One Piece Chapter 1070: Eiichiro Oda Finally Let Up on a Fake-Out Death
The absence of character deaths in Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is a complaint shared by many fans. When a character first seems to have been murdered off but subsequently turns out to still be alive and healthy, the worst destiny they might possibly experience is some major injuries, at most. The plot loses a lot of its intensity as a result, and it also seems to be a cheap attempt to generate shock value.
One Piece’s recent “death” was, however, quickly reversed. Sentomaru first seemed to be in danger of being killed by Rob Lucci, however it was soon discovered that he was just seriously hurt. It seems that Oda decided to stop his practise of staging false deaths and just deliver the tale as the fans anticipate it based on how soon this was disclosed.
Is Sentomaru Dead?
At the conclusion of Chapter 1069, “All Things Are Brought Into This World With Hope,” Sentomaru seemed to have passed away. In order for the Seraphim he was in charge of to come under his and the rest of CP0’s control, Lucci needed to eliminate the Navy Science HQ Captain. He managed to escape his battle with Gear Five Luffy in order to shoot Sentomaru in the chest with a Hand Pistol. It seems logical to assume that the vicious CP0 assassin intended to deliver a fatal blow.
The beginning of Chapter 1070, “The Strongest Form of Humanity,” however, quickly made clear Sentomaru’s actual destiny. In addition to the fact that he was still breathing, Lucci made it clear that he wanted him to “fall unconscious.” Sentomaru was never in risk of dying, therefore, since Lucci wasn’t out to get him. This allowed Luffy to return without a care in the world to his Gear Five pranks.
Sentomaru is shown to be lifeless and surrounded by CP0 agents later on in the chapter. Lucci’s earlier assertion, however, makes it more plausible that the Navy Captain was just made unconscious as planned. It is unclear what they will do if he awakens and attempts to take command of the Seraphim again.
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One Piece has one of the shortest turnarounds for a fatality. In the course of two pages, Sentomaru was virtually “killed” and then shown to be OK. The two-week gap between chapters and the cover page for Chapter 1070 were the only things that continued to cast doubt on his destiny. It will, however, nearly seem unimportant to people who read One Piece chapters in large quantities.
All of this may be seen as Oda halting his death ruse. It nearly seems as if Sentomaru’s destiny was never supposed to be kept a secret given how soon it was discovered that the intention was to knock unconscious rather than murder. If so, it wasn’t as drawn out as other fake-outs like Pound’s or Jaguar D. Saul’s, at least. This may have served as another evidence of One Piece’s lack of stakes, but at least it was upfront about it.
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