It’s safe to say that the wealth of information in Oden’s journal rivals that of the Rio Poneglyph.
With the forbidden history of the Void Century, the discovery of the ever-mysterious One Piece, and the importance of the Will of D., it’s no wonder everyone’s been dying to know the details of its contents.
While Yamato has been vocal of her devotion to Kozuki Oden and her reverence of his journal as her Bible, she’s been surprisingly silent about its most crucial and juicy bits.
Why hasn’t she spilled the beans about the One Piece? She surely would have read it since Oden documented everything about his travels with the Roger Pirates, right? Unfortunately no.
Yamato does not know anything about the One Piece as Momonosuke confirms in chapter 1041 that his father tore out the pages concerning Laugh Tale and the forgotten past of the world.
Why did Oden Tear out these Crucial Pages?
Although it seems counterintuitive to withhold his voyage’s most influential and ground-breaking discoveries, the late daimyo had a perfect reason to do so.
Oden ripped out these pages as he agreed with Roger’s sentiment that it is way too early to reveal the shocking truth to the world.
Since the World Government reigned supreme as the sovereign authority of the whole world before the Great Age of Pirates, Roger knew it would be impossible to spread the message as everyone, including pirates, feared them.
After the destruction of the Rock Pirates following their attack on the World Nobles at God Valley, it was evident that the World Government would swiftly crack down on any threats to their power.
Moreover, with pirates generally carrying the stigma of the ‘bad guys’, it would be challenging to get the word out, as civilians would naturally side with the World Government.
So he opted for a different tactic. As the world government tried to silence him, he used his death as a catalyst to trigger the pirates’ thirst for the ultimate treasure, the One Piece.
With his execution and the title of the Pirate King sparking the inspiration to rise against the World Government’s oppression, it was a guarantee that the mysteries of the world’s history would slowly unravel in the process.
Another reason Oden could have torn off these pages may have been to prevent Orochi and Kaidou from getting their hands on the One Piece and the Ancient Weapons, as that would lead to catastrophe.
He likely took the precautionary measure before he fought with Kaidou, as he would have had no time to do so between his imprisonment and execution.
Why does he leave the pages about the prophecy and the Will of D. intact?
In addition to his will of opening the borders of Wano for the prophesied return of Joy Boy, Oden predicted that in 20 years, a new generation of pirates would enter into the New World to lead the next era.
Oden left his prophecy to remind his children and retainers that his will should be carried out after his death as it is fortified with the arrival of these ‘young and powerful pirate groups.’
The Will of D. remained untouched as it served as a knowledge bomb in direct opposition to the World Government’s attempts to drive into secrecy, as seen with Gol D Roger’s name being changed to ‘Gold Roger’ in chapter 968.
Oden could have also wanted his son to ally with people baring the initials, possibly hinting at Joy Boy being the original D and that an entire tribe of them may have existed or branched off from the Ancient Kingdom.
Why is Momonosuke Doubtful about the journal’s Predictions?
Chapter 1041 also sees Momonosuke confide in Yamato his shaky resolve in fulfilling his father’s will to open up Wano. While Yamato looks on worryingly, we can’t help but sympathize with Momonosuke as his doubts are justified.
Oden’s had quite the vivid ‘career’ throughout the years – An easily provoked samurai, a pirate commander, a daimyo, and a martyr. But he’s never been a prophet.
So how come a year of travel suddenly bestows him with the gift of insight?
Momonosuke is concerned about the safety of his people, stating that his father couldn’t possibly account for the state of affairs of the future they’re in right now and probably wouldn’t open Wano up so readily.
Since the World Government’s been eying the island because of their connection to the Ancient Kingdom and Joy Boy, Momonosuke fears that tether puts them at risk of destruction.
I mean, just look what happened to Professor Clover and Ohara when he was about the utter the Kingdom’s name!
Also, after witnessing Wano being brought to ruin by Kaidou and Orochi’s 20-year rule of terror, Momonosuke is terrified of history repeating itself if outsiders were to roam freely within the island.
Plus, the probability of an attack happening as they’re rebuilding Wano would be devastating as they wouldn’t be able to defend themselves.
Moreover, it’s unclear what state of mind Oden was in when he proclaimed his will to his retainers.
Since he had already been tricked into inaction by Kaidou and Orochi, he may have reverted to his old psychopathic self that would have carried out his mission regardless of the causalities.
Plus, with the missing pages of Joy Boy’s pivotal role in the Void Century, Momonosuke is even more worried if the enigma would actually return.
How did Yamato find Oden’s Journal?
Chapter 1000 sees Yamato handing Momonosuke Oden’s journal as he explains that he found it in a river after the Beast Pirates burned down the former daimyo’s Kuri residence.
Yamato speculates that someone, likely Toki, kept it safe until she managed to throw it into the river nearby.
About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.Originally Written By Epic Dope