I figured I should only post this like two, three days after One Piece episode 482 aired. I’ll assume most One Piece anime fan would have watch this week’s episode already. If you’re also a manga reader, then you know what happens next after the strangle-worthy foul-mouth Akainu punch through Ace’s body like that.
Warnings – possibilities of spoilers ahead.
I have mixed feelings about Ace’s death. A part of me has been looking forward to this scene, and yet a part of me does not want this to come so soon. It’s expected nonetheless, but still I never thought my hair would stand its end when the day finally arrived. I was totally unprepared. Seeing Akainu’s hand punched through Ace’s supposedly harmless body, blood spilled, his vivre card burnt..I was left speechless.
Many Ace’s fans out there may have been disappointed with the progress of the plot or are even angry that Ace has been killed off. My friends were all cursing. He was, after all, only freed from death penalty just moments before. My friends and I have debated whether Ace’s death is necessary. I believe it is.
Without Ace’s death, Luffy may never think that he’s very weak in comparison to the Admirals and the rest of the high-ranking marines. He knows that he’s weak. Otherwise he wouldn’t try to avoid fighting the warlords. He told his crew to run when challenged by Kuma. He was glad he didn’t fight Hancock. These showed that he knows he’s not strong enough to fight them. But I bet he doesn’t know he’s that weak. So I like to believe that Ace’s death had played a role in Luffy’s growth as a man and as a leader. Sure, the Marine vs Whitebeard war itself can show Luffy how weak he is. Without Ace’s death, he would’ve also train harder to grow stronger. But in Luffy’s eyes, Ace’s a much stronger opponent. Yet he died in the hands of that wicked Akainu. It’s a wake up call. Reading the recent manga chapters suggested that Luffy’s a little wiser and a little calmer.
Ace’s like a very minor character in One Piece, and has very little screen time. Yet, he played such a huge role in shaping today’s Luffy. How cool is that?
Sigh…I never thought One Piece would usher in the New Year with Ace’s death!