Every One Piece Fight Ever 007

Fight #007 Zolo vs. Cabaji the Acrobat (Buggy’s Second Mate)

Set and Setting: Mohji’s defeat at the hands of Luffy inspires the town mayor, Boodle to try and take matters into his own hands and challenge Buggy. Right about that time another Buggy Ball explodes into the mayor’s home, pissing Boodle off even more and awakening Zolo. Boodle takes off to find Buggy, and Luffy, Zolo, and Nami devise a plan to go and retake their sea chart of the Grand Line.

New Characters: Cabaji the acrobat makes his appearence.

New Techniques: Luffy inflates his body to use Gum Gum Balloon. Zolo uses his mighty “Oni Giri” on Cabaji to finish the fight.

Boodle confronts Buggy and his second mate, Cabaji the Acrobat. Buggy will not come down to face the mayor, and instead launches his hand with the Chop Chop fruit power and begins to strangle Boodle. Boodle continues to demand that Buggy come down and face him, he almost is killed from asphyxiation, when Luffy shows up and wrenches Buggy’s hand free, “I’m back, I told you I would clobber you!”, he exclaims. Boodle tries to stand and return to fighting and Luffy delivers a quick blow that knocks him out.

“Kill Him!”, Buggy yells and his crew fires another Buggy Ball straight at Luffy. Luffy inhales and expands GUM GUM BALLOON! The canon ball bounces off of Luffy’s rubber body and heads straight for Buggy and his crew, destroying the house they were standing on. After the smoke clears, Buggy, Mohji, and Cabaji (holding Mohji’s lion as a shield) stand ready to fight. Mohji warns Buggy of Luffy’s power and Buggy, pissed that he waited so long to tell him, throws Cabaji at the Straw Hats. Luffy delivers a wicked kick to Cabaji in mid air!

Cabaji rushes forward on his unicycle with sword in hand and is met by a a determined block from Zolo. Zolo is still weak from his previous injuries, but he decides to fight. Cabaji opens his mouth and spits fire at Zolo, his “Breath of Death”. Cabaji hits Zolo in the torso with a powerful kick and begins his second attack “Murder at the Steam Bath.” Dust is kicked up around the fighters making it hard to see. Cabaji strikes with an overhead sword slash and Zolo meets it with a three sword block, only to receive another powerful kick.

Had to use an anime picture here, but this is Cabaji’s powerful kick.

Zolo tries to stand, his injuries are holding him back. Cabaji taunts him and takes another strike, but this time Zolo strikes back with a punch, knocking Cabaji from his unicycle. Zolo stands and declares, “My goal is to be the world’s greatest swordsman.” He cuts a nice gash into his own torso, “Is that enough of a handicap?”, he asks,

Zolo cuts himself as a handicap to Cabaji

The two stand and exchange some talk with swords drawn. Cabaji throws spinning tops at Zolo and begins releasing a string of special attacks. “Dance of A Hundred Kamikaze Tops”, “A Hike In The Mountains”, “Fireworks In The Cool Summer Breeze”, etc. He jumps high and darts around

then comes down upon Zolo with a mighty sword slash. Buggy, from the sidelines, launches his hand at Zolo to hold him in place, but it is stomped on by Luffy who won’t have Buggy interfering. Zolo dodges the downward strike and a swift kick knocks Cabaji from his unicycle. Zolo assumes his pose and releases a powerful Oni Giri, defeating Cabaji before falling down himself.

And the winner is…? Zolo wins in an epic finish, but it took all the swordsman had, and he too falls to the ground.

BA Rating: 3.5/5 We finally see Zolo in a one on one fight, and even though he is hurt he kicks some ass!

EVERY ONE PIECE FIGHT EVER 006

Fight #006 Luffy (+ Chou Chou) vs. Mohji The Lion Tamer (Captain Buggy’s First Mate)

Set and Setting: Luffy (still in a cage), Nami, and Zolo barely made it away from Buggy and his crew. They search for a hiding spot but Zolo’s injuries take a toll on him and he collapses from too much blood. Meanwhile, Buggy takes the attack as a declaration of war and sends his first mate, Mohji The Lion Tamer to dispose of the three.

New Characters: We meet a local town dog, Chou Chou, and Boodle the mayor or Port Town. Buggy’s First Mate Mohji also makes his first appearance.

