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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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    One Piece follows a lot of shonen tropes and formulaic storytelling, but Oda puts so much heart and quirkiness into the execution of his characters and worldbuilding that gives the series a profound identity.
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    I really like My Hero Academia as a huge fan of both western superhero comics and action-adventure shonen manga.Yes, it is like Naruto. Specifically Part 1. But it's an improved version of Naruto Part 1. So I don't see why that is a bad thing at all lol. I had some issues with the most recent arc, but aside from that, I think it has a lot of astounding potential and likes to twist certain shonen tropes on their head.

    If there is a shonen that seems too generic nowadays, I think it's Black Clover. I haven't read too much of it, but what I have seen feels cliche and shallow. Like the author is following a cooking book recipe of shonen manga tropes without putting real passion and creativity into how to execute the formula endearingly. So it feels hollow.

    For some reason, medieval-themed shonen have a habit of disappointing me. Black Clover looks mediocre, neither good nor that bad. Fairy Tail is Fairy Tail lol. And Seven Deadly Sins is a mixed bag of things I like and don't like.
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    I think gradual progress will be enough to get Luffy as strong as an admiral. He stood his ground against Fujitora OK at the end of Dressrosa, after all.
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    Also, I actually agree with everything you just said about the Yonko. But we have to look at two things. The first is their respective advantages and disadvantages in regards to their abilities. If Kaido is going to be both the strongest physical fighter and have some sort of immortality, that's a big problem that is going to be very hard for Shanks to figure out on his own no matter how strong his Haki is.

    Also, we need to keep in mind that this is not just a stalemate between the Yonkos themselves, but their crews as a whole. Even if one Yonko captain is technically stronger than the other, initiating a war where all of their crew members have to fight can result in losses that can be way too risky to allow. Hence the stalemate and how Luffy as an outside player is going to shake things up for the endgame as Blackbeard rises in power.
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    Like... Imagine if Usopp was in this arc. What if Luffy couldn't defeat Mont-d'Or because of the illusions in his Book World, but Usopp could? Or what if Usopp actually found ways to defeat Jabra and Trebol in ways that nobody else could with his sniping/deception/Pop Greens? That is what I love seeing above all else, not the next "Zoro fights the second strongest pirate who is coincidentally a swordsman".
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    Thank you. I'm sorry if I typed up a lot, I tend to put a lot into my posts when discussing criticism.

    If you want my personal thoughts, I loved what happened in this latest chapter. An Oars-style Straw Hat team-up fight to stall for time while Sanji bakes and delivers the cake is exactly what I was expecting to happen in this arc ever since Big Mom's Soul Soul Fruit was revealed, although I thought that Luffy would be involved too instead of fighting a Sweet Commander elsewhere in a pocket dimension lol. Personally, I always find it boring when the Weakling Trio has to always fight against the weakest enemies in a pirate crew. I much prefer more dynamic fights where specific character advantages/weaknesses come into play.
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    It's why we're seeing the battle in this latest chapter. It's why we're going to see every villain's strength only match Enel's El Thor or Moria's island shattering punches even though latter villains should be much stronger, because there isn't a visible way to depict the effects of stronger attacks in the same way Dragon Ball Z characters can't be constantly destroying planets/solar systems/galaxies/universes with their attacks unless it's a rare plot device. It's why the Straw Hats got random as hell power-ups in Enies Lobby. And it's why Luffy is probably going to defeat Kaido with a team-up in Wano Country despite struggling so much against Yonko Commanders in this arc.
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