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    lol "Boku no Mac and Cheese". Might as well say Macademia and Cheese.

    Stain's great. The best part is seeing how he serves to inspire the other villains who will use his ideology in their own different ways. I really like the explicit emphasis this series places on role modeling/inspiration for both heroes and villains, which has always been an undertone of both superhero comic books and even in real life if you think about governments, civil rights, entertainment, gangs, organized crime, terrorism, etc.

    Stain's morals are deep, but also flawed. Very flawed. While he does have a point from a certain point of view, there are also pragmatic pros to superhero capitalism. You have Endeavors on one end and Urarakas on the other with the Iidas/commercial sellouts in the gray middle.

    Stain's still a corrupt villain though. Shouto's right about him being an absurd fundamentalist. His design seems to be inspired by the Eastman Ninja Turtles too.

    Have any thoughts on the League of Villains?
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    Of course Luffy will get Awakening and become the strongest character by the end of the series (although Oda will be sure to make Luffy look like the underdog in the final fight like usual, which will make people debate about if he's really the strongest person or not). He will probably exploit a weakness out of Kaido, but not Blackbeard or Akainu.

    He's probably going to introduce Awakening the same way he introduced Gear Second and Gear Third. Out of nowhere lol. Although we might see a bunch of Awakened Zoans in Wano Country inspire Luffy even though their Awakenings are different.
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    Sure, it's easy to assume that the Straw Hats planned that off-panel. But the reveal would have been even MORE awesome if we got a hint or two that we didn't realize until the last minute. Like how the Straw Hats' X marks in Alabasta got used used their bandages and as a silent farewell. That was masterful storytelling by Oda that properly played with out expectations using build-up.

    As for plot armor, that's basically a term a used for characters who are too important to realistically get hurt or defeated, so they need some contrivance to aid them. People like to throw this term around for protagonists in any story a lot because it's so obvious that they can't die and have to win most of the time, but plot armor in this sense is fine so long as you have your protagonists survive and win in plausible built-up ways and not out of nowhere.
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    I think all of this could work better if we saw the Firetank Pirates make more cameos. For instance, do you remember Streussen's introduction scene of him singing while baking the cake? Why not have some Firetank Pirates there helping out or Streussen talk for a panel or two about how he's glad that Bege sent in some extra hands out of generosity? Why not elaborate on Bege, Chiffon, and Linlin's relationship with a mini flashback like Pedro and Carrot got so that the trust he earned from her in only a year feels easier to swallow? And so on.

    This goes to show how much Oda likes to wing his arcs and off-panel unnecessary characters, no matter how much we praise him for his longterm series planning. I also would have liked a panel or two of Brook having a peculiar reaction or something during the planning session so him wearing the disguise makes sense. Only Luffy's grand entrance was foreshadowed, not Brook's role in the plan.
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    I also think that Bege's coup could have been foreshadowed better. I always knew it was going to happen, but I'm talking more about its plausibility. He doesn't show up for about thirty chapters aside from that one scene he shoots Pekoms, and he happens to have everything set up perfectly when the Straw Hats just happen ask him for an alliance. He's also only hung out with Big Mom for only a year and somehow gained enough of her trust to become the chief of security for the wedding. Also, some of Bege's crewmates happened to be following Sanji while Bobbins was chasing him for seemingly no reason at all besides sheer coincidence. He even busted out Caesar off-panel despite his location being said to be under watch by Perospero.
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    Plot convenience is when your suspension of disbelief gets broken by a fortunate coincidence that seems to happen out of nowhere with not enough build-up for the sake of the author needing a plot device. I think Oda has used it at least a couple times in this arc. Like when we saw Jinbe spin the wheel in Chapter 830 and then ends up perfectly okay by deciding not to spin because he could somehow tell it was rigged, as if anybody thought that was a choice lol. He also comes out of nowhere to save the Straw Hats despite completely disappearing for twenty chapters, so we have no idea how he even learned the Straw Hats are on the island and just have to assume he overheard Big Mom's crew talking about having Luffy and Nami prisoner off-panel. I think all of this could have easily been fixed if we saw Fishmen present when the Enraged Army was formed (so they would decide to inform Jinbe) or Pekoms informed Jinbe after being saved by the Sun Pirates.
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    It's always good to learn from other people's thoughts to understand a series deeper than you initially thought. But I was in your position more than a couple years back when I was only a lurker. I didn't always know that Blackbeard would be the final villain and kill Shanks, for example. I realized that from reading threads. And I'm still learning from other people about One Piece and other stories. Everybody has the potential to make a compelling fiction analysis. The fact you're eager to understand other opinions proves that. Posting public opinions takes time to build up confidence and understanding, but it's always possible if you focus on following your creative passion and fun with other people.

    It takes two to tango. So no matter how smart somebody is when making an opinion, it also takes an intelligent person to understand whether that opinion is right or wrong. I would love to hear any thoughts you have some time since you seem knowledgable yourself despite your modesty.
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    You actually remember that comment? Thank you, I didn't know that would resonate with anybody that much.

    That mainly came from seeing how many factions were at play in Dressrosa despite it finally starring one of the longest built-up One Piece villains (one of the two new Admirals got introduced, Sabo also had to be reintroduced, Burgess was present to establish Blackbeard's overlooking Yonko presence) along with generally agreed upon predictions of the Final War having lots of allies for Luffy and how the Grand Fleet is an obvious parallel to Whitebeard's allies. It's not that complicated to notice that Oda probably wants to get allied members out of the way so that he has more freedom in writing arcs before One Piece's endgame rather than having to meticulously build up each ally in a different area.

    So don't worry, I only realized it after the arc ended in hindsight when looking at the arc's flaws of its pacing and split up character focus.
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    Also, thank you for the friend request. I'm always more than happy to chat about, well, anything lol. By the way, nice new avatar!
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    I'm just a geek that has a lot of free time to enjoy entertainment, analyze opinions, type ridiculously long posts, come up with story ideas, and introspect about life. Anybody could make comments like these, I'm nothing special lol. And I can improve a lot more in eloquence and conciseness.

    If I had to name sources, I suppose I learn a lot from forum lurking, looking up definitions of new vocabulary words from stories I get into, being honest about my opinion, and humility when I'm wrong so I can learn. That's all there is to it.
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