Warning! The following article contains spoilers for One Piece Episode 901: "Charging into the Enemy's Territory! Bakura Town - Where Officials Thrive!"
One Piece continues through the Country of Wano. Following the last episode, which saw Otama finally recovering from her poisoned state, Luffy and Zoro found themselves under attack by the Shogun's officials. First up came the amusingly named adversary, Batman, before the speedy villain Gazelle-Man snatched Otama up from the ground.
Luffy and Zoro just finished one long fight, and it now seems as though they'll have to engage in a new fight right after the last one. However, in order to save Otama, they will have to descend into Bakura Town, the land where the Shogun Orochi's officials reside, hoarding fresh food from the innocent civilians of Wano.
Luffy and Zoro charged after Gazelle-Man as he snatched away Otama, turning a blind eye to Bat-Man. But as the airborne foe bombarded them with arrows, a surprising ally ran after Gazelle-Man: Okiku, the giant assistant at the tea shop. Wielding a sword and mounting Otama's giant dog, she charged after Gazelle-Man.
Luffy managed to grab hold of the dog remotely, taking Zoro with him to continue their pursuit of Gazelle-Man. Before Luffy could catch Gazelle-Man, however, Batman continued his assault, distracting the gang long enough for Gazelle-Man to carry Otama off to Bakura Town. Luffy tried to beat up Batman, but failed to land a blow. The villain managed to run away, goading about his victory.
The Headliners and Okiku
Okiku concludes that one of the three Headliners planned the assault. The three Headliners include Hawkins (that strawman magician Luffy and Zoro previously fought), Holdem, and Speed. In addition to the Headliners, Bakura Town contains thirty soldiers who have powers thanks to artificially crafted fruit (Bat-Man and Gazelle-Man being two of them).
Zoro, observing Okiku, concludes that she must not be a normal woman. Which leads her to reveal her identity as a samurai. Meanwhile, Gazelle-Man tells Holdem that he captured the girl who tamed the baboon. Gazelle-Man walks through the gates of the flourishing Bakura Town.
In Bakura Town, the sumo wrestler who was turned away from the tea-shop by Zoro sits drinking, resenting Zoro for turning him away from Okiku. After all, he clearly deserves Okiku being a person of such high standing. However, his partner, Mouse-Man, argues that, since Okiku and everyone in that town are so poor, the wrestler could easily just force her to marry her by force. The wrestler agrees, and then he orders a shop to cook their family pet for them.
Meanwhile, Otama is brought into Holdem's lair. Holdem is a titanic man who leaves Otama shaking and crying in terror. He first appears to be a lion, only for it to become clearer that his stomach is a lion that grows out of his flesh. The lion has a separate personality -- one that stands in direct conflict with Holdem. The lion regularly punches his host in his nether region to inflict pain, despite the fact this hurts both of them.
Holdem then questions how Otama could tame the baboon, which his men witnessed. Otama suspects she must have consumed a Devil Fruit. However, Otama has sworn to keep her ability a secret, so she just said that animal like her instead of revealing that she can make food from her flesh.
This doesn't fool Holdem. He knows that Otama tore a piece of her cheek off to tame the baboon, thanks to his men's report. So he decides to pry pieces of Otama's cheeks off to see if that can uncover the secret of Otama's powers.
What's Luffy Up To?
When Luffy, Zoro, and Okiku charge into Bakura Town. A guard of Holdem's soldiers circle around them, hoping to keep them out, Luffy is told not to engage with the small-fries, yet he rears back to fight them all the same.
While all of this is going on, a group of individuals spying and tracking the Straw Hats learn of their arrival in Bakura Town. Knowing trouble is afoot, they set out to stop Luffy from causing too much trouble as the episode ends.
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