Friday, October 1, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


MR. 9
Mr. 9 is the partner agent to Ms. Wednesday and he appeared with her trying to kill Laboon. He too is weak and not all that exciting, but offers up some humorous moments. He uses acrobatic and steel bats to do his fighting although against Zoro he was no match. He for some reason sees himself as some sort of prince, but to me he is just a poser. When they are at Whiskey Peak he actually has a face turn when he finds out about Ms. Wednesday's true identity and decides to help her escape out of friendship. Although he was annoying and not all that capable of a villain he does get some mild character development. This comes from his first encounter as a evil baboon to the point of showing true friendship to Vivi and possibly even dying because of her. I wonder if he survived and if he did did Vivi ever find him and they became great friends. This is one thing Oda never mentioned that I am somewhat curious about. While he was a lackluster villain I think that he at least had more depth than many villains in  other media and therefore is not a complete waste. His stint in One Piece was short lived, but he will always be remembered in our hearts. What do you think of Mr. 9 was he really all that bad of a guy?


As the Strawhats entered the Grandline through Reverse Mountain the first villains they encounter are in a two person team which has been sent to kill Laboon for his meat. Right away this makes you dislike them immensely because they are trying to kill Laboon. Even before we learn his back story we can not help but love Laboon. That is the facts of life as they say so detest these villains even though they were just trying to find some food . Although the villains are in a partnership I will address them each as two separate entries into the villains list and you do not like that then well too bad for you.

Ms. Wednesday seems to be a fairly young woman that uses these spinning blade things on strings to fight with . From her first appearance it is very easy to tell she is no match for Luffy or any of the other crew for that matter. As far as threatening villains go i would put her at the very bottom of those I have discussed so far. Even though we have entered the Grandline the first villains we see seem even weaker than those from East Blue and I wonder why that is? This part of the world was built up to be very treacherous although this is the best they could throw at us? To me this is just Oda building up suspense to the even tougher villains we will face.

Upon first meeting Ms. Wednesday we do not know of her connection to the Baroque Works, but only think she is just someone out looking for food for her island. Her skills are decent earning her a place in the top ten members of BW, but compared to the rest she is not that skillful. There is nothing that exciting about her character or abilities that make her all that impressive. If not for her face turn she would be the most forgettable villain in history of One Piece. I wonder if this is why she is hated amongst tons of OP fans, because she was originally out to kill Laboon? As we all know she turns into VIVI who becomes a friend of the Strawhats, because she was just infiltrating BW to find out who their leader is and what his plans are for the future. While as a villain she is very plain and lacking I like the introduction of her as an ally and friend this way. It is an unique way to introduce her to us as someone we dislike and showing her to grow to someone we do. Without Oda's skills as a writer it would be hard to do this and as we know he does this very often. This would become a trend for the befriending of enemies by the Strawhats and especially those from the Baroque Works organization. Do you think Oda uses this too much or is it still cool to see an old enemy join with Strawhat and develop more as a character? While I think it does get a bit old ; to me it is a very good way to show character development and change in a person . This maybe why i value Oda's skills so much. In ending this was not so much about Ms. Wednesday, but rather about the whole trope of Oda turning heels into faces in a very well written manner. Face it Ms. Wednesday was not all that much to talk about anyways so I decided to get on my soap box here instead. Feel free to leave me any thoughts about this.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This next section of my One Piece villains series will start with a unified group of villains. While I will do the individual members as they appear I just wanted to mention the overall picture of this group dynamic which at the time was a new thing to the One Piece story. First of all this is a group which is actively working together to accomplish a certain goal. This is an over reaching arc that encompasses a much bigger story line than the previous arcs up til this point. I think Oda used this idea to help show how vast the New World is and the challenges the Strawhats will face . Baroque Works has a few specific main villains whom make an impact, but it is a very large organization with thousands of members. This also adds new scope to the struggles Luffy and the others much overcome. Up to now they were usually outnumber, but at this point they are one small pirate crew versus an entire army. The odds against them are tremendous and if they overcome it this will surely ensure they are worthy of being in the Grand Line. I personally like the whole Baroque Works arc, because it was a change of pace and it added alot of dynamics to the entire story. It also has a long drawn out plot with an actual ending to it. So stay tuned as i delve into all the "major" villains who are apart of this huge overwhelming organization known as Baroque Works. Also feel free to let me know what you think of the BW arc as a whole and such.