Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece, pronounced 2016 The Year of Sanji, as the pirate-chef with the flirtatious facial hair has returned after his long absence from the manga. Oda also told fans that the shroud around Sanji’s origins and back story would be pulled away, and the reveals have now begun.
Friends, here there be spoilers. So don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The above panel, from the latest chapter of One Piece released today, reads “The groom will be… Sanji, third son of the Vinsmoke family. The bride will be… Purin, thirty-fifth daughter of the Charlotte family!!!” And poor Sanji (note the linguistic link between san and three) looks shocked and none too pleased to hear it.
So, how deep does the connection between Sanji and the Charlottes go? To find out, we’ll have to keep our eyes open as more of the Vinsmokes’ third son’s history is unearthed.