One Piece Chapter 1066 Review/Recap
Remember Ohara, the island that stood against the world in the name of the truth. Longtime fans of One Piece know Ohara as the homeland of Nico Robin, the Straw Hat Pirates’ resident archaeologist. When their pursuit of knowledge led them to try and seek out the truth about the Void Century and the rise of the World Government, that organization retaliated by wiping them all out. However, they failed to finish the job in more ways than one. Not only did Robin survive and vow to finish what her people started, but as we learn in this chapter, Vegapunk and Dragon also took up their cause. The Will of Ohara lives to this day.
For her part, Robin’s shocked when Punk Shaka reveals new information regarding the fate of Ohara. Firstly, he was friends with Professor Clover, Robin’s mentor. His desire to learn the truth about the Void Century led to them becoming friends in their younger days. So when he learned of Ohara’s fate, he knew it was all lies. After Ohara’s destruction, he traveled to the island to pay respects to Clover. It was then that he saw something amazing.
There, amidst the lake of the Tree of Knowledge, were all the books and research done by the people of Ohara. The Giants came to retrieve all of them and take them back to Elbaf as Vegapunk and Dragon looked on. For Dragon, the destruction of Ohara was the last straw, prompting him to start the Revolutionary Army. As for Vegapunk, he traveled to Elbaf in secret and memorized everything that the Giants saved, using that to fuel his own research. In addition, Punk Shaka reveals that Jaguar D. Saul, the Giant who fought for Ohara, is still alive. Vegapunk’s been waiting all this time to meet Robin to confirm everything he’s theorized. She tearfully does this, thanking him for carrying on the will of Ohara.
Meanwhile, in the junkyard, Luffy’s group tries to get the robot activated, only for it to suddenly explode! Then, make things even stranger, out of the explosion comes the actual Vegapunk!
What is even going on here?!?
So many things make sense now, but it’s hard to wrap my mind around them.
For our part, I think Oda just explained some of Dr. Vegapunk’s actions in the story and aiding the World Government’s enemies, despite working for them. He was old friends with Dragon and Professor Clover. That might explain why he agreed to Kuma’s last request. It was his way of helping out Dragon and Luffy. In addition, it also explains why the Punks didn’t try and kill the Straw Hat’s earlier. He’s wanted to meet the son of his old acquaintance and Clover’s apprentice.
If it wasn’t already obvious, Vegapunk seems to have no loyalty to the World Government. The only reason he’s worked for them was to preserve the will of Ohara and the knowledge it gathered about the Ancient Kingdom. Now that Robin’s here, he might be able to pass everything along to her.
Vegapunk needs to either join the Straw Hat’s or defect to the Revolutionary Army. His talents are wasted with the World Government, especially now that we know they’re planning to kill him.
On top of that, we learned that Jaguar D. Saul’s still alive. Kuzan didn’t kill him. Better yet, the library of Ohara’s in Elbaf, the home of the Giants. As if we didn’t need anymore reasons to go to Elbaf, now we have this. I’m hoping to God that it’s the next stop after Egghead Island. The will of Ohara lives on, and it’s time for Robin and the Straw Hat’s to claim it.
Also, did you see the size of Vegapunk’s head in the past? How is that even possible?!?!?
I Give “The Will of Ohara” a 4.5/5
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