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Ch. 974 - Onward to Onigashima!!
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@Peter_5 @NLight Thanks!
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1. Sorry for your loss, team.
2. What the fuck. Double twist? What the fuck?
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Finally, a sea battle!

It's ironic it's a pirate themed manga but most of the fights happen on land.


Hopefully we have a proper naval battle this time.
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Nice typesetting you have there, it really improved the chapter giving the right mood to each character.
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Have to admit that the TS-ing is improved and looks better.
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I actually try to not expect anything or theorize, so that the development can still surprise me, but Kanjuro being the traitor was not really a surprise. He had the smallest influence overall and made the most sense to be the traitor. I considered Denjiro for a time, but the recent chapters strongly went against that.

It was a kinda long flashback arc and was strong in many aspects, but overall felt weak. Like most of these kinds of arcs it suffers from us, the readers, not having spend enough time with any of the characters, because they mostly only get introduced in the flashback or shortly before and thus the reader doesn't have a strong emotional connection to them like to the mainline characters. Oda really tried to push for that especially with Oden, but it didn't really work as well for me. I felt a stronger connection to Roger or Whitebeard than to Oden for example.
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I think i enjoyed one piece better when i read and or watched it every 6 months instead of checking each release.
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@Liquidxlax it says NO break next week ^^
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Last time these three got together, they wrecked ball in shabody mangroove island, I guess this time the wreck ball in wano
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@Liquidxlax There's no break
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Shit, what a hype chapter. I always suspected Kanjuro, but when Orochi mentioned the performer stuff (a kabuki) and I saw that devil fruit I immediately knew. I didn't, however, expect that he was a Kurozumi; I figured he would be a sort of "redeemable" traitor that we often see -- mostly because of how long he's been with them. I never would have expected such a sinister level of full-blown insanity. The dude can clearly draw as well. Now I'm curious what role he and his fruit will play in the coming fight.

Speaking of the fight -- it's finally starting! This'll probably be the biggest one since Marineford. I figure the WG will probably sticks its nose in somehow, too. Good to finally see the Strawhats back together again as well; it feels like it's been forever.
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@drumztv Thank you guys so much for the translation!
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@berryoragami I reemember people saying he was probably a bad guy from nearly the first chapter he showed up. He is like anti Bon-Clay. Sucks that break is next week but hopefully now thee fighting starts, though I wonder where big mom is
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Shoulda known he was the traitor once it said the traitor was an actor playing a role, he's literally dressed as a kabuki actor ahhh
That ending tho!!!
Thanks for translating!
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god its about time that whole flashback finish! i'm gonna have to skip that whole part when it gets to anime
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YES!! What a beast entry!!
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@stonefinger

Nah, when all this is over Kanjuro is going to sleep with the fishes.
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Whew. That flashback was way too long. A lot of it was important to the plot and backstory, sure, but there was way too much going on. I feel like this needed to be broken up and doled out in tidbits over time.
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With all the flashbacks the last 5-ish chapters, now that we're back to the main timeline I'm a little confused lol
Many thanks
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crazy theory:
once momonosuke is on onigashima, kanjuro's role is over. he could perfectly play the role of kozuki oden and help momonosuke be the next heir to the throne. he himself said that he has no loyalty to either party and solely moves to play a role
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