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One Piece 430
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The worst part... the worst part is that I thought I had dealt with the death of the Merry. As in - I thought I was okay with it. After all, it's been over two years now, that we found out it - or maybe I should say he, now? - couldn't be fixed. And then last chapter... It all started coming back. And somehow it was back, and sailing, carrying them again... And then this chapter, and I was bawling my eyes out. Over something I've been dealing with for two years. So powerful, the emotions Oda's pen and words conjure up inside of me. So powerful that I cry and cry and cry and feel happy at the same time as I ache.

The story continues, but the Merry? The Merry can't go any further now. And that hurts. Farewells always do. But in the end, it couldn't have been more perfect than this. And that's what Oda does. He makes things good, even when they hurt. Maybe especially when they hurt.

I even love the little blurb Jump put in at the end. "It carried our dreams and hopes and smiles. Our Merry..."

So. Now they don't have a ship anymore. But they won. And Odacchi's taking a well-deserved rest next week, so one week with no new chapter, and then - who knows? I'm guessing he'll finally make it official who stays on! It's not that Franky's not looking very likely or anything, but it's still not... Luffy still hasn't claimed nakamaship. And that needs to happen to - someone. Possibly. And they need a ship, even though the thought of another ship carrying them where they need to go feels so strange right now. Even stranger than before. Their Merry...!

Listening to: Iron Maiden - Blood Brothers

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innueneko From: innueneko Date: October 4th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Merry... T________________T Thad made me SO SAD ::bawls::. T___T But I think this is the way it HAD to end. I mean REALLY END. They couldn't have just left Merry behind, Luffy had to do it. I mean how else would they leave a nakama without any regrets? I think Luffy would have always regretted it if things had ended like they did the first time.

ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: October 4th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
YES! I think there will be more than just a few wet Shounen Jump magazines in conbinies all over the country come Monday... This is what he WANTED, he WANTS us to cry. Because he probably cried when drawing it. Evil bastard, LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

xparrot From: xparrot Date: October 4th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sob* That's, what, like 4 times now that Oda has had me in tears. That's about as much as all other anime series altogether and I haven't read Skypiea and I just know the Noland story is gonna put me down too. Odacchi~~!! (and J-chan is bawling now, seriously!)

It really is looking like Franky now, isn't it. I'm wondering if maybe Paulie is going to take over as leader of his crew, if Franky himself goes with Luffy? It would explain why Paulie's gotten the emphasis he has. And Luffy doesn't have a cyborg, it's true...

But what is the new ship going to be???
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: October 4th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. You actually cried? You did? That's... wow. But it was - yeah. I can see why J-chan was bawling - I was, after all. It's good and hurty and GOOD HURTY, but so hurty. Saying farewell like that, and Merry's last words, and it could have been any of them, really. Saying that they'd been happy to be with the others until the end. But a ship doesn't get stronger by fighting the waves. It just breaks. And that breaks my HEART, it really does, like your icon says. So much. *clings*

Yeah... But now Iceburg's there, and Franky has a chance to sort out what he wants to do, what his alternatives are, and Luffy can ask him - if he wants to ask. It's required that SOMEONE ask, anyway. And I'm still waiting for Odacchi to just - pull something. Like he does. 'Cause he's Odacchi. XD

The new ship! They need it! For going places! And it needs to be totally different from the Merry, but something they can love as much... something with cannons. They're going to need them. Something fast, to outrun all those Marine ships. Something durable, to last to the end of the line. In other words - something like the best the Galley-la/Tom's Workers can build. But they don't have time...

Speaking of Tom's Workers - how much do I not love Iceburg for hearing the Merry, and fixing it up in the middle of the storm? ♥

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