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  • With Soul Eater out of the way, it's time for me to binge through another anime for the first time.
    Cutie Gwen
    Cutie Gwen
    I've been watching YYH on and off for the past few months and it's great, though there's some yikes stuff at the beginning and some instances of let's say, dated jokes. In the case of the latter, Togashi ended up becoming a better person as seen with HxH's better handling of minorities, so you're in for a good time
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    Sari
    Sari
    Oh yeah I saw the first three episodes and I think I know what you mean by those jokes. Aside from those I'm liking it so far. I also plan to watch HxH sometime in the future (most likely once I get caught up with One Piece).
    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    The Danganronpa Cast were never the same after losing the job....
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    Crazy to think I haven't played Smash since the week Min Min released.
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    Perkilator
    Perkilator
    Speaking of Smash...I don't mean to sound impatient and selfish, but how's the next Underdog article going?
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    Sari
    Sari
    Oh yeah I don't blame you for questioning about that since the last one was in June. In a nutshell I sort of hit writer's block with the Hat Kid article because:
    1. The controversies from July sort of killed my interest in Smash. I didn't even care about competitive Smash but just the entire ordeal made me not want to do anything Smash related. The RTC thread is basically the only thing I've been doing relating to Smash nowadays.
    2. I was sort of contemplating if Hat Kid would technically be an Underdog or not. On one hand she isn't too popular in the Smash scene but on the other hand I see people with Hat Kid profile pics all the time.
    I've sort of gotten over point #1 but a Nintendo/Smash Direct would definitely make things like they used to. I talked to some other people about point #2 and they sort of agreed that Hat Kid could be seen as an Underdog.

    I can't give promises but I'll try to publish it within the first two weeks of September.
    My thoughts on One Piece's post-Marineford arc:

    • I was honestly not a fan of the Luffy/Ace/Sabo backstory. I know Sabo was foreshadowed in Marineford (and technically ever since Alabasta because of Ace's tattoo) but he just felt like a self-insert which detracted from the whole thing. It was less of an Ace/Luffy bonding story and more of a Sabo exposition story plus the whole thing went on for longer than it should have. I know Sabo is popular and returns later in Dressrosa, but needless to say I'm far from his biggest fan.
    • The scene where Luffy was thinking about his crew to dispel the negative thoughts around him made me tear up more than the entire flashback arc.
    • I'm surprised all of the crew put together the meaning of 3D2Y.
    • My brother showed me an additional scene after seeing the final pre-timeskip episode so it'd be like a post-credits scene: it was on the origin of Luffy's hat. I'm surprised I didn't see that coming sooner.

    And with that I am officially finished with pre-timeskip One Piece! It's been a long journey so far but honestly I think One Piece might be my favorite anime series so far (even surpassing JoJo).

    I want to take a break from One Piece to focus on other things (I binged through 516 episodes from the end of May to now!). I'll probably resume watching it when one of the following happens:
    • The group reaches Laugh Tale in the manga.
    • At least two years have passed from August 25th, 2020.
    • There aren't any other shows for me to get into (most likely scenario).
    Until then...

    Sari
    Sari
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    I'm loving your new Chopper avatar Sari. ;)
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    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    I forgot to tell you Sari, Shanks used Conqueror's Haki in the 1st chapter of the manga/5th episode of the anime when he scared away the sea king to save Luffy. It's amazing Oda foreshadowed Haki all the way from the beginning of the story.

