One Piece – Behind The Black
I’m just gonna get right to the point this time: who is this mysterious fellow introduced on the last page of this chapter? I’ve seen characters hidden in the shadows like this before, so there are a few things we can guess from this. The first is that this is obviously someone we know from before, or else there would be no point in hiding their face. We can also assume that this character has a clearly defined position higher than Law, or else someone as composed as him would never have been this shocked. Considering Law’s current position as a Shichibukai and the high power level he’s shown off so far, we can rule out anyone except those few people. Initially, I also thought that keeping the face of the man hidden meant that he was someone we’ve seen the appearance of before. However, the two most likely characters are those we haven’t met face-to-face, so that doesn’t hold up as well.
The first candidate is the one I thought of the moment this person stepped out of the shadows, which is Kaidou. Law’s whole reason for being on this island was to find a weapon capable of taking on one of the Yonkou, which means whichever Yonkou that is would inspire a powerful reaction from him. We don’t know which one he’s going after, but the body type doesn’t match with Blackbeard or Big Mam, and while Shanks is possible, I don’t feel like he would be showing up this early in the New World. I can’t say for sure why someone like him would be somewhere so close to the start of the New World, but on an island as twisted as Punk Hazard, anything is possible.
The second candidate is who most of the people I’ve listened to have guessed, which is Dr. Vegapunk. This is so probable that even I quickly came around to the theory. The name of Vegapunk has been thrown around this arc more than any before it, so at some point we had to hear something about who he is or what he’s currently doing, but I never expected him to actually show up on Punk Hazard. I can even come up with a few logical reasons for him to be on the island, since one of his most powerful weapons is dormant here and he could be retrieving it. That would help explain why Law is so pissed off if his plans are about to get wrecked.
I’m having trouble thinking of who else this person could be. At first I thought Eustace Kidd or one of the other Supernovas, but his dialogue suggests he hasn’t seen Law in many years. I’ve heard some good arguments that it could be Aokiji, though I would have to question why he thought to hide out on the island everyone knows he was last seen on. It would be interesting if this was an already established crew member of the Yonkou, since they haven’t gotten a lot of development yet. Sucks that we have to wait an extra week for any kind of answer, but knowing this series, it could very well be until the end of the story arc before we see either of these two again.