Exactly. I've made a conscious effort to change over the years, but at a certain point, a negative bias cannot be overcome. I would argue you did have a negative bias. From my outside perspective, I do not think Yuuzume took it as an attack to perceive my comments to imply anything even close along the lines of "cultural blindness". If he did, then all the more props to him for being big enough to still respond in the manner that he did. I am going to stand by my conclusion that people will be able to take my info for what is intended for while those with a negative bias are going to read it as such and take it personally. This leads to the major point I didn't have time to expand upon. For any conversation us superfans (super in the over-analytical aspect), we essentially agree on 99-99.9% of the context (prior to B.S. changes, and yes I do have to emphasize that since it is the only point where major contradictions become common vs. no contextual contradictions in the first 20.5 years. And more on this later). Personal biases will naturally put perspectives on the options that still fit in different directions. I think a big part is that I am not ignoring what is presented (of course I agree with the rationale and respect the different beliefs that stem from cultural differences), but One Piece is Japanese biased. It is, and always will be Japanese biased. Oda is purposefully avoiding multilayered Japanese puns being a key part of the plot (he still uses his wit for comedic effect) once the international popularity started, but again, Oda said so himself that he is going to write the story aimed at targeting the Japanese audience. From a Japanese perspective (I should emphasize, you would probably have to talk to a 45-50+ year old since most people my age grew up idolizing anything American and scorned traditional Japanese culture as a whole, which is why a lot of the true arts are dying off since there literally are no successors), all of this haki stuff has a completely different perspective. If I can give analogies/examples, I should be able to convey the aspects to at least change part of someone's bias (the key aspect of any debate). Ultimately, it still comes down to "ripping people's posts apart", but it is only taken that way with a negative bias. From my outside perspective, my read was that I was having a mutually beneficial back and forth with Yuuzume. Ultimately, our biases will not change, but understanding more about the opposite perspective is more beneficial. Being open minded allows for the most accurate analysis. So to go back to the haki mastery, in the exception of a stimuli to affect the mental fortitude of a user, haki should be constant (again the "animal instincts" is by a martial arts definition kenbunshoku; Oda has his own benchmarks for his creation). Shanks is not a good example because Oda was forced into adding the arm loss. Now that we have confirmation of Shanks being Yonkou level, he could have probably been on the shore and sent a haoushoku attack to KO the sea king. I still have a strong bias against mantra/mastered kenbunshoku because of how it kills action. Kaidou vs. Luffy initially seemed exciting, but Kaidou's kenbunshoku (the isolated face panel with the dark shading, which is different from previous usages of only shading) killed the action since he could then isolate busoushoku just to the areas he foresaw getting struck. Once both people have mastered kenbunshoku, it is just mind games of "I counter the counter to your counter of the counter's counter" crap. I still have enough faith in Oda (going to have to get to this soon before I forget) that he probably has a plan to keep fights exciting, but this is exactly why Whitebeard can swat a damn powerful Ace like a fly in his sleep. In real life the same concept applies that an advantage is only gained when the skill levels of opponents are significantly different (like Zoro pre-timeskip and a random weak underling). I still have faith because mastered busoushoku is probably the key. I have to assume Rayleigh taking off Keimi's explosive collar is this. It does open up a potential pandora's box since we introduce a new aspect of "magic", but as long as we have defined parameters, it will not allow for misinterpretation/poke holes in the content/context. I have a very strong bias against Oda not because he is changing the content, but because he appears to be changing his morals. Oda has never stated it directly (since he can't), but the entire series is built on morals. Good triumphing over the seemingly omni-powerful evil. The impossibility of doing something big alone and the need to rely upon nakama to overcome ordeals. Always saying a proper "thank you" rather than "no prob" (or some other variant). I truly believe nothing should change someone's key morals. Whether it is pride, money, or something else, Oda is deviating from his previously 100% universal good vs. evil. It is very subtle (and again that's the <1% we are discussing here), but even antagonists that are moral people (Senor Pink immediately pops into mind) still get their karma/bachi. Of course the powerhouse moral antagonists like Aokiji and Garp to a certain extent (I personally think the Ace scene is sufficient for Garp's karma/rinne/samsara/balance of the universe aspect), have not had their moment yet...actually maybe Aokiji's leg might be it. Either way, Oda always made an oversimplification of good vs. evil. The fact that this is no longer his universal priority, and I think the "thank you" example is probably the best example of how much morals used to mean to the series, means that Oda (even if subconsciously) is putting something other than morals as his #1 priority. My blunt writing style may not convey it, but someone changing their morals is the biggest way to lose my respect. Thankfully, we've only had a couple people here that I just got a bad vibe/read from. Literally 99+% of the people that come through here appear to be good people. I'm sticking around primarily because of that. I can override my biases if general discussions occur, but I think it is humanly impossible if we are diving into the intricacies/petty details of something like this discussion. Yes, so ultimately we both still agree that there should be a rational way to work around it. The fact that all of us here can't think of something has me worried (and again, my bias with Oda's subtle change in morals is why I am now much more skeptical than before). This probably goes to my mind categorizing things to keep track. Anything over a few seconds into the future has to be in a separate category. Mantra/Katakuri levels/mastered kenbunshoku all have to be separate from all other kenbunshoku. I may interchange them as my typing mood fits so that's probably where this differing bias grew bigger than need be. Out of time, so back tomorrow.