    You are lucky you started watching it now as I started watching One Piece when the 4Kids Dub first aired on Toonami back in 2005. I stopped watching it after it stopped airing on Toonami and I didn't watch One Piece again until I heard about the Funimation Dub in 2011. After I caught up with the Dub, I started watching Sub and than started reading the manga. Since Impel Down, I have patiently been waiting for episodes/chapters to come out so you are lucky. I heard Oda said he plans to end One Piece in 5 years which I can't see happening due to the length of the arcs and how much there is left to cover in the story.
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    I'm now officially done One Piece's Marineford arc (last episode I saw was when the war just ended). My thoughts:

    • MVPs throughout the arc were Crocodile and Jinbe. At the end it was Coby and Shanks.
    • Doflamingo basically did nothing but laugh on the sidelines lol. I guess they have to save him for Dressrosa.
    • I already knew of Ace's death beforehand but the "thanks for loving me" line and Luffy's reaction made me tear up.
    • I hope Akainu steps on a lego.
    • Blackbeard is the dirtiest and most overpowered One Piece character ever.
    • Coby went from being afraid of Alvida to standing up to Akainu. His speech was so powerful that even Blackbeard was shocked.
    • I know Shanks is a Yonko and has Haki but even Mihawk and the admirals didn't bother messing with him. Is the full extent of his power ever shown? Asking because Shanks and his crew seem weak compared to Whitebeard and his men.

    Easily one of my top 3 arcs.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Where are you now?
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    Sari
    Sari
    I just left off at...

    Shanks ending the war.

    I'll probably resume the rest of the post-Marineford episodes during the weekend. I'll most likely reach the timeskip either by the end of next week or the week after.

    Also just a heads up: I might be taking a break of One Piece for a while since I've been binging it so much recently. Crazy to think I began my OP journey around the end of May and have watched roughly 500 episodes since then. I'll probably try getting into another anime and focus on other things during that time; for starters I seriously have to continue playing Xenoblade Chronicles: DE which I've been holding off on because of OP. In a way it'll be cool since it's like I'm going through a timeskip myself plus I can also give the dub some time to catch up (though I know it'll take them years to get caught up to Wano so I'll have to switch to sub eventually).

    But one thing I will say: I will absolutely return to watching One Piece since it's easily one of my favorite animes (if not my #1 favorite).
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    I'm glad you have become a massive fan.

    So Whitebeard, Kaido, Big Mom, Shiki, Captain John, two other pirates were all part of the same crew called Rocks under a captain named Rocks D. Xebec. It was said Rocks was Roger's greatest rival. Captain John's corpse was at Thriller Bark and Sliver Axe and Wang Yang's corpses were probably there too if you go back and watch. Man, Roger was one hell of a badass and so was his crew. They have had to been Yonko level to fight with these monsters.
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    Starting One Piece's Marineford arc and things are already off to a crazy start.

    For starters...

    ACE IS RODGER'S KID?!?!?!?!

    I was watching this by myself and let out a big "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!" when this revelation happened.
    cashregister9
    cashregister9
    Marineford is tied with Enies Lobby for my favorite arc you are in for a big glorious ride.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    I would say Marineford is probably my 2nd most favorite arc only behind Enies Lobby. Though, the Wano arc is looking promising right now to potentially surpass them both for me.
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    Watching some more Impel Down of One Piece. Shaping up to be one of my favorite arcs so far since I love the villain interactions. And Luffy just came face-to-face with someone he hasn't seen since the time of Skypiea (needless to say he is super pissed).

    Oh and I gotta ask... do we ever learn of Crocodile's history with Iva? I have some... theories...
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    We are 987 chapters in and we still no nothing about Crocodile's history with Ivankov. Here is almost everyones' theory about that
    Crocodile was born a female and Ivankov turned her into a male so she could be stronger? I don't think that would really give her a power boost as Big Mom, Smoothie, and Boa Hancock are some of the most powerful characters in the series and they're all females. Maybe Crocodile just thought being turned into a male would make her stronger.
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    I watched so much One Piece over the past few days so I'll post my summarized thoughts below:
    • The Sabaody Island arc was great but at the same time it was really hard to watch because of all of the human trafficking stuff.
    • I already knew of the Celestial Dragon punch scene before watching the show but it was still the most satisfying thing ever.
    • How the heck are they ever gonna beat someone like Kizaru? His fruit power is just way too broken.
    • Even though the Strawhats obviously weren't dead after what Kuma did, I still teared up at the scene of Luffy grieving.
    • I last left off at Impel Down right before they're about to fight the Warden with poison powers. I'm really loving the relationship between Luffy and the older villains.
    Sari
    Sari
    ZoroCarlos ZoroCarlos

    My favorite Supernova would probably be Jewelry Bonney because I like anime girls that eat a lot of food I like her design and ability.

