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Previously we found out that Nami had a checkered past involving the dread merman pirate Arlong and his crew. Something happened involving her mother but what has not been revealed yet. Zoro has escaped and is looking for a boat to get back to Luffy and the rest of the crew. Usopp tried to stop Arlong and was captured for his efforts. As a test of loyalty Nami was forced to kill Usopp. It looks like she succeeded.

Luffy and the other crew members are able to land on the island after wrangling a giant seacow, a guard for Arlong.

Happily a Marine ship has come to rescue the island and defeat Arlong



Uh....

The three mermen captains are able to disable the ship, injure the Marine Captain and create whirlpool. Shit.

Meanwhile one of the pirate hunters tells the Straw Hats that he saw Nami kill Usopp. Luffy calls bullshit and says that his friend Nami would never do that.


Luffy tells her he isn't leaving without her because she's his friend and navigator. He's pretty awesome like that. Nami flips out and tells them all to get off the island as fast as possible and to never come back.

Meanwhile....


Usopp runs off to find Zoro and try and tell him to stay away from Arlong park but...

Meanwhile Nami has gone to her childhood home after desperately trying to get the Straw Hats to leave the island. Her sister walks in to find the house in shambles after Nami rages about her life.

Nami falls asleep and we get to meet the second biggest asshole in this entire arc, the douchebag marine captain who likes bribes.

Nami then wakes up at home and some memories return to her.







Lil Nami is god damn adorable. And Nojika kicks ass. Nami stops dreaming but then her sister comes and meets the Straw Hats. She offers to tell them the story of their past. Luffy couldn't care less because nothing could change the fact that he will get Nami back because they're friends. Again, evidence that Luffy owns.

The story is still told though





Nami runs away to the village leader's home crying. He tells her the story of how they came to the villiage. Belmeil was a marine who found both of them on a war torn island. She didn't know either of their parents but she would raise them anyway. Yeah, enjoy this heart warming stuff now because shit's gonna go real bad, real soon.

Then it happens.

The Arlong pirates arrive and quickly take over the island. Because they're gigantic assholes they deciede to create a tax system on every man, woman and child.


Sadly one of the mermen notices Nami's home. Yeah, get ready everybody.

Belmeil kindly informs Arlong that she does not roll like that and kicks him in his punk ass face and shoves a god damn rifle in his mouth. Don't fuck with this woman's family.

Sadly that's not enough and Arlong is able to bite through the gun and take her down.



Belmiel deciedes to allow her kids to live on the island and says her money is for the children and not her. Hoo boy, here we go.






FUCK
ARLONG
Yes, he just shot a mother, point blank in the god damn head, in front of her small children. Very, very few villains in the series come even close to how much of a supreme piece of shit Arlong is.

But he isn't finished being pure evil yet!



Yes he decides to KIDNAP THE GRIEVING CHILD OF THE WOMAN HE JUST MURDERED. Jesus Christ, was he in a contest to see how fucking awful he could possibly be?

Yeah, also the series isn't done being sad as hell yet as Nami returns to the village after some time.



I like the horrible fact that Arlong also gave a small child a god damn tattoo as well. He really doesn't half ass that whole "Terrible waste of flesh" thing.

Later, Nami reveals why she's working with Arlong


So now we know both her full past and why she was a thief. She's been trying to steal enough money to buy back her town.

We also learned that Arlong is terrible. Don't worry, he gets his well deserved ass kicking very, very soon. And it is as wonderful as you could imagine. Sadly he isn't killed horribly, but you can't always win.

Next time, the battle begins.

Date: 2009-11-14 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hyperactivator.insanejournal.com
This was the first really EPIC arc. It just hit me in the guts that this was what the series was going to be like.

Date: 2009-11-14 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taggerung301.insanejournal.com
I share the exact same sentiments

this may be a goofy manga, but there is some really intense stuff in one piece too

Agreed.

Date: 2009-11-14 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguefankc.insanejournal.com
I actually think Sanjo and Nami's stories were what struck out the most with me.

And from this manga, the one scene that really got to me from the Arlong arc that wasn't posted was when Nami whispered "Please..." to Luffy, and Luffy, not requiring any explanation, leaves his straw hat with her and tells the team to come with him to take out Arlong.

I think the reason that was powerful was two things: 1.) it shows how much Luffy cares about his teammates, not bothering with side-stories or lies, and just goes on the thought: "they fucked with my teammates; that alone is the only reason why I need to do this" and 2.) the fact that Luffy leaves his straw hat with Nami, a hat he cherishes very much, was a somber point that Luffy doesn't expect to survive the battle, and leaving the hat with Nami ensures she'll take care of it, but also, at that point, Nami realizes that Luffy was willing to die for her and village.

A true pirate captain, through and through/

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