One Piece – Wild Mass Speculation
As readers of manga, or whatever your chosen hobby is, we all have a habit of trying to out-predict the creator. Our minds wander and we wonder what will happen next, even if we know next to nothing about the event we’re thinking of. Like everyone else, this happens to me all the time, although it varies a lot depending on the series. The one I mostly try to predict is Liar Game because I can easily understand the logic that goes into it. With One Piece, on the other hand, I’m actually not as speculative. With all the ridiculous things that happen in this manga, it’s often hard to find the urge to try and guess anything.
A good example is the end of the previous chapter. The reveal that the island that’s half fire and half ice is where Aokiji and Akainu fought is something that should have been SO obvious, but I just couldn’t see it. I suppose a part of it was because I was used to areas like this from Banjo-Tooie, so I didn’t think about it a lot. But that just furthers my point that I’m not used to thinking in the same way as One Piece.
…most of the time.
When I first read this chapter, I was paused on this page for at least a minute grinning like an idiot. The end of this chapter confirmed two different theories I’d had for a while now. The first was that Trafalgar Law was the person responsible for splitting the samurai into several pieces. It was the sort of thing you’d expect from his ability, so I assumed it was the logical conclusion. The second was how one of the Supernovas would become a Shichibukai after the timeskip. Everyone I know assumed the new Shichibukai would be previously established characters, so again it felt like something that would happen.
What does this say about One Piece? I think it says a lot. When it comes to the characters and their actions, no matter how bizarre they may be, there’s always some sort of logic to them if you’re willing to look for it. Characters still behave in rational ways, even if the trains of thought behind the rationality are bizarre. With the world itself, it’s much harder to see the logic. One minute you could be on an island covered in giant trees and soap bubbles, the next you’re surrounded by lightning rain. With all the strangeness there is to the world, I think you can be forgiven for not giving elements of it more than a glance. It’s refreshing to know that deep down, there is a good deal of method to the madness that is One Piece.