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One Piece 604

[scanlation by Binktopia]

Lackluster Jump cover, but the chapter cover page more than makes up for it.

Brook mistaking a whale for Laboon is funny enough, but Luffy correcting him by claiming it’s Whitebeard is even funnier.

Any worries over Caribou attacking pretty quickly are being assuaged by the appearance and reaction of Mohmoo. These circumstances are funny, and I appreciate that we aren’t diving into a serious battle right away, but reintroducing Hatchan might have been enough of a nod back to Arlong Park. That said, this the precursor to Fishman Island, after all, so I can’t criticize it for simply being a forced attempt at nostalgia.

It would be uncharacteristic of the Straw Hats to simply throw Caribou into the ocean, but I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t. Caribou isn’t a particularly interesting character so far.

Usopp serving as the crew’s lie-detector would be an amusing touch.

Trust him, he's a professional

Sanji kicking Caribou for ogling Nami leads to a comedy scene, but the kick itself should not be ignored. The fact that Sanji was able to make contact with a character who has claimed to be a Logia user means either that Sanji has developed Haki more than was perhaps expected of him at this point, or that Caribou was being deliberately vague, and he isn’t a Logia at all.

What is this, Bill Nye the Science Guy? I’m supposed to be reading about a glorious adventure into an amazing undersea world. Stop scientifically explaining away every last detail of the mysticism.

Magic everywhere in this bitch

At least all of Nami’s intelligent dialogue led to a great group punchline. Luffy judging things as “mysterious” truly never gets old, and he finally has company.

Caribou giving a warning to the Straw Hats to turn back makes me think that he may end up serving as a “guide” type of character instead of an antagonist. I could easily see him being frightened by a display of strength from Luffy, realizing he has no chance, and instead offering some guidance and advice to help push the Straw Hats forward into new territory, both figuratively and literally.

Ignoring unfunny catchphrases and jokes, the use of a Kraken here is actually a positive choice. It’s too early for the crew to get involved in a major battle against a particular antagonist, but a limited demonstration of their newfound strength against a neutral creature is a perfectly acceptable way to show a little action without requiring a major investment of time or future consequences. This also lends some credence to my thoughts regarding Caribou, as taming the Kraken would seem to be more than sufficient proof that he is outmatched.

Final Flash: The Caribou stuff is acceptable but not hugely engaging, and the explanation of climate and currents was too lengthy, but the Kraken seems like it will provide the first genuinely interesting plot element since the timeskip.

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  1. J
    November 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I didn’t think Sanji’s kick was a display of haki, since Franky was also able to touch Caribou when he was holding him up in his hand (unless you’re telling me that Franky also knows haki).

    • November 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      Personally, I don’t think Caribou is a Logia user. His original response regarding being a Logia was too vague, and whatever his power looked like didn’t seem like a traditional “element”-style Logia.

      However, I won’t judge either way on whether or not Franky has Haki. Haki seems to be somewhat of a prerequisite now for fighting stronger opponents, but I hope he doesn’t have it, and instead uses inventions to be able to fight on an even playing field.

  2. d10
    November 15, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I really only expect Luffy to be capable of using Haki. The only other ones who I could possibly see having it would be Zoro and Sanji, but I still don’t expect them to have it.

    Personally, I’d rather Haki to be as rare of an ability as Rayleigh said it was when he first explained it, otherwise it’ll take all the fun out of the fights in this series.

  3. cikboom
    November 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Yeah, i guess that Caribou isn’t a Logia user, he’s a Paramecia. At first, i think it was the power of candle, but Mr.3 already has it. So i think more deeply… and i found that Caribou’s power maybe something related to cement. Yaeh, cement. I hope my guess right

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