And this is supposed to demonstrate that the older generation was much stronger that the current generation how? The only time Marco didn't take visible damage from an Admiral's attacks was when he was fighting Akainu and at that point he was shrouded in his regenerative flames (implying that he was taking damage) which would have obscured any damage he was taking from the reader's eyes. I'm not sure if there are any other examples, but what makes you think Marco can't take damage from much weaker attacks, because I really don't remember the Admirals failing to damage him?
Leave damage. The bruise. I never said the Admirals didn't make him regenerate
No, it doesn't. We don't know how his ability really works. For all we know his regenerative ability was slowing down or he didn't have the time or "DF power" at that point to heal what, for him, was a superficial injury.
He was punched in full phoenix form...ergo the regenerative is in work 100%. Oda said very clealry what the blue flame means.
From my point of view, you're threading on a minefield of questions which can't be answered
and for each question you assume (implicitly or otherwise) that the answer to each of those questions doesn't contradict the contents of a narrator box or make your interpretation of it less probable
I don't assume. They really logically don't contradict. Which isn't to say they can't be the link of another chain of thought but that's the point: we don't know and Oda tels us with the narrator box which chain we go for. Had it been character's dialogue only like Buggy's I wouldn't argue.
So yeah, I accuse you of harmonising and waving points away...
Then you should make better, harder reason to doubt. For example, I see no reason to doubt Real Madrid is a top football club if they lose a game in Primera Liga where 2 of their best stars are benched for injury. Their overall position in world football's ladder does not change.
The only way for you to be so doubtful of WB's performance is, as I said, you think WSM is some absolute indication of power level and must somehow ignore injuries and sickness suddenly acting up to blow through all obstacle which is too high a bar given how Oda has shown us how the stronger can lose for a number of reasons.
Whitebeard calls it a "mere scratch" and we've seen even pre-TS Luffy and Zoro fighting with similar or worse wounds.
Why should a wound like that be expected to completely change the quality a Yonkou or the WSM's performance?
To kill him!!! Why would you conveniently ignore the last part of his sentence? It's a mere scratch in the sense that it is far from killing him but it doens't mean it can't hurt him badly. He clealry put his hand where he was stabbed when he coughed blood whilst fighting Akainu.
Then there's his character. The guy refused to leave medical devices on just so he wouldn't be pitied. WSM isn't immune to ''saving face'' syndrome. He can talk tough.
Third, we know he has sickness. Luffy and Zolo do not. You see the area where that stab is? Luffy is also a goddamn rubber man. A finger or hook through his spine and some kg of meat he would be healed. WB's body, well, does not work that way obviously.
That's because the only counterargument you'll accept is one that directly contradicts the statement being made. That's an idiosyncratic requirement. It's sufficient for things to be uncertain for someone to doubt.
Like I said above, I see your reason to doubt is really weak. Not because I have some crazy requirement. Had WB lost really hard or unable to demonstrate something worth my suspension of belief would drop, too. But there's no reason to doubt because none of his performance says any contradiction.
Also, here you imply that after seeing that evidence doesn't contradict the box, you accept the box as authoritative
I accept the box's authority until proven otherwise. May sound like the same thing you said but not really. Obviously I do give thought because this is a work of human, not some physical law (even which can be falsified) so the author may change his mind later but in-verse-wise? Nothing breaks it so far.
@captain kidd is his usual style dismissed by Crocodile example, but it's one of the most important.
First, Crocodile doesn't just say Whitebeard has weakened, he calls him "pathetic",
Second, Marco agrees. Note that Marco easily dodges the attack from Squardo, (although granted, he was focused on him) whereas Whitebeard does not.
Third, Whitebeard concedes the point (in the same page @captain kidd highly values for Sengoku's statement). He says that he can't be the strongest forever.
The most natural interpretation of this (imo) is that Crocodile isn't criticising Whitebeard for weakening but still being someone fit to WSM, nor does it make a lot of sense for Whitebeard to say that (in other words) he's just a mortal man who cannot be the strongest forever if he's still the strongest. (I'm not saying other interpretations are inconsistent with this).