    The Duval face reveal was hilarious. My brother asked me to guess who the masked person could be and literally all of my guesses were wrong. I'm guessing Haki will be able to get through Devil Fruit powers so they can beat the tougher marines like Kizaru.

    I last left off at Luffy, Buggy, Mr. 3, and Mr. 2 about to fight the Warden with poison powers. I'm not sure who the person could be so I won't click that spoiler tag just yet. I do know that Crocodile and this big head guy based on Tim Curry help out for a bit so it could also be one of them.
    ZoroCarlos
    ZoroCarlos
    Bonney unfortunately hasn't had her time to shine yet in the story besides starting to tease her history. Only she and Mad Monk Urouge haven't had significant parts yet.

    I like to theorize that Urouge is from Birka, the same island Eneru was from that he destroyed, he probably faced off against him and lost then retreated to the sea as "The Fallen Monk Pirates". Won't be able to know for sure until after the current arc, I assume.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Well, actually Urouge has had one shining moment so far which is:
    Defeating Snack a former Sweet Commander. That's no easy feat by any means.
    I hate how if you go to your profile --> postings, you can no longer view any posts unless it was from around 2015 or after the maintenance ended.
    I'm now officially finished with One Piece's Thriller Bark arc. Overall it was alright but like I said before the Moria fight dragged on for way too long. The last couple of episodes with the Kuma fight and Brook's backstory saved the arc though. Brook easily had the saddest backstory aside from Chopper and Robin (I now have Binks' Sake stuck in my head).

    And now it's time to begin the most important arc... the Spa Island filler arc featuring the Foxy pirates! After that I think it's that one other canon arc (I think it was called... Marineford?).
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    Megadoomer
    Megadoomer
    You've got a ways to go until Marineford - there's still Shabondy (Sabaody? However it's spelled), Amazon Lily, and Impel Down. (though Amazon Lily is fairly short)
    cashregister9
    cashregister9
    Brook's Backstory is I think tied with Robin's backstory for the moment that made me the saddest.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Robin and Brook definitely had the saddest back stories. But there is two other characters who had back stories as almost as sad as them. One character's back story revolving around not just around them but their followers and the people of said character's home country.
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    I'm almost done the Thriller Bark arc in One Piece; they just beat Moria and now they're getting wrecked by Kuma (I have no idea how they're going to escape from him).

    So far it was an alright arc. Obviously it was no Water 7 but I enjoyed it way more than Skypiea. Main issues were some of the humor fell flat and much like the Eneru fight, the fights with Oars and Moria dragged on for way too long.
    How fitting that I'm going into the Thriller Bark arc of One Piece while I still have my skeleton Quote profile pic.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Moria called the New World a nightmare as his entire crew was massacred by Kaido alone. Blackbeard as you will find out is extremely dangerously and cunning. Like Akainu, I think Blackbeard will be one of the final foes Luffy fights in the end of the series. Everyone believes the Strawhats vs the Blackbeard Pirates will be the last battle before Luffy reaches Laughtale and becomes Pirate King. I have a SUPER in depth theory about Blackbeard's role in the series. Take a look at it when you're caught up.
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    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    I’m honestly curious about something: if the Going Merry got this big send-off, what happened to the rowboat Luffy used at the start of the series? Who knows, maybe this did get explained but I just forgot
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    I forgot too whether or not they mentioned what they did with the old rowboat.

