Top Ten Shandian Guerrillas

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , , on July 15, 2012 by Stalker

After reaching the islands in the sky, Luffy and crew end up meeting a number of angelic beings and alot of them want to fight.  Among those fighting the Strawhats are the Shandian Guerrillas who fight off all outsiders and especially the current “Kami” and his priests.  Lets take a look at some of them who stand out from the rest.

1. Braham:  This guy stands out as a pretty cool guy among the Shandians.  He’s also probably the most modern looking with his toque, jacket and dual wielding a pair of “Flash” guns.  Compared to everyone else who mostly fight with spears (and the occasional bazooka) Braham has a pretty unique style.  Plus check out my theory on a potential connection between Braham and Brahm.  Could it be true? It’s doubtful.

2. Visor:  This guy is a notable nobody but has a pretty cool design.  It seems that the mask was probably taken from some Blue Sea invader because it doesn’t seem to fit him quite right but the horns are a nice touch.  Too bad we don’t see more of him.

3. Squint: Another nobody with a simple design. This hippie looking guy “gets high” on a dial powered skateboard instead of drugs and comes down after being defeated by Enel and his gang.  Way cooler than hippies.

4. Laki:  I don’t know what the rest of the Shandian women are doing but Laki atleast is bringing the fight to Enel and his lackeys.  Once the fighting is over it seems that she decided to run a Pumpkin Cafe with Conis instead of protecting the new Kami Galford but atleast she can share some tales about that great war that put him power.

5. “Lanky“:  This lanky nobody shows up for a bit after defeating a sheep militia guy but gets defeated by Zoro right away.  He sure looks determined especially with his eyes rolled back like Gedatsu. Then again maybe that’s what caused him to lose.

6.  Warashi: As one of the last standing warriors in the fight it’s safe to assume that Warashi is a formidable foe although we don’t actually see him do much, with an axe like that he could be deadly.

7. Mayushika:  Standing alongside Warashi is Mayushika who may not look as intimidating but seemed to make it just as long as him.  His weapon is a curious one in that it looks kind of like a wide flat pitch fork with round points.  I’d like to see how he actually uses that to kill someone.

8. Wiper: If this Top Ten list went strictly according to effort Wiper would get first place without a doubt.  Unfortunately his renegade style doesn’t make him so cool.  The Mohawk Mullet alone keeps him from the top 5 and his grass skirt doesn’t help the matter.  Fortunately it seems to just have been a faze since his appearance before and after are much cooler, but it won’t help him on this list.

9.  “Little Oarsy“: This guy shows up more than once and has a unique look that is also pretty cool but doesn’t make much sense.  He seems to have horns coming out his head, but they don’t look fastened on and unless he actually grew them it means he must have glued them, which is just weird.  Nevermind the horns his jaw protector is also a big useless accessory.  Is it just tied around his neck? What’s it supposed to do?  There is a lot more of him that he should be concerned with covering than his jaw if he is going to go into battle.

10. Genbo:  Rounding out the bottom of the list is Genbo with his bizarre chefs hat and animal skin sleeves without a shirt.  If you’ve seen him as a kid he used to wear a cowboy hat which instantly grants him some cool points in comparison, but for now he barely makes this list.  Which is more than what can be said for Kamikiri…

11. Kamakiri (special mention): Kamikiris fashion sense certainly doesn’t help him beat out the competition for ranking on this list, much like his futile attacks on Enel.  He seems to be quite a poser imitating Kalgara’s style with a feathery pink vest but together with his mohawk and oversized sunglasses this guy just isn’t as cool as the rest of his team.  He does show some courage while fighting though so he atleast deserves a mention.

12. Yotsubane “off topic”:  This guy showed up in the comic with Mayushika and Warashi but I didn’t think he was cool enough to make the list with the rest of those guys.  I did want to point out that Oda actually released a rejected sketch of what the guy was going to look like at first.  We don’t know exactly why the first sketch wasn’t used but I thought it was interesting to see anyway.

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Top Ten Jaya Insects

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , on July 7, 2012 by Stalker

The Strawhats couldn’t set out for Skypeia until they headed strait south of Jaya using a unique South Bird.  The only problem was that it was already dark and the South Bird didn’t want to go.  So the South Bird sent an army of insects after the Stawhats to chase them out.  Here is a look at the creatures sent against them in the approximate order they were encountered.

