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The stakes on Enies Lobby felt nonexistent (help)

2021.12.03 21:50 aonepiecefan The stakes on Enies Lobby felt nonexistent (help)

I finished Enies lobby and I feel very let down. The Saga as a whole had an incredibly slow start with long ring long land, and even tho luffy lost to aokiji you could just tell that it wasn’t gonna mean anything significant and that he would just move on and power up. But I decided to give it a chance since the hype around the Saga was unprecedented. Then water 7 came around and I have to say I got really excited. The reveal of cp9 and the drama was great. Then they knocked Zoro and luffy out of the mansion and I thought “this is getting serious” but then they’re just stuck? I thought “cheep gag but the stakes are high now because no way chopper and nami can do anything to defend themselves from cp9”, but then they’re just okay and cp9 dipped? Made me feel like the main characters couldn’t die. Then it got even worse when I found out that Robin was helping us the whole time, and all the sudden nami thinks the strawhats won’t be able to lose because they know Robin wants to be rescued?
But that’s when the thought hit me, isn’t this going a little too easily? Isn’t nami overconfident given who they’re up against? I mean this is the world government after all. I felt like oda doubled down on this when luffy was pretty much in great spirits the whole train ride to Enies lobby, smiling like the overconfident bastard he is (more on the “bastard” thing later) but that’s when it hit me. I know oda is a pretty great mangaka, so I got the feeling he was really gonna subvert expectations, and that these overconfident kids would LOSE. I mean how crazy would that be? And they shouldn’t stand a chance against world government assassins yet.
The train keeps moving, and yeah sure Sanji couldn’t save Robin on the train, but it was obvious that this story was gonna get taken to Enies lobby so the stakes there felt hollow. I was beginning to think it was clear that the feeling that the strawhats couldn’t lose was gonna be met with their biggest defeat yet, I mean just the thought gave me chills, would make it easily the best arc. I felt like oda and I were speaking the same language.
But then they get there and all the sudden luffy starts wiping the floor with like a thousand marines? I mean isn’t this place one of the three most important facilities to the world government? But then I thought “don’t worry, this is obviously just playing into the fact that the raid is going too well and then it’ll go south fast and devastatingly, just wait until they fight the cp agents” but then luffy low diffs blueno? I mean I expected luffy would power up but low diff??? And two giants just joined their team?? At this point I’m certain oda is building them up to knock them down. Then we get to the flashback, and I will say that it was probably one of the best in the story so far, and definitely gave a larger context for what is at stake for the character in focus (Robin). But that still doesn’t change the fact that the strawhats should stand no chance against cp9, and that nothing the arc could deliver would be as dramatic as the rescue failing spectacularly.
Then the cp9 fights start, and the plot thread is added that they need robin’s key in order to rescue her, and they won’t know where to find it. But then the chapapa dude just tells them where to look??? I can’t be the only one who was irked by this. But I thought “don’t worry they’ll lose and all these things falling in line for them won’t feel like plot armor when they come crashing down.” But then all the strawhats power up and each beat the cp agents in like 1-2 chapters each? I thought they were trained since childhood to be cold blooded killers and they just get fodderized by a ragtag group of teenagers? What is this a shonen manga? But “don’t worry all will be well when luffy loses and it doesn’t matter that everyone else won.” Also a couple other things, there’s just a kid running around and they’re just fine? They even help luffy? The fact that a kid can play even a minor role in an unprecedented situation in the history of the one Piece world really took me out of it. Anyway then the buster call comes in and I’m thinking “finally, luffy will lose and then everyone gets wiped out by the buster call. That’s my kinda storyline, and one that one piece is begging for” then the news comes out that all of the franky family were wiped out. At this point I’m desperate for some tasty sacrificial lambs so I can pretend the main characters could die. BUT THEN THEY’RE TOTALLY FINE??? MASS MURDER FAKEOUT??? 101 on how to make the stakes feel nonexistent (unless they mission fails and oda was dragging me along for 50 chapters in order to finally give me drama) but then luffy beats lucci, and that this point I’m totally desperate (btw luffy got another power up). But at least all their escape routes are closed off. BUT THEN THE MERRY SAILS ITSELF ALL THE WAY TO THE PERFECT SPOT TO SAVE THE DAY?? I thought it was already destroyed??? Yeah the merry dies but at that point they escaped a pillar of justice for the world government and NO ONE DIED AND NO ONE LOST. I really thought oda was set out to be one of the greatest long running story tellers ever, but I think he’s lost sight of his story because he can’t even write stakes.
Also, back to the “bastard” part: luffy’s dad is actually the world’s most dangerous criminal??? So is luffy some kinda overpowered lineage chosen one all the sudden?? Jesus Christ oda.
Full disclosure:
-Please don’t take this seriously if you read it -Water Seven saga is easily one of my favorites -I had fun writing this mess so thanks if you got this far -yes this is how some people in the standom sound to me
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I'm not sure what I expected when posting this. I guess I just needed to get it off my chest. But the past year has been so stressful, trying to meet deadlines, being understaffed at the F500 company and having to do the work of 2-3 people by myself, always feeling like I wasn't doing enough. Whenever I reached out to my manager he would say "this isn't my job to help you with this, figure it out" and when I'd reach out to my Controller, he would tell me to lean on the manager for support. It was a never ending hellish cycle. The only good thing that came from that job was that I learned a TON, which has 150% assisted me in this new job, since it's many of the same duties, but heavily scaled down.
There wasn't really any point to this post other than to say, that I'm finally happy at my new job and love my new team. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
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