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Laugh Tale, the Final Island

One Piece Chapter 967 Review/Recap

Well, it’s official: the Wano flashback is now my favorite flashback in One Piece. Firstly, we’ve learned how Oden left Wano and how Orochi rose to power. Secondly, we’ve gotten our best look at the Roger Pirates to date, and I love it! However, all good things come to an end, and the end has come for the Roger Pirates. In this chapter, they become the first people to visit the final island, Laugh Tale.

By the way, there’s so much to unpack in this chapter, so I won’t explain it all. For a full breakdown, check out my buddy Emperor Carnage and his post on the chapter.

Recap

Having recruited Oden to translate the Poneglyphs, the Roger Pirates set out on their quest for the final island. They already stole a print of a Road Poneglyph from Big Mom, so they track down the remaining three to Zou, Fishman Island, and Wano. However, once they get to Wano, Toki falls ill and has to be left behind with the Red Sheathes. Despite offering to stay with his family, Toki talks him into finishing his journey. If he left then, he’d always regret it.

In addition, Buggy falls ill right before they reach the final island, so he has to stay behind. Shanks stays with him. Not long after, news spread that Roger did the impossible: he conquered the Grand Line. As for Roger himself, when he saw the treasure left behind by the mysterious Joy Boy, he laughed. Then everyone else laughed until they had tears in their eyes. Thus, Roger decided to name the final island “Laugh Tale”

Review

Wow, just wow. I don’t think there’s enough time in the day to go over everything we learned in this chapter. However, I do know this: if the treasure on Laugh Tale was enough to make Roger and his crew burst into tear-driven laughter, then it must be one heck of a treasure.

As I said up top, you should look at Emperor Carnage’s breakdown for all the details. For now, let’s go over the three biggest pieces of information we learned. Firstly, Oden’s writings confirm what I already knew: the Void Century, the Will of D, the Ancient Weapons, and the One Piece are all connected. In other words, the answers to the mysteries of the world can be found on Laugh Tale.

Secondly, we learn the original location of one of the Road Poneglyphs: Fishman Island. However, Robin only found the one, which means the Road Poneglyph got moved to a new location. Once the Wano Arc ends, the Straw Hats will have to track it down if they want to reach Laugh Tale.

Finally, this chapter confirmed my worst fears: Orochi’s already taking over Wano and destroying it. As much as I respect Oden’s willingness to stay for his family’s sake, Orochi may have killed him then. Also, props to Toki for loving her husband enough to let him finish his journey. That’s real devotion!

As we end the year and the decade, we’re getting closer and closer to the end of this flashback, and of One Piece. It’s a bittersweet feeling, knowing this could be the decade when one of the greatest manga ever made ends. However, when Luffy finally makes it to Laugh Tale, I know what I will do. I’m going to laugh harder than I’ve ever laughed before.

I Give “Roger’s Adventure” a 4.5/5

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11 thoughts on “Laugh Tale, the Final Island Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for the shout out, man! I really appreciate it. And yes; it kind of sucks to think this might be the decade, but…….it’ll be rewarding to finally learn everything. This whole journey; the heartbreak and tears; the laughter; all of it culminating when we see what Roger saw. I, too, am enjoying the flashback. “Mammoth’s Base Opera Castle” isn’t enjoying it because it feels rushed(and it honestly does in a way). Even Oda said he had to hold himself back because he was about to reveal everything. Man…….I love “One Piece.” And I love talking about it with individuals like you!

  2. For some reason I’m underwhelmed by this flashback. I wasn’t really invested in Oden to begin with, but I think I really wanted to get to the “war.” However, Oda has never let me down so I expect him to shock me (in a good way). Happy New Year.

  3. If Oden never met Whitebeard or Roger would this still be your favorite flashback? Also, I don’t think Fishman Island holds a Red Ponegliff. The Sky Island ponegliff told them an ancient weapon was there, but this was a leak scan so you probably know this by now.

    I’d also suggest being careful putting the last page of a leak chapter at the beginning of your review without warning. Scrolled away at lightning speed when I realized that’s what it was because I hadn’t read the chapter when you first posted it.

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