1.  Bees:  The first insects that actually attack are from a Bee hive that seemed to be knocked down by the South Bird.  Later it would seem that the South Bird had a sort of telepathic influence on the rest of the creatures.

2. Giant Centipede: This guy was defeated by Zoro right away but it was just a sign of things to come.

3. Giant Praying Mantis:  Probably the most lethal opponent in the forest, these giant Mantis’ can actually chop down trees and might have actually given Luffy some trouble if Chopper would have let him fight them.

4. Giant Grasshoppers:  Zoro becomes super pissed at these huge grasshoppers but he actually just beats them with the back of his sword as a warning to anything else that wants to stop him.

5. Giant Lady Bugs:  Even though Usopp, Nami and Sanji had already encountered Tarantulas, regular centipedes and moths, the first real attack on them comes from giant Lady Bugs that come rolling down over them.

6. Hornets:  After bee-ing stung earlier (is that a pun?) Chopper again prevents Luffy from attacking these Hornets.  Personally I would think that the appearance for the Bees and Hornets would be the other way around. I’m used to Bees being fuzzy and Hornets looking more slick, but I guess in the end you should just avoid them both.

7. Giant Slug: I’m guessing that Usopp was the one who brought the salt along but then again Sanji is a cook so maybe he did.  Either way I doubt they would have enough to kill this guy.

8. Fireflys:  As the night goes by the attacks seem to become more relentless starting with Fireflys…

9. Cockroaches:  …followed by Cockroaches…

10. Pigs: …and lastly, out of nowhere, comes an attack from a herd of pigs.  Why is there a herd of pigs in the forest with all the rest of those insects? Who knows? Except for Oda I guess.

11. Hercules Beetle (special mention):  Although this creature didn’t actually attack the Straw Hats he was in the same forest.  The unique thing about this bug was that Luffy had a hard time deciding wether it was better than the fabled One Piece that the entire series is named after.  Fortunately he chose One Piece and continued the adventure or else the journey would be over already.

Top Ten Nobodys part 1 Mocktown

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Stalker

While we’ve seen noteworthy nobodys mixed in to the various pirate crews, I want to take some time to point out some of the guys that just appear in the background somewhere.  In this case some guys found in Mocktown, a pirate haven on the island of Jaya.  Considering these guys aren’t real characters but rather just bystanders to make the world feel more real, I think it’s quite a testimony to Oda’s creativity for how cool (or crappy) they can be.

1. “Scorpion”: Naming him after the Scorpion tattoo he has this guy has a very simple design but I would like to see him become an actual character.  If nothing else atleast he’s cooler than the guy named Scorpion who showed up in the anime.

2. “Cobway”: This cowboy has a pretty intense stare and I figure he might be good in a duel, but we’ll never know.

3. “Grinny”: This guy actually delivers a line which is more than can be said for (and by) alot of the other guys on this list.

4. “Grimey”: Along with Grinny above, Grimey also is seen in a conversation and he’s even caught the attention of the lady beside him.

 

5. “Worry Stache“:  With his traditional pirate outfit this pirate king wannabe just heard something that ruined his day.

6. “Happy Stache“:  Unlike the guy above him Happy Stache is having the time of his life.  I wonder how many stores there are that are dedicated to selling that same pirate outfit.  You would think the Marines would simply arrest anyone who shops there and save themselves some trouble.

7. “Bull K Skull“:  He has a bull skull on his shirt and he reminds me of Bulk and Skull from Power Rangers.  Thus was born the legend of Bull K Skull.

8. “Schlope Mattz“:  Trust me when I say this guy is a schlope mattz.  There’s no time to explain though, we have to check out the next nobody.

9. “Ricey“: I wouldn’t ever expect to see a pirate with a perfectly rounded bowl of rice on his head but here he is.  I imagine that he is quite popular with the seagulls around the docks.

10. “Poodle”:  This guy needs a good smack in the head.  Maybe it would flatten out his puffy poodle hair.  If not hopefully it would still hurt him.

Top Ten Bellamy Pirates

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , , on June 29, 2012 by Stalker

The Bellamy pirates show up briefly in Mocktown before the Straw Hats go off to the islands in the sky.  We don’t learn alot about them except that they are are huge jerks and have taken on the symbol of the shichibukai Doflamingo. Doflamingo later has Bellamy killed for disgracing his symbol when Bellamy lost to Luffy.  I presume that Bellamys crew either broke up or is being lead by Sarquiss.  Wether they are still a crew or not let’s take a look at the members who were there in Mocktown.

