What was I thinking? Oh, I know. I was thinking Oda would go the extra mile designing what could possibly be the one character in the world other than select members of the World Government and what remains of Roger’s Crew who knows what went down during the Void Century. Oh well, instead say hello to Robin Clone #127.
This is the chapter where we learn how Oden ended up sailing with the Whitebeard Pirates. As an Official Card-Carrying Oden Hater (meetings every Tuesday and Friday), even I thought Whitebeard making him hold onto a chain behind the Moby Dick was cold. Anyway, Izo’s there and it’s great seeing him mad at his future daddy. We later learn Cat Viper and Dogstorm stowed away, predicting Oden would sneak aboard too. Good call, guys. Why is Kin’emon in charge again?
We meet Robin’s Ancestor who is saved from Captain Karma who I assume has a devil fruit or one of his parents is a fish person. It doesn’t matter, because Oden is ready to protect her and the Whitebeard Pirates show up too. McWhitey knows Oden failed his test in order to save Dr. Who so he’s letting him join anyway. Boo! No, no, I kid. This flashback’s much better with Whitebeard in it.
Shall we talk about Toki? Her being from 800 years in the past isn’t a huge shocker. Most fans predicted she came from around the time of the Void Century. The question now is why is she trying to get to Wano? Is there something there she needs to see? A poneglyph perhaps? And, if so, what information does she need to know? Hmm… It’s also implied she’s never been to Wano, so why is she dressed in a kimono? Is it simply a disguise? Double hmm… I gotta say, y’all. I hope all the decades of build-up of what happened during the Void Century is worth it.
A good chapter. Yep, I said it. I liked it. Sure, it was rushed but that’s just how it’s gonna be for the entire flashback. I’m at peace with it now. Naturally, the Whitebeard Pirates and Toki’s introduction made it good. And, now we’ll be seeing Oden and Roger together. I’m always down for more of the Gol. D. Not to mention, whether Whitebeard and Roger will have issues seeing each other again after the fall of the Rocks Pirates. Oh, who am I kidding? Whitebeard won’t give a crap about all that. He’s got his own crew now and is happy. I wouldn’t be surprised if ole Dubba Bee himself turned on Rocks at the very end! And, then he, Goldie, and Garp went out to KFC to celebrate. Or, at least Starbucks. Garp gets a 15% Navy discount on every order. Lucky bastard.