One Piece Plus(es) and Minuses (possible spoilers)
For me Thriller Bark was prolly the first time since Luffy and Zoro ran up on enemy since Milhawk where anyone on the crew TRULY felt like they were at the end of they're rope, and out of options. I found it nice that not only would a crew member give up his purpose/goal so that his Capt could continue on, AND he took not only Luffy's punishment, but also Sanji's and everybody on the island... and might i say LIKE A FUCKING CHAMP, for me. Other than that lil part, and Kuma's sheer power level at the time, I agree that arc was lacking, and to show I'm not a simple 'fan boy', the altered Luffy was way too much and over the top. In the style of OP though it wouldn't surprize me if something from that situation makes Luffy better in the future. Like his situation with regard to Fake Oro's snap, crackle, pop, moves being less effective due to the Magellan situation.
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"Why, Mr. Kyf? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting FOR something? For more than your Characters survival? Can you tell me what IT is? Do you even know? Is IT freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Kyf. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify a shinobi that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Kyf. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Kyf? Why? Why do you persist?"
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