1. Ross:  Ross doesn’t do much except for stand around looking cool and at one point he smashes Luffys face into a window.  He has two mysterious elements about him in his unrevealed face and that we haven’t heard him speak yet.  For now I think that makes him the coolest guy on the crew.

2. Sarkies & Lily:  Walking around shirtless with a long furcoat much like Ross, is Sarkies who is Bellamys 2nd in command.  He has the nickname “Big Knife” due to the big kukri knife that he uses in combat. He is also seen with Lily who is either a fellow pirate, his girlfriend or a woman that he bought, given that he offers to “buy” Nami as well.  He’s a jerk and a bully like the rest of the crew and Lily doesn’t mind laughing at others either.  Sarkies atleast got his face smashed into the ground by Black Beard which I’m sure everyone thought was long over due.

3. Hewitt:  This grumpy gus was going to get the nickname “21” from me, until I found out his name is actually Hewitt.  He is apparently the crews chef but the only thing I know for sure about him is that he reminds me of the guy from “Mr. Sunshine“.

4. Rivers & Mani:  Rivers is apparently the Bellamy crews sniper, making him the natural rival of Usopp if the two teams ever fight.  He has a few lines but is mostly seen sitting around with his girl Mani.    Time will tell if we ever see more of him.

5. Bellamy the Hyena:  Luffy and Bellamy are an awesome pair to compare and contrast each other to.  Similaritys include the fact that they are both rookie pirates with high bountys, they both have devil fruit powers and have similaritys in appearance.  They both wear shorts and sleeveless shirts, presumably to allow for freedom of movement while using their devil fruit abilitys.  Luffy has the rubber fruit that allows him to stretch and bounce while Bellamy has the spring fruit which allows him to turn his limbs into springs and bounce around.  Bellamy and Luffy also have similar messy hair (although Luffys is dark and Bellamys is light) and they both have a scar by their eye.  The major points of difference between the two are that Luffy has a grand dream that he wants to accomplish and likes to help others achieve their dreams as well.  Bellamy on the other hand just likes to mock people’s dreams and prevent them from coming true.  Ultimately it seems any dreams that Bellamy had won’t get the chance to come true since Doflamingo had him killed but it seemed to be a fitting end for him.

 

6. “Kevin“:  Seen only once the nerdy looking guy hiding in the back ground reminds me of Kevin from the Sin City comics.  Perhaps he also sits around silently until he gos on a hooker hunt?  Or maybe he’s just an accountant, we’ll probably never know.

7.  Muret:  As the crews doctor Muret wears an outfit that almost resembles that of a nurse.  I wonder if her skills were good enough to remove the fist imprint left on Bellamys face by Luffy? If so she must be pretty good.

8. “Cornrows“:  While only seen once standing in the background Cornrows gets his nickname from me because of his peculiar hair style.  I don’t think there’s another character yet who has had that kind of hair so that makes him pretty unique even if not cool.

9. Eddy:  It seemed pretty obvious from the first time we saw him writing in his book that this guy was probably the crews navigator which was later confirmed as well.  It seems fitting since he really doesn’t look like a fighter.

10.  “Dreadlocks”: Taking a swig from his wine bottle the guy I call Dreadlocks is only seen once from what I can tell.  No other info has been given for him so we’ll probably never know if he’s good for anything other than filling the last spot of this list.

Top Ten Alabasta Rebels

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , , on June 29, 2012 by Stalker

The other side involved in Alabasta’s Civil War is none other than the rebels lead by Kohza and his childhood gang called the Sand Sand Clan.  Baroque Works of course had its members secretly involved in order to keep the chaos going, but I’ve made sure that none of them made this list.  It wasn’t easy to find many rebels that really stood out from the rest but let’s take a look at some that did.

1. Kohza: While Kohza has a history of fighting with and for the Royal family, he takes a stand against them for the sake of his home country which they rule.  Even as a child he was ready to confront the king when it seemed like he wasn’t doing enough for the country, which eventually lead to him getting beat up trained by Chaka in sword fighting.  He seems to be a decent guy, who doesn’t really want to fight but definitely will if he has to.

2. Kebi:  As one of the original Sand Sand Clan members Kebi seems to stick by Kohzas side alot.  I’m not sure if he’s actually 2nd in command but his simple design and loyalty to Kohza make him a good 2nd place for this list.

