Oden has wanted to leave Wano his entire life, and with the Whitebeard Pirates washed ashore, he may finally get his chance in One Piece Episode 963.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for One Piece Episode 963, “Oden’s Determination! Whitebeard’s Trial!” now streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
If there is something One piece fans are used to it – he’s a leading man who knows the right time to quit is never, and Oden Kozuki from Wano is no exception. In episode 963, “Oden’s Determination! Whitebeard’s Test!” Oden spends most of his time trying to convince the famous Pirate Captain to take him on board, and although he doesn’t Quite succeed in that regard, Whitebeard is able to help drag Oden away from Wano for the first time … Moby Dick, that’s.
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Moments after hearing that the pirates have landed in the harbor, Oden rushes to find them, eager to fulfill his dream of seeing the world, much to the dismay of his vassals. However, in his own trademark Oden style, rather than simply asking if he can join the crew or even accompany him like a tourist, Oden makes the rather reckless decision to attack Whitebeard. While there is an argument in favor of the “fight first, ask questions later” method, as it has worked for him in the past, Whitebeard is still White beard, and understandably, the fight ends in Oden’s apparent defeat.
But, instead of discouraging the Daimyo, Oden only grows even more excited at the prospect of becoming stronger in the wide world. And so he begins to relentlessly beg Whitebeard to join the pirates. However, even if Whitebeard had wanted to take on the lively Daimyo, he reveals that his crew has essentially been shipwrecked from the journey, to which, of course, Oden immediately offers all the manpower and resources he has to quickly repair it.
While the repairs are being carried out, Oden and his vassals have time to meet the pirates. As Oden constantly asks to join Whitebeard, Whitebeard rightly notes Oden’s rebellious nature, even saying “you’re not the type to serve someone”, which clashes heavily with the “no one left behind” mentality of the Whitebeard Pirates.
Despite the others trying to cheer him up by flaunting his importance as the Daimyo of Kuri, Oden quickly decides that the best course of action is to take matters into his own hands. Refusing to give up, he plans his escape until, at last, the Moby Dick it is in a seaworthy condition once more. In anticipation of their midnight departure, Oden escapes the watchful eye of the Nine Red Scabbards, manages to place a chain around the ship’s mast, and launches after them.
Shocked by the extremes Oden was willing to go to for his dream, the pirates have almost no time to process this development before being thrown down the waterfall that leads to Wano. However, Oden holds on. Still reluctant to confront him, fearing endangering his “family”, Whitebeard gives Oden’s persistence one last test: he must cling to that chain, dragged by the ship through the waters for a long time. Three consecutive days. For Oden, after a lifetime of waiting, what is three more days? So the ship traverses the various ecosystems of the Grand Line as the Oden test progresses. It clings to stormy seas, getting hit (and nearly eaten) by giant goldfish and crushed against icebergs until its face is almost unrecognizable.
However, it’s only an hour away for Oden to show its true colors. Despite everything he’s done to see the world, despite two days and twenty-three hours of clinging to a metal chain in the waters and despite specifically fondling Whitebeard, he drops it all in an instant when they pass an island. and hears a woman calling for help. Even with his wounds and swollen body, the Daimyo of Kuri cannot help but rescue those in need with his own signature style. As someone who felt so restricted for most of his life, he values freedom immensely and therefore seeks it for others as well, coming to Toki Amatsuki’s aid at the expense of his life’s dream.
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