One Piece – Smiley Sounds Like a Real Nuclear Weapon Name
I’m constantly being impressed by the real-world themes that can be inserted into this series. Not long ago we saw a villain using drugs on children to keep them under control, and now we get to see a bio-weapon being put to use. It still managed to show the impact such a weapon would have even when it came from a goofy looking creature like Smiley the Slime Lizard. Of course I doubt any real weapon would have the effect of instantly petrifying all those caught in it, which may be one of the big reasons why this kind of attack could be shown in a shonen magazine. As long as there’s that small bit of disbelief, the level of terror is manageable.
This spectacle also gives us the chance to see just how dangerous a person Caesar Clown really is. We’ve had villains with powerful weapons before, but in those cases it felt like something the character had, not something the character was. You get the feeling that this person’s mere existence could potentially fuel events like what happened with Spandam and the Buster Call, which makes him seem one step above that because people like him are the ones who permit earlier villains to become dangerous. So by letting this weapon go off, we get to see how far things have come since then.
Now one of the most noteworthy effects of Smiley’s attack is the one which most likely won’t be explained for a long time. Smiley being given the giant candy somehow caused a nearby apple to turn into a Devil Fruit! As someone who has put a lot of thought into the mystery of the fruits – possibly more than any other mystery in the series – this was something amazing to witness. Looking online, it seems like most people have come to the same conclusion, which is that the Fruit powers transfer to the nearest normal fruit of the same type upon the death of the current wielder. It makes sense to me, since I personally believed the “transfer on death” part for a while now, though the exact method by which the power transfers has yet to be seen. We don’t even know if Smiley is dead yet, but at least that information should be coming soon.
In summary, we managed to get quite a lot from a chapter devoted mostly to a bomb hitting an island. I could imagine some other series would just use the attack as a display of brutality and gore, but it’s good to see that One Piece is above that. I just hope everyone can get to safety in time, but it sounds like Luffy and Law have some sort of plan in the works already, so that’s going to be fun to watch.
Posted on August 5, 2012, in Chapter Discussions, One Piece, Shonen Action and tagged Caesar Clown, Devil Fruit, gas attack, manga, One Piece, shonen. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Oh wow, that’s one piece a real good information. I wish I had the time to read around as much as I wanted to and I didn’t give much thought about the devil fruit transformation besides finding it weird. So maybe powers can be transferred this way huh? Now if this confirmed true and once other people in OP world finds out, will One Piece become a war involving killing and stealing devil fruit powers? Like how Naruto dedicated a huge portion on stealing Sharingans to increase one’s power.
If what we know about Blackbeard’s actions is true, that may have already happened, and that’s how he became one of the Yonkou. Considering most of the fruit users are already pirates and marines, I doubt this information would lead to any more fighting than they already deal with every day.
I have always liked One Piece by how it uses real world themes as you mentioned. We have bio-weapons, worshipping gods, slavery, racism and more. I wouldn’t even hesitate to say that One Piece is rather dark if you look behind the silly surface.
I think it said goodbye to any chance of a light background after the Buster Call, and it’s good to know those themes are still present and being acknowledged after all this time.
Yeah… I think that was the real turning point, now that you mention it. I’m surprised One Piece is able to have the stuff it does without creating any fuss.
Most of what it does isn’t bad enough to warrant investigation, I think, like how the drugs in this arc are called candy and explicitly shown to be a bad thing.