3.  “89“:  The mysterious man I call “89” seems to make more appearances than almost any other member of the Rebel Army but we don’t really know anything about him.  His identity is hidden pretty well by the hood scarf thing he wears and he doesn’t say any lines, but then again that mystery is what adds to his appeal.

4. Okame:  We see her in the flash back to find out that she is one of the original members of the Sand Sand Clan, but when it comes time for the war, she only appears once.  She isn’t even showed fighting at all, but she looks like she could, so it’s too bad she didn’t get more to do.  Her potential and the fact that she seems to be the only female fighter in the civil war who isn’t a pirate, Baroque Works agent or Marine, put her up at number 4.

5. Erik:  This guy seems kind of out of place among the rest of the ragtag rebels, with his tophat and sports coat covered in what appears to be medals of honor.  He contrasts the fancy clothes with long unkempt hair and a pair of ripped pants turned to shorts.  Depending on what his medals are for he might have made it further up this list but until then, he’ll stay at 5.

6. “Jack X“:  I have no real reason for giving this guy the name Jack X, but he just needed to be called something.  He’s only seen in this one picture but his simple design was good enough to put him the list, so here he is.

7. Farafra:  This guy was used as an example by kohza to demonstrate the kind of danger that lay ahead for anyone who wanted to join the rebels.  Farafra lost a large chunk of his right shoulder protecting Kohza from some kind of blast, which is very noble.  However his upside down hippo teeth prevent him from going higher on the list, because on here, looks matter.  

8. “Handy“:  If you pay careful attention to the chaotic fights in Alabasta, you just might see a big guy with a katana and the what appears to be the word “HANDY” written on his shirt.  He only shows up once from what I can tell but he sure looks like he could be handy in a fight.

9. “Snore“:  Standing bored during one of Kohza’s speeches is this young man, that I have called Snore.  He doesn’t show up for any fights and doesn’t really look like he cares about anything that’s happening.  Another thing that bothers me about this guy is that he reminds of Pauly Shore for some reason. Maybe because he voiced this guy from Goofy Movie. I don’t know, but I don’t like it.

10. “Roarsack“:  Seen atleast twice with the same hat and sleeves, but with a slightly different design on his shirt, is the man I call Roarsack.  It seems to me that Oda meant for this to be the same guy but just didn’t keep the logos consistent.  With so many characters introduced in this one arc alone, you really can’t hold it against him if he doesn’t draw each of the hundreds of characters exactly the same.  Keep up the coolness Oda.

11. Kappa (special mention):  Although too young to really join the rebels Kappa did try to fight for his country and later went on to reveal the identity of Mr. 2 who had taken the appearance of King Cobra.  The kid has proven himself to be brave enough to at least deserve a mention.

Top Ten Alabasta Guards

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , , on June 27, 2012 by Stalker

Due to the interference of the Baroque Works organization, the kingdom of Alabasta was devastated by a civil war.  The defenders of the royal family and King Cobra were on one side, the rebels lead by Kohza were on the other and nefarious Baroque Works agents were secretly among both, ensuring that the fighting would continue no matter what.  Here’s a look at some of the most noteworthy warriors fighting for Alabasta’s Royal heritage.

1.  Pell:  Considered to be one of Alabastas guardian “spirits” Pell has the zoan type devil fruit ability to turn into a Falcon.    He is considered to be the strongest warrior in Alabasta and part of that has to be his ability to fly, which is extremely rare even among devil fruit users.  While flying he also has the ability to fire off a pair of Gatling guns which easily makes him the the coolest guy in Alabasta and brings him to the top of this list.

2. Chaka:  The second guardian “spirit” of Alabasta is Chaka the Jackal.  Throughout the war he doesn’t prove to do a whole lot, but at one point he does turn into a man-jackal hybrid, which was cooler than some others,  even if it wasn’t very effective for the fight.  I hope his defeat at the hook/hand of Crocodile taught him to become stronger if he wants to survive in this dog eat dog world.

3. Brahm:  Although this guy is doesn’t really do anything to make himself cooler than anyone else, I like him because of ridiculous theory I have about him.  He shows up with the other three members of the Elite Alabasta Royal Guards to fight Crocodile after taking some super steroids, that grant them super strength but a limited life span.  After attempting to attack Crocodile with his dual pole arms he dies and is never seen again.  Or is he???  What if after dying Brahm gos to “heaven” up in Skypeia and becomes the angelic freedom fighter Braham?  Is that idea crazy cool or just crazy? Leave a comment if you want.

