CURIOSITIES

Why Luffy doesn’t kill anyone

As we know, Luffy hasn’t killed anyone, yet.

Oda explained why all Luffy’s former enemies are still alive :

D: Why doesn’t Luffy ever kill his enemies? If you look back, he didn’t kill Mohji, he didn’t kill Helmeppo or Captain Morgan, or anyone. Well, Zoro was the one who beat Morgan, but still. Why?

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O: Ahh, good question. First of all, Morgan is still alive. He’s being held in prison now by his former subordinates. So why didn’t Luffy kill him? In this era, people put their lives on their beliefs and convictions, and fight. When he goes into battle, Luffy is destroying others’ beliefs. And when these enemies’ beliefs are shattered and defeated, they feel a pain equal to death. I think that for these pirates, killing or not killing is secondary to winning or losing.

When Chopper turns down Nami’s invitation to join her in the bath

D: In chapter 654, Chopper turns down Nami’s invitation to join her in the bath, saying “I wiped myself down the day before yesterday”, right? Is it because he’s a boy? Or a fruit user? Or maybe… because he’s an animal? I’m also interested in the bathing information for the rest of the Strawhat crew. Penname- Katana RomanTony.Tony.Chopper.full.134494

O: Well, in Chopper’s case, I have a strong feeling that perhaps it’s because he’s an animal. Wiping his body down pretty much counts as a bath for him. Sometimes, the men of the crew have a Great Bath Party together and get really rowdy. Chopper gets invited to bathe with the ladies a lot, but he prefers the men’s parties.

Straw Hats Trivia

D: Oda-sensei! Please tell me the order in which the members of the Straw Hat Pirates joined the crew! I’m really grateful! P.N. Yoshikawa

O: New readers!! Yep, that’s right. I didn’t realize. One Piece has been going for 15 years already. P.N. Maaa-kun is 10 years old. Then I’ll tell you. When you grow up, try reading about the origins of the Straw Hat Pirates. The inset numbers are the order in which the crew members joined. This is the first time that the heights of the crew members two years later have been released in the volumes. By the way, before the Thousand Sunny, the ship they sailed in was the Going Merry .

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WB, BB, Thatch & Edward Teach

D: Question! “Whitebeard Edward Newgate”, “Blackbeard Marshall D. Teach”, “4th Squad Commander Thatch”. These three all appear to be based off the real-life 18th century Caribbean pirate, Edward Teach (or sometimes Edward Thatch), aka “Blackbeard”. Can you tell us more about this figure? P.N. G-on King

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Edward Teach Caricature

O: All three, yes. As a matter of fact, Whitebeard and Thatch just take his name, but Blackbeard himself is completely modeled after the man. The real-life pirate called Blackbeard had many names, and one of them was “Thatch”. He also went by “Drummond” and “Thache”. He would braid his very long black beard and light smoking wicks hanging from his hat, and with the six pistols and three swords he bore, must have been the very figure of the Devil in battle. Countless stories exist of him shooting his own crew to teach them a lesson, and so on. There are legends that he hid a great treasure, but it has never been found. Now’s your chance!

Marks on Ace’s hat

D: Greetings, Odacchi sensei. Good afternoon(?). This is a question, but the marks on the hat Portgas D. Ace was wearing; do they mean:

: Was it okay for me to be born into this world?

: Meeting Pops, Luffy, and loving me so much, I’m glad I was born. Thanks.

…or something like that to indicate Ace’s question and the “Answer” he found? No, it’s gotta be that! When Ace said his quotes before dying, his expressions were the same as his hat. P.N. Nara’s K(Kuuki) Y(Yomeru) (Can read atmosphere)

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O: Hmm, I see. I’ve received quite a number of postcards on this one. Those “marks” and “the last expressions”, hm. They are the same. I, also, was shocked when I had this pointed out at first. (Haha) What’s funny is that much to coincidence, that happened to become true. Back then, when Ace made his first introduction, there was sort of an idea of what this dude’s destiny would be inside me, but those marks were just plain old accessories, and so I never thought of a deep meaning. And the expressions of Ace when he was dying, well I just thought that would be relevant and drew those two panels next to each other. Realistically, the face of pain, burning, hurting, feeling bad, and not wanting to die. Still, the feeling of having no regrets. He probably tries to tell that is how he truly feels to Luffy. And that’s what his smile is. When a person cradles a crying baby, he/she always smiles, right? Same as that. Because he wants the person to smile, he dies with a peaceful smile in the end, and I think that shows us his kindness. Thinking that, I drew those panels. Ah- the explaination got kinda long-. Well anyhow- it’s amazing, how you all notice this stuff.

