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So, since we've gone for a while without a One Piece post, and because One Piece is currently on the way back after a four year week hiatus, I thought I'd make a post to catch up on current events.

Quick recap; Monkey D. Luffy broke into the deadliest prison in the world, got badly poisoned, sacrificed ten years of his life to cure himself, pushed himself so far over his limits that he was running solely on sheer willpower, and then threw himself into the biggest battle in One Piece history, all so he could save his beloved older brother Ace... only to have Ace die in his arms.

It showed a side to Luffy that we had never seen before; sobbing in despair.

After hearing what had happened (the OP world has an excellent news service), the Straw Hats, who are currently scattered all over the Grand Line, immediately drop whatever they were doing in order to go be with their captain in his hour of need. Then they get the latest paper...

Edit to add: Sorry, forgot to mention, definitely not dial up safe.



Luffy has managed to snap out of his funk after being reminded that he still has his crew waiting for him. He wants to immediately set out to reunite with them - until Silvers Rayleigh, Gold Rodger's former first mate and awesome old man, asks him a question;

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So what is this plan? Well, apparently the first step is giving Ace and the pirates who died trying to save him a proper send off.

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The Marines think that the ringing of the bell is Luffy spitting in their faces. The more knowledgeable pirates guess that ringing the Ox bell, which is traditionally rung 16 times to symbolize the starting of a new year, is to herald the dawn of a new age. No one knows for sure, of course.

...except for eight pirates from across the Grand Line, who know exactly what it means.

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Erm, although some take a little longer to figure it out then others.

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Heh. "Forsooth."


The island of Torino Kingdom is where Chopper ended up. After working out a conflict between the citizens and the native giant birds, Chopper left to rejoin Luffy. However, shortly afterward, the island is visited by a mysterious stranger.

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His secret identity revealed, Chopper explains that "something came up", and he wanted to study some of the plants he found there. Much to his surprise, the natives have not only studied the plants but have quite an extensive library on medicine. They just never got to use it thanks to the large birds.

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Sanji, meanwhile, has found himself in Kamabakka Kingdom - the kingdom of transvestites.

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Needless to say, he's spent every waking hour since trying to get the hell out of there.

Now, Ivankov, the ruler of Kambakka Kingdom, is one of the people who helped Luffy in his rescue attempt, and works for his father on top of it, so you'd think that he'd be glad to help out Sanji. One little problem, though...

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But after reading the newspaper, Sanji is suddenly no longer quite so desperate to leave, especially when he realizes that the, uh, "men" have a special kind of cooking called "Attack Cuisine" which builds up your body just from eating it.

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Meanwhile, Brooke has been captured by a bunch of triple-jointed weirdos and put on display. Normally this would be bad, but really Brooke could care less; he's too busy reading the same article the other Straw Hats read. Brooke remembers how he spent fifty years on a derelict ship, trapped as a skeleton, with his promise to his dead crew that he had no conceivable way of achieving hanging albatross-like around his neck.

Then Luffy found him, took one look at him at his terrifying skeleton body - and immediately offered Brooke both friendship and a place on his crew, without any reservations at all. To Brooke, it was practically a miracle from heaven.

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Oh, it looks bad for him now, but just wait - next time we see him, Brooke will be a big rock star touring all over the place with his famous band, the Rolling Bones.

Nami, meanwhile, found herself on a sky island populated by a group of people who research and control the weather, and look not unlike wizards. Like Brooke, I can't post everything of what Nami does due to page constraints, so I'll paraphrase;

Weather Wizards: "You tied to steal our our weather creating devices and escape from the island, and you expect us to welcome you back?! We can't trust anything you say!"

Nami: "You're right, I'm a horrible person! *sob* I shall FLING myself into the ocean below in the hopes that my gruesome death will make it up to you!"

WW: "Wha - no, no, don't do that! We're sorry, we didn't mean to make you cry!"

Nami: "It's okay, I forgive you! I'll be needing a house of my own since I'm going to be staying for a while, all right? All right, thanks, Bye!"

WW: "...What the hell just happened?"

