So the war has finally ended. A lot of things happened. Revelation of Ace being the son of Gol D.Roger, Ace’s death and later on Whitebeard’s very own death. That’s a lot of to stomach. It’s clear that an era has ended. With such a strong figure (Whitebeard) gone, how can it not have any impact to the world One Piece operates in?
It’s the marines’ victory. Or so they say. But who are we kidding? I think no one really won. The pirates lost Ace and Whitebeard, two prominent figures, and this has greatly affected the pirates emotionally. The moment Ace let out his last breath, the pirates have clearly lost. They didn’t get what they went there for. However, the marines aren’t in any better shape. If I may, I’d say they lost their souls. Led by a horrific character such as Akainu, what will be of the marines in the future? The guy doesn’t care about his comrades, and even sought to kill them if they defy the rules. What is that? I fear for their future, really.
I’ve seen a good portion of corrupted pirates, but here in this war, I saw a good portion of corrupted marines. Again using Akainu as an example. He’s a master of dirty tricks. If it wasn’t for his cheap lies, Whitebeard will not be stabbed and will stand a better chance of defending himself. If it wasn’t for his dirty insults, Ace would not turn back to confront him. Yes, Akainu was playing the mind games. It’s part of the strategy, it’s part of what a war is all about. But mind games come in many forms. Akainu’s choice is just low. I wouldn’t be proud declaring my victory if I lied to get it. It isn’t fair. This isn’t justice.
I’m not the only one who’s concerned about the marines. Even some of the marines are afraid of what’s happening to themselves. It’s as if they realized that they’ve become merciless killing machines. Coby’s a good example. He’s the one who saw this change. If marines are suppose to portray goodness and kindness, they’ve failed completely for they neglect their own injured men and served only to kill.
While the marines defeated the Whitebeard Pirates, they let loose a huge monster who is Blackbeard. I seriously don’t think Blackbeard shares the same life philosophy as Whitebeard. With Blackbeard so powerful right now and he indulges in that idea, the marines have a bigger problem to solve. Did they see this coming? No. How will they deal with the new breed of evils? No idea.
To think that the one who actually stopped this war is a pirate, can the marines really celebrate their victory? The marines trembled while Shanks arrived. If he hadn’t arrive, maybe the result of the war is different. Maybe at the end, no one survived but that’s exaggerating I know. What I could guess is both sides will have loads of casualties with neither side enjoying an advantage. It’ll be a sad draw.
This war has been a emotional roller-coaster ride. Joy. Agony. Relief. Sorrow. Love. Despair. You name it. I bet this isn’t going be the final war in One Piece. I’m going to bet that in the next war, Luffy gets to fight alongside with his crew. This time around StrawHats will be the one making headlines.