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.
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”
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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