A little bit later, she asks one of the men, the one who found her when she first arrived, to teach her everything he knows about predicting and manipulating the weather. Her reasons why? Like you have to ask:

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Robin has been approached by the Revolutionary Army, who call her "the light of the revolution." They want her to come with them, but she refuses - until she reads a certain article that changes her mind. She does her own reminiscing on her own past, completely alone until Luffy and the Straw Hats declared war on the world just to get her back.

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Franky, meanwhile, is on the island of the genius inventor, Dr. Vegapunk. He kinda sorta blew up Vegapunk's old lab, which is was considered a national treasure, but thankfully was mistaken for a cyborg gorilla (it makes sense in context) so his bounty didn't go up. Also, all his skin was blown off.

Franky later finds something very interesting...

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More stuff happens, but there's no room to post them and this is getting long enough, so moving on.

Usopp is on a island that's really a giant venus flytrap, where it's easy to get on but nearly impossible to leave. He's also met a man named Heracles, and become really, really fat. Usopp, as is to be expected now, has his own recollections;

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Finally, Roronoa Zoro was sent to the ruins of the Sikkearu Ruins, home of deadly weapon wielding baboons and none other then the greatest swordsman in the world, Juracule Mihawk. Mihawk gave Zoro a boat and left him to fight his way back to Luffy and his crew, but Zoro soon returned, beaten and bloody, and begged for Mihawk's teaching. Mihawk is not amused.

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And with Mihawk accepting that he'll train his rival, we finally get to the message. What did the ringing of the bell really mean? The answer is simple:

Dick all.

The funeral, the bell ringing, it was all smoke and mirrors meant to make people notice and allow Luffy to send out the real message;

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Geez, two years? That's an awfully long time to be separated from your nakama. Nonetheless, it's captain's orders, so the straw hats begin to prepare for their reunion;

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Luffy's going to be doing some training of his own with Rayleigh at an island filled to the brim with deadly animals. Those who watched the tenth movie, Strong World, will find the island very familiar. We finally get an explanation of Haki, which unfortunately I had to cut due to page constraints.

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Well. With everyone hard at work training for the peril of the New World, there's really only one thing left to do;

START THE MUSIC!



What will the straw hats be like in two years time? Will all of them want to sail together after spending such a long time apart? Will Robin come back from her time with Luffy's dad - as Luffy's new mom?! And will anyone have grown a mustache?! Find out soon, same One Piece time, same One Piece channel!

Date: 2010-09-28 06:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] punishermax
I'm so god damn excited right now it's insane.

My biggest wonder is that I can see how all the other Straw Hats can improve, except Robin. Her powers seem to be at the strongest they can really be. My hope is we just see her basically leading an armada of Revolutionary ships, realizing it's time to see Luffy and crew and act all like "Yeah, been nice and all, but time to see my real bros." and bolt.

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-28 06:43 pm (UTC)
punishermax: (Default)
From: [personal profile] punishermax
I'm most interested in how everyone's gonna look. Hopefully Oda doesn't decide to make Robin or Nami's boobs grow during the time skip or something.

Also I'm seriously getting worried about the ending to the story. With the 10 years of his life being taken thing and how he loses time when he uses Gear Second I'm not liking the idea that Luffy may die at the end.

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-28 07:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] akodo_rokku
http://i52.tinypic.com/2uf4tg4.jpg <-- how the crew looks!

Things of note: Franky's bald and seems to have some kind of giant Thing arm. Luffy and Zoro both have new scars (chest and eye respectively) and Zoro may have lost an arm. Nami and Robin, unsurprisingly, seem to have gotten chestier, and changed their hair. Brook's dressed like Bootsie Collins. Chopper's got a new hat, and Usopp's gotten kinda buff. Sanji doesn't seem to have changed much at all, aside from parting his hair the other way.

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-28 07:18 pm (UTC)
punishermax: (Default)
From: [personal profile] punishermax
Holy Shit Sanji looks fucking awesome. Nami looks strange with long hair. Robin has pretty much become Hancock's hotter clone.

Holy shit one armed Zolo jesus what the fuck oh my god

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-28 07:23 pm (UTC)
akodo_rokku: (Default)
From: [personal profile] akodo_rokku
It's possible the loss of arm is just an optical illusion -- what's the bandanna wrapped around if it's not there?