4. “Grim-mace”:  Do I have to explain how I got Grim-mace’s nickname? Well I’m going to regardless of how you answered.  It’s based on his expression which could be a Grimace.  He’s also kind of shaped like the McDonalds character Grimace.  Plus he swings a giant Mace in a Grim fashion.  -crap, apparently it becomes a flail when its on a chain, argh, I was so close-.   Anyway this notable nobody only shows up once but I like how he stands out from the rest of the generic guards, so I’m putting him up here.

5.  King Cobra:  Although King Cobra is not technically a guard, he did kick one of the bandits with Agotogi who tried to kidnap his daughter.  He even kept kicking once they were down, which is kind of shameful but it does go to show that he is willing to fight for his family/country.

6. Barrel:  The aptly named Barrel is the barrel bellied member of the Elite Alabastan Royal Guard.  He like the other members fails to attack Crocodile and dies shortly after from using super drugs.  His weapon of choice is a long fancy axe and more than that we’ll probably never know about him.

7.  Hyota:  With his hour glass shaped face and huge sword/axe thing Hyota seems to be the leader of the Elite Guards.  He manages to get out one passionate line before falling dead in failure like the others.  As a leader he makes up for what he lacks in brains with heart.

8. Arrow: The long and lanky Arrow is the last member of the Elite Guards, and despite his name he actually fights with a long double edge sword.  There’s not much that’s notable about this nobody except that he has crappy pants and died like the rest of the guards. Oh, well.

9. “Goatee“:  Apparently this guy is a rebel within the Alabasta Army by having a non regulation facial hair arrangement.  Out of all the average soldiers who were not also members of Baroque Works this guy stood out at least a little and so made it on to this list.

10. Igaram:  As the Captain of the Alabasta Guard you would expect this guy to be tough or cool or something.  Ultimately he never manages to do anything cool. He uses ridiculous weapons while fighting and losing to Zoro.  He gets blown up while dressed as princess Vivi.  He carry’s the kid who told the truth about Mr. 2 acting like King Cobra, while not saying anything himself.  After that he gets stuff thrown at him while dressed as princess Vivi again.  He’s real lucky to have Chaka and Pell to do all the fighting for him because this guy sucks.

Top Ten Wapol Styles

Posted in Top Ten with tags , , , on June 15, 2012 by Stalker

Wapol is one of the uncoolest guys in One Piece.  His devil fruit ability to eat anything and then modify his body with it has alot of potential though, if only he weren’t so cowardly and stupid.  Let’s take a look at a general timeline of Wapol as we’ve seen him.

1. Wapol the Pirate:  When we first meet Wapol he is introduced as a pirate, but is in actuality lost and trying to find his way back home.  This is his most normal appearance and he still looks creepy.

2. Wapol House:  The ultimate form of Wapols devil fruit abilitys is revealed when he has eaten a house and some cannons, turning him into the Wapol House.  He goes on to eat his lackeys and turn them into a monstrosity of epic crappiness.  It shows a hint of just how powerful his abilitys could be if he wasn’t such a fool.

3. Wapol Lamp: After getting blasted to a new island by Luffy Wapol starts eating whatever he can find including a lamp of some kind.  It’s probably his brightest idea yet.

4. Wapol Tree:  Looking like some kind of Broccoli Pinocchio, Wapol decides to go green.

 

5. Wapol Bench: What kind of creep would disguise himself as a park bench?  I bet he’d be sorry if he got a taste of a hobo coming for a nap.

6. Wapol Busted:  Finally after beginning to eat an entire town, the Marines intervene and put some cuffs on him.  I guess they weren’t seastone though, because he broke free and went into hiding.

7. Wapol Broke: Oh, how the “mighty” have fallen.  It’s good to see Wapol finally get what he deserves, being filthy and forced to sell matches seems quite fitting for the trouble he’s made.

8.  Wapol Working:  With humble beginnings Wapol actually manages to open a store, using his devil fruit powers to combine various junk into toys.

9.  Wapol Tycoon:  After stumbling upon a new type of metal known as Waponium found inside the toys that Wapol makes, he becomes super rich and even marrys Miss Universe, becoming more powerful than he was before (and takes up smoking apparently).

10. Wapol King:  With enough money and power to buy his own kingdom Wapol once again becomes a King, complete with his own team of Dark Doctors.  I feel sorry for anyone stuck living there though, maybe the Revolutionarys could pay him a visit.

11. Wapol unamused by this list…