The ‘One Piece’ character who has been resurrected 800 episodes later and angered fans

The ‘One Piece’ character who has been resurrected 800 episodes later and angered fans
The ‘One Piece’ character who has been resurrected 800 episodes later and angered fans

Episode 1097 of the ‘One Piece’ anime has not left anyone indifferent. Called “Ohara’s Will! Legacy Search”, the chapter contained one revelation after another about the Void Century, Vegapunk and even the Revolutionary Army commanded by Dragon, Luffy’s father. Chatting with Shaka, one of the six incarnations of Vegapunk himself (who is a version of Pain and Voldemort signed by Eiichiro Oda), the Straw Hats have discovered some of the great mysteries of the world and Robin has not been left no choice but to raise it out loud the question we all asked ourselves. How does Shaka know so much about that time if the documents that talked about the subject were lost with the destruction of Ohara, the island from which our beloved archaeologist comes?

It was then that Shaka, Vegapunk-01, admitted to having been on said island and having seen there how some giants rescued Ohara’s books and They took them to Elbaf, his own kingdom. Some giants in front of which was… Saul. Exactly, the same Saul who encouraged Robin to laugh during the worst moments of her childhood. The author of the phrase he has held on to all his life the Demon Girl, today the Light of the Revolution. “Even if you think you are alone, the ocean is vast. Someday you will surely find companions and friends who will fight for you and protect you.” A piece of its past that still resonates in our memory as a very particular sound. Dereshi shi shi shi, dereshishi shi shi shi!

Until now we all thought that Saul had died at the hands of Aokiji, the former admiral with ice powers. After all, there was a very explicit panel in which we saw Kuzan attacking the giant with his Ice Time, the attack that he was also using on his day. about to freeze and kill Robin and Luffy. In fact, at the end of Water 7, when Aokiji spoke to Robin in the middle of the mugiwara celebration party, the famous Blue Pheasant said the following: “Jaguar D. Saul was a good friend of mine. Since that day he fought for Ohara 21 years ago, I have continued what he started and helped you escape from that island. As he gave his life to protect you, it is my duty to follow you and make sure that you do not waste yours.” Her death seemed white and bottled… right?

The resurrection of Saul so long later has not pleased a good part of the community and many think that it represents one of the biggest script holes that ‘One Piece’ has had to date and presents many questions. Why hasn’t the giant tried to contact Robin in the last 20 years? And if Dragon knew that he was alive, how come he didn’t tell the archaeologist during the two years she spent in the Revolutionary Army? Not to mention the chilling déjá vu that runs through all of us and reminds us the most famous deus ex machina in anime history: the dragon balls.

One of the most recurring criticisms of One Piece has to do precisely with this, with Eiichiro Oda’s difficulties in saying goodbye to his characters, and the plot is strengthened more than ever with the resurrection of Saul. The mangaka already threatened to bring back Kozuki Oden during the Onigashima War, back in the Wano final stretch, but we were lucky and it all ended in a momentary trick by Kanjuro. Even so, said trick served as a cliffhanger prior to a break and the mere idea provoked the chaos and rejection of the majority of fans. Many are wondering what’s next if we keep bringing back people like Saul. That Ace is still alive? Pedro? Rosinante? And why not Bell-mère, for that matter?

The turn of the wheel has touched and affected many more issues. The doubts about whether Aokiji was good or bad are cleared up, since he has no longer killed anyone and his story loses the nuances that led him to be one of the grayest characters and fascinating of all those who make up the navy. It is clear that his current alliance with Blackbeard is pure fiction and that, when the time comes, will help the Straw Hats. On the other hand, if the giant survived and saved Ohara’s books, that means that the Government’s Buster Call failed and that Just travel to Elbaf to discover the mysteries of the Empty Century. And although the genocide of his people continues to haunt Robin, his past is now noticeably less tragic. There are still people alive from it and the knowledge of its people has not been exterminated from the face of the earth. He has stopped being alone and condemned to oblivion.

Of course there are also those who are in favor of the return. For many, just because of Robin’s excited face it has already been worth it, and God (that is, Goda) knows that the archaeologist deserved happiness. She was already playing. But in addition, the defenders of surprise assure that Aokiji never used his Ice Time attack, but instead Ice Time Capsule, which would have preserved Saul’s body. Either that, or the flames of the Buster Call caused Kuzan’s ice to melt (and then burn, which is why many consider it the man with the face on fire). In any case, his hypothetical death occurred out of shot, off camera, and anything could have happened. Not to mention that his full name is Jaguar D. Saul, with a D. Like the rest, we are facing another of the characters called to change the world and it is clear that he will be able to do so in the immediate future, when he returns to history more than 800 episodes after his death (we are going for 1102 and it was at 278). It’s been 18 years in real life.

For or against, the news is a shock and shows once again that Eiichiro Oda has decided to press the accelerator in order to be able to finish One Piece in three years, which he has already recognized as his goal from now on. It will not be the last surprise and for us, as long as they serve to give us more reasons to see the Straw Hats in Elbaf, welcome. Usopp’s Test of Courage, the Ohara books, Kid…

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