New Techniques:

Luffy, Zolo, and Nami have escaped Captain Buggy for the moment, and Zolo promptly passes out from blood loss. Boodle the Mayor comes along and introduces himself and takes Zolo to his house to rest. Boodle introduces Luffy and Nami to a local dog named Chou Chou, who’s owner passed away so Chou Chou stands guard of his owners old pet food store.

Soon, Mohji and his lion Richie arrive…

Mohji and his Lion, Richie…

Mohji claims to be able to tame any animal and tries to get Chou Chou to shake, Chou Chou instead bites his arm causing Luffy to laugh and further provoke Mohji about his weird hair. Mohji asks for the whereabouts of Roronoa Zolo and Luffy refuses to tell. Mohji becomes enraged and sics Richie on Luffy. Richie bites the cage in two, freeing Luffy to fight!

“Hooray, I’m Free!” Luffy yells before Richie delivers a huge blow that knocks Luffy through a house.

While Luffy recovers, Richie turns and sees the pet food store, guarded by Chou Chou. Chou Chou stands his guard as Richie approaches, and then a quick paw lash sends Chou Chou flying as well. Chou Chou jumps back up, barks, and then lunges for Mohji and latches onto his arm. The pet food store is Chou Chou’s treasure, his last bit of his owner he has left, and he guards it with his life.

Mohji is pissed and sets fire to the pet food store, and Chou Chou stands outside barking. Luffy finally finds Mohji and Richie in the commotion. “You should be dead!”, Mohji exclaims. “It takes more than a kick to kill me!”, Luffy exclaims, “I’m a rubber man!” HE then twists his arms around each other and extends them, grabbing Richie, and lifts and slams him down with a powerful Gum Gum Gavel!

Mohji has a change of heart and Richie is out of commission. HE tries to offer Luffy gold to spare him, but Luffy says it’s too late for apologies. He reaches out and grabs Mohji with his left arm and with his right, he delivers a freaking strong ass punch and Mohji is done for. BAM!

Luffy hands some dog food to Chou Chou that he saved from the burning building and comments on his good fighting..

And the winner is…? Luffy and Chou Chou by a long shot. Now it’s time to finish off Buggy!

BA Rating: I’d say a 2.5/5. It was cool seeing Chou Chou stand up and fight a lion, and Luffy’s epic punch at the end just grounded Mohji.

Video Games For Weebs: One Piece: World Seeker

Welcome to the first edition of a new article I’m going to put out every so often “Video Games For Weebs”. Many of us anime folk also like to play video games, I like to play some although my time to play is very limited. I thought I would share a game here and there that I have personally enjoyed, perhaps an anime related game, maybe an RPG or a Japanese game (You might see a lot of Nintendo, I’m a huge fan). It won’t always be new games, sometimes I play old games and I might write about them, sometimes I play phone games even.

I was super hyped when I first heard about One Piece World Seeker, the only other OP game I have played was Burning Blood which was pretty cool but not the greatest. I was excited more than anything that I would get to be Luffy, my hero, flying through the air, whomping people on the heads, etc.

I’m going to start by being very straight with you:

  1. This game has some weird gameplay flaws and
  2. I enjoyed the hell out of it!

I think that’s only because of how much I love One Piece that I can start off by saying those two things.

In all honesty though, this game has a ton of great ideas in it, I just feel like none of it was implemented to the fullest. I still enjoyed the game a ton, it took me about 40 hours to play through the main story but I also did every side quest that came along and gathered materials, gum gum rocketed around, etc. Now I’m going back, completing some Karma and challenge missions and finding all the treasure chests. Then I hear we are getting DLC!