    Now while it hasn't been confirmed yet, there is a theory that the Thousand Sunny is actually the Pluton and Franky memorized the blueprints in his memory and built it into the Sunny.
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    Finally saw Robin's backstory in One Piece. Holy crap were there a ton of tear-jerking moments (4 big ones to be specific). Granted while Chopper's backstory made me sob way more (his had 2 REALLY big sobbing moments), Robin easily takes the cake as the most tragic character in the series.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    You saw Akainu in the flashback right? You're really going to hate that guy later on.
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    Sari
    Sari
    Oh yeah I saw him (plus I know what he looks like in the present time). Whereas Aokiji has some morals, I've heard Akainu is pretty much pure evil and what he did in the flashbacks shows.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    It sucks he is the Fleet Admiral now. I believe they did set him up as Fleet Admiral to be one of Luffy's final foes he fights in the end of the series when he finds the One Piece.
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    I watched One Piece episodes 245-253 just now, with episode 253 ending with Nami finding Luffy stuck between the buildings in Water 7.

    Up until today, there were 3 moments in One Piece that made me bawl my eyes out... well after today's viewing of episodes... now there are 4.
    Sari
    Sari
    This is without a doubt the best One Piece arc so far. So many great moments and I'm not even done the arc yet.

    I'm looking forward to the Enies Lobby arc next since I hear just about every character has their time to shine in it. Plus that's apparently when we learn of Robin's backstory.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    You're barely half way through. Enies Lobby is where the fun really begins. I won't say how Luffy fights Lucci on even ground as you saw that Lucci owned Luffy and Zoro at the Galley-La buliding. But I'll let you guess what Luffy learns next to stand toe to toe against Lucci and CP9 as there really isn't much of a explanation for it.
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    ZoroCarlos
    ZoroCarlos
    My dude, it's not going to be anywhere near 4 by the time this is over.
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    Holy **** RetrogamerMax RetrogamerMax I just finished watching THAT fight in the Water 7 arc of One Piece (between Luffy and "you know who"). Talk about a change in mood especially for the character that Luffy fought. I haven't been this invested in One Piece since Alabasta.

    EDIT: To clarify I'm referring to episode 236
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Water 7 is where you know who character development starts blossoming. He becomes more of a fighter even though he still is the most comedic and non serious member of the crew. And believe me, this right here is just the beginning of Water 7. Believe me, this saga is going to be one hell of a ride. Buckle up, because you're about to enter the hype train express.
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    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    The virgin Luffy Vs. Zoro at whiskey peak
    Vs.
    The chad Luffy vs.... that guy I’m not spoiling it
    I'm finally in the Water 7 arc of One Piece and after the first episode of meeting Aokiji, I am more invested in this show than I was for the past 100 episodes.
    Finished the Davy Back Fight arc of One Piece... I now know why this is considered to be one of the worst arcs.
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    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    Hmm... I don't remember which episodes those were. I don't seem to care that much about the filler episodes anyway since they're not canon. Except for the G-8 Arc God that was glorious.
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    Sari
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    G8 arc was definitely the best filler arc. It fit nicely into the canon since it had some nice foreshadowing like with how they want to repair the Merry.

