the other being Dracule Mihawk).

Garp appears to have a dog animal-theme, as shown by his mask and his ship.

In an SBS question on Volume 59, a fan pointed out the fact that despite Garp’s few appearances, his trademark scar has disappeared 25 times if counted up to Volume 58. In response to the statement above, Oda responded by saying that “if an enemy he hates is around, his scar tingles, and it will float up”. He speaks of how Garp’s “true form” may be the scar-less one, but he also points out that this is not proved anywhere. This is obviously a joke answer, as Oda is fond of them.

As a kid, Garp had a very similar appearance to Luffy and Ace, despite not being blood-related to the latter.

Due to his grudge against him, Chinjao wants Garp to suffer the pain of losing someone close to him. Ironically, Garp already underwent that pain upon losing Ace.

In the 5th fan poll, Garp ranked 74th.

New details about Vinsmoke Family and more

*Chapter 815 Spoilers

Mind-blowing chapter!

1- Vinsmoke hype! Sanji’s dad as the head of “a mythical evil army“. This family’s got some sinister and powerful history (probably a long-standing partnership with the WG). Can’t wait to know what they want to gain from the political marriage and why.

2- Big Mom herself. Some tend to disregard or rank her as the weakest of the Yonkous, but she is slowly proving it wrong. Connections that go as far as the East Blue from the New World (and that fast)? That’s freakin crazy. I also love Pekoms speech on power. Very impactful.

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This changes everything. It’s BM cleaning her hands off the Strawhats, implying she’s no longer a threat as urgent as Kaido. She’s not gonna pit herself between the alliance and another Yonkou and was only after Sanji from the very beginning. It was contrary to Zoro’s worst case scenario and the SHs and co. could very well concentrate all their power and strategy on their upcoming fight with Kaido. The question is, will they?

4- Luffy’s awesome sense as a captain. He clearly wants everybody to back off and take care of everything by himself because it will reduce the risks involved in retrieving Sanji. And I seriously like the fact that he’s taking his time to listen to everyone and consider it seriously (damn the one when he was listening to Law was the best) even if it’s contrary to his impulsive character.

5- The Samurais. Finally a plot progression on this department. As much as the Sanji hype consumes my being, I can’t wait for what will happen now that they’ve finally set foot on Zou.

Honorable Mentions: Nekomamushi being cute/awesome, Franky’s hairstyle (the best so far), Heart Pirates dynamic w/ their captain and last but not the least….

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There’s no way to refuse Big Mom’s Tea Party invitation!

*Chapter 815 Spoilers

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The head-in-the box thing reminded me of that scene with Brad Pitt from Seven Deadly Sins. ‘WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?’ O.o

What if Sanji refused to go and received Chef Zeff’s head??!

13 Things You Should Know About Trafalgar Law

“Law” is derived from real life pirate Edward Low. Law’s apparently infamous cruelty echoes Edward Low’s own reputation for violently torturing victims before killing them.

Trafalgar is the name of a cape in the south-west of Spain. Its name is Arabic in origin, meaning “Western Cape”. It was the site of a famous naval battle between the British and the French/Spanish fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, dubbed the Battle of Trafalgar. London’s landmark Trafalgar Square is named for the battle, as is a class of submarines in the British Royal Navy.

“Water Law”, as well his fight with Wellington, may be a reference to Waterloo, the place in where, on 18 June 1815, was fought the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars which represented the ultimate defeat of Napoleon at the hands of the Seventh Coalition. The British commander at Waterloo, Arthur Wellesley, was the duke of Wellington.

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Law’s birthday, October 6th, is a reference to his name, as to can mean 10 and ro can mean 6,Torafarugā . He shares his birthday with Tashigi and Bartolomeo.

When Brannew introduces the Shichibukai in the Chapter 700, Law is credited as “the mastermind behind the Rocky Port Incident“. No information about this event has been revealed so far.

His wanted poster shows Bepo appearing in the background with his head turned in the same position and stance as Usopp in Luffy’s poster.

According to the 4th Japanese Fan Poll, Law is the 10th most popular character in One Piece, making him the most popular Supernova excluding Luffy and Zoro.

In the 5th Fan Poll, Law finished in 2nd place, making him the most popular non-Straw Hat and Shichibukai.

At 26 years-old, he is the youngest individual known to ever hold a position as one of the Shichibukai.