Ughh it sounds so cool when I talk about it like this but I gotta be real about the different aspects here:

The Island is huge and full of places to explore…
  • The World: The world in World Seeker is actually one of it’s best aspects. It’s a huge, beautiful Island with plenty of places to explore. There’s a mountain, a mine, a huge city with skyscrapers, plus some towns and villages scattered throughout, and a hefty amount of other places to explore. It’s so nice to rocket around as Luffy, Gum Gum UFO up to a ledge and just look out over the vast landscape. There are missions to obtain, treasure chests to open, and rare materials to gather. It sometimes feels a little isolated and not very alive, but I really enjoyed the setting.
  • The Story: Another place that World Seeker shines is its story, which was penned by Ei-san himself! I enjoyed it all the way through, the new characters were fleshed out and great additions to the cast of One Piece. This game could easily fit into the One Piece story as a non canon arc or movie.
  • Gameplay: Here’s where we start to get a little scrappy. World Seeker is an action-adventure RPG. Most of the game will have you going on missions, doing different things like finding people, gathering materials, beating enemies, etc. There are Story missions and Side Missions, and even Challenge Missions for after you beat the game. Some quests are really fun, but there are a couple (Like find Zolo or find Buggy) that really got on my nerves because of the vague mission details. The game also has a karma system which allows you to fulfill objectives for different NPCs to raise karma with them, which was pretty neat, but there isn’t much point to it.
  • Skill Trees and RPG Aspects: Yes, World Seeker has a pretty large skill tree. You gain Skill Points from completing missions or defeating enemies and can use them on your skill tree. Pretty much, Luffy has 2 main fighting styles: Observation Haki focuses on swift movements and attacks and Armament Haki focuses on slow, strong and huge hits. I tried messing around with armament haki, but with the combat system being so rough around the edges, it really just wasn’t useful and I put my points mainly into Observation Haki. There are also sets of the skill tree that improve parameters like Health and Focus and that make transportation easier by extending your Gum Gum UFO or Rocket. They did a decent job here, but I think it could have been fleshed out better.
The combat system offers some choices, but has many flaws…
  • Combat System: As I said above, the combat system basically allows you to take one of two stances and fight that way. The swap between stances is too combo breaking, so you can’t really swap between them successfully, so I stuck with Observation Haki. You do have a set of special attacks you can use, but honestly most battles defer to running up to an enemy and pressing square over and over. There’s no real way to cancel an attack so if you get hit by a bullet, you have to sit there and take every bullet until the enemy reloads. That got extremely annoying but I dealt with it.
  • Materials and Crafting: Another system that I was excited to mess with but felt as if it was left halfway done. You can pick up all kinds of materials throughout the island and use them later in the game to craft equipment and outfits. It’s definitely worth doing, the bonuses are nice and some of the outfits are really cool, especially for One Piece fans. But I still got the feeling like there should be more to it. I crafted pretty much 3 or 4 main items that I used for the entire game..
  • Stealth Mode?: A really annoying hindrance of the game is that the ability to sneak up on enemies does allow you to execute a sneak attack instant kill. The problem is that Luffy has no means to stealth (no crouch or anything), and some missions even require you to be stealthy. That only happened a handful of times, but I wish we could have at least gotten a crouch button.

So even for all of that, I really, really liked the game. I dealt with the vague missions, and the sometimes wonky combat, and had a pretty fun experience in World Seeker. If anything it left me wanting more, and gives me hopes that maybe Namco Bandai will learn what was missing to complete this game and maybe give us a sequel that really delivers.

What Loge’s Watching June 2019

June is heating up here but the nights are nice and cool and perfect to make a little fire or watch some anime.

Here’s my watch list for the month!

Weekly: of course I’m catching One Piece every week, although the Reverie arc has been a little boring- a lot of flashbacks! But only a couple weeks until Wano! And my wife and I have gotten very nicely into Demon Slayer.

The Daily Grind: Mainly I’ve been swapping between Hunter X Hunter and Naruto Shippuden. Honestly, I haven’t been making the progress I would like because of…

On The Side: I got addicted to The Handmaid’s Tale and The Orville on Hulu and those combined with an AMAZING Nintendo Switch game called Lyrica– some of my anime time has been eaten up.

So I wanna know what everyone else is watching too! And maybe get some ideas about some others series to start. I’ve been thinking of Rise of the Shield Hero? Anyways, leave comments here or on the FB link and let me know what’s good!

EVERY ONE PIECE FIGHT EVER 005

Fight #005 Nami and Zolo (Luffy Stuck in a Cage) vs. Captain Buggy the Clown and his Crew

*Just as a side note: We are finally entering East Blue Vol. 2! Things will start to heat up as Luffy, Zolo, and Nami take on Buggy and his first mates.