BOA HANCOCK

Given that all members of the Kuja tribe are named after flowers, it is possible that her first name comes from the scientific name for the snowberry, a plant known for its showy flowers, symphoricarpos chenaultii hancock. Her family name, Boa, comes from the boa, a group of constricting snakes.

Boa can also mean “good” in Portuguese and is used as an expression to refer to attractive women.

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She is one of the two women who so far have claimed to be the “most beautiful”, the other being Alvida. Both of these women have grown infatuated with Luffy, though Hancock is perhaps the first character in the entire series who has shown feelings identified as romantic love, unlike Alvida, whose feelings for Luffy resemble more of an “admiring love” since Luffy was the first (and only) man to ever punch her.

She is the only known female character that possesses Haoshoku Haki.

Den Den Mushi

R: Are the Den Den Mushi series animals, or machines?

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O: They’re animals. Insects.

  • Baby Den Den Mushi: Its small size makes it portable. However, its signals are weak, and cannot reach over the sea to another island.
  • Den Den Mushi: Too big to carry around, but its strength makes it useful for talking to far-off islands. Can also act as a fax machine if the accessory is attached.
  • Black Den Den Mushi (different species): They do not grow as they age. They enjoy eavesdropping, and dislike communicating with others. Used as listening devices, or “wiretaps”.

The Gray Terminal

D: Good work everyday, sensei! Well a while ago, I was watching TV and thought, “maybe?!”, but is the “Gray Terminal”‘s model Smokey Mountain from the delinquent areas of Manila in the Philippines? by NN Brothers

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O: Ah, so it was on TV. Yes, you are correct. Reality is something that has scenes that go beyond our imaginations, and “trash mountains burning with smoke rising up from them” is a scenery that actually exists. There, many people really actually live there. How it is displayed in the manga is only the outer looks, and in reality, there are things like diseases that spread, and it’s an everyday thing to find corpses lying around in real trash mountains. Even if you wanted to escape from that life, it doesn’t go as smoothly as manga. Even if I try to explain, it’s sort of not very detailed, so interested people, please look it up.

Historical references: François L’Olonnais & Roronoa Zoro

“If is the famous pirate François L’Ollonais the source of Zoro’s name? You got it. I took the name from François L’Ollonais, who was the cruelest of all the Caribbean Pirates” (Oda)

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Jean David Nau, better known as François L’Olonnais, was a French buccaneer, pirate and privateer. He was known as one of the cruelest pirates in the Caribbean Sea. He treated the region’s Spanish and native inhabitants with such savagery that many historians believe he was insane.
With over 600 buccaneers and 8 ships he attacked the cities Maracaibo and Gibraltar in the Gulf of Venezuela. The city of Maracaibo was conquered easily and that left region wide open, easy for a devastation. When the buccaneers came to Maracaibo , they realized that a lot of townsfolk escaped, so they chased the fugitives throughout woods and brought them back. L’Ollonais was abominably torturing almost every citizen until they betray their friends and reveal hidden treasures . Some of them died in pain.
After that, they landed near Gibraltar. The Citizens met same fate as the ones in Maracaibo . They were raped, tortured, murdered , and no one was spared. Some of them died without any particular reason, just for personal satisfaction. Almost whole town was burned.
L’Ollonais conducted many treasure raids against Spanish possessions and was killed while attempting a raid, captured by the Indians who were on the Spanish side. His life finished like he perhaps deserved. He was cut into pieces and burned. Some rumor goes that he was eaten by cannibals.

Historical references: Anne Bonny & Jewelry Bonney

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Anne Bonny (Cormac, 1702 – 1743) is the main ispiration of the character Jewelry Bonney in One Piece. She was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. Launching her own career as a pirate, along with Mary and Rackham, she raised a small crew and escaped the island in August 1720, intending to execute a series of swift robberies before retiring with enough gold to live off.
Anne was a capable fighter, adept at wielding swords and firearms. She also had advanced freerunning skills, allowing her to keep up with Edward as he navigated Long Bay’s jungles. As well as this, Anne possessed great nautical knowledge, which served her well in her role as quartermaster.
The dates of birth and death are uncertain and the few biographical you have about her are due to the tales of Captain Charles Johnson (perhaps he is a fictional character due to Daniel Defoe), contained in “A General History of the Pyrates”.