Type F blood, huh? Sure, why not?
At the last Vice Pit taping, we brought up how the character bios for STREET FIGHTER 2 used to get so detailed with stats that they’d actually specify the world champions’ blood types. 20 years later and we still don’t know how or why blood types were relevant to the game-play. At least, in this instance, the type’s there to set up how our noble human (or sort-of human?) Luffy can only be saved by one of the Fish Men. A small gesture, to be sure (seriously, donate to the Red Cross, everybody), but one that carries great symbolism with it!
Unjust segregation laws have been repealed! A long tradition of animosity is one step closer to dissolution! The Staw Hats may have a whole island of new recruits to join their crew! The good times are just going to keep coming!
Last time, Username_Undefined pointed out to me that this pantheon of Sea Kings were actually introduced way, way, way back in the first intro for this series. It’s seems like they were just incidental background characters who have now been incorporated into the story after several hundred episodes.
My exposure to this show is far from complete, of course, but my head’s still spinning about how this franchise must have some pretty eagle-eyed assistants on staff who suggested such a far-apart connection. I’m continually in disbelief over how this Picaresque adventure story steadily wove together a fairly complex mythology, and it does feel very fitting that the universe of ONE PIECE would have its own Quintessence equivalent. Again, if this setting is like some crazy bum at Venice Beach drew a map of the universe in markers.... then it follows that its gods would be wacky giant fishes.
One question to all the seasoned, veteran fans of this show, though - - is Luffy still looking for the One Piece? That’s the treasure alluded to in the preamble, correct? If so, then my straw hat’s off to you for having some absolutely Herculean patience there; putting up with ten years of teasing over a sub-plot.
Or does the One Piece really not matter? Is it really just about the journey, and not the destination?