Poor dearest darling Law, he’s so out of the loop.
HEY sometimes people die for NO REASON
That may be true in real life, but death in stories has meaning behind it. If you’re telling a story and someone dies for no reason, you’re just a bad storyteller. I value Oda more than that. Ace’s death had meaning and an emotional impact on Luffy, which is why he died. It was essential to the plot. If Law died here his death would make Luffy feel like he couldn’t protect his friends again and his two years of training were ultimately useless. Stories are not real life, where senseless things happen. This is a story, where death has a reason to occur.
Oh how far they’ve come from this. I wonder when exactly it changed from this to the dedication he has for Luffy at Thriller Bark. Rereading this, I’m going to track everyone’s relationships more closely, because now I know the beginning and how they’ll be later I can more easily look at the path they took to get there.