Set and Setting: Luffy and Zolo said their goodbyes to Coby (who joined the Navy and began to pursue his dreams) and sailed away. But without a navigator, or any knowledge of maps or sailing, the Straw Hat duo ends up drifting at sea until they come upon Orange Island. There they meet the infamous thief Nami who steals only from pirates and learn that Captain Buggy the Clown is causing chaos in town. Luffy and Zolo are separated, and Nami tricks Luffy, tying him up and delivering him to Buggy.

New Characters: Nami the thief ❤ and Buggy the Clown both make introductions in this fight, as well as some members of Buggy’s Crew

New Techniques: Nothing really in this fight, we do get to see Nami fight a little with her staff and we witness the power of Buggy’s Chop Chop Fruit.

Buggy the Clown and his crew ravage Orange Town

Nami has tricked Luffy, stolen his Grand Line map, and delivered him to Buggy the Clown. Buggy accepts this as a petition from Nami to join his crew and locks Luffy in a cage. Zolo is nowhere to be found.

Buggy and his crew begin an extravagant party; drinking and firing “Buggy Balls” (super explosive cannon balls) into the town. Buggy turns to Nami and asks her to use a Buggy Ball on Luffy as a show of her dedication to him and the crew. Nami tries to talk her way out of it but the crew continues to press her. Eventually, a crewmate steps up to light the Buggy Ball himself and Nami retaliates with an overhead strike from her staff.

Buggy and his crew charge at Nami, and all the while the fuse is slowly burning on the cannon aimed directly at Luffy! Nami gets a couple more nice hits, but the pirates are slowly surrounding her. Then a slash lights up the air as Zolo appears.

Zolo and Buggy exchange a few words before Zolo lunges with a powerful 3 sword strike. Buggy is cut into several different pieces and the battle seems over, but while Zolo and Luffy argue over how to break the cage Zolo is stabbed from behind. He turns to see Buggy’s disembodied hand holding a dagger and floating in mid air. This is the power of the Chop-Chop fruit, it allows Buggy to separate and replace his body parts and to control them while they are detached.

Zolo takes a pretty bad stab to the side by Buggy’s Chop-Chop Power

Luffy yells to Buggy, calling him “Big Nose” which infuriates the Clown. His floating hand and dagger fly towards Luffy in the cage… But Luffy catches it all badass like between his teeth. Luffy then yells for Zolo to run. As Zolo takes off, Buggy launches two more dagger wielding hands at him, but Zolo easily deflects both. Zolo runs to a cannon (loaded with a Buggy Ball) and lifts it backwards to point it at Buggy and his crew. Nami lights the fuse and the cannon blasts a huge hole in the wall and scatters Buggy’s crew.

Zolo wastes no time, he uses his incredible strength to grab the cage Luffy is locked in and hoists it on his back. Buggy emerges from the smoke and debris and yells, “You’re not going anywhere!” but its a little too late. Zolo, Luffy, and Nami are gone and the key to the cage is missing as well.

And the winner is…? Zolo and Nami saved Luffy and got away, but barely. Now they will have to contend with Buggy and his first mates. Zolo also took some pretty bad injuries.

BA Rating: 1.5 of 5. Zolo and Nami were mainly running away plus Luffy was stuck in a damn cage.

Quest to Finish the Big 3: Prologue + I Finished Bleach

“The Big 3” are Anime’s biggest, longest, most popular monsters. All three are amazing, rich in lore, hold huge worlds, ideas, and followings. Most fans have a favorite of the three, some fans hold an active hate for one or more of them, then there are fans that shrug off the big 3 entirely as “mainstream anime”. Whatever your feelings on them are, there is a reason they have became so big and well known, and it’s because they are each unique and wonderful in their own way.

The Big 3 consists of:

  • One Piece by Eiichiro Oda [ anime is ongoing currently at episode 885, manga is ongoing currently at chapter 942 ]
  • Naruto and Naruto Shippuden by Masashi Kishimoto [ anime ended airing in 2017. Naruto has 220 episodes while Shippuden has 500 episodes, manga, which covers the story of Naruto and Shippuden together had 700 chapters ]
  • Bleach by Tite Kubo [ anime ended airing in 2012 at episode 366, but the manga continues on for a total of 698 chapters ]

Now somewhere along the line of my anime fanaticism, I decided to go ahead and try to watch all of the big 3. Not a super human feat accomplishment, but it would take some time and determination. My reason for doing this though, was quite selfish. I had finished One Piece and it had changed my life. I wanted to watch all of Bleach and all of Naruto so I could say that One Piece was the greatest of the Big 3 and that I had watched them all so I could back up my claim…

So my quest didn’t really start until after I caught up on One Piece, at the time watching One Piece was all I cared about. But after OP I had a curious little hole in my life that One Piece filled, and I needed another long, in depth anime to help nurse that wound.