    Only fillers I bothered to watch were the G8 arc and the first couple of post-Alabasta episodes: the rest I just skimmed. I've heard the next filler arc where they lose their memories is another good one though.
    RetrogamerMax
    RetrogamerMax
    After you catch up with the story currently in Wano, you should reread or rewatch scenes or pages from past arcs as your mind will be blown away about how far back Oda foreshadowed certain stuff in the story. Some of the Warlords' names were dropped by Johnny at Arlong Park. Haki was foreshadowed as early as the 1st chapter or 3rd episode though we didn't know what it was until 600 chapters to 500 episodes later.
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    To those in the U.S. who are still in school/college, how do you all feel about schools opening up in September? Because I'd be scared as hell having to go back to school with how badly we've handled the virus.
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    RealPokeFan11
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    I'm flat out skipping my next semester. My college is a COVID testing site, and the people who think reopening schools is a good idea need to be put in a mental facility. I've tried online courses, and I didn't like it at all, so I'd rather just not do school as of now. Thankfully we're both in the safest area of the country, but I've heard a more contagious strain was just discovered, though I'm not entirely sure if it's confirmed, but now I just want to move to New Zealand because I'm sick of this ****. All of this could've been prevented if we didn't have so many idiots not wearing masks, and if our president actually cared instead of giving up.
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    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    Yeah, I would skip if I could, but I have school, which I'm required to go to. The literal only precaution against Covid we've gotten was that we had to bring in our own computers so as to not touch the school ones. That's it so far. I'm worried about going honestly. The US has done a crap job at this.
    Perkilator
    Perkilator
    This is late, but I'm kinda scared as well. I can only hope my college takes the right measures to reduce the number of infectees.
    It's sad that I'm way more hyped for the WayForward announcement than anything Origami King has to show.
    Finished the Skypiea arc of One Piece. It's not as bad as I thought it'd be but I can see why people don't like it. For starters, it dragged on for way too long especially once Luffy got the golden ball stuck on his arm.

    Next up is Water 7 which I hear is one of the best arcs in the series. Also I can't wait for Marineford since I hear that's where so much stuff goes down.
    Hey Sari! Not sure if you'd remember me or not, but I used to be better known as SmashCapps back when I was editor in chief here. I was looking for a way to reach out to the writers and Smashboards staff about trying to wrangle some support for a big upcoming positive Smash project. Would you know who I should poke about that?
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    Sari
    Sari
    I'll ask the writing team about it. While I'm not sure of a full-on article about this, I can see it being mentioned in the big statement they have planned.

    Keep in mind that the other article is being written by senior editors so I have no idea what that will be like.
    Cutie Gwen
    Cutie Gwen
    I just went to the first person I knew was a writer, but thanks. It's great that we're getting rid of predators, but it'd be better to help victims further, so I thought I could share that to help urge other sponsors
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    Sari
    Sari
    Cutie Gwen Cutie Gwen I talked to the writing team about it. So apparently the SmashBoards statement will be split up into two articles and the topic you brought up will be talked about in one of them. Hope that helps.
    I'm lacking the motivation to write my next Underdog article (spoiler: it's on Hat Kid). Like I'm not a competitive Smash player and barely even knew the accused people, but everything that's happened just makes me feel so demoralized.
    Self memo: I'm expecting at least one person to say my Quote rating in the RTC thread will be biased because I have a Quote avatar.
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    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    Internet in a nustshell
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    Megadoomer
    Megadoomer
    I rarely post in the RTC thread for reasons like that; it seems like at least half of the ratings are "I've never played this game or series, so I'm going to give the character a low rating in the chance and want sections because I know nothing about them instead of doing any research."
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    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    I don't think I've posted there at all yet now that I think about it.
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    I didn't even bother to watch the Pokemon Direct since I knew it'd be a letdown. But somehow they managed to make the presentation even worse than I imagined.
    Sari
    Sari
    At this rate the only thing that can revive my excitement in gaming is a Nintendo Direct. I have no idea why they're waiting so long for it.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    Not much prepared at the moment, since some games are presumably not close to completion yet, and the current crisis has pretty much made Direct plans much harder to do.

    I'm sure we'll get something once Summer blows over, so until then there's Ubisoft Forward (couldn't be much worse, at least) and the next Developer Showcase. Also, Origami King releases next month.

    Stadia Showcase doesn't exist to me.
    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    I feel like people **** on this game too much just because Tencent was partnered. Like jeez, it's a decent looking game people.
    So I just had a crazy dream where Min Min was the ARMS character and a bunch of other weird stuff happened. Will probably post it in a bit because it was a really weird dream.
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