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Meet the Geek: Eiichiro Oda on Pedro [One Piece]

Pedro

I finally got another chance to travel to Japan. While here I decided to sit back down with Eiichiro Oda and talk a bit about the last couple chapters of One Piece.

Redgeek: Oda-sensei! Been ages!
Oda: Sup, baby boy! Homie dude! Scruffy Toad! Yes, yes I’ve been very busy.
Redgeek: Have to say, Oda. Your English is getting better and better.
Oda: Yeah, man. Watch enough Game of Thrones you start to pick up on it. Go Robb Stark! Love that guy, he’s my favorite character.
Redgeek: Um, yeah… Let’s talk about Chapters 877 and 878. Really, Oda? Pedro died? This is Pell part two, isn’t it?
Oda: Why does everyone have to bring up Pell? Okay, a few of my characters escaped certain death, so what? I’ll have you know people can survive a gunshot point blank to the face just like Brownbeard. Saw it on the internet.
Redgeek: But, don’t you think that well is dry? It’s true you’re are a great storyteller. Even after all the characters who came back from a doomed scenario, people still believe this will be the exception. Don’t you think it there are better ways to handle these types of story beats?
Oda: I promise you, Pedro is dead. Totally. Absolutely. Irrefutable. Dead.
Redgeek: Perospero survived. They both were at the center of the explosion. They both should be dead.
Oda: ……………………..
Redgeek: And when you say dead, does that mean not alive or missing until they show up again in the story like Sabo?
Oda: How about this? If Pedro is alive, I’ll take you to Tokyo Disneyland next week.
Redgeek: But, I’m going back home tomorrow.
Oda: Sorry, next week only. I’m a busy man. Only get four minutes of sleep a night, you know.
Redgeek: Yeah, yeah, whatever Oda. Always a pleasure, see you next year. …You sure I can’t take a raincheck on Disney—
Oda: Sorry, no understand. Me English not good. Bye-bye!

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One Piece Chapter 742: Ever At Your Side

Plot is moving. That’s good.

I’m conflicted with this chapter. I’m happy, very happy, Usopp fought Trebol & Sugar knowing he would probably lose. But, I’m bothered we only saw the beginning and ending. Now, about the last page, I didn’t like it. When I first read it I had no idea what the hell was happening. I thought Usopp made some sort of plant tentacle vine double of himself. After I got an explanation from a forum I understood the joke but still didn’t care. Don’t hate it but it was too reliant on dumb luck for my taste. Like Oda wrote himself into a corner having to make Usopp beat Sugar while also losing to Trebol while making sure he didn’t physically hurt Sugar.

I hope the Kyros flashback is justified in the next couple chapters because I don’t care about him enough to enjoy all the attention Oda is giving him because at this point I’m assuming he’s going to get taken out quickly by Doflamingo to get to him fighting Luffy. Maybe he’ll take out some members of the Donquixote Family instead. At this point he needs to do something awesome to get me to care more about him.

Speaking of the Donquixote Family, I’m curious how the rest of the family will be defeated. Franky and Usopp are out of commission and Team Sanji busy with Big Mom and/or her crew. That basically leaves Luffy, Zoro, Robin, Kinemon, and Kyros to deal with the rest of the family. Or, not.

Sabo will take down Diamante and there are several pissed off toys about to turn human to serve Trebol and his grunts hell on a platter. Zoro got Pica so that takes care of the elite officers but what about the other Donquixote executives? Kinemon could take one down but someone is missing…Fujitora! Even Law may help a little. I knew Sanji leaving Dressrosa was a departure from the usual versus formula but Oda could be taking it to another level. Looking forward seeing how it plays out.

I wonder if the woman looking at baby Rebecca was the queen? By the way, what’s with Oda hating queens? Either they’re dead or not around. Bad experience watching Alice in Wonderland or Freddie Mercury kicking sand in his face, you decide.