Law uses the “smiley” style of Jolly Roger, as first seen used by his former superior Donquixote Doflamingo. But unlike Doflamingo’s smiley, his does not have a “cancel” sign across it. The smiley most likely refers to the final moments of Donquixote Rosinante, who died with a smile before he told Law to remember him smiling from that day onwards.

Buffalo mentioned that Law was in line for “Heart seat” as Doflamingo’s ally. The vacant seat was later seen in Chapter 700, along with the occupied Spade, Club and Diamond seats.

Law’s character song, which was released as a bonus song on the One Piece Log Collection – Sabaody CD is called Dr. Heart Stealer. This is likely a reference to the hearts of 100 pirates he obtained in order to become a member of the Shichibukai or his ability Mes which he used to remove people’s hearts from their bodies.

Law’s dislike of bread is shared by Donquixote Rosinante.

Donquixote Family members in their childhood age

R: I have a request for you, Odacchi. PLease draw the Donquixote family members in their childhood age!

Oda: Yes, it’s fine. But I won’t draw the characters who already appeared in their childhood age.

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How does Benn fight?

According to Oda, Beckman has the highest IQ of all the characters introduced in the East Blue saga. Since he is a first mate to a Yonko, he presumably possesses a great deal of strength. During the Battle of Marineford, Admiral Kizaru chose not to fight him, even though he had just fought the First Commander of Whitebeard’s crew and Whitebeard himself. It should be noted that Kizaru did, however, continue his attack on Luffy when Beckman came down to join the rest of the crew.

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Beckman also single-handedly defeated Higuma’s crew of mountain bandits, afterwards telling Higuma to bring a warship as backup if he wanted to fight them.

Beckman carries a flintlock rifle with him, but he has yet to fire it, instead using it as a club on Higuma’s men and as a threat against Kizaru.

Official Translation vs. Scanlation (Chapter 814 Edition)

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Some Japanese speakers clarify that the word Pekoms actually used in reference to Sanji’s family was “killers” or “murderers”, and it looks like the Shonen Jump translation corroborates this.

While the term “assassins” is fairly straightforward, “killers” is more of a gray area and open to interpretation. It could mean that they are, by occupation, killers (i.e. assassins) or it could be a turn of phrase based on Pekoms’ perception of the family. (For example, the Celestial Dragons are World Nobles, but if you ask me, they’re a bunch of heartless murderers.)

We also have to consider that the Vinsmokes are a family who have notoriety in the underworld and in addition to that, enough clout with the World Government to manipulate bounty conditions – that sounds more than your run-of-the-mill hitman and/or assassin.

How Sabo met Koala and Hack

R: When Koala fell around Robin’s neck, I came to like her (^o^). So concretely, under what circumstances did Koala, Sabo and Hack meet?

Oda: Hm, many people want to know about the life of these three. Once I start to tell you, there’ll be no end.

Firstly, there’s Sabo who was rescued by Dragon when he was around 10 years old. He then meets the Revolutionary Army and learned about the things happening in the world and their thoughts on it. Gradually, he also sympathizes with them.

That’s when he met Hack who, as a master of Fishman Karate, teaches martial arts to children without prospects, that are raised by the army. However, Sabo carries no memories, but he isn’t a boy anymore on a level such of someone who can still be taught something. Taken under Dragon’s wing, he shows great skills in combat and becomes stronger rapidly.

That is when Sabo is 13 years old. A 14 year old girl called Koala is brought along with Hack and joins the Revolutionary Army. (skipping some details) She takes Fishman Karate lessons under Hack and even becomes Master assistant. The obliging Hack and Koala, are together with Sabo, increasingly applied for missions as a team due to their good affinity.

Yes, the order of their encounter has this kind of vibe,. The story is broached in the anime, but I think there’s not much room to tell you everything. Please figure it yourself.

The Training Ground of the CP9

R: Oda-sensei, hello. I just have something I’d like to ask you. On the cover of Chapter 518, there you could see the home of the CP9. This looks like very similar to the east tower on the Jian Xin Yu in my hometown “Wenzhou” in China, so did you draw inspiration from it? I have to ask this.
ugly_pplO: Oh, it’s that tower without a doubt. It’s the training ground of the CP9, and I thought for me, who has grown up in a generation of Kung Fu movies, a Chinese oriented setting would be fine. I assume that’s why I chose it. I intented to take my cue from far away landscapes, but I’m proud to know there live people who read One Piece. Thank you for the letter.