One Piece Chapter 998 Review/Recap
When I was growing up, one of my great loves was Dinosaurs. I must have spent hours watching Walking with Dinosaurs on my TV. And while I didn’t watch it until I was in my teens, I’m a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise. Why am I bringing all this up right now? Because at this point in One Piece, the Beast Pirates are the anime equivalent to Jurassic Park. Especially as we see the powers of the Tobi Roppo.
Full disclosure, this post will be shorter than normal, since there’s not as much to talk about.
When we last saw the island of Onigashima, Kaido was using his powers to make the entire island float in the air! As everyone panics about this, Marco makes his move. Using his Phoenix powers, he manages to suppress the spread of the Ice virus in Chopper. As a result, he’s able to get to work on the antidote. Marco, X Drake, and the others then tell Zoro that they’ll hold the line so he can head to the roof to confront Kaido.
On the fourth floor, Luffy and Jinbei realize that Sanji’s nowhere to be found. Jinbei tells Luffy to push forward as he faces another member of the Tobi Roppo, Who’s Who. In actuality, Sanji’s facing down Black Maria and her spidery form. With multiple women. Down below, Franky’s forced to face down Sasaki of the Tobi Roppo in his Triceratops form.
Outside the dome, Page One and Ulti have gone full Dinosaur in search of Yamato’s group. Fortunately, he’s brought Momo and the others to a store room where they find this giant, broken statue of a dragon.
I wasn’t joking about the Jurassic Park thing. Or at how short this post would be. There’s not a lot to discuss beyond the fact that the Tobi Roppo all use Ancient Zoan fruits. It fits with the theme of the Beast Pirates, and they are sufficiently scary enough.
The two things that are notable outside the prehistoric beasts is the fact that Marco’s turned the tide back in the Alliance’s favor. With the virus temporarily suppressed, Chopper can cure everyone. And despite Queen trying to fool the Beast Pirates into thinking he means to abandon them, I know they’ll switch sides the moment Chopper proves him wrong.
The second is the fact that we now know why Ace came to Wano: to kill Kaido. He failed, obviously, but I look forward to learning more about his adventures in Wano.
Also, we are now two chapters away from the momentous 1000th chapter, and I can’t wait to celebrate!
I Give “Ancient Zoans” a 2.5/5
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