No, the most natural and obvious meaning is WB got so much weaker in Croc's eyes, which isn't related to what he is now. For example, if I woke up from a long slumber like Captain Ammerica and found out my old rival who is 72 now is so much weaker I'd be disappointed regardless of whether he is still the WSM because the world's level drops due to...I don't know, technology and people are lazier to do physical activities. How do you get to your interpretation? I do know reading literature lines does not mean literal interpretation all the times but like, normally you look at context and things before, here you start with the unnatural interpretation I have no idea where it popped off from...
That's the point: focusing on someone changes a lot.
-Magellan perfectly followed Gear2's speed and fodderized Iva yet unable to dodge Luffy's bazooka even though he was looking right at Luffy just because he was careless and wondering what the white smoke is.
-DD could blitz Gear4's ''disappearing speed'' yet unable to dodge Red Hawk even though he realized Laws was going to swap him.
And that happened between enemies who should keep an eye on each other during fights. Not only was WB caught off-guard, it's from someone he trusted and he is having sickness. So I don't see why that hurts his WSM title. All that means is the WSM isn't perfect and there ARE reasons for that imperfection which have been shown in the manga itself.
It does make sense . I don't understand your logic there or maybe words have different meanings but WB's sentence follows Croc's sentence. Croc was disappointed WB got so much weaker he could not dodge Squardo's stab. So WB agreed he wasn't what Croc saw years ago anymore. That's the word ''strongest'' means. And it's not like WB was the type to brag about his title so we don't know if he believed himself that he was WSM. Which isn't important anw cause that doesn't negate the infobox, at all.
So none of the reasons you showed is really good reason to doubt. But on the other hand we have the omnipotent narrative and a know-what character in Sengoku who said WB is WSM you should be aware of even when he was injured.
There are other scenes that confirm this interpretation over other interpretations:
Akainu saying that WB can't escape the effects of old age: http://www.mangainn....ne-piece1/568/9 (This reinforces the point that the heart attack wasn't just a once in a blue moon kind of thing).
Marco confessing to having had the fear that Whitebeard's would have these issues prior to seeing them: http://www.mangainn....e-piece1/568/10
If these problems (as I claimed initially) are probable, in the sense that it is likely that Whitebeard's ability to dodge is now poor, and that it is likely that he would have had a heart attack because of his age, and not his injuries, I don't see a lot of room for arguing he was WSM, because he wasn't able to fight properly.
Neither of that refutes that Squardo's stab triggered things to worse state that it should have been, especially when WB kept touching the area...
And what do you define as ''properly"? WB could clearly continue to fight. It's not like he had a clear-cut limit of 10 minutes after which he would drop like a robot without electricity...
Luffy lost a chunk of flesh on his abdomen thanks to Flambe, bleeding terribly all over body, and yet he could still figth Katakuri and beat him. We don't say Luffy was improperly fighting. We do say it was unfair cause he shouldn't have gotten that bad if Flambe had stayed out of it, but we don't say he was improper and rejected the fact that he was as strong as he was. Only that Luffy does have what WB didn't: improvement during fights thata re reserved specially for mian cast or plot-demanded characters.
Now WB didn't come out on top of anyone, sadly, but he was even worse than Luffy in that he was ganged up later and had exchanges with all 3 Admirals. It's something that spiralled down from a starting point. Still, his performance is worthy of Yonkiral level.
Because it hasn't been established that the omniscient narrator in question is reliable all the time. There are omniscient narrators who are not reliable throughout a book or manga. (One possible example of this is Ian McEwan's Atonement.)
It doesn't follow that the omniscient narrator, simply from the fact that he is omniscient, is telling the truth all the time or that the narrator says nothing which is ambiguous and up to interpretation.
Then that isn't omniscient narrator. It would be the limited third person's point of view. Not to mention the type of fiction of the work that can be a factor, like metafiction.
One Piece so far isn't the type to employ ''trickery''.
Then we can see clealry the difference when the narrative wants to be ambiguous as opposed to decidedly clear info. For example, Kaidou isn't given an introduction box. He was said by the narrative that ''people said in a 1vs1, bet on Kaidou''. So the undisputed fact, by virtue of being told by the omnipotent's point of view, here is Kaidou is perceived by the mass like that, but not that his WSCreature title is fact. You see what I mean?