Finally, Luffy’s crew found out about Ace’s death. We’ve seen how the world reacted to his death right? So it’s time to see how those close to Luffy received the news. I find it touching that the crew’s first thought was about Luffy. They felt for Luffy. I bet they know Luffy’s taking it harder than anyone else. Of course, they were shocked about the news, but they don’t really know Ace. I mean, they met at Alabasta and that’s about it.
I am pretty sure they were crushed for not able to be there for Luffy when he needed them the most. If we reflect on past episodes, Luffy has always been there for his crew members when they needed him. For example, Luffy was there for Robin when she needed a light to encourage her to live. She was pretty much a living dead before she met Luffy and when she decided to sacrifice herself to join CP9 in order to save the StrawHat Pirates.
Like Ace’s death, I’ve already anticipated this. It’s one of the things I find myself doing since I’m also the manga reader. I brace myself for what comes next (I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not). Still, I caught myself getting intense as I waited for their response. Their surprises and maybe even their pain were conveyed loud and clear.
Also, Dadan’s reaction to Ace’s death and Luffy’s well-being was truly heartbreaking. I’m glad Oda decided to show Ace’s and Luffy’s past together and introduced a guardian who is so close to them. She doesn’t show it, but we all know how she felt about those boys. She’s an amazing character, playing the role of a mother to Ace and Luffy. She’s protective of them and is the kind who is willing to give up her life for them. When I saw her punching Garp…man, I wish it was me punching instead. She’s one of the remnants of Luffy’s happy past with Ace. Only she could really tell Luffy’s pain for losing Ace. Perhaps one day, Luffy can sit down with her in that shelter and start talking about Ace. >.<
Anyways, the anime is catching up pretty quickly. Or maybe not but it sure feels like it’s catching up. Soon, the crew will reunite and lots of other interesting stuff will happen. I’m sure loads of fans are waiting for the moment. I know I am.
So..ladies and gentlemen, fans of One Piece, do you think the StrawHat Pirates will be reunited in anime by the end of the year? Let’s just cross fingers and hope that there will be no fillers whatsoever.