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    I love that cover page. Every Robin cover page is always the height of aesthetic and comfiness.

    Anyway I guess it's about time things start happening in this arc again. Just waiting for Big Mom to do something and hopefully Moria to show up.

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    OK, so I don't really believe Kawamatsu will be the last crewmate still, but god damn, he must be someone special if Oda is now outright refusing him to show him out of silhouette.

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    In the correct translation it does sound like Kaido is sort of impressed by how much of bastard Oro-dude is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.C. Amigo View Post
    OK, so I don't really believe Kawamatsu will be the last crewmate still, but god damn, he must be someone special if Oda is now outright refusing him to show him out of silhouette.
    He's literally doing the same thing with Denjiro and Oden lol

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    What a great chapter. Kaido and Orochi really are a bunch of bastard.

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    The secret is they all look like Zoro.

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    Is Orochi above Spandam and Wapol in the Jerkass Ranking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing View Post
    Is Orochi above Spandam and Wapol in the Jerkass Ranking?
    Wapol is a friend compared to those two. Spandam never put a country in dystopia mode and took emotions away from citizens, but then again Orochi isn't able to nuke countries and doesn't have assassins at his disposal.
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    This little mini-arc about Yasu and his execution has easily been my favorite stretch of Wano. Really hope it can keep up the momentum because this stuff is great.

    Not sure how next chapter will go though. Zoro and Sanji are obviously going to fight, but I'm not sure what Oda will do with the other Strawhats and I really hope they don't just sit on the sidelines and spectate.
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    Oh, Orochi is a top tier pos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KageKageKing View Post
    Is Orochi above Spandam and Wapol in the Jerkass Ranking?
    I would say so. Wapol did screw over his country, but nowhere on the level of Orochi has, and Orochi's desire to murder Toko is even worse then Spandam beating Robin in scumbaginess, so yeah, I think he is just below Celestial Dragon level of evil.

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    Many years later we finally learn the truth behind the odd name "SMILE" given to the artificial devil fruits. And boy, is that easily the most fucked up thing that has ever happened in all One Piece.
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    The build-up towards the final page where Zoro and Sanji protect Toko is damn great. It made the reunion even better and more special.
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    No editor notes on the last pages in the official translation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blissed View Post
    He's literally doing the same thing with Denjiro and Oden lol
    And he did the same for Momonosuke back in Punk Hazard. If we waited 6 years to have Zoro and Sanji back together again, we can wait a few months for a design reveal :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FelRes View Post
    Wapol is a friend compared to those two. Spandam never put a country in dystopia mode and took emotions away from citizens, but then again Orochi isn't able to nuke countries and doesn't have assassins at his disposal.
    Doesn't he what?
    He has at his complete disposal those ninjas we saw cornering Robin's clone, plus all the actual yakuza underlings, plus Kaido's henchmen. So yes, he is even stronger than Spandam in this aspect. The main difference between them is that one was working under the WG, therefore doing its businesses. The other is working for itself, so he doesn't need to justify with someone above him.

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    Really drives home the fact that this whole Smile storyline has been going on for 7 years. Man, I think I'm gonna take a break from One Piece after Wano ends.


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    The hype ending panel could make this the twelfth and final chapter of volume 93 (especially possible because it has a four month gap after the last volume instead of the usual three) but the heavy exposition throughout leads me to think this is the start of volume 94.

    The flashback at the start doesn't tell us much we don't already know, but the shot of the young Akazaya Nine is interesting. Kin has changed so much. I wonder what colour his hair used to be. And yeah, what is with the person in Kiku's position being a Izo lookalike? Izo didn't get an age laid out in his Vivre Card (not one that's been translated anyway) so it's hard to confirm or deconfirm if it could be him. The eyes look the wrong shape compared to Oda's previous art of young Izo, to my mind.

    Orochi is being a right prick this week, a complete and utter bastard, and I love it. We all thought he would be a Spandam, and he kinda is, but he actually has some power of his own to back it up with. It does make you wonder what Oda's going to do to make Kaido feel like a genuine end boss though. I imagine he'll have to start that soon, if it's to work. (Or maybe Kaido won't have any more villain build-up than the hype of overwhelming physical strength he's already had, and he'll get his depth through a tragic backstory instead).

    What I don't like is the Usopp/Nami/Franky group saying they "didn't make it in time." They were in Ebisu town when the execution was announced. Right outside the capital. Zoro beats them there despite starting in the next province over. It's a nitpick, sure, but I don't think it's unfair to pick nits in series that have become known for their attention to detail, you know? It's not a dealbreaker, but I'm not a huge fan of it.

    Getting the full rundown on Smiles, however, was pretty great. So many little hints and details across so many chapters built up to this. It's a moment of narrative payoff that only a large-scale story with a talented author could stick the landing for. And god is it vindicating to look back to Zou, for example, and see the Pleasures, true to this explanation, keeping their grins all through the battle, even when getting hurt. Not a single mistake was made, but I don't remember anyone from the time picking it out as odd or making any theories off it. It was so subtle, but it was there all along. These are the kinds of moments that make the massive commitment I've made to One Piece feel worthwhile.

    I'm certain I'm not the only one to think that Toko rubbing toad oil on Yasu's wounds could lead to another of Usopp's lies coming true. I hope that's not the case. That was a death to brutal and important to easily undo. The panel of him smiling, even in death, makes me feel positive he'll stay down though.

    And then the cavalry arrives. There's a moment that'll be remembered until the end of the series. I can't wait to see Zoro and Sanji interacting again after all these years. They sound effects suggest this moment will have its own theme music and everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.C. Amigo View Post
    OK, so I don't really believe Kawamatsu will be the last crewmate still, but god damn, he must be someone special if Oda is now outright refusing him to show him out of silhouette.
    What about Denjiro? He isn't even introduced.

    And OKiku is strange as well seeing like Izo is seem with the nine scabbards.

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