- Sanji comes off really well in the Little Garden arc. Zoro comes off as out of his freakin' mind, but what else is new... Usopp! Usopp is so adorable here ^______^ He's met his idols and I think he really learns something from them. I know many Usopp-fans think he's got among the best character developments of the entire gang, and in many ways they are right. Because Usopp's dream isn't to become the best of anything, just to become Good and dare to follow his dreams, his process of maturing is more realistic. I mean, for being One Piece...
- As we leave Little Garden, Zoro is grumbling about his lack of strenght. This is important I think (not only for the must-cut-iron foreshadowing), because it's the start of his dissatisfaction with himself imo. I mean, I know he got his ass kicked by Mihawk, but even Zoro seems to admit that Mihawk is truly beyond him. He wants to catch up, but he's not feeling that he himself is a failure by losing to the worlds strongest man, so to speak. However, he promised Luffy he wouldn't lose again - in Zoro's eyes, I think that while it is marginally acceptable to lose (temporarily) to the Best Guy Ever, anything more means he has completely and utterly failed. Mr. 3 could catch him and he became helpless; even if Mr. 3 doesn't fight with swords, that's too much of a weakness for Zoro.
He's seeing the world and realizing what the scale of strenght really is in the Grand Line, but for now, his only way to tackle this is by a rather negative way of thinking. "I'm bad, gotta become stronger for strenghts own sake".
- Hmm, idk, but if anyone can become ill from the variable weather on the Grand Line, "even the strongest warrior", how come it's never been a question before or after Nami's illness? Hmpf. Glad that Vivi notices her amazing navigational skills, though! The other Strawhats are all too clueless for this, so it's good that someone can see such things
- Okay, Zoro as a lookout I can buy
- I completely forgot who Wapol was. He showed up halfway recently in a cover story, and I had to go look him up on the Wiki. Too durned many characters, One Piece, too many by half.
AND HE'S CHEWING ON THE MERRY THE BASTARD KILL'IM!!
- I love the bit where all the Strawhats are sleeping on the floor in ill!Nami's room. Aw so sweet ^^ And then we get another extremely cute scene with Luffy and Zoro keeping watch of Nami and Luffy's sooooo excited about the new island but can't abandon nakama omg island~
- Vivi teaches the Strawhats and Luffy, that sometime you can't fight your way through things. It's an interesting scene, because it's rare that any of them do a formal bow (especially for Luffy), but it happens once or twice in important scenes later on too. Vivi leaves her mark on the Strawhats and they remember what she's shown them about leading.
- Ah, Zoro's scarred feet. You know, I always figured that his scars were due to "rule of cool", but it actually seems as if there is a consistant logic to them. The big wound on his chest was first sewn up by Usopp and Johnny, then torn open by Arlong. The doctor in Nami's village even has a freakout at how badly it's been grafted together. The scars on Zoro's foot look as if he's sealed them himself, perhaps with some help from Usopp and Sanji (or whomever). We just got shown that the only one with even the vaguest sense of medical skills is Nami, so no wonder they get the snazzy Frankenstein's seam look. Same with the timeskip scar - Zoro was away from Chopper and I would guess neither of the people who were there with him had any major skills in how to treat wounds.
- This is getting really long & I gotta do other stuff today (why?). But I'll finish with saying that Dr. Kureha is totally cool. Belly-button pierced old ladies, rock on!
Originally posted at Dreamwidth.