When I was in 10th and 11th grade, Naruto became really popular here. Around that time I watched the whole original Naruto series (On youtube, in 10 minute-3 part- videos I might add) and I was pretty obsessed with Naruto and so were a lot of my friends. When Shippuden came out, I wasn’t interested in anime at all, so my only knowledge of it was from playing a couple of the Shippuden games, and some things my best friend (a Naruto nut) had told me plus some videos of fights he had got me to watch.

About Bleach I knew pretty much nothing, so I decided to start here from scratch. It worked out because my wife wanted to watch all of Naruto and Shippuden, so she could catch up on original Naruto (I actually ended up watching it too though) and then we would be ready for Shippuden after I finished Bleach.

Anyways, the point of all this is that today I finally finished Bleach. It has been 13 months since I sat down and let One Piece change my life, so in those 13 months I have taken down 2 of the Big 3.

I’ll have some more articles coming this week in my “Quest for the Big 3” special. Mainly, I’m going to rant for awhile about all the good and bad things I found in Bleach (I loved it by the way) so make sure you check back this week for more!

Every One Piece Fight Ever 004

FIght #004 Luffy and Zolo vs. Axe Hand Morgan and his Men

Set and Setting: Luffy and Koby have come upon a navy base. In the yard of the base they find Roronoa Zolo, an infamous bounty hunter and swordsman, is being held captive. Luffy plans on recruiting Zolo to the crew but first he has to help bust him out. Luffy retrieves Zolo’s swords and rushes to Zolo, who is just about to be executed…

New Characters: Welcome Roronoa Zolo! Its going to be fun writing about these battle now that Zolo is involved. He uses the three sword style. Axe Hand Morgan is a navy captain with an actual axe for a hand. His son Helmeppo is also on the navy base with him.

New Techniques: We see the Gum Gum Rocket used at the start of the battle and we get to see the Gum Gum Whip and Gum Gum Pistol during battle. There is also a fleeting moment that looks like a Gum Gum Stamp!

Axe Hand Morgan shows up for Zolo’s execution

This battle starts with a bang as the firing squad that should serve Zolo his death penalty pulls the trigger. Bullets fly across the navy courtyard and Luffy Gum Gum Rockets his way in front of Zolo and the bullets bounce off his rubber skin heading in every direction.

Luffy hands over Zolo’s swords, and Zolo decides to be a part of Luffy’s crew. Luffy tries to untie Zolo, but then gives him the swords and with a beautiful slash Zolo cuts himself free and lands in the midst of some navy crewmen. “The first one who moves dies!”

Luffy yells for Zolo to duck and slings his leg out in a powerful GUM GUM WHIP that crashes into a line of soldiers. Luffy and Zolo stand ready to face more foes. Axe Hand Morgan demands that all the cowards in his unit shoot themselves in the head, but Luffy interjects, Hey! I’m your enemy! Try putting me to death!” as he throws a punch that Morgan blocks with his axe hand.

Axe Hand Morgan takes a huge swing at Luffy and Luffy deftly jumps above it, the cut slashes a fence clean in two. Luffy thrusts his feet into the captains face (A gum gum stamp although not by name) and sends him flying. Morgan makes another powerful chop and Luffy spins around and delivers another nice kick to his face. “I’m not gonna die!” Luffy has him on the ground about to hit him again..

“STOP!” Helmeppo has Koby held at gunpoint and threatens to shoot if Luffy makes one more move. Koby is handling it quite nicely though. Luffy winds up and delivers an amazing Gum Gum Pistol to Helmeppo to save Koby, but Axe Hand Morgan has appeared right behind Luffy, he raises his axe about to strike and Zolo quickly streaks past and ends Morgan with a slash.

And the winner is..? Luffy and Zolo work pretty well together!

BA Rating: 2 of 5. It was a pretty cool fight, and it was awesome to see Luffy and Zolo working together for the win.