There's some other images floating around too, showing how much more buff Usopp has gotten (signifigantly) and that Robin's taken to wearing shades (still trying to come up with a Caruso joke)

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-28 07:25 pm (UTC)
punishermax: (Default)
From: [personal profile] punishermax
If Robin kicks a dude's ass and then slips the shades on and walk away then One Piece will have officially become the greatest comic in history.

Also I'm kinda happy Luffy looks pretty much the same.

Honestly the only change I don't like is Nami's hair, for some reason it bugs me.

Also http://i.imgur.com/kH5T1.jpg

Oda rules.

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-29 12:08 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
I think it's just an optical thing. Zoro, after all, cannot be reduced to a mere two sword style.

Re: How can she improve.

Date: 2010-09-29 03:35 am (UTC)
akodo_rokku: (Default)
From: [personal profile] akodo_rokku
I agree.

But maybe he starts using a sword with his feet!

Date: 2010-09-29 12:06 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Yea, Robin's already really really good with hers (she hasn't actually had trouble in a 1-on-1 fight without a handicap yet). Working out would make them somewhat stronger, but not that much.


Still, training with Dragon? That's gotta level her up in some method.

Date: 2010-09-29 01:35 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
I'm guessing any level up she gets would be in creativity, rather than raw power. But then, creative use of simple powers is one of the things I love about Shonen manga.

Date: 2010-09-29 01:38 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
She's already so tricky though, I have trouble figuring out what she could add there.

Date: 2010-09-29 02:03 am (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Trust in the Oda, and the Oda shall deliver wonders beyond your knowing!

Date: 2010-09-29 08:13 pm (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Good advice :)

I might have no idea, but Oda will.

Date: 2010-09-28 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tetradecimal
Ace is DEAD? ACE?

D:

I don't know if I could take reading that after the Going Merry scene.

Date: 2010-09-28 10:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zechs80
Croc is still alive in this yes?

Date: 2010-09-29 12:06 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Alive, free, and with Mr. 1.

Date: 2010-09-29 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebecky-mo.livejournal.com
It's today, it's TODAY, IT'S TODAAAAAAAY~!

God, freaking OUT right now. In Oda I trust.

Date: 2010-09-29 01:25 am (UTC)
protogarrett: (Default)
From: [personal profile] protogarrett
I wonder what Robin will be doing. That one is so vague. Can't wait to see what happens!

Date: 2010-09-29 01:47 am (UTC)
punishermax: (Default)
From: [personal profile] punishermax
I've seen preview pages.

Let's just say she rocks the shit out of those sunglasses.

Also Brook has become Jimi Hendrix.

Date: 2010-09-29 01:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] punishermax
Also, is it essentially confirmed at this point that Perona is the newest crewmate?

Cause if that's true then I really can not see how her power could work with the crew.

Date: 2010-09-29 03:26 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Sounds like major speculation to me.

Date: 2010-09-29 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
Forgive me for not knowing, I don't follow one piece or manga in general, but from the way you're all talking I take it there isn't the typical delay for english translations? Since well, usually here seem to be spoilers gallore for series long before they're ever translated.

Date: 2010-09-29 04:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Four week gap. The latest issue *just* came out in Japan (like, a few hours ago 'just'), the previous one was a month ago. After splitting the crew to the four winds as shown here.

And I would be seriously amazed if it wasn't the best selling Shounen Jump over there ever.

Date: 2010-09-29 05:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
I do believe I have heard something to that effect. Wiki claims that One Piece volumes have even beaten sales records for Harry Potter (which was the top selling book (comic and non comic) in Japan.

Date: 2011-02-06 08:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karthzon
Shonen Jump, the magazine One Piece comes out in, actually has its pages posted online by someone who works there BEFORE the magazine is published. It's been going on for years now, so they must be aware of the identity of this guy, but for some reason they let him continue.

So English fan-translations for its most popular manga (including OP) actually come out at the same time as the Japanese chapters.

Date: 2010-09-29 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyrotwilight
Ace died? I'mma go cry now. D:

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